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    Re: Polo confuddlement! Help!

    I doubt it's fake, it's just not vintage (unless you think 2017 is "vintage").
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver - Anyone?

    It's Amberwood. I should think Iso E Super, as well, as that's a big part of the original TdH.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I don't think many BNers have it. I sincerely doubt I'll ever empty this 250 ml bottle, but it's good stuff. To me, it actually smells like wood, though nothing like the usual woody aromachems.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Probably my last hurrah for 2019. Had one eBay seller clearing out vintages from old cheapies…

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    …to more upscale fare:

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    The Blend 30 and Balafre Brun were the only ones I was...
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    Re: Fragrances you bought - 2019

    Virtually my entire wardrobe. I am not going to calculate the expense.
  6. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Oh, I don’t think anyone would mistake DH Original for Shalimar just because of the iris. And the opening of DH is really quite singular.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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  8. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    I already have mignons of everything that interested me (which was most of them), but this looks like a good time to plunk down for FBs. Thanks!
  9. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Chuck has Schrodinger's Dior Homme: while the box is sealed, it both is and isn't a new fragrance. That makes it twice as valuable as either one alone. He should never open it.
  10. Re: Montana Parfum D'Homme Arrived Today. Bummer........

    They're not. EoS bought the rights to Montana from SB c.2008–2009.
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    I haven’t run these by the Divine Ms. S. yet, but I’d like her to try at least Amore, and see if she can abide me in Chypre. Oriental #1 might be problematic, as the missus is not usually enamored of...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    c. 1997. A fun wear for Fahrenheit Day, but I must say it feels like a step backward after my Spirit Bear sample week.
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    <sigh> How many times must I explain this? Fahrenheit can’t cause global warming, because most of the world uses Celsius.

    Don’t you people understand science?
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

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    1997.
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    Finally, we have CC, aka Camel Chypre, Carnal Cypher, etc.

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    I had a busy day today, as Mrs. S. came home and I didn't have much time to spend with my nose to my arm. That makes it harder...
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    Monday the 14th falls on a Saturday this year.
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    Re: Millenials are changing the perfume business

    There are several reasons why “big sellers” are synthetic that have little to do with what millennials might desire, not least of which is a set of EU regulations that effectively prohibit most...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    For what it's worth, eBay tracked the Mitsouko as shipping out of Morocco. So, this could be an error in the listing, or there could be another reason someone would list shipping from China instead...
  19. Re: Compare a fragrance to another cultural product

    Now I have to try Jubilation XXV, because that's spot-on how I felt about "Hamilton," before and after.
  20. Re: No wonder my Gucci Envy for Men doesn't last... (FAKE)

    "Make it stop," says man who wore bellbottoms in the 1970s.
  21. Re: Compare a fragrance to another cultural product

    Sure it is, in the sense the OP meant: "something like an album, film, novel, painting, play, poem, or series."
  22. Re: Fakes and Frauds: More in masculine scents than feminines?

    Well, we were just talking in the Vintage forum about faked Mitsouko, so I'm sure it happens. (We'll know soon enough if it happened to me.) Perhaps men are more easily duped and/or less willing to...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Well, I meant that in the context of comparing old ('40s–'80s) to new ('90s–mid '10s) iterations of titularly identical fragrances. The new d'Orsay may produce fine fragrances, but those are <ahem>...
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    Re: Millenials are changing the perfume business

    Drilled down to its basic points, the article says millennials want:

    1. Artisan perfumers (according to one artisan perfumer)
    2. Natural ingredients (according to two perfumers who tout their use...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Incredibly helpful, thank you. For the purposes of acquisition and comparison, then, the relevant periods are the Jacques Guťrin era (the bottles I have, and the period in which Crown was dormant)...
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    Celtic Moss' pine receded into, well, moss before finally vanishing into the mist. The complexity perceived by other reviewers eluded me, I'm afraid, but there might be enough for me to give it...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    No doubt, although other '30s vintages show up occasionally, and Crown seems to have acquired at least some of its exalted reputation only after Clive Christian bought and binned it. Nevertheless,...
  28. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Yeah, I do that on my iPhone, too.

