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    Estee Lauder's Private Collection (1973) for me today. It was created in the 70s but it was the one fragrance I obsessed about throughout the 80s.
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    Re: your favorite bitter-sweet fragrance?

    I do find some tobacco fragrances to be bittersweet; Fumerie Turque is a bit on the sweet side, but I love it. Kilian's Light My Fire is a spicy-sweet tobacco which I find unique and gorgeous.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2016

    I'm really looking forward to this sync tomorrow, some of my favourite fragrances are from the 70s: Opium, Private Collection, Magie Noire, Patou's 1000, Chanel 19.... Dioressence, too, though I...
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    Re: Perfect niche Spring scent for ladies

    I love green florals in spring; Bel Respiro, from Chanel's Exclusifs range, is a lovely one.
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    Re: Fragrance stores in Paris

    Parfums Caron, next to the Palais de l'Elysee, is great if you like classic-style fragrances. They will have a few scents that are not sold outside their boutiques.

    I think Serge Lutens at the...
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    Re: An observation about bottle size...

    I usually like 30-50ml bottles, and my hands being on the small side, I find anything larger than 75ml to be incredibly awkward to hold.
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    Re: Notes That Stick Out and Those That Don't

    Fruit notes almost always stick out and skewer my olfactory senses mercilessly. Most often pear and berry notes, but any fruit note will do it.
  8. Re: Is Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille the best vanilla of its kind out there?

    For 'non-crushingly-sweet' I like Goutal's Vanille Exquise, Diptyque's Eau Duelle EDP and Santa Maria Novella's Vaniglia.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 30th January, 2016

    La Panthere extrait for today. Have a good weekend, everyone!
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2016

    I don't have any Mugler flankers so wore Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau to start Flanker Week. I like this one very much, it's light and crystalline and yet complex at the same time. Nothing like...
  11. Re: Sampling is for ninnies. Real men (women) but blind

    I don't like samples either - they're tiny and fiddly, and don't always give an accurate impression when a scent has to be applied lavishly to be appreciated. That said, I have awful, awful luck with...
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    Re: Any luck with vintage Dune?

    You mean current Dune turns quickly too? Oh no, better use mine up then. To answer your question, I haven't had any luck with vintage Dune myself (bought a couple, and they had turned).
  13. Re: Guerlain temporarily suspending production of Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue!?

    Which are the affected batches, sciencegirl? I'm sure they will allow you to return for a refund if you asked them, I recall reading some comments on Bois de Jasmin that they actually recalled some...
  14. Re: Designer women's signatures scent recommendations for a present

    You could give Si by Giorgio Armani a try. It has some similarities to La Vie Est Belle, since she likes that one, but is much lighter with added citrus and florals.
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    Re: Popular ladies perfumes in the 2000's.

    Adding Dior J'Adore, Miss Dior and Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire that have been among the top 10 bestsellers in many countries for several years.

    Also Stella McCartney's Stella for a light rose,...
  16. Re: Perfumes that are best enjoyed with some distance

    I actually like the pungency of smelling most strong and even animalic fragrances up close, a possible exception could be something very intense like Dior's Poison or Vero's Rubj.

    Also sugary...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2016

    I'm syncing today with MFK Absolue pour le soir, a glorious concoction of incense, spices and naughty bits. Love it. Have a fabulous weekend!
  18. Re: Suggest me a classic-style chypre that is easy to wear

    I think Eau Sauvage, as mikeperez suggested, is one of the classic chypres that is light (citrusy) and easy-to-wear. The current Diorling is also very nice, it's a little more on the floral side, and...
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    Re: Nostalgia Purchases

    I also bought Dune out of nostalgia!

    Other nostalgia purchases include Loulou and Joop! Femme (current versions, unfortunately). Unfortunately those were reformulated beyond recognition. The Dune...
  20. Re: Where are you from & why do you dislike certain notes?

    I'm originally from Southeast Asia and L'Artisan's Dzongkha, which smells almost exactly like joss sticks, makes me feel really uncomfortable for that reason.
  21. Re: Hermes cologne series, and other (eau de) colognes.....

    I like Concentre d'Orange Verte the most and also like Eau d'Orange Verte and Gentiane Blanche. I generally like them all except for Pamplemousse Rose as it reminds me of the fresh fruity florals...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Interesting. I tested MR at Barneys last year and the spices seemed much less pronounced than my 10 year old bottle, to the point where I thought it smelled almost like a Shalimar Light. Perhaps my...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I think the most recent reformulation goes fairly light on the cloves (if they're in it at all) - have you smelt it recently?
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    Re: Ladies, fragrance or shoes?

