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    Re: New Miller Harris: La Fumée Alexandrie

    Thanks, I'll certainly try this out. I'm ashamed to admit I can't actually smell the difference between Ottoman, Arabie, and Maroc...they smell the same to me.
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    Re: Fracas VS. Fracas: side-by-side test

    Thanks very much, Andre. I really enjoy your perfume articles.
  3. Re: What was your First Fragrance that triggered collecting?

    Great thread to revive.

    Mine was L'Artisan Parfumeur Santal. It was discontinued, presumably due to the sandalwood shortage, and searching for it or a good replacement online is what led me down...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella in the U.S.

    They have a store in New York too. I don't have the details, but it's down in soho I think.
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    Re: Posting perfumes in the UK

    This is one of those rare situations where, when asked by the post office whether it's in the original packaging, I'd simply say yes.
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    Re: Diptyque Oud Palao

    Thanks. Will make an effort to smell this.
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    Re: Masculine Cacao/Chocolate?

    I'd suggest Borneo 1834 by Serge Lutens or Horizon by Oriza L. Legrand
  8. Thread: only women

    by Kagey
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    Poll: Re: only women

    Eau Sauvage is the only one from that list that I like enough. There are lots of other fragrances I'd rather smell on someone.
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    Re: Where do you go from Leather Oud?

    You might try and get a sample of Holy Shit by Pekji Perfumes. A few people here say good things about it, although it's a little too civet-y for me (and I really like Leather Oud).

    For what it's...
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    Re: Creamy Cozy Sandalwood

    I'd avoid that if you don't like floral or vintage-y perfumes. I actually find all of Creed's feminine perfumes pretty horrible.
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    Re: Tuberose and white floral for man

    Vierges et Toreros by Etat Libre d'Orange for a masculine tuberose.
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    Re: Perfume Oils - favorites and why?

    I like Bruno Acampora's oils, and particularly the Musc. The others I've smelled are great too, but I always forget the names. I think Blu is a tuberose and Nero is warm and spicy.

    Kiehl's Musk...
  13. Re: Possible to Reset Wardrobe and/or number of wearings?

    Ah. Thank you, Grant.
  14. Re: Possible to Reset Wardrobe and/or number of wearings?

    I noticed that my number of wearings has decreased - for example, I was pretty sure I was up to about 30 with Shalimar, but today it lists 5. Any ideas about why that might be?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Finally stopped lurking :)

    Are you going to the Selfridges in London? If so, lots to try there. I'd definitely suggest the Dior Privee line, the Guerlains and Chanel exclusifs, and the Kurkdjians. Just for a start.

    And if...
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    Re: Do reformulations ever improve a fragrance?

    Reports are that Mitsouko has been reformulated back to its former glory after previous bad reformulations. So I guess that's an improvement, but perhaps not what you meant!
  17. Re: Can I go into a perfume store and ask for fragrances on paper?

    Use Liz B's method above. Put them between the leaves of a paperback book. It's what I do also, and it works brilliantly.
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    Re: What to say to get free samples?

    No need for euphemisms or prevarication. Just be polite and ask. When in a shop I'll be smelling things and sometimes I'll just say "I like that. Do you have any samples of it?"
  19. Re: Variation on a theme: "guaranteed" compliment getters that just didn't deliver?

    You may be right about your spectrum in terms of people wearing perfume for themselves v. people wearing it thinking only of others, but the thinking underlying the decision-making is flawed. With...
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    Re: Better compliment getter

    I've had compliments from LDDM but I always figure that's just because it projects so much that people can smell it. Never worn New Haarlem as I don't like it.
  21. Re: How significantly does heat/humidity affect a fragrance?

    Light is bad for perfumes, but humidity? The bottles are sealed; I'd think at worst you might just get a bit less evaporation than normal. And unless your house is regularly experiencing temperatures...
  22. Re: If Le Labo Exclusives were priced as regular, which one(s) would you care to buy?

    I liked Poivre when I tried it, but not enough to buy. Don't think I like any of them enough to buy, even if they were only half their normal price.
  23. Re: New - wanting a strong performing low-mid range perfume which can get compliments :)

    I'd think you could find many of the ones on your list in a good Boots, House of Fraser, or Debenhams, so I'd definitely suggest trying them out instead of blind buying. I also strongly second...
  24. Re: Need a lady's help to pick a fragrance for my wife!

    I'd suggest
    - Tom Ford Violet Blonde
    - Guerlain Shalimar
    - Elie Saab Le Parfum

    And slightly out of left field, in case you can find them:
    - MFK APOM Pour Femme
    - Etat Libre d'Orange Like...
  25. Re: You own it, You love/like it but it is quite a while you wear it. Whats that fragrance?

