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  1. [USA] Re: Fragrances for swap - niche bottles + decants

    update
  2. [USA] Re: Tauer, TDC, AdP, Viktoria Minya and more for sale

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  3. [USA] Re: Tauer, TDC, AdP, Viktoria Minya and more for sale

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  4. [USA] Re: Tauer, TDC, AdP, Viktoria Minya and more for sale

    update, lowered prices
  5. Re: Fascinating fragrance article: How the brain interprets scent

    Thanks, LiveJazz, and that's a good question about the extent to which perfumers need to understand the chemistry of aromachemicals. Fragrance chemistry is part of the curriculum at big perfumery...
  6. Re: Fascinating fragrance article: How the brain interprets scent

    Thanks for posting this, LiveJazz! As the writer of the article, I really appreciate the thoughtful summary and kind words.

    From my perspective, it's challenging to really get "into the weeds"...
  7. [USA] Re: Fragrances for swap - niche bottles + decants

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    Re: Smell article and Laudamiel perfume line

    Thanks for the nice comments! Please do share with anyone you think will be interested....it's actually kind of challenging to interest editors and general readers in this stuff, since they don't...
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    Smell article and Laudamiel perfume line

    This post is in part a shameless (actually somewhat shy) plug for an article I wrote on the science of olfactory perception as it relates to perfume, which I think folks here would be interested in,...
  10. Arquiste Ella, Tobacco Rose, MFK Silk Mood, MDCI, and others wanted

    Interested in decants or bottles:

    Arquiste Ella
    Papillon Tobacco Rose
    Amouage Sunshine Man - decant is fine
    Guerlain Iris Ganache, Quan Vient La Pluie (any amount!)
    Jo Malone Orris &...
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    Re: Peach based niche fragrances

    Viktoria Minya Hedonist is a boozy gourmand peach.

    Annick Goutal Le Mimosa is a gentle peachy-mimosa scent. Originally it didn't make much of an impression on me, but it has become a favorite...
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    Re: Violets for Spring!

    I personally really like LesNez Unicorn Spell, an intense green violet. Some people find it too green.

    Another nice one I recently sampled is Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood, which has a prominent...
  13. [USA] Fragrances for swap - niche bottles + decants

    Bottles/splits:

    Bel Ami Vetiver - 25 mL split bottle, sprayed 5-6 times
    Parfums de Nicolai Rose Oud, 30 mL bottle, 85% full, no box
    Annick Goutal Rose Splendide, 100 mL, original style bottle,...
  14. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian re-releases Baccarat Rouge 540 under his own name!!

    I'm puzzled by this fragrance. I found a tester at my local Neiman Marcus and sprayed it on liberally, but could barely smell anything. When I sniffed closely, I could detect that there was something...
  15. Re: 'cinnamon-smell' but still light and soft, does it a fragrance like that exist?

    I would try Costes EDT. Spicy, fresh, and light. Not too sweet.
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    Re: Greenish Orange Blossom?

    I know Eau Baptiste, and to me it has similarities to other Giacobetti fragrances, particularly L'Artisan L'Ete en Douce and D'Orsay Tilleul. L'Artisan is probably the closest, a little less focused...
  17. Re: Craving Lily of th Valley at the moment. Any recommendations?

    Parfums DelRae Debut, by Michel Roudnistka, has something of the same spirit of Diorissimo, though the citrus notes make it a bit sharp. Also his fragrance Magnolia Grandiflora Michel has a similar...
  18. [USA] Tauer, TDC, AdP, Viktoria Minya and more for sale

    Tauer Incense Extreme, 50 mL, 90% full, no box, $85

    The Different Company Aurore Nomade 50 mL, 95% full w/box, $90

    Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile EDP, 50 mL sprayed 5x, no box, $60

    Ann Gerard...
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    Re: VC&P Bois D' Iris

    I wore both of these a bit before deciding I like Bois d'Argent better. The reason, I think, is the prominent myrrh note in Bois d'Argent, which gives it an interesting strangeness and complexity. I...
  20. Re: Timbuktu ruined? New packaging & reformulation

    I was wondering this as well....I also got the deal through Amazon/Fragrancenet, and was surprised by how soft it smells, different from what I remembered. But it's been quite a while since I first...
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    Re: New Diana Vreeland line

    I just saw these in Nieman Marcus and gave them each a sniff - on paper only. They struck me as very saturated fragrances, if that makes sense (the bright colors of the packaging are a great fit)....
  22. Re: Cool, refreshing, dry, not sweet, non-citrus, a bit bitter, feminine, niche... Any suggestions?

