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    Re: Oldest Creed you own.

    A 2005 bottle of Cuir de Russie in the old green Private Collection bottle. Almost 80% full. I dip into it every now and then for a hit of shimmering, silvery, smoky birch and sandalwood topped off...
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    Re: Santal Majuscule by Serge Lutens

    I just smelt it today at Barney's in San Francisco. It is surprisingly different on paper and skin; on the former, it is all salycilates that refuse to dry out- but on skin, it open like a classic...
  3. Re: New Serge Lutens Exclusive line parfume for 2012! Any guesses?

    I just smelt it today at Barney's in San Francisco. It is surprisingly different on paper and skin; on the former, it is all salycilates that refuse to dry out- but on skin, it open like a classic...
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    Re: the smell of real Orange Blossoms

    I am a complete addict to the smells of both Neroli and Orange Blossom. I own 4711 which has a very prominent Neroli note and Fleur d'Oranger from both L'artisan and Lutens and recently purchased the...
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    Re: Strong(er) sandalwood frags

    Exactly what I was thinking, Scentemental. You put it down exactly. Sandalwood while being extremely - and I do mean extremely - long lasting - has very low diffusivity. I sometimes spray Art of...
  6. Re: L'Occitane,not that I needed more scents!

    You must try out their Neroli EdP - it is a really sensual and beautiful Neroli - erotic and nocturnal. Also a powerhouse perfume which needs only a couple of sprays (and I mean it - any more and you...
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    Re: Chanel No.19

    Ah 19! The wonder claims another. I love Chanel No.19 and wear the EdT (which I actually prefer over the EdP) all the time. The green wet freshness of it makes it a year-round pick-me-up scent for...
  8. Re: Your favorite scent containing oakmoss

    Mitsouko (please don't even bother trying the new one - I curse it and spit on it)
    Vol de Nuit - parfum
    Parure
    Chanel No.19
    Trussadi Uomo
    Miss Dior (vintage)
    Rochas Femme (vintage)
    Eau Suavage
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    Re: The Ultimate Rose Perfume ?

    For a clean photorealistic rose, pink and drenched in morning dew - nothing like Creed fleur de the rose bulgare.

    Second and third place go to Sa Majeste la Rose by Serge Lutens and L'Ombre dans...
  10. Re: Fragrances that don't mix with sweat...

    My skin reacts in very very weird ways to a few.

    Most chypres play well on me. Except bandit. When I wear it for more than a few hours in a warm club/pub surrounding it just about killed me.
    ...
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    Re: Top 5 Noses!

    would be unfair to expect anyone in the present to stand up to Roudnitska or "the" guerlain :)

    the past masters
    Jacques Guerlain
    Ernest Beaux
    Edmond Roudnitska
    Ernest Daltroff
    Aime Guerlain...
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    Re: the most drinkable juice

    Creed Royal Water - a boozy gin flavoured with spices and florals -quite musky - reminds me of Bombay Saphire.
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    Re: Best scent from L'Artisan Parfumeur?

    jeez -
    for sheer simplicity and beauty - Mure et Musc
    for complexity and depth - L'Eau du Navigateur
    for beauty and elegance - Orichidee Blanche
    for...
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    Re: House Referendum -- L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Finally making my comments on this thread - seeing as it has been brought back from the dead.

    I own quite a few L'artisans (11 to be exact) - and am planning on getting 2 more. Obviously I love...
  15. Re: is rose scent not masculine enough?

    rose is a big smell and for its size and amazing complexity, it is actually great scent in a composition in that it plays well and doesn't kill others down with its intensity. it goes well with...
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    Re: Dior Homme is so suffocating!!

    Yes - Dior Homme has a huge iris wallop. Smells like sticking your nose into compact powder or lipstick. oily and woody and very very weird. i do not find it suffocating at all though. the ethyl...
  17. Re: "Scent of a villian"- what would the Joker wear? =)

    The clothing is disgusting - so I would assume something that is equally nasty. Purple makes me think bubblegum - so rasberry and plastic. aldehydic berries. green would be a synthetic vetiver. white...
  18. Re: Your most drastic note changing scent?

