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  1. Re: Oh, how this hobby is bad for my bank account!

    When it starts to get REALLY expensive is when you've filled one cupboard, realise that you don't have space for a second cupboard and then work out that you need to buy a bigger house in order to...
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    Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain alternative?

    The alternative to buying a full bottle is to find a mate who also wants a decant and split a bottle with them so you'd only be paying £45 each (including the cost of a decent spray bottle for half...
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    Re: SOTD, Monday 15 September, 2014

    Today I'm mostly smelling of a beautiful combination, Germolene and CD Dune.

    The Dune because I wanted to wear it and the Germolene because I'm covered in teeny tiny scratches caused by teeny tiny...
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    Re: Ugliest Bottle for a Great Cologne?

    No thanks, but I've got a very good excuse. My evening bag is way to small to fit in dog toys :smiley:
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    Re: Ugliest Bottle for a Great Cologne?

    Ye gods, both of those are too ugly for me to even think of trying them.
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    Re: Scents that you wear for other people?

    I don't wear any fragrance for someone else, but I do choose my fragrance based upon those who I know I'm going to be around on a particular day. I try not to duplicate and to wear something...
  7. Re: Ever asked a person who was of the same sex what they were wearing? If so, how did you approach

    If you make your question into a compliment then most people find it impossible to resist a) being flattered and b) telling you what you want to know. The result of this is that they feel good and...
  8. Re: Shock and awww! Nasomatto Blamage mini email gif. Possibly nsfw

    I'm just envisaging how uncomfortable it would be to give birth to bottles with square corners.

    Fair makes me eyes water, it does ;)
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    Re: what would the sons of anarchy wear?

    Whatever they wear won't have a chance of being smelled around the smell of their colours, leathers and bikes,
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Tuesday, 2 September, 2014.

    The reason I allow the doctors to do this is because I plan on feeling a whole load better tomorrow, so thank you for the moral support everybody :smiley:

    Now all I need is for someone else to...
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    Re: Does civet smell bad?

    Scientists who were trying to identify what makes up the taste sensation of 'sweet' found that it can be produced from a whole load of chemicals in combination, none of which on their own taste sweet...
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    Re: Tom Ford virgin......

    I'm not that keen on the BO either. I'm much happier with Neroli Portofino or Grey Vetiver.
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    Re: Moment of Clarity

    I know that I have far more perfume than I can ever wear, but I also know that I haven't finished learning yet. Before I ever encountered Basenotes or the world of fragrance as a hobby, I had a...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Tuesday, 2 September, 2014.

    I've been wearing Cabaret to wear around lots of hospital and doctor appointments, including the joys of having needles put into my knee joints with no anaesthetic (thanks doctor, I was hoping you'd...
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    Re: How much do you spend a month of fragrance?

    I'm at the lower end too, anything from 0 to about £40, but tending to be less than £20 most months. Are those who claim to only buy things which are FB worthy spending on any samples? I can afford...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Friday, 29 August, 2014.

    I've sort of been in synch today, but only sort of.

    I went to go and buy a friend her birthday present and on the way past just happened to coincide with a bottle of Neroli Portofino EdP. I do...
  17. Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino or Mandarino di Amalfi? Thread by Classyscents

    I like them both (only having tested them both from my local perfume counter though, as there's no chance I'll ever afford either!) but Neroli Portofino is head and shoulders above Mandarino di...
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    Re: eBAY - OnlineBeautyBuys?

    I wouldn't DARE to leave a negative if I'd only waited 8 days for a delivery! And as for asking the seller to lie, that buyer should be embarrassed. If people are leaving negatives for such petty...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Tuesday, 26 August, 2014.

    Ooooh ROBERTO, you smell yummy today :smiley:

    Well today has been a rather odd one. Had a lie in because my OH was still feeling a bit groggy and wasn't at work today, but then all of a surprise...
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    Re: New uk based sample service?

    I have lots of 'men's' perfumes, but I'd also like to be able to try some of the ones that are marked 'feminine'.
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    Re: Anything similar to L'occitane Cade?

