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    Re: SotD Monday 31st March 2008

    *Waves - it's been a while!*

    Roja Dove Unspoken. Which really is unspeakably good!
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    Re: The paria of perfumes?

    I really like Youth Dew - it's on the 'to purchase' list. I was in a discount perfume place with a friend a few months back, and we were transported back to the 1980s when we sniffed the Paloma...
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    Re: The paria of perfumes?

    I wear Paris quite a lot - I like to layer it with the bubble bath and the moisturising lotion. It's lovely and easy to wear, and very youthful and pretty.

    Speaking of roses we don't hear much...
  4. Re: "Manly, yes, but I like it too!" -- Men's frags

    I love Guerlain's Vetiver - their Vetiver Eau Glacee is also beautiful - like the original but with more nutmeg. While in a nutmeg and vetiver mood, I'm also very fond of Cacharel Pour l'Homme. I...
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    Re: The paria of perfumes?

    Kotori and me both! This means that I find quite a lot of the EL scents rather hard to wear (love Azuree, though; the sweetness in that is a very rich sweetness which I find very attractive). I have...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 16 October

    A couple of hours after writing my entry above, I got caught in a torrential downpour about a mile from my house while picking apples. (Thankfully I was wearing wellies.) The rest of me was not so...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 16 October

    Indiscreet - ouch. I feel your pain.

    Borsari Violetta di Parma today - I am trying to convince myself that the nights aren't *really* closing in.
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    Re: Spicy tea scent

    What do you guys think of EA Green Tea? I got a coffret as a gift a few years back, and I still can't quite get into it; I'd love to hear some other perspectives.
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    Poll: Re: Which to buy? The incense debate...

    I don't know either of these...but if I had to pick out a few incense scents, I'd choose:

    Messe de Minuit
    Avignon and Zagorsk
    Pafum Sacre

    I think I could probably build a happy collection...
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    Would you buy a scented cellphone?

    Sony has released a telephone marketed for women. The phone has a fragrance, and you can choose from 11 different scents.

    http://inventorspot.com/articles/sony_scented_cellphones_look_goo_7502
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    Re: SotD Sunday 14 October

    Quarry - my fragrance choices oscillate with the time of the month, with the time of the year, and with my age. I don't think you've got anything to worry about. If I still felt the same about...
  12. Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Zibeline - absolutely, grab a bottle while it's available; it's really very good. I might get one myself. (Says the woman with about six different roses in her collection already...)
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    That was really great fun - thanks so much, everyone - extra special thanks to Taolady! (My silk rose is now tucked into a corner of the dressing table mirror.)

    Priscilla came up with a...
  14. Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    Of those candidates, I thought the Yardley is the most likely from the descriptions in the directory - foiled again! It's not metallic or vanillic or woody - most curious.

    I'm off to bed (very...
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    Re: Incense note in perfumes.

    The CdG incense series is great, but people seem to have strong and differing opinions about which they prefer. My favourite is Zagorsk, which is based on Russian Orthodox incense.

    I have quite a...
  16. Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    I'm finding the base hard to define - some hours later, it's almost completely gone, but what I can smell is still mostly rose. This one's very well blended, and it's hard to pick out individual...
  17. Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    I like this one most of the three - if you'd not marked the vials, I would have put this down as the niche one.

    Pale yellow juice
    Slightly harsh opening similar in character to the wintergreen...
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    Re: TGIF! SotD Friday 12 October

    SoFresh is wearing one of my very favourites.

    Good luck to LIB! I'm wearing Mahora today - definitely not a job interview sort of scent!
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    Isn't it surprising how different our impressions of this one are (even down to colour)! I don't like it today either...
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    I do not believe for a minute that whoever makes this is being straightforward with their pyramid - no way on earth is this roses only!

    As I mentioned to Taolady in a pm, certain fragrances do...
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    Re: Prada Infusion d'Iris

    I really love it. I wasn't going to try it, having read the notes, because I don't usually get on very well with mandarin, but a friend said she thought I'd love it and made me have a spritz when we...
  22. Re: Shalimar canister bought in French antique shop.

