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  1. Thread: Very Estee

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    Re: Very Estee

    I'm trialing a sample of this I managed to bag at the Estee counter in Boots.

    When I sprayed the card in shop I didn't like it, but on my skin it shows promise. On me the Cassis is very subtle...
  2. Thread: Very Estee

    by bubby
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    Very Estee

    Anyone tried this? It's now available online in the UK, but I haven't had a chance to see if the shops have it. I could do with a new floral in my collection, but find the cassis a bit worrying. It...
  3. Re: Budget supermarket fragrance beats Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle

    My Lidl has testers. I tried this in the summer and found it similar to Mademoiselle, but without the longevity of a Chanel. I cannot comment on quality as Mademoiselle does not sit well on my skin,...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday October 26th, 2010

    On this cold and rainy day I have been warmed by my vintage Opium in parfum concentration.
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    Re: Vanilla + Incense?

    Creed's Angelique Encens fits your description and has excellent longevity on me at least.
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    Re: SOTD ~ Wednesday October 13th 2010

    Guerlain L'instant Magic
  7. Thread: Ambery florals?

    by bubby
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    Re: Ambery florals?

    While EL Amber Ylang Ylang is one of my favourite ambers, the flowers are a very minor player in the mix, so it might disappoint according to your criteria. It is lovely, so do try it if you get a...
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    Re: SOTD ~ Tuesday October 5th 2010

    SOTD the lovely Alien
    SOTE The Alien is still going strong from this morning. Nothing suitable for layering so Alien it is then.
  9. Re: Sending perfumes from the US to England - general question

    Mumsy, could you please pm me the details as well? Sounds interesting.
    Thanks.
  10. Re: Sending perfumes from the US to England - general question

    I got caught out last year and had to pay customs duties. They made the purchase less than economic and I have not bought from outside the EU since. Very few get caught, but if you do it's a pain in...
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    Re: SotD, Thursday September 30th 2010.

    Shalimar Light for me today.
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    Re: Scent for my daughter, turning 13 next month...

    Why not have a girly mum and daughter day out. Give her a lunch and perfume voucher and then she can spend the afternoon with you trying testers and finding something that she likes. Perfume is so...
  13. Re: Shalimar Ode de la Vanille Limited Edition to launch this year

    I too am interested in this and wonder if it will have wide release in the UK. Is it actually out now or is there a release date soon?
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    Re: SotD - Monday the 13th of September

    Guerlain L'Instant Parfum. Lovely on a rainy day.
  15. Thread: EL Sensuous EDT?

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    EL Sensuous EDT?

    I love the EDP and have heard rumours of an extrait, but have never found it. Recently noticed EDT has appeared in the shops, but no tester locally. Has anyone tried it? How does it compare to the...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 7 February

    Wearing fake tan today. Nothing can compete with its acridity.
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    Re: SotD Friday 5th of February

    Yesterday I wore the wonderful Creed Angelique Encens.

    Today the rather lovely Dune by Dior. I keep forgetting how nice they both are.
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    Re: Amber recs please

    Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang-Ylang. Beautiful, sweet and very ambery. Some say boring, but I find it compelling.
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    Re: i had to tell someone who would care!

    I have popped some on the back of my hand from a small, treasured sample so I can join you. 'Tis beautiful. Enjoy!
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    Missoni counterfeit?

    Contemplating buying Missoni for eldest's stocking. A search of UK ebay presents several bottles (100ml, 50ml, rollerball, and body cream) from only a couple of sellers. These sellers have a few...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 6 December

    My middle daughter is with you Brielle in SL Un Bois Vanille. She loves the sample I gave her. It's too marshmallowey for me.

    I'm complimenting you both in the drier SDV by Guerlain. It's fast...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 5 December

    Joining Gourmand day with My Insolence. Not my favourite Guerlain, but I am enjoying it more now than when I first received the sample.

    This evening I felt a strong need for Dior Addict and am...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 3 December

    Guerlain L'Instant Magic for the day. Lovely, but as suspected from testing it lacks the longevity of L'Instant.

    SOTE Alien (again). Got a fb in the post and had to make sure it was ok :D.
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 2 December

    Nukapai, I'm with you! Comparing my lovely Alien with a sample of Alien Liqueur de Parfum on my left wrist. The LdP is woodier, and although nice, it lacks the longevity of the original which I...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 29 November

    Comparing my fave L'instant extrait with Rochas Alchimie. Both nice, but L'instant is winning at the moment.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 28 November

    SDV (again) as my guilty Sat treat. Now it's faded I've gone for the oomph of Alien.
  27. Re: What happened to Vibert's reviews and recent posts?

