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  1. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    After many decades of being a Guerlainophile, I had already been losing interest in Guerlain due to their flooding the market with substandard flankers on the one hand and ridiculously priced LEs on...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016

    Beautiful photo, CapriDog. It captures the feeling of Zen perfectly!

    I'm getting a little worried (could use some Zen). Since purchasing Chance edt I've been going through about 20ml of It a week....
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    Re: The story of your basenotes journey

    Although I became a basenotes member in 2004 I have only gotten into posting here recently. That's because for many years I was a member and moderator/counsellor on Perfume of Life and had a...
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    Re: How often do you blind buy?

    I can only remember blind-buying one: Prada Cuir Ambre. I considered that buy a no-brainer, less than half price at Winners (Canadian version of TJ Maxx, TK Maxx or Marshall's). I would buy any in...
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    Re: Where do you shop for fragrances?

    Downtown.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 27th January, 2016

    Good day, all! I've been wearing and enjoying the Chanel Chance edt and parfum purchased last week. Today wearing the edt and down to the last drops of the first 20ml refill of the three in the set....
  7. Re: When do YOU decide to buy a full bottle?

    Like hednic, I only ever buy full bottles. Ever since I started buying perfume as a teenager, I have only bought full bottles. I do my testing in local stores and buy only locally available scents. I...
  8. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    I had ro put the Aesop soap slab aside for summer use as it proved drying in winter. This is a little surprising as it comes from Australia, where one would imagine combating dryness would be...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 22nd January, 2016

    Stay safe from the storm, all affected!

    I am wearing my purchase of yesterday. Frantically searching for an incense note in Chanel Chance. They call this a floral perfume. i get patchouli and...
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    Re: Today I bought January 2016

    I am blown away by the impressive acquisitions this month, with some super bargains among them. Congrats, everyone!

    I finally decided to buy Chance, which I have been testing on and off for a...
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    Re: The House of Ciro

    A lot of them being chypres would explain why I didn't take to them as a youngster. Only later on did I come to appreciate the chypre accord. Good work, Jack Twist, in finding Ciro. It was pretty...
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    Re: The House of Ciro

    I remember Ciro. When I was a teenager my parents gave me a set of four small Ciro bottles of parfum. They might have been Danger, New Horizons, Ricochet and Surrender. I recall I did not like them...
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    Re: Knowing: A Chypre without Moss!

    Not to get too far off the subject, but since it was mentioned, speaking of Youth Dew, it was irrevocably modified years go, even though it retained a respectable generic spicy oriental vibe. The...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Sandalwood?

    I think that's a good point. The jasmine is as prevalent as the sandalwood and you have to like jasmine too.
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    Re: Knowing: A Chypre without Moss!

    Sorry to hear this disappointing news, Bonnette. I was just over on the Lauder website and despite none in the ingredient list they are still showing oakmoss listed in the notes. Odd.

    "Top Notes:...
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    Re: Nostalgia Purchases

    A while back I bought Blue Grass for nostalgia reasons. It was my first perfume back in middle school, then called junior high. i bought the current version. It smells somewhat like it used to but...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Sandalwood?

    Voted Other. There are two I like: Lutens Santal Majuscule, which to me smells the most like an actual hunk of sandalwood; and Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin, which I find so very wearable. The latter...
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    Re: Lipstick of the Day - What ya wearing?

    Ever since October, when I purchased Nars Audacious in Anna, it's the only lipstick I've been wearing. I've checked out some other colours in the past couple of months but have not found anythng that...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    I hear ya, remik. Rolex may be a victim of its own popularity. Every watch company from Patek Philippe to Timex has its wannabe Rolex Oyster models, possibly the most copied watch design of all time....
  20. Good-news story for perfume lovers

    "And then a woman would walk by with perfume, I would say, ‘Oh she smells good,' he says with a laugh."
    ...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Design matters aside, somehow "predictable" seems to me like a very desirable quality to have in a watch! 😀
  22. Re: Ny times piece of fragrance memory

    Thanks for the link.

    One explanation could be the author was being haunted by guilt because she didn't bother to find out what perfume her mother-in-law wore during her lifetime.
  23. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    Currently using at wash basin the pieces from the Aesop soap slab mentioned earlier. It smells mostly of ylang-ylang. At tubside is savon d'Alep (Aleppo soap), the crude unscented bars. Favourites...
  24. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    CC, thanks for the tip!

    I love reading about all the different soaps too!