    The one fragrance that came to mind with these adjectives is Chanel 28 La Pausa. Cool, dry, non-sweet (almost slightly sour?) iris, soft and mild, no citrus at all to my nose. Another fairly...
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    Re: Day frag to match Absolue pour le Soir

    I would suggest trying Miller Harris Un Petit Rien.

    Another one that comes to mind if you like animalic notes but want something more floral is The Different Company Aurora Nomade. It's a quirky...
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    Re: How do you guys organize your samples?

    I keep mine alphabetically by house in sandwich bags, one bag for each letter. Eventually I might have one bag for each house, but I find this takes pretty minimal organization and I can find...
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    Re: "Unisex" - SA's having serious gender issues

    I think the gendered nature of mainstream perfume is one reason why I never was interested in perfume when I was younger. Honestly, I think many people wear fragrance specifically to identify...
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    Re: 2 new fragrances from guerlain -- warning

    Is this just a repackaging of the old Petit Guerlain (circa 1994) into bee bottles? I think I have a decant of this somewhere. You can probably still find it here and there for much less (and no pink...
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    Re: Fragrances with strong cardamom note?

    Amouage Lyric Woman has a very prominent cardamom note. For some reason, I like to wear this when I'm out at dinner, it's almost like sprinkling cardamom on my meal.

    Six Scents Series 3 no 6, Ohne...
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    Re: Subtle warm apple pie fragrance?

    Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale reminds me of apple pie with citrus, and is not overly sweet.
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    Re: Are our skins really that different?

    Also remember that our skin is completely covered at all times with billions of microbes--an estimated 1000 different species--which contribute to the skin's odor by producing chemicals, and...
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    Re: Coconut fragrance???

    Adding HdP Love Coco so it's on this list! Refreshing green not-too-sweet coconut with some coriander/cilantro....quite nice.
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    Re: please suggest fresh scent for daily use!

    I would explore the Hermes line, particularly the Jardin series and Kelly Caleche, if you like scents with a blend of green/fresh/citrus/floral/fruity/bitter notes.
  32. Re: Which is your favorite Frederic Malle fragrance and why?

    I love the whole collection, each fragrance is well crafted and distinct. There are three Malles on my "most worn" list here: Le Parfum de Therese, Geranium Pour Monsieur, and Une Fleur de Cassie....
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    Re: Lady perfume traders? Anyone? *crickets*

    I buy and sell on BN but for swapping I mostly use MUA, because the format (searchable swaplists, wishlists, and notepads) makes it vastly easier to find a "match." It is more geared toward finding...
  34. Re: Which perfumes smell similar to Xerjoff FIORE D'ULIVO?

    Just came across this old thread that didn't get a reply. I really like Fiore d'Ulivo for the bright citrus and creamy magnolia notes. It reminds me quite a bit of Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile.
    ...
  35. Re: New Fragrance: Thierry Mugler Alien Essence Absolue

    I just had a chance to try this while traveling...it's been a while since I tried the original Alien but I was never a fan. This is just lovely -- a smooth, glowing jasmine oriental, creamy and...
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    Re: Chandler Burr Untitled S01E04

    I've smelled it, and I also find it pleasant and lovely, but really subtle. No one note stands out to me, I get an overall impression of something bright, a little sweet and tart, citrusy and fruity...
  37. Re: Anyone else get signed up by M2Media mag subscription after ordering men's frags online?

    I don't know if this was mentioned elsewhere already, but at my last Fragrancenet order I found a link about the free magazine subscription they were including, and saw that there was a mail-in...
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    Re: A "sad" scent for hot days?

    Frederic Malle Angelique Sous la Pluie.....very light and summery, but makes me think of rain falling on concrete, and seems introspective and a bit melancholy.

    I'd also agree with the suggestions...
  39. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    I'm enjoying reading all these suggestions.....my only addition is that if you only tried Iris Nobile EDT, it might be worth trying the EDP as well. There's more gardenia, a bit of a chypre feel, and...
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    Re: Transparent, sheer, indole-free jasmine...

