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  1. Re: Recommended Reading: Aftel/Tauer correspondence on Nathan Branch blog

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing!
  2. Re: Angel Men Pure Malt is in stock at Beautyencounter.com - $55.90!

    Damn! First time I see this thread, I got all excited for nothing. I'm in the group of those who discovered how awesome Pure Malt is AFTER it had been discontinued. :(
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    Re: BeautyEncounter

    I picked up a bottle of it too, they had the best price I could find anywhere. I buy from Beauty Encounter often, have always been very happy with the service and products.
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    Re: Name your best incense cologne.

    Three that I love:

    Armani Prive - Bois d'Encens.
    Comme de Garcons - Quarzazate
    Incense delle India - A mystery decant that was part of a lot on ebay. I haven't been able to find any info on...
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    Re: Mugler Cologne: Buy or NOT buy?

    As others have said, it's definitely not a vetiver frag. It's a great summer choice though: clean and fresh. I have no problems at all with longevity. I'm wearing it today as a matter of fact. :)
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    Re: Carlos Santana For Men

    I love this one, probably the only celebrity frag I enjoy. I don't subscribe to the 'age apropriate' view of fragrances, but it definitely does not smell like an 'old man' frag. It's light, citrusy,...
  7. Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur Bottle - Any information?

    I know nothing about bottle collecting, but that is one beautiful box/bottle set. It's in much better condition than the first one I saw on ebay.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    Yeah, thanks Royal. Sounds interesting, but I didn't care much for Be Delicious. I'm sort of relieved, the Father's Day inventory at TJ Maxx has put quite a dent in my wallet this last week.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    (Double Post)
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    Was near the local Maxx this morning so I decided to take a peek. Good thing I did, I scored one I've never seen there before, Cool Water Summer Fizz 4.2 oz. for $20. Looked it up on BN, read the...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    I grabbed the single bottle there. I haven't seen any others.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Vol. 2

    Picked up: Mugler Cologne 75 ml - $20; Perry Ellis Red 50 ml - $10; Perry Ellis White 100 ml $16; CK Be 100 ml -$25, at my local Maxx. There was also one bottle of Ice*Men, but I passed on it since I...
  13. Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur Bottle - Any information?

    Sorry, folks! I don't know why the link didn't show up. Fortunately the photos are still up.
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    Re: This is gonna sound ridiculous..

    I wouldn't worry about the alcohol. It's the number one ingredient in hair spray, and close to the top of the ingredient list in hair gel. I think it evaporates too quickly to do any damage. I also...
  15. Re: How many essential oils or aromachemicals do you have? Plus other nosy questions...

    1) About 70 natural ingredients (not just essential oils, but also absolutes, resins, etc.)
    2) About 200 aromachemicals.
    3) Hmmm, I lost track, lol. I think about 3 years.
    4) Somewhere between a...
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    Re: The rise and fall of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

    Wow, that's a whole lot of TV to go through so quickly! Personally, I love it and can't imagine ever growing tired of it. I must say I only wear it during the cold months though.
  17. Mouchoir de Monsieur Bottle - Any information?

    Saw this go on ebay for $307, does anyone have information on it's age/rarity? I'm not a bottle collector, but I do love MdM, hence my curiosity.
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    Re: Which is the best "amber" perfume?

    Wow, only one mention of Montale's Blue Amber? 114 is my holy grail, but Blue Amber is a close second.
  19. Re: Help with Tonka beans - what to put them with, oil or alcohol?

    The anticoagulant is Coumadin, not coumarin. They are two different things.

    I think you'll have better luck making a tincture in alcohol. My guess is that oil won't dissolve all of the...
  20. Re: What Proportion? Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang, and Sandalwood

    Hi JonB,

    Have you tried Givco's Sandalwood base? It's of course not natural, but if you're looking for a good substitute it's great. It definitely smells more like Mysore Sandalwood than the...
  21. Re: What Proportion? Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang, and Sandalwood

    My advice is not to get too locked into percentages, and just experiment until you find what smells best and performs the way you want it to. Of course you have to keep in mind that some ingredients...
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    Re: Looking for an oceanic accord using naturals?

    Neither Creed is 100% natural, I think that's what the original poster is looking for.
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    Re: Ambergris and maturing in oil

    Doc, great job explaining the differences between amber, ambergris and fossilized amber resin. I wish it could be made a sticky since it's a topic that pops up time and time again. As others...
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    Re: WTF!!!! Molecule 01

    Pretty much! I diluted some pure ISO E Super and compared it to Molecule 01, they smelled exactly the same to me. I don't think anyone would ever know the difference.
  25. Re: Serge Lutens Exclusive Collector Set - Santal de Mysore & Féminité du Bois

    > Customer Service > Sample Request = Free sample of L'Eau Serge Lutens.
  26. Re: You Were Right - PDN New York DOES Smell Like BDP

    You're not alone, I feel the same way.
  27. Re: What is your opinion on the strength, sillage and projection of Montale Blue Amber ?

