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    Re: If you could un-discontinue one fragrance

    The original Opium by YSL.
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    Re: what is your #creed #favourite #fragrance ?

    Bois du Portugal and Love in White. Yes, I know, polar opposites.
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    Re: Miss Dior Original

    I agree, FiveoaksBouquet. I thought they did a good job capturing the spirit of the original in this reformulation, even if it is superficially slightly different. And you made a good point of the...
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    Re: Birthday Perfume

    Adding also Reminiscence Patchouli, which is a strong, earthy patchouli.
  5. Re: Have people stopped buying Guerlain after the racist remarks?

    And adding some of my favourites:

    Parure
    Samsara
    Un Air de Samsara
    Jardins de Bagatelle
    Mayotte/Mahora
    Petite Guerlain
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    Re: Will the Real Miss Dior Please Stand Up?

    The original Miss Dior, now named Miss Dior Originale, has a taller, frosted bottle, while Miss Dior Cherie, now named Miss Dior, has a shorter bottle with peachy pink juice. That's really the only...
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    Re: Do reformulations ever improve a fragrance?

    Divine's L'Inspiratrice's reformulation was actually publicized by the company in 2013, and I think it's one example of a great (and needed) reformulation. I blind bought the previous version some...
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    Re: Creed launches baby perfume

    I love the smell of little kids too, and I'm sure almost all parents do.

    I don't think the use of perfume for kids is due to parents wanting their kids to smell "better", from my experience and...
  9. Re: Names of all the Fragrances in the Photo.....

    I see Diptyque's Opone! I'm very jealous, it was Diptyque's best and discontinued too quickly. Also Dries van Noten, Fougere Royale... Can't make out the Chanels at the back, the SLs, the numerous...
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    Re: Introducing: Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme

    I tried this briefly - only on a card - a few days ago. The opening was great, a blast of floral spice, but then after an hour or two it morphed into a somewhat generic dark fruity vanilla. It must...
  11. Re: Pretty bell jars all in a row: which non-export Serge Lutens should I try?

    +1.

    Also adding Cuir Mauresque, an oriental leather, and agreeing with ExtremeK about Encens et Lavande.
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    Re: Looking for rose suggestions

    Adding Kilian's Rose Oud.
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    Re: Classic Fragrances - Best Reformulations

    I think of all the classic fragrance houses, Guerlain and Dior seem to be the only ones making an effort to preserve the "spirit of the original", Guerlain perhaps more so than Dior. Not all may...
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    Re: Pretentious - Expensive -- Rubbish

    Another +1 to Byredo.
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    Re: Quality as a by prodcut of aging

    I've had that experience with some fragrances: No. 5 and Samsara to a certain extent, but especially for Coco, 24 Faubourg and L'Heure Bleue. L'Heure Bleue, in particular was a surprise; I bought it...
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    I love Jicky, Mitsouko and Shalimar for being simple, yet beautiful and evocative.

    Iris Silver Mist and Ambre Sultan for representing the scents so perfectly.
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    Re: Biblically rich scents.

    I really love rich orientals, and have been collecting them since I started my perfume obsession hobby. I think my first ones were Loulou and Opium, many ages ago. Currently some of my richest scents...
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    Re: Last fragrance that blew you away

    It's been a pretty good niche year for me, the last fragrances to blow me away were: Guerlain Parfum du 68, Leather Oud and Santal Blush.

    Also a pleasant surprise: current Eau de Rochas, a...
  19. Re: Noteworthy designer fragrances released in 2010-2015 (so far....)..........

    I totally agree with Shalimar Parfum Initial and also add its flanker Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau.

    Also liked La Panthere Extrait.
  20. Re: Comparing Chanel CdR and Mitsouko...question

    I have current CdR extrait and Mitsouko extrait from 2012 and I think that both have a resinous/amber note (the labdanum that cacio mentioned maybe?) in the drydown. The amber is very slightly more...
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    Re: Ideal fresh scent for oriental/spice person?

    So happy you like it, Luthien! I agree with what you've written, and I've never really thought of the "bitter herbal" side, it's probably that which makes it interesting to me. Good point!
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    Re: THANK GOODNESS Fan di Fendi is no more!!

