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  1. Re: I Bought A Real, NOT FAKE, Creed Virgin Island Water!

    Good lord.. this thread does nothing to dispel the notion of the Creed Superfan who finds himself perpetually addled with batch and longevity paranoia. I'd absolutely love to be privvy to Creed's...
  2. Re: 4 New Tom Ford Private Blends for Fall 2012 - and some other news

    Yea it doesn't sound right to me either. The Scented Salamander credited the info to a site called WWD but I can't find the info on there.
  3. Re: 4 New Tom Ford Private Blends for Fall 2012 - and some other news

    http://www.mimifroufrou.com/scentedsalamander/2012/07/tom_ford_jardin_noir_quartet_f.html

    Surprisingly affordable price points: "will retail for $90 for a 1.7-oz. eau de parfum and $125 for a...
  4. Thread: Aomassai?

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    Re: Aomassai?

    I have no way to describe Aomassai but it's a cool/grey day here today and I wore it to the store and I received an enthusiastic compliment/inquiry (from a guy no less) on it, even wrote down...
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    Re: Let's try some Amouage...

    I haven't tried that first Aedes scent in forever. I remember it being a fairly run-of-the-mill incense but now you've got me sifting through boxes trying to find my sample of it! ;)
  6. Re: Serge lutens - your 5 best ever; your 5 worst too...( grandtotal 10 fragances )

    ..it's almost as if Fumerie Turque is the new Chergui. Glad to see it's getting so much love on BN lately :)
  7. Re: Serge lutens - your 5 best ever; your 5 worst too...( grandtotal 10 fragances )

    ^^^ Correct. My wax sample of Fumerie Turque was vastly superior to the juice in my actual bottle, which is disappointing.
  8. Re: Serge lutens - your 5 best ever; your 5 worst too...( grandtotal 10 fragances )

    Best:
    Chypre Rouge
    Fumerie Turque
    Serge Noire
    Chergui
    Daim Blond

    Worst:
    L'eau Froide
    L'eau Serge Lutens
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    Re: Let's try some Amouage...

    I almost dislike all Amouages at first, and then with much time and many wearings I grow to highly revere them. They're certainly not "easy" compositions that can really be instantly appreciated upon...
  10. Re: Diptyque Eau Duelle smells very similar to Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

    I received some of this recently and as soon as I sprayed it on a smile hit my face because this is virtually a dead ringer for SdV. I'm very familiar with SdV as it's one of my fav scents and Eau...
  11. Re: 4 New Tom Ford Private Blends for Fall 2012 - and some other news

    This is a big letdown to hear, but it's also kinda what I expected. Oh well, I'll still try to sample them but seriously the rose/oud thing has got to stop. So. Played. Out.
  12. Re: Mugler to bring back by popular demand Pure Havane!!!

    Finally got around to trying this one today -- all my fears were realized. "cologne-y", department store-ish, kinda high school locker room-ish. It smells very designer and youthful, like a group of...
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    Re: Tauer: 100% OUDH FREE

    or By Kilian. But honestly, Andy isn't really shedding light on anything new here. Oud was the last trend, rose is the new trend, many companies will swear they use only the "highest quality...
  14. Re: 4 New Tom Ford Private Blends for Fall 2012 - and some other news

    The label on my TV bottle itself is slightly tilted.. to me that doesn't mean much. And I see the big 250ml flacon behind it so my assumption is they used that to fill the roll-ons. I've yet to hear...
  15. Re: 4 New Tom Ford Private Blends for Fall 2012 - and some other news

    Looks authentic to me, and I can't imagine someone willingly squandering away their positive-feedback ebay account to sell a few fake samples of Tom Ford. As far as I'm concerned, until there is an...
  16. Re: Difference between vintage and current Chergui ?

    I was under the impression the green stuff was reformulated (it was originally brown, then reformulated (and green), then changed back to brown but still reformulated). Are we now suggesting there...
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    Re: Amouage Interlude Man - 2012

    Is this out yet? I haven't seen it turn up on Aedes yet, hoping to order a sample through them..
  18. Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    http://i.imgur.com/i6Kqd.gif
  19. Re: Longevity of fragrances - once again brought to you by Le Labo

    No amount of time in the fridge can save the majority of Le Labo's offerings. Why they continue to insist on these expiration dates is beyond anyone's guess (other than to sell more bottles, of...
  20. Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    These threads are so painful yet enjoyable to read through! :)

    All I can do is echo my usual sentiment: it's not what you wear but how you wear it. No fragrance is going to smell good when you...
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    Re: The actual popularity of fragrances

    I don't know but I notice far more women wear fragrance than men.

