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  1. Thread: French Cuffs

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    Re: French Cuffs

    Overlapping seems more conservative to me. I prefer it, but I think it depends on the outfit.

    Regardless, French cuffs with cuff links = swoon. Please continue and spread the word. :D

    I don't...
  2. Thread: Creme de La Mer

    by bernat
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    Re: Creme de La Mer

    This is Paula Begoun's take on Creme de la Mer (she's a consumer advocate for cosmetics):

    "My favorite example of this type of claim is Estee Lauder Creme de la Mer. Quite a story accompanies this...
  3. Re: Please help me find the Scent of Green Bananas

    Blast! Yes, unfortunately, I have a feeling that green bananas won't be a strong scent for some reason. Maybe something generically green would do the trick???

    I don't know why I'm swooning over...
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    Re: What are lemmings?

    Lemmings can be cute. I'm thinking Angel and Chanel No. 5 :)
  5. Please help me find the Scent of Green Bananas

    Do you know what I'm talking about? If so, do you know of a fragrance that comes close to it? I'm desperate!
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    Re: SotD Saturday 16 February

    Un Jardin. I thought I wouldn't wear it much until Spring, but it's been on heavy rotation all Winter.
  7. Re: Lowbrow For Lovely: A Limerick Contest For Free Frags

    Aren't limericks best when they're vaguely naughty? I'll be back...
  8. Thread: fruity floral

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    fruity floral

    Right now I think I have too many musky patchouli stuff. I'm looking for a fruity floral that's young and fresh, but not TOO juvenile. Suggestions?
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    Vegan and non-vegan fragrances?

    This might be a silly question, but is it possible that some fragrances aren't vegan?
  10. Re: How much do you think a 5'5" female should weigh?

    Aw, all very good answers. Basenotes is sweet. Sooo much better than another forum I post at where "anything over 120 is chubby", apparently regardless of height.
  11. What should I buy next? (Under $50 retail or discount)

    My next buy was going to be Bulgari Omnia Crystalline, but I'd like to be adventurous and go a little more off the beaten path than that. Any recommendations for under $50 USD?
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 29 January

    Serendipitous. It was strangely fitting and comforting.
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    Re: What did you NOT buy today?

    Adorable thread!

    Tea for Two and Omnia Crystalline.

    I'll get you someday, my pretties!
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    Re: The last man on Earth...

    Tea for Two. It's so comforting, and It seems fitting if you're the last two people on Earth. Bonus: we could share it.
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    Recent observations from others

    Not quite compliments, but interesting comments on your perfumes from other people.

    Serendipitous: Supposed to be chocolate, but my boss kept asking if someone brought some angel food cake into...
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    Re: Ah, Lavender!! Your favorites??

    Caswell-Massey makes a Lavender with amazing longevity. A test in a store lasted a couple days on my coat!
  17. How much do you think a 5'5" female should weigh?

    BMI charts aside. What, in your opinion, is "fat" and "skinny" for that height?
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    Goth Rosary perfumes

    Anybody tried these? I stumbled on a review on The Fedora Lounge (another message board)

    "Crypt by The Gothic Rosary. It was my signature scent for a few years and my boyfriend's all time...
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    Re: A woman who neglected herself.

    Kingdom?
  20. Re: Are you "retiring" any fragrances from your collection?

    I dumped Vent Vert. I really tried to love it, but Balmain just doesn't agree with me.
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    Fracas is laid off, but not wholly retired.
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    Bulgari Omnia Crystalline

    I tested this on a card but unfortunately neglected to skin-test it. Does this have decent longevity? How's the drydown?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Are you Fragrance Obsessive-Compulsive?

    I don't think wanting to explore the entire line makes you Fragrance Obsessive-Compulsive. It's not damaging unless you really can't afford it. It even makes sense to explore a fragrance house that...
  23. Re: The Angel Cult: "Us Angel-wearers would rather fight than switch!"

    Interesting, I'm the opposite. I almost hate the beginning on me but ADORE it after it dries down. I wish I knew more about how our "chemistries" effect this...
  24. Re: The Angel Cult: "Us Angel-wearers would rather fight than switch!"

    I'm interested in *why* Angel is so rabidly popular.

