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  1. Re: One thing not to do if you're SA or owner of a perfume store

    Maybe it's happened as a defense mechanism in response to the ridiculous behavior of shoppers. Some of the things i see when I'm out and about the shops make me physically ill. People shopping, for...
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    Re: Your latest make-up purchases?

    just so you know, Lauder is shutting down Prescriptives as of the new year. They're gonna keep selling stuff online until supplies run out so if you regularly use anything i'd get it. I think...
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    Re: Where is your "first love" frag now ?

    My first love is my best love. Jicky was the first frag i ever owned for myself. And it's never been challenged for the number one spot.
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    Re: FLORIS SPECIAL No 127 ,any opinion?

    I have a bottle that i like very much. Imo it's very sharp and heavy on the petitgrain. Lasting power is nice. Layered with Castille it's the loveliest citrus I've ever smelled.
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    Re: Good Summer Cologne

    Citrus-Penhaligon's Castille
    Floral-Sonia Rykiel Homme
    Wet-Ineke Derring do
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    All of these smell young andf fresh to me, hold up in heat and are big compliment getters.
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    Re: looking for a creed for my mother.

    If I can make a suggestion I'd recommend Fleurs de the rose bulgare. It's the freshest most delightful dew on a rose smell ever. It's not overtly citrusy but I don't think I've ever smelled...
  7. Thread: Chicago

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    Re: Chicago

    I've always found the people at saks very nice and the people at needless mark up horrendous (with the exception of the nice Guerlain rep but she doens't work for needless) but the people that work...
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    Re: reformulated Jicky

    Has it really been reformulated that often. My understanding was that the bottles labelled pdt were an 80"s vintage. I know the pdt label is no longer used by Guerlain.
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    reformulated Jicky

    I'm towards the end of my bottle and need to get another. My understanding is that the bottles labeled PDT are the old juice and those labeled EDP are the new juice. I have only owned the PDT until...
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    Re: Alternative for Guerlain Vetiver

    My answer is, None. There are a lot of Vetivers out there and some of them quite special. I've tried a ton and own a few. For me CDG vettiveru is my favorite but because of what a different...
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    Re: Chicago

    It'd be awesome if people also listed their favorite "Hole in the Wall shops" There used to be an amazing one at the corner of chicago and rush but it disappeared. Everyone lets make a list
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    Re: Best Example of Guerlinade

    I kind of love 68 although it ends up super peachy on me. The other question i always have is people list tonka in the base of a lot of my fave vintage Guerlains and i never get any recognizable...
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    Re: Best Example of Guerlinade

    I thought the guerlinade also had a fair dose of labdanum and some kind of binding musk no?
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    Re: Best Example of Guerlinade

    For me Shally is a bit too much of a vanillin kapow to really use it as a reference for guerlinade. I found it best by doing a smelling the drydowns on the big three ladies-Jicky, Mitsy and LHB.
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    Re: One house for all occasions

    I'd have to say Guerlain simply because they are the only house that I could not live without. As much as I love my lutens and le labo and all the rest the two bottles I could never be without no...
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    Re: My favorite Iris fragrance.

    My fave is Hermes Hiris.
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  17. Re: Does a nice lilac scent exist? or lily-of-the-valley that isn't sickly?

    The Ineke lilac is the finest available. I've met nothing that compares.
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    Re: Best scent ever

    Jicky
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    Re: Do you wear Crocs?

    I asked a sa at Nordie's if he ever had dreams about burning all the ones in the store and he said if i had a match he'd look the other way.
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    Re: Men and nail polish

    I've been gone forever and this is still on the first page lol. Don't judge a book. I won a state soccer championship wearing nail polish. There are lots of badass colours out there for guys right...
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    Re: The Ultimate Rose Perfume ?

    I have a lot of faves that are rose and other stuff. I.e. dark rose, hip rose, moody rose.
    but for just pure red roses ysl paris is absolutely unbeatable.
    For a fresh new rose covered in dew creed...
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    Re: Fragrances you wish you could wear

    So funny I was just talking about this with someone.
    Lómbre dans léau
    Douce amere
    any Lártisan
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    Re: 10 Masterpieces - Your List

    Okay here's mine:
    1. Guerlain Jicky
    2. Caron Tabac Blond
    3. Chanel No. 5
    4. Guerlain Vetiver
    5. Mugler Angel
    6. Creed Bois du Portugal
    7. Serge Lutens Chergui
    8. YSL M7
    9. Malle Carnal Flower
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    Re: Ineke Derring-do

    I just saw this pop back up. I've tried it since and am definitely buying a bottle come spring. I am not a fan of git as I find it a bit leaden and uninteresting. Derring do is a magnifiscent...
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    Re: LITERALLY, the frag you couldn't be without

    Jicky
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    Re: Least Favorite Creed?

