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  1. Re: Musky like Kouros - other suggestions in the designer arena?

    Dior Jules was the first one that came to my mind - like a cross between Kouros and some old powerhouse like Bel Ami. It's definitely worth seeking out.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, April 23th, 2014

    Good afternoon, folks!

    So it was a nutmeg! Phew. I'm pleased to hear it, as I was beginning to wonder.

    I started off in a sample of Iris Silver Mist I picked up at the weekend, but it wasn't...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 22 April, 2014.

    kite at nite - I'm loving your Greek bulletins. Please keep them coming!

    I'm in Cuir de Russie modern extrait today, trying to decide whether it's worthwhile tracking down vintage. Is it very...
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    Re: Like Shalimar EDP which Habit Rouge?

    Quite right. Look for the EdT in the gold cap. Or just wear Shalimar EdP (lots of men do).
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 21 April, 2014.

    Two of my favourite things in one beautiful photo! Thank you :)

    Bit rushed these days trying to finish off a big project but might pop in later!
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    Re: Vol de Nuit

    Rumour has it that VdN benefited from a reworking during autumn last year, for its 80th anniversary, for which Wasser returned to the original recipe. Apparently this involved sourcing excellent...
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    Re: Cartier Les Heures de Parfum

    'Oud Oud'? Seriously?
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    Re: Exploring Byredo

    Do you know Portrait of a Lady? It's not Byredo (sorry) but might be right up your street.
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    Oh please, no, not that.
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver

    My spirit of adventure is present and fully intact, thanks! Perhaps I should have said: 'Try everything before you buy if you can do so without going to ridiculous lengths.' If it's some absolute...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver

    Try everything before you buy.
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    Re: rectangular 25ml atomisers in uk

    I'd love to know too! I can't believe there aren't decent, affordable atomisers somewhere in Europe ...
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    Re: Jicky or Mouchoir de Monsieur?

    For me, new Jicky EdT is very fleeting. Nice, but short-lived. The vintage, on the other hand, is deliciously creamy and yet fresh at the same time. Still, with Jicky it's hard to go far wrong ;)
  14. Re: Where to buy decent, cheap atomisers in the EU?

    Great - thank you! The Pellwall ones are the kind of thing I'm looking for (less so the aromatherapy-type bottles with plastic sprayers). The closer to a 'real' bottle of perfume the better!
  15. Re: Where to buy decent, cheap atomisers in the EU?

    Thanks all. But it doesn't look as if they carry anything larger than 10ml. I was looking for 30ml atomisers. Any other thoughts?
  16. Where to buy decent, cheap atomisers in the EU?

    Does anyone in Europe know of a good source of empty, clear, decent-looking glass atomisers for decanting that don't cost an arm and a leg? I only need six or so, so ordering in bulk from afar is...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 11 April, 2014.

    Good afternoon folks!

    I'm in Vol de Nuit extrait today, just a little on the wrists. It's beautifully musky at this point, wonderful stuff.

    Funny to read about ClaireV's perfume dream: in one...
  18. Re: Question about the current state of Habit Rouge EdT

    Hmmm, depends which earlier version you're comparing it to.

    My new bottle is from 2013, but I the only other one I have is a gold-capped EdT from the 1990s. The latter is definitely softer and...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 4 April, 2014.

    Hello folks

    Still a little early for a tipple here, Xscent, but I'm raising my mug of coffee in your general direction :)

    In the mood for moss and spice today, so I reached for my Mitsouko PdT....
  20. Re: Your choice for modern commercial perfume with fresh spring floral theme

    A spring-like fragrance with green notes, hyacinth and jasmine? Sounds like a job for Guerlain's Chamade.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 2 April, 2014.

    Xscent - Sounds like there's plenty of fun still in store. I like those birthdays that stretch on for days :beer:

    I'm wearing my leaky old Après L'Ondée today - which I'm blaming on Danieq and all...
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    Shipping perfumes from Japan

    Does anyone have any experience shipping perfumes from Japan? If so, please could they drop me a PM? Thank you! :smiley:
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    Re: Jicky or Mouchoir de Monsieur?