    Unfortunately, I'm more willing to bet that the next Fendi phase will likely focus more on fruity scents than sophisticated spicy scents :( Still, it never hurts to hope!
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    Re: Ideal fresh scent for oriental/spice person?

    Oh... please sample first! There is no foolproof blind buy. Also, this is also not the same as Crystalline, in case that was what you were hoping for (Pour Homme is skewed much more toward...
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    Re: Ideal fresh scent for oriental/spice person?

    Oh, I meant this one:

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.143.jpg

    I find it a sheer, clean musk/citrus/wood scent. There are 2 flankers to it, an Extreme and a Soir, that you can test too. The...
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    Re: Ideal fresh scent for oriental/spice person?

    In the vein of those fragrances you've mentioned, I really like Chatoyant by Rouge Bunny Rouge. It's a transparent woody-citrus with a gloss of clean musk. Bulgari pour homme is also nice if you're...
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    Re: Classic Guerlain Fragrances

    Fully agree with Jicky, Vol de Nuit, Derby, Heritage and Samsara. I love the parfum version for all the classics, EDP for Samsara.
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    Poll: Re: Gift but what! Lost in perfume bottles

    Paco Rabanne Black XS pour elle is rather nice and popular with the younger set in Europe, I recall.
  28. Re: Craving Lily of th Valley at the moment. Any recommendations?

    I used to use Diorissimo too, I have Diorissimo in the current extrait and it's acceptable for me. It's a little brighter and has less warmth than vintage but I still like it. I also like Guerlain's...
  29. Poll: Re: Have you ever experienced an allergic reaction to a fragrance?

    I got skin redness with IFRA-compliant APOM pour homme and femme. No other allergies before, even - or especially - before IFRA went to war on ingredients.
  30. Re: VINTAGE discontinued, lets recall the 70s, 80, and 90s

    http://fimgs.net/images/secundar/o.22709.jpg


    Teatro alla Scala. Bizarre bottle, magnificent fragrance.
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    Re: Fragrance that disapointed you the most

    Cologne Indelebile. I am baffled by the positive reviews of it; this is 100% laundry powder on me.
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    Re: Best of the best! (for fun)

    Best Floral: Estee Lauder Private Collection
    Best Rose: Still looking, but Santa Maria Novella Rosa for now
    Best Specific Floral (ie mimosa; lily, etc.):
    Best Jasmine: Still looking
    Best...
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    Re: Helmut Lang 30% off F&F

    It depends on your scent preferences. I don't have much experience with the EDC but I have and personally love the EDP, which is a musky-aromatic (lavender) skin scent. I recall the EDC being much...
  34. Re: Why Do Manufacturers Discontinue Great Fragrances?

    I have to agree with that.

    Regarding Dioressence, Dior has re-released it under the "Creations de Monsieur Dior" range, and you can find it on the Dior website as well as stores like Saks and...
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    Re: Brutal Honesty 101: What and why?

    I think it really depends on the man and his chemistry. I've loved quite a few from Antaeus and Kouros to the more recent Dior Homme. If a scent fits a person's chemistry, man or woman, then it can...
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    Helmut Lang 30% off F&F

    Helmut Lang is offering 30% off their on the brand website, and this applies to their fragrances as well.

    Code: HLFAMILY , until 26 April.

    http://www.helmutlang.com/
  37. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    That's excellent news, thanks so much for that.
  38. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    I'd love to know what the official reply is, too. I love Miss Dior parfum and couldn't be without it, even in its current formulation.

    On the Dior website, I found it under the "Les Extraits"...
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    Re: Non-sweet fragrance suggestions for my mother

    I recently went searching for a similar scent, and in addition to some that were suggested above, I found:

    -Eau Dynamisante
    -Sisley Eau du Soir
    -Eau Sauvage Parfum

    And how about something...
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    Re: Helmut Lang EDC Replacement

    It's on both Helmut Lang's and Luckyscent's website now :D
  41. Re: Looking for new (to me not necessarily "new") oriental woodsy ambery spicy women's fragrances

    Bal a Versailles, you are right that the Eau des Merveilles line has had much more exposure than Rouge. I think they are both worth trying out... and in the Eau des Merveilles line, I think the...
  42. Re: Looking for new (to me not necessarily "new") oriental woodsy ambery spicy women's fragrances

