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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - October 2018

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    Sho Ran Koh by Kyukyodo. The name suggests a floral note ('ran' means orchid) giving this stick less of a Buddhist temple vibe and more of a formal parlour where important guests are...
  2. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    That must be the Shoyeido premium sampler. Lots to enjoy there. I am a fan of Misho Gentle Smile. I just burned my last stick of Gaho Refinement today. I think there may be a learning curve on...
  3. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    My latest haul was full boxes of Kuukai and Shingon, as well as Sho Ran Koh. The latter is said to be a favorite of the Imperial household. The name means 'laughing orchid' and in fact, the incense...
  4. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    Japan Incense has a web shop and a brick/mortar shop in San Francisco. Of course, everything is Japanese:

    http://www.japanincense.com/
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    The next kyara stick I tried is Koh Shi Boku by Baieido. The name means something like Confucius Fragrant Wood. Since incense came from China, making a reference to Confucius (Koh Shi) adds an aura...
  6. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    The weather has been very pleasant recently, so I have been going through some of my higher-end kyara and agarwood sticks. I don't like to burn the expensive stuff when the heating or air...
  7. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    As for the boxes of Circle and Fresh Breeze, as I hinted :tongue: someone traveling in Japan offered to buy for me. I was just lucky. They are on their way now.

    So, here is my take on Kohgen. ...
  8. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    The White Cloud is in Shoyeido's cheaper segment, but I feel like there is a progression of related smells running through Five Hills, White Cloud, Circle and Fresh Breeze. So all of those are...
  9. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    Yes, I have a box of Umeshoin, and it is great! Clearly related to Kumo no Sho and Kaze no Sho. I kinda rotate through these three, hoping not to run out too soon. Sometimes the agarwood effect is...
  10. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    Kumo no Sho is great! I like the spice element, kinda clove and cinnamon.

    I am glad you like Kuukai--I agree it is a very, well maybe a bit heavy, but very woody. So I tried burning Kuukai and...
  11. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    Here is some editing and clarification. I went to the Tennendo website, which is only in Japanese. One mistake: the company is located in Kurume, near Fukuoka, in Kyushu, rather than Sakai near...
  12. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    Okay, as promised, here is my impression of Kuukai by Tennendo. It is more expensive than Shingon, and it is supposed to have the fragrance of aloeswood. It is similar to Shingon in terms of...
  13. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    I have a small cache of Fred Soll products. I have two problems: 1. Can't get it to burn, even following the instructions on the website. 2. It just smells like a campfire to me. Maybe something...
  14. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    Tennendo is a traditional incense firm in Sakai, a port near Osaka where all kinds of imported materials, including incense ingredients, have been coming into Japan for centuries. The company name...
  15. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    I agree the scent is great. Yes, the sticks are small. Yes the price is high! If you go to Japan, the prices are roughly half of what we pay outside of Japan. that is Shoyeido's price policy. ...
  16. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    I am not a big fan of Refinement. I think Ume Shoin is a much better investment. Refinement has lots of high-quality ingredients, the scent is good, but very light. Also, Shoyeido's US pricing...
  17. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    Why smokeless? Probably because consumers wanted it. In Japan, most families have a Buddhist altar enshrining the spirits of deceased family members. Every morning, the altar is cleaned and...
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    It looks like the Nippon Kodo coffee is often sold as a set with green tea incense. Both were available, but I have another brand of green tea incense, so I didn't need it. Also, green tea doesn't...
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    I just happen to have a box of this coffee:

    https://www.nipponkodostore.com/Aroma-Bliss-Coffee-p/23601.htm

    It is certainly light, but very pleasant. I usually burn three sticks at once. The...
  20. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    Hi, Natsuka! The page you linked features Shoyeido, one of the most famous Kyoto-based makers. Everything I have tried is excellent. Looking at that page, Nokiba has a rather sweet benzoin scent. ...
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    I wonder if you have investigated the Yamadamatsu line. It is another traditional house. The Shuju line appeals to me. There are six varieties, based on Kyara at the top and other kinds of aloes...
  22. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    Hey, Joev! I'm glad you are getting into Japanese incense. One brand I have been enjoying a lot lately is Gyokushodo. The name is interesting--gyoku means jade, sho means beginning, and do means...
  23. Re: The Incense Burning topic -- can we muster some activity?