    I dislike both inappropriate shoes and inappropriate scent applications equally, but otherwise I'm fairly forgiving, I think.
  25. Re: Scented Candles - The Silent Killers // BBC Article

    I've never liked scented products anyway, I prefer to get my fragrance fix from perfumes themselves. Although those Cire Trudon candles are pretty nice.
  26. Re: With perfume, without deoderant: a potentially gross-you-out quandry

    I gave up anti-perspirants and deodorants many, many years ago and haven't had any problems (or complaints). I use 4711 under my arms when I think I might be sweating a little (I think neroli is...
  27. Thread: Theme Week 2016

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    I've been doing the BN 500 this week, starting with Narciso Rodriguez For Her on Monday, 31 Rue Cambon yesterday, and today I'm wearing the gorgeous Fumerie Turque.
  28. Re: Help please. Can anyone identify these two ?

    Hi Zosia, it looks like they might be the parfum versions of Revlon's Enjoli and Chopard's Happy Diamonds respectively.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2016

    Happy 2016, everyone! Wishing you a wonderful and scented year ahead!

    I'm not able to sync today since I am travelling and have only one scent with me: Emporio Armani Elle. It was the last scent I...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 25th December, 2015 - XMAS Day

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Wearing Mon Precieux Nectar today, for the completely unglamorous reason that it was the closest to me as I was rushing out the door. It feels cosy rather than "special...
  31. Re: Any Women Tired of the Choice Between Fruity-Floral and Cupcake?

    Wait, was that LT or TS who said that?

    Also, I'd wager this review was written before the advent of La Vie Est Belle.
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    Re: Rose fragranced perfume recommendation

    Seconding these suggestions:

    Sa Majeste La Rose by Serge Lutens
    Rosa Nobile by Acqua di Parma

    Adding:

    Rosa by Santa Maria Novella
  33. Re: Worst Smelling/ Least Liked Compositions Released in 2015

    Lots of really blah releases in 2015, but the one that really disappointed me was (puts up protective shield) Cologne Indelebile. Citrusy laundry powder musk with a Malle label on it, and a price...
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    Re: ***** Theme Week 2015 *****

    I wore Cuir de Russie parfum today. I don't know if it's considered niche, as it's available in some high-end department stores, but it certainly feels anything but mainstream, combining a smoky...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 13th December, 2015

    I wore Cuir de Russie parfum today, it was perfect. I just realized how much nicer it is warmed by your skin under a big coat.
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    I have 3 out of the 4 too, but this is such a good promotion I couldn't resist either.

    It's been a while since I tested Fille en Aiguilles, I really have to revisit that. Five o'clock au...
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    Re: Today I bought December 2015

    I took advantage of the free Vapo Tout Noir offer (thanks Furriner!) from SL to finally purchase Cuir Mauresque! Can't wait for it to get here.

    That takes my December purchases to 3: Ambre...
  38. Re: Any Women Tired of the Choice Between Fruity-Floral and Cupcake?

    I'd love to see (smell) more variety of fragrances on other women too, but unfortunately fragrance trends are what they are. I'm just waiting for the sickly sweet trend to go away and then maybe I'll...
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    Thanks, Furriner! I'm really excited about that offer! I've been trying to decide between the Ambre Sultan and Feminite du Bois atomizers, this will provide the incentive to finally purchase Cuir...
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    Sorry, just found the empty Vapo Tout Noir on the website.
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    Re: Gift decision help please

    Both the EDT and parfum are lovely, great choice!
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Section d'Or!

    How did you get an empty Vapo Tout Noir btw? I'd love some.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 11th December, 2015

    Syncing today with Ormonde Jayne Tolu.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    I ended up going with Ormonde Jayne Tolu. I'm wearing the reformulated version and I'd describe it as gently resinous. The older version was deeper and more satisfying, alas.
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Kindly Never Irritate Cantankerous Krakens.

    GIANT
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 10th December, 2015

    I'm going against the grain today with Chanel No. 19 parfum. I was about to wear Shalimar, but then saw my bottle of No.19 and realised it had been ages since I wore it last. It almost feels like...
  47. Thread: Summing Up 2015

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    Re: Summing Up 2015

    2015 was a very good perfume sampling year for me, probably because I managed to travel more than previous years.

    Non-2015 releases I discovered this year: Guerlain's Parfum du 68, which...
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    Re: Bertrand Duchaufour's Greatest Fragrance

    :D

    Not a fan of Duchaufour either, but I do like Paestum Rose.
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    Re: Favourite releases of 2015

    Of the ones I tried, I liked Oud Palao and Oud Satin Mood.
  50. Re: what's your favorite dark fragrance with a fruit note?