    Vibert, I enjoyed and valued your reviews and will miss them. I wish you luck and happiness in the future.
  28. Re: Pics uploaded: Going to Paris tomorrow, what to choose?

    Simply stunning! Thank you.
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes - EDT & Pure Perfume

    I prefer the edt on hubby (as does he). Although the perfume is a tad longer lasting, we find it more linear. Longevity is certainly not a problem with the edt, and we both like the bubbly,...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 24 November

    Guerlain's L'instant Magic for me today and I'm liking it!
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    Re: SotD Sunday 22 November

    Have been surrounded by the gloriousness that is Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille all day. Mmmmmmm......
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    Re: S O T D Saturday, November 21

    Happy Birthday Sakecat! So sorry you are feeling rough :(.

    This time of year there are always loads of bugs going round. If you're not feeling great, it could be worth considering postponing, if...
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    Re: S O T D Saturday, November 21

    Pre-gym: Guerlain Idylle This is my final try of many. It has failed to excite me in previous wearings. I sometimes find lighter florals work for me as gym wear. Sadly it is not to be, but at...
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    Re: SotD Friday 20 November

    SOTD Dior Addict has been my secret pleasure all day at work (gently sprayed on my decolletage very early this morn).

    SOTE Chanel No 5 EAu Premiere from the sample I arrived home to. Very, very...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 19 November

    Serge Lutens Chergui. Day three. I think I'm smitten!
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    Post Christmas bargains?

    Forgive me if some think I am asking the obvious, but I have only recently begun to expand beyond my old trusty favourites.

    I am contemplating a few FB purchases and wondered how good the post...
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    Re: The Musc Ravageur experience

    MR smells fabulous on my hubby. Sadly, it smells awful on me; the animalic note just doesn't let anything else through. I've tried two full wearings with the same result.

    So glad you are...
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    Re: Favorite creamy florals?

    I third L'instant de Guerlain, beautiful creamy magnolia with a touch of amber.

    Another thought is Rochas Tocade for rose and vanilla.
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 18 November

    New mini of Chergui arrived today, so...

    SL Chergui on left arm

    SL Ambre Sultan on right arm for comparison.

    I'm finding the Chergui much sweeter than I expected and incredibly compelling. ...
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    Re: SotD Monday 16 November

    Guerlain L'instant Extrait

    It may get some bad press, but I adore this slightly powdery, floral, amber beauty!
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    Re: Buying sample decants in the UK...

    Lessenteurs is very good for niche. Pinkmagenta is good for ladies, and Hirch_Duckfinder off basenotes sales is excellent for men's. If you do a search, there are a few more sites based in Europe.
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    Re: SotD Sunday 15 November

    Study in amber today.

    Left arm: L'Artisan Amber Extreme (extreme? my skin eats this stuff, but hubby likes)
    Right arm: old fave PdE Ambre Russe (considering downgrading this to 4*, sadly, not...
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    Re: Negative Reviews-Should I write more?

    No fragrance is perfect and no reviewer likes every perfume. Neutral and negative reviews, if well written, add balance and help paint a more accurate overall picture of both the scent and the...
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    Re: SotD Friday 13 November

    Yesterday I followed an evolution in amber from Prada L'eau Ambree, to Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan and finished the day with L'artisan Ambre Extreme.

    Today, I'm all ambered out and am joining 3xasif...
  45. Thread: Terre D'Hermes

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    Re: Terre D'Hermes

    DH is not a scent wearer. After plastering him forcibly with a multitude of samples, to my delight, I recently caught him wearing TdH edt of his own accord. So, that's Christmas sorted. Off to the...
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    Re: Where to get miniature bottles

    Superdrug often has minis of mainstream stuff. Otherwise, luck and ebay is my port of call. If you just want to test frags to see if you like them, then the small spray samples are plentiful on...
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    Re: Bed Time Fragrances.

    I find the spicy warmth of Opium extrait perfect for a cold night. When I need some comforting, I use EL Amber Ylang Ylang.
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    Re: Your Own Personal Wardrobes

    Working long shifts the rest of the week. Have a shopping trip to the big city on Sat. and hope to do some frag experimentation in between playing Santa for my own kids. Will start to sort the...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 3 November

    SOTD EL Sensuous

    SOTE YSL Opium extrait
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    Re: Your Own Personal Wardrobes

    Picking on moi? I can take it; I've always been a bit of a rebel :D.

