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  1. Issues with seasonal allergies and sense of smell

    Sorry I was offline for about two weeks. I noticed that many of my perfumes started to smell a bit sour and then I realized I could barely smell them at all. I ended up getting horrid headaches...
  2. And it happened - asked not to wear perfume to work

    Those who have read earlier threads of mine know that this started when I did a test wear of Quadrille....which prompted a co-worker to complain about my smell. Since that incident I've been asked...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I have to admit I'm really put off by the 'available for only one day' special fragrance sales pitch. My budget doesn't work that way.
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    This is a good one - I know I have a sample of this!
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Had to read the fine print of their email: late September or early October for Halloween. :)
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    What perfume lifts your spirits?

    I was having a bit of a down day yesterday coupled with an oncoming cold and wanted something that was a mood lifter. Despite all my samples, I couldn't find one that fit the bill and settled for my...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Redrum grew on me and it smelled better on paper than on my skin.
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    This showed on their Facebook feed....interesting....

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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    I actually did a round of Botox (although it was called by another brand name) around my eyes. I had an issue with twitching and spasms around one of my eyes and I honestly just wanted to try it to...
  10. Re: How would you rate/review a perfume if .....

    Example in point for me - Cuir de Russie from Chanel literally smells like I changed my baby's (now toddlers) diaper and accidentally got some of the fecal matter on my skin. It has a baby poop...
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    Re: Becoming a niche snob... anyone else?

    Your definition of 'niche' probably varies widely from mine.
  12. Re: how often is poor performance really your nose not performing

    I ran into this with Shalimar's Soufflé. I got it as a gift from my husband and sprayed it on, couldn't smell a darned thing, and kept spraying. I was told people could smell me coming before...
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    I'm in for this month, but slowly adding to my samples and wish list for later months!
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    Re: Wife Hates Almost All Of My Fragrances...

    Sounds like when I make dinner for my kids. All they want is pizza and chicken tenders while I'm making homemade egg noodle pasta with homemade Alfredo sauce or from scratch cottage pie or something...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I hear you. I wanted to purchase Supercell when it was limited release, but it was sold out way too fast. I'm just going to have to sit on my hands waiting until the Resurrection next year. I...
  16. Re: Giving something back to Basenotes this August (CONUS)

    I'm a day late, but going to post anyhow.


    St. Mark Preaching in St. Euphemia's Square in Alexandria, Egypt - Gentile Bellini
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    Gentile is considered a founder of the Orientalist...
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    Re: Need Recommendations for Three Aunts

    Yardley perfumes are pretty good for the cost (under $20) and you can find them on amazon. Straight forward fragrances like English Lavender, Rose, Lily of the Valley, Violet, etc...

    Woods of...
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    Re: What you wore clubbing back in the day

    I was a late metal/grunge era and went to concerts instead of clubbing. I wore a lot of Arpege from Lanvin because I spent a pretty penny for it at the time. I also wore a lot of Casmir by Chopard,...
  19. Re: Hermès reputation in the fragrance-world.

    I personally have enjoyed almost all the Hermessences that I've sampled and tried. I actually bought four of them. I've received numerous compliments on Twilly, which has surprised me, and I also...
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    Re: What is “too perfumy” for you

    I had to sit and reflect on how I would answer this. I would say super soapy rose and white florals. The first perfume that came to mind was Estee Lauder's White Linen.
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    My last three from this set...

    The Book of the Beast
    Jux - you summed it up with your notes on the dot. Nothing more to add.

    The Path of the Night
    I know just the friend who would love...
  22. Re: Fascinating facts about fragrance/the perfume industry?

    I learned about two years ago that certain perfumes are available in specialized markets and much of what the average consumer considers a 'clean' or 'fresh' fragrance is shaped by marketing and...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Malum Malus - Really phenomenal truly Americana autumnal scent. Hot apple cider, yellow dried hay, a bit of toasted pumpkin seeds (okay, I made that up, but there is a slight toasted note), farmers...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    My final sample from this set. I honestly need to spend more time with it. I get the smell of slightly off milk with the tea note, it's not bad, just different....there is an herbal note I just...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Thank you for doing so!
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    DEAD IS BETTER Sharp fir needles, cracked asphalt, wild blackberry thorn, grave mud, cold fur Pet Semetary, 1983

    I really enjoyed the fir needles in the opening, very realistic. The bitumen of...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I noticed my sample vial of this was only half full...not sure if Redrum samples went out that way.

    Ambiance rather than substance. Late evening fog and I too get the rubber note, but also a...
  28. Re: NEW: Proenza Schouler - Arizona For Women!

