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    Re: Today I Finished...

    I went to spritz some Balahé on as my SOTN, only to find, behold! it is empty! That black glass bottle, which is weighty, caught me off guard. I am a little heartbroken, and will see what is on ebay,...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 18th April, 2019

    Rien, because I bought it in Paris and it is an indelible scent memory of Paris.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Brilliant!
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    @thekelleybelle: beautiful writing! I recommend spacing out the sniffs. iirc, some scents lingered over eight hours and that late phase is worth appreciating.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I'm thinking Mousse Illuminée. Glad it is affordable.
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    Re: Basenotes Scratch ’n’ Sniff

    Hey, Grant, that was tots brillz! We should be grateful that Gogle hasn't figured out how to coopt scent!
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Last sniffs before I pass this on. Vintage Tabarome, and a revisit of Tabac Vert.
    Top: Tabarome is smoky, Tabac Vert is earthy
    Middle: I get something peachy, in the slightly fetid Mitsouko mode,...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    My first ever Creed sniffs: Verveine Narcisse and Bayrhum Vetiver. They have a solidity about them, something I'd call old-school manly. In fact, they evoke childhood memories of my dad, tho he...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I'm sniffing Derviche my arm right now, hours later. I get a powdery, ambery finish, quite faint. It is a pleasant unisex, IMO.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Good Sunday morning! It's snowing here in the 216! A good day to sample Derviche, which I also donned yesterday. I'd call Derviche an eccentric oriental. I get a bitter note—one I experience as...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Mousse Illuminée is mossy with a piny chill to it. I haven't done the sniffing equivalent of a close read in a long time, so my note identification is not as detailed as some of the good writing I'm...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    (note to self: do a side by side of these two tabacs)
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    ah, non-IFRA. No wonder the oakmoss bowled me over. No wonder I get the spectre of vintage Coty Chypre in Chypre Siam.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Chypre Siam: unmistakably mossy, with a quality I call "lotiony", some white flowers in the background rather than foreground, and a bit of burnt leaf. There is something familiar and nostalgic here....
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    So I noticed! I love Sarrasins in the warm weather. Sultry suits it.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    The Rogue has landed! Grazie molto, cacio!


    I've sniffed three, so here are my snippets of sniff:

    Tabac Vert: I put this on last night. First impression is a green tobacco, plus a soupçon of...
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    Re: Your Favourite Designer Brand Rose ?

    Guerlain Nahema is a jammy rose. Love it!
  18. Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Great read. I'm old enough to remember many of these fragrances, and of course I bought my dad English Leather on his birthday!
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

    Thank you for the birthday wishes, dear friends. Of course I'm in my signature, Mollie Parnis.

    I'm getting over a creeping crud of three weeks duration, which has delayed my present to self. When...
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    Re: Lagerfeld dies, aged 85

    I like the biking gloves.
  21. Re: Suggestions on summer frag: good sillage/longevity and cheap

    Amarige touches all those bases. Do sample first. It's not for everyone. I love it: it is a super sparkly ylang/mimosa floral, most cheerful.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 17th February, 2019

    Wow, what spectacular view! Thank you for sharing this!

    Moi, SoTD for the pas t three days has been. . . VapoRub. Nursing a really crummy cold. You know it's bad when I'm anosmic to Amarige!
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    Poll: Re: (Poll) Best Of: One-Star Review

    Amarige. It is loud and cheerful. For me, sentimental also. Here's my basenotes review:

    "Dime store fabulous is my first impression, and in a good way; something in Amarige reminds me of the...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

    You just inspired me to don D.S> & Durga Bowmakers for my SOTA. I got a sample from a "scent fitting" by Lucky Scent. It brings back memories of my orchestra days. I should spring for a full bottle, ...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Thank you for including me. I'm overdue for weighing in on a sample pass.
  26. Re: Frags For "The Insomniac" What do you wear while counting sheep?