    I like the way I do it. Makes sense in my tiny brain. But, just for you Twolf, I shall copy my sample wish list into the box...
  51. Thread: Sweet & Woody

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    Re: Sweet & Woody

    I love Sensuous and find the longevity excellent. Lightly applied, it's one of the few frags I find suitable to wear to work (frag frowned upon in my profession). I narrowly missed out on a bottle...
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    Re: Your Own Personal Wardrobes

    I indend to put them in wishlist, but haven't got round to it :o. I haven't got a Father Christmas who will look at my wishlist and gift me a full bottle, so this seems a logical use of the space.
    ...
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    Re: SotD Monday 2 November

    Testing today:

    Left arm-Dior Addict
    Right arm- Dior Addict eau fraiche

    Have loved the original for some time. I can see the family resemblance, but the fraiche without the hit of vanilla is...
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    Re: Your Own Personal Wardrobes

    Good post. The wardrobes are so valuable in seeking out new things to try. It does help when people make it clear how they are recording.

    I do mine slightly differently to you Twolf, but have...
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    Re: Most worn in October

    Not familiar with that, but can fully recommend the parfum. I have a tester of the edp and love it, but the parfum is even more gorgeous and comes in a lovely bottle.

    Here's a link for a good...
  56. Re: tip-on-reformulations-or-why-your-favorite-perfume-doesnt-smell-like-it-used-to

    Funnily enough, I have.

    I suffered from severe eczema after having my first child. Eventually I was referred to a dermatologist who patch tested me with the European standard test battery (some...
  57. Re: Those samples I kindly requested?!! The name and shame thread

    Not in the UK as far as I'm aware, unless someone can point me in the right direction :). I think samples tend to be more available in the US as customer service and marketing seems to be a higher...
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    Re: Most worn in October

    This is exactly how it sits on me: a delicious floral amber with a tiny hint of powder. The parfum is one of my favourites and my SOTD today. It can often be found quite cheaply on online...
  59. Re: Those samples I kindly requested?!! The name and shame thread

    I emailed L'Artisan explaining that I lived nowhere near anywhere I could try their stock. I already have L'eau d'ambre and said I would like to try a sample of Ambre Extreme to compare.

    They...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 1 November -09

    L'instant de Guerlain parfum extrait. May not be popular, but I love it!
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Do people really want "lighter" scents?

    Light scents and light versions of existing heavier frangrances are not necessarily the same thing. Both have their place in my opinion and both can be well or badly done.

    I wouldn't be without...
  62. Re: expensive colognes that smell cheap and vice versa

    I'll join you being cursed ;). I love vanilla and was very dissappointed in Un Bois Vanille. I gave my large sample to my eleven year old daughter and she loves it. On her it smells like a...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 31 October

    SL sychronizing with Ambre Sultan. I forgot how nice this is.
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    Re: Most worn in October

    Most for me have been:
    Guerlain Shalimar Light (multiple)
    EL Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang (multiple)
    EL Sensuous (5)
    YSL Opium extrait (bed scent of choice)
    Thierry Mugler Alien (4)
    PdE...
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    Re: SotD Friday 30 October

    Woke up to the remnants of last nights Samsara bedscent. Spent the day in my current work favourite, Shalimar Light. Think I'll finish off the night with a bit of Opium extrait.
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    Re: What would you wear for the eternity?

    It's a toss-up between Guerlain SDV and Shalimar Light for me.
  67. Re: Help me find Guerlain’s Spiritueuse Double Vanille...

    Always worth sampling first, unless you've got the money to spare;).

    Be aware, that UK customs can clobber you for import duties on items ordered from outside the EU. Although only a small number...
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    Re: SotD Monday 26 October

    Though I generally prefer the older Shalimar Light by Guerlain, today I needed the lemony hit of Eau de Shalimar. Both finish for me with the same luscious vanilla which is where I am now.
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    Re: L'instant de Guerlain Eau Extreme

    Escentual have it in stock and they ship internationally. Although I haven't used them myself they have a good reputation.

    link here: ...
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    Re: S o t D October 25, Sunday

    EL Sensuous
  71. Thread: Top 3

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    Re: A n y o n e?

    Really worth doing some reading round first and then popping into Boots or another shop with lots of testers and have a go with a few different styles that sound promising to you.

    Try them on...
  72. Thread: Online Shopping

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    Re: The BIG list of online stores - your input needed!

    Anyone used sendmescent.com based in the UK?
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    Re: S O T D Saturday 24 October 2009

    Wallowing in the lush rosey vanilla that is Rochas Tocade.
  74. Re: Inexperienced friend discovers my perfume collection

    A lovely tale! Did you send him the way of Basenotes?
  75. Re: How can it be that men's fragrance are 4 times more discussed?