    It could be Rouge Hermes, which is woodsy/spicy/ambery. It's lovely. I'm a big fan of the oriental category and that is firmly on my to-buy list.
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Oh, I love updates! :) I personally like Santa Maria Novella Vaniglia and Eau Duelle EDP for vanilla, they both feel like simple vanillas but have an understated musk to keep it from cupcake land. I...
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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    Monsieur Guerlain mentioned the C word (clean!) a couple of times in reference to it, that scares me. What I like about Parfum Initial was the animalic note which made it feel skin-like and...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Flowerbomb, which I always considered the Acqua di Gio (in that it is ubiquitously popular) of the vanilla world.

    I also agree with Hypnotic Poison, it has a little...
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    Re: Fragrances inspired by geographic locations

    Guerlain Mayotte
    PdN Weekend a Deauville
    Dior Escales series
    Neela Vermeire Bombay Bling
    Lancome Sikkim
    SMN Tabacco Toscano, Acqua di Cuba
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    Re: Is the Golden Age of Perfumery Over

    There's nothing inherently wrong with business and marketing, venerable houses have been marketing perfume for generations. What was new about marketing CK One was the message that the fragrance was...
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    Re: Is the Golden Age of Perfumery Over

    I wonder if Ck One heralded the end of the Golden Age, I suspect that was when companies saw the benefits of marketing to the masses.
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    Re: The beloved bee bottle: 160th anniversary

    Oh, that's interesting! Your post encouraged me to look at my Colette Fellous book on Guerlain. Apparently Pierre Francois Pascal Guerlain even studied perfumery in England:

    "...And so it was in...
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    Re: Defining Luxury in Perfumery

    For me, the quality of the fragrance (this means quality of raw materials as well as composition) and packaging is the only thing that defines luxury in perfumery. Things like pricing, availability...
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    Re: Fragrances that made you react physically

    Oh, me too! I bought it when the boutique was still at Madison Ave (that boutique was so beautiful), it is my only instant purchase, ever. Ok, no, my only instant purchase that didn't end up in...
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    Re: What did you used to wear back in the day?

    Hmm... Diorissimo, L'Air du Temps, Joy, Opium, Private Collection, White Linen, Youth Dew, Ysatis, Coco, Poison, Loulou, Dioressence... My mother didn't (and doesn't) actually like perfume, so she...
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    Re: The beloved bee bottle: 160th anniversary

    I love my bee bottles too! Thanks, Primrose. Great to hear a british accent with the ad, I almost expected a french one :)
  54. Re: If a scent is discontinued, how much is enough?

    Actually, the way things are going with constant reformulations, I sometimes even stock up when I find a formulation I like of a scent that is still in production. If I really love it, I might buy a...
  55. Re: Doubting Your Like of a Fragrance Based on Negative Reviews and Comments

    No. A positive review might encourage me to sample a perfume, but that's the extent of it. We all have different scent preferences after all.

    There's even a study on the variability of scent...
  56. Re: Lost Gems from the past: Moods, by Krizia, 1989

    I remember it! I loved it, never got around to buying a bottle, and then it disappeared from the shelves after a few years (rather quick for that time). Krizia did some fantastic scents, I also loved...
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    Re: Favourite or Cult Status Discontinued Scents.

    I try not to get attached to discontinued fragrances since, well, it seems a little futile. I do, however, experience pangs of disappointment every time I think of Nina Ricci's Farouche (already...
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    Re: EC Looks to Ban Three Fragrance Ingredients

    Thanks for replying. I understand why the F&F companies would do it, but what puzzles me is, why would the EC regulators (the people charged with keeping the population safe) risk the long term...
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    Re: EC Looks to Ban Three Fragrance Ingredients

    Thank you for your clear synopsis of the situation.

    But... it doesn't make much sense to me that the EC/EU regulators can consider banning ingredients that have been used and consumed for...
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    Re: 2 new fragrances from guerlain -- warning

    To be honest, I'd rather start my son off with Guerlain than let him go the Axe route when he is 10. And I'm happy Guerlain has provided a tasteful alternative to the tacky Disney/Spiderman/Spongebob...
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    Re: Name your Holy Grail. Have you found it yet?

