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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    I see. That helps explain it.

    Arso is also an interesting one - not a daily fragrance, though, I wouldn't think.
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    That is a wild assortment. I'm curious how you arrived at your list. Sampling is the best.

    I love your username.
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    I'm glad you're enjoying Spirit Bear, PStoller. I imagine you could private message Lellabelle for bottles.

    I find the Spirit Bear stuff especially interesting. Neither Spirit Bear nor Rogue,...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It's good to hear some love for the edp version of Coromandel.
  5. Re: I like Habit Rouge, Heritage, Samsara, and Shalimar. Can I blind-buy any other Guerlain classics

    I really enjoy Mike’s Guerlain notes, and tend to agree.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I got to smell the Moon by Frederic Malle a couple days ago. I liked it. It's so fun. It's one of the best rose-oud fragrances. It's a kinder and gentler type of oud note. The fruity sweetness is the...
  7. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    From Rum's 28-bottle wardrobe, Eucris by Trumpers is one I'd like to try.

    Some of those have racked up the wearings.

    From Adonna, I'll try Guerlain Parure, a 1975 release that has eluded me,...
  8. Re: What fragrance do you have the most back-up bottles of?

    No points for originality, I'd agree. Safe picks, I might say.



    We have a couple edt's I think, a 100-ml and a 50-ml, an edc splash, and several parfums, the best of which are the older 7.5 ml...
  9. Re: I like Habit Rouge, Heritage, Samsara, and Shalimar. Can I blind-buy any other Guerlain classics

    The most similar to those, or the most representative Guerlain, might be Vol de Nuit.

    Mitsouko, Chamade, and Nahema are good ones too.

    They're all fun to sample. For what I might be inclined...
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    I hung out with Lellabelle last night in Montreal and had some Spirit Bear talk. She seems more than happy with the sampling thread. She's wonderfully charismatic and charming - I'm a huge fan.
  11. Re: What fragrance do you have the most back-up bottles of?

    A year later:

    Pour Monsieur is up to around 400 ml.

    At 300 ml, Bois Noir and Antaeus have been joined by Egoiste, Antaeus Sport, and Jules.

    I've recently decided Versace L'Homme and Chanel...
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    Re: Vintage Givenchy Gentleman

    I haven’t tried Givenchy Gentleman with an aerosol spray, but I have with some other fragrances, and your description sounds right. It makes a little difference at first and up close. It’s not a big...
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    Re: Tonight I'm sampling Chanel Platnium Eqostie.

    No, original Egoiste is plain and simple Egoiste edt. Concentree is a lot like the original Egoiste. Platinum is not at all similar.
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    Re: A gift for my mom

    Cristalle Eau Verte seems to have the broad appeal that fits my conception of something to give someone as a gift.
  15. Re: Ever notice how guys call perfume "juice" when describing the liquid?

    I'm also reminded of the irreverent 1994 release "Gin and Juice:"
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    It's staying dark today, apparently. There is good news, though, Checkmate: my scent of the day is Hermes Bel Ami.

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    Re: Tonight I'm sampling Chanel Platnium Eqostie.

    I'm a big fan of Platinum Egoiste.

    I also like Egoiste. They're not like each other. Allure Homme is more similar to Egoiste than Platinum Egoiste is.
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    Re: How many fragrances can you wear in a day?

    Almost four years on, most days, just one. Some days two. Rarely, three to five.
  19. Re: Ever notice how guys call perfume "juice" when describing the liquid?

    Scent
    Perfume
    Fragrance
    Juice
    Composition
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    The decants were from the 250-ml splash, which came new in cellophane. There's still a bunch of that left. This is the 125-ml spray, which has about 75 ml remaining. It came used, without box. I've...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Dark Woods from Chanel (1987)

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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Basenotes has paid for itself, I think, if you find at least one really good one.I liked your notes on Versace L'Homme.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I love the summary posts from Earlyn and PStoller - sad to think there used to be Basenotes without Earlyn and PStoller.

