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  1. Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, Jan 2, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTAL

    I am thinking either Coco or Fendi....I haven't broken out that Fendi in a while, so that may be it!
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    Re: SotD Monday 28 December

    I'm in vintage Paris-bought Chanel No 19 extrait today...what a find that was! Fresh and deep all at once!

    I tried a bunch of things at the mall yesterday, but nothing really captured my...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 27 December

    I get a day to myself at the mall today while hubby stays home with the kids! I'll be sniffing all the new goodies I can get my hands on, so I considered going scent-free this morning...but, then I...
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    Re: Vintage Nuit de Noel vs. current?

    Actually, kumquat, I think it goes back to Prohibition and the way Americans classify potable alcohol as an alcoholic beverage. This is why our rubbing "isopropyl" alcohol and "mineral spirits" for...
  5. Re: SotD Friday 25 December - Christmas Day

    Vintage Samsara Extrait for me today...although just now I smell like a delicious mix of the Samsara, Roast Beef, and Yorkshire Pudding! (I'm a messy cook)

    Blessings to all my BN friends today!
  6. Re: SotD Thursday 24 December - Christmas Eve

    Why fight the crowd? Well...there is no possible reason, when the crowd in question has such impeccable taste!


    Mitsouko extrait today for me, with a spritz of the edt to hair and clothes for...
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    Re: So t D 23 December 2009

    A day in Cabochard...a bit of vintage parfum this morning for an epic grocery shopping outing, augmented by a splash of EdT tonight to stretch out the goodness....

    Curse you, perfume industry! ...
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    Re: Scent your Christmas!! :D

    Well, I looked at your wardrobe, and, I'll take a leap an rec Opopnax Intense for NYE, assuming that you are having a relatively sedate and family evening. That scent is one of the most...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 22 December

    GAH. I want to eat at rogalal's house! Sadly, I'm on the East Coast, so not going to happen....but, my dad lives out in Walnut Creek, even on your side of the bay! I'm so mooching your food on...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I am amazed that Sample D was Jungle Elephant! I had seen it mentioned on the forums, and had it on my must-try list because I delusionally thought it was a dirty yet floral leather. I had...
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    Re: Behold Chamade Revisited.

    Guerlain has a history of putting out GREAT "holiday gift samplers." I bought one on ebay as one of my very first purchases in this hobby...it had Eau de Guerlain, Eau Imperiale, Champs Elysees,...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 22 December

    Slept in vintage Balmain Ivoire last night...and, even though it was only the edt, I still smelled rather nice when I woke up at 5. (Why did no one warn me that turning 40 meant I'd suddenly not be...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    >grumbles< I was just searching for "ylang," and got na-ching.

    Wait....no way....really? I've seen this one referenced before, and I thought there was no way this was it!

    PMing,...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I was getting Lullaby Super-Fume, too, and also Homage a Greta Garbo by Gres (one of my failed guesses. And, really, how would this relate to Greta Garbo in any discernable way. La Garbo wouldn't...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    OK, I guessed two different scents and was wrong on both counts....sigh.

    Is the "other fruit" plum?
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I agree on the newer designer theory...That's what this smells like to me...

    Isn't wet paper bag usually lingin? (which is actually a major actual component of wet paper bags!) What citrus is...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    No cherry. Figures, that's all I smell. Bad nose!

    Well, I own SL 5O'C, and I can say there is little to know similarity...I'm not getting any ginger at all here.

    Is there rose in this? ...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Well, my guess was wrong, so back to the drawing board...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Glade edt?

    This is some stroooooong stuff! Hours later, and still producing an impressive Cherry ChapStick sillage.

    I'm sure there is probably more in here than cherry and vanilla, but the...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Like I said, Luden's Wild Cherry Cough drops. Not cherry blossoms, not bitter or tart pie cherries....Cherry like a lollypop that dyes your lips bright red. You know, the ones you'd eat on...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Woooo, baby, scent D is SWEET! I feel the need to brush my teeth, LOL.

    I get cherries and a hint of vanilla. And cherries. Like a Luden's cough drop.

    Did I mention the cherries?

    ...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Ah, great work! sorry I missed the frantic stage, I was actually AT THE MALL, and even peeked in both BBW and The Disney Store for a quick look for a coffee frag. Hubby and 3 kids were with me,...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    AHA! I bet it's a BBW, the directory is really spotty with their constantly rotating lines.