    Seconding Donna Karan Essence Jasmine....it's a very pretty uncomplicated jasmine.
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    Re: licorice lovers?

    Adding Guerlain's Anisia Bella, which is a summery, transparent anise/licorice scent.

    And I have to add yet another vote for Hilde Soliani's Saaliiisssiimo....it starts with a realistic black...
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    Re: Replacement for 70's chypres

    Parfumerie Generale Corps et Ames is a nice bold chypre with a classic feel -- more spicy rose and geranium than citrus though.
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    Re: Suggest a floral for a gourmand lover

    I'd recommend By Kilian Love - orange blossom and marshmallow, pretty and sweet.

    And for rose, I'd add Parfums de Rosine Rose Praline.
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    Re: Light powdery scents suitable for Summer

    Hm, light and powdery makes me think of Hermes Hiris, Guerlain Apres L'Ondee, Chanel 28 La Pausa, and similar soft iris scents. Also seconding Kenzo Flower.
  45. Re: What fragrance is most similar to fresh, moldy soil?

    Miller Harris Vetiver Bourbon smells like this to me -- dark vetiver and patchouli.
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    Re: Signature Scent Suggestions??

    My suggestion is Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Therese. It has jasmine, it has a chypre feel, it has a tiny bit of leather and dirt, and it's mature and sophisticated without being heavy. This was...
  47. Thread: Leather/Iris

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    Re: Leather/Iris

    Thanks for the impressions....Cuir Ottoman, Cuir d'Iris and Dior Homme are three favorites of mine. I haven't tried Daimiris or Moulin Rouge. They are going on my "to try" list!
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    Re: Licorice and anise floral perfumes

    I love anise/licorice/absinthe as well. Most of my favorites have already been mentioned. Here are a couple more I like:

    Huitieme Art Myrrhiad -- I don't think this has been released here yet but...
  49. Thread: Leather/Iris

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    Re: Leather/Iris

    Also adding Parfums DelRae Mythique -- for iris with soft suede.
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    Re: jasmine perfume? a real one?

    These are all great suggestions....adding L'Artisan La Haie Fleurie, which is a somewhat mossy jasmine.

    Also, for a very simple, light, non-indolic jasmine I like Donna Karan's Jasmine Essence....
  51. Re: Which fragrance best conjures up the idea of "Forest" for you and what type of forest is conjure

    These are great recommendations. This thread reminds me of one of my fragrance fantasies: a perfume that evokes the ponderosa pine forests of the southwest where I grew up, which have bark that...
  52. Re: What is the iciest, chilliest, most camphorous fragrance you have tried?++

    Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur! It's fantastically cooling, a very bold geranium and mint with a bit of a powdery musk in the drydown. I can't wait to wear this in the summer. Heeley Menthe...
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    Re: Parfums DelRae Mythique

    Bumping because I love this one. I would love to see all the Delraes from the past few years added: Emotionelle, Mythique, Coup de Foudre, and Panache.
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    Re: NEW Guerlain: La Petite Robe Noire Version 2

    That sounds a lot like By Kilian Love to me.....I wonder how this compares.
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    Re: Something like Dior J'Adore

    Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane is sometimes compared to J'Adore. I actually put the two side-by-side the other day. NdC has the same radiant "shampoo floral" character but is less smooth than...
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    Re: Your top 5 "non niche" perfumes

    Hm, I think mine would be:

    Iris Nobile EDP (but perhaps Acqua di Parma is niche?)
    Chamade
    Organza Indecence
    Dior Homme
    Eau de Merveilles
    Insolence EDP
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    Re: Instead of Chanel N19

    Personally, I'm skeptical of trying to replace a lost love with something very close to it, because nothing will ever completely capture what you loved about it. Perhaps it's best to find something...
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    Re: Does Barney's give out Malle samples???

    Yes they have samples.....but it's up to the gatekeepers of the sample drawer to decide whether you can have any. :) I agree that hanging out, chatting up the SA, trying on a couple of things first...
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    Re: What does the ocean really smell like?

    That pungent, salty ocean smell comes from a gas produced by bacteria: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16928653/. It's called dimethyl sulfide.

    I believe that bacteria living in and on things are...
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    Re: A summery anise fragrance?

