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    Re: Anyone here use just one spray?

    Ha! No. My minimum with most fragrances is 6 sprays. If it's very strong maybe 4. I let loose with some and can up to 14 or 15. I often reapply too so it ends up being more. My skin destroys perfume...
  2. Re: Florientals, and Woody Florals any recommendations ?

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the suggestions :)
  3. Re: Florientals, and Woody Florals any recommendations ?

    I do like wood, it's true.
  4. Re: Florientals, and Woody Florals any recommendations ?

    But which is better post or pre-reform? Dude I need to know!
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    Re: negative connotation to the word "cologne"

    ^^^^^ This! It drives me nuts when people use the word "cologne" to describe all male fragrances.
  6. Re: How Scent Affects Attraction ?? One of The Most Important Factors ??

    The terms Alpha/Beta male or female (there's also Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and Omega too) come from Ethology- the study of (non-human) animal behaviour, and have a very specific meaning as part of what...
  7. Re: JAR Bolt of Lightning, Chypre Palatin, Invasion Barbare

    Messaged you about the 10ml of Chypre Palatin :)
  8. Re: How Scent Affects Attraction ?? One of The Most Important Factors ??

    Classic misunderstanding of the concept of Beta and Alpha male in the context of human behaviour.

    In any event, since when is Askmen a reputable scientific resource?
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    Re: A Question for Gay, Straight and Bisexual Men

    I'm a Gayer. I don't get all the Antaeus and Egoiste buzz, I think that's a generational thing. Don't get me wrong I think they're both great frags but neither of them screams sexy to me. I like...
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    Re: Chanel neglected men.

    Oh yes, I completely agree that the extreme androgynous look we are more familiar with nowadays was perfected in the 70's by Yves. And yes of course Dietrich got many of her masculine looks from...
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    Re: Chanel neglected men.

    Nope, much as I hate to disagree with you :) Gabriel Chanel was instrumental in introducing the men's tailoring into women's wear which did away with stays and corsets and bustles and all the extreme...
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    Re: Antidote by Viktor, Rolf (big disappointment)

    I disagree that most great fragrances are based on one or two ingredient which stand out. The greatest perfumes are weird abstract creations which use many ingredients to create astounding new smells...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame

    Well I'm not going to reprise my views expressed in discussions in other threads , especially not since this is really about her perfume and not about her persona or music etc But suffice it to say...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame

    That's fair enough :) I'm not so much forgetting that as curious why, if you don't know anything much about her, you assumed a cynic's position on her involvement in the development of Fame? OTOH...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame

    Well I just think there are strong indicators which suggest that she genuinely does think it's a superlative perfume (her personal statements about it do seem to evince a genuine excitement and...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame

    If you mean that she knew what Fame smelled like then I agree. If you mean she knew it was unremarkable then I disagree.
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    Re: Chanel neglected men.

    LOL Candide is hardly being tasteless.

    Your assertions about Chanel, and indeed some of those proposed by others in this thread, seem to be based largely on an exceptionalist argument. That is, if...
  18. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    You'll have to take that up with IFRA.... they regulated it's use on the grounds it's a sensitizer....all those classic formulas ruined, and of course just because the IFRA cartel wants to introduce...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame

    I concur with most of what's being said about the scent here, it's a nondescript fruity floral (with a reasonably OK drydown) but not much else to recommend it. I'm not disappointed or put out that I...
  20. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    You're right. Putting aside what I think about Gaga herself, and what I've said in her defence in this thread, I wasn't actually expecting very much from this fragrance. Despite the fact that Coty...
  21. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    Finally got a bottle. It's not very interesting, it's just a fruity floral and reminds me of dozens of other fragrances, the dry down is pleasant and becomes more so with time. I don't however lay...
  22. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    Well obviously just being Gay doesn't mean you have to like her, her persona or her music. As it goes I kinda cringed when she said she wanted to be a Gay man too LOL :D
  23. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    Also MdM talks as though the battle for LGBTQ equality is won or near won. It's not, not even close. Ask people living in Russia, Serbia, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Algeria, Jamaica or any...
  24. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    I'm sorry, but the fact that she is cis-gendered (a term which when used to dismiss a person's ability to contribute is offensive), white, bisexual and female have nothing to do with her ability to...
  25. Re: Like imitation crab meat...these oud fragrance should be refer to as immitation oud

    LOL, our post counts would suggest otherwise ;) But yes indeed, peace.
  26. Re: What smells like Raspberry and Chocolate together?

