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  1. Re: Difference between vintage and current Chergui ?

    When was this reformulated? I haven't bought a bottle in a while and didn't realize this had happened.
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    Re: Santal Majuscule by Serge Lutens

    The notes, courtesy of Aedes de Venustas, are:

    TOP NOTES: Rose
    MIDDLE NOTES: Tonka bean, rosewood
    BASE NOTES: Sandalwood, cocoa

    OLFACTIVE GROUP: Wood
    PERFUMER: 2012
    CREATED: Chrisopher...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame

    Thank you for the first truly thoughtful examination of this fragrance. There is so much drama surrounding it -- and most celeb scents are mostly smoke and mirrors anyway -- so your post is a breath...
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    Re: To those who have smelt Soir d'Orient by MPG

    Ah -- here you are again! Is this the version that you wrote to me about?

    Lefay
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    Re: Sumatra by Tuvache

    I just found Sumatra ("skin perfume" splash) on eBay recently -- a "new," unwrapped box. Glitteralex, you seem to have nailed the notes pretty well, though I also get something sharply green in the...
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    Re: To Cherg or not to Cherg, that is the question.

    I say buy it if you love it. Alternatives would be to look for it on eBay (but be careful...) or to split a bottle with another Basenoter. It is just compulsively beautiful.
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    Re: New Kurkdjian - Absolue pour le Soir

    Hello, all --

    Where can I score a sample of the Absolue Pour le Soir? Also, is Lumiere Noire Pour Femme available as a parfum?

    Thanks so much for any information.
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    Re: Boston Meet-Up Wrap-Up

    Thank you all for making a newcomer feel welcome. It was a sensually and emotionally satisfying day -- thanks particularly to SMM, Neil and David. I look forward to future gatherings. Fragrant...
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    Re: I got MPG Soir d'Orient!!

    AZ: Would you be willing to sell any of your precious MPG Soir d'Orient? I got small sample over a year ago and fell in love, only to find out it was discontinued. Thanks much.
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    Re: I got MPG Soir d'Orient!!

    I don't suppose you would be willing to sell a small decant of what you have left?? I imagine you've had many such offers. I tried this for the first time about a year ago and fell madly in love. So...
  11. Re: The Official Michael Storer Test Sample Discussion Thread

    To Mira 187,

    I found the tea tree oil comparison interesting because I (and another reviewer) got the impression of something mentholated in the opening. (I wondered if it was eucalyptus; the...
  12. Re: The Official Michael Storer Test Sample Discussion Thread

    Just wanted to add that I finally sniffed Fracas today and there was something about it that reminded me of Winter Star but I could not place it. Did anyone else get that vibe?[/QUOTE]

    The notes...
  13. Re: The Official Michael Storer Test Sample Discussion Thread

    Interesting, Elf, that you detected mint in the opening; I guessed that it was eucalyptus, which has a similar vaporous coolness. No one else seems to have mentioned this. But I love civet and didn't...
  14. Re: The Official Michael Storer Test Sample Discussion Thread

    Michael, will you let us in on the notes of Winter Star (or this incarnation of it) once you've gotten enough feedback? I think we're all dying to know.

    It's been fun to get a preview of your...
  15. Re: The Official Michael Storer Test Sample Discussion Thread

    I just received my sample of Storer's wintry fragrance yesterday. I understand from his note that this is unfinished and he has no plans to market it immediately but is interested at this point in...
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    Re: Fragrance Promiscuity

    To djuna, et al.,

    I think it's partly the "thrill of the new." We all get a bit bored now and then and long for some fresh stimulation. And the more complex the personality, perhaps the more...
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    Re: Interview with Ayala Sender

    Reviews are somewhat sparce in the Basenotes directory (I know these are relatively new fragrances). More feedback, especially on women's or shared scents, would be welcome!
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    Re: SOS - Need Cure for Addiction

    You might want to ask yourself what is at the root of this need to buy and discover. (And, believe me, I can relate.) Are you bored with your job? Lacking an outlet for self-expression? Although I...
  19. Re: Let's talk Patou! Cocktail, Chaldee, Colony, e

    I had a bottle of L'Heure Attendue years ago and remember it as a "fizzy" woody oriental -- perhaps it had aldehydes that didn't agree with me. (Jan Moran's "Fabulous Fragrances lists the notes of...
  20. Re: Let's talk Patou! Cocktail, Chaldee, Colony, e

    I've been trying to find descriptions of Qui Sais Je (a Luca Turin favorite) and Adieu Sagesse, with no luck. Has anyone tried these and/or found a description or list of fragrance notes anywhere?...
  21. Thread: Idole de Lubin

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    Re: Idole de Lubin

    Lucky Scent (www.luckyscent.com) carries this fragrance -- and offers samples, too.

    Lefay
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    Re: My favorite Caron

    Where can you find this? A Caron Boutique rep in New York told me it was discontinued. (Or was it Tabac Noir I was asking about? I don't remember.) Could you describe Narcisse Blanc? Thanks.

    Lefay
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    Re: Gendarme gets very naughty!