    The scent is phenomenal in ways I can't describe since I lack perfume experience. I think the bottle experience might be part of it. The shape...
  25. How often do you clean your bottles and what do you use?

    Daily? Weekly? Monthly?

    Windex? Water? Simple dusting?

    :)
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    Re: Just tried Angel for the first time...

    Second day and I love it! Again, I wasn't so sure it first. Never had that happen with a fragrance. I wonder how it smells to other people, mildly abrasive like it did to me at first or like it does...
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    Just tried Angel for the first time...

    I know I'm pretty behind the curve, but I finally caved after all the hype and bought a 50mL blind. I was seriously confounded why I haven't heard of it before joining Basenotes. Now that I know...
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    French 101: Eau de Parfum

    Most of you probably already know this, but I was only recently enlightened:

    I was told Eau de Parfum is prounounced "OO de par-FUH" ("nasal m", the teacher compared it to saying "fun" dropping...
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    Re: 'Sickly' fragrances

    I think I know what you mean by "sickly", but it doesn't always bother me. When I try and conjure the smell of musk in my head, it makes me feel sick. But a lot of fragrances that I actually like...
  30. Poll: Re: Where did your Green Irish Tweed come from and is it good?

    I thought part of Creed's deal was hermetic sealing or something that preserved the fragrance incredibly well..
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    Re: Name the Bottles Contest

    Wow, I'm pretty sure I've only seen 12 before. Hats off to everyone who'll undoubtedly rule at this.
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    Re: SotD Thursday 3 December

    Lolita Lempicka, first day of class. I always think you can't smell it after 10 minutes of applying, but I got a compliment on it 4 hours later so I guess it's just me.
  33. Re: Celebrity fragrances...do you wear them...would you?

    I haven't smelled either, but a gimmick of blood and milk accords is pretty cool.
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    Re: Today I bought... (January, 2008)

    50ml of Angel, blind buy. Checking to see if it lives up to the hype.
  35. Thread: Expensive taste

    by bernat
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    Re: Expensive taste

    I see the wisdom in buying quality stuff, but I think there's a clear cutoff to where you're paying for quality or paying for paying too much for something. I agree that clothes should be lived in,...
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    Re: Here's a FANcy little story ...

    Sweet! I definitely want to. Any suggestions for a mod, minimalist fan?
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    Re: What elusive scent are you searching for?

    That signature scent! I feel like such a fragrance playgirl. I just want to settle down, but I have wandering eyes (nose?) :cool:
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    Re: New Years Fragrance Resolutions 2008

    I'm instilling a monthly fragrance allowance. If I want a fragrance that costs more than that, I have to hold off until the allowance covers it.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 2 January 2008

    Lolita Lempicka. I tried layering it with Serendipitous yesterday, but that's a no go. Lo' eats chocolate :p
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    Re: Retinol, Tretinoin, topical retinoids

    I used Tretinoin for a couple years and I finally took myself off of it about a month ago. I couldn't stand the dryness around the mouth that was mentioned and I still wasn't clear during stress or...
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    Re: What Was The Fragrance That Got You Started?

    TheSimpleDollar (a personal finance blog) recommended fragrance as part of a hygiene routine. Ironic that I've spent more money on it than I should. But I've really enjoyed it and I think it has...
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    Re: Happy New Year! SOTD January 1, 2008

    Un Jardin sur le Nil
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    Re: Tremendous Bra Fittings...in NYC

    I thought it was the Itty Bitty Titty Committee.
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    Re: New Years eve party

    I picked Fracas. Perhaps a fracasse isn't the perfect way to start out the new year, but my party is Twilight Zone themed and my outfit is 60s-ish. :)
  45. Re: Celebrity fragrances...do you wear them...would you?

    The bottle and packaging are important to me, and I don't want some (in)famous person getting in the way of the experience. So no, not even (especially) for gifts.
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    Re: Fave cheap smells...

    All of the Demeter line. I've been meaning to try the CB I Hate Perfume line (made by the same guy), even they're $55 on luckyscent.
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    Bespoke Laundry Soap

    From an article on How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent - And Save Big Money. This is easily customizable with your own choice of soap -- your favorite bar of Diptyque or unscented.

