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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    Thank you for your views, rum. It's a relief to hear that MR, French Lover and PoaL are still good, and in fact that you find PoaL better now than it used to be. My PoaL was purchased around the time...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    rum, which ones do you think have suffered? Are Iris Poudre, PoaL and Une Fleur de Cassie among them? I'd heard that PoaL was changed for the worse before the Lauder acquisition, but that many people...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    Wow, donna255! That is amazing and encouraging. Lauder clearly has not been bad for Malle, as so many of us (myself included) feared it would be.
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I am relieved to hear that. Barney's closeout sale made me wonder if Malle was still worth the high pricepoint, even on discounted items.
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I'm really glad to hear that you think the line is doing well, cacio and hednic.

    Diamondflame, just saw your reply - your points are well taken.
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    How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    It's been five years since Lauder acquired Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle. Is there a consensus as to how this line has fared under new management? I'm wondering what Basenoters have observed,...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    The color of your Mitsouko is perfect. You have a grand bottle there.
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Ponyboi, that is gorgeous.
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Shalimar would indeed be a nice itch to scratch next. :) Good thing you opted for the smaller size of Mitsouko, as it does have an unusual combination of notes and qualities.
  10. Re: looking for the best masculine chocolate fragrance

    Yes! I just came here to recommend Borneo 1834, which I think will tick all of Robin's boxes.
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    Re: back-ups storage question

    I'm showing my age, because I forget where I put things if they're not where I can see them! :D So I just like to keep all of my bottles together. But from the standpoint of protecting your perfumes...
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    Re: back-ups storage question

    From the standpoint of your perfumes, either storage option would be fine - but it might be more convenient for you to store them at eye level on the cupboard shelf (assuming it has doors).
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    Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    Those closeout prices certainly are high...wonder how that's been going for them. I'm pretty surprised.
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    Re: back-ups storage question

    I store mine in their original boxes, cellophane (if any) intact, alongside my current bottles in a closed wooden cabinet, at room temperature. I have not found heat to be much threat to perfume, but...
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    Re: Norma Kamali Incense Perfume

    I have many decades-old perfumes that smell wonderful, and wouldn't knowingly buy anything that had started to revert to its base. "Going off" is not the same thing as losing topnotes; the latter...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Like N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer, I decant splash bottles into glass atomizers and spray my perfumes. I decant 10ml at a time and store both the original splash bottle and the decant in a closed perfume...
  17. Re: Please help in identifying two women's perfumes

    The cap is close, but Duff's With Love has a woven-type metal collar and the bottle's facets are not quite the same shape. Here's a link to a picture in the BN directory:...
  18. Re: Please help in identifying two women's perfumes

    Thanks for those comparison photos, Gozen. I'm stumped!
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    Re: My fragrance experience yesterday

    What a great surprise - helpful SAs, generous samples, a surprisingly nice break from meetings!
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    Re: future vintages

    The strict regulation of ingredients is an experiment of sorts, but that's probably exactly how things will pan out.
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    Re: Tabac Rouge.......Damn This Is Good Stuff

    I've recommended Tabac Rouge so often that I'm almost embarrassed to comment, but yes, it is just wonderful...great any time, but around the holidays it's extra special.
  22. Re: Please help in identifying two women's perfumes

    That's what I'm thinking...a substitution.
  23. Re: Please help in identifying two women's perfumes

    Looks like Avon Facets, but the cap is wrong - Zealot Crusader, are you seeing this?
  24. Thread: RIP Barneys

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    Re: RIP Barneys

    Thanks! I absolutely love it.
  25. Thread: RIP Barneys

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    Re: RIP Barneys

    My only fragrance from Barney's was bought online, a Lutens bell jar of Borneo 1834. It arrived with a large makeup bag filled with wonderful beauty products - I was very surprised and impressed....
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    Re: Best performance Vintages

    Chanel No. 5 cologne from the 1970s.
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    Re: Got my Knize ten and knize ten golden

    I like both versions of Knize Ten, and the notes in each one are basically the same - but they've been juggled around and rebalanced, so that the Golden Edition is slightly softer and a tad more...
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    Re: 100 Fragrance Milestone

    The ones you get rid of are the ones you'll long for later - seems to be a law of life for collectors of anything.
  29. Re: How many people do you encounter during your day that are wearing a fragrance? (best guess)

    Maybe it's a western state thing - it's very inhibiting, whatever the reason.


    Exactly. It doesn't seem to be a rural issue, either, as I've almost never smelled perfume anywhere in the state -...
  30. Re: How many people do you encounter during your day that are wearing a fragrance? (best guess)

    Almost none. It's quite a surprise to encounter someone wearing perfume where I live - I'd say maybe 2%, and that number would include me.
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    Re: Are you kidding me?

    Wow, that's chutzpah.
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    Re: I suck at blind buys

    Agree completely with this. I've had great luck with blind buys in the past, but disappointing reformulations have pretty much cured me of blind buying current fragrances.
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    Re: Does your partner understand your addiction?

