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    Creed on sale at Rue LaLa

    My wife just let me know about this. I'm not in the market personally, but prices seem pretty good for various sizes, so thought I'd share with Basenotes.

    Examples as of this post:

    Viking $300...
  2. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Wow, TFFM Extreme beating Havana! Did not see that coming, as I know you love Havana a lot.

    I need to try Floris Leather Oud. Your comments are certainly selling me on it.
  3. Re: Ever notice how guys call perfume "juice" when describing the liquid?

    Has anyone been to the Danish coffee and juice chain "Joe & the Juice"?

    It's like Starbucks + Jamba Juice with club music, and the decor is something I'd describe as "world travelbro," with a...
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    Found my sample of Lutens Iris Silver Mist. Wearing it now.



    Possibly the best 5-word scent description ever.
  5. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Sometimes it's useful (and fun) to mostly remove thinking and go with your first instinct. It can be easy to fall into Basenotes groupthink traps without even realizing it, and it's nice to take few...
  6. Re: Ever notice how guys call perfume "juice" when describing the liquid?

    This is pretty much my word spectrum. I have nothing against "juice" but probably use it the least frequently.

    "Frag" is the one I think is too cute and bro-y.



    Bro, everyone knows you need...
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    I'm short on Roucels. I had a sample of Musc Ravageur that I used up some time ago. Great stuff, and a niche classic. I ought to get a decant at some point.

    I think I have a tiny sample of Iris...
  8. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    Fake Creed Silver Mountain Water long ago. It smelled like someone dumped some SMW into old, dirty dishwater. The seller was (or acted) as surprised as me and blamed their supplier. Who knows. Return...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Patou 1000, EDT mid-'80s. Love this stuff.
  10. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    I guess one exception to my agreement is Tuscany winning over Eau Sauvage, but then I'd be judging the vintage versions of both scents, and you were judging modern. And it would be fairly close.
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    Re: Favorite pine/fir scents

    Norne. You need Norne, if you can get at it.

    There are others in the general evergreen/piney arena that I like very much, but Norne is squarely at the epicenter, defining the category.
  12. Re: The Final Push - cutting down to the bare bones of a small 'signature' collection

    Spoken like a true Basenoter.

    I'd pick TFFM from your list, and am not familiar with BdJ. Like you said, TFFM is such a jack of all trades, and it's well made in a kind of utilitarian,...
  13. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Nice read, and I agree with your picks, where I have smelled both fragrances mentioned.

    Fun approach to wardrobe pruning, if that's the goal. Are you downsizing further based on this, or is it...
  14. Re: Dior Sauvage Tops All Men's Fragrance Sales In UK This Christmas Season

    I'm a little surprised Le Male and L'Eau d'Issey still crack the top 10. I know they were megahits in the 90s and 2000s, but kind of thought their time had passed. I don't see them out anymore at the...
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    Re: Option to 'hide' threads?

    You can approach this from the opposite direction and achieve virtually the same result, by subscribing as opposed to hiding.

    What I do is scour the main forums on occasion and subscribe to the...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Me too!



    To keep the sampling chatter going...I'm getting back to testing the Lanvin My Sin extrait today, which I missed back at the beginning of this thread before Earlyn's generous package...
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    My experience is the exact opposite, strangely. Increasing vintage prices are an issue, but it seems that certain vintage pockets are hit hard (notably, NIB parfums from the big names), but lots of...
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    Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    I feel like the fact that they felt the need to state that “everyone is invited” to get people in the door points to the foundation of the problem.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Dana Totem - holy moses, this is wonderful. If this bottle is literally from 1939 or anywhere close, which it may be, that would make it the oldest juice I've ever smelled. And it doesn't smell "old"...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I prefer Bijan Bijan because it's a little easier to wear and less aggressive in its approach. It has some plastic elements (which to your point seem common for this type of scent in this era) but...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    This Nicole Miller is just massive. A gigantic, plump fruity floriental. I get mostly jasmine and ylang at the start, extremely plush and opaque, against a concentrated ripe peach and something like...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

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    Wearing from the larger splash. To me this is a brighter, crisper, spicer, and more laid back take on the gentlemanly masculine woody oriental theme we discussed earlier. Thus, more...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I’m sampling Organza at the moment (Earlyn, you did send it and I’d misplaced it!). Short version is I’m not very impressed. It’s pleasant enough with a spiced stewed fruit accord and something like...
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Yeah. When I boil it down, it’s hard not to say, basically, “yes”.

