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    Re: SOTD Thursday 5th March 2015

    Hello everyone! I'm actually on the verge of selling Coromandel, doesn't work for me at all sadly :(

    Still, hopefully going to the Tom Ford counter today to test Santal Blush. Figured I should...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 4th March 2015

    Hello everyone! Continuing with Operation Finish Some Bottles Before Purchasing Any More, today's SOTD is Prada Candy. Purchased on a whim, something I wouldn't do again with this particular perfume....
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    Re: Today I bought March 2015

    I've had a great week so far:

    http://i.imgur.com/4ZqhSrCl.jpg
  4. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    Oooh, it's in the UK? That's something for the to-do list this week! I'll give Selfridges a call on Monday.

    As for the last in the Exclusifs line, I've heard nothing of the sort. Would be very odd...
  5. Re: I Really Hate........ (The, "I Really Hate" Thread)

    I hate the vast majority of perfume ad campaigns.


    (Looking at you, Tom Ford.)
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 28th February 2015

    Received my 150ml bottle of Chanel No. 5 Eau Première today, very pleased with it. Alas, SOTD:

    http://i.imgur.com/mzKlnPZ.png
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    Re: SOTD Friday 27th February 2015

    Funny you should mention that, I'm proud of myself today for managing to sway my mother away from buying Coco Mademoiselle and getting her to choose Coco EDT instead.

    Anywho, today I'm wearing the...
  8. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    You're so right. 1932 is the wallflower of the collection, and one that really took me by surprise. I ended up repurchasing after draining my 75ml bottle!

    Oh, congratulations on the Misia,...
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    Re: Funniest fragrance reviews you've read?

    My favourite from the Guide is actually one of Tania Sanchez's, this brilliant takedown of Dior Addict:

    “I liked it very much in Macy’s when I went there drunk one day, and told everyone afterward...
  10. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    A glowing review for Misia from Victoria at Bois de Jasmin today http://boisdejasmin.com/2015/02/chanel-les-exclusifs-misia-perfume-review.html
  11. Sticky: Re: Recently Discontinued/ Due To Be Discontinued Fragrances......???

    Guerlain L'Instant Magic has been discontinued. https://twitter.com/Guerlain/status/562654988527480832
  12. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    Damn, that's kind of annoying that the UK has to wait a month. Guessing that it's launching in France and the US first? Still, gives me hope that I might be able to snag a sample in the coming weeks!
  13. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    Oh god we need more info! Don't keep us in the dark!
  14. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    Ah, sorry - I should have said closer to a more opaque oriental vibe, rather than some of the recent florals like 1932 and Jersey. Still, you can't spell hearsay without SA, so it remains to be seen.
  15. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    The SA I spoke to in Manchester said that Misia is launching on the 6th of March (Friday), and it's closer to Coromandel and Cuir de Russie in structure. Can't wait to try it.

    Meanwhile, I had a...
  16. Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel - Misia coming Feb 2015?

    Very much looking forward to this, but I'm worried that they'll discontinue something to make room, most likely No. 18 or 28 La Pausa. Hopefully I'm wrong!

    EDIT: Also, shouldn't this be moved to...
  17. Re: Critically acclaimed but a commercial failure?

    It's a personal opinion. You have your own.
  18. Re: Critically acclaimed but a commercial failure?

    One that will live on in infamy as the 'worst Guerlain ever', according to Luca Turin.

    Speaking of Guerlain and Luca Turin, Champs-Elysees was a massive flop in Europe, coming shortly after...
  19. Re: I want something that smells heavenly, mild & sweet.

    EDIT: Misread original post, ignore.
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    Poll: Re: Men v Women: How many sprays?

    Female: Voted for 3-5 sprays, but this varies between perfumes. Something like Coromandel that has impressive sillage will be 3 sprays (one to the wrist, chest, and neck), whereas for something...
  21. Re: Name A Fragrance that you think best represents and defined A Single Year. Everyone Share!

    2002 - Yves Saint Laurent M7. The beginning of the oud gold-rush in Western perfumery.
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    Optimistic view: maybe he's working on the new book?
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    Re: Your favorite Iris (Orris) scents

    It does stick around on my skin for quite a while, but it almost always hits the base notes about an hour in. It's still lovely though, and one I'm really craving (once I sell some of my other...
  24. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    A year ago I would've said Coromandel, but I'm increasingly moving towards Sycomore and/or 28 La Pausa (the performance of La Pausa isn't great, but the scent itself is to die for). I used to love...
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    Re: Café Rose vs Noir de Noir

    I'm not too keen on Café Rose's 'purple-ness', but I love Noir de Noir's almost chocolatey take on the rose-oud combination, so that gets my vote.
  26. Re: Help! Hate Shalimar until the very end, but LOVE the finish

    Perhaps a bit wasteful, but you could try rubbing it in after spraying so that the top notes wear off more quickly? Or layer some unscented cream over it?