    GIT
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    Re: Favorite Jeans?

    I love 7's and my fave fried denim
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    Re: Sniffing Baldessarini Ambre

    I do have a question. Did you smell any amber in it?
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    Re: Baldessarini Ambre @ Nordstrom

    They have big samples at Nordies so that's a plus. The scent it self I found less than impressive. It's very much in character of Baldessarini. It's a light airy, faintly spicy amber. The amber...
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    Re: Javari, what am I smelling?

    I had a thought that it might be ginger. Or maybe some effect of the fixatives they use?
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    Re: Javari, what am I smelling?

    I know exactly what you mean. There has always been a note in Le male that has but me off. It's a kind of metallic tang that also smells of decay. It gives me a headache every time I'm around it. ...
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    Re: Black Nail Polish

    Lincoln Park After Dark is gorgeous. It also has a great lacqeur look to it. Looks black from afar but the red shows up close.
    yummm,
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    Re: Bond No.9, why the hate?

    Perfume is very much like fashion in many ways inasmuch as it is an intersection of art and commerce. This is where the problem with Bond arises. I understand the commerce part. Ms. Rahme is a...
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    Serge Lutens Rousse

    Anyone know anything about this one?
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    Re: Bond No.9, why the hate?

    ugh ugh ugh....clive christian
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  36. Re: NEWS: 6 new fragrances to enter "Les Exclusifs de Chanel" boutique line.

    Thanks for the heads up cedric. Don't know if I'm crazy about the new bottles and pricing. HMmm bottle splits seem to be on the horizon.
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    Re: Bond No.9, why the hate?

    Well hate is the wrong word mostly. Maybe disdain or sneer inducing boredom. The scents are blah with the exception of the ones I've already tried under other names. The bottles a pretty in a way...
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    Re: Favorite Amber Fragrance?

    In Order,
    Cn Scent Intense
    Ambre Narguile
    Ambre extreme
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    Re: Blue Sugar now in stock at Sephora!!!

    It's sweeter than sables by a factor of ten. I've actually never smelled anyhting this sticky with the exception of pink sugar. The development is nil. sillage seems gigantic though....geeze.
  40. Re: Serge Lutens Daim Blond - do many men here wear it?, if so.....

    I think it's fantastic. it's not a match with me personality wise but I love it on others. I think it works equally well on both men and women. It's just so damn chic.
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    Re: greenpeace vs basenotes!

    This topic pops up every so often in reference to numerous topics from artificial sweetener to perfume.
    Numerous studies come out every year on every imaginable substance. They are often...
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    Re: Best male manufacturers...

    The thing about this question is it's largely a marketing mirage. Mostly when a cosmetics company unveils a mens grooming or anti-aging line it's the same recipe as the womens line with a higher...
  43. Re: How do you tell if a scent is "well crafted"?

    I think this is a topic a fair number of people are fairly passionate about and many of us consider the art of perfumery just that, an art-form.
    I think any art-form is intensely emotional by...
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    Re: Christmas wishlists of fragrances

    L'instant edp want it soooooooooooooo bad.
    Cuir mauresque
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    Re: SL chypre rouge

    Hey all,
    I love this frag. I love the immortelle off the top and the way it segues into a tart cranberry and nutty phase and then finally the woodsy mossy softness of the base. I love it although...
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    Re: Best Violet Frag

    I'm gonna weigh in and say Rykiel Homme. Nice bright citrus top so it's actually not too heady at the start. Mellows into a middle of powdery Violet and Iris that just won't quit. It's a well...
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    Re: "A" Should Have Been What "B" is Now.

    Ineke's Derring do is what Creed's GIT should have been. Or at least what I'd hoped it would be.
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    Re: Your most drastic note changing scent?

    I definitely have to say Jicky. It's an olfactory journey where there is absolutley no hint of the finale within the opening act. The Character of the scent changes several times throughout it's...
  49. Re: I am once again looking for recommendations for a winter scent.

    Well you said you're in mexico so you may not be looking for a cold weather scent per se. If you like florals that are mausculine and comforting and bright I have two suggestions. Sonia Rykiel...
  50. Re: SL Arabie vs Chergui vs Fumerie Turque - no contest?

    I actually own and love all three of these. I don't really see the similarity between them. I find them all very wearable and wear them often. Arabie is much more versatile than you would at first...
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    Re: Colour of Chergui?

    Your Chergui is green? Do they make it in different colours. Mine has no greenish tinge to it all all. It's a rich tea coloured brown. I have an export bottle from barneys and a bell bottle from...
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    Re: do SL bell jars have sprayers?