    But, regarding security: while technically, the site loads in my desktop browser if I switch to https, it's pretty much unreadable and unnavigable if I do....
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    Re: House Affinity/Aversion

    I don't want to belabor this, because we're drifting pretty far off topic, but I just want to say that you made your point well; it's a valid observation; it's a curious branding decision, especially...
  30. Re: Montana Parfum D'Homme Arrived Today. Bummer........

    The angle of the box in the photo makes it hard to determine the angle of the logo text, but I think vintage, because the new box doesn't say "Paris" after "Montana."
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    As with Crown, I'm very curious about the relationship between the "good" reissues and the original formulations. With Crown, it's virtually impossible to compare, as the only pre-reformulation...
  32. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    All this is greatly appreciated, but my greatest concern is, how are your kids now?
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    Re: House Affinity/Aversion

    As a Jew, I've had to wrestle with this in various spheres. For the most part, I've accepted that deeply flawed, even bad, people can still do work worth admiring, and companies can outlive their...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Is yours that vintage, or the reissue?
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    Re: House Affinity/Aversion

    It’s not fake. The Wertheimers were a wealthy Jewish family and successful cosmetics entrepreneurs (they owned Bourjois) who bankrolled Parfums Chanel with Chanel No. 5 in exchange for 70% of the...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Describe, please!
  37. Re: What fragrance do you have the most back-up bottles of?

    I didn’t buy them for resale, but I might part with some down the road.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Nice! Also, the "Marly Horse" in the box indicates this is the goodest of the good stuff.
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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    They didn't call him a genius for nothin'.
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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    I doubt she's making it up, but there were numerous other women Miles saw regularly (or irregularly) until his death, which might be an additional reason he didn't marry Juliette Greco.
  41. Re: What fragrance do you have the most back-up bottles of?

    I have a half-dozen 50 ml backups of Gucci pour Homme (1976), because I got a ridiculous deal on them. I've got a couple Nobiles, as well, and three refills for my Cartier Santos sprayer. My biggest...
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    Following purecaramel's lead:

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    After the sweet, spicy lushness of Amore and Beekeeper's Daughter, Celtic Moss is another thing altogether. A pine scent, it manages to dodge both the...
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    Re: Interview Fragrance Advice

    Does your job entail lots of strenuous physical activity? Because otherwise, I find antiperspirant/deodorant quite effective.
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    Re: Interview Fragrance Advice

    Subtle or nothing. If they remember you by your fragrance, it wasn't a good interview.
  45. Re: Vintage Forum - unable to post or post not showing on public page

    3 Essentials That Represent Your Style? stuck at post #104.
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    Well, why not?

    Not sure what tomorrow's (Wednesday's) scent will be. It's my first day of interfacing with other people while sampling Spirit Bear, so I'd be happy to go with your recommendation.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Mostly cheapies: An Etienne Aigner samplerÖ

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    Öand other random goodies:

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    Nothing coming from Morocco by way of China this time. (BTW, that seller's other fragrances seem an...
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    This. Like my car, I’m sure I could run on vanilla extract if I had to, but I’d rather not.
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    You’re talking to someone whose collection is almost entirely vintage and niche-artisanal. In any case, I am not criticizing the perfumer by wishing for more longevity; rather, I’m complimenting her...
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    Re: Today I Finished...

    Liberally.
  51. Re: I'm bored - what's everyone asking for for xmas/holidays?

    Imagine no possessions
    It's easier to buy…
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    Next up is Beekeeper's Daughter.

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    Opens sweet and animalic—remember, it's not the bees, it's the daughter—before drifting boozy and slightly floral with amber undertones. Have to see how...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Thanks for the heads-up. I did note the oddity of the item and shipping location, but didn't check back to see old listings. The December listing is my auction, while the November listing shows as...
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    I think the difference has less to do with performance than with the scent itself.
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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    It was also promoted with music:

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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    My only problem is, I haven’t a frame of reference. If you have a stock of known glorious vintage Mitsouko, would you want to swap samples to compare?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Just a mini. Deciding if it might be preferable to Zino.
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    Re: In 2019, I expect to finish...

