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    Re: Itīs not easy to get an answer, but

    I'm definitely not a fan of the smell of vanilla on a man. Too sweet. Animalics are much more attractive IMO. In my experience it seems it's men who like the smell of vanilla on a woman but that does...
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    Re: Opium or Bal a Versailles

    Especially with Opium. Soooo many different formulations not even counting in the many many flankers. I've tried all the different formulations now and my all time favorite is the 1993 Secret de...
  3. Re: Tom Ford's Amber Absolute - what do you get from it?

    I adore it. A wonderful burning wood smell with a bit of incense. I happened to be at Nordstrom today and noticed they only had AA out in the 250ml bottle. No small 50ml's. I asked the SA about the...
  4. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    If the bottle has the gold on top like in the photo you posted earlier, then at least you know it's sometime between 1977 and 2003 :)

    I've never tried contacting YSL via phone but I have received...
  5. Re: Pacifica Sandalwood & other Pacifica frags...

    The Mexican cocoa has a vanilla sweetness to it but it's more of a drier, mellow "vanilla extract" sweetness than a sticky, sugary, candy sweetness. I prefer a more toned down vanilla so I like how...
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    Re: Creed for women?

    I've sampled all of the Creed line and have to admit none of them have really grabbed my attention. It's such a pity too because Creed is a line I really want to like. I own a bottle of Vanisia but I...
  7. Re: Pacifica Sandalwood & other Pacifica frags...

    You sure you didn't accidentally sample the Tuscan Blood Orange instead of the Sandalwood?

    I always stop to sniff them while shopping at Whole Foods. I like the French Lilac. It's such a simple...
  8. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    Excellent! Congrats on the bottle!
  9. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    I agree completely. I have a few bottles of the 1993 Secret de Parfum stashed away and I absolutely adore it. It's got a smokiness that the new formulation is sadly missing. An interesting thing...
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    Re: The Strangest Fragrance?

    I have a hard time with the beef jerky opening of Le Labo's Patchouli 24
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    Re: L'eau Froide, Serge Lutens

    Barney's Beverly Hills has had it available for a while. I was told by the SA at Barney's L'eau Froid was made specifically for United States consumers. True or not? I do not know. But I'm not sure...
  12. Re: SotD Wednesday, 29 February 2012 - Leap Day!

    How romantic! Happy Anniversary!

    Love sure seems to be in the air today. I need to go out and bat my eyelashes at someone.
  13. Re: SotD Wednesday, 29 February 2012 - Leap Day!

    I'm feeling very "springtime" today so.....

    http://g-lvl3.nordstromimage.com/imagegallery/store/product/Large/8/_5485328.jpg

    Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia Parfum
  14. Re: Pick a number and get a Balenciaga

    Was going to say 1004 but it's already taken so I'm going to go with.....1200.
  15. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    If anyone knows of any other sources, please post! I purchased mine on Ebay. What I do though is look for listings of "used" full bottles from private parties. They usually end up being the real...
  16. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    Happy early birthday! The vintage EDT really is fantastic. I hope you score a bottle for your birthday. I just hope you're not going to be bidding against me on the evilbay! ;) :)
  17. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    Differ from the vintage EDT? Not that much. The vintage EDP to my nose is more potent and dense (if that makes sense) than the vintage EDT. I seem to be able to pick out more of the notes in the...
  18. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    Awww, man! Some of the photos didn't load. Darn. Sorry. The 1993 Secret de Parfum is sort of like the 2003 one but is tall like the 2003 EDT bottle. Not short like the 2003 Secret de Parfum. The...
  19. Re: Opium - EDT vs EDP vs Parfum (vintage, of course)

    VINTAGE EDT:
    http://www.iloveperfumes.com/images/perfumes/OPIUM_W.JPG

    VINTAGE EDP:
    http://houseoffraser.scene7.com/is/image/HOF/I_3365440229686_50_20090518

