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  1. Re: J'adore flankers closest to the vintage EDP

    I never tried the vintage version, but L'Or is incredibly good. It's probably the highest quality white floral designer fragrance there is on the market today.
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    Re: Notino UK 15% all perfumes

    Maybe it's time for me to bite the bullet and get the Swiss Arabian Attar Al Ghutra...

    Cheers for the code :thumbsup:
  3. What are you Gifting / Receiving this Holiday Season?

    So, as we're all getting closer to the Most Consumerist Time of the Yearô (read: the Christmas holiday period), wish lists are being put together, and presents are being purchased and lovingly...
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    Re: Suggestions for samples for my wife

    This, and also Dior's J'Adore L'Or.
  5. Re: All Season - All Occasion Fragrances with Very Good Performance.

    Armani Prive Vetiver d'Hiver
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    Re: Jo Malone Orange Bitters

    Wow, 6 bottles. Now that's what I call backing up! The Chopard sounds nice, but I already have Orange Bitters and Orange Sanguine so I'm very well covered on that front.



    It's perfect for the...
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    Re: Looking for a soft, rosewater-like rose

    I just have had a whiff of the rose water in my kitchen, and the closest rose fragrance that I'm familiar with is probably JhaGs Miss Charming, but it is a bit fruitier. It's very rounded, not soapy...
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    Re: Latest Cartier - L'Envol Parfum!

    Have you got the refillable version? The non-refillable one is rock solid.
  9. Re: [UK] Amouage - Overture, Le Labo - Labdanum 18, Vince Camuto - Smoked Oud, Houbigant - Bois Myst

    10ml of the Labdanum plus 5ml of Rasasi - Dhanal Oudh Nashwah please.
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    Re: Latest Cartier - L'Envol Parfum!

    As a fan of the original EDP, colour me very intrigued...
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    Re: Jo Malone Orange Bitters

    Please try it when you get the chance.



    Yeah, I was surprised by how lasting it was a couple of days ago. Maybe it macerated in my bottle a little over that year? Because I can't remember it...
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    Jo Malone Orange Bitters

    So, I've done a search of the forum for Jo Malone's Orange Bitters and was surprised nothing came up.

    This seems to be a seasonal winter release of the brand that has been sold every Christmas...
  13. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    For me personally, I'd get rid of the feminine / masculine split entirely, but that is entirely my personal preference. The way I browse this forum is by looking at the 'New Posts' option at the top....
  14. Re: Large Bottle Sizes You Were Not Aware Your Fragrances Came In!

    There are 450ml bottles of Eau d'Hadrien. Which is apt given its poor performance...
  15. Re: Dior Homme Parfum and Fahrenheit Le Parfum Discontinued?

    Dior Homme Parfum is back in stock in the UK. Both John Lewis and Debenhams carry it online, and JL has it discounted to £76 per bottle at the time of writing:
    ...
  16. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Pretty much half of the Prive line is all about those light florals now... and I wish I were joking.
  17. Re: [UK] TOAK - Bentley + Velvet Bergamot, Bois Mystique, Red Potion, Fortitude, Intoxicated, Fierce

    I concur. Labdanum is very nice and I might be down for an allocation of it.
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    Re: Experience with 50-ml.com

    They seem to have a very good selection of brands.
  19. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Iris and leather is such a great combo. And it could work with some minty freshness, too.
  20. Re: Latest Tiffany Masculine Fragrance - Tiffany & Love For Him!

    Yes I agree. I tried this on Monday, and wasn't too impressed with it either.
  21. Re: The BEST Niche (top of the line) HORSE fragrance house for Men?

    And who could argue with that bottle:

    http://keepitchic.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/IMG_0374-e1477482413356.png
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Another day, another sale, more info though as some of the items are listed as discontinued, yet an 'also available in 100ml' text is displayed:
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  23. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    +1 Hermes Eau des Merveilles, and if you want a more 'masculine' take, try the Bleue flanker

    Guerlain Shalimar EdT (the leather and citrus is more pronounced in the EdT, at least the vintage I...
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Link: https://www.artisanparfumeur.com/en-gb/goodbye-to-old-friends.html

    I've got the e-mail as well. Most of the stuff in the sale are 50ml bottles, so I wonder whether it's just that particular...
  25. Re: Latest Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyrris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    I still have the same card in the same spot two weeks later and get whiffs of it... scary. I think if you're a fan of BR540, you need to check this out.
  26. Re: [UK] TOAK - Bentley + Velvet Bergamot, Bois Mystique, Red Potion, Fortitude, Intoxicated, Fierce

    Speaking of BR540... I recommend everyone who's into it to try Amyris Extrait. The base is similar in its sweetness and the tenacity is absolutely nuclear.
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    Re: Woody incense vanilla

    Passage d'Enfer. The lily reads as a sweetish vanilla in my opinion instead of being obviously floral.
  28. Thread: Would you.....

