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  1. Re: Does anyone use the "pick something random to wear" wardrobe feature?

    Ha !
    No, I don't use it. Bit too Clueless-esque for me.

    http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/gandhajala/Unknown_zpsfb7rq7pp.jpeg
  2. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    Ken: I *think* Misia is exclusive to Harrods at the moment. Not certain, though.

    Hednic: That's very interesting !
  3. Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel - Misia coming Feb 2015?

    According to the Chanel SA at Harrods, Misia will be the last in the Exclusifs line.
    Anyone heard similarly?
  4. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    Misia only arrived here yesterday, and I collected my sample today. I'll pop back with some thoughts once I've had a chance to test it.
    Big news though: according to the SA, Misia will be the last...
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    Re: Latest News page

    it does sort of feel like you're creeping around an empty building...
    I don't want to hijack David's thread, but regarding the comments, could I add one or two of my own?

    - To view comments on...
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    Re: How many bottles did you buy in 2014?

    3:
    Iris Silver Mist
    Brin de Réglisse
    Avignon.
  7. Re: How narrow have you gotten your collection? Or do you keep adding?

    +1
    I've found 30 or so fragrances I really love, and that's enough for me.
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    Re: Ormond Jayne

    The brand is fronted by Linda Pilkington, and the perfumes created by Geza Schoen.
    Here in England, Ormond Jayne it is quite well known, though not a household name.
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    As far as I know, Guerlain do offer a bespoke service. However, I'd imagine their prices are at least comparable with other major houses that do likewise, meaning a five-figure sum. Would they...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 26th February 2015

    Morning Everyone,

    Kewart - I hope your sore throat is improving. It's a horrible lurgie, that one.

    Wearing Tabac Blond extrait, for which I received a compliment from the cleaner at my work....
  11. Re: Customer wants single Cashmeran Scent - Safe up to which amount?

    Hi Graphite,
    I'll just copy/paste what they posted on Sept. 20, 2014 in relation to CK's Reveal:

    Finally, Jean-Marc Chaillan and Bruno Jovanovic's 'Reveal' (Calvin Klein, 2014) hit the perfume...
  12. Re: Customer wants single Cashmeran Scent - Safe up to which amount?

    ^ Perhaps you know, but Maurice Roucel's Dans tes Bras reportedly contains around 25% Cashmeran (per Scent & Chemistry).
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    Re: NEW Lalique Les Compositions Parfumees

    I got samples of a few and was *very* underwhelmed. Most seem to rely heavily on woody-ambers for character and have a notable 'synthetic' aura about them. Fleur Universelle struck me as almost...
  14. Re: Three New Les Liquides Imaginaires!! Les eaux Arborantes

    It does look pretty interesting, doesn't it?! Trying to imagine how it would smell.
    Tellus seems the least interesting to me going by the notes (cashmeran + ambrox, *yawn*), but I'm keeping an open...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 24th February 2015

    Afternoon All,

    Chanel Pour Monsieur for me.

    Best to everyone !
  16. Re: Divatologist's application method for prolonged longevity. Does it work for you?

    Who knew wearing perfume could be turned into such a complicated exercise?!
    Not for me, but to each their own...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    ^ Thanks, Carlie, JD.
  18. Thread: Compliments

    by gandhajala
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    Re: Compliments

    Just out of interest, how often do you approach strangers to compliment them on their perfume ? An hour ago, a trendy young thing at my workplace passed by in a cloud of rose/patchouli/oud. It was...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 23rd February 2015

    Morning All,

    Easing myself into the working week with Chanel's Bois des Iles. Shouts to Cello and Xscent on this one.

    Best to everyone.
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    Re: Best Cartier Frag to sample?

    +1. These are my favourites from the Heures collection.
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    Re: A cool story about a kind BN member

    I'd recognise that handwriting anywhere !

    Yup, M./F. is the absolute epitome of kindness and generosity. A wonderful human being.

    Enjoy your smellies !
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 21st February 2015

    Afternoon Everyone,

    Chanel's Cuir de Russie - Vintage EdT.

    Have a good weekend, all.
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    Re: Molecule 01 v homemade versions

    Just Iso Gamma Super, apparently.
    Compare the two and see if you notice a difference !
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    Re: SOTD Friday 20th February 2015

    Afternoon All,

    Fumerie Turque for me today.