    I'll second Jicky - ends on incense and leather after starting out with herbs and lavendar and bergamot and going all the way through classical floral boquet. A journey if ever there was one.
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    Re: l'artisan

    That is a complete bummer. I can't believe that they had an objection to most l'artisans. If anything most people that complain about the house complain about the thin and fleeting nature of their...
  20. Re: Give me a scent for this following picture :

    I would second mure et musc - for a the fruityness of currants - but that makes more sense for a fruity/jammy zin. for a tighter wine with lesser wobble i would think that a woody leather - something...
  21. Re: Hermessence Paprika Brasil = AP ripoff?

    Uh - which one again? Safran Troublant or Piment Brulant?
  22. Re: Looking for a fragrance with the following qualities: (quite specific)

    Antaeus all the way. A *huge* and expansive smell that occupies volume without feeling heavy, bulky or weighted down. Smells so ridiculously rich - it is impossible. A large dose of labdanum and a...
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    Re: Quick Top Five!

    Jicky
    Chanel No.19 Edt
    Antaeus
    Gucci ph
    L'Eau d'Navigateur
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    Re: Layering fragrances

    I mix and layer quite often. I usually go with nnotes that complement each other. For example - roots usually go very well together. Try ginger, vetiver and iris together - and that makes a wonderful...
  25. Re: Scents heavy on incense AND tonka/vanilla?

    Yes - you are correct. Olibanum or frankincense is the churchy incense in Gucci pH. There are many other kinds of incenses - Myrrh, Oppoponax and myarid balsams. Even resinous woods like Cedar and...
  26. Re: Scents heavy on incense AND tonka/vanilla?

    I can completely sympathise with your desire to find something like Gucci pH with tonka. Believe me, if I had a penny for every time I wished they had made the amber in the base just a touch sweeter,...
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    Re: What are Aldehydes?

    That was an excellent explanation, Scentemental. What has always been amazing to me is that how Formaldehyde which was the only one I had exposure to in a lab setting could stink up to the heavens -...
  28. Thread: Violet

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    Re: Violet

    Green Irish Tweed has a violet note to me.
  29. Re: Lavander and insense - a suprising combination!

    CoL, I would certainly agree. While I have not tried SL Encense et Lavande, and do not find Gris Clair to be to my liking, I do love the combination of lavander and incense. So, as a poor mans...
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    Re: Best Mixes/Layering

    so many - so many

    Caron pour un homme + Comme des Garcon Avingnon
    Creed Fleurissimo + Bulgari Black
    SL Fleur de Oranger + Bulgari Black
    Diptyque Tam Dao + SL Chergui
    Bergamot + Neroli oils +...
  31. Re: New L'Artisans - Dzhongkha and Narcissus

    Thanks domer...been a bigger fan of them than ever since I met Thom Yorke strolling along on Michigan Ave outside Virgin Megastore - I mean, the irony could kill me.
  32. Re: New L'Artisans - Dzhongkha and Narcissus

    Joel - I do agree with you on that. When I mentioned my displeasure with the new bottles, I was informed that one of the reasons to change the bottle was because people felt that it was a bit...
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    Re: Voleur de Roses

    VdR is a lovely scent of dew drenched roses and wet earth. It would completely fine on most people of most ages. I do not see it being targetted at any age group and/or having anthing that usually...
  34. Re: New L'Artisans - Dzhongkha and Narcissus

    Heh, I complained about the new bottle. It is a great example of how a conceptually great idea can still not translate very well into reality. I still love how the old bottles looked almost...
  35. Re: New L'Artisans - Dzhongkha and Narcissus

    Az, I am sorry I do not have her number. Usually, I just contact her through Barney's and she is in the store ever so often, so I did not need it. I could try to get it for you from Barney's though....
  36. Re: New L'Artisans - Dzhongkha and Narcissus

    Yeah - Charla is the L'Artisan sales manager for all of the midwest. She also let me in on a little secret - well - not so little or secret anymore I guess. Something about L'Artisan - boutique - and...
  37. New L'Artisans - Dzhongkha and Narcissus

    So I was at Barneys yesterday and purely by coincidence, so was Charla, the midwest sales manager for L'Artisan. Now this lovely lady and I know each other quite well through my passion for this...
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    Re: a L'Artisan that lasts?!