    I still enjoy some modern designers, but I’m a lot more selective and intentional about what I’m seeking from designers than I...
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    [Impressed slow clap]. I really like this scent and have fond memories of it. It was the first scent I bought for my wife when we first started dating and Euphoria had just come out. I liked it then...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Great notes; I don't have much to add.

    A reference that came to mind for me was Guerlain Vol de Nuit parfum. I put some on the other wrist. It seems a little greener and smoother on top while the...
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    Re: Quorum by Antonio Puig: A Guide to Versions

    Thanks for doing this, ZC. These bottle identification guides are so useful. I have the exact same 30ml Version 1 / MKII bottle as aero above, and it's wonderful.

    I'll just repost what I wrote in...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Lauren edc '84. Bavard and I seem to be on a similar sniffing and posting schedule!

    Great opening - a tart and energetic fruit - the listed pineapple? And a unique herbal accord, spearmint (which...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    edc 1990.

    Edit: Yes, I noticed that your comments are very different from I'm smelling. Weird...maybe Bavard and I are sensitive to something in it? The fixatives he mentioned?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Agree with pretty much all of this.

    I think Safari is connected to some memory that I can't specifically recall. But it immediately smelled extremely familiar and...womanly.

    Saying that is...
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    Re: NEW: Zoologist (?)

    Please say more! Strange inky top layer which lingers throughout at some level, I agree, but then it's tamed by an easily appealing foundation IMO. Are you enjoying it?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    What you sent was totally generous and I had no expectation that everything here was covered...though it sounds like that was your plan! Round 2 swap sounds great either way though - I love swapping....
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Yes, but to me BaV is way further on the oriental side, extremely powdery and sweet. It does not agree with me at all, at least in parfum concentration. I have some EdC around waiting to me sampled,...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Whoops, I'm out of sync here as I thought the original Organza was up, and I don't have any.

    So, I'm catching up with Shocking.

    It smells very familiar, and very in tune with other big floral...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I didn’t know Kouros didn’t agree with you! I love it, but it took awhile.
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    Re: Opinion: What should this guy wear?

    Parfum d’Habit, easy.

    Wool and leather and green.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I'd say the final thumb is pointing mildly upward, viewing the scent in context. What I find appealing about it is the balance of sweetness of that smoked woodiness. It's not too syrupy and the woody...
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    Re: Adventures in vintage Avon fragrances

    If you haven't already gone through the vintage Avon masculines sample pass thread that ZC set up, there are a LOT of sniffing notes on all of these:...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I went ahead and sampled Organza Indecence, with some trepidation.

    And, I don't hate it...but yes, this is the very definition of WAC. When I think of WAC, this pretty much what's in my head, with...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Well, I'm having a much better time than you! Catching up with Crepe de Chine. This is one of those scents that screams "CYPHRE!!" to me...green and tart to start, then full-bodied with moss and...
  41. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Literally just squirted water from my nose.

    Can't resist the opportunity to pillage your wardrobe for....Corsica Furiosa!

    Shoulda bought it awhile ago, but still trying to stay somewhat on...
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    Nice drobe. Five O'Clock Au Gingembre, if you please.
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    I love this statement, and that was a super interesting excerpt.

    Perfect metaphor for the many overwrought chemistry exercises currently masquerading as perfumes. I can't particularly speak to...
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    Re: Hiram Green thoughts

    Another Arbole fan, checking in! The big musky tonka reminds me of vintage Caron Pour un Homme, except with the lavender transposed to a smoother green tone, plus nutty patch. I like starblind’s...
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    Syncing with Creed Vetiver '48.

    It's one of my favorite scents, but like, Turin's not wrong in calling it "not vetiver". It's more like green mineral ginger powder, which is exactly what I enjoy...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I think this is the style that Roja Dove was striving for in many of his feminines that were in that pass, but let's say it's a very high bar to match Ropion here.



    It's unfortunate that...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I'm a couple of hours into Ysatis right now, first ever exposure to it. Big tuberose and jasmine right off the bat, sweet, luscious and full, but not in a bloated or unpleasant way. A very warm,...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Some high quality chocolates, particularly those made with raw cacao, have a fresh-sour element to their bitterness, so makes sense on that level as well, to me.
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    Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Givenchy Gentleman has been among my favorites for some time. I've always found it to be mostly about dry herbs, spice, and patchouli with a good civet seasoning.

