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  1. Re: Let’s talk Davidoff Zino it’s been awhile.

    Dark, sultry, more than a few drops of "brown-study grimness". Rich, complex, without a vapor of extra weight. Few niche or artisan fragrances are as good. Few perfumers (Bourdon, Almairac) could...
  2. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Never too heavy, sweet or syrupy, excellent depth, richness, amplitude, longevity. I don’t like many sweet orientals, but Oud Monarch has become one of the few fragrances I wear with any consistency....
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    Fumerie Parfumerie in Portland

    I've sent these people a few messages over the last year. I never got a reply. Luckyscent replies and interacts to everything I send.

    I have a problem with a company that doesn't seem to...
  4. Re: 5 best smelling scents I own - Nov 17 2019 edition

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    Patou pour Homme (vintage)
    Sycomore EDT
    Aventus
    Pour Monsieur (vintage)
    Jicky EDP
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    Re: Did Musc Ravageur change?

    Probably twice.
  6. Re: English Translation of Luca Turin's Parfums Le Guide (1994)

    Excellent.

    I saw a few of the reviews many years ago. These are going to surprise a lot of people.
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    Re: Oud Zen (Areej le Dore)

    xxx
  8. Re: looking for the best masculine chocolate fragrance

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    Ore smells good, but it soon becomes an annoying candle I can't wait to blow out.

    As many have already said, Oud Monarch is an exceptional oriental with a rich cacao note.
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    Re: Azemour lost more than its luster

    Iso,

    Yes. I asked a few places if they had any old tester bottles. None of them did.

    Please try it and report back.
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    Re: Need some advice..

    "Clutter-clearing is modern-day alchemy."

    "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

    "Art is the elimination of the unnecessary."

    "…The old...
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    Re: Azemour lost more than its luster

    That's for sure, but there's a lot to that fragrance. Seems like they could have gotten more out of it.



    I wondered why it took so long to get it back in stock. They said it had something to do...
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    Azemour lost more than its luster

    Have you tried the exceptional banality of the new Azemour? It smells good enough, but it feels like they yanked the heart out and replaced it with the ghost of Eau Sauvage. No edge, no substance,...
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    Re: Looking for leathers like Knize Ten

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    Edit: Tried the newest version of Knize Ten. The excellent phenolic/creosote stuff has mostly been replaced by something woody and vaguely peppery. A more modern synthetic feel, decent drydown,...
  14. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    This guy's made some good ones, but he's also made a lot of expensive and thoroughly mediocre crap.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    That's based on the fragrance from this old, used splash bottle?
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    Re: A Tribute for deceased members.

    TwoRoads was a great guy who added a lot of common sense around here. His short posts were often more effective and meaningful than the average person's thousand pounds of fluff. Who knows, his...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Because his fragrances are better than much of what they're selling, and I figure a good perfumer like Manuel could do more with more money. For now I think the prices are good. Maybe more people...
  18. Re: Douleur! By Bogue reaction vid— it’s priceless.

    If lemon ham, grape leather, bubblegum tobacco and loquat vetiver equals smoked fruit. What does this one smell like in two words?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    War and Peace: Fear the powder. I was over it in a day. It isn't one of those you can jam up your nose and expect the best outcome. I put a couple of sprays around the sternum, put on a t-shirt,...
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    Re: Dan MyMickers (YouTuber reviewer) has died.

    That's terrible news. He had a lot of fun with the fragrances. He was definitely enthusiastic! I think he'd been dealing with some health issues for awhile. If so, I'm sure he's feeling better now....
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

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  22. Re: Top ten list of favourite fragrances that can be got for $60 or less

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  23. Re: Top ten list of favourite fragrances that can be got for $60 or less

    Pour un Homme
    Azzaro pour Homme
    Heritage
    Third Man
    Vetiver
    Yatagan
    Tuscany per Uomo
    Eau Sauvage
    Havana
    Kouros
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    Re: Oud Zen (Areej le Dore)

    xxx
  25. [USA] Re: * SALE ____ Onda EDP / L'Artisan Timbuktu (Other) - % Now

    xxx
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

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    Nikhil is good. He knows a lot, he provides clarity, and he's pleasant to listen to.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybhqvhub5dU&t=1712s
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    Re: Collecting vs Hoarding and downsizing

    I like to shed the skin. I don't like hanging on the old. It's like putrefaction, life drying up. I like to eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary can speak.
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    Re: Favorite Perfumer

    Jacques Guerlain
    Ernest Beaux
    Francois Coty
    Edmond Roudnitska
    Bernard Chant
    Pierre Bourdon
    Jean Kerleo
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    That's excellent. I expected it to happen. His fragrances are better than so many of the ones that are on there, including many of the most expensive ones.