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    Re: Would you.....

    Serge Lutens is pretty safe to blind buy as long as you jive with the house's direction and signature, which ironically you won't find out whether you do until having tried at least a few of the...
  29. Thread: Cosplay

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    Re: Cosplay

    I never dressed up myself but admire those who make an effort at it.

    The managing director from my old place has a slightly geeky son who's massively into Cosplaying. It must have rubbed off on...
  30. Thread: Would you.....

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    Re: Would you.....

    No in my opinion, and I own a bottle. It's a beautiful scent in my opinion, but I can see where it can rub people the wrong way. It's rather heavy with a slight sour tinge which is definitely unusual.
  31. Re: What are the sexiest fragrances from Maison Francis Kurkdjian?

    Lumiere Noire Femme is borderline carnal. It's not outrightly floral in the traditional sense despite having rose and narcissus in the notes.

    Ciel de Gum is also a nice resinous scent that could...
  32. Re: Latest Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyrris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    I find it's potency to be bordering on BR540. I'm anosmic to most of BR540's facets, however, that prevailing sweetness is incredibly strong. Amyris Exrait is in a very similar vein to me.

    I still...
  33. Re: Latest Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyrris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    I tried two sprays on a card today and oh my... this is strong, strong stuff. I sprayed it three hours ago and I can smell it very intensely at arms length. If the original was a watercolour, this is...
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    Re: Classy, non-oriental fruit frags?

    L'Ombre dans L'Eau by Diptyque is a green fragrance which features tons of blackcurrant.

    Eau de Shalimar reads on my skin as mandarin in the top notes more than anything else.

    Serge Lutens...
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One Alternative

    That's strange. My bottle has very good longevity, but then, I've had it for ages.
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    Re: NEW: Cartier L'Envol

    I sprung for a bottle of the EdP because my D&G The One is running low, and the overall feel / vibe isn't that different. Both are classy, cozy cold weather scents with L'Envol relying on honey where...
  37. Re: Boldest designer or mainstream scents - what are or were they?

    Thierry Mugler's Angel Men / A*Men. 'nuff said.
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    Re: Le Labo is trash...

    I like Rose 31, but have to agree that is has been reformulated, which is most noticeable in the top notes. It still dries down into pretty much the same scent, though. I agree with DeltaStubs.com...
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    Re: A creamy Woody for winter

    I'd say Tam Dao EdP or Santal Blush.
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One Alternative

    Honestly? It's not bad. It's like a sharper, fruitier version of The One in my opinion.
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One Alternative

    Yeah, they're not that similar, but both are elegant, 'warm', slightly spicy scents suited for the colder weather period.
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One Alternative

    My The One EdT bottle is whittling away now so I've replaced it with Cartier's L'Envol EdP. They're not similar in terms of scent, but very similar in terms of feel; the Cartier replaces the booze...
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    Re: Men's Wallets - What do you carry?

    One of my colleagues at work has one of those. It certainly turns heads!
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    Re: Day Time, All Season Fragrance

    +1 for the original Prada Luna Rossa
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    Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    To me, personally, the conceptual epitome of the last decade is BR540. 100% synthetic, which is being touted as a selling point / achievement, not a negative. Aspirational pricing by am aspirational...
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One Alternative

    If you have the money to spend, D&G's Velvet Exotic Leather may be worth looking into.
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    Interesting interview with Elena here:

    https://www.fragrantica.com/news/I-Want-to-Play-Jean-Claude-Ellena-on-Freedom-Professional-Jealousy-and-His-Newest-Rose-Cuir-12731.html

    Fun facts: There...
  48. Re: And it happened - asked not to wear perfume to work

    What a sad state of affairs.

    Here's a short article about fragrance sensitivity I read not long ago:
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    Re: Speaking of unusual clear bottles...