    Today was the first time I...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Let's see, among the 1 stars, I have access to:


    Cacharel pour l’Homme – Cacharel : nutmeg citrus
    Pour Monsieur Concentre – Chanel : sweetened chypre
    Tabac Blond – Caron : woody floral
    Vetiver...
  51. Re: How many people do you encounter during your day that are wearing a fragrance? (best guess)

    It's weird, huh? Lots of guys don't want to be caught actually, you know, thinking about their scent.

    "Uh yeah, the wife brought this bottle of liquid home and somehow some of it got on me - I...
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    Re: Bruno Fazzolari Discussion

    :D I giggled.

    Thank you for the analysis; I'll add to my sampling hit list!
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    Re: What happened to Quorum?

    The odds are good you’ll like it, assuming the celery salt opening doesn’t bother you!

    My full impressions of vintage/modern Yatagan are in the directory if you’re interested.

    In both cases, I...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Thank you for this detailed analysis - it's very helpful to me. A certain layer of Amazone has never clicked for me, and I could never put my finger on what it is. And think it's that sour...
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    Re: The definitive aromatic fougère thread

    Agree. If we're truly talking "definitive" aromatic fougere, it's hard to argue against Azzaro Pour Homme and Paco Rabanne Pour Homme. "Fougere" is a broad genre, but "aromatic" implies a certain...
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    Re: What happened to Quorum?

    Since I last posted in this thread, I smelled vintage Quorum side by side with modern, and both of these statements are true. The newer version is more spice heavy (cumin in particular), and is...
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    Re: NEW: Zoologist (?)

    That is a convincing review of Bee. I love the idea of juxtaposing a layer of "clear coldness" and transparency with honey. Glad to see Claire included a comparison to Slowdive at the end, as that's...
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    Re: Non-Powdery Leather Recommendations

    I already recommended it upthread, but based on this I'll reiterate for Helmut Lang Cuiron. It's similar to the Gucci in its tone and spare structure, but tones down the bitter garage-y aspect. It...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Here's something I previously wrote about Habanita. Still holds true; I find it somewhat challenging, as sweet and soft as it is.



    [/COLOR]I'll give it a spin tonight. I think a light, very...
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    Re: What is a good spicy/honey scent

    This, or for something a little less intensely spicy, the new Bengale Rouge from Papillon has very nice honey/spice accord.
  61. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    This looks like Versace L'Homme to me.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Oh yeah, I forgot about Tiffany! I've actually never smelled it, as much as it (used to) get mentioned. The pricing and fact that there are so many great scents in the same arena just made me...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Well...I guess it depends on how loosely we define the category. Strictly speaking, the closest competitors are probably Nicolai New York (the closest, IMO), and Guerlain Heritage (a bit more...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I'm back! I was actually at a wedding this past weekend in the mountains and wore Egoiste to it. The next day, my wife wore it out and about and it suited her as well.

    Egoiste is one of my top...
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    Re: Tom Ford Extreme

    Yeah, the bottle sounds more like my experience than the decant. "Fruity-fresh fig forward" is not at all how I'd describe Tom Ford Extreme at any point. It's very dark, sort of bitter, and a jammy...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I have not smelled Dioressence, but I love Miss Dior - so I'd love to know more about the differences. Looking at the notes, I imagine it to be a fruiter, somewhat richer composition, but sharing...
  67. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Lauder for Men for the stylish freewheelin
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    Re: Help me pick my 5 year olds first perfume

    I like this idea. They're small, cute, fun, and it would be a great way to engage with her as she tries the different scents and compares/contrasts them with you.
  69. Re: What quantity of fragrances do you have to have that requires you to prove it?

    ^ I thought he was joking...?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Dune is a cool one, I have to say. A big, bright, dry, salty, waxy aldehydic floral opening morphs into a sheer, dusty amber with a backdrop of something like vinyl, or maybe a warm lightbulb with...
  71. Re: What quantity of fragrances do you have to have that requires you to prove it?

    Also, your insurance agent, who follows you on Basenotes, would freak.



    I do get the challenge of photographing a collection that isn't already set up for display. Like my collection...it isn't...
  72. Re: What quantity of fragrances do you have to have that requires you to prove it?

    [double]
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I am enjoying a small dab of vintage Jules from my vial tonight, and I have to say these descriptions are spot on, and are adding to my enjoyment!