    Errrr, if you're in the UK Eau des Baux is currently on their website and available :smiley:
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    Re: eBAY - OnlineBeautyBuys?

    I've used them for a number of less expensive purchases so I can't comment on the Creed purchases, but everything I've bought from them has looked completely straight up, smelled like it should and...
  23. Re: Folks who ask you what fragrance you're wearing

    Am I the only one who has friends who know that I collect and who are quite happy to pick up my arm to get a good sniff when we meet? I (or more correctly my collection) has become a greeting with...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 25th August 2014

    Good afternoon everybody. Typical soggy August here too :smiley:

    Givenchy Gentleman over here, and I think that this one is the dog's favourite as she keeps burying her head into my neck and...
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    Re: is fragrance a luxury good?

    Just to put a different spin on the context of this thread, did you know that during the war cigarettes and lipstick were not rationed because they were regarded as a necessity?

    They were so much...
  26. Re: what's the percentage of guys who wear any fragnace??

    My OH has his choice of fragrance for when he's going out or when he can please himself, and then he wears whatever I buy him (inexpensive but tolerable middle of the road scents) for when he's at...
  27. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    I'd take the time to source some still sealed vintage bottles of all of the perfumes which I love and which are now no longer produced, and then stockpile the few fragrances that I know I will never...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, August 24, 2014

    I'm home with an OH who's got a cold that he claims is flu (if it was flu he wouldn't be able to go outside for a cigarette, would he?) and a dog with a limp today, so they're both treated to some...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday, 23rd August 2014

    Good evening :smiley:

    I'm having my opinion about Ombre Mercure changed today. When I first tested it I loved it and thought that I would very much enjoy wearing it. However today, on a full day...
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    Re: Chandler Burr's Untitled S02E04

    I'd love to try this out but I just can't justify $40 just for postage. Do you think we could persuade one of the companies to do similar in the UK, or at least in Europe?
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 22nd August, 2014

    Good afternoon everybody :smiley:

    I'm in synch and twinnying with everybody else that's wearing Arpege today. I was trying to decide between all of my Balmain and Lanvin scents and maybe I'd have...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, August 10, 2014

    And we've got it now, up in Yorkshire. All the lights are on and the rain is hammering down- as long as it doesn't interrupt coverage of the Challenge Cup semi final I'll be happy :smiley: I really...
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    Re: Oh no.... the itch

    I had more than 5 even before I started collecting...

    I'm approaching 200 full size bottles now.
  34. Re: Please: a complex scent with jasmine and head-turning sillage

    You don't need to worry about offending anybody with opinions on this site, as long as you're restricting your opinion to perfumes and don't stray into politics and religion :smiley: We all love one...
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    Re: Fragonard Fragances

    Yoohoo! I've got quite a few Fragonard fragrances, including Eau d'Hongrie, Patchouli and Vetiver, from the unisex/masculine end (and a dozen from their female line). From those I don't have but...
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    Re: Daytime date choice?

    TdH is very much a date scent, and anybody wearing it in my presence is likely to find themselves gently snuffled (in a nice way, of course!).

    Why are people worried about what scent you're...
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    Re: your favourite male scent to wear

    I wear quite a lot of officially masculine scents:

    Givenchy Gentleman
    Bottega Veneta pour Homme
    Cassini for men
    Eau Sauvage
    Fahrenheit
    Paco Rabanne original
    Molinard Madrigal
    Monsieur de...
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    Re: Ridiculous sillage

    I can usually smell cigarette smoke at a similar radius.
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    Re: Favourite or Cult Status Discontinued Scents.

    This is very similar to my list.

    I'm very lucky to own vintage parfum of Miss Dior, Dune, Givenchy III, Miss Balmain, Opium, Gucci No 3, Ivoire and Obsession, but there are loads that I see up for...
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    Re: Today I Finished...