    I got a lot of berries from the mid and base notes of Malle's Portrait of a Lady.
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    Re: SotD: Wednesday 9th December 2015

    I wore L'Heure Bleue today, something comforting for me, with some anise for spice week.
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    I think it was by design, wasn't it? It was meant to be a series of different interpretations of Feminite du Bois - or perhaps that was just how I saw it...
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Perceiving Opponent's Weakness Encourages Risk-taking.

    RISKY
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    I love Bois Oriental. It's everything I love about Feminite du Bois, and with less fruit, it should have been an instant purchase. Unfortunately when I tried it, it only lasted an hour or two on me,...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    Yeah, I don't think it's black and white, but then very few things are anyway.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    What exactly is niche is an interesting question, isn't it? Especially since there are so many niche brands around, and some even starting to be sold in Sephora. Usually I would consider niche...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    I usually tend towards a more inclusive interpretation of "niche", but for this sync I'll probably go with a brand that is not widely available, or sold in department stores. Leaning towards Vero...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th December, 2015

    Continuing my spice week with Santal Blush, listed spice notes include cumin, fenugreek and cinnamon. My favourite sandalwood, and favourite TF (if you don't count discontinued Urban Musk).
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    Re: ***** Theme Week 2015 *****

    Santal Blush for tonight, another spicy wood... or perhaps even a woody spice? There are woods, there are spices, and it's gorgeous. Spice notes listed include cumin, fenugreek and cinnamon.
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  60. Re: Suggestions? "beachy" scent for a young lady without the suntan lotion notes.....

    Hermes Eau de Merveilles has salty skin notes that make me think of a day at the beach.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrance Discussion

    I feel the same way about vintage fragrances. I think their components had more body and texture.

    I'm not an expert so I don't know why, but I feel that a lot of the newer materials feel very...
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Confused Racketeer's Errant Enterprise Dissolves.

    LOLLY
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    For the sync, and the start of my Spice Week, I thought it appropriate to go with the iconic spice queen, Opium parfum:
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    Re: ***** Theme Week 2015 *****

    Great idea!

    Starting my Spice Week with the iconic spice queen, YSL Opium parfum. IFRA may have defanged it somewhat but it's still the spiciest mainstream available.
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    Re: What's on your holiday wishlist?

    I have a very long wishlist, but for the holidays, I have only planned for a backup of Nahema extrait so far. Thinking of *finally* buying Cuir Mauresque, maybe, though that may have to wait till...
  66. Re: Similar fragrances to Musc Ravageur - Fréderic Malle

    Yes, especially for with the EDP. I wore this a couple of days ago, and thought, THIS is actually what Musc Ravageur wants to be. Helmut Lang is like Musc Ravageur, but focused more on the musk.
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    I have to admit, I don't quite understand the current direction SL is going in... I know they're trying to reach a wider audience, hence first the "eaux", then the recent proliferation of florals,...
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    I don't know if I can consider myself a SL fangirl since I don't love everything he does, but the ones I love, I love madly.

    And I really like the bell jars too, to the point where I actually paid...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 3rd December, 2015

    Poison extrait today. Have a great rest of the day!

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.26207.jpg
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    Re: Please identify perfume bottle?

    You're welcome!



    I'm not actually familiar with Bob Mackie fragrances, I just remembered the bubbly black bottle from vintage perfume hunting (the pure parfum one was cute). I think the tall,...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015

    Surrounded by the golden rosiness of Nahema extrait.

    http://www.sniffapaloozamagazine.com/NAHEMA_SN_cropped.jpg
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    Re: Please identify perfume bottle?

    Looks like Bob Mackie perfume mini, here's one on ebay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bob-Mackie-Parfum-Mini-Perfume-Fragrance-Miniature-4-ml-/231709709751?hash=item35f2f995b7:g:UOMAAOSw37tWEG-0
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Cheese And Lentils May Satisfy

    MOREL
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    Re: 24 Fauborg by Hermes

    I wore and loved 24, Faubourg when I was 25, but I had also worn equally Big perfumes like Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue (and JPG Classique!) for years before that. I think the sample idea is fantastic....
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 1st December, 2015

    Helmut Lang EDP
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Aaron Advocated Advanced Alliterative Abilities.

    CCCCC
  77. Thread: Dior Privée

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    Re: Dior Privée

    I saw them at Nordstrom Vancouver recently.
  78. Re: SL Fleurs D'Oranger is a close to perfect orange blossom.