    Earlyn and I have a lot of agreement in our impressions.

    Interesting...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I'm in.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I’m feeling good in Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree.

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  26. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    I think classic perfume is doing well.

    People at estate sales can buy classic perfumes with confidence that they can sell them at a profit on eBay. The non-IFRA artisan market has taken off. It's...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Thank you for the leads! I've ordered some older-looking English Leather to sample - I had found myself mentioning it often - it seemed like I wanted some. It's good to have the option to explore...
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    Re: My Non-Investment Timepiece Collection!

    I watched an online video about the process this company uses to make their watches, or a similar company, and it was interesting. It's heartwarming to hear your family was so supportive. Too much...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Some blind testing sounds good. I wouldn't go over six or seven samples. Four or five could work just as well. I'd close the group at 8 to 10 people. Someone with four bottles could arrange the whole...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 2nd December, 2019

    Indie and trendy in Chypre-Siam.

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  31. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    A veritable haul.
  32. Thread: Gone off?

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    Re: Gone off?

    That's not especially pristine looking, I agree.

    The bottom of the bottle is curious. The way the "100" came out is poor.

    Still, the juice might be fine. There's not really a problem with the...
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2019

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    For December, I've pulled out Chanel Bois Noir, Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree, Givenchy Gentleman, Hermes Bel Ami, and Rogue Chypre-Siam. These felt festive.
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    Re: Which fragrance would you choose?

    I would recommend Dioramour for fans of the Dior Homme line.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Thank you. It sounds tasty.
  36. Re: 5 fragrance recommendations for someone who likes Zino Davidoff

    I don't know this one, but I think this is a perfect case for Pacoma Gatsby.

    Also, Versace L'Homme.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    What kind of fragrance is it? Like any of their others?

    You should start the thread for it. Bottle pic, the works.

    I see it on their site. I don't see it on the samples page yet. Does is smell...
  38. Thread: Zino Davidoff

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    Re: Zino Davidoff

    Cheers, Joe. I'm glad it's suiting you. I enjoyed your smelling notes. Keep them coming.



    Right on, for Yatagan. That's some tasty juice.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Bel Ami Vetiver and Dior Homme Parfum have a warm, heavy, good-for-winter style. Passing through an airport today, I’ve put on some Dior Homme Parfum. I’ve always liked it, and again today. I think I...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I always want to wear whatever Avecesar is wearing.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    You think he's not done?
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    I think Chypre Siam is easily the best.

    I think Derviche is the next best effort.

    After that, I like the white florals (Champs Lunaires and Flos Mortis).

    I'm surprised by the variety of...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I didn't see if anyone answered - the best short answer might be yes, because although your version is a cologne, I don't know that it changed when they started calling it an edt.

    You're finding...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Alex F. - No apologies needed, on the contrary.

    I like the color on your Pour Monsieur. On everything, actually, but I was concerned for a second with talk of a 2000's version. That and Givenchy...
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    Re: Most worn in November 2019

    I've sampled Drole de Rose, and enjoyed it. I like the name.

    Most worn for November:



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    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme by Paco...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 29th November, 2019

    HouseOfPhlegethon, thank you so much. We stayed in Dublin today. I really like it. It has rained most of the time, which I don't mind - a nice, light rain.

    Today was an exploration of Irish...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Our tour guide, Liam, on the Jameson tour smelled so good in Platinum Egoiste. I confirmed with him that it was Platinum Egoiste.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 28th November, 2019

    Egoiste again today, such an effortless beauty.

    Teardrop, we’re staying in Dublin, but doing a couple bus tours. We’re at Giant’s Causeway at the moment (in the UK!) in the Bushmills area, on the...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    "Dana" has not been on my radar, although I do know English Leather. I did think of English Leather in the opening of Totem.