    That's a good point. I have a Holy Grail, what I consider the "perfect" fragrance, which is Mitsouko. Then... after that I feel compelled to search out other Holy Grails... Like the Skin-scent Holy...
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    Re: What is the exact definition of "Vintage"?

    For my part, I think that since most fragrances go through several formulations for whatever reason, I would say that the term vintage, for practical purposes, refers to a formulation that is no...
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    Re: Please Pontificate on Guerlainade

    What I've always loved and found extraordinary about Guerlain is that warm, skin-like quality you get from most of their perfumes (with the exception of Idylle). It's just a little animalic, just a...
  64. Re: Do You 'Make Offers' when frag shopping on Ebay?

    I'll make a fair offer (considering both what I'm willing to pay as well as what past similar items have sold for) if the option is there. If the Buy It Now price is already fair, I'll just buy it.
  65. Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    I have come to really dislike grapefruit, which seems to be de rigueur for fresh fruity-florals.

    Also anything that hints at a fruit salad composition: apple, mango, pineapple...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit. Want more rose!

    I don't find Rose de Nuit rosy enough either. It's very apricot soapy on me.

    For a deep rose, in addition to the ones mentioned, I like the somewhat underrated Black Rose Oud by Trish McEvoy. It...
  67. Re: Article: Ropion creates Frederic Malle's Joyeux Noel candle

    Funny thing about chemistry, while I do hear people talking about the sweet notes in Dries van Noten, they are very understated on me - I mainly smell spices and woods. DvN is definitely a woody...
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    Re: I want to REEK! - Is that so wrong?

    I can see that one can enjoy the composition of a short-lived perfume (citruses, for example), but I think it's generally quite important to be able to experience a scent's development over the...
  69. Wow, I have to say I never expected a cotton...

    Wow, I have to say I never expected a cotton candy note from Malle/Ropion.
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    Re: I want to REEK! - Is that so wrong?

    Yes! A good perfume should have decent longevity!
  71. Re: Women's perfume (Roses & Vanilla) with longest-lasting-sillage

    I would love to find a scent as you described, a bed of roses with vanilla in the background. I haven't really found any that smells exactly like that, but some I have found that are somewhat close...
  72. Thread: Summing Up 2013

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    Re: Summing Up 2013

    Hello! For me:

    Best launch - Dries van Noten. Spices, check. Woods, check. Vanilla, check. Instant love for me.

    Biggest disappointment - To be honest, my expectations are so low these days,...
  73. Re: Let's predict the next big note(s) that will shake the foundation of the fragrance community...

    Have to agree there. I like to eat food and wear perfume. Hate wearing food.

    Like many, I love the smell of books (all kinds of books, and from different regions too), but I'm sure the fragrance...
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    Re: Do fragrances improves with age?

    That has happened to me with Coco and No. 5 EDPs. Glad I'm not the only one. I've bought a few bottles of (pre-reformulation) Coco over the years, generally they took about 1-2 years before the...
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    Re: Tuberose, an Odyssey

    I've had tuberose in bouquets a number of times and with the exception of one, which was almost scentless, they had all, more or less, had a medicinal edge. Well, they were largely floral-sweet,...
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    Re: Vintage Samsara dry down comparisons

    Vintage Samsara was pretty unique unfortunately. You could try Malle's Dries van Noten, which uses Mysore sandalwood, and has some of the oriental sweetness that Samsara has. The Malle is slightly...
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    Re: By Kilian nowadays

    It would be a tremendous disappointment (to say the least) if he never went back to the haute parfumerie style of L'Oeuvre Noire series.

    I'm sitting out his Asian Tales/Garden of Good and Evil...
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    Re: Post the picture of a perfumer.

    I haven't tried that one, nor any of his newer scents, but I thought what he did for Bond's Chinatown was nothing short of genius - it combines modern and classic aesthetics so beautifully.



    ...
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    Re: Post the picture of a perfumer.