    I think I'm incapable of finishing a bottle, even a very small one like a sample. I've got the last couple of drops of an awful lot of them, so one last wear of all sorts of things ends up being...
  41. Re: Please: a complex scent with jasmine and head-turning sillage

    You could also have been smelling the really dominant jasmine in original Gucci Envy. I know it's listed as just being one of the floral notes, but I get it far more dominant than the others and...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 9th August 2014

    Morning :smiley:

    I'm wearing Love- don't be cruel by Kilian today, from a sample courtesy of lpp :smiley:
  43. Re: New Free to a Good Home, no requests August, 2014

    Thank you so much lpp, the samples arrived this morning and I'm leaving a gentle trail of 'Love- don't be cruel' as I move around the house :smiley:

    I'd love to claim your samples teardrop but...
  44. Re: Stereotypical "Feminine" Bottles, Packaging: Irritating? Offensive? Humiliating?

    I find the over-proliferation of the pink and frilly as a means of advertising to women nauseating. Sometimes I wear colourful clothing these days (now I'm not spending every day in bike leathers)...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 6 August 2014

    Morning world :smiley:

    I'm wearing Bulgari Black today, although my OH, who is off work with a migraine, says that he can't bear the perfume as it's making his headache worse, so I may be heading...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    Good morning world :smiley:

    I'm meeting my world head on this morning with vintage Miss Balmain parfum, so I guess that's showing that I'm not in the mood for fluffiness today. I think I'd be in...
  47. Re: New Free to a Good Home, no requests August, 2014

    Oooooh please miss, can I ask for the By Killian samples please lpp?

    *bats eyelashes and looks hopeful*
  48. Poll: Re: Compliments: Neroli Portofino or Acqua Universalis Forte?

    I'm desperately in love with Neroli Portofino, but it's not because I want to smell it on a partner. I covet a bottle of it for myself.
  49. Thread: Niche...

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    Re: Niche...

    Mine was a part used bottle of Illuminum Arabian Amber picked up for a fiver on Ebay, purely because I could afford to try it.

    The first niche that I chose to buy because I loved it was Parfums de...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, August 4, 2014

    Hope everybody's having a lovely day today, my SotD is Bottega Veneta. I've come to the conclusion that it's unlikely that this will be discontinued in the near future so 'saving it for a special...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black To Be Discontinued.

    I've still got about 60 of the 75ml in my bottle and at 3 or 4 wears a year that should keep me going for the rest of my life.

    *not panicking and buying a back up bottle, not panicking and buying...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday, August 2, 2014

    I'm in Antilope today and shocked that I've managed to go 2 whole weeks without even buying a sample. I must be coming down with something.
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    Re: different price of git, different smell?

    The only thing I'd check is whether one is EdP and the other EdT (no idea whether both are even made, but that's often the explanation for why prices are different) but if they are both the same...
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    Re: Opinions of Yankee Candle

    I was given the most sickly sweet and overpowering 'Hot Cocoa' candle last Christmas and I just can't bear the smell of it, so it's in the back of a cupboard until I can find someone to give it to. ...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, August 1, 2014

    For once, I thought to look at the Synchronised Friday thread before going into the cupboard this morning, so I'm in Diorissimo (sadly not 50s vintage) today.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, July, 29th, 2014

    Good morning :smiley:

    Myrurgia Maja (vintage made in Spain version) for me this morning.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July 24, 2014

    I'm wilting in the heat today, accompanied by some Body Shop Amber Oud. I think that this evening will involve lying in front of a fan with a big bottle of the sort of Spanish cologne that they...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 23rd July 2014

    Today I'm wearing the vintage Estee Super that arrived this morning (which is old enough to have been in a pressurised atomiser, so it's got all fo the goodies that are now banned), but with...
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    Re: I blame you basenotes :p

    Most of my perfumes fit in one cupboard (just about).


    It still counts as one cupboard if all of your boxed sets and the ones you don't wear very often are in another cupboard, doesn't it?
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    Re: Beginner looking for a nice candle

    Yes, PdN have a website, but you need to be aware that they will be sending your purchases from France (they still delivered my latest package in one day though).

    Decleor perfumed candles are...
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    Re: July Purchases

    Blimey Puma, you don't do things by half, do you?