    They're both a little gourmand in different ways, if you're tolerant of sweet notes you might like them. Mademoiselle Guerlain is orange blossom with a light dusting of powder and fruity notes, it's...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrance Discussion

    I happen to disagree on a few points. I think a lot of niche is actually very close to mainstream quality, sometimes even the insanely priced ones. The ones that are good tend to be good because they...
  80. Re: SL Fleurs D'Oranger is a close to perfect orange blossom.

    Yes, Fleurs d'Oranger is so pretty. I like this a lot now after its reformulation, I think I used to find it too top heavy (heady florals and not enough in the base before). I tend to like...
  81. Re: Can you rate these "houses" from the most "upscale" to the least?

    1. Guerlain - Their quality is always been the best.
    2. Dior - Good mainstream offerings, great classics and private collection.
    3. Hermes - Good quality, though their classics are much more...
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    Re: Thierry Wasser: How has he been doing so far?

    I like his work, particularly his feminine/unisex releases (not a fan of his masculine releases).

    His Parfum Initial and Parfum Initial L'Eau were both excellent, though misunderstood. His Parfum...
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    Re: Iris Silver Mist

    LOVE it, it's my favourite iris. It goes from metallic rooty, to earthy, to powdery-earthy on me. I find it warms as it progresses, which is part of its appeal for me.
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    Re: ***** Theme Week 2015 *****

    I find L'Inspiratrice fascinating. It feels like a modern femme fatale fragrance - the deep patchouli contrasted against sparkling peach and rose is definitely modern, yet there is something formal...
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    Re: ***** Theme Week 2015 *****

    L'Inspiratrice extrait today, a glamorous rose-peach-patchouli powerhouse that expects to be worn with red lipstick and nice jewellery. Yes, Mistress L'Inspiratrice.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

    I needed something easy-going today, so I went with my sample of Chanel No.5 Eau Premiere.

    Edit: Nope, not easy-going enough, so washed it off and going scent-free.
  87. Re: Name 3 Things You Consider "Old Fashion" and Why

    Betsy, I personally never see any fragrance as "old fashioned" (or worse, "dated"). When other people use terms like that, I understand that they associate that particular perfume with a trend from...
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    Re: ***** Theme Week 2015 *****

    I must be the opposite, I think I'm hypersensitive to something in Spirituelle. Just smelling it on a card (that was sprayed 2 weeks prior) gave me a migraine. Nausea, pounding headache, everything....
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    Re: ***** Theme Week 2015 *****

    pants, so nice to see someone else who likes L'Inspiratrice! I was planning on wearing it this week, it's definitely a patchouli powerhouse!
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    Re: ***** Theme Week 2015 *****

    No patchouli today, but definitely a powerhouse: YSL Paris.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 23rd November, 2015

    I'm in a glorious retro powerhouse today.

    http://www.parfumdepub.com/img/grand/paris-yves-saint-laurent-0543.jpg
  92. Sticky: Re: Recently Discontinued/ Due To Be Discontinued Fragrances......???

    Yes, the website will show it as long as it is available somewhere, even if it is no longer in production. Shalimar Parfum Initial, for example, is still on the website, even though production for it...
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    Re: Notes in perfumes and personality traits?

    I agree, if people use these ideas as a way to limit rather than expand possibilities, that would be counterproductive.
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    Re: What to buy from Guerlain?

    If they would do that, that would be great, sciencegirl. I think, from looking your wardrobe, that you might actually enjoy Derby, even though it is marketed to men. It is worth asking for a sample...
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    Re: SotD: Sunday 22nd November 2015

    Wearing Coromandel today in continuation of Patchouli/Powerhouse Week.
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    Re: ***** Theme Week 2015 *****

    I'm wearing Coromandel today, though for some reason this always feels more like cocoa than patchouli to me. I used to have a face powder that smelled exactly like this when I was at university, and...
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    Re: Notes in perfumes and personality traits?

    I think that the main issue people have with personality classifications is that humans are complex beings and can't be easily categorised. I don't think anyone can be easily put into an MBTI box...
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    Re: Unusual compliment on Kouros tonight..

    Yes, I agree the recent one smells very good too.
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    Re: Unusual compliment on Kouros tonight..

    I love Kouros. I smelled Kouros on someone recently and thought it smelled warm and subtle too. Was it the vintage or current one you wore, Pappy?
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    Re: What to buy from Guerlain?

    Wow, that is very, very bad news for my 2 backup extraits.... I guess I'll have to use it up quickly.
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