    The bell bottles are fantastic for decanting as are the export sl's with detachable sprayer. You can just pipette it out instead of the odious spray and pray method for most frags.
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    Re: do SL bell jars have sprayers?

    The bell jars are meant to be classic perfume dab-bottles just like the vintage guerlain bottles. No sprayer. So you either dab or decant into an atomizer.
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    Re: Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin Collector 2006

    I'm about ripe for a new bottle and that bottle is goooooooorgeous.
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    Re: The last time I paid full retail was...

    I pay retail for almost all my sl's at barneys. They are hard to find on the bay at better than retail when you factor in shipping. Also I bug the reps there so much I'd feel bad not buying...
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    Re: Cranberry and Chocolate

    I'd love to find something that was cranberry and chocolate yummmm.
    The only thing I have that gives me a nice cranberry vibe is Chypre Rouge. When that dries down I get a great cranberry/woods...
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    Re: Turin: Guerlain’s Biogenetic Law

    I think it's a fabulous idea. Love Roucel's work. In addition to which I quite like Insolence and judging by the amount of it I smell wafting my way it's doing quite well.
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  58. Re: Some suggestions on non vanilla sweetish frags?

    I would recommend Black xs.
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  59. Re: What a disappointment...GIT (and assorted ranting)

    I got a decant of GIT from a generous basenoter and was unpleasently surprised. It did absolutely nothing for me. From top to bottom it felt soggy and leaden to me.
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    Re: Mostly floral perfume for men?

    Fresh ,whom I largely dislike, Produced a line of frags called Hombre De Flores. They are all distinctly floral based and quite nice. They've been discontinued but are pretty easy to find on ebay....
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    Re: Does it bother you.....

    This seems to be a constant topic. I dunno but I don't like it when a frag hangs around aaaaallll day. A good 5 hour stay is good by me. A trapdoor act sure is frustrating though.
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    Re: What would James Joyce wear? Opoponax.

    It's not listed on here but according to Guerlain there is Opoponax in the base of Jicky. That would have been available then and certainly would have been out there enough for Joyce.
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    Re: October 7 Sniff-n-Speak Saturday: AMBER

    Hey just read the sticky,
    Is there a specific frag to wear or just an amber focused one? Also can boys play too?
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    Re: Your Favorite Boozy Frag And Why

    The new Burberry London for men has completely and utterly won me over. It's now my go to boozy, comfy, sexy scent. It screams mulled wine in front of a fire.
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    Re: The most beautiful ephemera?

    I get no longevity out of Habite Rouge edc. But I love, love and love it. I spray it all over myself at night and sniff away.
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    What to get a Wiccan

    What would you suggest buying a 35 yr old woman who owns a magic shop.
    I'm looking for something Mystically Delicious.:thumbsup:
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    Re: Need (well want) designer scent

    Okay here are my three cents. The fragrances that you list that you like all have a rounded thickness. Soft at the edges and deep. They also have a bit of sweetness to them. I think you should...
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    Re: Who's your favourite designer?

    My favorite desigeners. just for the art of their creations are Olivier Theyskins and Nicola Ghesquiere. Sorry about the spelling.
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    Poll: Re: Do you like YSL L'Homme?

    While not a huge fan of ysl frags in general, Although I am re-appraising due to scentementals love for them, I have always admired and enjoyed the sort of boisterous personality of the house. I've...
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    Re: Chergui vs Creed Acier Aluminium

    I was just trying to compare AA with Chergui. I didn't want to bring up Fumerie because it didn't seem to be on topic or a frag that he was considering.

    I love Fumerie Turque with a true...
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    Re: Chergui vs Creed Acier Aluminium

    Hi ajb,
    To be completely honest I don't see any basis for comparison between these two fragrances. They are totally different in style, agenda and outcome.
    AA is a rather cold scent. It begins...
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    Re: Just tried Dior Homme -- awesome

    The latest news I heard is that Slimane is has been making noise about leaving to start his own label. Problem is no one will fund him so he's hedging about leaving Dior Homme. The lack of funding...
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    Re: Perfume Stores In Dallas, Chicago, Miami

    Don't forget Oak Street in Chicago. Barneys is there as well as all the boutiques. They are all great- Hermes, Chanel, Sonia Rykiel, Armani prive and a few boutique scent shops that are great.
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    Re: Top 5 for Autumn

    1. Jicky
    2. Chergui
    3. Czech & Speake 88
    4. Tea for Two
    5. Burberry London
    Love fall
  75. Re: What aquatic/marine scents have the best sillage/longevity?