    I realize I never replied! Yes, I liked it. I've received it twice in different beauty boxes and would have purchased it except the cost kept me back. Well done and easy to wear.
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Finally got my set and let it settle for a bit.

    I picked two at random:

    Loser's Club
    Odd buttered popcorn note in then opening. Very sweet almost blue-raspberry slushy scent, I do get the...
  30. Re: News Story: Sexologist claims people come ‘flocking’ to her when she wears her own "Scent"

    You mean this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jokc2Bo2ghw
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    There is a chart that women have done for men too, so it's been played and out there for both sexes. The one women did about...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Checked the tracking. Apparently the box has been milling around Fort Worth since 17 August and hasn't left the State of Texas yet. Thankfully it will start cooling off on the East Coast tomorrow,...
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    Re: Synthetics, naturals, and allergies

    Not sure, but I know Burberry's London will clear my husbands sinuses!

    I've started test a number of fragrances on paper prior to a skin application for this reason.
  33. Re: Do You Prefer A Certain Bottle Size oz’s?

    This about sums it up for me to.
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I'm looking forward to this one! Mine haven't arrived yet and since it's been hitting over 100 degrees F during the day I worry a bit with the oil bases since they'll be sitting in the metal mailbox...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I felt that way with 4160 Tuesday's. There were similar, comfortable notes in many of her perfumes.

    However I would put it as more 'variations of a theme' or 'sister scents'. Related but enough...
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    Re: Do you wear "male" parfum?

    Quite often!

    Sartorial by Penhaligons
    Egoiste by Chanel
    Greed Irish Tweed by Creed
    London by Burberry
    Boy by Chanel (unisex but marketed towards men)
    quite a number of the 'aquatic'...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Based on the notes, these intrigue me. Can't wait!
  38. Re: Penhaligon are discontinuing English Fern & Douro

    I had a sensible chuckle at the antlers part. The only perfume from the Portraits line I liked was the Bewitching Yasmine. I got a free sample and was surprised how much I loved it....but not for...
  39. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    When I was in the 20's I only had about 3-4 actual bottles, way more floral and fruity body sprays than I care to admit, and more into scented body gel at the time. After visiting a Guerlain store...
  40. Re: What are some women's perfumes that are closest to smelling like "Quadrille" by Balenciaga?

    I'm pretty sure insulting another user on assumed gender is not allowed on Basenotes.
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Gaging on the 'getting to know you' thread, I'm one of the few that still use Facebook! They drop many hints on their FB page and further down into the comments.
  42. Re: Skin allergies - red spots & itchy skin- Fragrances

    THIS^^^^

    My allergies are to naturals only. I had issues with 4160 Tuesdays 'Our Modern Lives' collection for this exact reason.
  43. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    Keep them. I move every 2-3 years for my job (or hubby's job). I pack all the perfumes in their original boxes to help during the transportation either in the crate or for storage.
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Update - looks like the Fall collection is going to be Stephen King themed. It, Pet Cemetery, The Shining per their latest 'hint'.
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  45. Re: Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    I was told by someone close it was the 'vintage' scent - many folks are so used to the entire 'clean' and 'fresh' and syrupy gourmands out there that the older classics are unfamiliar.

    Funny...
  46. Re: Article on frankincense from BBC - demand is destroying the trees

    I realize now reading what I wrote, that my brain was going another direction than what I was typing, which is honestly becoming more common since having baby #3, I'm going to chock it up to being...
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    Re: Rihanna's Secret for 'Smelling So Good'

    Interesting read, thank for the link. Rihanna has a whole cosmetics line too, which sells like hotcakes at Sephora and other places, that I can tell she has no hand in as it's run by LVMH. I will...
  48. Re: Article on frankincense from BBC - demand is destroying the trees

    About two years ago I took a cooking class and the chef's teaching it stated that natural vanilla bean pods were triple the price than normal and hard to come by due to over harvesting and growing...
  49. Article on frankincense from BBC - demand is destroying the trees

    Interesting article on BBC in regards to frankincense demand: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190813-omans-ancient-biblical-scent "... in recent years Oman’s rare Boswellia sacra trees have been...
  50. When the perfume storytelling doesn't match the scent - research gone bad

    I recently ordered Histoires de Parfums Opera sample set. Having seen a number of these productions live, and a number of them were required studying/listening for my music degree in college, I grew...
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    Re: Parle Moi perfumes

    I really loved the Gardens of India. It;s my one sample from my last Lucky Scent order I keep going back and trying.
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    She sent this out on Facebook:
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    The two sneak peak scents are Thank the Dark Lord and Losers Club.
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    Re: Observations from a 2 month sample-a-thon

    Welcome - I love the scientific breakdown. I'm a huge fan of sampling myself. Looking forward to more write up's from you. Have you written any reviews for BN yet?
  54. Re: Can people be grouped into taste categories?