    Which samples are you waiting to try, out of interest?
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    Re: Do Testers always tell the truth?

    For me, the concern is not that the tester might have gone off or smell worse than the bottles on sale, but that it might smell better.

    If you consider how many scents are either in the process...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 1 April, 2014.

    Oops, almost missed it! Hope you had a great birthday, Xscent :wink:
  26. Re: Reformulations - what I wish I stocked up on and what I should NOW!

    Oh, it's good stuff! Though there's always the nagging worry that it won't be around for long ...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 31 March, 2014.

    Hello folks. Happy start to the week!

    I'm lightly spritzed with Mitsouko PdT - and thoroughly enjoying it!
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    Re: Iris fan -- It's Official

    PG's Cuir d'Iris is a very pleasant, smooth suede-like iris.
  29. Re: Reformulations - what I wish I stocked up on and what I should NOW!

    I haven't tried the very latest version, but Wasser has been working hard behind the scenes to 'restore' the classic Guerlains, and I have read that Shalimar is one that has benefited from his...
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    Re: How do you guys ship perfume?

    Is it definitely illegal to 'import' perfume into the UK (i.e. receive it via the post)? The problems sending it out are well documented, but is there a document that says it's illegal to order the...
  31. What a shame that the Osmothèque can't market and...

    What a shame that the Osmothèque can't market and sell some of its re-creations, even as not-to-be-worn samples or scented swatches. I'm sure that would provide some much needed income.
  32. Re: Classic (style) chypres that don't disappoint

    So many! *sigh* indeed.

    kumquat's 'greenish and sappy' got me thinking of Weil de Weil - a classic chypre that often gets overlooked.
  33. Re: Ebene - Pierre Balmain. A Masterpiece That Deserves More...

    I'll have to give Ebene a try. I was very impressed by Miss Balmain recently, with - despite the name and pink packaging - smelt quite masculine to this nose. Balmain is often overlooked as a house,...
  34. Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Two that come immediately to mind as fresh and uplifting are Hermes Concentré d'Orange Verte and Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplemousse. Both are delicious and zesty, excellent for the summer.
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    Re: Jicky or Mouchoir de Monsieur?

    If you're looking for 'projection', you're going to be disappointed. With both, you'll need to squirt abundantly (EdP for Jicky - forget the EdT), and what you'll be left with is a sensual aura that...
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    Re: Apres l'Ondee reformulation

    I did have a small bottle of the extrait but sold it. Duh! What was I thinking? At the time I didn't really like it, but when I smelled the re-created extrait at the Maison Guerlain last month - wow!...
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    Re: Apres l'Ondee reformulation

    Well, I'm not an expert, but to my nose it seems that the new, reformed EdT is more or less just a dry iris, whereas the old EdT had much more going on - dreamy heliotrope and some violet - on top of...
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    Re: Apres l'Ondee reformulation

    Good luck finding one. The parfum was discontinued a while ago, though the thought that there might be a whole bee bottle of ALO floating around somewhere … (*swoon*).
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    Re: Apres l'Ondee reformulation

    You're lucky! They're quite different, is the general consensus. As Donna says, the new is a relatively lean, iris-prominent affair, lacking the magic, dreamy quality that makes this and vintage...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 14 March, 2014.

    Hello fragrant posters :)

    Almost the weekend! I'm helping Friday pass off with a couple of generous swipes of Vol de Nuit extrait.

    Super day to all.
    ...
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    Re: Guerlain Testers in plain square bottles

    I've noticed that Guerlain have reverted to using the cursive (italic) script on recent testers. In relation to Vol de Nuit, this means you have a very recent batch, which smells more animalic than...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 12 March, 2014.

    Happy birthday, ExtremeK! Hope you have a super day.