    L'Eau de Navagateur definitely lasts on me. FOREVER. I spray it on one morning - and it stays through the day, the whole night in bed - and stays on till the next morning - by which time ofcourse, it...
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    Re: Mechant Loup

    I completely agree with your assesment of the "damp" feel of this fragrance - it reminds me of moss. Moss growing in the shadows of tall trees in dark forests where all the light is filtered through...
  40. Re: wich is the most expensive frag you 've ever b

    about $250 for a 2 oz bottle of Jicky extrait. And again - about $200 for 1oz of Chanel Bois des Iles.
  41. Re: New Chanel Rue Cambon collection scent...

    OMG - Imagine if Christopher Sheldrake is going to work on this one with Polge...*shudders*
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    Re: Cargo Magazine article on Creed

    link please ?
  43. Re: jicky: eau de toilette or eau de perfume

    I did not know know that PdT and EdP were different. As has been said - you learn something new everyday ? So what is the relative concentration difference between a PdT and an EdP ?
  44. Re: jicky: eau de toilette or eau de perfume

    EdP is "the" version of Jicky to own. I own all three - the EdT is almost all lavander. The parfum is exquisite - but not quite as animalic. The EdP marries the fresh beauty to the animalic...
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    Brilliant combo

    Last night I was feeling quite reckless and decided to wear both L'Heure Blue EDP and Jaipur EDP before I went out for dinner. I worked wonders - the heloptrope and vanilla of both came together in a...
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    Re: looking for "dark" scents

    Bandit. The epitome of darkness - a barrage of industrial solvents (leather) drowing out a boquet of carnations and some jasmine laid on a dripping wet mossy forest floor. There is also some incensy...
  47. Re: WHOA! Now this is a find! (interesting article

    Here are some amazing photos of the haul. My friend forwarded me this link

    http://www.abc.net.au/eyre/stories/s1554273.htm?backyard
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    Re: Male cologne?... [n00b alert]

    Much as I would love to have suggested the same thing, I wonder how its esoteric opening would sit with a complete novice. That said, I could not agree more on what an amazing scent this is.

    A...
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    Re: Eau des Iles and L'Eau de Navigateur

    Thanks, Doc! Didn't realise that there had been a discussion about this already.
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    Re: Eau des Iles and L'Eau de Navigateur

    Anybody here know about it's similarity to Eau des Iles, please ? I would really like to continue discussion on the similarities or lack thereof between these two puppies.
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    Re: Toxics fragances?

    I am quite sure eating cabbages and fish exposes you to more mercury and nickel and cadmium and chromium which are more likely to kill you than a couple of squirts of fragrance. I mean - you hardly...
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    Re: Favorite NON-SWEET fragrances

    Un Jardine en Méditerranée comes to mind immediately as a great example of a frag with almost no sweet components to it. L'Artisan's Vetiver is a dry vetiver that I can actually handle. A lot of...
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    Re: Eau des Iles and L'Eau de Navigateur

    At the special event they held at the Barney's in Chicago, they (l'artisan) confirmed that this one was going to be discontinued. It will continue to retail till stocks run out. But they aren't...
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    Re: Heavy metal cologne

    In jest, how would Metallica work for you ? ;D
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    Eau des Iles and L'Eau de Navigateur

    I am blessed. I now own one of, what was, the last 3 bottles of L'Eau de Navigateur in the US - and quite possibly the world. This one is a dream and a half - though it starts off really smoky and...
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    Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur vs Jicky

    I have not smelled MdM, though I have heard that it was to be the male counterpart to Jicky from a lot of people. I would love to know if there is any easy way to get your hands on MdM -apart from...
  57. Re: Your Top 3 Scents Without Staying Power

    Eau d'Hadrien
    Eau Sauvage
    CSP - O Pomelo

    - all divine citruses - if only I could have their freshness forever
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    Re: Is Bulgari Black the ultimate scent?

    Short answer: Yes!