    "I’ve been...
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    Re: Mitchum strikes again

    Deodorant can be a pretty potent fragrance. My (male) bike riding partner this summer went heavy on it before rides and I could smell it a good 10 feet away downwind.
  49. Re: Men: Do you pluck your eyebrows... and if so, WHY?

    All this man-talk about eyebrow care almost makes the time I've spent on mine since I was just a girl seem almost fair. Almost.
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    Re: Let's talk SHOES!!!

    I just bought some $10 black, velcro, grandma walking shoes. I think/hope they're weird enough to look "obscure", or at least eccentric, or at least fresh. I got them for a self-defense class I'm...
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    Re: Work, Play, and Love

    Work: Omnia Crystalline
    Play: Coco Mademoiselle
    Love: Lolita Lempicka
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    Re: Today I bought... (for December 2007)

    Serendipitous. Blind buy, but how can you go wrong with chocolate? I guess I'll find out. Cheers!
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 26 December

    Lolita Lempicka for the evening
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 26 December

    Fracas and...Tommy Girl
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    Re: I've been thinking about it

    indeed
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    Re: How can I know if my tester bottle is a fake?

    I think Un Jardin sur le Nil is a rather weak scent unless mine is fake too.
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    Re: Fragrance for College?

    I guess it sort of depends on your gender. If you choose not to disclose, I guess we could recommend some nice unisex fragrances -- but perhaps that is not your personality.
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    Re: Best Victoria's Secrets Perfume?

    Another vote for Dream Angels Heavenly. I think it's their most popular?
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    Re: SOTD Monday 24 December

    The last of my Amor Amor.
  60. Re: What is the green teardrop fragrance icon so many people have?

    Right, but what is the fragrance it's supposed to represent?
  61. What is the green teardrop fragrance icon so many people have?

    What is it? Is it just the default?
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 23 December

    Lots of Max Mara. It's becoming my new Amor Amor (i.e. not really worn out, sprayed to death at home). It seems very weak lately, hopefully it's not just me getting desensitized!
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    Re: List of Abbreviations

    PH but no PF (Pour Femme)?
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    I've seen TfT for Tea for Two
  64. Re: How to apply fragrance from mini bottle without spritzer?

    ooh, i'm interested in the answer to this too.
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    Caswell Massey women's florals

    I stumbled on these in a health food store. The basenotes directory tells me George Washington supposedly wore Number 6. The women's flroals were amazing! Especially the lilac, it was so precise and...
  66. Re: What did you buy "unsniffed", that you liked & what was a big mistake?

    Liked: Un Jardin sur le Nil, Fracas, Lolita Lempicka, Laundromat
    Lumped: Vent Vert
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    Re: SOTD 22nd December The Shortest Day

    Fun fact. I'm wearing Fracas.
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    Poll: Re: A big day fragrance

    Another vote for Tea for Two, so hearth and homey. Congrats!
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    Re: Rank top 5-10 houses by Ingredient quality...

    I admire that CB I Hate Perfume doesn't use alcohol, but I don't really care about whether ingredients are natural or synthetic if I enjoy the end product. Strange Invisible Perfumes and i Profumi di...
  70. Thread: 55 & Humid...

    by bernat
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    Re: 55 & Humid...

    I'm a fan of Givenchy's Pi for men. I think it could survive your climate.
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    How often do you apply?

    Once a day? More than twice a day? Less than every day?

    I've usually been applying twice: after shower in the morning and a different scent in the evening since most of my fragrances so far don't...
  72. Thread: mystery perfume

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    Re: mystery perfume

    Yeah, I think niche fragrances are what you're describing. If you're near a Barney's you can test some i Profumi di Firenze, L'Artisan and Frederic Malle. I'm not sure where else sells CB I Hate...
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    Re: Anyone Else Totally Overwhelmed?

    I'm interested to see which, if any, of 2007's fragrances endure and stay in production.
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    Re: Ladies...Chanel Problem...

    You should wear the No. 5. I think it's unisex enough.
  75. What do you hope to add to your collection in 2008?