    I burn a lot of Japanese incense, sticks being the most common and occasionally the shoko or chipped materials burned on charcoal. The high end products are worth it if you can afford them. My...
  24. Re: Guerlain Homme reformulation zebra stripe box

    1.0 oz. bottle with zebra stripes inside the box is preferable. I am not sure if all one-ounce bottles have the zebra stripes. The web retailers don't let you see the inside of the box. If you are...
  25. Guerlain Homme reformulation zebra stripe box

    I noticed that the chunky squarish bottles of Guerlain Homme are disappearing from the net. A few years ago, I bought a one-ounce bottle dirt cheap. I was disappointed that it didn't have the...
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - September 2017

    'Ume Shoin' by Gyokushodo, available at Japan Incense
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - August 2017

    I am burning the Shoyeido Circle (Enmei) from the Select series.
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    Re: Japan customs restrictions on amount?

    I lived in Japan until two years ago. The last time I brought in perfume, I brought a couple of full bottles. They never searched my luggage. They won't unless you have a 'profiling' situation,...
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    Re: Essence of Japan

    I saw a notice saying that Shoyeido will not sell Shokaku (or the other two top premiums, Myoho and Go Un) on line. That was one thing that made me feel the supply of kyara must be dwindling. So,...
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    Re: Essence of Japan

    I have been to the Aoyama shop many times--they are very friendly, especially if you make an attempt to speak Japanese. I had a nice experience of 'listening to incense' with tiny, expensive wood...
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    Re: Essence of Japan

    If they are still selling the small box of Shokaku for 10,000 yen, it is a bargain. I think kyara is pretty much gone.
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    Re: Essence of Japan

    There is also a BN group about Japanese incense :)
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    Re: Essence of Japan

    (mistaken post)
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - July 2016

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    I am an outlier in this thread! I am burning a stick of Japanese incense: Shuju Rakoku by Yamadamatsu
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    Re: what is the WORST smelling fragrance

    I suppose you are talking about Dune marketed to women, not the masculine one. I was wearing women's Dune (just to be clear, I am a guy) when a woman hugged me and then said 'Wow! You smell good!' ...
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    Re: Dior leather oud.

    A very nice essay, Pluran. One thing I disagree with: 'the animalic scent of burning agar wood'--when burned, there is no animalic smell. If there were, Buddhists would not allow agarwood in their...
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    Re: Dior leather oud.

    Sorry, double posting!
  38. Thread: Kouros 2015

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    Re: Kouros 2015

    I dropped into Kohl's today. The tester bottle of Kouros had silver shoulders. The boxes were the new darker one. I tried the tester--it seemed civety and long-lasting. (I am old enough to...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Just looking around a discount perfume shop at a mall (!) I found a 2.5oz can of Rive Gauche PH. A few years ago, I had a dab sample vial, but a 1 or 2 ml sample is a big difference from having a...
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    Re: Funniest fragrance reviews you've read?

    The blog 'I Scent You A Day' can be very amusing. A review for Ivoire de Balmain:

    I hope you donít recoil from the vivid imagery, but this smells like a hot gusset on a warm day. Itís how hot...
  41. Re: Top 1 Spray Fragrances (Current Formulations Only)

    An offbeat choice: Serge Noire. A bit controversial but I like it. If you spray on clothing, it will last through laundering.
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    Re: Whats The Big deal With Guerlain...

    Oh, the Holy Grail is only available at the Guerlain flagship shop in Paris. I thought everyone knew that! :shocked:
    But seriously, I had a few thoughts. Guerlain seems to limit the really good...
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    Re: What to do with a fragrance you hate?