    Well it's not a masculine but Insolence by Guerlain contains explicit chocolate and raspberry notes. It's actually pretty rich, dark and powerful for a feminine fragrance and can easily be worn by...
  27. Re: Like imitation crab meat...these oud fragrance should be refer to as immitation oud

    How is it better?
  28. Re: Like imitation crab meat...these oud fragrance should be refer to as immitation oud

    It's OK that you don't understand Linguistics, it's a fairly complex and specialised field. I don't look down on you for your lack of knowledge in this respect. A politeness you seem incapable of...
  29. Re: Like imitation crab meat...these oud fragrance should be refer to as immitation oud

    And yet it's perfectly correct to say "Sham-pain" instead of "Champagne", and "Juggernaut" instead of "Jagarnatha", "Pyjama" instead of "Paijama" etc etc etc. Loan words are what they are, sometimes...
  30. Re: Like imitation crab meat...these oud fragrance should be refer to as immitation oud

    I actually have no problem pronouncing the word according to Arabic standard pronunciation, I have enough passing familiarity with Arabic not to make a total fool of myself when pronouncing Arabic...
  31. Re: Like imitation crab meat...these oud fragrance should be refer to as immitation oud

    It was a general comment I made in response to the drift of a conversation which seems to have begun with Sugandaraja's comment's about "proper" pronunciation of the word "Oud".
  32. Re: Like imitation crab meat...these oud fragrance should be refer to as immitation oud

    The first recorded references to the material come from Sanskrit texts and there it's known as Agaru or Aguru. If we want to be incredibly purist about it we should call it Aguru not Oud, or Oudh, or...
  33. Re: Like imitation crab meat...these oud fragrance should be refer to as immitation oud

    Perhaps we should call it Lignum Aquila instead and cut out the middleman.
  34. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    Patronage in this context merely means someone or a number of people, prepared to commission or buy your work. Banksy would be working in Halfords now if he hadn't had plenty of patronage. The fact...
  35. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    Caravaggio didn't paint all that many commissions for the Church (compared to many of his contemporaries) and most of those he did paint for Churches ended up being hidden away or sold into private...
  36. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    Interestingly Caravaggio was obsessed with fame, he was convinced he was the greatest artist who ever lived and that he deserved to be more famous than the man who inspired him - Michelangelo....
  37. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    Yup, that's me in a nutshell, shallow ;)
  38. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    No art form of any kind exists without money. If you think good art exists in the absence of patronage then you're kidding yourself. All art is manipulative, especially music which relies so heavily...
  39. Re: Photos of Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluide (the notes are quit interesting)

    I love how viciously hostile you are towards someone who is in real terms perfectly harmless and does nothing but give lots of people plenty of harmless entertainment. I mean that's putting to one...
  40. Re: IFRA's banned/restricted ingredients: some thoughts.

