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  1. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    Typical shitty corporate behaviour.

    They have so many brands and markets under their umbrella, the difference made to any of this by Mr. G's site wouldn't be perceived under an electron...
  2. Re: Then & Now: Bandit, de Robert Piguet (comparison 1970s-2015)

    I wish I lived in the US. Feeling rather......................


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  3. Re: Has anyone 'deciphered' Bond No. 9 batch codes?

    Why can't you contact Bond No 9 and ask them ? I did this a couple of minutes ago regarding a bottle of Chinatown. When I hear from them, I'll post and let you know.
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    Re: Luca Turin reviews 1 February 2016

    Thanks for that.

    As an Australian resident, I can certainly vouch for the ubiquity of the "lumbersexual" - young men everywhere with massive beards, tattoos, swept up and slick hairstyles, and...
  5. Re: Then & Now: Bandit, de Robert Piguet (comparison 1970s-2015)

    Thanks for the link. The seller has one left, but seems to have a severe case of shipping yips. No shipping outside of US and Canada.

    Really wanted one of these.

    Sigh...................
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    Re: Versace Pour Homme and Nautica Voyage

    Nautica Voyage IMO - there's a lot more going on than just the fresh, clean aspects.

    If you can get one of the earlier bottlings, with Lancaster as the distributor rather than Coty, even better.
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    Re: Any luck with vintage Dune?

    I purchased it in August 2014 from a Californian ebay seller called bhperfumery.
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    Re: Any luck with vintage Dune?

    I purchased a new sealed, 100ml spray bottle of vintage Dune 12-18 months ago, in the older style box. The batch code on the cellophane is 6Y510. I've just sprayed it on my wrist now, and so far, so...
  9. Re: Classic Fragrances That Have Not Been Reformulated ?

    Definitely changed. Luca and Tania make a point of mentioning this in their book(s).
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    Re: Vintage (?) Bulgari Black

    You're welcome Alan.
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    Re: Vintage (?) Bulgari Black

    If it's of any use, I found the old thread. Post number 25.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/381151-Bvlgari-Black
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    Re: Vintage (?) Bulgari Black

    I own both the old "twist top" bottle and the new "removable cap" bottle. No question there has been a reformulation. The old juice is more full bodied, with greater character, and gassy, dirty and...
  13. Re: Two Basenotes articles nominated for Jasmine Awards

    Thanks for the message. That's good news for BN and for Eddie. Fingers crossed. Good luck.
  14. Re: Classic Fragrances That Have Not Been Reformulated ?

    All fragrances that one may describe as "classic" have been reformulated to varying degrees. Every single one.

    Even something as recent as the women's Beyond Paradise, released in 2003, has...
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    Re: Blind buying really that taboo?

    I blind buy most (80%) of my fragrances. I use the Guide by Luca and Tania, and focus primarily on purchasing the fragrances they rate as 4 and 5 stars. It's partly about enjoying the fragrances, and...
  16. Re: Is there discrimination against men and offensive fragrances?

    I never thought of it like that, but you may have a point.
  17. Re: Is there discrimination against men and offensive fragrances?

    To answer the OP, I don't think there is "general" discrimination of this type, but I'm sure isolated pockets, and isolated examples (such as yours), do occur. We all know about "cologne guy", but...
  18. Re: Worth Je Reviens - approximate age of this bottle.

    Thanks cacio. It smells wonderful. Those nitro musks really are quite something.

    The box has no barcode, ingredients, or EMB code, nor does it have an address for the Worth company. These things,...
  19. Re: Worth Je Reviens - approximate age of this bottle.

    Hi again everyone.

    I decided to go ahead and buy this bottle. I have attached some photos, for reference purposes as always.

    Thanks.


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    Re: How much fragrance is sprayed per squirt?