    They pop up quite frequently on eBay - they were the recharge canister for several of the parfums. 15 euros is a good price! (I'm assuming the canister you're describing is the one on the right in...
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    First impressions here - I'll pop back into the thread when I've got used to it, because boy, there's a lot to get used to. This is pretty fierce.

    B - pretty pink juice. Opens with a blast of...
  24. Re: 3X3 Blind Sniffing "Comin' Up Roses" Round starts.....NOW

    I've still got no idea what it is, but I should clarify what I meant about a citric rose. I don't mean I smell lemons, rather one of those roses which tends towards the lemony in its own scent (in...
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    Re: Black Orchid Voile de Fleur

    I'll be trying it, but I probably won't buy it. I love love love Black Orchid, and I don't think losing that wonderful indolic fruit would be an improvement.

    A friend I have lunch with about once...
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    Re: Need help for choosing a new Caron

    Narcisse Noir is indeed potent, and you should definitely try it before you consider buying it (some people don't get on with the civet in the base). I happen to love it. :D

    Given that you're a...
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    This giggling is making me nervous.
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    To be honest, it was a bit better with the cardigan. :undecided:
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    Definitely no oudh or vetiver to my nose, although this earthy thing may be vetiver, but if it is, it's very subtle. I didn't really get nail polish, but I can see how a very lemony rose could mimic...
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    Is there a small amount of very creamy sandalwood in the base? (If there isn't, there must be some sandalwood on my cardigan...)
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    Sadly, it's gone a little soapy in the drydown. :bath:

    I'd love to know what Riannon's killing herself laughing about... :happy:
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    Thoughts on A as I sniff, my silk rose behind my ear:

    Pale yellow juice - perhaps a little pink to it, and I suspect a full bottle might look a very pale pink.

    I'm getting lots of rose and some...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 9 October

    Happy birthday Knightowl and JaimeB - and welcome back Purple Bird!

    I had a bit of a weird moment earlier today. I was wearing l'Artisan's Vetiver, when I suddenly thought I smelled Mahora. There...
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    Re: Wedding day fragrances

    When we got married three years ago, I wore Guerlinade. It worked perfectly for me, and now I try to save it for special romantic occasions. My dress was a strapless peachy cream satin sheath with an...
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    Re: Have you ever gone.......

    No magic trick, I'm afraid - I've just been restricting calories and doing a lot of swimming since January. (It was a New Year's resolution.) From a perfume point of view it sucks, because I smell...
  36. Re: What embarrassing frags are you hiding from your BN wardrobe?

    I was *this* close to buying a discounted bottle of the signature perfume from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last time I was at Beautybase in London, and I'll probably get it next time I go. It was...
  37. Re: Rance - Josephine - and other niche frags

    I've seen Josephine and Napoleon at Harrods (ground floor perfumery), Harvey Nicks (upstairs in the niche perfumery section) and in the posh loos on the 4th floor at Harrods for post-handwashing...
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    Re: The revenge of chypres

    I'm excited about the Lush fragrance - their Tramp shower gel is dripping with oakmoss, and it's absolutely beautiful. I've been hoping they'll bring out a similar fragrance for ages.
  39. Re: Rance - Josephine - and other niche frags

    Try Josephine on your skin before you commit to buying. I was going to get a bottle on the strength of a test strip, but it went extremely (and unpleasantly - people were actually moving to get away...
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    Re: TGIF! SotD Friday 5 October

    Prada Infusion d'Iris. Only a sample, and I'm afraid this is something I *have* to buy (irritating, this, since I'd promised myself not to buy anything until Christmas). I'm very impressed - it's...
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    Re: Have you ever gone.......

    I deliberately didn't wear any scent one day last week because I'd just bought a pair of suede jeans and wanted to be able to smell them! (I've just lost 50lb - I'm allowed borderline trashy...
  42. Re: What embarrassing frags are you hiding from your BN wardrobe?

    I don't think that make-up and scent are comparable on a little girl. I wouldn't allow an (imaginary) four-year-old daughter of mine make-up, which I agree can sexualise children in a very...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 30 September

    Guerlinade - always reminds me of our wedding.

