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  1. Re: The Perfumed Court sent a wrong sample - this isn't Caron PUH

    I don't think it's L'Anarchiste - that's a very pale yellow liquid. Like, erm, weak urine.

    Thankfully, that's where the similarities end :D
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    Re: Lynx/Axe Collectors

    That's rather optimistic, isn't it? :D

    I'd absolutely love to get my mitts on an original formula Lynx Musk Aftershave again, but not at Frederic Malle prices!
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    Re: A fragrance that instantly repulsed you

    Funnily enough, I wasn't instantly repulsed by Secretions Magnifique - in fact, I quite enjoyed the light, floral, aquatic and slightly coconutty top notes.

    It's only after the opening that you...
  4. Re: bn'er launches own perfume line ... smellbent.com is born!

    Loooooove the site! Such a refreshing change from Flash lumps and gridtastic Wordpress themes :)

    So charmed was I, in fact, that before I knew it I'd ordered a transatlantic sample pack.

    And...
  5. Re: The Master MPG Reformulation Thread [Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, Reformulated]

    But the rough openings are/were what gave them a distinctive character :(

    I fear that once my little sample vial runs out, I'll never smell Parfum d'Habit's farmyard top notes again.

    [That's a...
  6. Thread: Knize Ten

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    Re: Knize Ten

    I've not tried Cuir Mauresque, but I have to agree: Gomma is remarkably similar to K10, to my nose.
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    Re: New SL Fourreau Noir

    Bumpity!

    Has anyone else received a wax sample of this through the post?

    Brief first impressions: A medicinal Gris Clair... That warm lavender with a hint o' pine, or something. Easily...
  8. Thread: perfume court

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    Re: perfume court

    There's the reason, yes: two dips/smears of the little plastic dobber is but a tiny fraction of one spray - especially a Creed spray, which tends to be very generous per squirt.

    You'd be hard...
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    Re: Oh the frag-manity!

    Love the graphic :D

    [... though I'd have been tempted to use an Escentric Molecules 01 bottle. You can never have too many atomic number in-jokes, I say...]
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    Re: Where to start with Comme Des Garcons?

    When I was making my first tentative steps down this expensive road, I managed to obtain 1ml samples of the entire CdG range in a bundle from one of the wonderful Perfumed Court ladies [This was...
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    Re: Etat Libre D'Orange Bottles

    The ones with the square cross sections are the actual retail bottles.

    I'd guess that the testers are (a) 100ml for extended display shelf-life, and (b) dimensioned such that the individual...
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    Re: Penhaligons Douro Eau de Portugal

    I too would like to extend my belated gratitude to Basenotes and Penhaligon's PR for this really generous gift, which I only received from the post office depot yesterday.

    Having only tested from...
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    Re: SotD, Thursday 22 Jan

    It's a miserably damp and drizzly day here, so what better than something that smells of mulched sodden undergrowth and soil?

    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Route du Vetiver.

    Smashing :)
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 16 Dec 08

    Comme des Garcons Zagorsk.
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    Re: SotD - Friday, 12 Dec 08

    Comme des Garcons EdP.

    Applied with restraint.
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 9 Dec 08

    Serge Lutens Cedre.

    Farewell, Oliver Postgate.
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    Re: SotD - Sunday, 7 Dec 08

    Comme des Garcons Odeur 53.
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    Re: SotD - Saturday, 6 Dec. 08

    Serge Lutens Miel de Bois.

    Not as repulsive as reviews suggest, but you have to really like honey. It's also very linear.
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    Re: Quick Top Five!

    BdP
    Zagorsk
    Cedre
    VdR
    MR

    That about as quick as I could get it.
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    Re: SotD - Friday, 5 Dec 08

    Penhaligons LP No.9 For Men.

    It projects more than one might think, if my co-workers' positive-from-a-distance responses are any indication :D
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 2 Dec 08

    Comme des Garcons Series 2 Red: Sequoia.

    Inspired by yesterday's triple-Sequoia SOTD coincidence!
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    Re: SotD - Monday, 01 Dec 08

    In before the lock... Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentree.
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    Re: Today I Bought - November 2008 Edition

    Today I received [from an Ebay seller] my only November purchase; your favourite, Dimitri: Penhaligons LP No 9 For Men.

    Loving the 'whisky and ginger' accord :)
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    Re: A Stronger Givenchy Pi?

    I'll second Trebor's suggestion, given that my first choice - Comme des Garcons' Burnt Sugar - is sadly discontinued and therefore as rare as a primetime TV science programme about hen dentistry. :(
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    Re: SotD - Monday - 24th November 2008

    l'Artisan Parfumeur Mechant Loup.
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    Re: SotD , Thursday November 20th , 2008

    Creed Bois du Portugal.