    Good list. I'm probably more Hipster and Traditionalist in what I choose to buy for my collection, but all over the place in what I sample or try.
  55. Re: Recreating a perfume from ancient Egypt

    I recall the smell from the Sedlec Ossuary in Czech Republic....although I think the country is now called Czechia. There is a very distinct smell and it wasn't pleasant. I also recall the smell of...
  56. Re: Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    I microwaved frozen bagged cauliflower....that brought complaints too. The same people complain when the cafeteria in the building prepares any cruciferous vegetable We just have some uber sensitive...
  57. Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    I was a bit embarrassed and a bit shocked. I was actually asked to try and wash off as much of the perfume I had on today at work. The perfume in question? Quadrille by Balenciaga.

    I received...
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    Re: high-end shampoo & conditioner

    The Living Proof line destroyed my scalp and hair - in fact you might see a review by me on MakeupAlley about it!

    Lines I consider 'drugstore': Nexxus, Redken, L'Oreal, Paul Mitchell, anything you...
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    Re: Pleasant surprise @ Sephora

    I usually get a sample of the Clean line for free as part of my 2 free samples or using up my 'points' at Sephora. I found the line to be a bit 'meh'.
  60. Re: Have you ever stopped someone to ask what they're wearing? What was it?

    One lady was wearing J'Adore, I personally can't stand it, but on her it smelled great. One gentleman was wearing Polo (Green) once and Aventus the other.

    Goes to show you body chemistry can make...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Fantastic! I believe I had a few on there I wanted to review formally.



    Baba Yaga has been one of my favorites from this line.
  62. Re: Anyone else almost NEVER receive compliments?

    I found with compliments you have to give them to receive them. In the workplace people have become scared to compliment something, anything, for fear of being dragged to HR about saying something...
  63. Re: Anyone care to share their CTM morning routine with me?

    Yeah - the mask is. I have so many from sample and through the Sisley monthly box that I have managed to skirt around buying the full bottle. Same with the face oil.

    I don't do all the steps...
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    Re: No-Buy August

    I know I know. That's why I placed a pretty large order to keep my nose active! Seriously though, we're budgeting and the kids aren't cheap! Summer care when schools out hasn't been easy to pay for.
  65. Re: Anyone care to share their CTM morning routine with me?

    This is an oldie thread but I just found it!

    For the record, I have sensitive skin that gets red. I cannot use retinol right now.

    I follow a modified Asian skincare routine using a mix of...
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    Re: Explain your icon

    Mine are usually from my trips and places I've lived overseas or visited (mostly Europe). The current one with the sheep was taken in Glastonbury.
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    Re: No-Buy August

    I was on a few months hiatus and did a sample haul for my birthday in July. I'm back on the no buy for a few months again.

    I enjoyed going back through my sample collection and trying some over...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2019

    The Opera sample box from Histoires de Parfums.


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    Re: Favorite violet fragrance?

    I really need to try this one.
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    Re: The role of fragrance in my recovery

    Great story! Perfumed helped me during a surgery recovery and when I've had low periods in life. Love reading your story!
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    Re: Favorite violet fragrance?

    +1

    Violet and leather, well done leather.

    April Violets by Yardley - cheap as chips, but traditional scent
    Sol de Oro Agua de Violetas Violet Water Cologne - sprayed on babies in Cuban...
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    Re: What do you wear purely for yourself?

    Everything I own. :coolold:
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    Re: Most worn in July 2019

    1. Coromandel Eau de Toilette by Chanel
    2. Tocade by Rochas
    3. Hermèssence Myrrhe Églantine by Hermès
    4. Hermèssence Osmanthe Yunnan by Hermès

    The rest were one-offs. I found myself also...
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    Re: Buying scents at Walmart

    Dollars stores are following this strategy too, not just Walmart. Many are the only store in town or for 30+ miles. America is a big place, in loads of locations it's the only available store for...
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    Re: What was it ?

    Depending on the lady's accent Misia could sound like 'Miss Paris'.

    I love Coromandel and Misia. Misia is more of an old fashioned 'makeup scent' and very powdery and parma violet like. Reminds...
  76. Re: Any sort of consensus on best facial sunscreen?