    Although "cheesy" could mean it's from The Mouse. But, who makes coffee perfume for kids? ...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Well, if I'm smelling incense when it isn't there, I don't know how great my nose is for it! LOL

    Curiously, I like to sleep in incense-centric frags. I think it's interesting that Twolf sleeps...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I don't think it's ylang ylang. It's not a sharp or tart flower in any way...I'm wondering about spicy, nutty flowers. I'm crap at naming different flower notes. Any input on a flower that...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Oddly enough, my Googling for the notes we have so far turns up Bond Number 9 New Haarlem and A*Men as the most likely candidates...neither of which is on the house list guessed by Mr. R and...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    If there is musk there, it's wimpy. But then, if they thought that this was patchouli, then who knows? Maybe they'd say there's musk here. I'm not getting it, though. I keep sniffing for it,...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    If that's patch, it's a weak version. My first thought was "Chocolate and incense, it's an Angel knockoff, with frankincense instead of patch."

    But, then, we know by now how sharp my nose is.
    ...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Oh, great. The only two notes that I specifically got were Chocolate and Frankincense, and it turns out that neither one is actually there. >throws hands up in the air<

    I've reapplied now....I...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Coffee? Is there supposed to be coffee here? Huh. I need a FOURTH reapplication, obviously.

    I get chocolate...FRANKINCENSE!!!!....chocolate/vanilla/marshmallow/unidentified floral.
    ...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    On C, I get an immediate blast of chocolate, and I think...meh. I am one who is a bit anti-gourmand,

    But, then, ten minutes in.....what? Is that....FRANKINCENSE?? Oh, Mama...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    OK, I have thoughts on C....but, first, I'll dole out a few less-subtle clues for any remaining guessers on B...

    1) It is from a line akin to Armani Prive...but is less distributed, I think. My...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I'm in New England, word has it that the snow is still in the Mid Atlantic region right now. Snow is supposed to hit here tonight, so it probably won't get to LBMN until tomorrow.

    Besides, being...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    OK, I'm pretty sure I found it. Once I started reading the reviews, I felt quite confident that the reviewers were smelling the same scent I was! I'll pm Twolf so LBMN has a chance to guess again...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Based on the word "essence" and veuve amiot's review (nose tickling!) I'll guess Essence by Narciso Rodrigues?

    And, now I need LBMN to heeeeeelp meeeeeee.
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    It is dry...but there is a crispness to the dry cedar that I associate with scents like Ava Luxe's Tao...'

    Anyhoo, my go-to guy for cedar is Serge Lutens. Is it from him?
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    >Narrows eyes< I'm starting to think that perhaps the package to Italy was metaphorical?

    Cimabue by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz also comes up every time I search....but, we already had our niche, and...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Twolf and DD are doing a great job with the clues and treats for the senses along the way, aren't they?
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Giorgio for men?


    (STOP LAUGHING. It keeps coming up when I search!)
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Again, with the typing at the same time! Hooray for Twolf finally getting her goodies!

    Oh, lord. I guessed scent A by basically guessing EVERY FRAGRANCE EVER and eventually hitting on one, and...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I don't know, kumquat. There are some frags out there that hit you like the 1812 Overture, though.
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I like it well enough. I actually didn't even consider the masculine option until you said it! That crisp aquaticish cedar (watch there be no cedar in there, now that I've said it 800 times!) ...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I'm now drinking the peach tea. HA! Yum. My teabag tag advises, "Reward Yourself." I trust you will all respond accordingly.

    I am terrible at "boozy." Maybe because I like a nice cocktail...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I am suspecting that this might be our "Designer" entry. If it is "Drugstore," than this is one of those "inexpensive secrets" that people look for. I don't know that it's a fabulous favorite,...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Scent B is also a pale yellow, almost clear.

    My first application had me noticing sweet notes...I thought about Baklava, which is made of honey, nuts, butter, and rosewater. So, perhaps some...
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    Re: December Purchases 2009 ~~~

    Got a bottle of vintage Vol de Nuit edt on ebay...I'm not giving up on my HG bottle of extrait, though!

    Also, in the stocking stuffer aisle today, I got myself some cheepie mini bottles of some...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Lips, zipped.
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Interesting...the website listing I found just says:



    It was gone-gone-gone on me before I ever got the woody/balsamic/musky notes...which is a bummer, because those would have been my favorite...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    When she said, "One Basenoter is still an avid fan, " Primrose's love for the Comte was my immediate thought....