    Thanks for the feedback on these. I always worry that themed products like this are too gimmicky to be taken seriously. Nice to know that they're not either cheap smelling or totally inaccessible....
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    Re: My favorite Caron

    Interesting assessment, which I put down to the mystery of our individual perceptions and associations. I have a feeling the aldehydes are playing tricks on you, as they do with so many people. I...
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    Re: My favorite Caron

    Tabac Blond and Parfum Sacre, from way back.
    More recently, Narcisse Noir, Nuit de Noel, En Avion, Poivre and Alpona (parfums). Just got some Montaigne; also lovely, with a gorgeous drydown. (Infini...
  26. Thread: Ajmal

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    Re: Ajmal

    Nodex1,

    Thanks so much for the information and suggestions! I will definitely check out those websites and give at least one of their fragrances a try. Best wishes,

    Lefay
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    Re: An Interview with Agatha Brown

    Marlen,

    Thanks so much for those descriptions. I'm always looking for something high-quality but out of the ordinary, so I may give one of these a try. I've just e-mailed Agatha asking if she...
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    Re: An Interview with Agatha Brown

    To follow up on my Agatha Brown query -- I noticed that on this site two "Agatha" fragrances are listed: an original (1988) and a newer one (1999); yet in her interview she said she hadn't changed...
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    Re: An Interview with Agatha Brown

    Has anyone out there actually tried any of Agatha Brown's women's fragrances? I'd be curious to know what your impressions are. I tend to like chypres and classic orientals and to shy away from a lot...
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    Re: Addicted: Wearing Whatever I Damn Well Please

    Marlen,

    I always enjoy your rants, especially because they often mirror my own views. I've always believed that people should wear clothing and fragrance that pleases them, regardless of cultural...
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    Re: Where to find decanter bottles?

    Excellent; thank you!
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    Re: Where to find decanter bottles?

    Thanks very much!
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    Re: The Different Company

    To follow up on this, RP is quite dry, whereas the patchouli note in VdR evokes damp, just overturned earth (quite strongly, in my view). These scents are entirely different in mood: RP is somewhat...
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    Re: Child Perfume by Susan D Owens - ???

    It's marketed to woman and sold at www.beautyhabit.com. The description is vague, citing "exotic flowers." Sounds intriguing, though.

    Lefay
  35. Thread: Ajmal

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    Re: Ajmal

    Yes, the vagueness of the descriptions is off-putting, though I'm still intrigued. Thanks for your suggestion!

    Lefay
  36. Thread: Ajmal

    by lefay
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    Ajmal

    Has anyone had any experience with Ajmal fragrances (http://www.ajmalperfume.com/home.aspx)? Thanks for any info.

    Lefay
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    Re: Column: A woman's journey through scent...

    To King of Basenotes,

    I grant that Marcy's column was intended to describe her own experiences in a lighthearted way. However, any opinion on fragrance is likely to spur an emotional response from...
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    Re: Column: A woman's journey through scent...

    LOL! True...though I try, I just can't keep my mouth shut! (or maybe...my fingers still?)
    [/quote]

    Well, that's just part of your charm.
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    Re: Column: A woman's journey through scent...

    From Serpent:
    Moreover, I really have to wonder, What is she doing writing for this site?

    [Quote from article:
    So, what is the new scent? Ah, girlfriends, that would be telling. Once you have...
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    Re: Column: A woman's journey through scent...

    Scenteur7,

    Thanks for your gracious and diplomatic reply to my cranky post! I admit that fragrances do elicit memories and associations, so I suppose one can't escape the age issue entirely. But...
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    Re: Column: A woman's journey through scent...

    Sorry to be a downer, but anyone who classifies particular fragrances as appropriate only for women of a certain age has underdeveloped, unsophisticated tastes, in my view. I expected better from a...
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    Re: I don't like it but I need it anyhow!

    RitaMae,

    I can empathize: the boxes of fragrance; not wanting to leave the store empty-handed; changing fragrances during the day. (And I am a Gemini.) Eclectic tastes and frequent mood changes...
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    Where to find decanter bottles?

    I'd like to decant some of my fragrances into smaller bottles (for travel, or to give to friends) and tried a Web search, but had no luck. I'm especially interested in those small roll-on bottles, or...
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    Re: I don't like it but I need it anyhow!

    Jae,

    Yes, so true; we tend to get swept up in a tide of consumerism that always leaves us hungry for more. I wonder, though, whether this larger societal phenomenon isn't also a symptom of a...
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    Re: Fragrance "addiction"

    I realize that I'm responding to this thread well after the fact, but I wonder whether any of you have thought about the deeper reasons for the compulsion to buy fragrance -- aside from the obvious...
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    Re: Long lost perfume

    Re: purchasing from Irma Shorell (www.longlostperfume.com), I have bought several of their fragrances and have been pleased with the quality. IS also has a generous return policy: as long as the...
  47. Thread: Advice, please!

    by lefay
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    Re: Advice, please! Arabian Bazaar?

    I saw an ad on these pages for www.arabianbazaar.com and had a look. They sell lots of natural perfume oils (and incense, etc.), and some of them sound intriguing, but descriptions are vague, when...
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    Re: Looking for hard-to-find fragrances

    Veronica,

    Thanks so much for the rare-fragrance links as well as the edifying Deer_Scents page -- for those special times when conventional perfume won't do. This particular base note may make its...
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    Looking for hard-to-find fragrances

    Could anyone tell me where I might find the Princess Helietta fragrances Helietta or Caracciolo, or Mauboussin's Histoire d’Eau Topaze? I've done Web searches but have had no luck. At this point I'm...
  50. Thread: Advice, please!

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    Re: Advice, please!

    Does anyone know where I can find Histoire d’Eau Topaze by Mauboussin? A couple of other Mauboussin fragrances are available online, but not this one. Thanks very much.
    Lefay
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    Re: Tabac Noir?

    I'm a fragrance obsessive and a Caron fan from way back, and I own several of the classics. Tabac Noir (not to be confused with Tabac Blond or Narcisse Noir) is listed on this website as a Caron...
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