    Interesting read as ever, Scentemental :)
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    Re: SotD - Wednesday, 19 Nov 08

    Comme des Garcons Vettiveru.
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 18 Nov 08

    l'Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu.
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    Re: SotD - Saturday, 15 November 08

    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur.
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    Re: SotD - Friday, 14 November 08

    Demeter Playdoh
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    Re: SotD - Thursday, 13 November 08

    I wore Serge Lutens Chergui.
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 11 November 08

    l'Artisan Parfumeur Dzing!
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    Re: SotD - Monday, 10 November 08

    Andy Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain.
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    Re: Compliments You'll never forget

    Yup, It was Odeur 71.

    Goes to show that olfactory systems are highly individual things. God help her if she ever finds herself at a photocopier toner expo :D
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    Re: Compliments You'll never forget

    To commemorate a recent breast cancer awareness day, co-workers were encouraged to wear pink. I don't have any pink clothes, but I do have one solitary fragrance that has pink on its bottle [I know,...
  36. Re: industrial, machine, metal, grinding, bolts, ROBOT, smacking steel.

    A combination of CdGs Odeur 71 and Tar might work. In fact, I'm going to try that for myself now...

    [EDIT after 10 minutes wear: Yeah, they work really well together :)]
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    Re: SotD, Friday, 7th November 2008

    Serge Lutens Arabie.
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    Re: SotD , Thursday 6th of November , 2008

    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 05 November

    L'Artisan Parfumeur Mechant Loup.
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 4 November 08

    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Route du Vetiver
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    Re: SotD - Monday, 3 November 08

    L'Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses.
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    Re: There is NO Boisd'Orage /French Lover 9%

    Staring right back at me from my desk: French Lover 50ml, probably bought from Les Senteurs in the UK or direct from FM online originally... 9%.

    The label is of the newer design as Richard d...
  43. Thread: The Top 5's

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    Re: The Top 5's

    Top 5 Carried with me at all times:

    1. Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
    2. FM Musc Ravageur
    3. FM Bigarade Concentree
    4. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    5. L'Artisan Voleur de Roses


    Top 5 Eternal...
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    Re: New Serge Lutens - El Attarine

    I too unexpectedly received a wax sample of [among others] El Attarine today. Yay!

    My initial thoughts are similar to BrothaG's: slightly sweet and fruity-floral up at the top end, and soft woods...
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    Re: Everyone name one stinker!

    Well, Secretions Magnifique is too obvious and deliberately noisome, so my choice would be the lung-worrying Jelly Belly: Blueberry Muffin Demeter fragrance.
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    Re: SotD - Friday, 8 August 08

    Bah - completely forgot about 8/08/08!

    L'Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses until I get home, at which point it'll be on with the No 88, or the CdG 8 88 if I've got any left...
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    Re: Decant labelling options?

    Thanks guys :)

    Yes, I ended up buying a Brother P-Touch 1010. I've not used it in anger yet, but it seems more than up to the task - all sorts of different label size/colour combinations...
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    Decant labelling options?

    Hi, folks. Thought this was the right sub-forum to ask this question:

    Decanters - what do you use to make your labels for your vials/5ml-10ml atomizers?

    I don't really want to go as far as to...
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    Re: Sticky Cake (Comme Des Garcons)

    Burnt Sugar is showing as out of stock there, and has done since the beginning of the year, if not earlier. Much to my dismay, as I'm one of them raving bloggers ;)

    Sticky Cake is a recent...
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    Re: Searching for a warm vanillic scent

    Egoiste came to mind as I read through the thread. I don't know how readily available it is in Sweden, though.

    It certainly doesn't assault the senses as much as Joop Homme, Pi or some of the...
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    Re: SotD - Friday, 20 June 08

    L'Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier... Extreeeeeeeme!
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    Re: SotD, Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    Good ol' GIT.
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    Re: SotD, Tuesaday, June 10, 2008

    Creed Green Valley.

    Very nice scent, but all day I've been fighting the urge to give a sadistic schoolteacher a short sharp boxing lesson...
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    Re: SotD - Monday, 9 June 08

    L'Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier Extreme.
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    Re: S.O.T.D - Friday 6th June - 2008

    Ormonde Jayne Isfarkand.
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    Re: SotD Thursday, June 5, 2008

    A slightly risky one today: Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, on what's shaping up to be a warm and sunny day here in Englandcestershire. I've tried to spritz lightly, honest I have... :D
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    Re: Immediate Love versus Festering Love

    Immediate: SL Chergui

    'Festering': CdG Synthetic Series: Tar. The only fragrance so far that I've gone from actively disliking at first sample ["Blue cheese?! Gawd no!"] to buying and wearing...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday, 4 June, 2008

    Creed Millesime Imperial.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday, 3 June, 2008

    Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense: Zagorsk.