    L'Heure Bleue had been my go-to. I still reach for LHB, but also at times for Eris Night Flower, which owes its bones to Shalimar.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 12th January, 2019

    So do I, dear!
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 12th January, 2019

    Hi, dear Q. The lipstick is L'Oreal 262, Fresh as a Rose, and has a bit of an orangey/apricot cast that does not register in this photo. I am forever in search of the perfect rose, not too dark, not...
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    Re: May 25, 2019 • Basenotes Chicago Meet-Up

    Interested!
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 12th January, 2019

    woops, a dup post!
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I would like to join. This is an unfamiliar house to me, and I need to sniff something new!
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 12th January, 2019

    Oh, a favorite of mine. Considered wearing it tonight for salsa dancing, but went with Mollie Parnis.

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Going out with friends for bossanova music and cocktails. SOTE is Mollie Parnis.
  34. Re: Traveling to Paris and wanted to buy a perfume for a friend's young daughter.

    Agree with cacio. I visited the store on Rue des Archives (a few blocks from the def-not-kid-stuff ELdO), and would suggest Odalisque in addition to cacio's recommendations.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 1st November, 2018

    Staying cozy/spicy in Balahé by Leonard
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

    The picture is of a sign in the middle school where I work, directing you to the main office. Can you blame me for my first reaction, to wit, "Should I have worn Chanel?"

    Seriously, it's...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 28th October, 2018

    Rainy day and I need to move my body! Exercise mat, weights, hula hoop, and Maja by Myrurgia. Latin music on the radio.
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    Re: The Trouble with Tuberose

    Fun read, but, where's Lutens? Tubereuse Criminelle socks you upside the head with Pepto-Bismol, then settles into luxury.
  39. Re: It's too darn hot! What do you wear when it's sweltering?

    Cool answers, pun partly intended. grayspoole, I see you like Amarige, too. Also, your list reminds me to break out my vintage Chamade EDC, in the disc bottle. It is quite vintage, with the ground...
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    Re: Fig?

    Discontinued, hardly subtle, and a lot of fun is Ralph Hot by Ralph Lauren.
  41. It's too darn hot! What do you wear when it's sweltering?

    We've had days of 90+ degrees Fahrenheit, with a heat index approaching 100°F. Myself, I'm worn out by the heat. Fragrance to the rescue, to counter, or to complement.

    Today it was Amarige. 4711...
  42. Re: A double-blind fragrant study: Luna Rossa Carbon vs. Sauvage

    I enjoyed reading your study.
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    Re: A sniff, a smooch — in Paris!

    Thank you! I'm still having reveries of our trip.
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    Re: Best Guerlain ever ....

    I've only experienced Nahema in the micro mini, so I don't know the concentration, but is a jammy rose to die for—and to get smooched in; at least, that's what it got me in Paris!
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    Re: Cigarettes and Motor Oil

    heh, recently home from Paris,all I could think was, What does the airport (CDG) have to do with fragrance? Ah, Comme des Garçons, yes?
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    Re: A sniff, a smooch — in Paris!

    merci, cazaubon!
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 16th July, 2018

    No, that wouldn't be it. I'll know the name when i hear it. Thank you, tho. Hope all is well.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 16th July, 2018

    kewart, bubeleh! be careful and feel better soon! XXXOOO

    SOTD was one of rynegne's MadHat scents from a few years ago. FOr the life of me I can't remember the name; it is dark juice and a bit of...
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    Re: Perfumes that Smell "Purple" to You

    definitely SL Sarrasins. It is purple and it smells purple.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 15th July, 2018

    Coping with the heat in vintage Chamade EdC. easyfish, your post reminds me to get out my Jacomo Silences. It is a bitter green that would refresh in this weather. It invites stillness.

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    Re: Fragrances that help you cool off?

    •Weil de Weil, long discontinued but around on ebay. It is super-green.
    •Oscar de la Renta Volupté, a yellow floral with a cool melon note.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 14th July, 2018

    @thediamonsea, I haven't been keeping up here lately, just want to wish you healing and comfort for whatever is going on.
    @thekelleybelle, welcome, new-ish member!

    To all, Happy Bastille Day! I...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 13th July, 2018

    That sweaty, smmery floriental, Balahé, slightly over-applied, alas. I seem to need less fragrance these days. My nose is waking up, perchance?
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    Re: A sniff, a smooch — in Paris!

    Love your story, Redneck Perfumisto!
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    Re: A sniff, a smooch — in Paris!