    Pretty much anything I'm not wearing today. But a few examples:
    Mitsouko
    M7
    Azuree
    Knize Ten
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    Re: Dior La Collection Privée | Leather Oud

    Love it, personally, but don't find much room to wear it, so I'm happy with a couple of samples.
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    Re: Thinking about slowing down...

    I'm sort of where Chuck and Theo are, I'm more interested in wearing than owning, and every so often I have a real hard look at my wardrobe and sell off something I just know I won't wear. The money...
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    Re: Nicolaï Musc Intense

    Love it. Initially thought the opening was just a nice rose/violet floral but then it just got better and better as it dried down. Nicolai's fragrances are always very impressive to me.
  29. Re: Men/women with scent knowledge, please lend a little help!

    Try Tam Dao by Diptyque for cedar - it's the most cedar-y fragrance I know.

    You may also like M7 for wood.
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    Re: Newbie looking for a daily scent

    I'd second recommendations for Chanel Egoiste (not the Platinum one), but I also support Cacio's recommendation of Dirty...Lush makes some excellent fragrances that are reasonably priced. Try...
  31. Re: Why I will not purchase anything from Hermes. And you may not want to either.

    That's what you get for reading the Daily Mail. It's not exactly known for fair, balanced, or quality reporting.
  32. Re: The problem with wearing perfume on a searing hot day.

    I am loving this hot weather; usually I'm wearing layers of clothing in July! Longevity doesn't seem to be a problem for me, but then I spray pretty liberally and my perfume (Chaldee) even withstood...
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    Re: How to wear perfume in summer........

    Thanks for sharing.

    I think it's funny that she counts Pear + Olive as "crisp and lightweight." To me it's extremely heavy and cloying.
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    Re: Help me with a woman's perfume

    I'd suggest Musc Intense by Nicolai.
  35. Re: Name your best leather (forget the "again?" - Keep on reading)

    If you consider Chanel Cuir de Russie to be acrid, then I probably have no idea what you're looking for. Still, Cuir 6 by Pekji Perfumes smells very much like straight, unadorned leather to me. And...
  36. Re: Name the fragrance you smelled for the first time and bought without second thought.

    Bogue Maai.
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    Re: Greenish Orange Blossom?

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian's APOM is a good, non-sweet orange blossom, but with cedar. I actually think the pour femme version is better and it does smell quite green to me. I think it's unisex, also.
  38. Thread: Masculine Rose

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    Re: Masculine Rose

    Dior Ambre Nuit is a nice rose that many find to be masculine.
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    Re: Perfumed Venues! Which Places Smell Delicious?

    Every Lush shop in London has that distinct smell that you can clock from down the street. I used to be annoyed by it but now it's sort of grown on me.

    Can't stand the smell of Abercrombie &...
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    Re: female members lacking

    I always go straight to New Posts, so I never pay attention to what forum I'm reading. I love Basenotes and have learned loads from many of the men and women who post here and write reviews...but you...
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    Re: Is By Kilian copying fragrances?

    I think I remember reading something about there being a case against Yves St Laurent because they copied Paco Rabanne's Calandre with Rive Gauche, but it fell apart because you really can't prove...
  42. Re: What would you reccomend as a "starter" set of sorts?

    I'm not sure such a thing exists. I really like Cacio's list, and I started my education with Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. But no particular set of perfumes is going to give...
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    Re: Is By Kilian copying fragrances?

    I think what's happening is that you're picking up on particular prominent notes and associating them with other fragrances with those prominent notes. If Smoke for the Soul is a prominent vetiver,...
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    Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Hermès, Lush/Gorilla

    Thanks for the link. It's nice to see he and I agree on Smuggler's Soul; I thought we might fall out with his review of Feve Delicieuse :)
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    Re: You love a fragrance, but does it suit you?

    The concept doesn't even compute for me. If I like something, I'll wear it. Same goes for occasions. If it's not an occasion where perfume isn't recommended (like a funeral or a job interview), then...
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    Re: A niche suggestion for my girlfriend

    Juste Un Reve by Nicolai.
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    Re: Ideal fresh scent for oriental/spice person?

    I'm a richer perfume lover myself and for warm weather and "fresh" I really like Eau de Magnolia by Frederic Malle and (I know people might kill me for this) Je Suis Un Homme by Etat Libre d'Orange.
  48. Re: How Do You Rate The Aqua Allegoria Line Of Fragrances From Guerlain ?

    I really love Flora Nymphea. It's like honey and hay, but not too sweet. very summery, and lasts for ages.
  49. Thread: Second Chances

    by Kagey
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    Re: Second Chances

    I think I'm about to start giving Visa another try. I've always liked it but haven't given it enough attention and have nearly got rid of it a few times. I'll put it in the rotation for this week and...
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    Re: Cancer treatment and perfumes. Help?

    Pomelo Paradis by Atelier Cologne is a lovely fresh clean sunny grapefruit.