    I think I'm going to add En Passant, Tea for Two, and Diptyque Jardin Clos. I'm hoping to restrict the impulse buying and finish up my cheaper stuff before exploring interesting niche lines and...
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    Do you spray your clothes?

    I know lots of threads have been made regarding where to spray, how much, etc. But I'm wondering about this specifically because a friend told me NEVER to spray clothes, but I'm not sure if this was...
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    Shampoo/Conditioner

    Do you use unscented? What kind?

    My hair is so short that it doesn't really seem to matter. I've been decanting the VO5 stuff.
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    Re: Impulse purchases (women's)

    I've successfully cut back after putting a block on my credit card. Unrelated to fragrance addiction, my purse was stolen and I'm waiting for a new card, but still effective!

    p.s. I'm trying to...
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    Re: SotD - Thursday December 20, 2007

    Max Mara
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 19 December

    Delices de Cartier, hump day deserves some deliciousness.
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    Re: What is the best way to clean a used atomiser?

    If you plan on saving as a collector's item, avoid scrubbing and using abrasive cleaners. Areas decorated with hand staining, gilding, or enameling should be gently wiped. Labels are crucial to value...
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    Re: How is fragrance regarded in your culture?

    I live in Ohio. Here, it's mostly seen as frivolous and indulgent. Most people only use it in an attempt to attract the opposite sex.
  83. Re: Thats the new Millésime Imperial bottle by Creed

    Ah, fantastic! I had mixed feelings toward the old blingy bottle. I'm much more comfortable with this. Thanks!
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    Re: Help Me Pick 2 Creed Perfumes

    I loved MI, but I'm a girl.
  85. Comments from 'regular people' on your collection

    I only have 9 at the moment, which is pretty minuscule compared to most here, right? I got my first comment yesterday from a close friend on my 'obsession'. Weird to get a different perspective on...
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    Re: Scents you've TRIED to love and can't

    Chanel No. 5 and Youth Dew.
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    Re: Low Sillage Fragrances

    Oh my, this is one of my biggest fragrance fears. Some recommendations I've gathered from the forum: Bulgari Omnia Crystalline, Demeter Laundromat, CdG Dry Clean, Cerruti 1881 pf, Un Jardin sur le...
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    Re: Michael Storer.. White Fig or Kadota Fig?

    Another vote for simply Kadota.
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    Re: 5 scents for the holidays

    Sweet tradition, Diva!

    Goodness, definitely not staying long enough for 5 fragrances. I might wear Delices de Cartier for Christmas because it's yummy, I can't wear it to work, and maybe because...
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    Re: pi by givenchy:like it ?

    Love(d) it! My ex-boyfriend wore it and it was yummy. Can't be handle it now due to association :(
  91. Thread: Lotion!

    by bernat
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    Lotion!

    Are you as serious about perfumed lotions as liquid perfumes?

    I have to be honest that I don't take it as seriously for whatever reason. I guess because you can't add it to your wardrobe so it's...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 16 December

    Lolita Lempicka and Amor Amor as my SotE
  93. Re: What deodorant to use in combination with EDT or EDP?

    Almay unscented roll-on.
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    Re: Letter to Hermes (re: Kelly Caleche)

    Hmm, I'm not sure if I agree that pink is no good for Hermes, but I agree in Kelly Caleche's case. Perhaps it's the reason I haven't tried it yet.
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    Re: Looking for [safe] Fragrance for Gift

    Well, how old is the lady in question? What's her personality like?
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    (Agreed on staying away from Celeb fragrances)
  96. Re: Let's work on Wikipedia's "List of Famous Perfumes"

    Even though L'Artisan is technically niche, I think Tea for Two should be added. What do you think?
  97. Let's work on Wikipedia's "List of Famous Perfumes"

    Looks like it could use some help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Famous_Perfumes
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    haha, at the bottom: "Can we trust this list? Not really, No."
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    Re: I need your help ladies..(17 year old)

    Already mentioned, but yeah, Givenchy's Pi is supposedly a ladykiller
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    Re: suggestions for a modern, fruity evening scent

    Cartier de Delices, Max Mara, and Lolita Lempicka are my fruity evenings.
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    Re: How do you arrange a bottle split?

    Ooh, I'm interested in this as well. What do you want to split?
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