    …emptying my bank account to pay for fragrances.
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    It's strictly an American holiday. Everywhere else, they celebrate Celsius Day.
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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    Just scroll down: all the pics are still there.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I’ll probably have to have it in hand first. I don’t think color is enough to go by, save when a frag has changed more radically than between shades of amber.
  62. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Amore, by Spirit Bear – fabulous.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Yep, extrait—125 ml of it. So, let's hope it doesn't suck.
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    I am (finally!) starting my Spirit Bear journey, kicking it off with Amore. My experience encompasses both Grayspoole's and Epapsiou's reports, as I get the floral opening rather than vetiver, but...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Fine! Happy now?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I was certainly the straight man for that.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    No vintage for me this week: I'm doing Lelabelle's Spirit Bear sample pass. But, I admire all your excellent choices.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Much to absorb! I’ll have to ask Gin if he minds working on my sync day. He may demand extra treats.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    It depends which of us is more of a Dick.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I do appreciate the suggestions, thank you. The day will come, possibly sooner than I think.
  71. Re: Anybody currently have experience with Guerlain's Atuana?

    This is probably as much as anyone can tell you:

    https://guerlainperfumes.blogspot.com/2013/01/atuana-c1952.html
    ...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Well, of course, it wasn't you suggesting Guerlain unicorns. (Sure, if I had $2,300 in loose change behind my sofa cushions, I might blind-buy that 1937 Sous le Vent on eBay.) You're more likely to...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    Loving this.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Oleg Cassini for Men, because Mrs. S. is away and I figured it was safe.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    So, your goal is to send me down the rabbit hole with a searchlight? Mrs. S. wants to try Mitsouko, and, from their descriptions, I could see myself enjoying Sous le Vent or Philtre d'Amour, but I...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I have my eye on several of those as houses to explore seriously in the coming year. But it seems most of the relatively modest artisanal perfumers still trade at around $3/ml—which, BTW, I don’t...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    It’s cheaper than artisanal.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    $237.50.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    You knew I'd give in sooner or later.
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    The only one of these I’ve worn is the Caron, which, unlike the others here, I would willingly toss into the void. However, I am so terrified of heights, I’m afraid to get up in the morning, so if...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    And where, exactly, do you think new underpants come from?
  83. Re: Vintage Aramis EDC with unrecognizable batch code

    It's not uncommon for cosmetics companies to recycle their batch codes every ten or twenty years. Generic batch-check websites don't take this into account.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    The smell is wonderful, and it's largely as you suggest. The BN note pyramid doesn't list tobacco, but it strikes me as pipe tobacco up front settling into a lovely leather, like an old gentleman's...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Much appreciated! I still have to give my masculine Balmains (Monsieur, …bŤne) a workout.
  86. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    Mostly, I wondered if the sharp celery note was tempered in the old stuff. Otherwise, no point for me.

    As for reinvesting, yeah, but I ain't in it for profit. I have enough headaches!
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    How do you feel about Miss Balmain, Ivoire, and Balmain de Balmain?
  88. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    I guess that's good for the resale value of my bottle. Have you tried the vintage yet?
  89. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    I guess the EU is cracking down on celery.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Let's hope the fragrances are better than the photographs.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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  92. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    Sure thing. I'm just not sure I could send it to Nicaragua successfully.
  93. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    It's not just you. I understand the appeal, but there's a note that simply isn't me. I plan to give it another shot, but I suspect I'll be parting with my vintage Zino bottle fairly soon.
  94. Re: What would this fictional perfuner/character wear...

    Bingo.
  95. Re: What would this fictional perfuner/character wear...

    Sure, it makes sense.

    In one of my sundry, fragmentary lives outside this forum, I work with aspiring screenwriters. One thing I always stress with them is that their characters’ choices—dialog,...
  96. Re: I'm bored - what's everyone asking for for xmas/holidays?

    I wouldn't be ungracious if anyone sent me vintage Derby or Patou pour Homme. That said, the money is better spent going to charity, which is what I ask people to do if they feel compelled to give me...
  97. Re: What would this fictional perfuner/character wear...

    It depends on the aesthetic you want your character to have, and the reason(s) she has for wearing perfume. Does she want to be driven, or does she want to just relax? Is she more inspired by...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Actually, I don't know. I don't think she's worn all the concentrations enough to decide, and she I got her some deep-vintage extrait I believe she hasn't even opened yet. But, I bought her two 100...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Well, it is an elephant. Just sayin'.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I got some for Mrs. S., and I can vouch for its loveliness. Have you any interest in EDT of the same vintage?
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