    Thank you, everyone, for reading my story and for your kind words. And thank you, LiveJazz for identifying the Boss fragrance,now on my shopping list, and to Redneck Perfumisto for amplifying on...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 9th July, 2018

    Greetings! I'm home and a bit jet-lagged/bragging. My son and I were in Tel Aviv, then Paris. SOTD is from another corner of the world, Myrurgia Maderas de Oriente.
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    A sniff, a smooch — in Paris!

    Dear fellow base-ists,

    my son and I just got home from a fine journey. We were in Tel Aviv for a week for a friend's son's wedding, then Paris for six nights; I figure If I'm travelling that far,...
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    Re: Scent Verse: Cigar Bloom

    Breathtaking. The smell of a cigar is a touchstone for me.
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    Re: Scent Verse: Nose Ode

    Beautiful, witty, evocative (I'm sounding like a perfume ad!). You rock the iambic pentameter, too.
  60. Re: (Well, let's chat about our 2018 summer rotation ..) / please help with summer EdC/perfume

    Weil de Weil is my mainstay, my favorite greenie. Silences by Jacomo, EL Private Collection, and ELdO Rien figure in. I also love Balahé by Léonard, that rare oriental that survives a hot sticky...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 3rd June, 2018

    A once in a lifetime layering today. I'm doing long-put-off housecleaning and found a decant of Bond St by Long Lost Perfumes, sent to me, no doubt, by some kind basenotes friend. I applied, then...
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    Re: Help Basenotes become awesomer

    done!
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    Re: Nagel's rotten fruit - pass the sample

    Wish I had seen this earlier. I need to go back to daily 'notes.
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    Re: Is Chanel No. 5 serious???

    Quip of the day!
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 3rd May, 2018

    I experienced Après l'Ondée today, not from a bottle, but en pleine aire, while taking the daily "flower tour" at Cleveland's historic Lake View Cemetery, just after a downpour. I can't post the...
  66. Re: Magno/La Toja doedorant spray—discontinued?

    Ah, via duckduckgo search enginge, I found it on thesoapbar.com. Anyone had experience buying from this site? Thank you!
  67. Magno/La Toja doedorant spray—discontinued?

    OK, mind you, this stuff is fiercely irritating; I put it on my armpits exactly once. otoh, it is a great spray for the "little room," and I love it's soapy/ European vibe. The soap is around, but...
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    Re: Billie Holiday Wore...

    I'm off to see a local production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grille" here in CLE. I don't have Tigress, but I have Fabergé's Flambeau and Aphrodisia, so I'll wear one of those.
  69. Re: Unforgettable scents with the Scent Guru, Ruth Sutcliffe

    I am so touched by this. My dad had Alzheimer's. While scent wasn't a part of our interactions, sounds were. He spent his last months in a wonderful facility that happened to be near a railroad...
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    Re: Today I bought March 2018

    I bought this on my birthday (the Coco Noir, not the 'Way—I bought that five years ago). Do I lead a charmed existence? Sometimes (:

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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

    (((the diamondsea)))
    I feel that much more blessed to be in a sweet spot at the moment. I have enough time, enough money, dear friends, and my children are well. I'm doing well enough at this moment...
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    Re: Scent Verse: Nose Ode

    I enjoyed your poem. Describein g a scent experience "objectively" seems impossible; poetry is the solution. Well done.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

    Subbing high school PE in Amarige (my force field), fortified with a dab of vintage Weil Kipling. They'll never know what hit them!
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

    I'm not familiar with Corisca Furiosa, extreme K. Is it a green monster?

    (note to knit at knight: The chanel rep at Dillards and I got on the subject of greens, and I owe him a Weil de Weil decant...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

    Aw, thanks, Mike. I do lurk.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

    Thank you again for the birthday wishes. I got myself a present, Coco Noir. Cameron, the rep at Dillard's in Beachwood Place Mall, approved, and even gift wrapped it for me. I'm enjoying the...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

    Oh, thank you, dear friends for the birthday wishes! I'm turning 40—in hexadecimal. SOTD is from my heedless youth, vintage Fabergé Aphrodisia EDC. Dinner with my daughter and my in-town sis...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 30th January, 2018