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    Justin, welcome to the forum! Couldn't agree more. Soap feels so luxurious. I am also...
  25. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    Of today's Roger & Gallet soaps my favourite is the Jean Marie Farina Extra Vieille but I do miss some of the old-time scents like Rose Thé, Fougère, Iris and Oeillet Mignardaise.

    Last week I got...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 2nd January, 2016

    Wearing a couple of drops of Aromaforce ylang-ylang essential oil lfrom the healthfood store. It's not in the database so I can't indicate it officially as my SOTD. Smells lovely.

    On the way home...
  27. Re: SOTD: Friday, 1st January, 2016 - New Years Day

    Happy New Year, everybody! May it be the best ever.

    I am wearing Chanel No 5 and particlarly loving the ylang-ylang note.

    Get well soon, Vernona. I say wear perfume even if you can't smell it....
  28. Re: did you ever abstain from writing positive reviews....?

    The salesperson problem is not a factor for me because almost all of of the perfume salespeople I've dealt with are really nice. They may not always even know all the relevant information about the...
  29. Re: SOTD: Friday, 25th December, 2015 - XMAS Day

    Joining shadesofbleu in the house of Mugler, wearing Cuir Impertinent.. Merry Christmas and good will to all!!
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    Yes! 👍
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    Dior Dior is beautiful. Lucky finds, both! I have a perfume book that indicates it was discontinued in Canada by 1984 but was still available in Paris at the time.
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    Any time, Blackcat76!




    The "almost" phase can last several decades.. :D
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    Way to go, BC! Congrats on making the best of your time in Paris. Enjoy them all!
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    Re: When Guerlain meets Graffiti

    187 years of class and elegance trashed in one fell swoop.
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    That Jatamansi is beautiful. I seem to remember they discontinued it because they could no longer access the key ingredient. Enjoy!
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    Re: Plum Fragrance for Men???

    Atelier Cologne Gold Leather contains a plum note. Here are the notes from their site:

    Top notes : bitter orange from Seville, Indian saffron, Jamaican rum
    Heart notes : plum, davana from India,...
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

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    Congrats, therese19, on the Tubéreuse, IMO one of Goutal's greatest. It was my signature scent for quite a while, until it became unavailable, and is the perfume that garnered the most...
  38. Re: Please can anyone help me IDENTIFY this perfume

    This is an old thread but what the heck--was it this?
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    Re: Favorite Atelier Cologne fragrance

    The other day I was in a store that carries Atelier Cologne and have to say my mind is now officially boggled. They have come out with so many new scents so fast that with a few exceptions, they all...
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    Re: Cuir Impertinent

    Yes, doubtful at first but it grew on me.
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    Re: Cuir Impertinent

    I have never tried (or seen) Angel Cuir but I have been wearing Cuir Impertinent for about three weeks now and I love it. Agreed it does not have great sillage but longevity on me is excellent, with...
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    Love those Montale LE bottles!



    Yes! A former colleague wore it as a signature scent and I found it distinctive and unusual.

    Even though I have hardly made a dent in the bottle of Cuir...
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    Re: Today I bought - November 2015

    Happy Birthday, kumquat and Ms. hednic, Jr.!
  44. Re: What is your signature scent, or your favorite scent?

    Through the years I have had many signature scents. These are scents I would still be wearing if they had not been discontinued, altered unfavourably or become annoyingly hard to get. Among the most...
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    Re: Mugler's Les Exceptions line

    Thank you!
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    Re: Today I bought - November 2015

    Happy belated birthday, zeniba! Enjoy your wonderful acquisitions, everyone!

    Finally today picked up my bottle of Cuir Impertinent on the (slight) sale day and also received a refillable 8ml purse...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Congrats on the compliments!

    Today they had a perfume event in The Bay department store and walking through I passed an SA pushing Sauvage. (I had a feeling he would be there😄 )... There was a...
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    Re: Mugler's Les Exceptions line

    Picked up my bottle of Cuir Impertinent today and they threw in an 8ml refillble travel size, along with the $10 discount. Now reveling in five normal spritzes instead of one tiny one. I really like...
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    Re: Where have all the women gone?

    😄 Go for it!
  50. Re: What is your favorite Thierry Mugler A*Men fragrance, and which do you think is most versatile?

    The Taste of Fragrance is my favourite. To be honest, I have not smelled probably most of them, but when I smelled TTOF I flipped out (in a good way)!
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    Re: Mugler's Les Exceptions line

    I also appreciate the detailed description of CI. I agree on the not-gut-level impact. It started out kind of doubtful and has been slowly growing on me, sort of like becoming fond of a stray cat...😄...
  52. Re: Does anyone have any idea what the best selling perfumes of 1980 were?

