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    Re: How many of your fragrances were blind buys?

    Two.

    Cuir de Lancome and its ok. I'd never have bought it if I'd tried it first. Thankfully it was cheap.

    Vintage Bel a Versailes EdC. Again, ok but not anywhere near as nice as the current...
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    Re: What are your top three Incense frags?

    Jubilation XXV
    Kyoto
    Sycomore (a vetiver with a very strong and noticeable incense to me)
  3. Re: I have found my holy grail Vetiver promised and it's name is...

    I've not tried the Dior. My HG is Sycomore. The incense makes this vetiver positively transcendental!
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    Re: Cuir de Lancôme - STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL !!!

    I'm not sure about samples, but its available, dirt cheap, on ebay and other online perfume retailers.
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    Re: Leather Holy Grail, have you found it yet ?

    Chanel CdR extrait. No contest for me at all.
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    Re: When YOU were 18-23 years old - TOP 5 FRAGS

    I'm 42.

    Jazz (sillage monster back then in funny shaped bottle)
    Kouros
    Tuscany (is this still available?)
    Cacharel pour Homme (vile, as I remember)
    Obsession (the selling point was every...
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    Re: The most BEAUTIFUL fragrance you have tried/own

    CdR Extrait.
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    Re: Another Sycomore Thread

    A beautiful fragrance. However I've never received compliments on it. Its definitely wears very close to the skin and doesn't last long on me. Like all the Exclusives.

    (I only ever seem to get...
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    Re: amouage jubilation xxv

    I've just had a try of CdG Kyoto. Whilst note a dupe, it shares the radiance and lightness of touch so spectacularly evident in Jubilation. I'm not sure if its as "good" but its certainly a...
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    Re: Cuir de Lancôme - STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL !!!

    Received this in the post today - my first ever blind buy!

    First impressions: I sprayed it on my wrist, waited 5 seconds and sniffed. As Marge Simpson said, Christmas in Aspen! That leathery,...
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    Re: amouage jubilation xxv

    What is it about Jubilation? Must be the quality of the materials, the particular blend, both?

    I like the CdG Incense series, but Jubilation is in a class of its own. The radiance of Jubilation...
  12. Re: one scent not for human race, and one which gives inner peace

    The one for terminators: Yatagan

    The one for inner peace: Bois des Iles
  13. Re: Driest, harshest fragrance that comes to mind

    Bandit is pretty harsh, and +1 Yatagan.
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    Re: New Haarlem murdered GIT...

    Terrible thing to happen. Its a nightmare of mine.

    I'm not paid a fortune - and the boss expects way, way more than his pound of flesh from me - so my few bottles are very precious. I keep them...
  15. Re: My final verdict : Everything Chanel does NOT last on my skin

    I have longevity problems with most fragrances. Annoyingly its mostly with the ones I love - 2 of those being Sycomore and my all-time HG CdR parfum (since this thread is about Chanel).
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    Re: talk to me about Azuree

    Thanks cacio - I'm going to try 1740 when I take the eurostar to paris in a couple of weeks - its doesn't seem to be available in London. My only concern is the burnt sugar note which was sort of...
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    Re: talk to me about Azuree

    Thanks for all the feedback.

    I went into town today and tried it. Interesting. After a confused opening (as in, where on earth is thing going?) I'm getting Bel Ami middle notes, then a Bandit...
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    Re: Cartier Declaration?

    I really like it. It does smell pretty funky though. This, to my nose, is far more funky than MKK. It smells of skin, a smokers skin, perhaps. As an ex-smoker, that can be slightly alarming.
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    Re: talk to me about Azuree

    I'd like to know more about this.

    Almost impossible to get, only sold at Harrods and Selfridges in the UK...its restricted availability makes me want to try this (maybe a marketing tactic, but...
  20. Re: best fragrance for winter from Hermes/YSL/Chanel

    Hermes: Eau d'Hermes - any day, all year round
    YSL: Kouros - I rarely wear it, but it is a masterpiece
    Chanel: Cuir de Russie - nothing like it on the market today, IMHO
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    Re: Is Yatagan a scratchy pine?

    I don't get it either. I love leathers but can't detect any leather at all from it (I have a similar issue with Bandit - maybe I'm looking for a too-literal leather a la Cuir de Russie).
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    Oh. My. God.

    Looking through these images:

    1. I realise I've barely started my fragrance collection - and my friends think my stash will exceed my life span
    2. Feel massive sense of relief...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Musc Ravageur and Molecule 01

    I'm not keen on MR (a tad too sweet and far too much sillage for my liking), but apparently it smells good on me.

    Those who are not anosmic to iso e super seem to...
  24. Re: If you have the choice to make just ONE discontinued scent back to production!

    Lanvin - Scandal.

    I don't know why, I'd just love to get a whiff of the original.
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    Re: Time to choose an autumn leather

    The OP poses an interesting question. I too am thinking about the Lutens, although I'm also considering a blind buy of Cuir de Lancome from ebay as its so much cheaper. The itch for a new leather...
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    Re: Muscs Koublai Khan: Why oh Why??!!

    Yes, I love it too.

    I made the effort to try it since reading everyone’s comments on here. I was ready for this raunchy skank monster and I was somewhat surprised to find this slightly sweaty,...
  27. Re: Muscs Koublai Khan resembles Bal a Versailles?