    My SOTD is L'Heure Bleue PdT. I've been reading up on heliotrope, iris and vanilla recently, and could hear this one calling from the back of...
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    Re: Apres l'Ondee reformulation

    Thank you. Hunting around a little more, I've seen 2011 mentioned as a date - so perhaps early 2010 would still be good?
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    Apres l'Ondee reformulation

    Hello good people.

    Can anyone tell me when Après l'Ondée EdT was reformulated? I'm guessing around 2011 but would be grateful for external corroboration.

    (I've recently fallen hard for the...
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    Re: Civet! ...modern and classic

    Jicky and Mouchoir de Monsieur, obviously. But also Dzing!
    I tried My Sin for the first time recently: golly, that's naughty stuff, hiding under soapy aldehydes (as cacao says).
    I haven't tried...
  46. Re: Spray vs Dab - do you notice a difference?

    Perhaps I'm unnecessarily cautious, but I never entirely trust the samples from decant sites. There are tales of people getting EdT instead of EdP or even extrait - perhaps accidentally, but the...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 7 March 2014.

    Ooh, I'm liking the look of that Islay :) Do enjoy!

    I have Vega on one wrist and vintage Chanel no 5 on the other - an academic compare-and-contrast to liven up my morning. The Vega is just...
  48. Re: Name The Most Intoxicating Heady Fragrances You Have Tried

    If you really do mean heady and intoxicating rather than (just) fragrances you love, I'd have to say:
    Vintage L'Heure Bleue extrait

    There's something utterly narcotic about this pinnacle of the...
  49. Re: What did you used to wear back in the day?

    Hmm, I started in my early teens with Aramis (that would have been early 1980s - was it already retro by then?), which I wore a lot while playing on my ZX Spectrum ... then it was Jazz, and then came...
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    Re: Revisiting a classic-Guerlain Jicky

    It's wonderful stuff all right! Nothing smells quite like Jicky, and I always get a rush of pure pleasure when it first goes on.

    Jicky mostly known as a fougère, but there's so much more to it...
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    Re: Shipping perfumes to Greece?

    I thought the problem was shipping out of the UK, not into it?
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 5 March 2014.

    Xscent - That's a lovely lot of leather! You lucky thing. Just how big are those big bottles again? :)

    I've been in vintage L'Heure Bleue extrait while redecorating the loo. It performed...
  53. Re: Fragrances inspired by geographic locations

    Ah, I see what you're getting at. Apologies.
  54. Re: Fragrances inspired by geographic locations

    Hmmm, some of these are a bit tenuous. It's highly unlikely that Jean-Paul Guerlain was inspired by Derby the place when he made his classic men's scent ... :huh:
  55. Re: Fragrances inspired by geographic locations

    How about:
    Bal à Versailles
    Bond No 9 New Haarlem
    Avignon (and Zagorsk, Kyoto, Jaisalmer)?

    Of course, a lot of brands will just stick 'Paris' or 'Other exotic name' on the bottle without having...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - 28 February, 2014.

    How funny! I love Ernesto! I have a candle on the go at the moment. If this came as a person-fragrance I'd snap it up immediately.

    PS My lavender field has disappeared! :( Too big? Too blue? Who...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - 28 February, 2014.

    Oh, you poor thing! I also had chickenpox as an adult - no fun at all. Hope you get better soon.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - 28 February, 2014.

    Hello good-smelling people

    Liberally sprayed in Jicky PdT today! It might be raining here, but I'm dreaming of Provence ...
    ...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 27 February, 2014.

    Hello folks

    I'm in Shalimar edc today - from a newly acquired watch bottle. Extrait is lovely, of course, but there's something very liberating about splashing yourself with something that smells...
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    Re: Cartier Les Heures de Parfum

    Three ouds? Is that strictly necessary?
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 26 February, 2014.

    Super pic, Xscent! Though I've always imagined Salome to be more a Shalimar girl, somehow.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 26 February, 2014.

    Morning folks!