    I say that because, sadly, there's very...
  27. Sticky: Re: Recently Discontinued/ Due To Be Discontinued Fragrances......???

    Some confirmation on Shalimar Parfum Initial: http://monsieurguerlain.tumblr.com/post/104999830468/time-to-stock-up-guerlain-informs-us-that
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    Re: Today I Bought. December 2014

    Ran out of my beloved Narciso the other day (30ml drained in 2 months!), so went and bought a gift set at a department store event.
    ...
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    Re: New edgy signature scent for my fiancé

    Yep, it's possibly the most approachable of Tom Ford's Private Blend line. That's not a slight against it, just in terms of relativity versus some of the heavier beasts like Tobacco Vanille and...
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    Re: Similar to Tom Ford Plum Japonais?

    Yep, Plum Japonais is very close to Feminite du Bois in the top notes. FdB does go in a more cedar-y direction as it progresses, whereas Plum Japonais sticks with the jammy plum sweetness.
  31. Re: Grey Vetiver... EDT? I guess there's a new version. Anybody smelled it?

    They've done it for nearly a century with women's releases. The key is that each version emphasises different facets of the fragrance - it's not a black-and-white watering-down that's so often...
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    Re: Estee Lauder acquires Frederic Malle

    True; perhaps it's a case of taking the money while he still can. Could be a smart move if so.

    As for the next house to be snapped up? I predicted Ormonde Jayne, but Lutens could also be a good...
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    Estee Lauder acquires Frederic Malle

    (Paywalled link, sorry) http://wwd2.wwd.com/beauty-industry-news/financial/lauder-in-deal-with-frederic-malle-8024706?src=rss/recentstories/20141107

    Still, some spending spree in recent weeks,...
  34. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    This thread is a f***ing embarrassment.
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    Re: Any Men/Guys Wearing Fate Woman?

    Well, it doesn't possess a set of genitals, so...
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    Re: Harrods Salon de Parfum Opening night

    Well, a man did get locked in Waterstones this week. Lightning could strike twice!
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    Re: Harrods Salon de Parfum Opening night

    I could just live in that room. *swoon*
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    Re: Gift help needed: Citrus vanilla?

    How about Guerlain Eau de Shalimar?
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    Re: I Just Bought Black Orchid...

    Much like Angel, I prefer smelling this on other people passing by. When I wear it myself, I get chocolate sweat. Well-made but something I would never, ever personally wear.
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    Re: fragranceexpert.com

    That price match feature looks excellent too, but admittedly I haven't used the service at all. If it's all legitimate and well-run, it could be a worthy contender to Escentual and AllBeauty in the...
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    Re: Harrods Salon de Parfum Opening night

    Everything I've seen of it looks gorgeous. Really appreciate the images, Viffer.
  42. Re: LADIES TOP LIST - Whch perfume for men you like the most?

    I'm not telling you unless you promise never to use that term again.
  43. Re: The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. to Acquire Le Labo

    Yeah, Estee Lauder has generally been good to their brands with regards to preserving quality in fragrances, unlike some others (Looking at you, LVMH!). The Tom Ford line in particular stands out as...
  44. The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. to Acquire Le Labo

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/est-e-lauder-companies-inc-120100191.html

    Wonder if this means Le Labo expanding into wider territories or if it'll remain quite an exclusive brand? I've seen both...
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    Re: Affordable Leather Fragrance UK

    Also, if you haven't already, save "Chanel Cuir de Russie" as a search on eBay. You could potentially snag a deal on it that way.

    But yes, don't accept any substitutes if you've already fallen for...
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    Re: Affordable Leather Fragrance UK

    Correct. Once your heart is set on something, you'll never fully accept a lesser alternative.

    If you're not ready to shell out big bucks, maybe try looking for a decant to tide you over? Or check...
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    Re: Pure Malt Alternatives?

    The original Angel has a similar vibe but it's much better, and if you're looking for performance, this brings it in spades. Don't get bogged down with gender classification.
  48. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    A few years ago, I would've recommended Bois des Iles, but I really don't think current formulations are very good at all. They seem to skip to the drydown after about half an hour, and it's missing...
  49. Re: Guerlain Santal Royal - Harrods Exclusive + other news

    The reason I pretty much refuse to purchase any sandalwood-centred fragrance today is because there doesn't seem to be a synthetic equivalent that comes close to real Indian sandalwood, which the...
  50. Re: Have people stopped buying Guerlain after the racist remarks?