    Last night I was watching the 4th of July fireworks display downtown and caught the scent of an absolutely AMAZING fragrance.. I...
  22. Re: 4 New Tom Ford Private Blends for Fall 2012 - and some other news

    Yeah. I really appreciate the fact his private line takes a lot of chances. Even if some of those chances don't turn out to be very popular (Moss Breches) his line is one of the few that has my total...
  23. Re: 4 New Tom Ford Private Blends for Fall 2012 - and some other news

    Thank you very much for the clarification. Not the biggest floral fan but still very curious to test these out!
  24. Re: 4 New Tom Ford Private Blends for Fall 2012 - and some other news

    Since I presume these 4 are the women's fragrances, what was the men's fragrance(s) you tried? Is it also part of the Private line? Thank you!
  25. Re: What is "the best" comme des garçons ever , mention just one (1 ),,,????

    Artek Standard. Possibly the most criminally underrated niche fragrance ever as far as I'm concerned.
  26. Re: Which fragrance house is the biggest a-hole? (measured by copying, overcharging, lack of supply,

    I was just reading Nathan Branch's blog and came across an article which I felt appropriate for this thread

    http://www.nathanbranch.com/2009/09/bond-no-9s-confusing-press-rel.html
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    Re: Viva linearity!

    Excellent thread, and I agree mostly. While sometimes the "fragrance journey" of a scent unfolding on the skin will stave off fatigue, other times it invites a bit of sadness.. especially fragrances...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend price hike

    There are no counterfeits of TF Private fragrances.. and if they started to exist there would be much discussion and many threads about it. You're safe in using eBay for them.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend price hike

    Guerlain charges 250-260 (around there) for 75ml, Kilian charges about the same for merely 50ml (sometimes upwards of 400 for the "oud-based" (so they say) fragrances). Perhaps it says a lot about...
  30. Re: Which fragrance house is the biggest a-hole? (measured by copying, overcharging, lack of supply,

    ^^ Technically you could use that post to respond to anything negative anyone has ever posted on BN.

    It's a thread, an exchange of information, opinions and sentiments. Telling someone they...
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    Re: USA Today . . . Ban On Scents

    I can sadly relate. About a year ago I had just started dating this woman and a mutual friend of ours told her that I collected fragrances. Up until this point she hadn't worn any perfumes, at least...
  32. Re: Which fragrance house is the biggest a-hole? (measured by copying, overcharging, lack of supply,

    Le Labo for the ridiculous expiration date nonsense

    Bond for using lawyers to intimidate indie perfumers for no good reason

    Nasomatto for charging $200 per (leaky) bottle of dyed sewage waste
    ...
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    Re: USA Today . . . Ban On Scents

    Honestly most Americans are just flat out ignorant (hardly a revelation, I know). I remember a long time ago (before I was even into fragrance) I used to work with a miserable old woman who would...
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    Re: what happened to scentsplits website?

    What's the URL for the new scent split site? Everyone seems very tightlipped and hush hush about it which is kind of a red flag in my eyes. I saw the old scentsplits page before but never used it. Is...
  35. Re: Anyone else go from liking Pure Malt to not caring about it enough to buy a bottle?

    Yeah, I must admit I'm slightly amused by the trait so many of us have where if something is elusive then it amps our desire to hunt it down, but as soon as we are granted easy access to that same...
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    Re: Must Buy Niche and Must Buy Designer?

    Amongst many in the niche community, these seem to be some of the more highly regarded:

    Chergui
    Rose 31
    Back to Black
    Tobacco Vanille
    Jubilation XXV
    Tea for Two
    Bois Blond
    Idole de Lubin
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    Re: Daim Blond - Good for Blonde Dames

    I have completely fallen for this fragrance after a few years of neglect and overlooking. I must admit though, I'm rather torn between how much I like it and how much (or rather how little) I suspect...
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    Re: Are these the only

    Absolutely this one. Also AmBrosius by CB I Hate Perfume

    http://www.cbihateperfume.com/ambrosius.html
  39. Re: L'Artisan Piment Brulant - any enthusiasts here?