    Best to everyone.
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    Re: Molecule 01 v homemade versions

    Close. It actually contains Iso Gamma Super, which is a captive.
    I think Timbersilk is probably the nearest a DIYer can get.
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    Re: Grojsman Accord

    Your mention of peaches and Gucci's Rush makes me think it could involve peach lactone.
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    Re: Let's Talk Musk ....

    I've heard of Untitled #8, but not smelt it.
    If similar, I'd agree: it's a musk accord without too much else going on.
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    Re: Let's Talk Musk ....

    Another straight, dirty(ish) musk you might like to try is Commando, by the indy outfit Smell Bent.
    It comes as an oil, which you mentioned as preferable.
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    Re: Muscs Koublaï Khän - discontinued???

    Bell jar at Lutens' boutique.
    I bought my old bottle from a BNer around 2010/2011, and I'm not sure how long he'd had it. Which is to say, I've no idea when the last reformulation took place. Could...
  30. Olivier Polge's Office [short piece in Le Monde // in French]

    In anticipation of Misia's launch in France on the 28th of the month, comes this little piece in Le Monde:
    ...
  31. Re: What laundry detergent do you use to wash your clothes?

    Me too.
    Once tried an 'eco-friendly', unperfumed brand and it stank. Made my clothes smell mouldy, so had to rewash everything with a perfumed detergent.
    Later, I had the chance to smell an...
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    Re: Muscs Koublaï Khän - discontinued???

    MKK has gone through several reformulations and the version I smelt last June was much sanitised in comparison with my (now empty) bottle acquired years ago.
    I was so disappointed, I couldn't bring...
  33. Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    Thanks for the heads-up !
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    Re: Muscs Koublaï Khän - discontinued???

    As mentioned, still available. However, much changed...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Oops, looks like the Good Doc's last column escaped us.
    A roundup of 2014's Best Perfumes:
    ...
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    Re: Vintage Perfume Ingredient Legalities

    No expert here, but I suppose a classic example would be the early versions of No.5.
    Huge %s of civet tincture and musk tonquin tincture which are ethical no-nos. Also musk ketone, now restricted....
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 17th February 2015

    Dear 30 Roses,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences. I wish you and your family much strength and peace at this most difficult of times.
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    Re: Perfumers behind Tom Ford scents?

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/398878-Tom-Ford-Fragrances
  39. Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel - Misia coming Feb 2015?

    Yes, many thanks for sharing your impressions, Cacio !
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    Re: Cartier L'Heure collection....

    Looks like L'Heure Perdue is now available (at least via Cartier's UK site)
    Anyone had a chance to try it yet ?
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    Re: SOTD Monday 16th February 2015

    Morning All,

    Habit Rouge (EdT) for me today.

    Best to everyone.
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    Re: Thinking of Incense....

    Sancti by Les Liquides Imaginaires. The freshest incense I've smelt with a zingy, ginger note to boot.
  43. Re: SOTD - Valentine's Day Scent - Saturday 14th February 2015

    Evening All,

    I've been wearing some pure Indian sandalwood oil, sourced from a small distiller in Uttar Pradesh, and gifted me recently by a wonderful BNer. I've only a few precious drops, but...
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    Re: Tom Ford Fragrances

    ^Fantastic, Graphite ! Thanks.
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    Re: Tom Ford Fragrances

    Richard Herpin (Firminich) is credited with Patchouli Absolu.
  46. Re: Early warning: Palissandre d'Or from Aedes de Venustas

    Thanks for posting.
  47. Re: Methyl Anthranilate out of Dimethyl Anthranilate

    I have alkynes of trouble understanding this chemistry talk.
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    Re: SOTD Friday 13th February 2015

    Morning Everyone,

    Friday 13th : Dun dun duuaaahhhhhhhh

    Wearing Cartier's L'Heure Fougueuse. When I got home last night, there was a surprise package waiting for me from a wonderfully generous...
  49. Thread: Molecule 01

    by gandhajala
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    Re: Molecule 01

    A lady at my workplace wears Molecule 01 and I can tell if she's in or not just by the scent trail that hangs about in the foyer and stairs.
    I really don't think she applies that much, but it is a...
  50. Re: Wall Street Journal Article - Lauder, Le Labo, Malle...

    Thanks for posting.
    Nice bit of PR for Lauder by the paper.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 12th February 2015

    Afternoon All,

    Cuir Mauresque for me today.

    Catching the train home yesterday evening, a lady passed me in a cloud of No.5. Brightened up my commute no end :)

    Best to everyone.
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    Re: Losin' the love.