    I second Eau de Reglisse and add Guerlain Anisia Bella if you can find it (really nice), and Annick Goutal Mandragore. All very light and summery.
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    Re: Hermesessence favorite

    I agree with some of the others who have commented -- I really like this line but they don't compel me to spend $200+ dollars on a bottle. But I've picked up a partial bottle of Osmanthe Yunnan and...
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    Re: Byredo Bal d" Afrique!The notes!

    Interesting....I think of this as a sweet floral vetiver scent, but there is also a soft woody oriental base to it. Hard to pin down the notes. But it's one of my favorites.
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    Re: Any love for SL Un Bois Vanille?

    I go back and forth on this one. I really like the complexity of it, but sometimes the coconut is overwhelming to me.
  64. Thread: Calice Becker.

    by sucrose
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    Re: Calice Becker.

    I've been spending a lot of time with her scents for by Kilian lately, and I'm getting more and more appreciative. A Taste of Heaven is my favorite lavender, it's simply delicious. Back to Black is...
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    Re: What do you carry with you?

    Interesting...I usually only take fragrances with me if I'm traveling or staying somewhere overnight. Where are you all when you apply perfume during the day? I'm shy about spraying in public.
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    Re: Any KILIAN converts...vote your best & worst

    I'm a big fan of this line too. Really the only ones I don't care for are Beyond Love, because I don't like heavy tuberose, and Straight to Heaven, because it's a little too harsh and masculine for...
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    Re: Complex, dark, "evil" jasmine fragrance...

    I think of Chanel Cuir de Russie as a dark scent that has a prominent jasmine note. Also Tauer Le Maroc Pour Elle.

    Funny how it's hard to come up with what you're looking for. Think of all the...
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    Re: Question about Annick Goutal Songes

    I've seen Songes as pale yellow and also as dark orange. There may be some color difference between the EDT/EDP but I believe it's probably just the natural jasmine changing color over time. I've...
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    Re: Face care: dry and sensitive skin

    I now use Clinique Comfort on Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream and highly recommend it. I have acne-prone skin that also gets very dry and I've found that other lotions either don't do the job or...
  70. Re: Annick Goutal's Un Matin d'Orage and L'Artisan Fleur de Liane?

    I'd say Matin is your best bet, because Fleur de Liane is definitely aquatic and Matin is more floral. For me, Matin d'Orage started out very lovely but there is an abrasive note, sort of a...
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    Re: Old Spice for Women ?

    I wore Old Spice in high school because I didn't like traditional feminine perfumes.....and I didn't know of any unisex scents back then! Not sure if this is any more feminine, but Diptyque Eau Lente...
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    Re: Keiko Mecheri-Cuir Cordoba

    I've sampled Cuir Cordoba and the opening is similar to Daim Blond, although it becomes more of a violet fragrance. It's also comparable to Armani Prive Cuir Amethyste with violets and soft leather,...
  73. Re: So are any Basenoters going to the Scent Opera in New York?

    OK, here are my notes on the experience:

    Each seat in the room had a snake-like appendage rising alongside it that looked like a long microphone but actually held tubing through which scent was...
  74. Re: So are any Basenoters going to the Scent Opera in New York?

    I went to this! Originally with an assignment to write it up for a science publication but the assignment fell through. I really wanted to write something about it so I contacted Grant several times...
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    Re: Chamade and Pollen

    Yes I love it, it's very natural-smelling. I avoided trying it for a while for the same reason! But I was fortunate to get my bottle half off at a store. I can send you a small sample if you give me...
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    Re: Chamade and Pollen

    L'Artisan Fleur de Narcisse smells like pollen to me.
  77. Re: I've lost (even more) respect for Miller Harris

    I enjoy but don't love a lot of Miller Harris scents. Many of them sound wonderful but fail to perform or hold together. I think they're best when they don't try to be too complex but capture one...
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    Re: Silly, affectionate names for your faves?

    The only "nicknames" I have are my horrible mental mispronunciations of the French words ;)
  79. Re: Pralines vs. Pralines different for Europeans and Americans

    Thanks for the clarification! I love Rose Praline but always wondered about the name. I was very thankful it smelled like cocoa instead of sugary pecans--not that I don't love to eat those, but they...
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    Re: Theo Fennell Scent

    Well, I thought I'd tried them both but now I'm not absolutely sure. I had a decant as an extra from a generous swapper a while back, and I thought it was of the EDP. I decided to buy a bottle of the...
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    Re: If you could choose one

    I'd choose Cuir de Russie (parfum) as my favorite. This is the one I'd grab from a burning building if I only had time to take one thing.