    Blue Amber is one of my faves. I usually apply two sprays to the neck/chest area and one light one to my forearm (that's for my own sniffing purposes, heh heh). I find that to be more than enough, my...
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    Re: Demeter : irresponsible marketing?

    Doc,

    That's some funny stuff. I'd completely forgotten about it, but I remember an old coworker used a Strawberry Cheesecake spritzer many years ago while trying to lose weight. I never tasted it,...
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    Re: Demeter : irresponsible marketing?

    +1!

    It's a stupid ad. What next? Support Obesity Awareness Month? 'Spray it...Don't Eat It!' Demeter has quite a few 'edible' type fragrances.
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    Re: Buying and Selling Ambergris

    This is where I bought 4 grams:

    http://www.ambergris.co.nz/

    You can see pics of what I received:

    http://joxer96.spaces.live.com/
  31. Thread: Ambergris

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    Re: Ambergris

    It's not whale vomit, it comes out the other end!
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    Re: Musc Ravageur on a 19 year old?

    Wear what you want. The whole 'age appropriate fragrance' thing is silly. I was wearing Kouros and Antaeus when I was 18 years old. There were no forums back then telling me it was 'wrong', so I just...
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    Re: Making a Pipe tobacco cologne

    +1

    I recently purchased immortelle absolute, and thought the same.
  34. Re: Kiehl's Original Musk EdT v Essential Oil roller applicator

    I own both, and this is my exact impression.
  35. Re: Are there any "sport" fragrances worth a damn?

    I was ready to hate Allure Homme Sport, but gotta say I kind of like it. It's not anything I reach for often, but it's a good choice if I'm going to be around people that are easily offended by...
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    Re: Smelling in Omaha

    You can also order small samples from places such as Eden Botanicals, Liberty Naturals and White Lotus Aromatics.
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    Re: Where to find quality Fruit essential oils?

    I agree. I would be very skeptical of 'extract of violet' costing so little. Not only that, strawberry, cherry, mango....all red flags. Unless they've truly come across a new miracle extraction...
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    Re: Amber tree resin oil

    Doesn't smell anything like ambergris. I've got a sample from Eden Botanicals, it's leathery/smokey. Here's a link to more information about true fossilized amber resin:
    ...
  39. Re: Quorum - List of ingredients includes real oakmoss

    That's where you'll find the many, many more ingredients that make up Quorum. SculptureOfSoul is absolutely correct.
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    Re: What's Your Best Amber Scent?

    I love ambers, here are my favorites in order of preference:

    Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114 (Holy grail amber for me!)
    Montale Blue Amber
    Tom Ford Amber Absolute
    Serge Lutens Amber Sultan
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    Re: Perfumer's World home study course

    Sorry GTS, I thought you meant the freebie. Are you talking about the K26 Perfumery Training Kit? I picked that up back when I first got into perfumery, it's...ok. The kit consists of bases, some...
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    Re: Perfumer's World home study course

    If you're talking about the free one, yeah, it's worthwhile. Not the slickest course I've seen, but it's free. It's a bit of a mish mash of different articles, so don't expect a very coherent...
  43. Re: Guerlain Coriolan Vs. Coriolan Edition Limited

    Update: Received the Limited Edition, and it is as Mr. G said, just a rebottling.
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    Re: Sorrowful emotion ... with Fragrance

    I think it sounds really interesting. Would love to smell it.
  45. Re: Guerlain Coriolan Vs. Coriolan Edition Limited

    Thanks, Mr. G. That's a bit of a downer. Oh well, I could always use an extra 30ml of Coriolan.
  46. Re: Guerlain Coriolan Vs. Coriolan Edition Limited

    Hmmmm, interesting possibility. I plan on doing a side by side comparison the moment I receive it.
  47. Re: Guerlain Coriolan Vs. Coriolan Edition Limited

    That's good to hear, I was afraid I may have just bought a repackaged version of standard Coriolan...not that it'd be a terrible thing, but I'm glad I'll be getting something slightly different.
  48. Re: Oops! Just made an idiot of myself in the gym...