    A number have been mentioned that I remember being very popular in 1980:
    Opium
    Magie Noire
    Anaïs-Anaïs
    Charlie
    Chanel No 5
    Oscar

    Giorgio was reportedly launched in 1981.
  53. Re: How about an "I Stand With France" SSD on 15 November?

    Definitely.
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    Re: Mugler's Les Exceptions line

    Now I'm leaning toward Cuir Impertinent again. LOL I also tested Supra Floral, Fougère Furieuse and Oriental Express and the Cuir came out the favourite. I will spare readers any more back-and-forth...
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    Re: Mugler's Les Exceptions line

    I wore Cuir Impertinent yesterday and, while I like it, I'm leaning toward replenishing Chyprissime, which seems like a scent easier to wear on a daily basis, which I like to do. Also, I have a...
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    Re: Mugler's Les Exceptions line

    Yes. It has more dimension on skin than on paper and seems like a warm, "clingy" skin perfume. It provided a very cozy feeling in the chilly weather on the way home. How does it unfold on you, hednic?
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    Re: Mugler's Les Exceptions line

    Today I went downtown and skin-tested Cuir Impertinent. It's a nice warm scent. It's been on for about two and a half hours now. The soft leather is more toward the front and the drydown is...
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    Re: Where have all the women gone?

    I would also like to see the forum headings grouped into major houses and a forum for perfumes from less well known houses, and/or possibly forums for major types, like Mainstream or Niche.

    In a...
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    Re: Mugler's Les Exceptions line

    Very interesting observation. I only sniffed it on a blotter, which is not a sufficient test. i look forward to seeing which way it goes with a proper wearing.
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    Re: Mugler's Les Exceptions line

    I have Chyprissime, which has a nice crisp edge to it. I wore it today to a wild church bazaar where people were trying to push you out of the way to get at the items and I was glad to be wearing an...
  61. Re: New 2015 Thierry Mugler Angel Passion Star Eau de Parfum anyone??

    Today I got an email notice announcing its arrival. I was also wondering if anyone here had tried Angel Passion Star and their impressions.

    Notes are:
    citrus bergamia, mandarine, jasmine,...
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    Re: Where have all the women gone?

    Nothing wrong with the font or colour (although colour prefrences might vary)--this website is internet standard found on most websites and no deterrent.

    I don't post very much and when I do it is...
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    Re: Today I bought...October 2015

    Chanel Cuir de Russie, 200 ml edt. The prices have skyrocked fifty percent since the last bottle I bought. In a wider perspective, the 75 ml now costs what was once the price of the 200 ml! However,...
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    Re: I have a job for IFRA!

    Hopefully, that's what they do only one never hears of products other than fine perfumes beng affected.
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    Re: I have a job for IFRA!

    Ha, ha! that'll be the day.
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    I have a job for IFRA!

    Last night I'm sitting in the living room watching TV, when an allergic fit comes over me. My eyes begin to itch and water, sneezing won't stop, choking and difficulty breathng and I'm thinking "What...
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    Re: Lipstick of the Day - What ya wearing?

    New lipstick : Nars Audacious Anna (as seen on the Nars site).
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 15th October, 2015

    Happy Birthday, ROBERTO, Many fragrant returns!

    Happy Anniversary, Killiwia! Congratulations!

    Feeling rebellious today in Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass. I got tired of wearing expensive perfume...
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome Perfume of Life members

    :thumbsup: Well done, Detective tdem!
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome Perfume of Life members

    Hi, S2. I remember that avatar. I hope you can find it again.
  71. Re: Do you pack away certain frags until spring?

    I wear anything all year long.
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - August 2015

    Oolang Infini candle is now almost halfway burned. It is a very mild, subdued scent, calming. It takes me a long time to use up a candle. I usually finish one before starting another due to limited...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015

    Bon voyage, Xscent, and looking forward to any perfume comments from London!

    Chant d'Arômes for me. I wear today's version in the hopes of getting a whiff of oakmoss. The oakmoss note is greatly...
  74. Re: Sad news regarding Chanel Eau de Cologne

    Another one bites the dust. That is very saddening, so sorry. It does not surprise me, however, for I feel the same thing has happened to my formerly beloved Beige. Since 2009 I had bought 15...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 7th September, 2015

    Happy Labour Day! Same in Canada except we get an extra letter! :D

    Since the day of purchase (Aug. 26th), except for the one day when I tested Sauvage, I've been wearing Oud Saphir every day....
  76. Re: Really hoping anyone (everyone?!) can help!

