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    Re: NY perfume shopping

    Saks is now also carrying the full Guerlain line - including the amazing Sous le Vent - which until now was only available at Bergdorf.
  2. Re: Bois de Violette as an Export? Was I Sleeping?

    The bell jars, as far as I know, were just for demo purposes. The whole series is packaged in the standard rectangular export bottles - that's how I bought BdeV.
  3. Re: Bois de Violette as an Export? Was I Sleeping?

    The three Bois - Violette, Fruits, and Sepia - have been available at Bergdorf for months, at, I believe, the same price. I'm assuming their availability at Aedes (I think Barneys may also be...
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    Re: Any mens frags with a grape scent ?

    Along that line, SL Bois de Violette has a grapey feel to it.
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    Re: Women's frags you enjoy - on you !

    I've always been curious as to why you feel compelled to come charging the barricades every time this subject is brought up (and given my druthers, I, like you, would just as soon it never come up...
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    Re: Dk Men Is Alive?????

    New DK packaging - series also includes Black Cashmere and the Essences

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    Re: Rosemary Mint cologne?

    Nancy Boy is a SF-based company that carries a line of terrific products (their shaving cream is particularly highly regarded, but just about everything I've tried from them is excellent). Their...
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    Re: Think when it comes to Turin

    And if you knew Excel, you'd realize that the spreadsheet the_good_life has kindly provided can be easily manipulated to arrange the entries by house, rating, and descriptor. No, it's not the fully...
  9. Thread: Allspice?

    by Morgan Creek
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    Re: Allspice?

    Allspice is allspice - though it may taste like a combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger, what's sold under that name is always the dried berry (whole or ground) from Pimenta diocia. If...
  10. Re: Velvet Gardenia by Tom Ford and a gardenia revolution!?

    From Basenotes Industry News:

    Tom Ford has announced his Private Blend collection which is available from March. The range of twelve unisex fragrances can be worn alone or blended together. The...
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    Slate review of Perfumes: The Guide

    http://www.slate.com/id/2190277
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    Re: What has Happened to the House of Caron?

    LOL, OK then (but where are the Carons at Barneys?). Still, while taking your point, I'd much rather shop frags there than have one more gobsmacking encounter with the de haut en bas glaciality that...
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    Re: What has Happened to the House of Caron?

    Ruggles, I'm curious what lines you have in mind at Barneys (NY) to which this applies - I'm running my head mentally along the men's and women's counters and drawing a blank.
  14. Re: New Luca Turin book - your thoughts? Here are mine.

    May I point out that you appeared on this thread with a dismissive "review" of a book that (1) was based on a cursory reading in a bookstore, and (2) misrepresented its content? Were you expecting...
  15. Re: New Luca Turin book - your thoughts? Here are mine.

    Now there's a commendable approach to making an intelligent assessment of a book. Did you have time to slip Anna Karenina in while you were there, too?



    Perhaps if you'd spent a little more...
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    Re: Your top 3 everyday, workhorse fragrances.

    L'homme de Coeur
    Bulgari pour Homme
    Encre Noir
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    Re: New York, New York

    Pelle, at the moment everyone seems to be sold out of Hinoki with the exception of Jeffrey, 449 W. 14th Street, though your friend might try the CdG boutique a few blocks north on 22nd Street to see...
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    Re: Energy C by Comme des Garcons

    I'm familiar with the Sherbet series and was able to "get" their fundamental structure with a single spray. (Wan base) x 7 = Intensely wan base. YMMV, of course.
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    Re: Energy C by Comme des Garcons

    Jeffrey in NYC had these in stock when I stopped by to pick up Hinoki on the way to a business lunch the other day. I tried a spritz of Lemon, and after an intense citric burst it had faded to a...
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    Re: Have reviews turned too editorial?

    "Objectivity" in the review of a fragrance is useful to the extent that a plot summary of a movie is in a film review: context. I think it can be safely acknowledged that critics in any field -...
  21. Re: Sometimes I Just Want To Smell Like A Lime

    I agree. . .this smells fantastic but this has longevity you can measure in nanoseconds.
  22. Re: Perfume the Guide: your thoughts and review

    By about the seventh Beethoven cycle or so, the magic was wearing a little thin?

    Release dates are a good idea, for historical context - some of the entries do contain them.
  23. Re: New Luca Turin book - your thoughts? Here are mine.