    1993 SECRET DE PARFUM:...
  20. Re: New Fragrance: YSL Opium Vapeurs de Parfum

    Oh for heaven's sake....another one. Just when I thought I had finally finished with my Opium collection. Maybe this new one is YSL's way of saying "sorry...our bad" for Belle d'Opium :)
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    Re: SotD Wednesday, 22 February 2012

    Pulling out my little rechargable electric lawnmower & edger today for some yard maintenance (I really need to get a gardener....or a husband :) ). What should one wear when pushing a lawn mower?...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday, 21 February 2012

    It's Mardi Gras, so.................

    http://www.cafleurebon.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/musc-250x300.jpg
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    Re: Free to a good home

    Sent you the address. Woo hoo! Just in time for my birthday too :) Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
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    Re: Free to a good home

    I'd love to try it! It's so funny you posted this today because I was just having a discussion about how, for some reason, I haven't gotten around to sampling many Hermes scents. You have excellent...
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    Re: Le Labo Perfumed Notebook

    I took a trip to the Le Labo section at the Barney's in Beverly Hills yesterday (Le Labo has it's own little alcove shop in Barney's) to take a look at the notebook. The SA had absolutely no idea...
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    Re: Le Labo Perfumed Notebook

    Well, that would definitely be easier and a whole lot cheaper! :) I love the idea of the notebook strictly for the "cool" factor. It's from Le Labo....it's scented...how cool is that! :) But you're...
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    Re: Le Labo Perfumed Notebook

    I'm glad you mentioned that. I hadn't taken that into consideration. I love the idea of the notebook releasing a bit of scent as you write but unless Santal 33 is your SOTD, I can see how that would...
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    Le Labo Perfumed Notebook

    Anyone purchased the perfumed notebook made by Le Labo? I'm thinking of buying one as a gift and I'm curious as to how long the scent lasts in the notebook.
    ...
  29. Re: Anyone tried Black Widow? (NOT the new Marvel Comics one)

    Yep. The notes don't sound like something I'd be interested in but I might order it just to have next to the Black Widow perfume I have pictured in my original post.

    This is the one by Marvel...
  30. Re: Anyone tried Black Widow? (NOT the new Marvel Comics one)

    Nobody??? (silence.....just the sound of crickets chirping)


    OK...no biggie. It's SUPER cheap ($25) so I'll just order a bottle. I like spicy scents and it sounds like it's heavy on the clove...
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    Re: SotD Friday, 17 February 2012

    Shadesofbleu, you & I are scent twins today. I decided to go with Havana Vanille as well, so I'm synched!
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2012

    I'm thinking possibly Havana Vanille or Carolina Herrera (I believe she was born in Venezuela). The bottom of my Prada bottle says "Made in Spain" but the scent just doesn't say "Latin America" to me...
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    Re: SotD: Thursday 16th Feb., 2012

    Opium Secret de Parfum from the 90's.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Well, I know one man Stetson worked well for! ;) I never claimed Stetson is a high quality juice....just that it's scent association has an effect on me. I stand behind Stetson :) Axe on the other...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent get's you the most female complime

    What you wrote brought to mind a very specific scent...STETSON. It's cheap and most likely not held in very high regard but I absolutely adore it on a man. It's imprinted on my brain. My very first...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I can't speak for all women of course but for me, that is SO not the case.
  37. Anyone tried Black Widow? (NOT the new Marvel Comics one)

    The bottle is plain black with the red marking of a black widow spider. I was wondering if anyone had tried it. I don't see it in the fragrance directory.

    http://www.black-widow.net

    ...
  38. Re: A Lab on Fire What We Do in Paris is Secret EDP

    I haven't tried any of their scents before but you have me intrigued. The name of the scent alone though is enough to get me to sample it :)
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    Sticky: Re: What scents do women find attractive?

    Yes..and cumin. Cumin is good too :)
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    Sticky: Re: What scents do women find attractive?