    I am getting a cold. My nose has been getting gradually runnier all day, and I feel *horrible* (commiserations to Twolf). I really hope my sense of...
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    Re: Coco in edt or edp?

    I love the edp - it's a much softer, more skin-type scent on me than the edt. Hope this helps!
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    Guet Apens and a wrench

    So...the stopper on my very precious bottle of Guet Apens got stuck. I didn't dare use water that was particularly hot on it, in case I damaged the juice, but no amount of pulling or twisting would...
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    Re: Pink Pepper Notes

    Here are some pink peppercorns in the flesh, for those who haven't seen them before. This tree was growing in the garden of the house we rented in France last summer. We picked the peppers and...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 26 September

    Dzing! - again.
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    Re: Which Montale ROSE guys?

    It's a shame Royal Aoud isn't on the sale list - it's not explicitly a rose scent, but it has a wonderful rose heart. Attar's lovely - a nice rubbery rose.
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    Re: Arabian Lines

    I've had a good experience with Arabian Oud too - they're very helpful, and if you go to one of their stores they'll happily let you sniff your way through their whole range.
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    Floris No. 89

    Floris fans might be interested to learn that according to Perfume-Smellin' Things, Floris will be auctioning off their last remaining 60 bottles of No. 89 on eBay, starting on September 27 (this...
  51. Re: Madini Oils - An Unusual, Delightful Departure from Western Perfumery

    Just glanced up the thread, and realise I'd completely forgotten about this. There's bad news - unfortunately, I think the oils got lost somewhere between Purplebird and me; they never got here. I...
  52. Re: Comme des Garçons embrace again feminine spirit

    Am I alone here in having a real problem with fenugreek? I find it a very sweaty note - recently, I sprouted some fenugreek seeds, and found I had to throw them out because I just couldn't get past...
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    Re: SOTD - SUNDAY, September 23

    Vol de Nuit. I only really seem to wear this at this time of year - lovely stuff.
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    Re: Staples versus Cravings

    Off the top of my head (there are plenty more I could probably put in both categories - but I have an awful lot of BFFs...):

    BFFS
    Apres l'Ondee
    Mitsouko
    Joy
    Narcisse Noir
    Black Orchid...
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    Re: I have created a convert!

    Only fictitious in that in the cold light of day, the manly engineers aren't actually *particularly* manly. Otherwise, God's honest truth...and one of the funniest things I've experienced all year!
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    Re: Favorite Autumn Scents

    Oo - that's interesting. For me, Black Orchid is a summer-only perfume. I've a suspicion that this is totally personal to me: when I was a kid we lived in Malaysia for a while, so the indolic fruit...
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    Re: Cold Weather! Yes!

    Was just passing a bottle of Narcisse Noir around a group of similarly minded friends this evening (much like a hashpipe, only legal). One guy who hadn't smelled it before said 'Good God! It's like...
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    I have created a convert!

    We had a dinner party this evening (I've just been sent a load of Mexican food to review and had to test it on someone). We ended up with two sets of friends coming over. My best friend (the one who...
  59. Re: FREE!! Rose samples for rose lovers.....

    Heh! This makes me think of a blind sniffing experience a friend set up for me a few months back. I was smelling a gorgeous, unisex-ish chypre, and casting around for ideas about where it might have...
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    Re: have you ever had nose exhaustion?

    Thankfully, it's never happened to me (although I do work at being able to work through certain fragrances; I live a long way away from any good fragrance shopping destinations, so on the days I...
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    Re: Favorite Autumn Scents

    Last year I wore a lot of Etro Sandalo and Patchouly, along with Tam Dao (do you spot a theme here?) - this year, I have become besotted with Musc Ravageur, which seems to work particularly well in...
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    Re: Must-have Tuberose?