    Yes, I definitely see the connection from what I remember of Bal a Versailles. Bal a Versailles was like MKK, with a few added florals.

    Sorry I can't be any more specific. I only tried Bal a...
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    Re: Niche fragrances and projection/longevity?

    Thanks Chris. It's a fascinating art form that combines science and art in equal measure and then taps into out most primitive sense. The more I discover the more I want to know.
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    Re: Niche fragrances and projection/longevity?

    I've noticed this as well. A sort-of-niche example is the les exclusifs, which are beautiful but hardly project at all.

    (I think that is a good thing really. So much better to have something...
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    Re: Fragrances that you wear to bed?

    MKK. For me its not sexy, its cozy and sleepy.
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    Re: Fragrances You Like But Hardly Ever Wear

    All the classic Guerlains. That Guerlainade base just stops me from wearing them, and I don't know why. I love them though.
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    Re: Whats Your Signiture?

    I'm far too promiscuous with my fragrances to have a signature. I wish I did have one - it would save me a small fortune.
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    Re: Guerlain Jicky Parfum 30 years vintage

    All I have to share is my envy.
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    Re: Full Metal Jacket - any info on this scent?

    Hilarious name and bottle - I'd love to try it.
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    Re: Anybody still buy Aftershave Lotion?

    Absolutely, moderate is my middle name!
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    Re: Any experiences with Le Labo fragrances?

    I was initially put off by Turin's rather mean assessment of this entire line and their annoyingly cod fragrance bar in Liberty. But I've since tried a few and been pleasantly surprised. I've not...
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    Re: Favourite white shirt scent?

    Eau d'Hermes.

    A crisp white button-down shirt, indigo selvedge jeans and desert boots - its my off-duty uniform!
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    Re: Citrus and Cigarettes - Any Suggestions?

    Have you tried Cartier Declaration? Its so intensely cigarette-y on me that, as an ex-smoker, I find it slightly disconcerting. There's a fair blast of citrus in the top notes.
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    Re: Anybody still buy Aftershave Lotion?

    I emphatically and absolutely never wear scented face products. The only fragrance I use is in EdT and EdP which I apply to my neck or arms.

    A lotion, to me, indicates some form of skincare and...
  40. Re: Fragrance to wear with a leather jacket (tough guy image) ?

    kouros!
  41. Re: Sooo, Civet(In Kouros) is basically cat anal mucous....

    I absolutely hope its NOT the real thing!

    While I enjoy perfume and love animalics (the dirtier / skankier the better) there is no justification, in 2011, for using this material. I'd have a...
  42. Re: a "gothic" (and hopefully non-oud, non-incence, not too dear) rose?

    Malle - Une Rose is (on me) a dark, strange rose. The "truffle" accord makes it slightly musty in a wonderful old book repository sort of way.
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    Re: Paulas Choice BHA 2 %

    Hi

    Did you try the BHA?

    I'm a total Paula's Choice convert as struggled with really awful adult onset acne, tried everything at every price point and guess what, nothing worked, it made it all...
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    Re: Layering question

    I'm halfway through the Chandler Burr book on SJP's Lovely and Hermes Jardin Sur le Nil. I was reading it tonight on the train home from work.

    One of the chapters focuses on his interview with...
  45. Re: Facial moisturizer with sunscreen - does this one have suffiicient UVA protection?

    Simple.

    Look here: http://www.beautypedia.com/

    This woman is American, a genius and cured my adult acne. She uses evidence based research to assess products against claims. And whilst she...
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    Re: Are You A Fragrance Snob?

    This - definitely.

    My issue with mass-market fragrances is that often they are reduced to the lowest common denominator to appeal to the most number of people, thereby becoming anodyne, bland and...
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    Re: Worst Fragrance Ever???

    New West.

    It sums up everything wrong with mass-market perfumery. It smells cheap, chemical and lowest-common-denominator.

    Even the bottle makes me want to vomit with rage.
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    Re: How do you rotate your fragrances?

    I choose whatever I fancy.

    Unlike a lot of people, I have no concept of warm weather/cold weather, night/day fragrances etc. I just don't understand the concept.

    The exception is work/leisure...
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    Re: Your Fragrance Graveyard/Out Of Favor Scents

    Declaration - Cartier: smells too chemical these days
    Molecule 01 - Escentric Molecules: like it but lasts nano seconds
    Sycomore - Chanel: I've become anosmic to it (as often happens when I wear...
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    Re: Do you wear fragrances in your house?

    Absolutely. I wear it primarily for my enjoyment.

    Hopefully my perfume choices don't annoy/nauseate others when I'm out. I never wear perfume on a flight (I always travel cattle-class) as I...
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    Re: Your favourite fragrance ATM?

    For me, its almost always my most recent purchase. So thats Chanel Cuir de Russie parfum. And its mid summer!

    People talk about warm weather and cool weather fragrances, but I just wear whatever...
  52. Re: Vetiver, is this what I need to round me out?

    +1 Chanel Sycomore. Satisfies my desire for vetiver and incense in one fragrance. Genius.

    Plus it doesn't have that rather cloying aspect evident in some vetiver based scents.
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    Re: What's your favorite citrus cologne and why?

    Eau d'Hermes and and Mouchoir de Monsieur.

    The Chanel Exclusifs is pretty darn good too, but lasts about a nano second. And for much ££££. No fair.
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