    In one of the Luca and Tania books, they mention 3 squirts gives about 0.5 ml.
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    Re: Alberto Morillas video

    Thanks for posting this. Much appreciated. A small insight into "Alberto's world of perfumery."
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    Re: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews: December 30, 2015

    Oh well, no harm in asking I guess.

    Thanks Luca.
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    Re: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews: December 30, 2015

    Hi Luca.

    Happy New Year to you, Tania and Fiamma.

    If by some chance you would be prepared to sell me whatever quantity you can of the original Caldey Island Lavender, I would be eternally...
  24. Chinatown - Bond No. 9 - differences between 2005 bottlings and now ?

    Hi everyone.

    I'm interested in purchasing this fragrance, and I'm wondering if any of you have compared older bottlings to the current ? Is it worth chasing an older bottle, or is it still now...
  25. Worth Je Reviens - approximate age of this bottle.

    Hi everyone.

    I'm just wondering if anyone out there would know the approximate age / era of the Je Reviens in the attached photo ? It is an EDT splash, and the bottle is a Lalique, if this helps. ...
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    Re: My daughter's first fragrance

    The original Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune smells quite strong at the outset, and can small borderline urinous to certain people. Be careful with this one.
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    Re: My daughter's first fragrance

    The most recent batch of Mitsouko. I know she won't like it, but if you get her anything a girl her age will like, think of the damage you're doing...............

    Obviously I'm kidding.

    Azzaro...
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    Re: in search for beast mode designer or niche

    Vintage Polo Green.

    Anything from Jacques Bogart e.g Bogart Pour Homme and Silver Scent Intense.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrance Discussion

    Tania Sanchez in The Guide refers to the original containing both Mysore and Polysantal.
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    Re: Joe Malone Scents

    Jo Malone.
  31. Thread: Reformulations.

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    Re: Reformulations.

    yes - that's very true.
  32. Thread: Reformulations.

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    Re: Reformulations.

    The salient point in all this is not whether your personal reaction is indifferent or hysterical, it is that in almost all cases, people say vintage is better.
  33. Thread: Reformulations.

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    Re: Reformulations.

    Yes - as I'm sure you would know, there are hundreds of new releases every year, and given this has been occurring for several decades, it is impossible to even come close to keeping up. Truth be...
  34. Thread: Reformulations.

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    Re: Reformulations.

    Ok. I didn't even know fragrances were still being made post 2010.

    My knowledge of this era is limited. One that definitely comes to mind is MAAI by Bogue.

    Korrigan by Lubin sounds great, but...
  35. Thread: Reformulations.

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    Re: Reformulations.

    It depends on what you mean by current / recent. E.g. do you mean :
    scents released in the last five years, or
    scents that are still in production, or
    any scent released in the last 10 years,...
  36. Thread: Reformulations.

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    Re: Reformulations.

    Never nostalgia and memories. Always inherently better.
  37. Thread: A great tragedy

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    Re: A great tragedy

    Is there such a thing as a "safe way" of transporting fragrances via air ? If so, what is it ? What is it that FedEx etc. do that the government postal agencies don't do ?

    EDIT : I'm not...
  38. Re: I like TF Neroli Portofino, what other suggestions would you have please

    According to the Zegna website, it's 215 Euro for 125ml. At current exchange rates, that's $325 AUD.

    Sheesh.....getting a bit steep IMO.
  39. Re: I like TF Neroli Portofino, what other suggestions would you have please

    As others have said, a very often asked question round here.

    Neroli Portofino isn't a bad fragrance by any means, but certainly not worth the price, IMO.

    In addition to the other suggestions...
  40. Thread: A great tragedy

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    Re: A great tragedy

    $1000 a pop ? Seriously ? I made inquiries with FedEx a few years back, but the amount of rigmarole and guff you have to wade through just to get a package sent, meant it's just not worthwhile. Not...
  41. Thread: A great tragedy

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    Re: A great tragedy

    I know the policy is well known - my comment is about the sheer stupidity of the policy in the first place.