    Take good care of yourself and get better soon!
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    Re: UK vs Europe vs USA

    You can buy just about anything in London - between Selfridges, Liberty, Harrods, and Fortnum & Mason there's just about every private collection you'd want. And if they don't have a particular niche...
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    Poll: Re: Gift but what! Lost in perfume bottles

    I'd try the original Lolita Lempicka.
  53. Re: Pekji Perfumes: A new line by former BN member Saripatates.

    I've contacted Omer and hope to order a sample pack soon. Thanks, Alfarom, for alerting us!
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    Re: Male Female monsters, whats yours?

    Carnal Flower
    Almost anything by Tauer (I have Orange Star, Une Rose Chypree, and Carillon Pour Un Ange, and they're nuclear)
    Lancome L'Autre Oud
    Tom of Finland
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    Re: Dior Ambre Nuit vs HDP Ambre 114

    If you want a good amber fragrance, Ambre 114 is hard to beat. Ambre Nuit is a very different fragrance, in my opinion. I love it and wear it often, but it's not the scent I'd choose if I were...
  56. Thread: Dior ambre nuit

    by Kagey
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    Re: Dior ambre nuit

    One of my favorites. Rose with a peppery facet and a very dry amber.

    For serious amber, I'd probably have gone with Mitzah instead of Ambre Nuit, but it's been discontinued. You can still find...
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    Re: New source of perfume samples in the U.K.

    Thanks for this, kewart. Will keep them in mind!
  58. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    The term "top shelf" generally refers to good quality spirits (and wine?). I think it applies equally well to perfume.
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    Re: Do you have a fragrance pal?

    Nobody in my real life, although a few people know about my interest. I just have to remember to check myself if I do start talking about perfume...
  60. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    You're obviously allowed to boycott or buy whatever you like. But to refuse even to sample? If you're interested in fragrances, you should at least smell them so that when you talk about them, you're...
  61. Re: Ever feel like nobody's listening or your fragrance recommendations go unnoticed?

    Too true. In fact, whenever someone goes for his or her phone, saying "let me show you..." my heart always sinks. I think it's my age.

    Still, in this case, we're talking about people who've...
  62. Re: Ever feel like nobody's listening or your fragrance recommendations go unnoticed?

    I'm happy to make recommendations if I think I can contribute, but we can only offer... and there are plenty of things in real life for me to get worked up about - I can't be letting fragrance...
  63. Re: Craving Lily of th Valley at the moment. Any recommendations?

    I also love the Tauer, but definitely sample if you can; this has very mixed reviews. But it's the only LOTV I've ever liked enough to wear.
  64. Re: So, what's one fragrance we can all agree on? (positive or negative)

    I may be the only one here who likes Secretions Magnifiques and dislikes CK One.

    What about a classic like Mitsouko?
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    Re: New Yorker Ads From 1948

    Thanks for posting those; they're neat. I remember Desert Flower!
  66. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Thanks for sharing this!

    I really enjoy Luca's reviews, even when I like something he doesn't, or vice-versa. In this case, I am in the apparent minority of people here who really like Feve...
  67. Re: Is there any social status associated with the cost of perfume?

    This. As 'social status' is ultimately about what others think, the only way you could really demonstrate status with perfume is by showing off your collection with the price tags attached or loudly...
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    Re: Philosykos EDP or Jardins de Kerylos?

    Jardins de Kerylos for me too.
  69. Thread: Good taste?

    by Kagey
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    Re: Good taste?

    I see what you're saying and might agree, although I tend to think that "taste," whether good or bad, refers to the wearer and not the perfume. I think it's possible to be wearing Mitsouko and still...
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    Re: Serge Lutens 50 ml bottles....

    That's exactly what I do. Can't be bothered with messing around with different caps and atomizers. I also notice that my SL bottles seem to evaporate whereas others don't so much.
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    Re: Coupon/discount code for Essenza Nobile?

    Never seen one. But if you order from them they tend to send you a discount code (either 10 euro or 10%, I can't remember) for your birthday. Same with First in Fragrance.
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    Re: It Finally Happened........

    The thing is, "smell good" is totally subjective. For some people, the smell of strong fragrance is as offensive as the smell of BO, or of cigarette smoke. The fact is if you're projecting any kind...
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    Re: The thrill of Blind Buying.

    This works for me also. There are a couple of people here and on other blogs who have similar taste to mine in particular types of perfume. If they love something it's a pretty good bet I should try...
  74. Thread: Favorite Jasmin

    by Kagey
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    Re: Favorite Jasmin

    Some favorites of mine are:

    Jasmin et Cigarette by Etat Libre d'Orange (the cigarette is unlit, not smoky)
    Venezia Giardini Segreti by AbdesSalam Attar
    A La Nuit by Serge Lutens
    Sarrasins by...
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    Re: Nasomatto UK stock?