    I had planned to not buy any perfumes during July but it kind of went a bit awry over the weekend, so I now have:

    Bottega Veneta pour Homme,...
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    Re: I blame you basenotes :p

    You're not REALLY addicted if your fragrances only take up half a table. If you're properly addicted then you need at least a cupboard for your fragrances and another for the samples that you always...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 22 July, 2014

    Again, I allowed the random thing on the BN wardrobe to decide what I am wearing today, so I'm wearing Philosophy Summer Grace, which is OK (I suppose) but rather bland and fleeting, and apparently...
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    And when you've worked out whether a compliment from a woman has more weight for the receiving man, you can start getting your heads around whether a woman complimenting your fragrance means anything...
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    Re: Your favorite powdery scent?

    I've got a new powdery favourite- Molinard Chypre d'Orient, which dries down to be very reminiscent of the dry down of lots of old Dior scents.
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    Re: I blame you basenotes :p

    Hello Tollers, welcome to the Hotel California of the perfume world :smiley:

    I wish you luck in getting to the end of your experimental phase before the money runs out! (sadly mine started out...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, July 21, 2014

    I allowed the random thingy on the BN wardrobe to choose a random fragrance for me to wear today, so consequently I'm in original Moschino EdT from the back of the cupboard. I'm actually pleasantly...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday 19 July 2014

    I'm struggling to cope with the humidity today. It's 85% relative humidity in my living room at the moment. The windows are open but it's howling down outside so it's only going to get worse in...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday 16th July 2014

    My SotD today has been Bottega Veneta pour homme, which was a present from a very good friend who is observant with the sort of scents that I like to buy :smiley:
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    Re: Bottega veneta pour homme

    This is my SotD thanks to a very lovely good friend who, like me, does things on a very small budget but who is very observant about the sort of scents that I like and bought me a small but perfectly...
  71. Re: Article: Anosmia – Don’t take your noses for granted!

    I think that I rely on smell, taste and sight since my hearing problems have become more prevalent and I can't move properly and lack sensation for so much of my body these days.

    I can't wear...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday 15th July 2014

    I'm twinnying with ErinK in Chanel No19 today, but I'm really not sure that today's feral cats appreciate it to its fullest :smiley:
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 13th July 2014

    I'm twinnying with easyfish today in Cristalle EdT.

    We're having our one and only day of going to the seaside tomorrow, so wish us luck with the weather :smiley:
  74. Re: I'm a woman & don't like "feminine" scents!

    Hi eclecticgal

    I couldn't agree more about so many of the 'feminine' perfumes out there. I can't bear most of the fruity floral sweet stuff that we're apparently meant to enjoy smelling of.
    ...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Thursday, 10 July, 2014.

    Hope everybody's having a good day today. I managed to take a friend who is in even worse shape than me (and who can't drive) out shopping and get her food for the next week back home and in the...
  76. Re: My fragrances hardly ever sell on here....What am I, chopped liver ?

    The major reasons why I haven't bought anything from the threads here:

    1) There's an awful lot of people in the US, none of whom are interested in shipping to the UK, and very few UK based users...
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    Re: How Do You Open Sample Vials?

    The dab on sort of samples quite often defeat me with my one and a bit working arms. They take two strong hands to open them without jettisoning the contents everywhere apart from where it's meant...
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    Re: Summer Patchouli

    Parfums de Nicolai Patchouli Intense is a very well behaved patchouli which is in the background behind rose and geranium. It's got a really good longevity and a couple of sprays will still be going...
  79. Re: "The one cologne to rule them all!" Which one is yours?

    If I could only choose one it would be between:

    Parfums de Nicolai Patchouli Intense
    Givenchy III
    vintage Miss Dior
    Miss Balmain
    Bottega Veneta

    I'd struggle to only use one, but a lifetime...
  80. Re: BN members....What's your take on Parfums de Nicolai ? Good stuff or not so good ?

    I am desperately in love with PdN Patchouli Intense (Patchouli Homme as was) and this was my first full price expensive bottle of fragrance. I like Baladin too, but not enough to save up for a full...
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    Re: No More Love For the Classic Eau Sauvage?