    There are a lot of things in life that can kill . injure / maim us - a lot of potential...
  42. Thread: A great tragedy

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    Re: A great tragedy

    Complete f*$%ing joke. From the Barbarians to various Government Postal services, there will always be stupid, ignorant groups who don't care about art, and will destroy it out of nastiness or out of...
  43. Re: HAPPY & PROSPEROUS DIWALI TO ALL ---some festive Recommendations needed ?

    My wife is Indian, so perhaps I can claim a somewhat unconvincing connection to the culture. Happy Deepavali to you all.

    I'm going to go left field and suggest Tocade by Rochas or Envy by Gucci....
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    Re: Who really likes Mitsouko?

    I own the bottle shown in this thread :

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/381147-Vintage-Mitsouko-recent-purchase

    and I find it to be a very well balanced and serene fragrance. It does wear very...
  45. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Great post Nairn. Thanks for sharing.
  46. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/16/us-france-perfume-idUSBRE8BF02D20121216

    Worth a read IMO.
  47. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Yes, and companies that at least start out with good intentions, earnestly trying to do a good reformulation, become discouraged and cynical by the time they reformulate for the sixth time, and just...
  48. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Ah, but David, the "punters" can't tell the difference, so everything must be great. Why worry ?
  49. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Thanks again David, gimmegreen and others for sharing your thoughts.

    Thanks to those like gimmegreen and Claire who posted additional links.

    Whilst I can understand the fragrance companies...
  50. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Thanks gimmegreen, cytherian and David.

    gimmegreen, I assume this is the de Nicolai article to which you refer ?
    ...
  51. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    If perfumers don't care about this issue, then they should be doing something else. Imagine if artists were told they can no longer use pastels, or oil based paints, or that certain colours are now...
  52. Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Hi everyone.

    For many of you who frequent Basenotes, and other fragrance sites, you would of course know that there is no shortage of talk regarding reformulations, and the impact of the IFRA / EU...
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    Re: Current Mitsouko EDP Spray

    Thanks Sam. Much appreciate the link.

    If you know of any more (or if anyone else does), please post here. Such articles seems to be very hard to find on the internet.

    I may even start a...
  54. Re: "AZZARO pour Homme" : yesterday and today (1978-2015).

    As always, fantastic work Andre. Your contributions to Basenotes cannot be overestimated. Thanks from me.

    I have 2 bottles from the mid 80's (50ml spray) and 1 from the early 90's (75ml splash)....
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    Re: Current Mitsouko EDP Spray

    Sam, thanks for posting that link. I thoroughly enjoyed reading that.

    It's the first interview I have ever read where an actual perfumer addresses the IFRA / EU ingredient restrictions.

    I...
  56. Re: Vintage Y - Yves Saint Laurent - recent purchase

    Hi Donna and cacio.

    Thanks for your replies.

    Yes, following on from the great work done by Andre Moreau and others, I'm guessing this is a 70's bottle. No bar code, no e symbol, no EMB code,...
  57. Vintage Y - Yves Saint Laurent - recent purchase

    Hi everyone.

    The latest in my "recent purchase" series.

    This time, a vintage bottle of Y by YSL, 60 ml splash, new in box.

    As always, I post these pictures for reference / comparative...
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    Re: Azzaro Onyx and Azzaro Silver black

    Noted in Luca and Tania's Perfume Guide as being the same fragrance.
  59. Re: Luca Turin Complete writings 2003-2014 now on Kindle!

    Thanks Luca. A very good idea making this work available in this format, at a very reasonable price.

    And my first ever Kindle purchase. It took a while to figure out how to get the book onto my...
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste or L'Egoiste - difference ?

    Hi.

    Thanks for that reply.

    Yes, I did see that thread before I posted. There is another thread I found that states the names only differed according to the region of sale. So I was a little...
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    Chanel Egoiste or L'Egoiste - difference ?

    Hi everyone.

