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    [EU] ClaireV's Sales Thread

    Tracked shipping is included for Europe - I can possibly accommodate other areas of the world if you are willing to pay extra for shipping (contact me and I will get a quote for you). I ship from...
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    [International] ClaireV's Swap Thread

    Hello!

    I have:

    Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist, sealed Vapo Tout Noir BNIB, atomizer & 2 X 30ml refills
    Bruno Acampora Iranzol EDP, 80/100ml (very rare, they only produce 50ml sizes now), no...
  3. Re: The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

    Totes, Kaern. You know me!
  4. Re: The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

    Thank you very much, Arun! But I don't know what you mean about the MFD - those threads are brilliant! I especially love the slapdown fights between fragrances because I can close my eyes and imagine...
  5. Re: The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

    There's always something, eh, G? :-P
  6. Re: The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

    Thanks, Remik! I am still enjoying the Eau Noire decant that you sent me - it's well lush.
  7. Re: The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

    Thank you very much, Starblind! I'm glad that it came across that I was going for choices that would provoke a repulsion or attraction impulse - that's what I was aiming for.
  8. Re: Enjoyable Read

    Oh Danielle, I know! Listen, it is like going out and remembering halfway through dinner that you've left the stove on or something. The minute this article went up, my blood ran cold when I realized...
  9. Re: The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

    Hi Jubal, thanks for your comment - and I don't disagree actually. Many of the fragrances I picked are very challenging indeed, and some are still not to my taste. I guess I picked them because they...
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    Re: The Shocking Scent Tom Ford Wears

    Most perfumers do not wear any fragrance at all, let alone their own, because they need a blank slate in their head to create. Not sure Tom Ford is actually the perfumer behind his line, or the art...
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    Re: Best fragrances of 2015:

    Thank you, PerfumedLady for both your congratulations (I'm thrilled!) and your commiseration on the Sauvage-wearing husband. I've given him a cheap oud oil by Ajmal that smells like the arse end of a...
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    Re: Anatole Lebreton, anyone?

    I reviewed these recently (all three plus the new one, Incarnata) on my blog, but there doesn't seem to be an entry for them yet in the directory, so I will just drop them here! Apologies for the...
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    Re: What's your favorite subtle fragrance?

    Some great suggestions in this thread. I'll add some of my favorite subtle fragrances (that I personally wear and enjoy):

    Dior Privee Cologne Blanche
    Etro Sandalo
    LAP Bois Farine
    LT Piver...
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    Re: Any site top Beautyspin.com?

    There's another in Slovenia. But neither the Slovenian nor the UK site ship internationally, so.....yeah, the rest of us just look at the sites and wring our hands with envy :undecided:
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Ensar Rose: Just beautiful! To my nose, this is a very bright Ta'ifi rose oil, so sharply green and lemony it makes you want a glass of water. The typical characteristics of a good, strong rose oil...
  16. Re: Montale Cuir d'arabie...Most revolting opening??

    Sorry, Hednic! I know that you and Zephyr really rate this one, and when I saw it recently in Brussels, I was determined to buy it, if it was even the slightest bit good (I was a passionate rider and...
  17. Re: Montale Cuir d'arabie...Most revolting opening??

    Arabian Hoss by Parfumerie Generale - sweaty horse dander! Great big white sheets of molting horse skin from the mane area - the smell is sickening. Jesus, it's terrible. BAD.
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    Re: Violet beyond Fahrenheit/G. Flannel?

    Do you like violet leaf (sharp, green - traditionally more masculine) or violet petals (sweet, woody, slightly powdery)?

    For violet leaf, I like:
    Cuir Pleine Fleur (Heeley Parfums)
    Sous Le Toit...
  19. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Thanks for posting this!

    Pluran, he's not doing another Guide apparently, sorry! He floated the idea a while back about doing a book highlighting the best niche and indie perfumes, but I don't...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    Sultan Pasha is a great guy, and a great attar maker! Thanks to him, I was able to sample all of those rare Amouage attars that are fast disappearing into the mists of time....anyway, a wonderful...
  21. Re: Is it just me, or I smell Iso-E super everywhere these days?

