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  1. Re: New Eau Sauvage "Fresh Leather" Limited Edition

    I found this in John Lewis' department store earlier today. As I'm just getting over a cold I can't say too much about it, but what I could smell seemed pretty good. I might even get a bottle after...
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    Re: Is Caron on its last legs?

    And Harrods...
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    Re: What would Neo in The Matrix wear?

    Maybe L'Anarchiste. It has the metallic edge of the world in which Neo lives and the name fits too.

    S.
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    High-Speed Fragrance Trail in London

    I was on my way to a book launch on Tuesday but took a quick detour through Horrids and Harvey Nicks.
    1) Prada for Men is on sale in Harrods and the SA gave me a couple of samples when I asked. Not...
  5. Re: New fall fragrance, long-lasting, sillage, etc.?

    Following Marlen's example, I now wear Diptyque's Essence of John Galliano which was released as a room fragrance. Stunning smoky scent by Olivia Giacobetti. You should definitely try it.

    S.
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    Keeping Track of Scent

    Do you keep a careful record of the scents you have tried? How much detail do you record and in what format?

    I have a list on my PDA of scents I've sampled. Most of the entries just state the...
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    Re: What scent for the new James Bond?

    There was a James Bond thread quite recently. I wrote there:

    "As far as Ian Fleming's novels are concerned Bond's own choice of scent is never mentioned, so we are just playing games here - there...
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    Re: Fou d'Absinthe = KenzoAir ?

    I've only smelled Fou d'Absinthe once in passing, but it did seem very similar to Kenzoair. Both scents are pleasant, but seem very transparent and fleeting.

    S.
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    Re: What would James Bond wear?

    I think I remember Sixcats' thread. The same question has cropped up several times. As far as Ian Fleming's novels are concerned Bond's own choice of scent is never mentioned, so we are just...
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    Re: Citron recommendations?

    Annick Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien (or even better the EdP, Hadrien Absolu) should definitely be top of your list. Etro's Lemon Sorbet is another nice one, citrus with sugar frosting! And the old school...
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    Re: The Best Santa Maria Novella Frag

    I have tried almost the entire range, I think. Some of them at the stunning shop in Florence, some in NYC and the rest at the boutique in London. My favourites are:

    Lighter Fragrances
    Acqua di...
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    Re: SOTD Friday June 23rd

    Molinard Homme II.

    Steely
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    Wanted: Moisturizer with SPF

    Can anyone recommend a high-quality facial moisturizer with sun protection. At the moment I use Decleor Creme des Hommes, but it doesn't have the protection factor. Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    S.
  14. Re: The girls of 007. Ian Fleming's prescribed sce

    Can anyone point me to the passage in any of Fleming's novels where it clearly states that Bond wore such-and-such a scent? I keep coming across contenders (Floris, Trumpers, Dunhill) but where's the...
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    Re: AG, which to choose?

    Duel is one I really like and I agree with other posters on this thread - it's all about the tea.

    Sables is one I want to like but can't quite get on with. There's a boozy note to it which doesn't...
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    Re: SotD Thursday Feb 23

    Hadrien Absolu.
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    Re: Rawest, dirtiest Vetiver?

    There is a review of Goutal's Vetiver on the Bois de Jasmin blog today. *I still say yuk, but I am enjoying Goutal's Hadrien Absolu as my SOTD - a hint of Mediterranean summer in a cold and snowy UK....
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    Re: Rawest, dirtiest Vetiver?

    Hey Phersurf, hang on. I meant to agree with you, not challenge you! We are in total agreement over the AG Vetiver. The worrying thing is that apekrul might actually like it...

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    Re: Rawest, dirtiest Vetiver?

    The Goutal Vetiver stinks! I say this as a great fan of AG (four scents in my collection and a couple of others I like), but really... Yuk.

    S.
  20. Re: Fougeres...either you love 'em or hate 'em

    I'm with Giannis who posted early on this thread - Nicolai's Carre d'As is great.