    I'm in Mitsouko vintage extrait this morning. Haven't got this out for a while, and it's wonderful. I'm getting a slightly salty, marine quality this morning - the oak moss, I...
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    Re: Classic/Timeless Scents Worth Getting?

    Both Jicky and Mouchoir de Monsieur are so venerable that they don't register as 'dated' in the same way as many scents from the 70s and 80s. Give them a go (but be prepared not to like them at very...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 25 February, 2014.

    Hello lovely people :)

    Just returned from a jaunt back to London and am catching up with work emails ... uffa, as they say in Italy.

    I'm almost twinning in almost-Jicky: Mouchoir de Monsieur.
    ...
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    Re: The leather in PG Cuir d'Iris

    I like Cuir d'Iris, but always found the leather note to be vanishingly soft. If you like the general PG house style, one idea would be to try their new Arabian Horse, which is close but more focused...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 17 February, 2014.

    Hello good people.

    Monday - gulp. Mouchoir de Monsieur is helping me through it :)
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    Re: Post Counts

    Excellent - thank you for sorting this out!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 13 February, 2014.

    Hello all!

    I'm sampling Nuit de Noël extrait today (a bit late, I know), still trying to find the 'key' to Caron! Wish me luck.

    Hope everyone is staying warm and dry (unless you're Xscent, in...
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    Re: 2 new fragrances from guerlain -- warning

    I'm guessing that the target audience is well-to-do, conservative, bourgeois Parisians - who are not exactly known for breaking out of the mould.

    (I've just gone in for a bit of stereotyping...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 12 February, 2014.

    Morning good people!

    Cold, clear and bright this morning - just how I like it. Today I'm trying out a sample of Jeke, supplied by a very kind BNer :) It's uncompromising stuff, but I'm enjoying it...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 11 February, 2014.

    I do love it! I'm just wondering how big a bee bottle I can get away with (and whether anyone would share it with me ;) ).
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 11 February, 2014.

    Xscent - Tristan would do very nicely. Thank you :)

    Lemming-like, I went for Vol de Nuit 2103 extrait today. Sooo good! I wonder whether I should host a split? Would there be enough takers, I...
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    Re: what notes do you struggle to detect?

    It's true that 'perfume' leather and the real thing are often not that close. But can you at least detect a similar accord in the leather fragrances you've tried?

    As for bergamot, find yourself...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 10 February, 2014.

    Mitsouko EdT for me today, grand cru 2013 (think I missed the vintage memo ...)

    Larimar and Xscent - smelling good! My hand hovered over the propeller today, but I had a little decanting to do,...
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    Re: Osmanthe Yunnan Too Feminine for a Man?

    In the 19th century, the colour pink was considered to be strong and masculine. And little boys wore dresses. So nothing is set is stone.
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    Re: Best Green fragrances?

    Balmain's Vent Vert is a classic!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 7 February, 2014.

    Nearly at the weekend, folks (though some of us have started early, I see ^^) :)

    I'm sporting a sample of Tabac Blond, trying to get my head round it. Please don't tell Guerlain.

    A very happy...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 6 February, 2014.

    Joined the estimable Larimar in Mouchoir de Monsieur today. Golly, the new stuff is filthy. Love it!

    Xscent - I'm pleased to hear that Otello hit the spot. I much prefer late Verdi to all the...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 5 February, 2014.

    OK, maybe I was exaggerating .. slightly :) Most SAs are charming, but occasionally you think, Aha! That wouldn't happen anywhere else.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 5 February, 2014.

    Hmmm, how has this one passed me by? I'm very familiar with that game where French SAs try to stop you from buying things you want, but Coup de Fouet had completely failed to register. I guess that...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 5 February, 2014.

    Hello folks!

    Plenty of Jicky PdT today :)
    Sunshine and showers in Paris today. Mainly the latter at the moment, but we live in hope.

    Have a good day, all.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 4 February, 2014.