    I guess I am one of the guilty ones when it comes to blaming Iso E Super - it's become sort of a catch-all phrase to describe powerful woody amber materials that stick out of a fragrance and bother...
  22. Re: Share Your Favorite Non-Niche scents for Fall/Winter

    My favorites are:

    L'Agent by L'Agent Provocateur
    Donna Karan Signature
    Habanita
    Femme
    Mitsouko EDP/parfum (current!)
    Shalimar EDP/parfum
    Egoiste
    Dior Homme Intense
  23. Re: Share Your Favorite Non-Niche scents for Fall/Winter

    I agree, Zeniba. I tried the current version in Brussels last week and it beat all of the Armani Privee perfumes I tried next into a corner - dark, grown-up, a real woman's perfume.
  24. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Sorry, Sam - yes, that would make more sense!
  25. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Very good question, Gandhajala - I hadn't thought to check the wording, and yes indeed, you're right, it is a policy document released to solicit comments before any actual legislation is put in...
  26. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Well, I believe that the updated regulation from 2014 (http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_food-safety/dgs_consultations/ca/docs/pc_fragrance-allergens_20140213-0514_sum_en.pdf) bans only three substances...
  27. Thread: MFK Oud series

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    Re: MFK Oud series

    The original Oud is fantastic, really amazing! Then comes Satin Oud and then Cashmere Oud. Silk Mood is kind of synthetic in feel (in the dry down) and anyway, why would anyone buy a rose oud at this...
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    Re: Fall-Winter Suggestions

    Hi Clamnole,

    She might want to consider something by Hermes, then, because their house aesthetic is very office-friendly and light. I would suggest Hiris (a citrusy, cool iris scent), Eau des...
  29. Re: Perfumers thoughts / opinions etc. on the IFRA / EU situation

    Yes, sorry OP and Gimmegreen, I went off track there. Anyway, here are some links that you might find useful:

    http://boisdejasmin.com/2012/12/fragrance-regulations-like-an-atomic-explosion.html
    ...
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    Poll: Re: Best Amber Based Fragrance Ever

    The King of Ambers is:

    Amber Absolute - the perfect balance between smoke, sugar, spice, and resin for me, and the comfort blankie of benzoin is the piece de resistance.

    Then:
    Rania J. Ambre...
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    I appreciate David's standpoint on this, because he worked within the fragrance industry and it's very interesting to hear how he was forced to constantly cheapen formulas - this I would well...
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    Re: Please Don't Miss ...

    Thank you so much Zephyr (LOVE your reviews, by the way), Teardrop, Foustie, PerfumedLady, and Vernona - all lovely women whose insights I always follow closely on these boards (I am a lurker). I...
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    Re: Please Don't Miss ...

    Oh man......I am so sorry, Purecaramel.......you're a chef, I've just made the connection...I admit I had been wondering what was so pure about your camel.
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    Re: Please Don't Miss ...

    I fear there is nothing I can say to this that won't make me sound like a pretentious, self-regarding git, so I will just say....THANK YOU.

    Thank you, Schnozz, for the huge compliment you've shown...
  35. Re: Luca Turin Complete writings 2003-2014 now on Kindle!

    Thank you!

    Just in case I can't find my Kindle, don't keep me in suspense - where indeed do you fall on the whole heels vs. flats issue? :D
  36. Re: How Do You Rate The Quality Of Reminiscence Fragrances ?

    Their Inoubliable Elixir Patchouli is sex on legs. I sleep in it a lot. Colin Maillard sent me some of his Noir, and that's pretty darn good too, although I find CdG Black satisfies my "dark"...
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    Re: Mixed feeling about Lumiere Noire

    Johnny, I don't know if this means anything to you coming from a woman, but I absolutely love Lumiere Noire pour homme, and think it is far more interesting than the woman's version. The dry down...
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    Re: Arabian Oud Kalemat Amber

    Marais, Kafka did a review of three out of the four Kalemat oils - amber, musk, and floral, I believe. You can find her reviews here:...
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    Re: More reformulations coming...