    Slightly long answer: Close. This is one of my all time favee. Certainly makes me feel incredible - that rubbery start, that divine rosewood and sandal/vanilla ending - and...
  59. Re: Musks! MKK vs MR vs LV Musk vs Kiehl's OM vs E

    I would be interested in this too should someone choose to weigh in with their opinions.
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    Re: wich is the best keiko mecheri frag?

    Loukhoum and Oliban appeal to me the most
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    Re: Bergamont and Tobacco

    One more for D&G pour Homme
  62. Re: Acqua di Parma: Colonia vs. Colonia Assoluta

    Colonia - the sweeter, more floral nature of assoluta is not my cup of tea. I love the old dried rose smell of colonia.
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    Re: Bulgari pour Homme ...

    This scent works wonderfully on my skin. The sparkling tea-citrus top and the rosewood are lovely enough - but it is the skin like wonderful musk in the base that just gives that little bit of oomph....
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    Re: Frags and Cigarette smoke

    I guess most tobcco based smells work well in such situations - D&G pH and Guerlain Vetiver have always worked for me. I have tried Tabac blonde on me in clubs and it works wonders for the night -...
  65. Re: Best Guerlain scent for nightclubs?

    Vetiver by far. Vanilla or other ambery scents tend to get cloyingly sweet and when mixed with sweat form a noxious cloud. I'd rather be near a nuclear fallout area.

    The one that has always...
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    Re: Wikipedia stub on Caron

    Heh, I wrote the first stub on Guerlain there - which has subsequently been modified a tad - and still could use a lot more clean-up. I would love to contribute to the Caron write-up although there...
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    Re: L'Eau de Navigateur

    Oh yeah - and both the boutique in NYC and Barneys informed me categorically that it was being discontinued.
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    Re: L'Eau de Navigateur

    The SA at Barney's called me about 3 weeks ago to inform me that it was being discontinued - and that they wanted to give me a call to let me know that because they know I love this fragrance. I have...
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    Re: Hangover

    I usually do not wear a gourmand or oriental when I am having a hangover. I stick to Eau Savage/Eau d'Hadrien or plain Neroli/Bergamot essential oil.
  70. Thread: Jicky

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    Re: Jicky

    Aaah. Jicky! The perpetual one. I doubt if this one can ever go out of style. To me, the parfum, starts out with a huge amount of fresh citrus and lavendar with the smooth woods and floral notes...
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    Re: Dior's Homme

    Might I hazard a guess that the powdery smell you sense *IS* the Iris ? :)
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    Re: My friend

    A skin scent with musk and/or leather. Deep woods like Ebony or Rosewood mixed in. Very few spices , hesperides and a hint of flowers - the quiet ones. Cannot think of a particular one right now.
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    Re: Helmut Lang Velviona?

    I think you'll have to wait, it's $250 for 30 ml. :o

    If I win the lottery though. :D[/quote]


    jeez...for a perfume that is all just *one* synthetic molecule - it sure is expensive.
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    Re: Leather and musk I. Q. quiz

    Guess you are right, Gus...

    I guess then my choices would be the same for leather. But for musk, I would switch to Mure et Musc.
  75. Re:  My Recent Fragrance Compliments!!!!!

    My recent compliments have been for
    a) Gendarme
    b) Hermes EdM
    c) L'artisan Mechant Loup

    I don't particularly care for Gendarme - it is my fallback scent on a day when I am in too much of a...
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    Re: Notes That Should Not Be Combined

    Agree. It ruins everything. :P
    [/quote]

    heh...I am glad you agree...Hedione on the other hand, one can have as much of it as one pleases - practically. Amazing how different synthetics can...
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    Re: Helmut Lang Cuiron

    I would seriously suggest Ebay for this one. There is plenty available there at reasonable rates.
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    Re: Notes That Should Not Be Combined

    cumin and patchouli
    calone and *anything*
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    Re: Leather and musk I. Q. quiz

    Cuir de Russie - Creed/Chanel - Take your pick
    Kiehl's musk/Musc Kublai Khan - Take your pick
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    Re: Creed - Bois de Santal