    I see some bottles of this fragrance called Egoiste, and some called L'Egoiste. Does anyone know the differences ? Is one or the other vintage ? Are they different names for different...
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    Re: Givenchy Vetyver - vintage vs current

    Thank you to all respondents, especially Busyblind. I appreciate your time.

    Yes, the vintage bottles are rare and expensive, and the green and brown box versions are also becoming hard to find.
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    Re: Mauboussin Homme - different packaging ?

    Thank you to all respondents, especially Busyblind. I appreciate your time.
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    Mauboussin Homme - different packaging ?

    Hi everyone.

    I am keen to buy a bottle of Mauboussin Homme Eau De Parfum - I have noticed on eBay that there are two different packaging styles, as shown on the attached photos.

    Would anyone...
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    Givenchy Vetyver - vintage vs current

    Hi everyone.

    I'm just wondering if any of you have smelled / owned both vintage and current Givenchy Vetyver ? If so, I'd be keen to hear your thoughts as to similarities, differences etc.
    ...
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    Re: More reformulations coming...

    David, whatever you do, don't stop posting on these boards. I always read your informative and sensible posts with great interest. You always seem to have good information in the correct context.
    ...
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    Re: Vintage Givenchy Gentleman

    Thanks for sharing - enjoy it in good health.

    My guess is that it is a 90's bottle.
  68. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    http://arabia.style.com/beauty/beauty-guide/fall-winter-2015-perfumes-latest-azzedine-alaia-miu-miu-coty-luca-turin-review/

    Luca's latest reviews. Apologies if these have been mentioned in another...
  69. Re: Vintage Grey Flannel - Epocha Distribibutors bottle - recent purchase.

    Hi dandadda.

    I have not given it a full wearing yet. I did apply some to the back of my hand, but I had to prepare dinner about 1 hour later, for which I had to wash my hands.

    I own bottles of...
  70. Re: Vintage Grey Flannel - Epocha Distribibutors bottle - recent purchase.

    You're welcome.
  71. Vintage Grey Flannel - Epocha Distribibutors bottle - recent purchase.

    Hi everyone.

    The latest in my "recent purchase" series. This is a splash bottle of Grey Flannel cologne, with the "Epocha Distributors" sticker. Epocha Distributors was in fact part of the...
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    Re: Monsieur Balmain vintage - recent purchase

    Hi sallyc31. Thanks for your post. A clear bottle in the same shape as mine suggests it's almost certainly an After Shave, rather than EDT. Which also fits with the fact that it disappears faster...
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    Re: Fracas VS. Fracas: side-by-side test

    Andre, as always thanks for that great article / comparison.

    If you get a chance, try the version that I posted about here :
    ...
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    Re: Aramis = Russian corpse washing fluid

    Not quite sure what variations, batches, eras etc. you guys are referring to, but i have worn Aramis on and off for 30 years. And it's always been fantastic.
  75. Re: Fragrance Ingredients That Discolor or Darken Over Time

    I believe vanilla or vanillin darkens over time.
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    Re: Most impracticle bottles or Form vs Function

    The Amen Bmen rubber flasks are impractical as others have stated.

    In reference to Donna Karan, the Dona Karan Gold bottle is perfectly normal and usable.
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    Re: Tuberose and white floral for man

    I have no idea how you define " too sweet", but Juicy Couture by Juicy Couture is a lovely Tuberose IMO, quite inexpensive, and readily available.
  78. Re: Neroli Portofino - same soapy citrusy but cheaper scent?

    Yep - that's true about the actual fragrance. When you look for cheaper alternatives to a particular fragrance, some compromise is always in order. But it's pretty close for a good while. I own...
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    Re: Do reformulations ever improve a fragrance?

    The best you can hope for is that current reformulations fix the stuff ups of bad reformulations from the past, either through bigger budgets, more talented perfumers, new molecules etc. But any...
  80. Re: Neroli Portofino - same soapy citrusy but cheaper scent?