    Totally agree with you, PerfumedLady (as usual!) - good riddance to bad rubbish.
  40. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Thanks so much, Cytherian! I really appreciate your feedback!
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    Re: Got slammed tonight...

    My sympathies, Chuck. I had the same thing happen to me in church last Sunday too. A man in the pew behind me tapped my shoulder and said, "My, my, young lady, you are wearing PERFUME, aren't you!"...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Hi Klaaon,

    About a week ago, I spotted the same export bottle of Fumerie Turque on Parfumerie du Soleil d'Or, ordered and paid for it, and then a day later they refunded me the cost, saying that...
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    Re: The most sexy fragrance you have ever smelled

    That's really beautiful, Purecamel - touching and sensual.

    I came here to mention a few perfumes I find to be rather sensual, and one of them, Musc Nomade, smells exactly to me like the end of the...
  44. Re: Dior Oud Ispahan... Why is it getting so much love?

    The rose-oud-leather-smoke part is nice and smooth until hour 6, whereupon the fragrance pares back the other notes to reveal a blunt, synthetic woody amber. It then proceeds to bitch slap my nose...
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    Re: Creamy Cozy Sandalwood

    Please don't, Vernona! Far better perfumes out there that you could spend your money on (in my opinion, of course).
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    Re: Tuberose and white floral for man

    Mona di Orio's Tubereuse is a green, fresh tuberose, suitable for men. I see you already know Tubereuse 3 Animale, which is a very easy wear on a man, what with all the tobacco. For jasmine, try the...
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste 2015.

    I think I am going to have to revisit Coca Cola! :D Darjeeling, I recently moved countries, and having sent all my perfumes on ahead of me, I bought Egoiste to fill the gap left by my Bois des Iles....
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste 2015.

    Double post - sorry!
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste 2015.

    Hi Andre,

    I have the 2015 version, and you're right, it smells absolutely wonderful. I often wonder how people think of the cinnamon as being strong - to me, the cinnamon blends with the rose and...
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    Re: Nicolai. Vie de Chataue intense

    I have it and love it. To me, it has a fantastic "baked hay" smell in the dry down that I find quite addictive. There is some citrus (grapefruit?) in the opening notes that combine with the hay/grass...
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    Re: Is Samsara still good?

    Thanks so much, L'Eaulita - hmmm, interesting. I thought the spritz of the current EDP plenty rich as it was, but I will have to find a bottle to re-test. To be honest, I am not sure if I love Samara...
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    Re: Is Samsara still good?

    Hi Mike! Hmmm, when when Mt. Sandalwood tells me to get the EDP, not the EDT, my ears perk up and I say a quiet "Yes Sir!" to my self :-) Thanks for the advice, buddy.
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    Re: Is Samsara still good?

    Thanks cacio! I have kind of been digging those massive, 80s powerhouse orientals recently, hence my interest.....
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    Re: Is Samsara still good?

    Thanks, MegaMav - yep, I know that feeling. I have some vintage bottles that I'm afraid to use that much because I'm aware, with bad reformulations, some of them are non-renewable resources.
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    Re: Is Samsara still good?

    Thanks Teardrop! I was kind of hoping you'd chime in, because I saw the photos of your lovely collection recently and I spotted quite a nice array of Samara bottles!
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    Is Samsara still good?

    I never gave Samara much thought until recently when I sprayed on some of the current EDP at an airport - and I really enjoyed it! Very rich, smooth...and familiar (it kind of brought to mind the...
  57. Thread: Penny Dreadful

    by ClaireV
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    Re: Penny Dreadful

    It's the weirdest thing - I was just thinking about what Eva Green's character would wear a few days ago. The perfume that suits her to a T is Annick Goutal's Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille.
  58. Re: hot summer! Your favorite smoldering fragrances for the summer

    I am all over the map - some days I go for the heaviest, spiciest perfumes I have - Amber Absolute, Coco, Egoiste - as if to raise two middle fingers to the heat. Other days, I feel like the...
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    Re: What I will buy next!