    Tell that to Michelin, whom one might hold largely responsible for the popularity of star ratings.
  24. Re: Perfume the Guide: your thoughts and review

    Ruggles - seems to me that, given time and space constraints, the general strategy was to include as much useful information as feasible, while devoting serious attention (along reference book...
  25. Re: Has anybody tried new Fresh Cannabis Rose?

    Its rose-and-patchouli combination is initially reminiscent of Voleur de Roses, but Cannabis Rose strikes me as a richer, deeper, and darker fragrance, and a very tenacious one - a hot shower...
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    Re: Luca Turin and Creed

    No Montales at all, GIC. With world enough and time. . .
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    Re: Luca Turin and Creed

    Profile, September 2008 - it's listed on Amazon UK.
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    Re: Luca Turin and Creed

    The entry for Millésime Impérial offers a brief précis of his case: from a purely technical perspective, Creed's apparently overblown claims about its use of naturals, which he characterizes as only...
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    Re: Luca Turin and Creed

    Which has given us such fine contributions as Microsoft Windows, Paris Hilton, James Blunt, the Hummer, Cliff's Notes, and Adam Sandler.

    You might actually read what the book has to say about the...
  30. Thread: Soap

    by Morgan Creek
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    Re: Soap

    Another vote for Nancy Boy - their Signature scent (lavender, peppermint, rosemary) is terrific, as are all their products, including the cult-y shaving cream.
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    Re: Which Serge Lutens scent is close to...

    The ginger note in Envy => SL Five o' Clock au Gingembre
  32. Re: Chanel 'Les Exclusifs' 'Sycomore' Official Thread

    Just tried this at the Chanel boutique in Soho. Quick impression on first wearing is that, as The Cure said, it's reminiscent of Encre Noir in its presentation of vetiver, with the sandalwood lending...
  33. Re: Perfume the Guide: Top ten Mens and Womens fragrances [preview]

    So much for two centuries of the art of criticism. John Ruskin, who needs you? James Agee, you should have found a day job. Virginia Woolf, what was your point, again?
  34. Re: Perfume the Guide: Top ten Mens and Womens fragrances [preview]

    I'm a little puzzled by the tone of the responses here. Criticism is, and has always been, a subjective response to a particular art form, be it literature, drama, art, film, or even fashion. ...
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    Re: Bad Experience with The Sultan

    Even as a fragrance lover I find it distracting - and sometimes downright nauseating - to sit next to someone who's overfragged in a confined (and typically airless) place like a theater or concert...
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    Re: Tobacco Vanille v. Tuscany Leather

    Saks - at least in NYC - has been carrying the Private Blends for several months.
  37. Re: Tabarome and Churchil; Selection Verte and Freud

    Obviously it's time to retire the "What fragrance do chicks find sexy?" paradigm and move on to Creedthink, where those same besotted chicks can moan, "You smell so affluent. . .so potent!"
  38. Re: Any suggestions for a men's fragrance with similar notes to Chanel No19?

    Sous le Vent may not qualify as a men's green chypre, as it was created for Josephine Baker, but if it were reintroduced as a masculine today (and at less the cost of what Guerlain is now asking for...
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    Re: Perfume for a gay man

    Aw, hell, why don't we get these timeless questions settled, once and for all?

    What color should a gay men wear, in order to attract other men? Pantone PMS 7453
    What breakfast cereal should a...
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    Re: Green Scent Question...

    Bergdorf was carrying this last time I paid a visit.
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    Re: The most "bohemian" scents you know?

    Made my day, Ruggles. One suspects that the Ciccone woman will be judged by history in terms of What were they thinking? (Unlike that other shapeshifter, your current avatar, whose golden period...
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday 27 Nov 07

    Guerlain Sous le Vent
  43. Re: Un Brin de Reglisse by Hermes: the 7th Hermessence

    I finally had a chance to test this with a few samples from the Hermès boutique, and while the fragrance itself is beautiful - the lavender and licorice harmonize very attractively - it disappeared...
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    Re: Cdg discontinuation false rumor?

    A month or so ago I went to the Chelsea CdG store to stock up on a few of the Reds, given the postings hereabouts about the discontinuations. The SA who rang up my sale was curious about my purchase,...
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    Re: New Frapin Frags

    They're jumping on their own bandwagon, as the generally highly regarded Frapin 1270 has been available since 2002. (http://www.basenotes.net/ID26124304.html)
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday Nov.8 2007

    Hermès Ambre Narguilé
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    Re: Your favorite Chanel Les Exclusifs

    Bois des Iles because. . .it's Bois des Iles, with its ineffably beautiful sandalwood and spice drydown.

