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  1. No one said the Tannis smelled similar to...

    No one said the Tannis smelled similar to Detchema.
    When Rosemary is in the doctor's office, the receptionist asks what perfume she's wearing, Rosemary answers "Detchema," and the receptionist says...
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    Re: The elusive Chanel no. 9

    Greetings,
    I would LOVE to see a pic of Chanel No. 9.
    To be honest, I have been very skeptical that a Chanel No. 9 existed - I think people may be mis-reading the number "5" which can sometimes...
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    Caline by Jean Patou

    Looking for a vintage bottle of Eau de Caline by Jean Patou.
    Full sized bottle preferred (but mini bottle is o.k. as long as it's close to full).
  4. Thread: Iris Gris?

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    Re: Iris Gris?

    I own about 1.5ml of vintage Iris Gris by Fath in its original little bottle, and I tried the more recent Iris Gris by Legendary Fragrances. Luckily for me, the smell of the original Iris Gris has...
  5. Re: Can you date this Guerlain based on the bottom of the bottle, please?

    So it seems that it was pretty conclusively made in 2009. Thank you, CX827, I apppreciate the helpful response!
  6. Can you date this Guerlain based on the bottom of the bottle, please?

    Bottle of Vol de Nuit parfum. It seems like Guerlain bottles from the 80s/90s have stickers on the bottom which mention the Champs-Elysees address, which this bottle does not. So I'm thinking it may...
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    Re: Cuir de Lancôme - STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL !!!

    Broken record here: I don't think there is any "leather" in Cuir de Lancome. No birchtar, no isobutyl quinoline, no castoreum. It's just very sharply woody and it is clearly made with very cheap...
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    Re: Cuir de Russie EdT really isn't too bad

    Oh you're welcome, thank YOU! :)



    Yes, I completely agree with that.
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    Re: Cuir de Lancôme - STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL !!!

    I have to agree with both Timaru & Larimar that I do not smell any actual leather in Cuir de Lancome. It's very woody, but not actually leather-smelling IMO. My friend who generously gave me a large...
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    Re: Cuir de Russie EdT really isn't too bad

    I have tried CdR in vintage parfum extrait, modern EDT, and modern parfum.

    Vintage extrait starts with some very nice soft leather, but the leather aspect goes away fairly quickly, drying down to...
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    Re: Mitsouko EDC questions?

    I'm a little confused by this schema because here is a pic of a bottle with the post-1983 gold/black box...yet it appears to have a metal stopper - not glass with plastic as suggested that it should....
  12. Re: New Scent: Saharienne by Yves Saint Laurent

    Sounds intriguing, especially the galbanum, but I really don't have very high hopes.
  13. Re: Are GREEN CHYPRES really out of style these days?

    I don't find vintage Crepe de Chine at all similar to vintage Miss Dior. I'm sorry, but they just smell nothing alike to me except for some oakmoss in the base (much more in Crepe de Chine than Miss...
  14. Re: Are GREEN CHYPRES really out of style these days?

    To answer the OP's original question: Green chypres are highly in demand with knowledgeable perfume lovers, but very out of style with the general population. Most who smell a true, classic green...
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    Re: Luca Turin Blog Archive?

    Thank you so much, Bonsai!! Just got it!
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    Re: Luca Turin Blog Archive?

    Thanks, Quarry. That's very helpful. Now I can at least read it at my leisure. But I was kind of hoping someone would have the PDF file so that I could save it to my computer. I would appreciate it...
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    Luca Turin Blog Archive?

    Hi there,

    I really would love to read the archive of Luca Turin's former blog. I see that there is a link for a PDF version of the archive on his old blog-site, but the link does not work, it's...
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    Re: Diluting pure parfum with alcohol

    I have no idea, but when I used up my sample vial of Mystere de Rochas EDP, I added a little Everclear vodka to the vial to swish it around and get the last remnants of perfume so that I could apply...
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    Re: Everclear: Why and why not?

    Natural perfumer Mandy Aftel in her book "Essence & Alchemy" says that she's tried using high-proof vodka for perfume-making but has found it to be 'useless'. Not sure why she says that, I use...
  20. Re: Real Ambergris - how powerful is the smell meant to be?

    Thanks GLTASN and Gido for the responses. I wrote a review of it here on Basenotes. I noticed that another review below mine also spoke of the ambergris tincture as smelling like bad breath, which is...
  21. Re: Real Ambergris - how powerful is the smell meant to be?