    It seems to me the majority of BNers fit into one of two categories:

    1. Those whose interest / activity is principally directed towards buying bottles of fragrance;
    2. Those whose interest /...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 11th February 2015

    Morning All,

    Joining Donna in Chanel: Egoïste.

    Happy Hump Day, everyone.
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    Re: Having problems getting Habit Rouge

    Guerlain website ? Guerlain counter at your nearest department store ? Call / email Guerlain asking for nearest stockist ?
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 10th February 2015

    Morning All,

    Hope your voice returns by lunchtime, Kewart.
    Une Fleur de Cassie for me today.

    Best to everyone.
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    Re: Muskroot / Sumbul-root / Ferula sumbul

    They say Muskroot questions are like buses: you wait an age and then two come along at once :)
  57. Thread: Gunpowder

    by gandhajala
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    Re: Gunpowder

    Did you try searching with the alternative spelling 'sulfur' ?
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    Re: SOTD Monday 9th February 2015

    Afternoon All,

    Sharing the house with N.CAL: Chanel's Sycomore.

    Best to everyone.
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    Re: "Green" scents

    Since you like No.19, you might also like Chanel's Bel Respiro - another galbanum driven green scent.
    Cartier's L'Heure Vertueuse is intensely green, recalling the smell of freshly-cut grass.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 8th February 2015

    ^ Hello Ankali, Welcome to Basenotes !

    Jicky extrait for me tonight.

    Best to all.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 8th February 2015

    Vintage Habanita for me today.
    Best to all !
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    Re: Creed Aventus lovers (UK only)

    Provided with a well parsed analysis and assuming the original doesn't rely on too many captives, I'd imagine one could get pretty close to the original.
    Of course, in cloning a perfume at home,...
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    Re: Only for Macho Men!

    A definite contender for the 'Best/Worst' bottle awards.
  64. Poll: Re: Fans of Niche Fragrances: How Do You Find New Fragrances?

    I think there's a precedent with Ex Idolo; Matthew managed to get his perfume stocked in quite a few shops in England and abroad.
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 7th February 2015

    Afternoon All,

    Kewart, I'm totally over Winter, too. It's cold, grey and drizzley; yeeccch.
    Chanel's Cuir de Russie (Vintage EdT) for me today.
    Best to everyone.
  66. Re: Can you list me suggestions? (Info in OP)

    Aww, sweet.
    How about Chloé's Roses de Chloé ? It's rosy, which seems appropriate for Valentine's Day and is available in a 30mL bottle.
    Or perhaps Chanel's Coco ?
    I'm sure whatever you decide...
  67. Thread: Baruti

    by gandhajala
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    Re: Baruti

    We're all waiting for you to take a trip to Blooms / order samples and report back !
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    Re: Getting to know aromachemicals

    It was just a suggestion for enriching the set of associations one can make with a given aroma chemical. It is helpful to me, so thought to share.
    When I first obtained a set of a/c-s (approximately...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 4th February 2015

    Hello All,

    Caron's En Avion(extrait) for me today.

    Best to everyone.
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    Re: Getting to know aromachemicals

    Would it be helpful to you if you could link a specific aroma chemical with a fragrance where it appears quite clearly ?
    This is the kind of information I like to add to my own (non-perfumer)...
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    Re: Muskroot / Sumbul-root / Ferula sumbul

    Very interesting thought !
    You really are the Tincture Queen, Mumsy.

    Gecko, if you find your tincture this weekend, please do let us know how it smells.

    Thanks again, everyone.
  72. Scent Exhibition @ Museum Tinguely // Basel

    If anyone's in Basel, or passing through, this exhibition looks pretty cool:

    http://www.tinguely.ch/en/ausstellungen_events/austellungen/2015/Belle-Haleine.html

    Begins Feb.11 till May 17th.
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    Re: Muskroot / Sumbul-root / Ferula sumbul

    ^ Thanks for the additional info, Mumsy. I wasn't aware of its 'endangered' status, but it potentially ties in with Arctander's comments re. availability.
    Is that the Roman spice laser in the pic ?...
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    Re: Muskroot / Sumbul-root / Ferula sumbul

    I didn't realise galbanum and asafoetida belonged to the same genus, Cacio. Thanks !