    Off to review the house list again....

    Femme de Dandy was released in 2001, and...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Oh, the things I learn. FUN FACTS (none of which contribute to IDing scent A)

    The great British Ballerina Margot Fonteyn was the proud owner of the torso used for the Schipparelli Shocking...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Oh, now I have ideas.....I went through Twolf's wardrobe last night, but I was so tired I gave up and went to bed. Let me try it while fueled by the magic power of COFFEE.

    I'm thinking that...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Ugh, ok, I'm going to bed...I hope you come up with something, awake people!
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    The candle thing is curious...when I googled the notes, I got two pages of candle listings and no exact matches for perfume!

    I can't believe I'm typing this...but, FCUK Her?
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Well...it's too sweet and linear for my tastes. That, and it really does remind me of Estee Lauder Beautiful, and that is such an awkward teenage association for me...

    I'm desperately searching...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Well, I got kind of moderate longevity, I guess. The absence of truly strong basenotes incline me to go back to drugstore or lower end department store type. It wore VERY linear on me...that...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Oh, darn, I forgot that bit....OK, so associated with England/Britain/UK (Yes, I am one of those rare Americans that knows the difference between those!) but not from a British house....
    ...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Burberry London?
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    My Google-fu is weak today....
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Kylie Minogue is Australian, isn't she?

    None of the Kate Moss or Posh Beckham offerings seem to fit...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    OK, so here are the English houses I know off the top of my head:

    Floris
    Penhaglions
    Czech and Speake
    Creed
    Ormonde Jayne

    Although, the way our discoveries were hinted together....perhaps...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    OK, Floris China Rose meets my "English House" guess, and has clove and peach and LBMN's Vanilla drydown discovery....
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Well, my CdG White guess was based on the thought the pink pepper you guessed in #41 and my house guess in #50.

    Alternatively, I could have merely been right about the tea, or Twolf being crafty!...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    OK, one more guess and then I'm going to brew myself a cup of tea!

    Comme des Garcons White?
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Oh, man, now I need to go find the tea....

    Ok...Look at that, Cinnamon Plum!

    And, I also note that there are 4 teabags and 4 samples...Hm...Twolf is a crafty one!

    I notice that all 4 teas...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Perhaps that mustiness I sense is actually hints of carnation and violet, as it's more powerdery than a cedar would be....hummmm....let me reapproach my note searches.

    J'Adore Anniversaire En...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    OK, I just reapplied...Crikey, I'm awful at separating floral notes...it seems to be a well-blended mix...

    Let's see....There is an almost cedary mustiness under there...but, I hesitate to call it...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint?

    I'm amazed at how few minty florals I can even track down out there!
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Now that we have guesses in the ring, I'll go ahead a say that the guess I PMed to Twolf this morning was Diabolo Rose by Parfums de Rosine. I based this on a directory search for a few of the...
  69. Re: Feature article on the House of Caron

    I managed to find an enjoyment of new Tabac Blond when I started to think of it as a flanker rather than a reformulation. There is a sweet, gournandy top note there that isn't in my vintage sample. ...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I'm up early today, so I guess I'm the first to check in!

    Sample A is a very pale yellow. It's a typical consistency for an EdT or an EdP, not an oil, etc.

    sniff from the vial? Sweet to...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I'm in the same boat, LBMN, both in terms of nose and excitement! It will be fun to see what our more impressionistic noses come up with!
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    Oh, yeay! I'm ready when the others are!
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 16 December

    OK, I've been so, so jealous of all of you and your ability to describe scents...my mind categorizes scents so impressionistically, not at all in terms of notes and quantifiables.

    I've decided...
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    Re: Help me find a perfume....

    I always think of Cashmere Mist as so mild...I can't imagine it comparable to a Youth Dew or an Alliage. (I picture Youth Dew handing her little bow to Alliage for safekeeping before she beats the...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 15 December

    I'm in Coco edt today...warm and spicy, a nice consolation since my littlest girl is sick today, preventing me from going on a fun shopping trip with my friend.
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    Re: Guerlain

    You might want to consider this, Mike.....
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    Re: New-found love!

    Glad you found something you love!