    I think I will do that. Thanks Aztec, for that piece of info, that even though it may not be in circulation, it could still be an authentic creed.
  81. Thread: oudh

    by paranoidandroid
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    Re: oudh

    That is a pretty generic question...I guess one could say that any fragrance that uses notes inspired by/found commonly in the regions of North Africa and/or the arabian gulf could be considered an...
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    Creed - Bois de Santal

    http://cgi.ebay.com/CREED-BOIS-DE-SANTAL-EDP-8-4oz-PRIVATE-COLLECTION_W0QQitemZ5631779232QQcategoryZ78069QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Anybody even familiar with this one ? Is it the same as Santal...
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    Re: Creed Royal Water

    I am glad you like this one. It works very well on my skin and that clean musk it dies down to after all that minty fresh clean opening through a slight hint of spice is just quite amazing. I love...
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    Re: Eau des Merveilles

    Shifts, I do have to thank you for putting me on the track to getting this one. So, thanks. :)
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    Re: Eau des Merveilles

    I am not surprised - this one is a shapeshifter. The ambergris note hits for just a fleeting instance right out of the bottle - atleast that is the only part of what I understand is an abbergris...
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    Eau des Merveilles

    This is a very recent discovery for me. After a lot of praise from a lot of quarters I decided to see what the fuss was all about with this one. After the very first squirt, I was hooked. This was...
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    Re: Les Nereides Patchouli Antique

    I have not tried this one, but I have tried their oppoponax scent - and it is quite marvellous. Sorry to almost be out of context here - but if you *do* smell it, I would be really interested in...
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    Re: clean neroli

    Thanks so much to all of you for your suggestions. From what I see, I see a couple of LV's that should certainly bear a testing. I cannot believe I have not smelt any LV yet. Although I do hear that...
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    Re: clean neroli

    The other suggestions are all great, and DEFINITELY worth trying, but I wouldn't recommend any of them if what you are looking for is that light, fresh, pure unadulterated note from 4711. However,...
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    Re: clean neroli

    ooh...I had all but forgotten about that one...I have heard that it is an aquired taste though. What *is* so funky about this one anyways ? Does it just react very differently on different people's...
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    clean neroli

    I am looking to find a clean neroli smell that is not sweet or sweaty. Kind of like what you get in 4711, but a bit more long lasting (I know being a citrus smell it won't last forver). I do not want...
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    Re: Habit Rouge & Royal Water

    To my nose, yes they both have a dirty citrus feel to them, but I thought that the dirty in Royal Water was because of the cumin+juniper. If cumin is sweat and juniper is the herbal smell of gin, the...
  93. Re: Today while enjoying a cup of lapsang souchong

    Bvlgari Black is a great lapsang suchong based fragrance that starts out all smokey and rubbery like the tea, and eventually quells the noise with deep rosewood, sandalwood and vanilla. Outstanding...
  94. Re: Scents it took you awhile to "get"?

    Being from India, I took to the Vetivers very well usually. I got along well with both the Guerlain one ( which I love ) and the creed one (OV) - but L'Artisan - boy. This one took me for a spin....
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    Re: Chergui

    Wowzer!! Thats an incredible one to fall in love with - especially with the onset of fall. Now that you are onto the export line, do try Bois de Violette and Encense et Lavanade...and also Iris...
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    Re: Violets and woods

    Thank you all for your suggestions...Now to flog the plastic :)
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    Violets and woods

    Even as I type this, I realise that SL Bois de Violette is probably one I should try.

    I have come to realise that this is a favourite of mine, after owning all of Green Irish Tweed, Grey Flannel...
  98. Re: WHICH GUERLAIN SHOULD BE IN ONE'S WARDROBE??

    Jicky all the way. An oldie - but a goodie. Cannot imagine being without it. Could easily llive without HR.
  99. Re: Highest rated shared / unisex / non-gender-spe

    cK one ?
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    Re: L'Artisan house note

    Heh...you might well be smelling Olivia Giacobetti's "nose" note as she is the nose behind the last 3 in your list of four. :)

    Then again...yes, I agree...there is a similarity between those guys...
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