    Cheers for the tip, Paul. I'll take a look later today (and take the opportunity to repost the link:...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 2nd February 2015

    *gasp*

    (Still love you, Foustie ! :vrolijk_26:)
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    Muskroot / Sumbul-root / Ferula sumbul

    Reading Deite's A Practical Treatise on the Manufacture of Perfumery (1892) I came across reference to this plant which is supposed to have a musky odor.
    TGSC seemed light on info, but according to...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 2nd February 2015

    Hello All,

    House twins as per usual with Xscent: Egoïste. All lovely geranium and tagetes and spices and sandalwood.

    Best to everyone.
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    Poll: Re: Which is your favourite Caron and why?

    :thumbsup: (closest I could find to a 'high five')
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    Poll: Re: Which is your favourite Caron and why?

    Other: En Avion and Tabac Blond, both in extrait.
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    Poll: Re: how do you store you scents?

    In boxes in wardrobe.,
    Like Dougczar, I keep 5mL decants of each handy.
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    Poll: Re: Only Frederic Malle you would buy

    +3 Une Fleur de Cassie.
    The tubereuse base used in Carnal Flower is the best I've personally come across.
  82. Poll: Re: Single most helpful, yet unavailable, piece of information:

    Basenotes is obviously a broad church (*ahem*), and what, beside a perfume's smell, is important to one, is unimportant to another.
    All these factors like age, gender, class, how trendy a perfume...
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    Re: What kind of razor do you use??

    Your enviable collection of straights has not gone unnoticed :) If you have the time, please do continue to post pics of them.
    Should I ever find myself in the Nottingham area, I'd love to visit...
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    Re: What kind of razor do you use??

    Fantastic stuff, Shakin_Jake !
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 29th January 2015

    Easyfish, I'm very sorry for your family's loss and offer my sincerest condolences.
  86. Thread: UK Users

    by gandhajala
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    Re: UK Users

    Sure there are.
    Welcome to Basenotes !
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 27th January 2015

    Can I join the Sancti love-in ? Such a fresh incense, with a lovely warm / cool contrast between the ginger and frankincense.
    I only have room for one incense in my collection, but if Avignon ever...
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    Re: I don't understand eau sauvage

    +1 :)
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    Re: Best Tobacco-Honeyish fragrance

    +1, with a caveat (or two): it is *very* sweet and has a massive coconut and tropical fruit accord going on.

    The deep dry down of Cuir Velours to me does recall tobacco: cedary woods, clean musk...
  90. Re: Need opinon on which synthetic musk(s) to use for...

    I'm guessing Fixateur 505e superseded 505 (?), and I don't know how the two compare.
    But when I was sniffing a few ambergris tinctures that were very kindly sent me by a certain person here, and...
  91. Re: Need opinon on which synthetic musk(s) to use for...

    To my untrained nose (and from memory), Fixateur 505 is even closer to the ambergris tinctures I've smelt than the Oliffac.
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    Re: What's your favourite version of Jicky?

    ^ Yup :)
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 27th January 2015

    Morning All,

    :vrolijk_26: Larimar, nice to see you. Smelling fine, as always.

    Back in No.5 (80s EdP) today.

    Best to everyone.
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    Re: What's your favourite version of Jicky?

    The PdT is my favourite as it smells the most civetty.
    Of the current iterations, I only wear the extrait. Since it is quite pricey, and I go through quite a lot, I buy 30mL testers off the 'bay...
  95. Re: Guerlain Santal Royal - Harrods Exclusive + other news

    More or less my understanding.
    When I visited the Harrods store, the SA was utterly clueless. Literally had no idea what any of the perfumes were called, let alone how they smelt. Oddly, she did...
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    Re: What famous people wear

    I was stood next to Benedict Cucumberbunch at a bar a while back; couldn't detect any perfume.
  97. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    Relying on you to report back, Mrs. E !
    It'll be some weeks before it arrives here, I'm told :(
  98. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    If I had to guess (and this is *only* a guess), I'd venture 28 La Pausa is actually the more expensive formula on account of all the costly orris absolute it contains. Off the top of my head I can't...
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    Re: Which scent would you break the bank for?

    None.
    I find conspicuously expensive perfumes off-putting. I also ask myself : 'composition wise, does this equal or better [insert name of classic Chanel or Guerlain] ?'. Almost invariably, the...
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    Re: Your favorite Sandalwood frag?

    Originally, Samsara contained a remarkable 20% sandalwood. Nowadays (mostly ? completely ?) replaced with synthetic sandalwood odorants.
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