    Totem developed quickly, and was soon more like Mouchoir de Monsieur.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 27th November, 2019

    I shared these pictures - it turns out they're heart breakers.
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    Re: 1970s Greatest Hits

    It is a good one. Typical late 70s/early 80s. A little like Chanel Antaeus.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 27th November, 2019

    Fun alliteration on the cat names! Your boy does look like a George.

    I'm finally visiting Ireland. My late grandfather thought of himself as Irish American, and talked about wanting to visit. We...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 27th November, 2019

    I can't pull off eight at a time, yet. I've seen you do it, and know you're a pro.
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    It's hard to do better than personal experience to know what you like!
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Thinking back over the samples from Earlyn:

    Thumbs Down
    Givenchy Organza Indecense edp
    Givenchy Fleur d'Interdit parfum
    Givenchy Extravagance d'Amarige edt

    Neutral
    Givenchy Amarige parfum...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Yes, cheers Acey. I’ve been in Moschino for a long while now, having landed in Dublin and started touring. I brought Moschino Pour Homme and Egoiste on the trip.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Totem is a companion scent to Mouchoir de Monsieur, a lavender scent with a warm, animalic base. This is even nicer than the Guerlain, which was a 1990s sample, I think. This is more of a...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    It’s hard to compare. They’re both so good. Bijan is woodier.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Bijan - 9
    Nicole Miller - 8

    I do get some laundry musk in Nicole Miller.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Nicole Miller parfum - I think I liked the name of this, so simple, so I asked Earlyn for a sample. Whenever I would suggest something of hers to sample, she would suggest two more on top of that - a...
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    Re: Newly interested in the world of fragrance

    I don't know Bamboo or Armaf Voyage. I've smelled 1 Million.

    1 Million is interesting. I haven't seen it discussed much since I've been on the site. To me, it combines elements of classical...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    That was the last sample from my bag of goodies. I'm heartened that you took to most of them.

    Today is going to turn into a travel day. I might try to squeeze in the final two before I leave.
    ...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    This thread is great, especially for following Trilby Lark and FiveoaksBouquet. I have a couple things pre-plannned to wear today. I'm fine with spontaneity or planning.
  64. Re: Help finding a new "Aventus" from another house

    I've never tried Layton.

    From reading the original post, and some of the followups, I think these were good suggestions:

    Fahrenheit
    Clive Christian X
    Cedrat Boise

    From Frederic Malle,...
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    Poll: Re: Lying about fragrance when shipping

    For overseas shipping, this seems to work. I've had stuff come this way. We had to be specific about the original manufacturer, including an address.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Zesty is the right word for it. A delicious, zesty, patchouli heart.
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    Poll: Re: Lying about fragrance when shipping

    I think this would work to legally ship cosmetic liquids with more than 70% ethanol by air. I think that's what it says. It depends on how you define things. What's after shave? Eau de Toilette?
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    Today we’re irresistible in Versace L’Homme.

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    This is good enough to be a daily fragrance. It’s plenty complex for me, two or three perfumes in one - a citrus, a patchouli, a vanilla....
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    Poll: Re: Lying about fragrance when shipping

    According to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 73, Subpart D (CFR 173.150(g)(2)), cosmetics sold as retail products containing more than 70% ethyl alcohol by volume are excepted from...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    One of the 1920s Chanel's that I had never purchased in a full bottle is Gardenia. I have samples of the edt and edp versions of Gardenia from Les Exclusifs, but I still haven't smelled the vintage....
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Balalaika. Ba LaLa Ika. By Lucien Lelong.

    I was thinking it smelled like a baby, then I was told I smelled like a [clean] baby diaper.

    When it evolves in just a couple minutes, it becomes a...
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    It's so hard to keep up with the IFRA upheaval. It's a mess. If the dust ever settles, maybe IFRA-compliance and good perfume could be reunited.

    There can be some decent IFRA-compliant perfumes -...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    The Voulez-Vous presentation is gorgeous.

    You have an epic collection, Earlyn.
  74. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    This one:

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    I kid.