    My husband is completely onboard with my fervor for perfume.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Wouldn't that be delicious? I remember an early interview she did with Kafkaesque, in which she said how hard it was to get oakmoss down to an acceptable percentage in her earliest formulations -...
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    Re: share your method of application

    I know it must seem weird, but I don't want my perfume to project very far...I wear just enough for me (and anyone who might be close) to enjoy wafts of it throughout the day.
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    Re: share your method of application

    One spray on each forearm, repeated in 6-8 hours if necessary.
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    Re: back-ups , which and how many

    1. Secret of Venus perfume oil (Weil)

    2. Dryad (Papillon) EDP

    3. Vintage Je Reviens, Habanita and Joy from different periods, in various concentrations

    4. Almost everything that I really...
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    Re: Hello everyone!

    A warm welcome to Basenotes, lilioka!
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    Re: Thoughts on vintage Poison?

    Agree completely with this. I would say that the years between 1985 (its introduction) and 1995 were the best. Even today, its bones are still there, though longevity has been affected. You should do...
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    Re: Do smokers perceive scents differently?

    I was at one time a heavy smoker, but perfumes smelled the same to me then as they do now. Familiar scents of all kinds (not just perfume) smell more intense to me as a non-smoker, but not different...
  41. Re: Reformulations....... are they always a "less than" vintage?

    1) 20-25 years, minimum

    2) No

    3) eBay or Etsy - never Amazon for vintage

    4) and 5) The questions are too general - lists would be endless (owing to individual tastes)
  42. Re: And it happened - asked not to wear perfume to work

    You are absolutely right, I conflated the two experiences. Thank you!
  43. Re: And it happened - asked not to wear perfume to work

    I don't understand why the same person(s) who complain about intermittent exposure your perfume, have no problem with scented candles infusing the entire workplace. I would certainly raise that issue...
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    Re: Why has my post count gone down - again?

    I've lost 30 or more posts, not a big deal in itself, but clearly related to the larger issue.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Yes, that's how it feels to me, too. I've worn it all week and haven't tired of it.
  46. Re: What fragrances remind you of Christmas/Winter?

    Tabac Rouge (Phaedon)
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    It's hard to imagine a modern parfum formulation that smells better than, or as good as, the discontinued EDT. If I were in the market for Coromandel, that's what I'd be looking for.
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    Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    No, I collect only for the perfume.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Dryad is so beautiful. To me, Papillon fragrances are the epitome of elegance plus approachability.
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    Re: Vintage Bal a Versailles Parfum

    Agree, vintage BaV is wonderful. I have a 1970s bottle that I seldom use, it smells so good that I don't want to get down to the last ml.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    My pleasure!
  52. Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Any time from the 1920s through the 1980s, with a heavy emphasis on the 1930s through 1985.
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    Re: Guerlain Observations

    Oh, what a great 2nd honeymoon experience! I can just imagine how fun that was.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Same here, jarahclinic. It's often overlooked in discussions of good rose perfumes, yet it's one of the best IMO. Welcome to Basenotes!
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    I don't get Shalimar from it (haven't smelled Emeraude in so long that I can't comment on that one). I'd say Bengale Rouge is of old-school vintage quality, and in that respect it might be considered...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Starblind, maybe get a sample from Luckyscent. I think you'd like this fragrance.
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    Re: Random observation

    The best tool in this case is your nose. Glad your experiment yielded a good result.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Papillon is one of my favorite houses. Liz Moores' offerings are all so different that it's hard to rank them, but probably Dryad and Bengale Rouge are the top two for me (as they are for several...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    I love it too! No worries about selling your vintage Vol de Nuit, since you've got Dryad!
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Do you like it? To me, one of the best things about Dryad is that it smells like vintage Vol de Nuit would have smelled when it was first bottled. Vol de Nuit does not age well, as a rule, but Dryad...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Yes, it is absolutely of that type and calibre.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Yes, it's the first current perfume I've bought in years - probably since Ms. Moores' last one, in fact (Dryad). Anything from Papillon is blind-buy-worthy, IMO.
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    Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Today the postman delivered Papillon's new scent, Bengale Rouge, which I preordered from Luckyscent in July. It's been about an hour since first spritz, and it is heaven. I'll write a review after...
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    Re: Looking back....

    Of modern perfumes, probably Chanel Les Exclusifs EDTs and extraits.
  65. Re: Midnight in Paris? Wasn't worth the hype for me at all!

    I have the EDP, and while I think it's a lovely fragrance with good longevity and sillage, the best thing about it is the bottle. It's not something that springs readily to mind when I'm choosing a...
  66. Re: Vintage geek opinions about bottle age and sweet spot, please.

    I haven't bought anything in quite awhile, as my collection feels complete...but I have a cabinet full of gorgeous vintage perfumes whose quality is a testament to the value of research. If you know...
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    I find soft vintage white flower blends very soothing.
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    Re: Sillage and Longevity

    ^ ^
    Agree with this. The era of powerhouses is pretty much over.
  69. Thread: Dark

    by Bonnette
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    Re: Dark

    Well..."dark" can mean gothic, in which case an incense like Avignon (CdG) might fill the bill, or "dark" might refer to the underworld, where Anubis reigns. Or it might mean heavy seduction, a la...
  70. Re: My positive experience at Atelier Hudson Yards

    It's nice to hear about a great experience like this! Sounds like a lovely store and line, and then to encounter a knowledgeable SA as well...wow!
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    Re: How would you rate/review a perfume if .....