    It seems to be available on Liberty's website.
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    Re: Fallen out of love

    None. If I stopped loving it, it would be gone quickly.
  77. Re: Is there one note or ingredient that you can't tolerate?

    I have a problem with a musk also - for example it's in APOM Pour Homme (but not APOM Pour Femme). And Bois d'Argent. And a bunch of other perfumes. Never could figure out what it actually is, but it...
  78. Re: Help me get my wife the perfect designer fragrance

    She seems to like orange blossom, so perhaps Elie Saab?

    I'm also tempted to mention Kurkdjian's APOM Pour Femme, even though it's not "designer." Kurkdjian is a genius with orange blossom (Elie...
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    Poll: Re: Getting tired of "oud scents" yet? POLL.

    You might as well ask if we're tired of rose notes, or patchouli. Oud is just as diverse an element of fragrances, done well in some cases and badly in others.
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    Re: I'm on a musk kick!

    I'll chime in with Mona di Orio's Musc, which is really beautiful almondy, rose musk. I find it better in cooler weather, but that may be just me.

    Also definitely recommend Bruno Acampora's Musc...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    A lot of old threads remain completely relevant and informative, while a lot of new threads ("Is my X fake," "Why are SAs so snarky") never were.

    Still, it's always nice to see new posts that...
  82. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    May 4:
    Feve Delicieuse by Dior: warm and cozy, but possibly a little too gourmand for me.
    Cologne by Etat Libre d'Orange: Fabulous neroli and orange blossom, but very fleeting.

    Edited May 23:...
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    Re: New from Tom Ford: Noir Pour Femme

    I wear the original Noir. I'll be interested to see what this is like.
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    Re: "Mineralic" Notes?

    I'd suggest La Fin Du Monde by Etat Libre d'Orange. It's very flinty to me.
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    Re: Fountain pen ink?

    Glad you found what you wanted. I was just going to suggest M/Mink by Byredo, which is meant to smell like ink, although I haven't tried it.
  86. Re: Popular fragrances you've smelled on others in public ... that just didn't impress

    I have been noticing a preponderance lately of sickly-sweet rose/oud combinations, mostly on women, when I'm out and about. Now that oud has come to collections like Jo Malone and Crabtree & Evelyn,...
  87. Re: A thought on picking fragrances based on weather and seasons...

    Totally agree. Wear what you like regardless of the season.
  88. Re: Quite hard to find a "sexy" summer citrus fragrance...

    I think you should try Je Suis Un Homme by Etat Libre d'Orange.

    Also, I had a quick smell of their new Cologne the other day, and that was really nice - and heavy on the neroli/orange blossom.
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    Re: Frederic Malle/Estee Lauder

    I'd agree with this. Plus, Malle himself has been quite open in interviews about having done more "proactive" reformulations of some of his perfumes. I don't know if people here have weighed in on...
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    Re: Best reasonably price Eau de Parfum (EdP)

    I'd suggest Etat Libre d'Orange, particularly Tom of Finland and Rien, but all the ones I've tried have excellent longevity, and are very reasonably priced.
  91. Re: What's the most expensive fragrance in your collection?

    And for that price you also got an amazing suspense story. Fantastic. And what a beautiful purchase!
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    Re: Does Serge Lutens have a fig scent?

    Might be worth trying Jardin de Kerylos by Parfumerie Generale for fig, although I don't know that it would be what you want.

    I'd imagine a Lutens fig to be huge and spicy-sweet and treacly.
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    Re: Decline of the Cheap Perfume Industry in US

    Interesting. Thanks!
  94. Re: Which of your fragrances do you wish your man (or the men around you) would wear?

    I'd never purchase a scent because I wish to encounter it on a man. I think just about any perfume I own would be fine on a man, but actually just yesterday I was re-smelling Fleurs du Sel by Miller...
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    Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    Thanks, cacio. I have smelled it but not given it a full wearing. That's kind of what I'm looking forward to; the normal serene lily of the valley isn't my favorite smell, but I like Tauer's take on...
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    Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    Have you tried Violette in Love by Nicolai? I like that one a lot too, although I don't often get a craving to wear violet.
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    Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    Another vote for Le Temps d'Une Fete. And for me, spring and summer may as well be the same, as it rarely gets that hot in England. So:

    Chaldee
    Calandre
    Mona di Orio Tubereuse
    Lush Orange...
  98. Re: Ten Greatest Extraits Of All Time. Which Would You Choose ?

    Ones that I have and love:
    Chanel no 5
    Army of Lovers

    Ones that I'd love to have someday:
    Shalimar
    Mitsouko
    Bandit
    Fracas
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    Re: Which scents do you consider "grungy" ?

    I get this impression from The Afternoon of a Faun by ELdO. Love it.
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    Re: Clinique Beyond Rose

    It's here in London also. I haven't given it a real sniff yet but I'll put it on the list.
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