    L'eau Dissey lasts for a year and a half. I've never gotten any real watery smell from it though. I'm not the biggest fan of aquatics but if you're lookin for one my recs are Creative universe Mare...
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    Re: OK people lets try foundation for men

    Okay so here's the deal. I've done a ton of makeup in my day and this is the most natural match I've ever found.
    First off I'd like to say that the majority of people that work at makeup counters...
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    Fumerie Turque

    Anyone with connections have any info on when this baby might hit Barney's.
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    Re: Divorced 40-something needs babe magnet!

    Honestly I'd stick with the HM. Women go nuts over that stuff. The other two that women seem overwhelmingly to like are Lalique Ph edp which is a bit similar to HM and Envy.
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    Re: The classic Guerlinade basenote?

    I agree with Habite Rouge but here's how I found it best. I got samples of L'heure Bleu, Jicky and Shalimar and tested the base. They are all vastly different but if you smell all three in succesion...
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    Chanel battle

    No 19 vs. No 22 vs. Bois des iles,
    Which do you prefer and why?
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    Re: Pumpkin-like scent?

    IMO Arabie smells a lot like pumpkin/sweet potato pie. But maybe that's just on me.
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    Cool Water replacement

    Hi there,
    My sister wears Cool Water for women. I'd like to get her something a little better but I don't know much about women's aquatics. Any reccomendations for an upgrade for someone who likes...
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    Re: More chocolate type fragrances...

    My fave Chocolate frags are:
    Animale Animale: Chocolate on top that lasts for a good while and the dry down is really warm spicy woods. It's a yummy Gourmand that's sexy, comforting and a bit less...
  84. Re: Looking to swap my black code for something more long lasting - suggestions?

    I've said before that to me Armani Code is pretty much tonka musk. If you like it that's probably you're responding to. The olive flower is soo fleeting I can't think that's what you're admiring. ...
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    Re: Wake up! Today, FRIDAY, is SSD!

    Okay so today was my first day with TM Cologne. I've tested it before, only at the perfume counter, and it never really attacted me. I doused myself with it liberally this morning from a decant...
  86. Thread: Violet

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    Re: Violet

    Sonia Rykiel Homme is my favorite violet frag. It's got great a great start of bright pink grapefruit like citrus and then goes into a really delightful dewy breezy violet. It's one of my favorites...
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    Ineke perfumes

    Hey you lovely ladies,
    I got no love on this question over on the boys side. Has anyone tried these? I have a sample pack en route.
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    Re: Givenchi Π evaporation?

    Good Grief,
    Just read about that spill. Aroom full of Pi?
    I'd have to move
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    Re: Antidote!!!! Instant Purchase!!!!

    I agree with Serpent about V. I just smelled some of a friends for comparison. I think the Valentino is actually much more interesting and sensual. I had such high hopes for the fall. At least...
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    Re: Toxic Chemicals?

    If I'm not mistaken numerous older and gorgeous frags have had to be reformulated in order to conform to new standards regarding allergens. Most of these were due to the use of natural compounds...
  91. Re: The Problem with Clive Christian Frags Is...

    Okay,
    I know I made my feelings clear on the loathsome Clive Christian. I would, Because I never have, Like to hear a defense of CC. A good argument for the value of this house. Either based on...
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    Re: Vetiver - what am I missing?

    Some people just have notes they cannot abide. Especially pronounced notes like vetiver, civet or vanilla. Myself I find that anything containing patchouli that isn't extremely well blended and...
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    Re: Similar to Fumerie Turque

    To my mind absolutely nothing smells like FT. Simply put it is the most intoxicating fragrance I haved. The velvet cloud that surrounds you is utterly unique.
    That said if you buy it and get sick...
  94. Re: The Problem with Clive Christian Frags Is...

    I've read numerous threads on this topic. I believe one of them was titled "Clive Christian is a disgrace" which couldn't express my feelings more clearly.
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  95. Re: Burberry London at Nordstrom -Instant purchase

    My Nordstrom didn't have it. The burberry boutique had a huge display right up front though. Tested it and bought it. In my opinion it's delicious. perfect for fall. Like spiced rum by the fire....
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    Re: Ava Luxe Fragrances

    Her stuff really is incredible. I wore kretek last night and it may be my new fave tobacco. Deep spicy and smooth. I ordered i think 4 samples and she sent me more gratis. I think it's gonna be an...
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    Ineke Derring-do

    Anyone tried it?
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  98. Re: Frags you must spray/splash a lot to be effective

    Vettiveru yes!!!!!!!!! Love it. The big bottle and the light scent are awesome. It's kinda fun sometimes to slather somethin on.
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    Ava Luxe Fragrances

    Hey all,
    I just ordered some samples from Ava and they came today. I've only tried Kretek and Cafe noir so far but wow. What great work. Anyone looking for an amazing coffee scent look no...
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    Re: Jicky pdt vs. edp

    Thanks a ton,
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