    Assuming the original points (a fragrance that is well-blended, sold at a fair price, made with high-quality ingredients) - if I don't like it, I just don't review it.
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    Re: What is “too perfumy” for you

    I take it to mean what is often referred to here as "old lady/man" scents, i.e. heavily floral, animalic, and/or abstract creations like Chanel No. 5, Arpege, etc.. I love things like that, but the...
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    Forum software wouldn't let me edit...meant to say "repackaged," not "repacked." Anyway, it's just great. Can't wait to see the latest documentary, too.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    Yes, that's it! Thank you Cook,bot, I knew the movie I saw had a jazzier name than "Halston," thought they had repacked it.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    It really is. It was shown commercial-free on one of the cable channels a few years ago, and I watched it over and over again. It's filmed with humor, sensitivity and real understanding of the times,...
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    I love this documentary and am so glad it's going to be aired again!
  77. Re: PSA: eBay has REMOVED the option to list USED fragrances. Uh oh..

    This is insane on eBay's part. What in the world could have prompted them to create so much unnecessary confusion for everyone, including themselves? There will be no end of consumer complaints, and...
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    Re: Why jammy rose is so....jammy?

    I'm not a perfumer, but what you say makes perfect sense. I've wondered about the correspondences between similar accords and note descriptions.
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    Re: Do you wear "male" parfum?

    No worries there, we have Cabochard! :D


    Aw, I'll bet you can!
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    Re: Do you wear "male" parfum?

    I've never paid attention to gender marketing in perfumes. Several fragrances in my collection are marketed as masculine, and of those, I most often wear Knize Ten, Pour un Homme, MKK, Midnight in...
  81. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    I've loved perfume for as long as I can remember and have bought it or been gifted with it since around age 12, so over the years I've schlepped around an ever-growing number of bottles - but it was...
  82. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    I like the yellow stars, too...they contrast nicely and harmoniously with the green.
  83. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Excellent points. Also, the thick boldface on the word "Base" in the proposed new logo feels oppressive and counterintuitive to me - BASE is on top, weighing heavily on NOTES. This juxtaposition also...
  84. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    I store all my fragrances in their boxes.
  85. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    I love the current logo - wish a way could be found to retain it.
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    Re: Random observation

    Love that shabby chic birdhouse!
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    Re: Random observation

    Ever since the transportation age began, perfumes have been exposed to heat in warehouses, cargo holds and trucks. If heat were the culprit people often claim, the classics - made with volatile and...
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    Re: Random observation

    I've become pretty skeptical, even cynical, over the years about things I'm told by SAs and customer service reps. A Chanel rep once told me that they ship all of their perfumes on refrigerated...
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    Re: Do You Prefer A Certain Bottle Size oz’s?

    50ml is my preference.
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    Yes, I could hardy believe it!
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    That's true, I remember it as very dry.

    A few days ago on eBay, the winning bid on a 1.5-2ml vial of Kamali was $32.77. That's a great price. And you have 3ml, Cheetah! That's the equivalent of a...
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    Re: No Mitsouko on the Guerlain site... !?

    How very odd, for Guerlain to permit such limited web access to Mitsouko!
  93. Re: White Shoulders/Diva--How to tell if a vintage fragrance is original or reformulation

    Thank you so much for educating me in this matter of Diva bottle design and labeling, theladymay.

    Yes, sellers should be forthright about the merchandise that buyers will actually receive. I once...
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    This pretty much sums it up for me, too. Sahara Noir is a beautiful fragrance, but the only thing that might qualify it as a "holy grail" scent is (as LiveJazz observes) its discontinued status. For...
  95. Re: White Shoulders/Diva--How to tell if a vintage fragrance is original or reformulation

    aab, the Diva bottle you linked to looks like a spray to me - look at the collar. Also, this is clearly a stock photo and you can find plenty of others on Google Shopping, all listed as sprays and...
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    Re: No Mitsouko on the Guerlain site... !?

    It's there, here's a link: https://www.guerlain.com/us/en-us/fragrance/womens-fragrances/mitsouko
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Great year and concentration! :)
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    I have no idea, though it's hard to imagine even a bottle that's turned smelling like feces and vomit - to me, bad Mitsouko is pungent, but in a varnish-y way. Maybe Mitsouko has been reformulated...
  99. Re: today's supermarket purchase in Nicaragua - 'Maja'.

    Agree with this. For anyone who's interested, there was a nice thread about vintage Maja and Nueva Maja last year: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/454710-Maja-Myrugia
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    Re: Can there be such a difference........

    Yes, because tastes - like people - cover a wide spectrum. Trusting reviews too much can lead to spending a lot of money on fragrances you don't actually like, and ignoring others that you might have...
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