    S.
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    Cristobal - the Ladies' One

    I sprayed this on the back of my hand in a department store earlier today. Very nice actually, with a hint of spice to counteract all the vanilla. Any other guys use this one (as opposed to the pour...
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    Re: SotD Monday 6 February

    Balmain BalMan.
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    Re: SotD Sunday February 5

    PdN Ocean (room spray)
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    Re: Tuscany Per Uomo - great stuff

    I had this one back in the 1980s and still like it. Some kind person sent me a decant of the Forte last year and it certainly had good lasting power.
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    Re: Need reco's: Niche office, non-Creed

    I wear all of these in just the kind of situation you describe. In no particular order...

    Patricia de Nicolai: Carre d'As
    Goutal: Eau de Monsieur
    Goutal: Hadrien Absolu
    Goutal: Mandragore
    LV:...
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    Re: Your Favorite Fragrance Family?

    Woody orientals make the strongest showing in my collection, eg:
    Safranier
    Rochas Man
    Lolita Lempicka au Masculin
    Lalique Faune
    Hanae Mori
    Santal
    Egoiste
    Tiffany for Men
    Mechant Loup
  27. Thread: Insensé

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    Re: Insensé

    I got a decant from Marlen a while back and also found that it actually made me feel a bit nauseous. I wear some other floral scents quite happily though, like Creed's Chevrefeuille Original.
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    Re: Looking to freshen up my room

    Fresh and clean: Patricia de Nicolai's room fragrance, Ocean. Candle and a spray.
    Rich and delicious: Diptyque's Essence of John Galliano, again candle and spray.

    I use both sprays as personal...
  29. Re: Ready to purchase Guerlain Vetiver... question

    I agree with Godzilla. I detected definite differences between the old and new versions. I preferred the new one actually with its brighter topnotes. I also recommend the shower gel. A tiny amount...
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    Re: Parfums de Nicolai

    I've sampled (and owned) most of this line. The one that I keep around is Carre d'As which is a discreet, elegant fern scent. I should think it would be an excellent choice for office wear. It is...
  31. Thread: Best SMN

    by steelyglint
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    Re: Best SMN

    Just noticed that you specifically asked about Sicilia. It is a very refreshing, pleasant eau de cologne, but I'm afraid it is gone in sixty seconds. Very fleeting indeed, unlike Opoponax. I'm not a...
  32. Thread: Best SMN

    by steelyglint
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    Re: Best SMN

    Opoponax is great during colder weather and I like Eva. too.

    Steely
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    Laura Tonatto for Men

    I wonder if any Basenoter has anyone tried one or more of the Tonatto scents for men. There are a handful listed in the Basenotes directory, but I can't track down much information on them. Has...
  34. In the UK:Caron Impact, Lacroix Tumulte Homme?

    Has anyone found these scents in the UK yet? I will be in London next week and hope to track these two down. Oh yes, and Moschino Friends for Men as well...

    Steely
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    Re: French Lessons: Carré d'As

    Merci!

    S.
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    French Lessons: Carré d'As

    Could some kind soul tell me what the name of this scent means in English? I've just got a new bottle and am enjoying wearing it again after nearly a year when it was missing from my arsenal...
    ...
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    Re: Similar fragances *to Mark Birley?

    Sharp, dry, herbal - exactly. That's what I find in Virgilio too, AND in Mark Birley for Men!

    S.
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    Re: Similar fragances *to Mark Birley?

    Maybe Diptyque's Virgilio?

    Steely
  39. Thread: Honey

    by steelyglint
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    Re: Honey

    Miel de Bois was a bit cloying on me. I find a pleasant honey note in L'Artisan's Mechant Loup.

    Steely
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    Re: Room Sprays: Suitable as Cologne?

    Marlen is always right! I love the Diptyque Galliano candle, and wished it was available as a scent. Never thought about using the room spray, until Marl's suggestion, but I tried it out yesterday...
  41. Re: NEW Santa Maria Novella: CITTA' DI KYOTO

    I visited the SMN boutique in Walton Street, London yesterday. *Citta' di Kyoto is available there now - only arrived last week. *I sampled it and liked it, but it seemed quite fleeting though my...
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    Re: SotD Saturday Oct 29

    Molinard Homme II. I know this one is supposed to have a coriander note, but it smells like tarragon to me. Anyway, it's very nice...