    Oh, what a great thread! Jean (he did Loulou for which I am eternally grateful) and Aurelien Guichard:

    http://www.lexpress.fr/medias/4819/2467335.jpg

    I never tire of looking at Kilian Hennessy...
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    Re: Synchronised Fridays 2013

    Do accidental synchronizations count? :) Sampled Tribute this morning and currently wearing Fumerie Turque, both smokey by happy coincidence.
  81. Thread: Beautiful Roses

    by chypre
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    Re: Beautiful Roses

    I've been thread-stalking :) I'm rather desperately wanting another rose and am pretty close to buying Kilian's Rose Oud. I must be fairly (or overly) tolerant of oud, because I find this a definite...
  82. Re: Need advice: Sis wants Carnal Flower. Less expensive suggestions?

    It might be worth calling one of the Barney's stores, I found that sometimes things that are OOS online may still be in stock in the store.
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    Re: The Annick Goutal Encyclopædia

    I really like the earlier Goutals, and of all, my favourites would be:

    -Songes: Lovely, lovely creamy frangipani-dominant white floral with a hint of vanilla. It's a lilting white floral that...
  84. Poll: Re: Kilian Straight To Heaven 1.7 oz for $235, worth it?

    I was just googling images of Kilian's Oud refills (trying to plan my next purchase), so I thought I'd post here. My understanding is this is how the refills now come:
    ...
  85. Re: In need of serious expert help! Long Post sorry.......

    Hi Englishlady, I've only tried Boyfriend once, but I remember reading somewhere that it was somewhat similar to Guerlain's Bois d'Armenie, and from my (admittedly vague) memory it did have some...
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    Re: Post A Picture of Your Collection

    Thanks for sharing this, it always cheers me up to see everyone else's collection, so I'm definitely grateful for these threads. So lovely to see all those bell jars, Amouage attars and vintage...
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    Re: Is there another perfume guide

    I like that one. Also Le Guide du Parfum by Rebecca Veuillet-Gallot if you read french. It organizes fragrances by families so it's useful to just skim through even if you don't feel like reading it...
  88. Re: OPIUM by YSL, year 2013: 11 different bottles blind-test.

    Thank you, Andre, I really appreciate the research and comparisons you're doing on these classics.
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    Re: Any good leather / tobacco / woodsy scent?

    Is Polo Green the classic Polo fragrance? I thought Parfumerie Generale's Coze smelt very much like it. Another leather/tobacco scent I think is good (great) is SMN Acqua di Cuba. That is a little...
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    Re: Quick Sniff, A-Z Top 10

    Actually, I think you may have a point about Angel. It was drastically reformulated about 2 years ago and the new version is much less oriental than before, with brighter, crisper top and middle...
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    Re: Buy it for the Drydown?

    I love musks and the deeper base notes... so for me, a lot of my purchases are based on the drydown. I wouldn't buy it if I couldn't live with the first few hours, but if if it's tolerable then I...
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    Re: Quick Sniff, A-Z Top 10

    Hi Scentfan, nice to read your impressions, and especially lovely to hear Mitsouko described as a "warm embrace", which it is to me too. My favourites from that list would be Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday November 11, 2013

    Musc Ravageur for me today.

    (One of the rare times I'm actually wearing perfume while browsing Basenotes!).
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    Re: Chanel no 5 and no 19 question

    Actually, I'd say he was probably asked to update/reorchestrate no.5 by Chanel. A perfumer is always working under the direction of the company they get their instructions from. And I think he did a...
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    Re: Chanel no 5 and no 19 question

    Historically the pure parfum was always the original version. The eau de toilette for no.5 was composed some years after as a more affordable alternative.

    Unfortunately, none of the versions of...
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    Re: Most complimented Fragrance

    I tend to get compliments more on the ones that are recognizably perfume. I think people are hesitant to say something if they don't know what they're smelling (so quirky scents are less mentioned)....
  97. Re: Developing an effective strategy of fragrance purchasing

    I have a monthly limit too, and some other strategies I've developed for myself over the years:

    - No impulse buys. I don't buy something unless I've tested and lived in it for at least a couple of...
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    Re: Ayala Moriel frags

    I've tried some of them, I agree the longevity (and sillage/projection too) is not the best, but it also depends on the fragrance. The stand-out for me is Vetiver Racinettes, and this also has the...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Special Edition Release?

    Thanks for clarifying, Donna. I *almost* got my hopes up :)
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    Re: Serge Lutens Special Edition Release?

    That's interesting. I see on the official website that they are now being offered as the "Selective Distribution" range (the export range). It looks like Cuir Mauresque is still there, along with...
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