    OK, that's pretty funny. Embarrassing, but funny. :)
  49. Re: Guerlain Coriolan Vs. Coriolan Edition Limited

    I saw the leather wrapped bottles on Mr. G's site, but I don't think it's the same edition. Here's a link to the posting on ebay in case anyone wants to see what the bottle and packaging look like.:...
  50. Re: Guerlain Coriolan Vs. Coriolan Edition Limited

    I found the limited edition on ebay. I really like Coriolan so I went ahead and pulled the trigger on a bottle this morning. I don't think it's a new release, I'm willing to bet it was released some...
  51. Guerlain Coriolan Vs. Coriolan Edition Limited

    Anyone know what the difference is between the two?
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    Re: Camouflage Fragrances for Detroit Residents

    Serge Lutens - Miel de Bois. Just tell the boss you suffer from urinary incontinence. :P
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    Re: Perfume Bases/Carriers

    Alcohol.
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    Re: Gourmand Coquin by Guerlain

    Where is it located? I had no idea they had a boutique in So. Cal.
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    Re: Isn't It Ironic That.....

    Nah, not ironic or strange, they all hang out at Perfume of Life and Makeup Alley.
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    Re: Trouble with perfume alcohol

    Also check out Eden Botanicals, their products are top notch. Liberty is a bit cheaper, but I've found the quality is generally not as good as Eden's. Personally I like to work with dilutions of all...
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    Re: Trouble with perfume alcohol

    That is really strange, what does the alcohol smell like on its own? Does it leave any trace of odor after evaporating? Once it evaporates there should be no odor. I've been using Remet alcohol for a...
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    Re: Sample Websites

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/244830-Where-to-Buy-Samples
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    Re: blending a simple synthetic rose like note

    Here are a couple rose base formulas:

    Red rose base

    Geraniol 250
    alpha-iso-methyl ionone (iraldeine gamma) 150
    Citronellol ...
  60. Re: Is there anything really wrong with "perfumer's alcohol"?

    I tried Snowdrift's perfumer alcohol, and found it just fine. My only complaint is that it's expensive. I highly recommend you find out how much it would cost to order alcohol from...
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    Re: Boyfriend and fragrance

    I'd suggest buying some samples for him to try. You can purchase niche samples at:

    www.luckyscent.com

    I've also bought a lot of samples at:

    www.beautyencounter.com

    If nothing else it'll...
  62. Re: Mountain Rose Herbs..........anybody use them for EOs?

    I've never heard of Moutain Rose, but you can't go wrong with either Eden or Perfumer's Apprentice.
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    Re: Make your own Cool Water using essential oils

    Definitely give it a shot, you can create some very beautiful fragrances with naturals. As a matter of fact, at the moment I am working exclusively with naturals. This isn't because I'm against...
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    Re: Make your own Cool Water using essential oils

    Hi Fred, welcome to BN! This is probably not the answer you want to hear, but it can't be done. The reason Cool Water smells the way it does is because it contains synthetics. I think I can pick out...
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    Re: Puerfumers Alcohol in California

    You definitely want to stay away from the stuff you bought at the auto parts store. The alcohol from Remet is specially formulated for perfume and cosmetics. Denatured just means the alcohol contains...
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    Re: Organic chemistry and perfume making

    Another magazine you might be interested in:

    http://www.perfumerflavorist.com/
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    Re: Great Website for Beginners/Supplies

    I say it's definitely worth the thirty bucks. As gido said, the kit consists of bases so that should help you come up with something nice. If you find yourself having fun, then move up to buying...
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    Re: Great Website for Beginners/Supplies

    Linda, the owner, is well known over at the yahoo perfumemaking group. She's very knowledgeable, and always provides great customer service. A big thumbs up from me.
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    Re: Working as a perfumer

    Hi Irina, I don't personally know any working perfumers, but here are a couple blogs from a two folks pursuing the career.

    http://www.musiciendesodeurs.com/

    http://1000flowers.wordpress.com/
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    Re: Making a Pipe tobacco cologne

    Some tobacco flavoring formulas in Poucher's 'Perfumes, Cosmetics and Soaps' list coumarin, heliotropin, vanillin, sweet orange oil, nutmeg, tonka bean, and rhodinyl valerianate. I'd be surprised if...
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    Re: Puerfumers Alcohol in California

    You're in luck if you live in the LA area, this is the place you're looking for:

    http://www.remetalcohol.com/

    Give them a call, they don't have a problem selling to the little guy. I bought...
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    Re: Anyone Brought An Ambergis Stone?