    I was actually thinking Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    My impressions of Lauren were an outlier, it seems. I struggled with it. Given the other comments, I'll likely try it again at some point.

    Today we're sampling D'Orsay Voulez Vous parfum.
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 22nd November, 2019

    Ah yes, George, well, close acquaintances, at least. They go way back. There was supposedly tension early on, when Maymie (also spelled Mamie) was struggling to establish boundaries. The story goes...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Nice one.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Ralph Lauren Lauren is the kind of thing I think I would like in theory. It's another fragrance that smells ambitious, and out there, bringing Armani to mind. But I like Armani, and I don't really...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 22nd November, 2019

    I’m wearing Ralph Lauren Lauren. We have a cat housemate, Maymie.

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  80. Thread: Egoiste?

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    Re: Egoiste?

    Platinum.
  81. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Coromandel edt
    31 Rue Cambon edt
    Bois des Iles parfum

    It's fun and games until your wardrobe comes up three bottles shy.
  82. Re: When was the last time someone's perfume annoyed you and which perfume was it?

    Epapsiou with barnyard oud.

    Before that, it was my son with reformulated Polo (that I had given him - we tossed it).
  83. Re: summarize your fragrance journey from birth to now

    Polo was released when I was kid, and made a big splash. Chaps and Stetson were also big at the time. My father used English Leather, which I thought was great.

    Deodorant was usually my fragrance....
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    My analogy is with the Polo logo on the otherwise divine shirts. Ralph Lauren made a really solid effort, and added a sort of logo, a signature chemical smell, partly for projection, etc., but more...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Yes, cologne, from around 1990.

    This does seem to match the Ralph Lauren style.

    I love their heavy-weight sueded cotton fabrics, but the shirts get ruined with the Polo logo.
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    Re: Chanel Antaeus Auth or Fake?

    It looks like a real, vintage bottle of Antaeus to me, but not early 80s. "Eau de Toilette" has been moved to the bottom on the bottle, but not the box. The box has the translations, and a bar code,...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    These smelling notes match mine, Martin.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I'm trying Ralph Lauren Safari (1990), not to be confused with Safari for Men (1992).

    I was happy with the opening. It almost has a guilty pleasure feeling to it. I like it. There are nice flower...
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    Re: 1970s Greatest Hits

    I was almost making myself laugh thinking of it as Lap-ee-deuce.
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    Re: 1970s Greatest Hits

    I need to try these. Ted Lapidus is one of the most fun to pronounce.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    That soap is good. Very good. It has a big influence on how I think of the smell of sandalwood.
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    1970s Greatest Hits

    I'm curious to see your list and/or narrative of favorite fragrances from the 1970s, or other greatest hits from the 70s that you think others might enjoy, but just aren't for you.

    I'm drawn to...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    From Tradition, I believe, correct, yes. And it seems to check out: first edition has "France" printed on the bottle.

    I can tell the second version is different, but I think it's just as good. I...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I don't think of 60 ml as an odd size. It does show up more in vintage, though, I suppose. Is it coming back, though? Who all uses it now - I'm half guessing: Rogue, Polo, YSL?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    That looks like first edition to me. Two ounces of the so-called "grail."
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    It has Bal-a-Versailles levels of civet in the base.



    Did I see Amazone on your swap list?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

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    Gengis Khan edt today. This and Mouchoir de Monsieur were surprise bonus samples, fragrances I'm sampling myself. The other 10 are bottles I have backed up.

    This fragrance is a little of...
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    Re: Partner shared perfumes

    I was born again.
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    Re: Partner shared perfumes

    Miss Dior would be. It's not yet. I don't wear it much. I might be working up to it. I recognize that it's better than anything I have. I'm not entirely sure how I choose what I wear. A factor with...
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    Re: Partner shared perfumes

    There's a fair amount of crossover here. Even who owns what can be slightly vague. Mostly, we play along with gender marketing, and wear what's suggested.

    Mitsouko is one of the main crossovers....
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