    Not a fan of citrus and don't think I'd want to go out with a guy that smells like a licorice-scented candy. Now a guy who smells like Musc Kublai Kahn is another story! It's sexy in all the right,...
  41. Re: SOTD - Feb/14/2012 - Vallentines Day (also, my birthday)

    Happy Valentines Day to everyone and happy birthday wishes to D4N13L and turquoisewater. I'm back in Tom Ford Black Orchid today. The sweetness and the chocolate note just seemed appropriate today :)...
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    Re: SotD Sunday, 12 February 2012

    Tom Ford Black Orchid. Valentines Day is almost here and Black Orchid reminds me of dark chocolate covered berries :)
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    Re: Anything comparable to Dior Poison?

    Really? That's fascinating to me! To my nose it's nothing similar but I see you're not the only one who gets a similarity between it and Poison so maybe I'm off base. I think my nose just doesn't...
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    Re: Today I Bought February

    Opium vintage EDT and Opium Secret de Parfum. I think that completes my Opium collection finally. Heading back into the land of niche :)
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    Re: SotD Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Chanel Cuir de Russie

    http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragrance-beauty/cms2export//Site1Files/P120031/P120031_LARGE.jpg
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    Re: rec request please

    Creed Vanisia
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    Re: Vintage-type bottle at Macy's??

    Wrong bottle altogether, huh?! Hmmm...the plot thickens. Kind of makes me want to buy it if only to see what actually arrives and what formulation it ends up being.

    For those of you who can't see...
  48. Re: Scent of the Day Wednesday 8th February 2012

    Serge Lutens Bois Oriental. My poor bell jar has been sitting around neglected for way too long. Needed to show it a bit of love :)
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    Re: Vintage-type bottle at Macy's??

    Ahhhh! Seriously?? Ugh. So then the only way to know if it's the old formula or not is to see if it was made prior to 2009? Hmmmm. Makes it a bit more difficult. I thought the rule was 2009=new...
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    Re: Vintage-type bottle at Macy's??

    I just confirmed with Macy's that it IS indeed the old, tall, clear bottle they are selling. That's not just a stock photo on the website.
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    Re: Vintage-type bottle at Macy's??

    Hmmm...when I look at the page I see the large photo of the new bottle but the old bottle is shown in the menu on the right and in a listing toward the bottom of the page as you scroll down. I also...
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    Vintage-type bottle at Macy's??

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought if Opium was packaged in the tall bottle it is the vintage formula (which is no longer offered outside of sites like eBay and such) and if it's in the...
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    Re: Light powdery scents suitable for Summer

    Chanel No. 5 parfum (or EDT if you want a bit more freshness)
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    Re: Will I like Tom Fords Tobacco Vanille?

    To my nose, TV is definitely more of a sweet vanilla than a tobacco so I don't think it would be quite what you're looking for. Creed Royal Oud was the first thing that popped into my mind as...
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    Re: Opium or Bal a Versailles

    Wow! Lots of votes for Opium! The more I wear it the more I tend to agree. Opium is fabulous.

    I'm glad a few of you mentioned VINTAGE Opium. It's been so long since I've smelled the original...
  56. Re: Basenotes 2012 Meetup Las Vegas - Preliminary interest thread

    Las Vegas would be PERFECT. Just a short drive for me. A very short drive if you take into account how fast I drive. As fas as dates are concerned, my schedule is very flexible.
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    Re: SotD: 4 January 2012

    Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia. It was 83 degrees fahrenheit today so I was in the mood for something fresh & spring-like.
  58. Re: Too stupid to own Opium Parfum extrait...

    Kumquat, it was your coffee straw suggestion that brought the glass pipette to mind. Many thanks!!!! :)
  59. Re: Too stupid to own Opium Parfum extrait...

    Found the perfect solution....

    http://www.ebottles.com/familyimages/thumb/1259.jpg

    .... a glass pipette! Works perfectly! Not quite as much fun as dabbing it on with the glass stopper but at...
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    Re: Searching for Patchouli Fragrances

    Chanel Coromandel is a very nice patchouli.

    Mazzolari Patchouli is very patchouli with a bit of amber. Not one of my favs, but if you're looking for patchouli....
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    Poll: Re: Niche/High-End Sweet Vanilla?

    +1 for Guerlain SDV.