    The prices should be higher. 60mls for...
  31. Poll: Re: Which is currently the best Hermes leather perfume?

    Bel Ami
    Eau d'Hermes

    Haven't tried the new versions.
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    Oud Zen (Areej le Dore)

    Oud Zen (Areej le Dore)

    10mls or more. I'll make it worth your while.
  33. Re: Can most modern mens fragrances really be considered unisex fragrances?

    Perfume is sex.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Right, it gets better and better. I don't notice the powdery aspect anymore, especially when it isn't smelled close up. I just put a couple of sprays on the chest/sternum, and let it go. Reminds me...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I feel like I've burned that incense before. I wear it all the time. War and Peace is excellent. I should've bought two bottles.
  36. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Naturals are the flesh and complexity. Synthetics are the bones. Without synthetics there are no bones. Without bones there is no structure. Synthetics are the essence of modern perfume. It started...
  37. [USA] Re: Vintage Jicky - Vintage Habit Rouge - Vintage Shalimar -

    xxx
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    Re: Does your partner understand your addiction?

    I'd have a hard time being with someone who didn't like perfume. My partner wears all kinds of stuff but mainly likes to smell like herself. I don't know if all French people smell so good, but she...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    wrong thread. removed post.
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    Re: New - Czech & Speake No 88 EdP

    I doubt it's as good, but I'm all over it.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Cool, looks like it could be vintage Mitsouko EDC.

    111068
  42. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    It's good. It can be a little cloying.
  43. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Oud Monarch is an excellent oriental. Rich, easy to wear, smells f***cking great, good weight, never heavy or syrupy, subtle but adequate radiance, never suffers from the tiresome affability this...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Patou pour Homme (vintage)
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    Re: Leonard Pour Homme

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/200691-If-the-Godfather-would

    I don't wear it like I used to, but there was a time when I couldn't get enough. I feel the same way about it now as I did when I...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Great video.

    His next brief could be "War & Peace meets Inverno Russo".
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    Re: Favorite Dry Downs?

    Patou pour Homme (vintage)
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.

    I don’t understand War and Peace, and I don’t know that I believe it’s great, but I sure wear it a lot.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Right, but there are other variables in there that I'm not remembering right now. I don't think that she can function with the same freedom as Rogue. I figure it could be hell on wheels if she could....
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    I think she'd be having a lot of fun, and so would we. She appears to have the character and her perfumery skills are worth it. She should work out a way to use whatever ingredients she wants. I...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    It does, but it's reserved for the egotistically insecure. Everybody else just wears what they like.
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    I'm more into vintage designer stuff, but I like several niches/artisans from a from a variety of houses. There are approaching eight thousand of them.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

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    Antiquity: It has real grandeur and it's a match for the name. It feels like one of the most luxurious head shops imaginable. Someone mentioned vintage Knize Ten (carnation, leather, smoke, etc)....
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Much sweeter, but it feels like the perfect oriental extension of Anubis. Great quality and texture in the Papillon fragrances. She's as good as any perfumer out there. Be interesting to see what she...
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    When niche was fun.
  56. Thread: 10's top ten?

    by pluran
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    10 - Onda EDP
    11 - Azemour les Orangers
    12 - Blackbird (Black No. 1)
    13 - Iris Nazarena
    14 - MAAI
    15 - L'Attesa
    16 - MEM
    17 - Inverno Russo
    18 - Kolonya
    19 - Antiquity
  57. Re: Jane Birkin on her mother's Schiaparelli Shocking

    That's excellent.

    It could also be that "Perfume is, among other things, the most portable form of intelligence."
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Most of his stuff is worth keeping 10mls or so.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Smoky-powdery-leathery-musky semi-sweetened black licorice. Not lacking for powder.

    Feels like RA got an accord, lost the brief, then did whatever possible to make it competent. Textured dry...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    War and Peace is better than I think it is.
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare Thoughts?

    Seems woodier, less musky, less abstract.. Also less strident, less annoying. Still, it ends up sweet and unnecessary.
  62. Thread: Chypre-Siam

    by pluran
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    Re: Chypre-Siam

    Rich, smooth, ripe, warm, balanced, abstract, possibly the best mossy woods chypre in the last thirty years.

    Edit: It's also seriously luxurious. Maybe not "the purest emanation of luxury ever...
  63. [USA] * * * Vintage Guerlain...................................