    There seems to be so few people who love this one, I'm actually surprised L'Artisan still makes it but I'm glad they do. It's easily one of my favorite fragrances and so refreshing in summer. Freshly...
  40. Re: Histoires de Parfums Samples VS Full Bottles pricing

    But you could also use this same argument for any house that gives out free samples. At Aedes you can get 7 1ml samples for 15$ and I see nothing on their site that says you can't get multiples of...
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    Re: The Basenotes Fragrance Championship: Round 1

    1. Jubilation XXV (DIE AVENTUS DIE!)
    2. N/A
    3. N/A
    4. Montale Black Aoud
    5. N/A
    6. N/A
    7. N/A
    8. N/A
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend price hike

    Yeah I don't think any of them are worth that price except Tobacco Vanille and maybe Tuscan Leather. Seems like they wanted to get the price hike in before the new Private Blends are released this...
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    Five O'Clock Au Gingembre discontinued

    I got an email from Luckyscent saying that this was being discontinued -- is this news for everyone else as well?

    Also in the same email it mentions Tea for Two being discontinued (the first...
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    Re: Rose 31, or LNPH ?

    I've been dedicating the last month or so to trying to find at least one Le Labo that is bottle worthy and so far Rose 31 is far above the rest. The longevity is truly something to be admired. Even...
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    Re: Back to Black = Baby Powder?

    One of the best scents ever but I agree, extremely femme and powdery.
  46. Re: Niche fragrances hard to wear.. anyone else agree?

    http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/creed-green-irish-tweed-eau-de-toilette-spray-for-men/ID=prod5453798-product

    The day your "prestigious" brand ends up in Walgreens is the day you hand over your...
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    Re: Scents you were most excited for pre-release

    Yeah, I can't stand gardenia in anything but its a Lutens so I guess anything is possible. What I'm most looking forward to right now are the new Tom Ford Private line releases this fall.
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    Re: A 250$ starters kit ! Any ideas ?

    ? Does he mean this on a moral level? I think decants are incredibly helpful in generating full bottle sales which is why houses like Tom Ford, Kilian, Guerlain, etc all offer those huge decanter...
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    Re: Scents you were most excited for pre-release

    Black Afgano by Nasomatto.. the build-up was almost making me sleepless with anticipation!

    Then I smelled it. What a dud!
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    Re: What fragrance has expensive smelling?

    I 2nd Tuscan Leather, although I think Clive Christian C for men is slightly superior (they both smell virtually identical except C for men has the slight raspberry note which is godly).
  51. Re: Discontinued l'Artisan's ? Tea for Two, and strange website doings.

    Yeah I can't imagine them discontinuing what I deem to be one of their best fragrances but I seem to read so much about it being discontinued, and when I search it on eBay many people list it as...
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    Re: Serge Lutens wax samples question

    While many of the wax samples are incredibly accurate (Mandarine Mandarin, Chene, Santal de Mysore, etc) I must say that the Fumerie Turque sample is vastly different. I'm quite a fan of FT and...
  53. Re: Niche fragrances hard to wear.. anyone else agree?

    Yeah I'd agree. It's like designer fragrances are your every day Chevy.. reliable, dependable, gets you to work and back.. it's not flashy, it's not trying to grab your attention or make a bold...
  54. Re: Discontinued l'Artisan's ? Tea for Two, and strange website doings.

    2 Questions

    Is Tea for Two officially discontinued now? It seems impossible to get any official word from anyone.

    Secondly, I've seen 3 separate bottle styles for this (and many other l'Artisan...
  55. Re: Niche fragrances hard to wear.. anyone else agree?

    I think we simply have differing views on what a perfume is. One could easily argue Tuscan Leather or Tobacco Vanille are "smells" that don't create a new sensation but merely replicate recognizable...
  56. Re: Niche fragrances hard to wear.. anyone else agree?

    Agreed 100%. And...




    Agreed 110%

    To me, niche is art whereas designer is utilitarian. If you want a casual, non-offensive and forgettable office fragrance that requires little (or no)...
  57. Thread: jubilation xxv

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    Re: jubilation xxv

    Again, this thread reminds me of the Back to Black longevity threads. I get excellent longevity with it and people are in disbelief since their results are different. It seems now I'm suffering at...
  58. Thread: jubilation xxv

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    Re: jubilation xxv

    I wonder if people have different definitions of what constitutes a fragrance 'lasting'. Are you including the barely-there wisp of scent that still lingers on the skin? Or are you saying after 6...
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    Re: I hate Aventus!