    And more recently Coromandel, which has haunted me every time I've tried a sample. (I...
  48. Thread: Patchouly

    by Morgan Creek
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    Re: Patchouly

    Chanel's Coromandel (Les Exclusifs) is probably the best of the recent patches, though you have to contend with the impractically large size of the bottles in this series.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 1st of November

    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
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    Re: Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    at a lovely home in Kolkata
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    Re: Spiritueuse Double Vanille - a review

    Guerlain boutique at Bergdorf.
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    Re: Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire

    I have to agree - after a few experiences with samples from Aedes, I found this initially intriguing but ultimately too gourmand, in the wrong kind way: many hours of the sort of curry nimbus that...
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    Re: "What is that you're wearing?"

    Noir Epices
    Carnal Flower
    Kyoto
    Jaisalmer
    Black Aoud
    L'Homme Sage
    Sous le Vent
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    Re: Lutens' final scents?

    I'd also suggest Encens et Lavande and Borneo 1834. (Un Lys, by the way, is available at Barneys, Bergdorf, and Aedes.)
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    Re: Your Current Holy Grails and Why?

    I hope you've got Le Pur and l'impur on your Colette list - along with Chéri, the best of her books, and the one most relevant to French whores, tangerines, and bathtubs.
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    Bell Jars at Bergdorfs

    Don't think this has been reported yet. . .

    I was walking through Bergdorf today and did a doubletake when I noticed a pair of SL bell jars in the display case alongside the Lutens export line...
  57. Re: Five All-Time "Feminine" Classics every man should try once

    Guerlain Sous le Vent
    Caron Alpona
    Chanel Bois des Iles
    Chanel No. 19
    Guerlain Après L'Ondée
  58. Thread: Green!!!!

    by Morgan Creek
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    Re: Green!!!!

    Miller et Bertaux's green, green, green and green (of course)
  59. Re: I Tried to Love It, Really I Did, Your Honor . . .

    Musc Ravageur. The world seems to be divided between those who find it the height of sensuality in fragrance and those for whom (borrowing from Mfan and the Geir IHOP) it's an overnight lockdown in...
  60. Re: I'm looking for a woody/spice mature fragrance for frequent wear.. any ideas?

    Diptyque's Eau Lente is an outstanding spice frag, and one of the rare scents to have a vanilla base that is very dry (and for someone who doesn't like sweetened vanilla, very compelling). To my nose...
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    Re: Serge Lutens' Arabie: A Review

    Frags that have, as Trebor aptly describes it, "nuclear strength" seem to just wind up having diminishing returns if sprayed the way you'd spray most other scents. Arabie, Gris Clair, and Chergui...
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    Re: Looking for ultralight sexy scent....

    I'll add a vote for Bulgari PH - wonderful piquant opening, then a period in which it seems to recede, and then a beautiful, very subtle musky drydown that lasts and lasts.
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    Re: Today I bought (September 2007)

    CdG Harissa - stocking up for disappearance of the Red Series
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    Re: SotD - Sunday 23rd Sept. 07

    CdG Sequoia
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    Re: Mint Anyone?

    Guerlain's superb Derby is the best deployment of a mint note, IMHO
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    Re: SoTd - Sunday 9th Sept

    Bulgari Pour Homme
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    Re: SOTD Friday 24 August

    SL Encens et Lavande
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    Re: SotD Thursday 23 August

    Guerlain Sous le Vent
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 21 August

    Bulgari Black
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    Re: SotD Monday 20 August

    Donna Karan Black Cashmere
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    Re: Encre Noir or L'Anarchiste

    Noggs has pretty much eloquently summarized my own feeling about trying to compare these two fragrances, which is like trying to choose between Monet (Encre Noir) and Mondrian (L'Anarchiste). I also...
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 19 August

    Yohji Homme
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 10 May

    Yohji Homme
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    Re: Aedes De Venustas (15 samples)

    Forgot Gris Clair, thanks ajmc - one of my favorites.
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    Re: Aedes De Venustas (15 samples)

    Idole de Lubin
    Rousse
    Ambre Sultan
    Philosykos
    Eau Lente
    Opôné
    Tam Dao
    Passage d'Enfer
    Tea for Two
    Black Aoud
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    Re: A good soliflore for men?