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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    He had it at $1500. Just moved it to $1200.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    He should have taken it. I don't need it, but I offered $300.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Some Inverno Russo for you:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Inverno-Russo-Areej-Le-Dore-Extrait-de-Parfum-50-ml/123908502658?hash=item1cd985b482:g:TUYAAOSwyIJdfntW

    I had two bottles. I sold him this one...
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

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    Knize Ten
    Bel Ami
    Anubis
    Skive
    Antaeus
    Leather Oud
    Jules
    Derby
    Lonestar Memories
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    Re: Ambre Sultan and Chergui reformulated?

    I haven't smelled the new ones.

    I don't wear a lot of orientals, but both have always been excellent. They need room to breathe. Like many fragrances, too close to the nose and the beauty might be...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Amusing review, but I'll be satisfied if I even want to keep the bottle that'll be here Tuesday. If so, that's an excellent thing.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Excellent.




    Havana

    .
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    More than I want.
  72. Re: What are the sexiest fragrances from Maison Francis Kurkdjian?

    La Nuit (Paco Rabanne) 1985
  73. Re: And it happened - asked not to wear perfume to work

    Stop working.
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    Re: What are YOUR 10/10 fragrances?

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    Patou pour Homme (vintage)
    Sycomore EDT
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Cook.bot,

    Not necessarily. Lots of good ones. I guess I just want clarity and simplicity. It's still so much better than all of the Areej le Dore/Bortnikoff stuff I've recently spent so much money...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Drakkar Noir

    Great thirty-five years ago and still feels the same. Must've been a protective genie in that bottle to get me though.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Patou pour Homme (vintage)

    One of the few I still give a shit about.
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    Re: Your Most Worn September 2019

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    From most to least:

    Pour un Homme (vintage)
    Jicky EDP
    Eau Parfumee au The Noir
    Kolonya
    Sycomore EDT
    Skive
    Timbuktu
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    Re: Which types of fragrance am I missing?

    The only ones I care about are the ones that are a part of the "I like to wear it' situation.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Whacked.
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    Re: Le Labo is trash...

    Patchouli 24
    Oud 27
    Iris 39
  82. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    Wrong thread
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud discontinued

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    That's unfortunate. Dior boutiques were often embalmed with Leather Oud.

    Soft, velvety, wrapped in tender powdery woods, sweet balsamic notes with honeyed beeswax elements, soft white flowers,...
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    Re: Do smokers perceive scents differently?

    SERGEY: Does your smoking hurt your work? A lot of people ask how come some perfumers smoke?

    MAURICE ROUCEL (igniting another cigarette): No. Smoke is about your nose, but I’ve never seen a nose...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    These fragrances contain an abundance of great raw materials, but without synthetics they would be small, soggy, monochrome, and not nearly as interesting. There are so many ways to create illusions...
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    Poll: Re: Creed Royal Oud or Amouage Interlude Man?

    I don't know if it's for you, but I'd go with interesting: Interlude Man
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    Re: Zino Davidoff Clone

    https://www.fragrancenet.com/cologne/davidoff/zino-davidoff/edt#118854

    As good or better than most $350 niche and you can get it for $17.00.
  88. Re: At the same price, which one of these two do you recommend?

    A paragon of perfumery. One of the finest niche or designer fragrances of the last twenty years. The fragrance Bertrand Duchaufour says is so good he doesn’t think he could have made it. I’d buy Dior...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    " Diorella (Dior) ★★★★★ woody citrus $$ Diorella came out in 1972, six years after Eau Sauvage, and has all the hallmarks of Roudnitska’s mature style, as evidenced in Parfum de Thérčse: a rich,...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Clubman Special Reserve

    $4.90 - Smells great
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    Re: NEW Andy Tauer L'Air des Alpes Suisses

    Most fragrances aren't great. This one probably won't be either. His Au Coeur du Desert is excellent, nearly perfect for its type, but I wish he could have left a few drops of amber in the souk.
    ...
  92. Re: Vintage geek opinions about bottle age and sweet spot, please.

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    -- I buy it if it looks and sounds like it's in good condition and if possible send it back if it isn't.
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    Re: Recommend me an orange citrus frag?

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    Azemour les Orangers (Parfums d'Empire)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Knize Ten
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

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    Sycomore EDT
    Anubis
    Kolonya
    Knize Ten (vintage)
    Azemour les Orangers
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    I'll figure I'll get a decant from strikeknot.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Nino Cerruti (1979)
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    Re: Rare Chanel Sycomore 15ml Parfum version

    Sycamore/Sycomore
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Baie de Genievre

    108625

    Vintage fragrance I bought and sold not long ago. Kept a few mls. Smells great, but like most Creeds, satisfaction was fleeting. Almost kept it because I liked the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Must have been a bad day. It's amusing to hear people's perceptions of perfumes, but in the thirteen years I've been here reading people's impressions about those fragrances, that's one's entirely...
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