    Found this eBay listing with the box:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Azzaro-by-Parfums-Loris-Azzaro-Eau-de-Toilette-Splash-4-0-oz-120-ml-/380820174892
  50. Re: Go figure: Dior Higher and Higher Energy are not discontinued

    To be fair, I haven't been to the HoF in Brum in ages. The last time I went it was just too depressing a sight to see...
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    Re: Tom Ford Metallique

    I've tried it, and am not enamoured. At first blast, I really liked it. The initial vibe reminded me of a sharper Passage d'Enfer which I love, but once I got to the middle notes it took a turn for...
  52. Re: Go figure: Dior Higher and Higher Energy are not discontinued

    I haven't seen Energy, Higher Energy or Jules in stores, but it's sold online and at duty frees. So no, definitely not discontinued.
  53. Thread: YSL Libre EDP

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    Re: YSL Libre EDP

    I tried it last week and found it to be rather nice. It has a highly feminine vibe, verging on what you would find in the late 80s / early 90s, albeit less screechy and softer. The concept is similar...
  54. Re: Anyone here ever wash shoes in the washing machine?

    I've done it before with well-loved trainers. As mentioned higher up, laundry bags and cold temperatures are your help. Also, try to do it in the summer months and not in direct sunlight - let them...
  55. Re: What fragrances remind you of Christmas/Winter?

    +1 to FdA, but I wear it perhaps once every year. It would be a much better ambient scent than personal perfume to my nose.
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    It might have been because the amount the SA dabbed on was rather small. It might be more sticky and lush if applied generously.
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    Re: New - Hermes Twilly díHermes Eau Poivree

    I agree with ClockworkAlice. The flanker is a jammy fresh rose with a pepper hit (not pink pepper to my nose though, but rather a pinch of the black variety) and subtle woody / patchouli base. To me,...
  58. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    I usually wear 3 - 4 sprays of Vetiver Insolent at work because I find it to be rather potent. In private, 6 would be probably tops.
  59. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    I get routinely 10+ hours of it, and around 4 with noticable silage :confused:
  60. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    Agreed. Meant to post about Vetiver Insolent in this thread but got sidetracked...!
  61. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    /Ba dum tss

    :grin:
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    Re: Fall/Winter Vanilla fragrance

    Lavanila Pure Vanilla is a nice vanilla and patchouli combo which gives it that sort of woodiness you may be after.

    In a similar vein, but much sweeter to my nose, is Lutens' Un Bois Vanille,...
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    Re: Looking back....

    My first splurge was Nasomatto Nuda. I was on a jasmine kick and bought it blind after reading the few reviews that were available at that time. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint.
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    Might be worth reading this as a primer and other articles surrounding the topic:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuteness

    In short: people find tall foreheads, big eyes, and a smaller mouth /...
  65. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    Their Russian Leather is quite decent too. I just had a look at their website, and they seem to have repackaged the bottles, and jacked up the prices though...
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    Diptyque City Exclusive Candles

    It's that time of the year again when Diptyque's city exclusive candles are being sold online and in their boutiques (at least here in the UK):
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    Re: Dior Saint Jean de Braye

    Well, look what I found:
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  68. Re: Post a note and the best example of that note in a fragrance

    These are the reference scents that I found represent a specific note or accord the best on my fragrance journey so far.

    Jasmine: Serge Lutens A La Nuit
    Leather: Tom Ford Ombre Leather
    Rose: The...
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    Re: Audacious by NARS

    £125 for 50ml? Yikes. That's a bit steep.
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    I'm just sticking my nose down my sleeve (about 9 hours after application now) and underneath this accord there's something that smells a bit off now... a bit sour and odd, and not in a good way. The...
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    If you're after this sort of thing, go for it. It'll go perfectly well with a cashmere sweater :smiley:

    I think it leans more towards musk rather than leather. Have you tried Narciso Rodriguez...
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    Re: Rare Chanel Sycomore 15ml Parfum version

    I've never seen or heard of this one before... If it was a trial run to gauge popularity in the stores, it may be a unicorn indeed!
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    It's at my local duty free already and the delightful SA dabbed a small amount on my wrists.

    It's a very soft scent, and even though only a small amount has been applied, I can tell it won't be as...
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    Re: " The Combination" Fragrance & Bottle

    Odin Tanoke 07. A great incense fragrance with packaging that really struck me. The presentation is superb. Black on black throughout. Matte black packaging with gloss black debossed print and logo.
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    Re: Audacious by NARS

    They have a killer monoÔ oil that I like very much. I'd love to get my nose on this.
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    Re: What fragrances make you do you hate/make you retch?

    Chanel Egoiste Platinum and Bond No.9 Wall Street.
  77. Thread: Dark

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    Re: Dark

    Going by packaging and presentation alone: The whole of the Odin New York line. Runner up is Serge Lutens' travel spray editions.