    Change the way you apply it. Try a super-light walk-through-the-mist application. Or try it sprayed on clothing or on a handkerchief, or inside a purse. Of course, these may be futile. Put it...
  44. Thread: TOKYO, Japan

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    Re: TOKYO, Japan

    On the positive side, the selection has increased greatly in the past several years. There is Creed and Bond 9 everywhere, and lots more at Isetan Shinjuku. The prices are still really high. The...
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    Re: About olfactory fatigue

    I think olfactory fatigue may be related to stress. Many frags that I thought were very weak when I was going through a stressful period a few years ago now seem amazingly intense. Also, I have...
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    Re: Anyone in the US have LIDGE and not like it?

    I think there are two points to take into consideration with LIDGE. 1. Olfactory fatigue is common. I once sprayed too much because I had trouble smelling it after the initial sprays. Later,...
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    Re: Kouros Question (Am I missing something?)

    You might want to try a walk-through-the-mist application. This has helped me to appreciate 'difficult' frags. Or try light sprays on knees or trouser cuffs. That way, you get only the wafting...
  48. Re: What fragrance smells like the botafumeiro ceremony?

    The usual incense used in Catholic churches is frankincense. The most frankincense-ish frag seems to be Avignon.
  49. Re: What's the darkest scent that you know? And with dark I mean SUPER-DARK!!!

    Malle's Noir Epices is really dark--I can't swear that there is not a tiny hint of sweetness. A rosy, mineral darkness. Or how about Domenico Caraceni 1913?
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    Re: Do you like soap?

    There are many kinds of soap, and many ways to wear a soapy fragrance. Usually, a very light, walk-through-the mist application will keep chokiness at bay. Soap is a pleasant smell when you have...
  51. Re: What has honey, civet, musk? Is there anything?

    Duplicate post
  52. Re: What has honey, civet, musk? Is there anything?

    Don't forget Ted Lapidus for Men!
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    Re: Absolue pour le Soir .. My short review

    I have discovered that a spray application emphasizes the animalic opening. If I spray and then rub, the sweet and floral notes come out strongly, with the animalic hum supporting them.
  54. Re: Sealed KOUROS vintage... how to recognize it?

    Another key point is the number of bands in the box design. The recent one has just a single white border marking off the blue field. The earlier versions have a double band of white around the...
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    Re: Is Strawberrynet.com a reputable seller?

    I think SB Net is especially useful for those outside the US or EU. International shipments of perfume are difficult for security reasons. That is probably why SBN doesn't want to deal with...
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    Re: Is Strawberrynet.com a reputable seller?

    Price increases are often shocking, but what can you do? For something as elusive as LIDGE, it is difficult to find a big discount. It depends on how badly you want it.

    By the way, I have been...
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    Re: Just got an atomizer. How do I clean it out?

    Everything disassembled, put it out in a sunny spot for a few hours.
  58. Re: New L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme, Diptyque, Creed, YSL, and more (Japan only)

    Hi, Tallshop! I might be interested in the M7 and Aventus. I am still thinking about what would be appropriate. (I tried sending a message, but it didn't go through for some reason).
    Regards,
    T
  59. Re: Musc Ravajour wearers - Has this happened to you?

    i think I might be partly anosmic to this one. I get a light cinnamon/vanilla on top of a musky base that shimmers between dark skanky musk and white sweet musk.
  60. Re: Is there a way to find out how much you are projecting without asking?

    Apply your frag well away from your nose, like maybe wrists and lower chest, for example (to minimize any possible anosmia). Then, go to a windy spot. The wind will give you an idea of your...
  61. Re: Dior Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir - is it a limited edition, a limited-to-Europe frag, or what?

    Strawberry net has it :)
  62. Re: How much juice inside Allure Sport/Edition Blanche?

    Thanks, bugsy! But I discovered that this method has some limitations! I tried it with a bottle of Black Jeans. The bottle is very uneven in thickness, with heavy embossed decorations on it. The...
  63. Re: Fellow old farts: what did you wear in the 80s?