    If ever you need a fragrance to accompany a game of Medieval: Total War, look no further. :)
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    Re: SotD Monday, June 2, 2008 - dedicated to YSL

    Live Jazz [It's the only YSL I have].
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    Re: SotD, Thursday, 29 May 08

    I'm obviously going through a bit of a L'Artisan phase, as my SotD was/is Timbuktu. Wonderfully weird stuff :)
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    Re: Acqua di Parma

    Don't worry - at least one person shares your minority opinion!

    Despite being initially wowed by Arancia di Capri and Fico di Amalfi, as soon as I encountered Bigarade concentree and Philosykos...
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    Re: Most beautiful bottle in your wardrobe

    As a designer, my answer's easy, and it's the same as Mike's, pretty much!

    The CdG Parfum/White/2/2 Man bottle is an ergonomic masterpiece, with attention to detail I've not found in any other...
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    Re: SotD - Wednesday, 28 May 08

    A possibly-belated-depending-upon-time-zone birthday congrats to KiatBKK and Taolady!

    L'Artisan Parfumeur's Voleur de Roses again today, though I feel slightly dirty admitting to wearing the same...
  65. Thread: MPG Bahiana

    by simisker
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    Re: MPG Bahiana

    Well there you go, finsfan: I think you've answered your own question.

    Having sampled Bahiana in an office environment, I have to say that it didn't feel as though it was at home [despite my...
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    Re: Black xs reviews....

    It's odd, but I don't find the bottle to be gothic at all. Sure, the individual design facets could be taken as such - black bottle, blackletter typography, stylised rose - but these facets have long...
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 27 May 08

    "Ah, good morning, sir... though were you to survey the grounds through the fenestration as I have, you would doubtless remark on the moistness of the peacocks and bring in to pertinent question the...
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    Re: Anything smell like...

    Really? This has just rocketed up my 'to try' list :)

    Black XS definitely has an 'artificial strawberry' accord to my nose. Think strawberry ice lolly [erm... popsicle?] rather than accurate...
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    Re: SOTD - Monday May 18, 2008

    Congrats, Mike :)

    Comme des Garcons' Tar for me today.
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    Re: SOTD - Monday May 18, 2008

    Congrats, Mike :)

    Comme des Garcons' Tar for me today.
  71. Re: The Vilest Scent Ever - Sécrétions Magnifiques

    This backs up something I was thinking about SM - it occurred to me that it may, in tiny amounts and in combination with a normal fragrance, give a 'Grenouille' aura effect.

    But when I say a tiny...
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    Re: Ebay safe for creed?

    Further to the already sound advice given, I'd add two more factors that can increase buying confidence: photographs of the actual bottles up for auction, and the obtaining of official...
  73. Re: From the following houses, which MUST be tried??

    Etat Libre d'Orange
    I'm surprised that there have been so many mentions of Jasmin et Cigarette - not because I think it's a bad scent [I don't - it's a very likeable jasmine], but because it offers...
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    Re: SotD, Friday, 9 May 2008

    It's going to be another lovely day here in the UK [who says us Brits aren't obsessed by the weather? :D] so today its going to be that strawberry-lolly-dropped-in-soil nostalgiafest known as Paco...
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    Re: Your most versatile fragrance

    In my experience - mainly niche-based, admittedly - I've found that both Acqua di Parma Colonia and good ol' Green Irish Tweed have proven themselves to be the most versatile fragrances in my...
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    Re: SotD - Thursday, 8 May 08

    Frederic Malle's Une Rose for me today.

    Not one I normally wear, but a light application of this juicy rose went a long way and worked a treat on this sunny English day.

    No compliments, but...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 6th of May

    Weather forecast is good here in the UK, so while I await delivery of my MI, it's...

    Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentree :)
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    Re: Your favourite from L'Artisan?

    Adore: Voleur de Roses
    Like and respect: Timbuktu, Passage d'Enfer, L'eau de l'Artisan
    Pleasantly surprised by: Mechant Loup
    Respect: Dzing!
    Surprisingly apathetic toward: Tea For Two, Fou...
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 22 April 2008

    Comme des Garcons Synthetic Series: Garage.

    I'm not expecting any compliments ;)
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    Re: Top 3 niche summer scents

    That's a most agreeable summer trio, right there :)

    If I had to suggest three others, though, I'd go with:
    Ormonde Jayne - Isfarkand
    AdP - Colonia
    Frederic Malle - Bigarade Concentree.
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    Re: Worst. Smell. EVER.