    They handled it very well, even if it meant exiling J-P Guerlain from his own house. I honestly don't believe that Guerlain is any less popular than before though; at least, it's not like in the...
  51. Re: Any good ones where GALBANUM plays a "supporting role?"

    EDIT: misread title, please ignore.
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    Re: Scent of Makeup

    Have you tried Love, Chloe? That at least mimics face powder.
  53. Re: Debenhams 10% off fragrance (John Lewis price-match also applies)

    House of Fraser have joined in the fun too: http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Fragrances+Perfumes/101,default,sc.html
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    Re: Any love for Jour D' Hermes?

    It's very understated and elegant. Just depends on how much you like Jean-Claude Ellena's light, effervescent style. Very well-done for a modern perfume (and much more tolerable and unique than Coco...
  55. Debenhams ,John Lewis, House of Fraser sales

    Looks like it's online only for today, but I'm not certain about that. John Lewis are price-matching the items that Debenhams stock:

    http://www.debenhams.com/beauty...
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    Re: September Purchases 2014

    I did the opposite; bought 31 Rue Cambon first, but Coromandel just kept sighing my name in the wind. A fine set of fragrances.
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    Re: NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez (2014)

    Not at all - seems most appropriate for the Autumn months.
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    Re: Similar perfumes to Gucci Rush???

    Bottega Veneta EDP is similar to Rush but coloured differently. It's also much smoother and more sultry than Rush. One of my favourites. http://www.basenotes.net/ID26132563.html
  59. Re: Shock and awww! Nasomatto Blamage mini email gif. Possibly nsfw

    Fragrance advertising is missing a sense of humour these days, so this is a welcome change.
  60. Re: New Installment of Luca Turin's Reviews - September 2nd

    It's been a year of complete letdowns, but I totally agree with this.
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    Re: NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez (2014)

    For Her? I'm really not great at describing this sort of thing and I've yet to wear them side-by-side, but they have a similar sort of character whilst taking different directions. The musky accord...
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    Re: NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez (2014)

    Never mind, I went and bought a bottle immediately after testing it, which almost never happens. It's so beautifully creamy. I wish I could say more, but I'm not as good with words as Luca Turin. So...
  63. Re: New Installment of Luca Turin's Reviews - September 2nd

    Ahh, fair enough. It's a five from me at least, an incredible achievement in modern perfumery.
  64. Re: New Installment of Luca Turin's Reviews - September 2nd

    I've got a bottle of the Narciso, and it's every bit as beautiful as he describes. Wish he'd had the balls to bump it up to a five though; don't deny yourself the pleasure of doing so, Mr. Turin!
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    Re: Perfume that smells like blush

    Love, Chloe was intentionally created to smell like old-fashioned make-up, so that's a good one to look for.
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    NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez (2014)

    Has anybody had the chance to try this yet? It's out at Selfridges in the UK from today, and I'm having to restrain myself from blind-buying it.

    Notes:
    Top: White Gardenia, Rose
    Heart: Musk,...
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    Re: Velvet Orchid by Tom Ford

    I'm not a fan of Black Orchid, but that's solely on a personal level. I can accept that it's a very well-made, challenging perfume, which is exactly what Velvet Orchid isn't. A very static 'sweet'...
  68. Re: Name 3 Fragrances that the fragrance community loves, but you don't see the hype!

    /end of thread
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Michael Edwards lists it as follows:

    TOP: Orange
    HEART: Iris (Orris), Rose (Damascone)
    BASE: Cedarwood, Leather, Oud accord, Ambrette seeds
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    Poll: Re: L'air du Desert Marocain vs Ambre Sultan

    Likewise. The trademark Lutens sweetness doesn't work for me at all, so I vote Tauer.
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    Re: Bvlgari Black To Be Discontinued.

    I'm only cautious because the Bvlgari Black Discontinued threads have popped up a number of times in the last few years and have proven to be false every time so far. Also, sales assistants have a...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black To Be Discontinued.

    I think there's a good chance that it'll be placed into limited distribution like the Eau Parfumee au Thé line, but discontinued entirely? I don't think they really have sufficient reason to do away...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black To Be Discontinued.

    A reliable source, eh? Sounds reliable.