    A masculine and uncomplicated green/galbanum...
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    Re: A new novel about scents

    That's a good way to put it, and why I finished it, too. There are interesting tidbits and concepts throughout, and those things could have been explored in a much more satisfying way. It was a...
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    Re: A fresh, clean, sparkling grapefruit please!

    I know this is an older thread, but...Bulgari Pour Homme Extreme has a nice, last grapefruit opening.
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    Re: *NEW* Cartier L'Envol Parfum (2020)

    What's "ambrosia" in perfumery terms?
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    Re: Guerlain Homme EDP or Homme L'Eau Boisee

    I basically agree with this. Boisee to me is kind of a watercolor version of the EDP/Intense. I do not find it particularly woody - it's fresh, sweet, synthetic but not unpleasantly so, and like a...
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    Re: Favorite citrus-free vetiver?

    I think you'd appreciate Route du Vetiver or Etro Vetiver then. I agree Sycomore is smoky, but it's also velvet soft. If you want something earthier and more aggressive in its approach, those are at...
  79. Re: What quantity of fragrances do you have to have that requires you to prove it?

    This, and I'm not sure why these standards aren't in the Code of Conduct by now.

    I'd add that in the event of any wardrobe addition, the purchaser may file for Proof of Ownership by providing the...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191105/7a11d79220fa2059d9f5318e5df3eb66.jpg
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    Re: NEW Andy Tauer L'Air des Alpes Suisses

    Wearing this for the first time today.

    Like many others so far, I think L'Air des Alpes Suisses is pleasant but not especially inspiring or representative of the Alps. To me, it's mainly a light,...
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    Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Ha! Actually it was meant to be “anosmia”! Siri had no chance, I’m afraid.
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    Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    WAC = woody aromachemical.

    I suspect grayspoole is right about anosmia, and I love the rosewood reference. I’d been trying to peg that accord in HHC...and that’s it.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I also received a Luckyscent shipping notice yesterday, showing delivery next Wednesday.

    Agree with Buysblind above about purchase priority. Baque and Ore were readily available for a long time...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Aaaand thanks to grayspoole I’m now eyeing Crepe de Chine parfums. The goal is to downsize, but who am I kidding?! And anyway, <1oz parfums don’t count, right?
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    That’s a wonderful idea and I’m sure it’s already happening privately. This is a stunningly generous giveaway and we’re lucky to be part of such a giving community!
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    Oh, wasn't directed at you...the volume of those requests just rubbed me the wrong way is all.

    On the other hand, would have saved you in shipping costs, I'm sure!
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    I know intentions were good...but just sayin'.
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    Re: I did it! I purged my collection.

    I can see it by clicking the wardrobe icon, and then clicking the "Swap List" header. Or look at the items with the brown package icons in the main wardrobe.
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    Re: I did it! I purged my collection.

    Wise words. I mean, I like Twilly Poivre too, but...

    30 is a good number too, no?
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    Re: Bruno Fazzolari Discussion

    That sounds super interesting to sniff, even if it doesn't turn out to be a "love" like Ummagumma.
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    Twinsies!

    I still can't believe that 1) Gucci made this and 2) released it in their core lineup and 3) it still exists. It is SO focused on bone dry bitter leather, rubber, and the extreme outside...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    It was demure on me today, too. That’s part of its shiftiness. Maybe a heavier application or warmer weather would help bring out its growl. It’s cold here, and I wore it lightly to work, and it...
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    Joining the Ho Hang Party! I like this scent a lot, but for whatever reason it's not something I've been able to pin down. It seems to have a different personality each time I wear it...which makes...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    Sampling this for the first time today, and this is a good summary. Quite spice-forward to my nose. The rose seems fairly dry to me, not jammy. I swear I'm getting some cinnamon in there (maybe it's...
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    Re: I did it! I purged my collection.

    Impressive, congratulations! I know how hard it is. (Did you find it difficult?)

    I'm trying to purge, and will offload a few at a time, but each time I try to select which to cut, it's like...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Earlyn, your impression of My Sin sounds a lot like my broad impression of Tailspin by Lucien Lelong. Have you smelled that one? Unpowdery, somewhat soapy green florals with a rather strange...
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    Somehow, the only Morillas scent I have, bottle or sample, is a sample of Gucci Guilty Absolute. So, I guess I'll wear that!
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    :thumbup: Pre-ordered Norne.
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    Re: NEW: Zoologist (?)

    Been sampling Squid recently, and the short version is I think it's pretty great. An aquatic for folks who don't typically like aquatics (that would be me).

    It does a fantastic job of channeling...
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