    Etat Libre d'Orange's Secretions Magnifique.

    It really does smell of wet dog.

    Frankly, I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned already, and can only assume that previous posters haven't yet...
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    Re: Chergui - juice now green II (with photos)

    Thanks for the photographic confirmation, Trebor [and Ascella!]. There's no denying that it's not just a trick of the light now, despite what I and others suspected.

    Whilst this is obviously...
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    Re: The Best of Andy Tauer

    I appear to be in a minority, but I was never that keen on Orris.

    It was so damn tart/acid that all I could think of when wearing it was... well, you know in those old Warner Bros cartoons where a...
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    Re: What Frag(s) Literally Make You Sick?

    I dismissed this question as merely a melodramatic figure of speech, until yesterday.

    Immediately following the ominous thought "Hey, just how bad could this be?", I liberally applied half a...
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    Re: Bois du Portugal

    Bois is pronounced "Bwah", actuellement ;)

    Try it here, after selecting a French 'speaker':

    http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to-speech-interactive-demo.html
  86. Thread: Chergui ?

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    Re: Chergui ?

    Both my export and [recently purchased] bell-jar versions are the same deep rich brown unless looked at with light directly behind, where they have a definite greenish hue. It's quite remarkable.
    ...
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    Re: Your best Steals & Deals!

    My two greatest steals have both come from eBay:

    500ml Comme des Garcons Citrico for £6 [!]
    100ml L'Artisan Fou d'Absinthe for £25

    Needless to say, both deals made me a happy and fragrant...
  88. Re: Comme des Garçons 888 - new scent, one-week sale in London, etc.

    Yeah, I'd agree with you on the 'it smells white' angle... also 'fresh', 'synthetic' [hey, this is CdG, after all :)], and your opinion on its gentle 'florality', if you'll pardon the badly coined...
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    Re: Burr Reviews - two value systems ?

    To be fair, the two answers reflect him knowingly addressing two different audiences: the passionate cognoscenti of good ol' Basenotes, and the passing/mildly interested readers of his column which...
  90. Thread: MPG samples

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    Re: MPG samples

    There's a guy on Ebay who bundles MPG samples for a good price:
    ...
  91. Re: Burr reviews Acqua di Parma (Blu Med) Mandorlo di Sicilia

    I agree, Mike - too synthetic; too unsubtle, and - surprisingly for this lover of sweet gourmands/orientals - too cloyingly sweet.

    I've tested all those still available in the range, and this one...
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    Re: SL Cedre - assault on the senses

    To update my naive post of over a year ago[!], I have to say that Cedre has become a solid 'top 5' scent for me.

    First of all, contrary to my earlier opinion, cedar it most definitely is. The...
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    Re: Warm and spicy, like CdG EdP?

    Now that I've lived with it a while, I'd be glad to - just allow me to briefly divert the flow away for a moment, and mention that Dimitri was spot on with his Penhaligon's LP No 9 For Men allusion...
  94. Re: Comme des Garçons 888 - new scent, one-week sale in London, etc.

    That H2O molecule's gonna rattle around in the bottle...

    Seriously, though, it's at least heartening to see that they're not touting it as a 'lux' scent. I hope it's something a bit different; I...
  95. Thread: Fun scents?

    by simisker
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    Re: Fun scents?

    All but one of my fun/playful/mischievous scents are, unsurprisingly, from CdG: Garage, Tar, Soda, Skai, Odeur 53, Odeur 71, Citrico, Burnt Sugar.

    I also have a huge bottle of Demeter Playdoh,...
  96. Re: Proposed Poll to find our favorite Serge Lutens!

    Here's a counter-proposal for you: Split it into separate export and non-export polls. Fewer get left out and everyone get to choose two SLs [who can ultimately pick only one?! I know I couldn't!].
    ...
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    Re: Cdg discontinuation false rumor?

    From a Luckyscent e-mail newsletter, 8th November:



    True, it's not straight from the horse's mouth - more the stableboy's mouth - but this would seem to confirm the demise of the Sweet series,...
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    Re: Usher fragrance is pure teen crap!

    I can't help but think that one of the notes would be Lazy Iris...
  99. Re: Just got Chergui through as a decant... where can I buy it?!! Cant find it anywhe

    I'm pretty sure they don't have any LE/Export Chergui left, unfortunately.

    A work colleague of mine ordered some from Escentual, but delay followed delay; eventually she caved in and bought a bell...
  100. Thread: 53 - 71

    by simisker
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    Poll: Re: 53 - 71

    They both have their merits, but taking into account frequency of wearing, I'd have to plump for 53.

    On a related note - and I hope The_love doesn't mind me branching this thread a little -...
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