    I've been contemplating a bottle of Musc Tonkin for quite a while, but I decided today to buy a decant from a friend rather than splurge on a whole bottle. Let's see if I'm still as in love after I...
  60. Poll: Re: Vote your The Most Favorite from Dior La Collection

    Eau Noire, hands down. Then Leather Oud and Ambre Nuit.
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    Re: Biblically rich scents.

    I love biblically rich fragrances - great thread! My favorites are:

    Chanel Coco EDP & Parfum
    YSL NU
    YSL Opium EDT
    Profumo.it Balsamo della Mecca
    TF Sahara Noir
    TF Amber Absolute
    Tauer L'Air...
  62. Re: The most talked about fragrances you've never tried

    I have never smelled Aventus. Or LIDGE. Or ASHY.
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    Re: Who else loves Tonka bean?

    That's a lovely description, Chanel1 - and thanks for letting me know what ASHEE was too! :grin:
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    Re: Most worn June 2015?

    Because I am about to move back to Ireland with my family after 16 years living in the Balkans, I had packed up and sent off most of my perfumes to Ireland, so I was left with a few odds and ends....
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    Re: Which Tom Ford fragrance is your favorite?

    Amber Absolute
    Sahara Noir
    Tobacco Oud
    Noir de Noir

    In that order. (I also like Plum Japonais).
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    Re: Who else loves Tonka bean?

    What the hell is an ASHY????

    The more I read, the less I understand. It took me years before I understood what a LIDGE was. Help me out, fellas!

    Is tonka the same as coumarin? Maybe I am...
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    Re: Mona di Orio Cuir vs Leather Oud

    Cuir is a very dry, ashy woody perfume - more woods and castoreum than leather to me. Leather Oud is rich and smoky, and is based on the Oud wood rather than the oil. It is pretty skanky at the...
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    Re: female members lacking

    Teardrop, thanks for posting about where to find that thread - I am useless with navigation of any kind. Ok, so I popped over and had a look at that thread, but so far they are not saying anything we...
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    Re: female members lacking

    Oh and welcome, CeeCee! I love Guerlain too - most of us do here. Mitsouko and Shalimar would be two of the ten perfumes I would take to the moon with me.
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    Re: female members lacking

    FiveoaksBouquet, I couldn't agree more! I think the General Fragrance Discussion board is becoming a sort of refuge for men and women who aren't interested in being pigeonholed by their gender. The...
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    Re: Test, just a test

    Enigmatic......hmmmmm. If I met you in real life, I'd probably be in love already. And you'd be nowhere to be found.
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    Re: Reviews from amateur

    Welcome to Basenotes, Rick! Of course you can start posting reviews right away - we are all amateurs here anyway! Looking forward to reading you :)

    Editing to add: I wanted to mention this in case...
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    Re: Powdery soap fragrance with green notes?

    Ivoire de Balmain might fit the bill - it's very soapy and green. Perfectly unisex, even though it's marketed to women.
    Perhaps Bois Blonds for the clean hay smell.
    Iris Bleu Gris by MPG - very...
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    Re: Your Top 3 from Parfumerie Générale?

    Coze (****)
    Aomassai (****)
    L'Ombre Fauve (*****)
  75. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    I have no suggestions - I just came here to say: You all are so good-looking!

    BoyChanel - I no longer have to wonder why those Chanel and Malle SAs are falling over themselves to give you free...
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    Re: "Amber does not exist in perfumery . . . "

    Yes, Dove is right - amber resin does not produce an oil that can be extracted, so a fantasy amber accord using labdanum (cistus) and benzoin (which has vanillic properties) is mostly deployed...
  77. Re: Important announcement regarding Marketplace, Blogs and News

    Don't worry about it, Grant - if there is some way for us to help you out, please let us know. I have huge sympathy for your situation. It sounds like the site needs to be better monetized so as to...
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    Re: Today's Most Entertaining BN Perfume Review.