    In terms of a dark feel, patchouli has this impression on me. So...
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    Re: I dislike Oud Wood now

    I never found Oud Wood to be as good as it's hype. I've tried it when it came out, got a sizeable decant, and got bored by it very, very fast.
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    Re: A parfum for nihilism

    I find it hard to find a perfume that embodies nihilism. Nihilism is the absence of meaning, whereas fragrance always has meaning for someone personally because you make the choice.
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    Re: Sauvage = Baccarat Rouge 540

    That made me laugh out loud :grin:
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    Re: Latest Thierry Mugler - A*Men Ultimate!

    Coffee is probably the hardest note to get right. I've tried plenty of fragrances that tried to replicate its smell, and they all didn't really come near the real thing.

    They should have listed...
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    Re: Latest Thierry Mugler - A*Men Ultimate!

    <reads notes>

    Bergamot, Cedar, Mocaccino, Balsam fir...

    <record scratch>

    Mocaccino...? Really?
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    Re: How would you rate/review a perfume if .....

    I think that's the beauty of opinions - everyone's different, and no one can claim to be 100% objective when judging a fragrance due to innate biases and even genetic differences. I don't think...
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    Re: Are We Too Hard on Fragrance YouTubers?

    I presume if a Youtube personality doesn't like the comments, they can turn them off, no?



    This. I don't watch Youtube reviews because it's not a format for me. I'm about efficiency, not...
  85. Thread: Ex Idolo?

    by Nastka
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    Re: Ex Idolo?

    And finally onto Thirty Three. The first spray made me grin widely as this is indeed incredibly similar to Black Aoud... At first. But it is also less brash, smoother, more refined. I also don't...
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    Re: The Fragrances We Would Buy Again

    Another couple more from me:

    Hermes Eau des Merveilles - A fresh take on amber that both ethereal and punchy at the same time. Paired with orange, pine and driftwood, it smells like nothing else...
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    I've never been a huge fan of Coromandel because to me, it was simply never as good as Borneo 1834. I'm still hankering after a bottle of the latter, however, I'm also hoping that the Coromandel...
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    Re: Dior Homme Cologne

    It's a fantastic scent. I have a decant of it somewhere.

    It shares a similarity with Dior's Escale aux Marquises. I always keep that one in the fridge in the high heat of summer to cool myself...
  89. Re: how often is poor performance really your nose not performing

    Yes, I've had this happen several times now where I couldn't detect the initial blast of a fragrance, and only started to perceive it after I left it to develop.

    My worst offender is BR540. I get...
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    Re: She Was An Anomaly by Etat Libre d'Orange

    Thank you for correcting me on the incorrectly used fallacy. I'd still like you to engage with the argument itself and to expand your thoughts, rather than leaving one rather short and sarcastic...
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    Re: She Was An Anomaly by Etat Libre d'Orange

    A consumer product has to have a function, which is determined by brief. The process of creation of a perfume is in most cases highly structured, calculated and reviewed to suit the consumer. Art is...
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    Re: She Was An Anomaly by Etat Libre d'Orange

    One can argue that perfume isn't art. In the end, it's a consumer product.
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    Re: What's missing? Looking for a winter frag

    Welcome!

    Ombre Leather is fantastic in my opinion.

    If you have trouble finding Valentino Uomo Intense, I suggest you have a look at the Dior Homme range. Dior Homme Intense or Dior Homme Parfum...
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    Re: What to wear as a wedding guest

    :tekst-toppie:

    For people who don't get the reference:

    https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/04/bridesmaid-wears-t-rex-costume-sisters-wedding-allowed-choose-dress-10684371/
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    Re: What to wear as a wedding guest

    I personally think Sartorial would fit the bill. Second choice would be probably Cedrat Boise.
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    I just read an interesting article about the topic and thought I'd share it here:

    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/04/which-is-the-worlds-vainest-city
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    Re: Is Linearity Such a Bad Thing?

    I also agree. What good is a scent that has individual stages and complex transitions if it ultimately smells like a dumpster fire?
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    Re: Tauer Lonesome Rider - Discontinued

    I thought this was one of Tauer's more popular releases?
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    Thank you for your initial impressions. I hope to try it at the Duty Free next week.
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    Just wearing this now on the back of my hand. As you predicted, it's a completely different fragrance on skin. I think the cardboard blotter didn't do it any favours yesterday.

    It's not anywhere...
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