    Carnal Flower comes top of my list, closely followed by Tubereuse Criminelle and Fracas. Mahora is also wonderful (and although it's discontinued, it's almost always available on eBay).
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    Re: The Hotel Smell

    Linnea - yup, you can get it in the shop in the lobby. (The shop by the lifts and the shop with the branded clothing don't carry it, but it's always in the lobby shop.) They usually have lamp...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 15 September

    Musc Ravageur - I'm wearing this a lot at the moment. (I had compliments on it three days running last week, two from total strangers, so I kind of feel my body chemistry must be working well with it...
  65. Re: Anyone sniffed Guerlain's My Insolence?

    Tovah - I'd love to hear your in-depth thoughts on the original Insolence. I feel like I'm not 'getting' Insolence; I find the berry note obtrusive, and it just makes me wish I'd used Meteorites...
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    Re: Birth Announcement

    What a beautiful baby! (My husband just saw him over my shoulder and said 'My God! What a beautiful, perfect baby!' - I suspect you've got a tiny ladykiller on your hands!) Congratulations, and I...
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    Re: The Hotel Smell

    Some hotels use ionisers, which also create that ozonic pool smell. (My grandfather was a hotelier, and he took the smell of the common areas seriously enough to invest in ozone machines himself.) I...
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    Re: Sandalwood - feminine

    Etro Sandalo is just delicious. It's a warm, soft fragrance - just beautiful. Tam Dao is lovely as well, but rather drier where Sandalo is moistly luscious; I have both so I can get my sandalwood fix...
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    Re: Chanel no 5 impressions

    I don't usually have much luck with aldehydic fragrances - Caron's l'Infini, for example, is a disaster on me, as is Amouage Gold. No 5, however (and Le Dix, interestingly) works very well on my...
  70. Re: recommendations for energetic, creative young woman I’m dating?

    I know you won't find it at the department store, but had you considered Musc Ravageur? Jicky may work well for her as well, with that lovely citrus/lavender blast at the top and the mossy, musky...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 13 September

    Tom Ford Black Orchid...again! I really, really love this stuff - as does my husband, who keeps requesting that I wear it!
  72. Re: Looking for a night blooming jasmine scent

    The Different Company's Jasmin de Nuit doesn't work on me (I get gingerbread from it, for some reason), but I have some friends who swear by the stuff. Have you tried it?
  73. Re: Montale Patchouli Leaves - I can't shake this one

    Is this one of their oudh-free offerings? When you mention the amber and vanilla, (and specifically the not feeling like a hippie), you make me think of Etro's Patchouly, which I absolutely love. Is...
  74. Thread: Ageist!

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    Re: Ageist!

    I suppose that a generous interpretation here might be that she thought she was being flattering. Some SAs are just too much, though. A friend and I both discovered that we'd individually made the...
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    Kyoto/Seoul recommendations?

    My husband's going to be in Kyoto (probably) and Seoul (definitely) for business in October. I am tagging along to do some food writing - I'm really looking forward to the trip. I've always wanted to...
  76. Re: any recommendation fragance with "MENTHOL"

    Second the Tuberose Criminelle. I really, really can't understand why I love the opening of TC so much - divorced from the rest of its development, I'd probably wrinkle my nose up and pull a face....
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    Re: TGIF! SotD Friday 31 August

    Acca Kappa Calycanthus for me today (from a swap with the lovely Coconut). :dankk2:
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    Poll: Re: A perfume house surveys your opinions

    Hi Quarry - this is fascinating. I've been careful not to read other people's replies before posting so I'm not...unduly influenced!


    1) If you like a fragrance, how important is it to you that...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 30 August

    Lipstick Rose today. I hate to say this...but does anyone else find that there's a similarity between Lipstick Rose and the scent in Johnson's Holiday Skin? This doesn't make me like it any the less...
  80. Re: Tom Ford for Men - info about the scent, NOT the man, ads, etc...