    I think the "haters" aren't trashing the scent itself but rather the cumbersome number of threads concerning it. I'm sure it's a dandy fragrance but every detail or story involving Aventus doesn't...
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    Re: I hate Aventus!

    Ok it's official, we need a 30 day BN moratorium on Aventus threads. Actually make that all Creed threads :)
  61. Re: Leather Oud & Musc Ravageur - Anything similar out there?

    I think Bois d'Armenie by Guerlain smells somewhat similar to Musc Ravageur, though a little more expensive.
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    Re: Is it possible...

    To me, giving up testing fragrances is like giving up watching movies or discovering new music. There's no reason to stop coming to BN and learning what's new and great, but what you should change is...
  63. Thread: jubilation xxv

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    Re: jubilation xxv

    Brian: Over the last couple months my Jubilation xxv use has come from one 5ml decant I purchased, two 1ml samples from Aedes, and I've used the tester bottle at a local perfume shop here 4 or 5...
  64. Thread: jubilation xxv

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    Re: jubilation xxv

    Can't agree more. Can we petition Amouage to make an extrait version of this one? ;) I've grown to absolutely adore it but the longevity is just atrocious!

    It's a nice, cool, dark rainy day here...
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    Re: Lutens La Myrrhe - from horrid to heavenly...

    I still cant decide if this smells like acrid cleaning products, or the amazingly decadent and intricate hallways that the aforementioned acrid cleaning products were used to shine & polish . It took...
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    Re: The Basenotes Fragrance Championship

    Threads like this rarely work because people will always list two or more fragrances.

    My singular #1 is Chergui
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    Re: Kerosene Fragrances, Honest Opinions?

    I'm in the 1% who prefers the old Tauer bottles. The blue bottles with the gaudy Tauer typeface and cube top looked bad the moment I saw the new design and I've still not warmed to it at all. The old...
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    Re: Aventus got me in trouble at work

    I understand, but if your enjoyment comes at the expense of the displeasure of others, is it something you still want to engage in? Back when I used to smoke cigarettes I was always very aware of who...
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    Re: Lutens changes?

    While I think there are many unknowns on Lutens and (the accusation of vast) reformulations - is it real? is it placebo? - I think two things should be noted.

    First is that not all reformulations...
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    Re: Arquiste Aleksandr

    I agree, this is really the only Arquiste sample that I've kept around. A nice, light spring kind of scent. Kinda soapy (or like a bar of cucumber soap). Obviously nothing earth shattering and this...
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    Re: Aventus got me in trouble at work

    Yep. Nothing cracks me up more than someone starting a thread on basenotes and nervously declaring "I think my fragrance collection all went bad on me?! I just sprayed myself 25 times and smell...
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    Re: Bois d'Arménie by Guerlain

    This is like a very light-wearing Musc Ravageur (bleh) completely reconstructed as an amber/incense fragrance. As others have commented it's a "nice" fragrance but it's nowhere near worth the price...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend on ebay

    I bought a brand new (sealed) TV 50ml on ebay for $120 including free shipping a few weeks back. Definitely the right place to get the Private Blends at the best prices. Never heard of a fake Tom...
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    Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    Gotta own the bottle in my opinion. The bottle is part of the presentation associated with the release. I say this as someone who actually owns very few bottles and hundreds of decants. A decant...
  75. Re: The Official "IS IT BEING DISCONTINED ?" Thread

    That's good to know. I ignorantly assumed they all came in 100ml size.. I wonder why they only have 3 sizes for some and not all though. I also figured it was a good seller just on how popular it...
  76. Thread: Chergui

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    Re: Chergui

    You can get 50ml of Chergui from FragranceNet for $86 right now with free shipping (and use coupon code 65FTP)
    ...
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    Re: Amouage Interlude and Amouage Beloved

    Purple and gold is one of the best color combinations ever
  78. Re: The Official "IS IT BEING DISCONTINED ?" Thread