    I just received a sample of Ambergris tincture by il profumo (AbdesSalaam Attar), and it smells like bad breath, and lasts a short amount of time before disappearing into an extremely subtle...
  22. Re: Is there such a thing as an incense chypre?

    If you enjoy classic woody-floral chypres with a frankincense note, you may wish to try:

    Shiseido Zen (original in black bottle)
    Estee Super Cologne (vintage; drydown is gorgeous)
    Ivoire (again,...
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    Re: I'm Loving Linden Blossom

    Hi,

    You know http://www.naturesgift.com offers a really beautiful linden blossom absolute oil. It's gorgeous, and they do offer in blended in a carrier oil for use as a perfume.
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    Re: Dating Chanel bottles

    To the OP: I responded to you yesterday, but I fear my post might have gotten lost among the joke responses, so here is my last post from yesterday, as well as something else I though of:

    "The...
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    Re: Dating Chanel bottles

    The Chanel interlocking CC logo was used since at least 1950, probably even before. I have saved on my computer a vintage Chanel ad for Chanel No. 5 Cologne and the interlocking CCs are on the top of...
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    Re: Now Foods Essential Oils - Any thoughts?

    It's a mixed bag. They are on the very cheap end of the Essential Oil spectrum and that is because a) the pure undiluted essential oils that they offer are very inexpensive oils themselves, like...
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    Re: Cracking the Chanel Date Code

    Yes, that code calculator seems to have been set up to only calculate the dates of the original post-2000 timeline from Jan 2000 to March 2008. When I enter the very old code on the bottom of my...
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    Re: Cracking the Chanel Date Code

    Aha...Well that's interesting. Because the system of dating that is laid out in this thread ONLY applies to Chanel bottles made AFTER the year 2000. So maybe my theory is still correct. Your code for...
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    Re: Cracking the Chanel Date Code

    Okay, if one of your bottle says 9424 then my theory is very wrong. I have no idea what that 2 in the third digit of your code would mean, but its presence totally contradicts my hypothesis ....
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    Re: Cracking the Chanel Date Code

    Yes, that's correct as far as I can tell!

    In my post above from last night I suggested among other things that the final digit "1" means made in France, and final digit "4" means made in USA....
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    Re: Cracking the Chanel Date Code

    Hi, I just posted my Chanel date codes above, and for any other geeky people out there who are interested, I think I've cracked a different part of the Chanel code puzzle. We established pretty well...
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    Re: Cracking the Chanel Date Code

    For anyone still interested in Chanel dating codes, here are mine:

    No. 5 Parfum 3.5ml bought in January off Ebay: 2011

    Vintage 70s-80s era No. 5 Parfum 7ml: 87Y

    No. 19 EDT 3.4oz bought NIB...
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    Re: Chanel Date Code.

    N_Tesla, are you sure that is the right code? The date code is either stamped with actual ink (very light grey or dark blue in color generally) on the low back side of bottles, or on the bottom of...
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    Re: Feminine ambergris

    Hi there,

    With the talk of the salty, fishy, animalic & raunchy side of ambergris being mentioned, you may want to try Secretions Magnifique. I have not smelled real ambergris, and I generally am...
  35. Re: any female fragrances with a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie scents?

    Lavender with vanilla + cinnamon + nutmeg would likely approximate it.
    The pumpkin frags I've tried never really capture the actual pumpkin component, they all just smell like vanilla and spice and...
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    Re: Rive Gauche - got a quick question ladies

    The actual way to tell an older bottle from the newer version is that the newer version has two small black squares, one on each side of the fragrance name. The older version does not have the small...
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    Re: Making a Pipe tobacco cologne

    Immortelle / Helychrysum has a dry tobacco quality to its scent. It might make a good basic tobacco base to which you could add nuances.
  38. Re: Gardenia - distinctive aromachemical that gives it that "cheese" note?

    I don't know specifically what components give gardenia a blue cheese quality....but I can tell you that if you want a natural fragrance that can impart the blue cheese component, look no further...
  39. Re: How do people successfully dissolve essential oils in carrier oils to make perfume?

    I am having a hard time dissolving an EO with my Jojoba + Jasmine Absolute oil blend. The EO is Australian Sandalwood, several years old. It smells beautiful and it's deep orange in color, not super...
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    Re: What have they done to No. 19???

    I fell in love with the current formulation of No. 19 EDT in the last year. I find it incredibly lovely (I'm talking the current bright green juice, long rectangular glass bottle with silver...
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