    Xscent - The Nutella has gone past its eat-by date, it seems, so how about a dusting of sugar and a splash of Grand Marnier? :)
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 4 February, 2014.

    Hello good people

    I'm in vintage L'Heure Bleue extrait today - just perfect.

    Sunday was Candlemas, which is celebrated here by the eating of crêpes - supposedly because their round shape...
  84. Re: Hermes launches Classic Collections; first out Bel Ami Vetiver

    I sampled this one yesterday. There was a resemblance to Vetiver Tonka, but that's one I really can't get on with. I love the vetiver in Sycomore, for example, but here ... Suffice it to say that I...
  85. Re: Guerlain: Wasser Recreates Original Classics

    I think he already has begun work - especially on the sourcing of ingredients. I've heard rumours that he's reworked Guerlain's musk/civet base, and testings of very recent Jicky, Vol de Nuit and...
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    Re: Nutty old Mitsouko

    According to André's patent Guerlain batch-code demystifier, that one would date to 1998.

    Have you tried the most recent EdT, from 2013 on? It's very good stuff. The box design hasn't changed.
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    Re: Shalimar EDP vs Pure Parfum

    That's good to hear, Mike. Several of the Guerlain classics seem to be undergoing a renaissance at the moment. I really do think Mr Wasser is applying himself behind the scenes, making sure the old...
  88. Re: Do Perfumes/Colognes really made in France?

    Guerlain is an exception, since it has its own factory just outside Paris. I think Chanel and Hermes also retain tight control over the manufacture of their perfumes, even if their factories are not...
  89. Re: Do you prefer Original or reformulated versions of fragrances?

    Eek! Care to elaborate, David? I'm particularly surprised to hear that about Knize Ten. Should we pounce now or is it already too late?
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    Re: Favorite Animalic Scents

    Don't forget Dzing! I'm guessing it's civet (but maybe also castoreum and/or musks) that make this one so distinctive. To me it says 'dirty knickers' unlike anything else.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 30 January, 2014.

    Hello people!

    Vintage Jicky EdT today.

    Hope Thursday is nice to you all.
  92. Thread: Parure

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    Re: Parure

    You're right. I should have said 'bastardized it even further' :)
  93. Thread: Parure

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    Re: Parure

    It's a beautiful fragrance, no doubt about it. I have a couple of samples from a generous BNer that I get out regularly, but more for reference than for actual liberal spraying. Aside from its being...
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    Re: Frederic Malle -- ISO E Super heavy?

    I have a card that was sprayed with Portrait of a Lady about two months ago, and it's still going strong. Whatever is in there has a near-nuclear half-life - the main reason I find it so unrelentless...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 29 January, 2014.

    Morning everyone!

    I'm going about my daily business liberally sprayed with Gentleman's Handkerchief :) Needed something fresh and bright to counteract the dreich ...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 28 January, 2014.

    Hello folks

    Crikey, Xscent, you get around! (in the nicest possible way :) ) Have fun in Singapore.

    I'm in vintage L'Heure Bleue extrait today.

    Oh, and for salutary purposes I'd like to put...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 27 January, 2014.

    Note-twinned with Mike today: having spent the afternoon in Habit Rouge, I've now graduated to Shalimar extrait. This one doesn't get much of any outing, but by god it's amazing stuff! That smoky...
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    Re: Diaghilev and Rochas Femme

    Thanks everyone. It does sound like Jubilation 25 is maybe closer than Femme.

    I thought I had a sample buried away but it turned out to be Jubilation XXV! Nonetheless, I shall continue to...
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    Re: Diaghilev and Rochas Femme

    That's odd. I found a definite connection, though I imagine that the vintage - as a truer traditional-style chypre - must be closer.
  100. Re: Vintage Vol de Nuit - help dating bottles

    Online batch-code checkers won't work here, alas (they're good only for the last ten or fifteen years in my experience - and even then can be unreliable).

    These are both old bottles. Maybe 1950s,...
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