    My Eau Sauvage is a vintage bottle from sometime in the late 80s (another one from my grandad's collection) and I really like it and don't see why anybody is worried about what needs to be worn by...
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 6th July 2014

    We've had a very exciting day here, with the Tour de France passing within half a mile of my house (and right past the door of my favourite pub!) and finishing further over in the city. Everything...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Thursday, 3 July, 2014.

    I'm smelling fabulous in vintage Sagamore today :smiley:

    Hope everybody is having a good day and that your husband's appointment goes well teardrop.
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    Re: looking for a scottish parfume

    The answer to your question is- both :smiley: I also had a very good box of Sweet Eve strawberries from Scotland this week.

    As for the OP's question, After the Rain Noir comes recommended as well...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 1st July 2014

    I started out today in original Magie, but after getting really mucky clearing up I've been for a shower and I'm now fragrant in Fragonard Patchouli and about to make some macaroni cheese and salad...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Sunday. 29 June, 2014.

    I just spotted my post count, what with all the speak of posts, and found that I was on 665, the neighbour of the beast.

    Now I'm almost at my old username on many forums, which was medusa666...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Sunday. 29 June, 2014.

    I'm a vision in my decorating clothes and headscarf accompanied by Illuminum Tribal Black Tea today.

    My friend who is in an even worse health state than me needs to downsize to a tiny flat from...
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    Re: Galimard Cologne Absolue range

    I've had parcels from Galimard and Fragonard arrive from Grasse in only 3 days, so I would have no hesitation in ordering from both again, although they were beaten by the next day service from...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 28.June.2014

    The highlight of today is doing the ironing (whilst propped up on a tall stool to try to reduce the strain on back and knee, of course, and doing it very slowly because I've only got one working arm)...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

    Or in my case, a woman's scent :smiley:

    My bottle originally belonged to my grandad and I got it after his death, along with his other scents. I would estimate that it's from sometime in the 80s...
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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    I feel a trip to my local Guerlain counter coming on. I'm already well known as a serial tester there :embarassed:
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    Re: Today I Bought - June 2014

    I think that it's a pretty modern one- it has all of the markings that I'd expect from relatively up to date packaging and the box is too sharp to be a vintage. I don't think I could afford a...
  93. Re: Up to 40 colognes, and I am promising I will not buy one until I actually finish 1 bottle!

    The only bottles I've got any chance of finishing are the ones that were more than half empty before I started collecting, now I've got more than 100 full sized bottles and another 50 full miniatures...
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    Re: Today I Bought - June 2014

    After the bottle of Miss Dior vintage parfum I've been having a rather tough month, which can be seen by the splurge I've had this month:

    a Shalimar Parfum Initial set including body lotion...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 27 June, 2014.

    I'm not at all in synch today because I've already worn my newest this week. I'm in Roma today and looking forward to another day of dictating the world (or at least my corner of it and part of the...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Thursday, 26 June, 2014.

    Yoohoo all :smiley:

    I'm wearing Eau Sauvage today, although it seems to have faded rather quickly over the last 6 hours.

    Peak of the day so far has been putting the dishwasher on, so I'm...
  97. Re: Article: Anosmia – Don’t take your noses for granted!

    Losing my sense of smell would be a genuine tragedy in my life, so I have no idea how you're coping Get Lippie. I'm acutely aware that the tea I drink is not actually a flavour, it's a smell and...
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    Re: Creed Scents: Overrated (A Noob's Opinion)

    Fragrance is all about taste and if your taste is for something other than Creed then that's just fine :smiley:

    I personally like GIT and Royal Oud, but I think that Millesime Imperial smells like...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Wednesday, 25 June, 2014.

    I'm so sorry to hear that Robin. Sometimes they do just take themselves off when the time comes. I hope he is found safe and that he gets to end his days in your arms, all loved up and secure.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Wednesday, 25 June, 2014.

    Ey up everybody :smiley:

    Today's chilling in my recliner session is sponsored by Arran Aromatics After the Rain, in all of its surprisingly inexpensive loveliness.

    Hope you're all having lovely...
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