    Not a man, but I'm totally with you on both the excellent company here and the intuitive working of this forum. I've lurked but never felt the need to register elsewhere.

    I have, unfortunately,...
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    Re: The currents of Guerlain

    Excellent! Thank you.
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    Re: The currents of Guerlain

    Thank you for taking the time to research, write and so beautifully illustrate this history. It's easy to read, interesting and informative.

    My only suggestion would be for those of us not so...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 22 October

    This morning testing for hubby's Christmas pressie: a small dab of Guerlain Heritage left hand, and Chanel Antaeus right hand.

    The Antaeus will NOT wash off! I've scrubbed and scrubbed.
    ...
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    Re: Buying perfume on-line

    Anyone used sendmescent recently? They have some very good prices on Guerlain. Am sorely tempted.
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 21 October

    L'Artisan Ambre Extreme
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 20 October

    Shalimar Light today (again!)

    Testing OH's Heritage and Habit Rouge samples tonight.
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    Re: SotD Monday 19 October

    Parfumerie Generale Ombre Fauve

    Yum. But not quite as yum as Ambre Russe which I might wear tomorrow.
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    Re: SotD Sunday 18 October

    Day: EL PC Amber Ylang Ylang EDP

    Night: Hermes 24 Faubourg EDT
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    Dior Homme drydown

    I absolutely love the drydown of Dior Homme, but find the top and middle too sweet. Any suggestions for alternatives?
  85. Re: How Many is "enought"? I'm having trouble keeping my list of "to buys" short...

    I would say, sample, sample, sample. Your tastes will likely change as you become familiar with more fragrances. If you fall in love with a sample, many advise several full wears in different...
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    Re: SotD Friday 16 October

    Grey but dry here. Trying out my new extrait.

    Left arm: EL Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang EDP
    Right arm: EL Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang Parfum

    Initial impression, parfum...
  87. Re: Where can I try (or even buy testers) non-"mainstream" EDTs in the UK?

    Funnily enough I have just today bought a Terre d'hermes sample off ebay. There are a few sellers with samples at the moment for less than £5 inc postage. I keep a list of samples I'm interested in...
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    Re: What Are The BEST Shower gels Around?

    Sadly most of the drugstore stuff discussed here seems not to be available in the UK except by specialist online retailers.

    Any cheap and cheerful suggestions available in the UK?
  89. Thread: Lutens Arabie.

    by bubby
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    Re: Lutens Arabie.

    Sorry, forgot to get back to you. I spread some on hubby (under protest) and I must say, it's lovely on him. The dried fruits are much more prominant. They are still dry to my nose, but smell very...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 15 October

    Started the day with Prada L'eau d'ambree.

    Was testing it as a possible low key work frag. Unfortunately, it was so low key, it had left me within two hours despite using nearly half the sample. ...
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    Re: What Are The BEST Shower gels Around?

    On a similar note, are there any ordinary showergels that compete with the upmarket?
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    Re: S O T D Wednesday 14 October 2009

    Sampling today.

    Left arm: PG Ombre Fauve

    Right arm: PG Felanilla (liking this muchly!)
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    Re: Lovelier the 2nd Time Around

    Guerlain Chamade
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 13 October

    I reached for this for the same reasons this morning.

    I've now moved on to Guerlain L'Instant extrait for the evening.
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    Re: S O T D Monday 12 October 2009

    Shalimar light as it's hubby's birthday and he loves it on me!
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    Re: What´s Your Favourite New Fragrance ?

    I'm rather enamoured with my sample of parfum d'empire Ambre Russe. Can't say if it'll last the distance, but 'tis truly gorgeous and a contender for current fave.

    Edit: Oops. Just realised you...
  97. Thread: Skin chemistry?

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    Skin chemistry?

    I've been eagerly anticipating my sample of Musc Ravageur after the stunning reviews.

    I've had two wearings now, and I am overwhelmed by the faecalness of it. Faecal and stale pet shop. There...
  98. Thread: Lutens Arabie.

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    Re: Lutens Arabie.

    I had a sample of this last week and even after two full tries I cannot imagine myself wearing it. I find it very, very dry, although I realise that goes against many reviews. I'll see if I can...
  99. Re: Ten new members who have an interest in sampling

    If you can cope with more, I'd love to be considered. Live in the wilds, so access to samples is via internet only.

    A lovely offer. I hope those that get them report back to the rest of us...
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    Re: How many bottles?

    I've bought 5 bottles and many, many samples. I'm more than happy with the bottles, but the sample quest is a bit random as what I would like is often not available. I love Docmans idea of a Holy...
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