    >Sighs and sits with 3xasif, as I am incapable of appreciating HP, myself.
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    Re: Guerlain

    Ah, yes, I always call that one the "basketweave" style bottle, for lack of a better term. Mine is Mitsouko EdT, Mr. Guerlain has an example in his gallery that is labelled as Jicky. I think this...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I don't mind waiting...it would be a shame to let the post diminish the fun!
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    Re: SotD Monday 14 December

    SotE, more Vent Vert, but kicked up the girlieness a notch and went with the middle formulation.
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    Re: New-found love!

    ...or, perhaps Black Cashmere? Does Donna Karan count as a perfumer? I'm trying to think of common female perfumers....perhaps Annick Goutal?
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    Re: Fragrances for hair?

    Guerlain used to make a "lotion vegetale" that was for hair, I believe. I've seen some classic Guerlains on ebay in this formulation.

    Interestingly, I find that my Suave Salon Shampoo for...
  83. Re: out of stock items and bloggers make it too hard to shop

    I think you're half right...bloggers are mostly not angling for hits, but many of the retailers definitely are. I think their thinking is, "OK, Mo doesnt know we exist. Mo is always searching for...
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    Re: SotD Monday 14 December

    Love that photo, 3xasif, We've had a bit of weather like that lately. I love it! People complain about our winters, but I'd take a year of cold and clear over a month of hot and muggy!

    This...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 13 December

    Leesee, I am with you on the FB itch for CdR....I keep monitoring my Chanel emails for the holiday bonuses, waiting for a desireable free gift to go with that whopping $200 purchase!

    Kumquat,...
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    Re: sensitive soul/ perfume choice

    Apres L'Ondee or Chanel Bois des Iles.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 12 December

    A day in Feminite de Bois....still pondering my evening.....
  88. Thread: Coco

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    Re: Coco

    I am another who prefers the EdT...it is a little lighter on the aldehydes and therefore feels more like Fendi than Opium, to compare to two other mavellous 80s Orientals....
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    No fuss from me, LBMN...I have a crazy holiday-preparation weekend ahead of me, so next week will actually be more convenient for me than this weekend would have been!

    Stay warm!
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    Re: The Kiss of Death

    When I first tried SL 5 O'Clock au Gingembre, I thought it was lovely, but a bit masculine in feel for me...so, I asked my husband to take a sniff. He wrinkled his nose and said, "Ugh! That's not...
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    Re: S o t D Friday 11 December 2009

    Doctor's appointment this morning calls for something great, yet reliable. Had to go for the Vintage No 5...but, apparently I needed an extra lift because after a liberal splashing of the edt, I...
  92. Re: Revived: Perfume Range Worn By Queen Victoria

    Haha, you have just reminded me of all the silly "Asian Character" tattoos out there...you know, you hear "It says Dragon in Japanese," or "My tat means warrior in Mandarin" and, then you find out...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    OK...I wasn't sure if we were supposed to hold off on public guessing until a certain time or anything...So, you or Darkdreams will say "GO on A!" and then we can start discussing and guessing. ...
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    Re: Best heliotrope dominant fragrances?

    Oh, thank goodness. I opened this thread last week, all ready to say "L'Heure Bleue, of course!" but, then I saw all the Apres L'Ondee and second guessed my nose. "Wait...is L'Heure Bleue not...
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    Re: popular female fragrance?

    Popular with whom? You ask about Chanel No5, but then your male equivalent examples caused my eyebrows to raise a bit:




    Because, really....Chanel No 5 is in no way equivalent to AdG. So,...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 10 December

    http://s.ecrater.com/stores/53288/4a63612ceb5b0_53288n.jpg

    Estee Lauder Private Collection for me today...I always forget how much I love this fragrance, and then I put it on and remember...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I've done a search and I'm coming up empty...does anyone know where I can find a quick rundown of the rules of the game? I don't want to blurt a guess out of turn or anything! Now is a good time...
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    Re: December Blind 3x3 Sniff

    I'm in the Northeast US (About 8 hours due south of you) and I got mine yesterday. If they all went out at the same time, I'd guess yours would arrive today or tomorrow!
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    Re: S O T D Wednesday, December 9

    Caron Tabac Blond Parfum today, a current formulation, so we have sweet spicy topnotes in the mix....

    Although, I have to say that 8 hours in, I smell like an ashtray!
  100. Re: Rant: 'Dumb down' just to be understood by SAs...

    LOL, Primrose, that is always what I think of...I was trying to find Lancome's Cuir in my local dept stores, and they all looked at me like I had launched a slur....

    I don't judge honest attempts,...
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