    Steely
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    Re: SOTD Friday 28 October

    Goutal Duel.
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    Re: SotD, Thursday October 27

    HM
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 26 October

    Chanel Bois des Iles (from a sample).

    Steely
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 25 October

    Hadrien Absolu.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 19 October

    Lolita Lempicka au Masculin.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 18 October

    Lanvin Arpege pour Homme.
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    Re: SOTD Monday 17 October

    Lalique Faune.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 16 October

    Molinard Homme II.
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    Re: Good starter cologne

    Guerlain's Vetiver meets all of your criteria, I think, and is one of the great classics of men's fragrance. *Bulgari pour Homme has been mentioned a few times and is another one that should be at...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 15 October

    Lanvin Arpege pour Homme.
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    Re: Dior Homme: Yay or Nay?

    Another loud YAY for Dior Homme. Renato - I think it will take time for DH to feature strongly in Top5/10 straw polls. People need a chance to buy it and evaluate it first.

    Steely
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    Re: SOTD FRIDAY 14 OCT 2005

    Minotaure.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday October 13

    Dior Homme.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday October 12th, 2005

    Green Irish Tweed.
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    Re: tea scent in your collection?

    Another vote in favour of Annick Goutal's Duel...

    Steely
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    Re: Essence of John Galliano

    Holy Grail...? Just a guess.

    S
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    Re: SotD, Tuesday, October 11

    Chevrefeuille Original.
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    Re: Essence of John Galliano

    I have the John Galliano candle which is delightful. Must try out the room-spray now...

    Steely
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    Re: SOTD, Monday October 10

    SL Douce Amere.
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    Re: SOTD, Sunday October 9

    Creed Green Valley from a sample.

    Steely
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    Re: London: Harrods

    Also Jo Malone and Caron and Serge Lutens. *A five minute walk away is the Santa Maria Novella boutique in Walton Street. *Just along from Horrids is Harvey Nichols where you will find Bond No. 9...
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    Re: SotD, Saturday October 8

    Diptyque Virgilio from a sample. Getting on quite well with this today. My memory was that this quckly turned musty on me, but it is staying crisp and herbal today.

    Steely
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    Re: SOTD Friday October 7

    Wore GIT today. This evening I've 'refreshed' with BalMan.

    Steely
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    Re: Going to New York...

    Based on my experience in May/June, you should 'phone Aedes to make sure they are open before you visit. *I turned up with high anticipation and a fistful of credit cards at 11.30am on a weekday...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday October 6th

    Creed Orange Spice.
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    Re: Strong, unique fragrances?

    You might want to try some of the Santa Maria Novella scents. *Decants are often available on Ebay and there are online retailers who will sell you samples. *In particular, try: Potpourri, Sandalo,...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 5 October

    Erolfa.
  70. Re: Arpege, Opus, Impact - Available in London?

    OK, Caron Impact I didn't find, but Opus 1870 is now available in Penhaligon's across the city. Boring! On the other hand, Arpege pour Homme is available in Liberty's (and the Bond St Lanvin...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 4 October

    It was Annick Goutal's Eau de Monsieur this morning. Now I'm wearing the new Arpege pour Homme...
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    Re: SotD, Monday October 3

    Four of us going for Guerlain's Vetiver I see. Well, it's evening here now and I'm about to apply a little LL au Masculin...
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    Re: SotD, Monday October 3

    Guerlain Vetiver.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday October 2

    CSP Safranier on a cool, bright day...

    Steely
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    The Osmotheque

    This 'museum' is part of a perfume school in Versailles. *Browsing their website, I noticed that Francis Kurkdjian gave a talk a few days ago on "Parfums d'Homme". *Now wouldn't that have been...
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    Re: Looking for some almonds...

    When I visited Caswell-Massey in NYC, the SA loaded me down with freebies and samples including an almond-scented shaving cream. Actually, I usually shave with non-scented or lightly-scented creams...
  77. Arpege, Opus, Impact - Available in London?

    Anyone seen these around in London yet?
    Penhaligons OPUS 1870
    Lanvin ARPEGE FOR MEN
    Caron IMPACT
    I will be in town tomorrow and hope to track one or more of these down. *Hope I don't like them...
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    Re: Highest rated mens fragrance...?