    But I agree with Mo's logic....if I was being practical...
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    Re: Parfums DelRae Mythique- my review

    I really like this one. It's a beautiful and delicate blend of iris and floral notes with soft suede. The opening reminds me a bit of another iris-floral fragrance, Santa Maria Novella Citta di...
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    Re: Feminine vetiver

    I think there was a similar thread recently that you could look up. I agree with recommendations of Sycomore, Vetiver Oriental, Vetiver Dance, and Vetiver Pour Elle.

    Others I find not too...
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    Re: Male reviews of female fragrances

    I have no problem reading reviews written by men, especially if they describe how the fragrance smells--its notes, development, etc.--in a way that would be useful to anyone wearing it. I also...
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    Re: Leslie Blodgett - Bare Skin Eau de Parfum

    I just got a sample of this from Sephora, and was very surprised! Based on the description, I thought this would be an airheaded beachy fragrance. It's actually a really interesting anise scent -- I...
  86. Re: LOOKING FOR: a golden apple scent, a spicy, clove-y carnation; lemongrass/ginger

    Maybe it's just me, but Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe reminds me of warm spiced apples. It's not listed in the notes though.

    For carnation, Prada's Oeillet parfum, although hard to find, is a nice...
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    Re: Chamade, Chamade, Chamade.....

    I'm also a Chamade-lover, but I'm not crazy about florals in general so it didn't seem like my type at the outset. I just find this so much more interesting than a typical floral. Yes it's quite...
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    Re: Warm pipe tobacco smell

    Hilde Soliani's Bell'Antonio is pretty straight tobacco scent that's not as vanillic as Tom Ford's.
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    Re: Chamade. Your opinion is requested.

    Personally I'd try to get a bottle of PDT, which should be older. I have a bottle of PDT and I love it. I also have a vintage bottle of the EDC--it's also very nice but much more sheer, good for...
  90. Re: Bold, warm, luxurious, playful - suggestions please

    Aftelier Tango seems to fit all of these to me.
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    Re: Ugliest perfume bottle in your collection?

    Yeah, Organza Indecence is my ugliest bottle. I keep it tucked away and out of sight.

    I also find my bottle of Parfums de Nicolai Vanille Tonka really ugly. It's not outrageously ugly like Organza...
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    Re: Luckyscent order:please suggest scents...

    Hi Pari :) I haven't tried those, but the notes sound great. Others that come to mind are Hilde Soliani ll Tuo Tulipano or Iris, By Kilian Love, Heeley Ophelia, and maybe something by Divine like...
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    Re: Donna Karan New York (the weird bottle one)

    The odd suede note in New York reminds me a lot of Serge Lutens Daim Blond, though the other notes are different. Parfumerie Generale Psychotrope and Cuir Venenum also pair florals with unusual...
  94. Thread: Vetyver Help?

    by sucrose
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    Re: Vetyver Help?

    I'm a vetiver lover and I think these are all great suggestions. Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle would be a good choice for someone who may not want to venture into men's fragrances, although it is quite...
  95. Re: If money were no object, what expensive bottle would you buy?

    Well, I could list a few possibilities but the most unattainable would be a bottle of Quand Vient la Pluie parfum.
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    Re: Bal a Versailles Eau de Cologne.

    I also have one of those little bottles of the EDC. I can only compare it to the parfum; the EDC is much more animalic to me, almost like a less-sweet version of L'Air du Rien. The parfum was a lot...
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    Re: There's an ART in using perfume

    Wow! I'd love to see an article in a women's magazine today that gives advice on perfume AND constipation!
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    Re: In the Library by CB I hate Perfume

    To me, In the Library was a smoky vanilla fragrance with a slightly musty cardboard note.

    Black March is a pretty realistic earth smell, although the drydown becomes kind of a mild floral.
  99. Thread: Layering Frags

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    Re: What are your favourite perfume combinations?

    I don't do a lot of layering, but will often pair a vanilla scent with some of my more masculine woody scents to "femme" them up. My favorite is layering a bit of Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar from...
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    Re: Something Old & Something New...

    Two from Guerlain:

    Oldest -- Apres L'Ondee (1906)
    Newest -- Mitsouko Fleur de Lotus (2009)
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