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    Re: Best masculine rose for hot days?

    Based on the suggestions so far my ideas may seem a little off track, but here goes: For hot weather I really enjoy Diptyque L'ombre dans l'eau and Hermes Concentre de Pamplemousse Rose.

    L'ombre...
  2. Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    I don't know where you live in MN but being an native expat from the northern part of the state I remember how much fun it was to take trips to "The Cities." I would guess that the Nieman Marcus in...
  3. Re: Is there a non-powdery straight up sandalwood frag?

    Art of Shaving Sandalwood is full on sandalwood. But reading your last post, Kybid, you may not like it because it is rather sharp and not at all creamy.
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    Re: Diptyque new bottle design

    Here is a link to an article about the new bottle as well as a Diptyque produced video promo for the new design.

    http://www.mydaily.co.uk/2012/04/02/diptyque-reveals-new-look-fragrance/

    I've...
  5. Re: Basenotes Directory Trend - Reviews get more negative with time ?

    In a previous life I worked for market research firm so I'm a sucker for this sort of thing. I'm going all nerd just thinking about it. Frankly, I think hednic's single sentence probably sums it up...
  6. Re: Has this ever happen with your perfume purchase?

    BurgundyMarsh: so going back to Rizack's question of why a fragrance might smell weaker or have less development doesn't to seem have this as an explanation because the concentration in the bottle or...
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    Sticky: Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

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    I received the same email as 30 Roses when I made my request. But they also provided the name of a locally owned, women's fashion boutique that carries some of their line. It wasn't a retailer I...
  8. Re: Has this ever happen with your perfume purchase?

    BurgundyMarsh, thanks for straightening me out on this point. So if oils are dissolved then is it possible for them to come out of solution in the bottle? Not very science literate when it comes to...
  9. Re: Has this ever happen with your perfume purchase?

    If I'm about to provide information that's incorrect I'll gladly take my comeuppence :) Using the wine analogy, simply opening a bottle of wine to "let it breathe" isn't really effective since so...
  10. Re: Has this ever happen with your perfume purchase?

    I don't think the 'straw/tube theory' is valid. There's no way for any significant amount of liquid to enter the tube since getting anything inside requires the force of vacuum/suction which is...
  11. Re: Is It Rude To Ask for Samples at Nordstrom & Sephora?

    I recently wrote to Diptyque asking to purchase samples but their response indicated they don't mail samples. Instead they referred me to a small, locally owned, very upscale women's clothing...
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    Re: Women wearing men's/unisex fragrances

    Esansh, The following link was posted by Gandhajala on the "Fragrance Industry and General Discussion" forum. It links to 2 articles from Le Monde. The second link goes directly to the first of the...
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    Re: Scent causes involuntary salivation

    Concentre Eau de Pamplemousse Rose. It's not like I've got drool running down my shirt but the mouth watering sensation is similar to cutting into a fresh grapefruit. The effect is refreshing and one...
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    Re: Sous le Vent - batch variation

    Sorry, doubled up...
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    Re: Sous le Vent - batch variation

    Larimar, thank you for sharing this link!
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    Re: Fragrances you WANT to like

    I really, really hoped Derring Do by Ineke would be it. The notes read perfectly and the reviews universally fantastic so I ordered Ineke's beautiful sampler pack and...
    Ack! What the...? Where are...
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    Re: On Blind Buying

    Things rarely work out well for me with blind buys so I view it like gambling or investing in the stock market: I only do it if I wont miss the money should the fragrance and I not be a happy match....
  18. Re: Is the elaborate packaging backfiring on By Kilian?

    Nukapai, I admire your well thought out responses. You really helped me reach a clearer understanding on that interminable thread I started elsewhere :dankk2:

    When I purchase a piece of art the...
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    Re: Should I go scentless?

    I know this is speaking heresy on BN so don't shoot me, I'm just providing information! Most professional orchestras and choruses in the US have policies forbidding the use of perfumes and fragrances...
  20. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    Asaskian, I should have put you in thank yous, too!
    As for your the rest of your post, no argument here! I'm just glad all of you have been so patient as I try to wrap my brain around a different...
  21. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    I can't believe how generous everyone has been taking time to share their knowledge and expertise. Thanks especially to Nukapai, Redneck Perfumisto, Evangaline and Ursula. This thread really shows...
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    Re: It is with sadness today

    Here in the heat of the SE US I had to bust out Pamplemousse Rose and Fico Di Amalfi about a month ago.
    I admit it freely: I'm not man enough to do Jicky or Cuir de Russie in temps and humidity...
  23. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    Thanks Nukapai :)
    I'm afraid my constant refrain of "objectivity" might be taken more literallly than intended. Sorry!

    It's just that as I smell a perfume like Giacobetti's En Passant and marvel...
  24. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    I think this post steers things in the right direction. It brings the discussion back to fragrances and offers a suggestion that seems as close to objective as we've come. I know, Dorje's answer...
  25. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    Kevin, I couldn't agree more! If there is anything all of you have so patiently helped me to understand it's that wearing a perfume really is a kind of performance! When we wear a scent we create a...
  26. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    Just realized that I've been using the words "standard" and "criteria" like there's some book of rules. Ack! Sorry! Not what I mean at all! As others have pointed out, over the breadth of human...
  27. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    There have been so many interesting replies I'll wade back into the Fracas. ;) Thank you especially to Asaskian. You expressed my thoughts so poetically.

    Sorry if I repeat myself... like everyone...
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    Evangeline, this is at the heart of my original question. Many reviews resort to cliches and stereotypes that are simply a dead end of likes and dislikes. I was hoping to find some sort of common...
  29. Re: Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    Thank you for your kind words of welcome as well as the extensive reply. And thanks for the beer, too!

    I think musicians are drawn to the world of fragrance because we are used to dealing with an...
  30. Objectively judging the quality of a fragrance as good or bad

    How do we objectively judge the quality of a fragrance as good or bad independent of our personal biases? In other words, how do we step aside from simply saying, "I don't like this therefore it's...
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    Re: Real Deer Musk

    Not to mention the 'Bringlish' spelling of "civilised" :)

    Thank you for such an illuminating reply. How in the world did you do that so quickly?

    Like so many things we consume, perfume is yet...
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    Re: Real Deer Musk

    Chris, I have always been amazed at the wonderfully civil tone of BN forums. Your nonjudgemental stance on this question really demonstrates the civility of BN'ers. Thanks!

    Now, not to cause this...
  33. Re: Is It Rude To Ask for Samples at Nordstrom & Sephora?

    I've never had any problems asking for samples at Sephora or Nordstrom. I remember the first time I asked for samples at Sephora I felt self conscious requesting five decants so I apologized to the...
  34. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    I haven't tried layering because I've spent a lot of time and money finding fragrances that work well for me all on their own. However, like everybody else, I've made more than my share of poor...
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    Re: Why do people who dislike a scent . . .

    I think Hillaire has summed this up pretty well. Another explanation: I think people often make the association with musk as an animal essence and then assume -since it is an animal essence- it must...
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    Re: Le Labo Perfumed Notebook

    When my wife and I go on sniffing binges we use Luca Turin's advice and bring along a paperback book to carry our blotter samples. It doesn't take long before the book has a wonderful -though...
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