    Notesy, how will this new feature work? When I select a scent from the Directory will it show an average rating and an average longevity based on members' wardrobe ratings? Oh, and BTW, on the...
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    Re: Top 10 designer scents

    D&G pour Homme
    Rochas Man
    Rykiel Homme
    Black Cashmere
    Dali Minotaure
    Lolita Lempicka au Masculin
    Chanel Égoïste
    Gucci Envy
    Angel
    Laura Biagiotti Roma Uomo
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    Re: Habit Rouge EdT Legere

    Haven't seen this one around much - not online or in the shops. Sent you an IM with another suggestion though...

    Steely
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    Re: Wardrobes *-* wishlist *-*

    I agree with Xen - to be able to see a fragrance's average rating (both the over-all rating and the longevity rating) would be great. First that, and then Mr Cranky please!

    Steely
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    Re: Floral for men

    Creed's Chevrefeuille Original is honeysuckle and mint - slightly sweet but clean and fresh with it. Careful with Tenere - there's a hint of the lavatory about it...

    S.
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    Re: Patricia de Nicolaï

    I found Cologne Sologne to be a little too sweet for my tastes, but Carre d'As is perfect for the summer heat (and it lasts quite well too). May I put in a good word for Eau d'Ete as well? Very...
  84. Re: The Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier *fragances

    I don't think Garrigue always gets the attention it deserves, so it has my vote.

    Steely
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    Re: Every day scent

    Here are some quick thoughts. *Some of my top scents are in this list!

    Inexpensive and very pleasant:
    Caswell-Massey Greenbriar

    You have to try it once:
    Guerlain Vetiver

    Floral:
    Creed...
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    Re: The New Fragrances From Bond No. 9

    I really like New Haarlem as well, but it's not as unique as all that... In fact, it's a dead ringer for Rochas Man. I haven't tried Chinatown or The Hamptons yet, but they are on my hitlist for my...
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    Best of 2005

    Won't be long until the summer vacation and, as usual, I will spend twenty minutes in the duty-free scent shop before we catch the plane to Stuttgart. *You all know what these places stock -...
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    Re: SOTD Monday July 11

    Molinard Homme II.

    S.
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    Re: MOLINARD recommend fragances ?

    I think you'd like Teck - big, powerful fragrance. Homme II I find excellent with its unusual tarragon note, but the lasting power is only so-so. Bois Precieux is another nice one, but it's gone in...
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    Re: need a new summer fragrance

    Why not order up some samples and decants on Ebay? Try out some scents that are harder to find, but are often discussed on Basenotes. There are lots of good Ebay 'dealers', but why not begin by...
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    Re: SOTD Monday,20 June 2005

    Caron Eau Pure.

    S
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    SOTD, Sunday, 19 June 2005

    Creed Chevrefeuille Original.

    S.
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    Re: SotD, Saturday, June 18

    Caswell-Massey Greenbriar.

    S.
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    Re: Aedes cleaning house?

    The only disappointment in my recent trip to NYC was arriving outside Aedes in Christopher Street at 11.15am one morning to find the shop locked, barred and bolted. There was no notice giving opening...
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    Re: Open by Roger & Gallet

    I don't think this one is new, is it? Or has it been repackaged in some way? I think I owned this in the early 1990s, quite woody, long-lasting, but had a tendency to go sour on my skin after a...
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    Re: Favourite Aquatic Fragrance

    Erolfa.

    S.
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    Re: SOTD Friday June 17,2005

    Eau Sauvage.
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    Re: Your Next Purchases?

    In the near future...

    LV: Uomo
    Nicolai: Carre d'As
    AG Mandragore
    Hermes Rocabar

    S.
  99. Re: Givenchy fragrances. *What can I expect?

    My vote: Monsieur Givenchy. I went through a bottle of the stuff during a hot summer a couple of years ago. Lasting power is so-so, but it is just so refreshing...

    S.
  100. Thread: Violets

    by steelyglint
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    Re: Violets

    Marlen sent me a decant of the Rykiel (thanks Marls - yes, I know I owe you an e-mail...!) and I enjoyed it a lot. Trumpers Ajaccio Violets is delicious but it's gone in sixty seconds. Shame.

    S.
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