    Inspired by Jardanel's splendid Mitsouko thread, I am on my second day of round the clock wear. I've had a refill bottle fo the EdT for a few years, and it is more than half gone, but I really never...
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    Re: Creeping up on Mitsouko - my roundabout path

    Hello, dear ClaireV,

    how nice to hear from you! I still have about a few ml of the Véga; it is one of those scents I will wear for days on end, but especially before bed. Guerlains and Eris Night...
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    Re: Creeping up on Mitsouko - my roundabout path

    I cannot have been alone in running to my shelf and putting on some Mitsouko on reading this wonderful thread. I appreciate Mitsouko rather than love it; I find it sweet, fetid, and still. Like...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 17th January, 2018

    Happiest of birthdays, ineespenes!
    SOTN will be L'Heure Bleue, my favorite comfort scent.
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    Re: Revisiting Nuit de Noël

    Ah, your article sent me trolling on ebay. Not knowing which generation of N d N smells like, I decided to savor your description over taking chances. . .
  83. Re: Strange paranoia about finishing a cherished bottle...

    I finish with abandon. I even started a thread to that effect, "Today I Finished. . ."
  84. Re: NEW: Leonard - Eau Fabuleuse Limited Edition For Women!

    I have Leonard Balahé in the original dramatic black flacon with the red cord. I may be interested in trying something new from this house.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 29th October, 2017

    Oh, dear Quarry, thank you! It helps that I have that gorgeous Steinway. I'm glad I didn't cut that last note short. Brava on 70 pounds fewer; I bet you feel great!
    Hi, Starblind. Some scents are...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 29th October, 2017

    Home getting over a bug, Slightly stir-crazy. My nose is not up to taking on the all the samples in my Fragrance Fitting from LuckyScent, but I am happily curled up in the one that most matches my...
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    Re: Scent Verse: Firebird

    I heard Stravinsky's music in your words! Now I think I shall don some vintage Fabergé Flambeau. Bravo
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    Re: Harmonizes with Sweat

    Counterintuitively, may I suggest Balahé by Leonard? It is a heady floral oriental, and the only oriental I have ever worn in hot weather. Here's what I wrote some time back:



    So, I described...
  89. Re: Rose scent without tuberose, tea rose, patchouli or too much incense or powder??

    Nahema!
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 7th September, 2017

    I rearranged my fragrance shelf today, and finally parted with some empty bottles and boxes. I kept the Bakelite cap (yes, I rubbed it and it smelled of formaldehyde!) from a bottle of Myrurgia...
  91. Re: Just a little fragrance victory—ELdO at a gallery opening.

    Come sneak up on me! No hurricanes in the 216. :coolold:
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 7th September, 2017

    kewart, I was about to don some Knize Ten as I listen to jazz (Ron Carter's "Piccolo"), and now I want to synch with Champs Elysées. Ah! Layer! Not too scary, is it???...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 6th September, 2017

    SOTN is Guerlain Véga, again. And again and again. One day I'll run out of this beauty. I tend to latch on to a night scent for months at a time. Previous was LHB. I suppose the next will be another...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 6th September, 2017

    Subbing high school in Patou 1000. That'll show'em.
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    Re: Serge Lutens vs. Jo Malone?

    That topic title. It made about as much sense to me as "Robert Mapplethorpe vs Martha Stewart" would, until I realized you were asking about a specific fragrance. It's still cracks me up.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotation: Post Stuff Here!

    I don't deliberately rotate, but I find that I'll use a subset of five or so fragrances for months at a time. Maybe it's a seasonal thing for me. Then, once in a while, I will look for a "forgotten"...
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    Re: Tom Ford to launch Fucking Fabulous perfume

    Oy Vey is the flanker.
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    Re: Tom Ford to launch Fucking Fabulous perfume

    I think the f-bomb has worn out its shock value, or maybe its just that working with teens, it fades into background noise. They cuss so much that one day, when they really need an expletive, no-one...
  99. Re: Just a little fragrance victory—ELdO at a gallery opening.

    Thanks. It is, tho I will settle into a small subset for months on end. My SOTN has been Véga nearly all summer. Daytime has been Balahé, the one Oriental I can wear in warm weather, Weil de Weil,...
  100. Re: Just a little fragrance victory—ELdO at a gallery opening.

    Thank you! high praise indeed.
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