    Just to say, joaquinfan, you've done a beautiful colouring job!
  77. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    Congrats on the home renovations, CuddleCat! "Villages and Monasteries" sounds nice and complex as an aroma.

    I've been meaning to get back to this thread. Now using Aleppo soap at tubside and...
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    Re: Atelier - Gold Leather

    I agree with those who say get the one you love in the size you can afford. You could end up spending more money trying to duplicate it than just getting it in the first place. It's also true that...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I am also wearing it today, mainly due to interest generated by the lively discussion on the various basenotes threads. Not being familiar with many of the masculine scents to which it has been...
  80. Re: What do you dislike the most about your fragrance hobby?

    artificially contrived high-end market placement
    no room in the closet for clothes
    IFRA
  81. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Alaia Paris and Miu Miu

    Thanks for the link. Considering Miu Miu is by Prada, a serious misstep is surprising. The Alaïa sounds wonderful--and dangerous to the pocketbook, as leather scents seem very appealing to me right...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    All in one bottle--what a bargain! :D
  83. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    There is a nose-hurting sharp note in a lot of Ellena's perfumes. Is that iso-e super? If so, perhaps i can smell it after all.
  84. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    Maybe we could cede iso-e super to IFRA in exchange for the return of oakmoss...:D
  85. Re: I can't smell ISO E Super, blessed or cursed?

    I can't smell it either and I don't feel I'm missing anything. The only thing I wonder about is if others can smell it and it is in my perfume, do I smell the way I think I do? :D That could be a...
  86. Re: Interview: Guerlain Creative Director Sylvaine Delacourte

    Thanks for the link. Very nice interview. Sylvaine Delacourte has been in Montreal a few times at Guerlain events and she is indeed frank and straightforward with her opinions. She is also willing to...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    That's a possibility. Also, even without tweaking, just by sitting in the bottle for a few more weeks or months, a new perfume can round itself out as the ingredients blend in more over time.
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    Re: Miss Dior Original

    Totally agree, Miss Dior could easily double as Mr. Dior. I suspect it could smell fabulous on a man.
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - August 2015

    Finished a Balsam Fir candle last night and now "running" an Atelier Cologne Oolang Infini. I like their candles.
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 29th August 2015

    Hi, all!

    Re L'Instant, the extrait shown, I tested it and, like Vernona, found it to be a very soft, pretty, powdery scent, but declined to buy it because of a suspicion I might tire of it...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    From a woman's perspective...tested it in the store on a blotter and found it somewhat harsh and derivative. I was not too impressed. But today from the sample handed out by the SA I sprayed some on...
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - August 2015

    You're way ahead of me, folks! :D I don't burn a candle every day and, as a result, it can take weeks or months to use one up. But today the Balsam Fir candle is lit and chugging away. It does not...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 27th August 2015

    Joining Jon R. in the house: Atelier Cologne Oud Saphir. Leather, yes and, most of all, I become an ambrette bomb (a note that amplifies on me). Been wearing it for two days now and each day, as the...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    I enjoy reading this thread. Wear your wonderful new perfumes in the best of health, everybody!

    The local store having received Oud Saphir, I pounced. Wearing it now. This is a very different...
  95. Sticky: Re: Recently Discontinued/ Due To Be Discontinued Fragrances......???

    So sorry to see JWM go. I agree it was all you say.

    Also Amber Ylang Ylang of this series is discontinued. Both are gone from the Lauder website.
  96. Re: Ylang ylang fragrance recommendations?

    I noticed a difference between No 5 made in the USA and the one we get in Canada, which comes from France. To my nose, while they both feature rose and jasmine, the edt and parfum in the American...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    In addition to the Donald Trump issue, Macy's is a popular-type department store chain that historically has carried mainstream fragrances and not some of the niche fragrances carried by higher-end...
  98. Re: Just received New Atelier Cologne - Jasmin Angelique!

    Who indeed? I have seen it compared to Tuscan Leather in some reviews but am not familiar with TL myself. I sprayed on about six to ten spritzes of OS in the boutique around 2pm and now at 11pm I am...
  99. Re: Just received New Atelier Cologne - Jasmin Angelique!

    Thank you, hednic. Jasmine sambac has been turning up fairly frequently in perfumes for a while now. I did not know it comes from Western Asia. Far from wasted. I had such a good time and Oud Saphir...
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    Re: NEW: Atelier Cologne Oud Saphir

    Back to this thread as Oud Saphir has just been received locally. Tested it today and loved it. On me the suede leather note is very evident. I also have Gold Leather by the house and while GL has a...
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