    I bought a few grams of ambergris from these folks:

    http://www.ambergris.co.nz/index.htm

    You can see pics here:

    http://joxer96.spaces.live.com/

    It wasn't cheap, but it's yielded quite a...
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    Re: Just starting out

    I've found that a lot of aromatherapy oils, while smelling nice, are not something you'd want to wear as a fragrance, not as a main note anyway. Rosemary and basil for example are typically accessory...
  74. Thread: musk

    by joxer96
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    Re: musk

    Great article, thanks for sharing! I was about to join the thread, but that article explains everything a hundred times better than I ever could.
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    Re: Question about aromachemicals

    I can't explain exactly what happens during the maturing process, but it is something that definitely takes place. As Bigsly mentioned, the different elements blend together and become harmonious...
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    Re: Question about aromachemicals

    I dilute everything at 10% or 1%. The main reason for this is that you will not get an accurate representation of most aromachemicals unless you smell them diluted. Some of the heavier molecules are...
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    Re: truest ambergris

    Another vote for them, it's the real deal.
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    Re: truest ambergris

    Amber and ambergris are two completely different smells. Do a search, there are at least a couple threads discussing them in detail. Basically, what is commonly referred to as amber is usually a...
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    Re: Perfume making:

    Agreed, hard indeed. Fun though.
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    Re: Question for the more experienced DIY'ers

    I also like Mandy Aftel's book, just ignore her anti synthetics comments. Regarding using oil, be aware that many resins will not dissolve in oil properly or at all. Even if you warm up the oil and...
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    Re: Thoughts on some woody synthetics

    I believe that's precisely what dcampen was saying. Dilute some of those before you try to smell them. Even diluted, don't smell straight from the bottle, put a drop on a smelling strip and wait a...
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    Re: Best Montales

    I've tried about 20 Montales, my favorites:

    Blue Amber
    Black Aoud
    Royal Aoud
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    Re: Question for the more experienced DIY'ers

    You've been given some very good advice so far, so I won't repeat what's already been said. Something I always recommend is to join the Perfumemaking group over at Yahoo. There is an incredible...
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    Re: What's the most Badass scent?

    I've never understood the urinal cake/semen/fecal comparisons, even in the original formulation. (I bought it as a new release, that should tell you I'm an oldie around here.) Having said that, it's...
  85. 34 Hospitalized After Woman Sprays Perfume

    I'm betting it was Love in White.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,535501,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a16:g2:r3:c0.302050:b26853522:z0
  86. Re: if you are obsessed with getting muscs kublai khan

    Woah! Thanks for the news. I love Kiehl's but I still want to pick up some MKK. :)
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    Re: Ambre sultan - horrible experience

    What a b*tch.

    Another amber worth trying is Ambre Narguile. It doesn't smell much like Amber Sultan, but it's quite nice in its own way. A bit lighter, more synthetic, but delicious nonetheless.
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    Re: Donald Duck Cologne

    Cool! Nice to know there's a fellow Barks fan here at Basenotes! Not to hijack the thread, but are you also a fan of Don Rosa?
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    Re: What do you use to deodorize your bathroom?

    What a funny thread. We keep an incense burner and a couple incense sticks on the bathroom sink. Matches are kept down below. The really interesting thing about this is that our guests seem to really...
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    Re: Usage and dosage of Labdanum

    The 50/50 method might not be letting you get all of the constituents of benzoin into the oil. If there is part of the benzoin that won't dissolve, then you're probably missing out on the odor those...
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    Re: Usage and dosage of Labdanum

    I've never had a problem dissolving resins completely with alcohol. When I first started experimenting with perfumery I began using jojoba oil, but quickly gave up on it because so many materials...
  92. Thread: i'm not suave

    by joxer96
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    Re: i'm not suave

    Nicolai - New York
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    Re: Training the Nose

    Don't waste your money on the Le Labo kit, it's overpriced. Perfumer's Apprentice has something similar for a lot less money. You've gotten some really good suggestions so far, having individual...
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    Re: Muochoir de Monsieur

    I also get excellent longevity and sillage from MdM. It's one of the few frags I make sure I'm never without.
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    Re: Kiehl's Musk EDT vs. Oil

    They smell very similar to me, almost identical. The EDT is a bit brighter with a stronger top note, but I think it might be due to it being sprayed on as opposed to the oil being dabbed.
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    Re: Kiehl's original musk

    Love it, it's one of my staples. Big thumbs up from me!
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    Re: Escentric Molecules - questions

    Being that you're dealing with single molecules, it could be that you're slightly anosmic to them. No amount of spraying is going to help. I do find it weird that others around you couldn't smell it...
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    Re: Sephora's "Guy Supply" sampler

    Maybe it comes with a certificate good for a bottle of one of the included samples. That's the case with their other sampler set:
  99. Re: Guerlain Vetiver: inconsistent sour drydown?

    Same experience here, but not just with Guerlain Vetiver. I've applied a 10% solution of vetiver EO on my skin a few times, and it went sour every time.
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    Re: LVMH vs Octavian Coifan

    Utterly distasteful. I suppose Guerlain is going to start blaming poor sales on the evil bloggers who unfairly review their releases.
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