    Most of my favorites from that time have already been mentioned, but what about Obsession for Men? I think I used up a bottle by wearing it every day. It was a real vanilla bomb, at least to my...
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    Re: LIDGE - What am I missing here?

    In my humble opinion, this one has a lot of anosmia associated with it. Therefore, don't spray on your neck or near your face. It reveals its charms from a distance. Spraying on a pillowcase or...
  65. Re: Calvin by Calvin Klein 1981 release... what are your thoughts on it?

    I think it fits in with Paco Rabanne pour homme, Domenico Caraceni and the like. Dark green. It layers well with Eau d'Orange Verte.
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    Re: New developments at Isetan Shinjuku

    Sorry, I don't know much about Shiseido fragrances at all, much less what is hard to find in North America. Shiseido seems to sell fragrances only at their own makeup counters, which are at all...
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    Re: New developments at Isetan Shinjuku

    Actually, there is a Le Labo store in the Daikanyama area, probably a bigger selection than at Isetan. I like Le Labo, but the prices are just unbelievable.
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    New developments at Isetan Shinjuku

    I stopped into Isetan Men, which has a big fragrance area, but it has been reduced pretty drastically. It has a pretty good selection of Lutens, but the variety of SMN is much much less. (There is...
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    Re: Eau d'Orange Verte urinous?

    Just an update: I kept trying the offending bottle. Eventually the bad note disappeared. Was there something in the tube that finally got swept out? Or maybe my nose has changed--that is possible,...
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    Re: Asian Inspired ?

    How about YSL's Opium, both the 'pour homme' and the original 'feminine' are masterpieces. Put some amber in your hookah to enjoy Ambre Narguile. Also, sandalwood scents like Tam Dao, which seems...
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    Ferrari Light Essence Bright

    This seems to be available only in Asia. I saw it in a brick/mortar store in Tokyo that had a small promotion of Ferrari frags--only a limited number of the total, but including this unusual one. I...
  72. Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    The most 'barbershop' fragrances might be difficult for a woman to wear. And I can't imagine a woman wearing a very masculine spicebomb like Ho Hang.
  73. Thread: Dental Hygeine

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    Re: Dental Hygeine

    I am using just what is available in drug stores here--it is a Japanese brand called 'DentalPro.' I looked at some in the US, and the main difference is that the sizes are much bigger. I use size 4...
  74. Re: VERSACE JEANS LINE . ( Black Jeans , Green Jeans ) Questions ..HELP

    Black Jeans reminds me of Drakkar Noir. Longevity is pretty good, and projection is also on the strong side, but easy to control with light application. By the way, I recently found Yellow Jeans in...
  75. Thread: Dental Hygeine

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    Re: Dental Hygeine

    Interdental brushes really turned it around for me! I am not an enthusiastic flosser, since I am afraid I will pull off a crown or something. The interdental brushes are hard to use at first--I had...
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    Re: Re-using atomizers?

    After washing as thoroughly as possible, set them in direct sunlight for a day or two (or more?).
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    Poll: Re: Prada Amber Pour Homme vs. Infusion d'Homme

    I think there is a basic Prada ambience that runs across the 'infusion d' line. Amber PH has it a bit, but it has much more interesting stuff on top of it--the amber and florals and suede on top of...
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    Re: Hurricane Fragrance for Nawlins'

    Well, I think it would be appropriate to wear a Bourbon French frag, like, say, WJL, a bold animalic rose, a smoother version of Hammam Bouquet.
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    Re: oud 27 blind bought

    You could always try layering it with Dune (feminine)...WOW!!
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    Poll: Re: Finally.. Best OUD based fragrance for men

    My 'other' vote stands for Oud 27, although this seems to be a minority opinion. I also like Al Oudh.
  81. Thread: Layering Frags

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    Re: Layering Frags

    Ambre Narguile and Jazz

    This gives AN a lot of oomph, making it into what I hoped it would be.