    That'd be surprising. I know cashmeran is used in all sorts of things from shampoo to soap to laundry sheets to you name it, I think it's one of the staples of the industry. Not sure if IFRA governs...
  79. Re: The Official "IS IT BEING DISCONTINED ?" Thread

    This is one version of what was supposed to happen. I also heard the name would only change in certain countries and would remain Montale in other countries (that alone seems like a horrible business...
  80. Re: The Official "IS IT BEING DISCONTINED ?" Thread

    I heard the Tom Ford Amber Absolute was only being discontinued in the 250ml/8.4fl oz flacon but that the 50ml and 100ml versions would continue on as usual (it's one of the more popular TF Private...
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    Re: Black afghano wth

    Yes, when this fragrance was announced I was beyond ecstatic as I typically go for anything in this realm. At the last minute I decided instead of blind buying a bottle to buy a sample, best decision...
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    Re: Black afghano wth

    Just a gimmick, and not the first from Nasomatto which is always a red flag. Smells absolutely nothing like hash and there are no "smuggled ingredients" (how corny), unless synthetic oud and tobacco...
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    Re: Black afghano wth

    Uninteresting and overpriced, the theme of Nasomatto.
  84. Re: New Serge Lutens Exclusive line parfume for 2012! Any guesses?

    I somewhat agree. It's not a very interesting note really
  85. Re: New Serge Lutens Exclusive line parfume for 2012! Any guesses?

    A photo of the bottle would be much appreciated !
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    Re: Kerosene frags?

    I'm guessing (since he has no website that I can find) that MiN is the only place to sample?
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    Re: Kerosene frags?

    Thanks, found it. For anyone curious, here is a video he did on one of his fragrances


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWe71j7kfCY

    I'm really curious to check his stuff out. He seems very down...
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    Re: Kerosene frags?

    Someone said the guy who does Kerosene fragrances also has a YouTube/FragComm review channel, anyone know which user it is?
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    Re: Projection of Molecule 01 - homemade

    Many people are anosmic to it. Also, Iso-E is a base note, meaning longevity is its high-mark, not projection. Iso-E is extremely subtle, which is why many perfumes can get away having 50% (or...
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    Re: Is tonka bean the new vanilla?

    Tonka smells nothing like vanilla to me. I think pretty much 90% of the tonka aroma is derived from the coumarin crystals that coat the tonka bean, and both coumarin and tonka smell very similar to a...
  91. Re: Serge Lutens is a house that seems to grow on you

    Nice, a fellow Chypre Rouge lover ;) We're a rare breed.
  92. Re: Serge Lutens is a house that seems to grow on you

    I can't think of a higher quality line out there, and the prices are more than affordable (at least for the Exports) in comparison to the ridiculous price points in the niche market as of late.
  93. Re: Got the L'eta Libre d'Orange sampler, tried all 16, house is seriously overrated; then I read th

    Spent over a year making my way through a little over a dozen samples. Ultimately I found all of them vastly underwhelming. Secretions Magnifique smells nothing like it claims to (the biggest botched...
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    Re: pure perfume oils

    Is it legal to "borrow" so heavily from other lines and make knock-offs? I remember in the early 90's some brand called Designer Imposters (or something) that basically specialized in making very...
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    Re: Horrible Spicebomb reality check :-/

    Ok, it's late, must sleep.

    PS I thought old folks usually went to bed around 8pm? What are y'all doin up so late?! (I kid, I kid!) :) good chat
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    Re: Horrible Spicebomb reality check :-/

    No I understood you but you painted it to sound like only 1% of the boomers made their wealth off the backs of 99%
    ...
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    Re: Horrible Spicebomb reality check :-/

    God forbid someone post an opinion you disagree with. I guess maturity doesn't always accompany age.
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    Re: Horrible Spicebomb reality check :-/

    What insensitive comments? That's ridiculous. I saw your post before you edited it, and my only response is this:

    http://i.imgur.com/Kqwu3.png

    If you can't handle a conversation without trying...
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    Re: Horrible Spicebomb reality check :-/

    If you're suggesting only 1% of the boomers are leeching off entitlement programs funded by the rest of us then we're living in different realities ;)
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    Re: Horrible Spicebomb reality check :-/

    I'm kinda speechless. It's weird, I've never seen such an amateur attempt at coming across as so luxurious. This guy seems so desperate to hustle his way to some money by pretending he's already...
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