    LOL no, I don't work for an aromachemical company or for any company associated with the perfume industry. In fact I'm self employed as an artist. Being able to be objective about the perfume...
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    Re: Comparo of Eau De Colognes

    You should try Sisley's Eau de Campagne, that has a huge blast of basil and tomato leaf in the dry down. Of the ones you mention I like Eau de Guerlain best but I don't find it the most Basil-ish,...
  42. Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Cuir de Russie and Bois des Iles are my favourites of the four, but Cuir de Russie is stand out the best of the bunch. Sycomore was and remains a huge disappointment to me, weak, pointless and sour....
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud

    I don't find them alike at all really.... why would it be an either/or situation?
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    Re: Narsico Rodriguez For Him EDT

    Ah yeah, no that was my fault for having poor grammar, I didn't mean the Musc Collection EdP (I have a bottle of that), I meant the new EdP version of Narciso Rodriguez for Him, which perversely is...
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    Re: Narsico Rodriguez For Him EDT

    Can't seem to find it on there EpicDermis... maybe they sold out?
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    Re: Narsico Rodriguez For Him EDT

    I think the Musc Collection should be available in the States fairly readily, the EdP is hard to find everywhere though :)
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    Re: Narsico Rodriguez For Him EDT

    It's a gorgeous fragrance, the Musc Collection version is also gorgeous (I kinda prefer it actually) and I really want to track down the EdP...
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    Re: Your Favorite Soap and Why

    My favourite soap bar none is Syrian Laurel soap, or Aleppo soap as it's called. All natural, hand made, moisturises the skin lightly and doesn't interfere with skin's natural PH. It's just all round...
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    Re: How do you differentiate between olfactory fatigue/poor longevity?

    I ask other people if they can smell any fragrance on me, if they can't and I can't then it's fairly certain that's because the fragrance has worn off. Refreshing your nose with other powerful smells...
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    Re: French Perfumery vs Arabic Perfumery

    Putting aside perfumery in the most distant antiquity (where perfumes including rose were produced and used by a huge variety of non-Arab and/or non-Semitic peoples) and focusing on perfumery as we...
  51. Re: I want a fragrance that can make me feel like I'm in an exotic spice / incense world country

    Louban by Montale smells like a middle eastern spice/perfume souk/market.
  52. Re: Burberry Brit, Bulgari black, or l'occitane eau de baux

    Eau de Baux smells good, but it's longevity is poor. Bvlgari Black smells good and has very good longevity, it's also a hell of a lot more interesting than the other two.
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    Re: Can someone pleas enlighten me...

    Yup, and it does have a Patchouli-ish character too, though I don't think most people would recognise it as Patchouli. It's extremely tenacious too, lasts a long time on clothing and paper.
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    Re: Can someone pleas enlighten me...

    Well Norlimbanol is the most insanely dry feeling smell you'll ever smell, is the thing you're detecting intensely dry and woody?
  55. Re: The fragance that is "always with you "," in your mind ' ', " you never forget " ( 1 )

    Le Feu d'Issey, my discontinued and dearly missed former signature scent, and Le Femme Bleue by Armani Prive for just being a superb Iris or a quality I have yet to encounter anywhere else.
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    Re: VC&A Midnight In Paris: EDT versus EDP?

    I have the EdT and my skin normally eats perfumes but this one lasts 8 hours+ on me, it's not a big projector but the EdP isn't either. I've tried the EdP on skin before and I got even better...
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    Re: Blind buying a Creed. Help!

    Don't buy Millesime Imperial blind, I have a bottle and at first I thought it was just a cloying, extremely feminine fruity floral, and I thought it might grow on me. It's nauseates the hell out of...
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    Re: I wear what I like?

    Or... "what? Do you find me more attractive than usual wearing this?" :D
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    Re: I wear what I like?

    Yeah, or this ^^^^ tbh. :)
  60. Re: English and French aristocrats, now is the time of the BCBG

    Maybe Guerlain's Derby? or Heritage? Or maybe Eau de Cologne du Coq? One of the older Hermes, like Eau d'Hermes?

    Mind you, BCBG and much of that character sketch doesn't apply to English...
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    Re: I wear what I like?