    Eau d'Orange Verte and Calvin

    The Calvin lasts a bit longer, and enriches the EdOV. I am also...
  82. Thread: Dune

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    Re: Dune

    I think it is nearly unisex. I have an old mini (how old? I dunno) that has a kind of rough patch at the beginning. Is this the sandiness, or just aging juice? The stuff in the department stores...
  83. Re: Which cheapie did you wear in high school that got you massive compliments?????

    Would you believe English Leather -- I think it was made by MEM in those days. I am talking about the 60s!
  84. Re: Michael Kors for Men owners - has your cap white paint on it ?

    That marbling is strange. It gives the impression that there was some problem mixing the color into the plastic.

    As for what it resembles, I would suggest Xeryus Rouge. Depends on how you spray...
  85. Thread: Habit Rouge

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    Re: Habit Rouge

    In my experience, the atmosphere where fragrances are sold make it very difficult to get a complete impression of any frag. All the other frags floating around in the air may be one factor. Another...
  86. Thread: Tom of Finland

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    Re: Tom of Finland

    Lipstick, baby powder and rubber clothing. Very interesting, but maybe not easily wearable. Related to Magnetism for Men.
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    Re: Day scent for very HOT summer

    I haven't yet worn it in such hot temperatures, but I think L'Eau par Kenzo pour homme might fill the bill--it is lemony/citrusy (fruity, but maybe not so sweet) and lasts a long time. It is also...
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    Re: Next purchase: Fleur du Male or Opium edt

    A difficult choice. I like them both, but for many people the drydown of FdM becomes a bit skanky in the 'white flower' way. Opium is more of a sweet spicy scent--in fact conceptually seems very...
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    Re: Michael Kors Men

    I recently got a bottle of the Givenchy version ('Michael') relatively cheap on Strawberry. I find it almost harsh--a very light, misty application works best. So it wouldn't surprise me if later...
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    Re: Unburnt Japanese Incense type cologne

    You might want to consider 'zukoh' or rubbing incense. It is basically powdered incense ingredients such as sandalwood, turmeric, clove and maybe even a tiny bit of agarwood. It is sold on Japan...
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    Re: Eau d'Orange Verte urinous?

    My conclusion is that my newer bottle is probably damaged. I like most animalic notes. Guerlain Pampeleune, Bois de Miel, Muscs KK--all these I like very much. But this stuff is really beyond the...
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    Eau d'Orange Verte urinous?

    I picked up a used bottle of Eau d'Orange Verte at a junk shop--clearly used, a 50ml with 10ml or so gone. Very pleasant! Short-lived, but a spray on clothing extended the longevity a bit. ...
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    Re: Comptoir Sud Pacifique Anyone?

    I got a tiny sample of Aoud de Nuit--I liked it very much. Now practically impossible to find, I think.
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    Re: Cartier Declaration

    I was anosmic to this the first time I tried it. Then, it began to open up for me. I don't get any BO, although it has its own particular intensity. However, I am concerned that regular use might...
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    Re: What do you get out of L'Instant Extreme?

    Is it possible to overspray this one? I don't get that much projection, although I agree that it is long-lasting. The other day, I sprayed five or six times on arms, neck and chest, then put on my...
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    Re: How to clean a funnel

    It is easy to make a small funnel from aluminum foil--just form it around the outside of a funnel and then gently pull the funnel out. You can just throw the foil funnel away.
  97. Re: Sex in the air, I don't care I love the smell of it!

    How about Tom of Finland?
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    Re: Casual citrus for humid summers?

    Agua de Colonia Concentrada Alvarez Gomez would be a more unusual choice--maybe hard to find, but well worth it, although it is not expensive. Check the ratings on Fragrantica. Very lemony, not...
  99. Re: How much juice inside Allure Sport/Edition Blanche?

    Put the bottles in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes--enough to get the juice chilled. Take the bottles out, put them in a slightly humid atmosphere. At first, condensation will cover the whole...
  100. Thread: TOKYO, Japan

    by tsuzumi
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    Re: TOKYO, Japan

    Hello, SMC!

    Too bad about your experience at Marisol. It is difficult to figure out what is going on there. In my imagination, it is owned by some very rich and eccentric person, with a huge...
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