    Wow, thank you so much you guys! I am really touched that anyone actually reads my reviews, let alone likes them. Surprised and humbled by your comments.
  79. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    I love you, Joe - marry me? :kiss:
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    Re: Creamy Cozy Sandalwood

    Oh, you know what just struck me? You might like Precious Woods by April Aromatics! There's a particularly fine, brown sandalwood in the base - really creamy, in fact. You can get a sample of it...
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    Re: Creamy Cozy Sandalwood

    Vernona, perhaps give Mona di Orio Vanille a try - it's mainly a boozy, creamy vanilla, but there's an incredible sandalwood in the dry down that actually reminds me of Bois des Iles pure parfum. I...
  82. Re: Goodbye Zeta (and other looming Tauer discontinuations)

    I'm surprised about Une Rose Chypree going - I thought that was a massive critical and commercial success for Andy. I guess not commercial, if it's being discontinued.
  83. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Aha - thanks, Luca, I actually understand where you're coming from on this.

    The advantage of something like the Guide, though, compared to these individual reviews you're doing with Style Arabia...
  84. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Luca - my copy of the Guide is worn ragged, is there any chance of an update soon? Pretty please?
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    Re: On Musc Ravageur

    Ha! I am wearing Musc Ravageur today as well! As noitsnotme says, Meharees is very close without the stinky bits. Pm me your address, Lukcrecija, and I will send you my bottle of Meharees, since we...
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    Re: ... Pick your Orange ...

    Dane, I'd have to say that Afternoon of a Faun reminds me more of Chanel No. 19 with its green, leathery, iris than No. 18. To me, No. 18 smells kind of like clear grappa made with apples and pears -...
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    Re: ... Pick your Orange ...

    I really like this house - quirky, fun, and sometimes beautiful fragrances that don't take themselves too seriously.

    I own and wear:

    Afternoon of a Faun: Wild, wet green woods, a massive does...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Don't get me wrong, Mumsy - I quite agree with you that it's fine to disagree with someone's subjective opinion of a perfume. We all do it here everyday. I really rate Opus 1144, for example, and...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Trebor - is it really so bad to get excited about a perfume and then come here and talk about it on Basenotes? I think you're confusing hype for genuine excitement.

    There is a sea of dreck out...
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    Re: Would I get in trouble

    In my experience, lots of people try to say that they are blunt or honest to cover up the fact that they are, in fact, utter dicks.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    For me personally, the masterpiece is not LAVS but Opus 1144. After the fizzing lemon candy opening, it dries down to something that is 85% vintage Shalimar extrait and 15% Musc Ravageur. Seriously,...
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    Re: Your current 'wishlist top 5'

    Histoires de Parfums 1740
    Omer Pekji Odoon
    UNUM Opus 1144
    Le Labo Patchouli 24
    FM Le Parfum de Therese
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    Re: Fallen out of love

    Mixerscent, you can send me your ASAQ Rouh al Aoud and in return, I will send you a tiny but substantial piece of my soul. It will do you for ages - Irish women have great souls :o:o

    I get sick of...
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    Re: Smelling fragrances on others?

    Where I live, people don't wear deodorant, let alone perfume. Just today, a man with B.O. walked past me in the supermarket, I inhaled deeply, and thought to myself, mmmmm, perhaps Al Oudh? :tongue:...
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    Re: Which fragrance stood out in 2015

    Odoon and Cuir6 from the Pekji line
    Rosarium and Aer from the Angela Ciampagna line
    Opus 1144, and to a lesser extent, LAVs from the UNUM line
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    Re: Which is your favorite niche house?

    Hi Chanel - I think you're in for a treat! Please let me know how you get on, I'd love to know. ;)
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    Re: Which is your favorite niche house?

    Histoires de Parfums is by far my favourite, with Serge Lutens running a very close second. Why? Because to me, these houses consistently turn out high-quality, artistic perfumes at a cost I find...
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    [International] Re: Claire V's Swap List

    Bump! Does anyone want my Ambre Narguile? Make me a nice swap offer! :dankk2:
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    [International] Re: Claire V's Swap List

    Bump!
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    Poll: Re: Which is your favorite Frederic Malle?

    Why does Une Fleur de Cassie never get listed on these things? :-) That's my favourite.
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