    Jock, there are a few (soli)floral notes I find hard to wear - orange blossom, jasmine - because they really are a little too lushly sweet. Lily is iffy - Passage d'Enfer has the balancing incense,...
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    Re: A good soliflore for men?

    Caron's Coup de Fouet is an excellent carnation, and I'll add another vote for the incomparable floral avalanche that is Carnal Flower
  78. Re: For Mike P, Tom Ford re-invents himself as Bijan.

    I had much the same experience as Ruggles at Bergdorf - twelve scents at one fell swoop is a much of a muchness, and it's nearly impossible to process all of them without paying multiple visits. This...
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    Re: Ebay to shut down all decant sales

    It remains to be seen whether this is a health issue (unlikely) or corporate policing (more likely).

    On the former, it's hard to imagine that an alcohol-based product like fragrance could pose the...
  80. Re: R de Capucci, is it worthy of all the Hype?

    "Chypre" is pronounced with the accent on the first syllable - SHEEP-ruh, without overemphasizing the "uh" in the "ruh"
  81. Re: What fragrance in your collection that you must have at all times?

    Taking "all times" in the sense of "suitable for any context" I'd have to say Vetiver Tonka. Much as I like Terre d'Hermès as a good general all-around choice, VT is ultimately more compelling.
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    Re: SL Chergui, and Vetiver Oriental

    LOL at "jamming her gaydar," Jock - well said. Your charm obviously carried all before it.

    Barneys seems to have some kind of privilged relationship with SL on the annual release of single...
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    Re: Clove Fan in Da House

    Caron's Coup de Fouet is also an excellent carnation/clove frag.
  84. Re: If I like these Serge Lutens, which other ones...

    Forgot to add Chergui to that list, which I suspect will appeal to you if you liked FT.
  85. Re: If I like these Serge Lutens, which other ones...

    Agree with Mike on Ambre Sultan.

    Given how much you like A la Nuit, you might try the other SL florals - especially Sa Majeste la Rose and Fleurs d'Oranger (though I have a hard time wearing the...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 3 April

    SL Encens et Lavande
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 25 March

    Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle En Passant
  88. Thread: Musk?

    by Morgan Creek
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    Musk?

    I'm relatively new to frags, and one aspect of them that has continued to baffle me is the question of what, precisely, constitutes a musk(y) note. Musks, white musks, pink musks. . .whatever...
  89. Re: Gucci II pH available at Bloomy's

    Agree with Azsmells on this one - Tea for Two with a nicotine patch. By chance I happened to have on TfT today (the last cold day of winter, with any luck) and after spraying my wrist with the Gucci...
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    Re: SL Rousse for spring-summer?

    Rousse is wonderful, but in warm weather? Hard to tell. Cinnamon has such strong connotations as a "cozy winter" note . . .but Rousse is lighter than a lot of other Lutens, so it might just work.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 20 March

    Sa Majesté la Rose
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    Re: The Fragrance that is the Scent of

    Nah, it just means that Annick Ménardo's genius contains multitudes.
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    Re: The Fragrance that is the Scent of

    Hard to believe there are 10 replies and still no mention of condoms + a postcoital smoke = Bulgari Black. Now that's remedied.
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    Re: Lutens - Rousse: First Impressions

    Ftoo - Barneys now has it in stock, so you can try it for yourself. I'm betting you'll like it.
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    Re: Philosykos v. Premier Figuier Edt

    I'm for Philosykos, too - uncanny, almost unmediated fig, the greenest of greens, lush and sappy and chlorophylly.

    But it's a Giacobetti, so on me, there's scarcely a trace of it after two hours....
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    Re: Lutens - Rousse: First Impressions

    Rousse is, as a number of early reviews have pointed out, in SL's Féminité du Bois/Eaux Boisées line, with the cedar and violet notes definitely noticeable. The cinnamon gives it a different...
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    Re: Vetiver discoveries

    I'd also recommend Lalique's Encre Noire, which is an engagingly soft play on vetiver - though I wish it had a little more longevity and sillage - and especially the Ellenas' pair of inspired...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 13 March

    Serge Lutens Rousse
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    Re: Most overrated and underrated

    Most overrated to me would have to be Musc Ravageur. Maybe "ovrerrated" isn't quite accurate - it's just one of the few frags that I can't wrap my head (or nose) around, as I don't understand what...
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    Re: Best Fragrances for Gay Men?

    In my despicable patronizing, I implicitly included your point of view as one he might profit from as well.
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