    L'Erbolario make a fragrance called Neroli Neroli, which is very similar, and much cheaper.
  81. Re: Dior Fahrenheit question regarding the original formulation

    No worries.

    You can find out more from Andre's fantastic blog on this fragrance :

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/fahrenheit-short-guide-1988-2015.html
  82. Re: Dior Fahrenheit question regarding the original formulation

    According to the Guide by Luca and Tania (2009 Profile edition), Acetylenic esters have now been restricted, and it is these that gave "vintage" Fahrenheit its special gassy, petroleum smell.
    ...
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    Re: Why no 'dislike' button for reviews?

    I fail to see why like or dislike functions need to exist for reviews. The generations of people younger than me seem to be obsessed with making public their "like or dislike" of everything under the...
  84. Re: Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez - New Edition of Perfumes: The Guide in Progress

    If you check out post 51 from this thread :

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/406342-New-Luca-Turin-reviews-Dior-Elie-Saab-Guerlain/page2

    You can read "straight from the horse's mouth". It seems...
  85. Let's put reality to the side for a minute. ...

    Let's put reality to the side for a minute.

    If all current Chanel No. 5 bottles were removed from the market, and a vast stash of 50,000 unopened old bottles of the vintage original were found...
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    Re: Another reformulation

    Thank you both David and cazaubon. Looks like I will need to find a seller who can tell me if the spray mechanism is removable or not.

    Thanks again.
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    Re: Another reformulation

    Thank you cazaubon.

    On the Miller Harris website, the current box looks like my attachment - is this the same as the old box ?

    Thank you.

    38806
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    Re: Another reformulation

    Ah, that's a shame.

    Thanks for your time David. I do appreciate it.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Another reformulation

    Thanks David.

    Do you remember the old box by any chance ?
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    Re: Another reformulation

    Hi all.

    Sorry to be dredging up an old thread.

    Is there a way of distinguishing old from new ? Packaging etc. ?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Compliment I got today

    Hey CM, how does it work in Italy ?
  92. Re: Vintage 1950's Chanel No.22 & No.5 LOTS of factice bottles, etc!!

    So all the perfume bottles are empty ? You refer to them as factice bottles.
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    Re: Vintage -What's it all about?

    In response to the question posed by the OP in the thread title, it's about enjoying and appreciating fragrances as the perfumer originally intended. The term can only really be used on fragrances...
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    Re: Skin Chemistry: Real or Myth?

    I think if your starting point is people who are freshly bathed, then differences are mainly in the top notes. I think middle and base notes smell the same on most people. At least according to Luca...
  95. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    I agree remik, and I had thought of that when I posted my earlier thoughts.

    If Luca's intends for his next book to be about niche fragrances, he has already indicated that he will in all...
  96. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Luca, is it possible to do an all encompassing guide, that takes in niche, classics and new ? This would operate on the same 1-5 star principle as the 2008-2009 Guide, but fragrances with a 1,2, or 3...
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    Re: "KNIZE TEN" extravaganza.

    Both Andre and Alfarom are tremendous assets to the BN community and our little community would be so much worse off without them.

    Thanks to both of you for your fine work over many years.
  98. Re: What happens when you splash water where you applied fragrance?

    I can't explain why it happens, but I have noticed this as well. Especially in summer, and especially with citrus fragrances. If I spray 4711 on my arms and chest, after 10 minutes I smell nothing....
  99. Re: Reformulation hysteria on here is comically intense.

    It is and it isn't.

    I know on the one hand, it's only fragrance, it's not serious, it's not life and death etc.................

    On the other hand, if you see fragrance as art form (as I do),...
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    Re: Sel Marin - advice?

    I can't speak for anything similar, but I bought my Sel Marin bottle used on eBay. Still had about 90% left, well stored and cared for, with both inner and outer boxes. This could be an option if you...
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