    YES! I love the Biore UV Perfect Face Milk
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I'm Not Finished was offered during this year's Resurrection Pre-order. Might have to wait till next year.
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    Re: The Perfumed Court

    I have to throw in that when I was posted overseas, Perfumed Court was able to ship APO and packaged the samples in a way that took a beating along the way. I used them quite often for three years. ...
  79. Re: Michelle Pfeiffer joins with IFF to launch transparent perfume line

    Please do add reviews! We all start somewhere! You can always go back and re-edit the reviews at a later date as your writing voice and style changes.
  80. Re: Blind-buy advice for my female partner based on her character

    Love both of these!
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    Re: Fragrances With a Free Gift

    I love skincare so if the perfume has a skincare/makeup line - I'm all for it. Chanel is great for this, plus throwing loads of free makeup samples in the bag too. Estee Lauder and Sisley too. You...
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    Re: Loyalty to a fragrance

    Welcome!

    I still come back to my favorites from time to time. I have my old loyal perfume workhorses, but even I have to admit some don't perfume too well in the 95+ F degree heat and humidity and...
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    Re: Patrick fragrances of ireland.

    Ha! Yes. This!

    It's affordable, it's a pleasing/pleasant clean refreshing scent and I even like wearing it! Actually I enjoy most of the other frags in this line as well: Inis and Innisfree. We...
  84. Re: Made In China...am I wrong to be sceptical ?

    I know this is a bit of an old thread, but I noticed one of my son's Marvel kids cologne, purchased in the UK, was labeled as 'Made in P.R.C' which is People's Republic of China. I think marketing...
  85. Re: Choose and Rank Your 10 Favorite From This List

    That was a hard whittle down to 10.

    1. Sel Marin
    2. Burberry London
    3. Spiriteuse Double Vanille
    4. Silver Mountain Water
    5. Sartorial
    6. Virgin Island Water
    7. Chanel Pour Monsieur EDT or...
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    Re: Second Fragrance

    +1 from me and also for Bavard's suggestion of Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme. Both in different directions and both phenomenal and well rounded.
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    Re: What NEXT? Suggestions desired!

    Quite fond of Ormonde Jayne's Orris Noir or perhaps Sycomore Eau de Parfum by Chanel.
  88. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I had that happen at Saks. I wanted to test a particular Creed and the SA kept pushing Bond St. She told me to quit wasting her time if I wasn't going to buy. I know one department store (cough...
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    I would suggest trying samples over the longer term, items you may not find in Saks, Nordstroms, etc... Consider doing a sample purchase from Lucky Scent or Perfumed Court or the like. I found my...
  90. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I love this one but my husband hates it.

    What I was able to gateway said husband into perfume with was Sartorial by Penhaligons.
  91. Re: 5-year Anniversary Sale launches at SIXTEEN92

    I've been awaiting my recent order of samples. Sadly I will pass on this one, although looking for a great hair oil scent from the line.
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    Re: Why is your favorite genre your favorite?

    Green perfumes. They are a hearty challenge for me as I steered away from them when younger.
  93. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    This was a godsend for our eczema-ridden son! I still buy the hand/body cream.
  94. Re: Kids and perfume (I may not get my rental deposit back)

    If you had been following my posts in the past you would know I've been trying to get my older children into perfumes and how to use them wisely. In the past I had bought them some 'children's...
  95. Kids and perfume (I may not get my rental deposit back)

    My husband decided to remove Chanel's Egoiste and Bleu from his collection (Burberry London is quickly becoming his favorite). He gifted them to my sons....who are under the age of 10. We told them...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    SUMMER PART 2 Collection
    Coinciding with the Anniversary event this year, enjoy a reissue of some of some greatest hits from Summers past.
    These six fragrances will be available July 12 through...
  97. Re: Expensive Perfumes aren't worth it - people prefer cheaper scents.

    Have to agree here. If you absolutely adore and love an expensive fragrance, it is worth the cost. I find most people buy expensive frags because of the name alone, much like women signal others of...
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    Re: Grandma's Handbag Scents

    My one grandma's bad smelled like cheap cigarettes and stolen salt and pepper packets.

    I don't recall my other grandma having a handbag....but I would say predominately leather and tobacco....
  99. Re: What's your wardrobe's number-of-perfumes to number-of-houses ratio?

    I have generous samples of Chanel Les Exclusifs and Hermessences to include a number of their other frags. I used to be more dedicated to Guerlain, as I have 4 full sized bottles, but not more. ...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Just received this on my Facebook feed:


    Mark your calendars -- Our FIFTH Anniversary Event begins Friday, July 12th

    The 2019 Anniversary collection features five festive fragrances available...
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