    I wear fragrances marketed at women, and the only time anyone has ever commented that my fragrance smelt feminine was when I wearing fragrances marketed at men actually (Allure Homme and L'Eau Par...
  62. Re: The best "extraits du parfum " for your collection / wardrobe

    Of course I do, thank you for the correction. :)
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    Re: A new YouTube Channel - Fumerie Hilaire

    Well now, this guy ^ has one of the most useful and informative and entertaining channels about fragrance on all of Youtube, so this is extremely high praise, which I am extremely flattered by!
    ...
  64. Re: The best "extraits du parfum " for your collection / wardrobe

    I always enjoy it when people who talk a lot about the virtues of a gentleman and the apparent failure of others to adopt said virtues betray themselves for what they (more often than not) truly are...
  65. Re: Amazing! First try - Grey Flannel!! Impressed. Longevity??

    It's supposed to be a quiet, and clean/soapy cologne with only moderate projection if any, longevity isn't supposed to be mammoth either.

    The opening blast of citrus and violet leaf is deceptive...
  66. Re: The best "extraits du parfum " for your collection / wardrobe

    Though of course it isn't in the least bit boorish to pass remark about the manners of others... is it?
  67. Re: The best "extraits du parfum " for your collection / wardrobe

    You're far too kind! I'm a feckless buffoon really ;)
  68. Re: The best "extraits du parfum " for your collection / wardrobe

    The cult of quiet when it is a part of the cult of the gentleman, is largely nostalgic nonsense, all based on the premise that men, once upon a time, had far better manners and were morally,...
  69. Re: "songe d ún bois d´été , special series, guerlain , base notes finishes with vanilla?

    Yeah there are quite a few Guerlains with no Guerlinade in them, including Songe.
  70. Re: Histoire de parfums - the sales winners are noir patchouli and amber 114........

    Blanc Violette
    Noir Pathcouli
    1740
    1969
    Rosam
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    Re: Your Motive/reason for having MANY Colognes

    I'm acquisitive/greedy, slightly obsessive (only slightly), and I can never make up my mind and just stick with one fragrance. There are just too many fascinating and gorgeous things to smell and...
  72. Re: Bois d´armenie ( menardo ) is it worthy ??? A good fragance ???

    It's completely sublime in my opinion. It's a perfectly sweet/dry juxtaposition of Benzion + Olibanum and Iris + Patchouli. Excellent. It's not marketed hard, it's not even hyped much in on the...
  73. Re: Jar - 1-" bolt of lightening or( x ) 1- amouage attars or (1) carnal flower

    If I had the money to buy Jar I would just by the Jar. If I just had a few hundred euros going spare and wasn't rich as Croesus then I would probably make other arrangements for the best use of my...
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    Re: TdH Parfum vs Musc Ravageur

    Well I used to love TdH but we fell out badly. I dislike MR for being not as billed though I think it smells perfectly OK. However completely objectively, and knowing that people love both of these...
  75. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split?

    Ah yeah I had a feeling that might be the case. Ah well I'll just save up for a FB instead :)
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    Re: Notes/Ingredients you have issues with...

    Do you hate it in Green Irish Tweed too?
  77. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split?

    Is MFK Lumiere Noire (either PH or PF) possible?
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    Re: Notes/Ingredients you have issues with...

    Thank you! So I'm not the only one! :D Btw Wikipedia confirms your surmise about Sulfur, which might go a long way towards explaining this odd phenomenon.
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    Re: If Shalimar had a male version ...

    Totally agree with you about MR, if you want to smell of cloves and Kiehl's Musk for hours just buy some clove oil and some Kiehl's Musk and save yourself the money.

    I also agree with Le Grand Duc...
  80. Re: Any colognes that appear to blend well with East-Asian skin?

    Yeah I think this is a personal skin-type issue not an East-Asian skin-type issue. By the sounds of it you might do well with floral Leather fragrances (like Cuir de Lancome) and Tobacco fragrances...
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    Re: Tauer: 100% OUDH FREE

    I can't be certain of this, but I think M7 was the very first European fragrance to use synthetic Oud. It may actually have been around the time that Oud synthetics first started being used. As I say...
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    Re: A new YouTube Channel - Fumerie Hilaire

    Goodness me! Thank you chaps and chapesses! What fantastic feedback, I must say I'm very happy you all liked my latest review, it was fun to make :D


    @Le Mouchoir de Monsieur, you have my...
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    Re: Marine/oceanic vs Aquatic??