    I'm really looking forward to this, and suspect I'm not the only woman here who is!
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    Re: SOTD - TUESDAY, August 28

    Happy birthday TDI - I hope the dentist smelled nice!:birthdays:

    I'm wearing Woody by Arabian Oud. I bought it last week, and it's *lovely* - sandalwood, rose, amber and musk all tied together...
  82. Re: HELP - I'm going to order an Annick Goutal

    It's really worth splurging a bit extra and going for the EdPs with Annick Goutal. Songes in the EdP is *totally* fabulous (it is merely *quite* fabulous in the EdT formulation). Hope you decide to...
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    Re: Your Guy's Shirt

    My husband doesn't wear scent, so his shirts really do smell of him, and nothing else. Doesn't bother me, really; at least it means we don't clash!
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    Re: Today I bought ... (for August 2007)

    Woody by Arabian Oud (a pretty good ringer for Montale's Royal Oud, and at £50 in their half-price sale, not *too* revoltingly expensive) and Zagorsk. Zagorsk is my first CdG, and something I've been...
  85. Is anyone familiar with the Arabian Oud range?

    I've fallen in love with almost all the Montale aouds I've tried, and have had my curiosity piqued by Arabian Oud, a (slightly intimidating) shop in London on Oxford Street, opposite Selfridges. I...
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    Re: SotD: Tuesday, August 14/07

    Thanks so much for the kind thoughts, everybody! You've been an enormous comfort on a very black day (second of these very sad occasions in two weeks - we had to scatter the ashes of another friend...
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    Re: Après L'Ondée EdT new = vintage?

    Totally agree on the allergens thing. As it happens, the parfum concentration of Apres l'Ondee actually *does* bring me out in an itchy rash. Happily, I have half a brain (unlike whoever I'm...
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    Re: Guerlain's Liu or Vega (for a man)?

    Diaghilev wore Mitsouko. I think it's glorious on a man - you've got excellent taste!

    Vega and Liu are right at the top of my 'must try' list for the next time I get to Paris. Do let us know what...
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    Re: Après L'Ondée EdT new = vintage?

    I would have loved the opportunity to try the vintage edt. I've got a very small (and decreasing, because I love it) amount of the parfum - Roja Dove currently has a *big* urn bottle of parfum on...
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    Re: News from Guerlain

    I've bookmarked your page too - lovely work!

    I tried L'Instant Magic at the weekend, and wasn't blown away. That said, I've been totally under-impressed by L'Instant itself, so perhaps I was never...
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    Re: SotD: Tuesday, August 14/07

    A sad day here - I've spent the morning at a funeral. I wore Apres l'Ondee (edt and a couple of spritzes of the parfum) - to me it smells of spring and rebirth, which was just right for my friend, a...
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    Re: SOTD, Sunday August 12

    YSL Paris, as requested by my husband. Some days, it's nice just to smell pretty!
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    Re: Congratulations, Grant and Danielle!

    Lots of love and best wishes to you all, and I'm sure Eleanor will be just fine, although it's a rotten shame you can't take her home today! Let's hope she grows up to have a fine nose and a healthy...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 11 August

    Mine was Tom Ford Black Orchid - today was hot and humid; just the right weather for some over-ripe mango!
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    Re: Serge Lutens, Louve: First Impression

    Sounds terrific. I'm having a bit of an almond thing at the moment - I'm wearing lots of Farnesiana and am lusting after the Laura Mercier almond and coconut thing (which I do not intend to buy,...
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    Re: Bond Bon Bon box now at Harrods

    That's Harrods for you! While you're very likely to find whatever you're looking for (with great service and in a lovely environment; it's a really nice place to shop), it definitely won't be a...
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    Re: Bond Bon Bon box now at Harrods

    I tried Coney Island yesterday, and found I really liked it; quite a surprise, because I don't always get on with that very bright kind of citrus. I still feel the Bonds are just too expensive...
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    Bond Bon Bon box now at Harrods

    I was excited yesterday to see that Bond has released the Bon Bon box to Harrods (which will be the only place in the UK stocking it). The box contains 20ml vials of Eau de New York, Central Park,...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 9 August

    Tubéreuse Criminelle - I split a bottle with a friend yesterday, who unaccountably doesn't really get the love for the belljar as an object, so she's let me have it. Hurrah!
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday August 7, 2007

    Demeter Iris. It's lovely, but I need to reapply ever hour or so.
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