    Not sure if it would be sweet enough but it is a wonderful vanilla.
  62. Re: Name the four coldest, inhuman, emotionless, robotic fragrances in your collection

    Yes, I've smelled it and I do think you're right that it's not exactly emotionless. I think the reason it came to mind is that, despite the fact it does evoke an emotional response, it felt like the...
  63. Re: HELP! I need a sexy white musk that will have men wishing they could devour my neck!

    Narciso Rodriguez For Her Musc I believe is more of a clean musk. It's been a while since I've smelled it so I'm going from memory. It's also much easier to find than the niche lines. I own Musc...
  64. Re: Too stupid to own Opium Parfum extrait...

    That's an option I hadn't thought of. Not a bad idea. This morning I tried the finger application method by just placing my finger over the opening and slightly inverting the bottle to moisten my...
  65. Re: Too stupid to own Opium Parfum extrait...

    I so wish I could wear the EDT! I first experienced Opium in the EDP and loved the way it smelled. Everyone around me loved the way it smelled on me too so I bought a bottle..but of the EDT, not the...
  66. Re: Name the four coldest, inhuman, emotionless, robotic fragrances in your collection

    Not in my collection but this immediately came to mind:

    http://images.teamsugar.com/files/upl0/2/20652/11_2008/Secretions.jpg
  67. Re: Could a man wearing a Floral be attractive to women?

    Now that's the truth. Well put!

    I'll be perfectly honest...it's hard to say because it completely depends on the man and the floral. It's not a simple yes or no across the board. Every man is as...
  68. Re: Too stupid to own Opium Parfum extrait...

    Don't hold back laph. How do you really feel about me cutting the tassel? ;) :)



    Yes, I probably will end up decanting some into a small bottle. I have a gorgeous tiny glass perfume bottle a...
  69. Re: Too stupid to own Opium Parfum extrait...

    Heddonist222, thank you so much! I saw your reply in my other thread. You posted your reply at the exact same moment I posted that I had started another thread and we crossed paths :)

    The tassel...
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    Re: Too many Tom Fords...

    Not Detachable!!?? Boy, YSL really wants you to have to work for it, don't they! :)
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    Re: Too many Tom Fords...

    I started a separate thread for the Opium parfum application question
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    I'm going to ask a question here that may make me sound really stupid so please be gentle and don't make too much fun of me...... :rolleyesold:

    How the heck are you supposed to apply Opium parfum...
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    Re: Too many Tom Fords...

    Ummm...I'm going to ask a question here that may make me sound really stupid so please be gentle and don't make too much fun of me......

    How the heck are you supposed to put on the Opium parfum?...
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    Re: Too many Tom Fords...

    I thought it was beautiful but the fruitiness was throwing me a bit. I was expecting something a bit more along the lines of Chanel Cuir de Russie but Tuscan Leather was more soft leather and...
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    Re: Too many Tom Fords...

    Well, I decided to go ahead and head on over to Nordstrom this evening to get my returns over & done with. I stuck to the Tom Ford Private Line for one of the returns and picked up a bottle of Oud...
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    Re: Too many Tom Fords...

    Now that sounds fabulous! Writing those down on my list of things I must try.
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    Re: Too many Tom Fords...

    I'll have to make sure to check those out when I make my pilgrimage to Nordstrom....which apparently is the only place within a 25 mile radius that carries the Tom Ford Private Line. And it's only...
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    Too many Tom Fords...

    Santa was very good to me this year. A bit too good. I told my friends how much I liked Tom Ford Amber Absolute and, bless their hearts, it ended up in my Christmas stocking. I now have three bottles...
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    Re: Opium or Bal a Versailles

    Well, it's about an hour and 40 minutes in and I just now finally detected a bit of civet. Power of suggestion? Possibly. Or maybe it's that it really is blended in so well that it just stays ever so...
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    Re: Opium or Bal a Versailles

    Conducting the experiment right now as a matter of fact. So far, about 15 minutes in, no civet. If it makes it's appearance I'm betting it'll be more in the drydown. I'm very happily sniffing myself...
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    Re: Opium or Bal a Versailles

    Tried to pick up a bottle of Opium parfum today and found something disturbing. There doesn't seem to be any. Nordstrom...nope. Bloomingdales...nope. Saks...nope. Not even YSL's own website has any....
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    Re: thoughts on Belle D'Opium??