    Black IS still on the website. http://en.bulgari.com/department.jsp?cat=cat00176
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    Re: Luca Turin on Lampblack (and others)

    And just as soon as Guerlain have a hit with LPRN Couture, they fire another blank with Limon Verde. Ah well, they can't all be winners, eh?
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    Re: Favorite French Fragrance

    That's Italian, I'm afraid!

    Like hednic, it's hard to choose, as most of my favourites are French. To pick three (one from each of my favourite French houses): Guerlain L'Heure Bleue, Chanel...
  76. Re: Luca Turin reviews La Petite Robe Noire Couture, Karl Lagerfeld

    Correct! Though I rather wish that he'd gone all the way and given it 5 stars. I'd have rushed out to the nearest dept. store to sample it.
  77. Re: Luca Turin reviews La Petite Robe Noire Couture, Karl Lagerfeld

    I'll be sure to mention if someone else gets it!
  78. Luca Turin reviews La Petite Robe Noire Couture, Karl Lagerfeld

    Featuring what I believe to be a Luca Turin first. See if you can spot it.
    ...
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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    It's supposedly out now at Sephora in France: http://m.sephora.fr/index.html#!catalog/product/view/P1896012
  80. Re: A conversation with two SAs in a department store

    This was absolutely worth bumping a two-year old thread for.
  81. Re: Requests from my BOSSES - what would they like?

    Prada do some good skin scents, such as L'Eau Ambree and Infusion D'Iris.

    In terms of the vanilla suggestion, there's Eau de Shalimar perhaps?
  82. Re: TOM FORD to discontinue Jonquille de Nuit, Lys Fume and Ombre de Hyacinth

    I've heard Café Rose is getting a 100ml iteration, which means it's going to stick around in the line for a while.

    Anyway, the Tom Ford Private Blend seems to be a little rushed as of late. When...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2014

    Likewise, but not until this evening. Until then, it's another eau de cologne day for me. So warm today!
  84. Re: Best sandalwood-based scent available at a department store?

    Also agreed. No fault of Chanel's - the limitations on sandalwood have taken their toll on a number of great fragrances. Genuine sandalwood used to be readily available and proudly put on show in...
  85. Re: Best sandalwood-based scent available at a department store?

    Go to the women's section and try Guerlain Samsara. Longevity is very good, and the sillage can be pretty huge. Very good value in many places too.
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    Re: Mugler A*Men Pure Coffee to be re-released

    Anyone had a visit from the postman today?
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    Re: July Purchases

    I caved in and bought Tommy Girl today (stop laughing!). It was between this and Jour D'Hermes, but at £16 for 100ml, this stuff is extremely good value.
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    Re: Mugler A*Men Pure Coffee to be re-released

    Now available in the UK: http://m.muglerstore.co.uk/a-men-pure-coffee/M020101009.html
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    Re: Mugler A*Men Pure Coffee to be re-released

    I sincerely doubt it, given that the original truly was limited. They would have sold all of their bottles on the initial run.
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    Mugler A*Men Pure Coffee to be re-released

    Just spotted on Mugler's UK website, not sure if it's also on the US/France website: http://www.mugler.co.uk/fragrances/4000/
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    Dating Shalimar EDC (Blue Box)

    Hello everyone, would anybody happen to know roughly when these Shalimar EDC bottles were in production? Looking at ordering one but they're online only. Thanks in advance!

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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    I suppose with Eau de Shalimar, one could argue that it fills the gap of a Shalimar that's appropriate for warmer weather, whereas with Parfum Initial certain people saw that it was marketed to...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2014

    My first Synchronised Friday! What a fun concept. Also gives me an excuse to wear Chanel Eau de Cologne.
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    That must be a first for a fragrance? Never seen an app for a release before.

    Seems like they're putting a lot behind this release, particularly in Gay Paree. This could make or break Thierry...
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    Re: July Purchases

    I've got Shalimar Parfum Initial on the way, to quell any discontinuation fears.
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    Re: Chanel Eau Premiere

    They're easy to tell apart, thankfully. The old bottle is tall, whereas the new bottle is short and wide and resembles the classic Chanel No. 5 bottle. For comparison:


    Old...
  97. Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    In City of Angels (1998), whilst poking around Meg Ryan's apartment, Nicholas Cage spritzes himself in the eyes with Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert.
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    Re: Today I Bought - June 2014

    I'm finally sampling this in the coming days, can't wait!
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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    That sort of thing makes me wonder if it's a poor translation from French. Like with foreign literature, it often doesn't sound quite right when translated to English, either because it's an unusual...
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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    There's been no official confirmation, but Monsieur Guerlain posted a while back that there was speculation about it. Plus, I've seen stocks not being replaced in department stores and PI turning up...
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