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    Re: Worst Fragrance Ever???

    How did we get this far without any mention of the Clean line? I once got a sample of Warm Cotton from Sephora. It was like dowsing myself in industrial-strength detergent. Next to that, the worst...
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    Re: Silly, affectionate names for your faves?

    I don't nickname fragrances so much as houses.

    Parfums de Nicolai= P de Nick
    Robert Piguet= Robbie Pig, or sometimes Pigsuet
    Parfumerie Generale= Proctor & Gamble

    I will add that I refuse to...
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    Re: Pass A Quick Judgment!

    Is "neither" an option?
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    Cranberry in Classic Chypres?

    Recent Thanksgiving festivities prompted me to reconsider a question that has been lurking in my mind for some time. What is that cranberry-like note I keep smelling in classic chypres? I'm...
  5. Re: A special reward to yourself: what to buy for xmas?

    Santa would be the only person I could ask for perfume. Everyone else would snort and say, "You've got enough already!"

    My wish list:
    Le Temps D'Une Fete by Parfumes de Nicolai
    Enlevement au...
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    You hated it, everyone else liked it

    This must have happened to you: You try on a perfume, it makes you gag and wretch and want to wash it off immediately. Then, for the rest of the day, people say, "You smell great! What's that...
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    Re: Why do I dislike Shalimar?

    Whenever I tried Shalimar, it always smelled like a lemon tart buried under baby powder. Perhaps it improves after the first few minutes, but I could never get past that. I love most of the old...
  8. Re: Own it and love it, but rarely (if ever) wear it!

    I've got a bottle of Yatagan, which I love, but I almost never wear. For two reasons. First, I don't often feel bold enough to wear it in public. (Perhaps I should more often.) Second, my...
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    Re: Summer frag help wanted

    Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain is perfect-- a grapefruit scent that does not smell like a cleaning product.
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    Re: What are your most feared scrubbers?

    I must speak up in defense of Aromatics Elixir, which keeps getting trashed here. I got a bottle after reading LT's review in The Guide. On the first application, I thought of a bizzare concotion...
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    Re: Enlevement au Serail--Anyone Tried It?

    Perfume_Addict: I wouldn't pay the exorbitant price either. Perhaps I was a bit hasty in my earlier assessment. Instead of "best jasmine perfume," I should have said, "best peach-jasmine in the...
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    Enlevement au Serail--Anyone Tried It?

    I got a sample of Enlevement au Serail by MDCI as part of a Francis Kurkdjian (spelling?) "nose" sample pack from TPC. I'm wearing it right now, and it's a gorgeous jasmine-based scent, the best...
  13. Re: Which is your favorite perfume of your rotation?

    My current favorite is Odalisque by Parfumes de Nicolai, with L 'Artisan's Dzongha a close second But "favorite" status is subject to change without notice.
  14. Re: Overwhelmed by choices! Please give me a push in the right direction...

    As a horse lover, you should check out Dzing! by L'Artisan, which a lot of people say smells like horses. It has definite notes of leather, hay and even dung. If you like leather, you should also...
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    Re: I have a crush

    Have you seen a picture of Enzo Galardi? To have a crush on someone without seeing his face or hearing his voice is a rare thing. Cherish it!

    I had my first fan-crush relatively late, at age 20,...
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    Re: A hopeless romantic am I.

    Happy Valentine's Day Everybody! Thanks for the lovely message N_Tesla.

    I would like to add a bit of advice. Instead of forking over more money to the floral-confectionary-greeting card...
  17. Re: I'm looking for a nice woody/floral scent which will stand out from the crowd!

    I highly recommend:
    Dzongha by L'Artisan
    Bois de Violette by Serge Lutens
    Aromatics Elixir by Clinique (use in small amounts)
    Diorella by Dior

    You may also want to try:
    Un Jardin en...
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    Re: Recommendations and help.

    Yatagan by Caron is just what you want-- sweaty, dark, agressive, heavy and a masterpiece.

    You may also want to try: Bulgari Black, Donna Karan Black Cashmere and Dzing! by L'Artisan Parfumuer. I...
  19. Re: Looking for a light, romantic -- but not cloying -- floral

    Odalisque by Parfumes de Nicolai. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Expensive, but you will not regret the purchase.

    On the other end of the price scale is Tommy Girl, which you can get at your...
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    Re: what am i missing?

    Eau Sauvage by Dior, one of the all-time best men's scents. Diorella is very similar, if you don't mind useing something with such a girly name. Some people think it's "manlier" than Eau Sauvage.
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    "Anti-Viagra" perfumes?

    I apologize to anyone who finds this offensive, but I'm very curious to know if anyone has had an "anti-Viagra" experience with a perfume. I mean a perfume that destroyed the sexual arousal--or at...
  22. Re: Please help me find rose and cedarwood scents!

    Try Le Maroc pour Elle by Tauer Perfumes. Although I can't detect the rose in it, many others can, and it's a very good floral-cedar in any case.
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    Re: Biggest fragrance failures?

    Le Baiser du Dragon-- I bought it because I liked the name. Huge mistake. It turned out to be the worst, most confused perfume I've ever tried.

    Ralph by Ralph Lauren-- Purchased on a whim,...
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    Re: Buyer's remorse after a purchase!

    We've all had buyer's remorse about a frgrance. Don't beat yourself up about it, just consider it a learning experience and move on. If you're prone to browser's guilt at the brick and mortar...
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    Re: fragance for a goth child

    Black Cashmere by Donna Karan is aggressive, dark and very smokey. If you can stand to buy something from so mainstream a brand as Donna Karan.

    Also try: Bulgari Black, Yatagan by Caron.
  26. Re: Which fragrances in your wardrobe will you definitely repurchase?

    Items in my current wardrobe that I know I will repurchase:
    Dzongha by L'Artisan
    Odalisque and Sacrebleue by Parfumes de Nicolai

    Items I've had in the past that I will buy again within...
  27. Re: Why does everything smell like shampoo?

    Thanks for the info, the_good_life. Very interesting. BTW, I checked out your blog--very good.
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    Re: Also help with new scent

    The old Guerlain colognes--Eau de Guerlain and Eau de Cologne Imperiale-- are a bit hard to find but worth seeking out. Both are very refreshing citrus scents.

    Also, I haven't tried any of them,...
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    Re: Curious to get fragrance recommendations

    Welcome, rem_dreams! I'm new here as well.

    L'Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer Perfumes is the best incense oriental I've ever tried, and I've tried many. Le Maroc pour Elle, also by Tauer, is...
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    Re: what is your favorite perfume house?

    I'd be set for life with nothing but Parfumes do Nicolai and the old Guerlains. I suposse that makes me a classicist.
  31. Why does everything smell like shampoo?

    I stopped going to department stores or brick-and-mortar perfume shops about a year ago, in part because so much of the stuff for sale has an awful, shampoo-like smell. What is that shampooy stuff...
  32. Re: Silly, crazy and incomprehensible perfume names?

    MoslBuddJewChristHinDao by Elternhaus. Can you imagine saying that? It would sound like gibberish, not the embraceing-all-faiths idea they must have had in mind. But why did they leave out the...
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