    I wholeheartedly concur.
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    Re: Place where you do not wear fragrance

    I concur. Scent is so much a part of the wine tasting and dining experience. I would never want to wear anything that would hinder ones ability to fully experience the food/wine. Hey, maybe someone...
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    Re: Opium or Bal a Versailles

    Interesting that you mention Cuir de Russie. I detect absolutely no civet at all in that one. Lots of leather, but no civet. I'm going to have to pull out my CdR parfum and give it a sniff. Maybe now...
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    Re: Hello Ladies. Please helpe

    One year for my birthday a gentleman I was dating took me out to lunch at Barney's New York then led me to the perfume section there (he knew I was a total perfume nut) and let me pick anything I...
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    Re: did i make a bad choice?

    That's the most fantastic idea I've ever heard (running out to get samples decanted for the gifts I bought)

    As for your question, I think you'll be fine. Nuit de Cellophane is a wonderful floral...
  87. Re: Help me find a floral as a gift for my sister

    I second that. I'm a huge fan of Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia.
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    Re: Opium or Bal a Versailles

    I've never smelled the parfum version of Opium. I've smelled the EDT (didn't like it) and I've smelled the EDP (loved it!) but never the parfum. I've smelled the parfum version of Bal a Versailles...
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    Re: Opium or Bal a Versailles

    I think there's a reason civet is a note one rarely encounters :) (I'll admit it though. I can't deny it. I love civet. "Hi, my name is Sarah and I love civet".....now everyone say in unison "Hi...
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    Re: Best Romantic/Attractive Cologne?

    Musc Ravageur or Muscs Koublai Khan. Forget all the mumbo jumbo. Go straight for the kill :wink:
  91. Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel - recommendations?

    I've tried all of the scents from the Exclusifs line (and purchased a full bottle of most of them) and Cuir de Russie is my favorite. I enjoy the parfum more than the EDT (I purchased it back when...
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    Opium or Bal a Versailles

    (I know this is technically the "male scents" area but I'm looking for guys opinions on the following female scents)

    You have two scents to choose between here gentleman. Which scent would you...
  93. Re: Vintage Bal ā Versailles: how to identify it?

    I'm not positive but I don't believe the color is a good indication of whether it is the pre or post reformulation juice. I think it has more to do with the concentration. I have a bottle of BaV that...
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    Re: Hello Ladies. Please helpe

    Hmmm....well, Romance by Ralph Lauren is a floral I think (haven't smelled it in years) so maybe Gardenia from the Chanel Exclusifs line.
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    Re: Replacement for Woman for Jovan

    Click on link.....choose "J".....find "Jovan Woman" on the list. Select it and it will show you similar scents.

    http://www.fragrance-editions.com/fatest/ff_index2.asp?id=1180&type=F
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    Re: Shalimar parfum application technique?

    I was happy to come across this post. It's nice to know it's not just my imagination the uber-expensive parfum extraits of some scents do not quite live up to the longevity and sillage expectations...
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    Re: How should a police officer smell like?

    How about something from the Juliet Has a Gun line? :)

    There's also this ......

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41m5Z-zjzoL._AA300_.jpg
  98. Re: seeking advice for a perfume "compromise"...

    Dress in something naughty, put on a dose of Chergui (doesn't have to be that one, I'm just picking one you like at random) then give him a night he'll never forget. He'll associate the scent with...
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    Re: Tuberose and gardenia

    To my nose Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia is the only scent I have come across so far that smells most like the actual flowers. I've smelled almost all of the scents mentioned so...
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    Re: The Death of The Gift Set

    Mini sets...spray mini sets of all of the above would be a little holiday wish come true. That's definitely going in my letter to Santa! :)
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