    Right? And Ambergris, Seaweed, driftwood etc are things which are produced by the sea but which do not actually have any "watery" component in their odours. They are of the sea but not actually...
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    Re: Tauer: 100% OUDH FREE

    Oh come on, this isn't new, nor is it shocking. Perfume houses have been telling us that they were selling us Gardenia, Lily-of-the-Valley, Ambergris, Sandalwood, Musk etc etc etc etc for the better...
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    Re: Terre D' Hermes Metal Plate?

    I'm pretty certain that the real bottles of TdH will always have that metal plate. Anything else might be some kind of tester or more likely a fake I suppose.
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    Re: Marine/oceanic vs Aquatic??

    I think that depends on the compositions these elements are used in. The main olfactory groups aren't really formed of things which smell akin, they're formed out of specific compositional types. So...
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    Re: Marine/oceanic vs Aquatic??

    There's a further distinction to be made too, not just between fresh water and salt water scents, but between watery scents in general and Ozonic/Air-like/Petrichor scents. All too often I see...
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    Re: Marine/oceanic vs Aquatic??

    Creed MI - chypre
    Creed Erolfa - chypre
    Bvlgari Aqva - aquatic
    Bvlgari Aqva Marine - aquatic
    Heeley Sel Marin - Marine
    Acqua di Gio - chemical aquatic
    L'eau d'Issey - woody citrus
    Cool Water -...
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    Re: Ouarzazate Comme des Garcons

    I must be a little odd, because Quarzazate never really clicked with me. I adore the rest of the incense series especially Zagorsk and Avignon but Quarzazate always ended up smelling like burnt...
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    Re: Ramon Monegal, Barcelona: A New Line

    Thanks to you I'm now wearing Mon Cuir, and bloody hell, this stuff is gorgeous! I mean luckily I don't live in a hot country so it's not an issue, but if you live anywhere warm and miss your...
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    Re: Dior La Privee OUD ISPAHAN

    OK, but there's always the possibility that someone may like and appreciate (perhaps even own and use) something like Mukhallat Dahn Al Oud Moattaq but also enjoy and appreciate Oud Ispahan. I like...
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    Re: Dior La Privee OUD ISPAHAN

    Beginner eh? There's some kind of Rose/Oud perfume progression? Where does it lead?
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    Re: Dior La Privee OUD ISPAHAN

    Got my split not long ago, fell in love with it, it's all Persian Rose water and thick red rose jam followed by rose flavoured tobacco and rich smokey oud and incense. And CHRIST does it last and...
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    Well a masterpiece would be a slightly different thing to a Great Perfume too I would have thought. However if success isn't a part of the assessment then how does one frame what is or is not a...
  95. Thread: Chanel Jersey

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    Re: Chanel Jersey

    I really like Jersey, it's not on a par with some of the classics but it's a worthy addition to the Les Exclusifs line. As Cacio points out it has this fuzzed out and warm velvety feel to it, but the...
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    Oh their sales have grown, and one or two of the products are market leading, but they have lost market share and they're not even in the current top 10 luxury brands in the world, that's a weak...
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    I'm somewhat sceptical about this for two reasons, reformulations take place all the time, most of them imperceptible and secondly because I more and more think that people are simply nostalgic about...
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    Oh I do apologise if it seemed I was pointing out a defect in your blog post. On the contrary it was extremely interesting and well written. I was merely elaborating with, as you point out, more...
  99. Re: Breath of God is on it's way...What am I in for?

    I didn't dislike it, I thought it was very full of very competing ingredients which probably sing out on some people's skin but didn't work properly on me.
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    This article is really eye opening. I think I'd even heard about the story but not really taken in the import of it. There's a secondary motive behind the reformulations which isn't mentioned in it...
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