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    Re: Another sniffing marathon with quick notes

    This is me going to a store, smelling everything until my nose practically falls off, meanwhile scribbling quick notes to register my 1st impressions on likes/dislikes. (I thought this was obvious?)
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    Re: Jo Malone - 2nd sniffing orgy

    Oh, I don't plan on buying Fresh Mint Leaf. I think I'll sniff my sample every now and then, as it brings me memories of Brazil... but I wouldn't wear it, I think. (Plus, 1ml for $6.99? Ridiculous!)
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    Re: Another sniffing marathon with quick notes

    And more! (These 2 posts were actually the result of 3 trips to the store. I know, I know - still too much perfume at once!)


    Prada

    - Amber Woman - :-( too spicy
    - Amber Men reminds me of...
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    Another sniffing marathon with quick notes

    Hugo Boss

    Boss Bottled – ok
    Boss Bottled Night – Wonderful, very similar to Armany Code – sample!!! :-D



    Aramis

    Natural Spray (I assume it’s the original) – :-( too potent &...
  5. Re: Sniffing Marathon (long rant + shortest reviews ever)

    I don't understand that myself. They just see you acting "weird" and want you out of their sight, I suppose (since most people feel uncomfortable with weird).



    Oh, how that irritates me!!! I'm...
  6. Re: Sniffing Marathon (long rant + shortest reviews ever)

    Oh, I did the coffee beans thingy, all right. But they're not miraculous, they can do only so much to prevent olfactory fatigue...

    These days I've been moderating my sniffing. I actually make...
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    BPAL - Hunger, La Belle a Bois Dormant, Rapunzel, Danube, Dove's Heart, Debauchery

    I have each of these a couple of sniffs, a few weeks apart (in case my nose was weird the 1st time around). Generally I got the same impression twice.

    Hunger


    This evokes hunger, yes, but not...
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    BPAL - Nyx, La Petit Mort, Dragon's Heart, Satyr, Strangler's Fig

    Nyx




    Jasmine is one of those scents that I knew I would feel strongly about, in my like or dislike. Nyx, as it turned out, is pure jasmine on me. (I still don't know what myrrh smells like,...
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    Jo Malone - 2nd sniffing orgy

    I had a sniffing orgy over Jo Malone's counter a little while ago, and liked waaaaay too many of the fragrances. So I had the "brilliant" idea of going for a 2nd round, and see if I could narrow it...
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    Arcana - Frilly Underpinnings


    Pink, white, and black pepper lace delicately through sweet cream, bourbon vanilla, caramel amber, white musk, two sugars, spice, and everything nice.

    Extremelly...
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    Demeter - Snow and Demeter - Frozen Pond





    I'll just review these two together, as to me they are VERY similar.

    Snow smells like... well, snow. So it fully fulfilled its promise. It's...
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    Malice, Rosalind

    Malice


    Perhaps it was the description, perhaps it was the scent itself, but it disturbed me as soon as I put it on. It was very... bitter, sharp? Poisonous, but not in a spicy way. (I wonder if...
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    I am not very fond of Belle au Bois Dormante (to me it's not offensive in any way, but not exciting either... too bad, as I love the name!) and I'm SUPER curious to try Cathedral.
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    Re: My storage method for samples (photos)

    The blue ammunition box is not bad looking at all, IMO -HOWEVER, you have ammo boxes of all kinds, and some are absurdly beautiful. At least I thought so. My husband used to be really into guns, I...
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    Horreur Sympathique





    You know, considering the title and the description (not so much the notes) I fully expected this to be dark, heavy and nasty. I only got it because... because......
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    HA, that explains why I was so averse to Kelly Caleche when I sniffed it at the store!

    elizrj, thanks for the comment! :-) It's good to know that someone is actually reading this.
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    6) Wanda




    Leather is evil on me - and not in a good, sexy way.

    I already wrote about my horrible introduction to leather scents, with The Red Rider,
    when I was transported back to the...
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    5) House of Night


    Awesome, very evocative description - and I was really hoping to "see" a cemetery, or some really desolate and sad scenery. (I actually waited to try this sample on a day when...
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    Too funny!!!!
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    4) The Red Rider

    Virgem Maria das Travestis Aposentadas! (Sorry, but I need to curse in Portuguese.) This is an awful, AWFUL smell! :-P

    Before I describe it any more: It became very clear to me...
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    Thanks Matidaben! I figured, if I'm going to wait until I'm knowledgeable to start writing opinions/reviews and participating here, it might be a looooong while... and my enthusiasm might have died...
  22. Re: Sniffing Marathon (long rant + shortest reviews ever)

    I realize that some of these fragrances were not getting a fair chance, as my nose was fried... I'll certainly give them another chance someday!



    I know! Which makes sniffing on paper seem...
  23. Re: What would Severus Snape wear? What about Iori Yagami?

    (pause for a little story:)

    I'm at the quiet Hogwarts library, browsing the Basenotes forum in my laptop, finishing to reply to Nymphaea. I feel a presence behind me, and turn.

    "Snape!" I...
  24. Re: What would Severus Snape wear? What about Iori Yagami?

    ,,,
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    [sniff] [wipes a tear] I see your point, definitely! But he would keep that vial very well hidden, and would only wear the scent of lilies in the privacy of his chambers, in rare moments when he...
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    Definitely a sneer! :-D

    Ummmmm... I can definitely see him wearing something with frankincense. He does have that stiff proper-ness (as in being proper?) that is almost church-y...



    Hednic:...
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    3) Languor



    Oh, I love the description! And love the perfume. :-)

    I was afraid that this would be too spicy (especially after Serpent's Kiss!), and in fact it has a bit of bite and...
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    2) Serpent's Kiss



    I mainly got curious about this one because I have no idea what dragon's blood and vetiver smell like, and because the perfume sounds so evil. (And also because I'm a...
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    Re: Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    1) Snow White 2008



    My very first BPAL!!! :-D I've read so many good things about this one (which is a L.E.) that when I saw a bottle for sale on someone's LJ I went ahead and bought it, afraid...
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    Mila's BPAL review thread (UNISEX)

    (BPAL = Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab)

    Since I've ordered about 45 BPAL samples (so far... will order more) I might as well review them all in one thread. I've got feminine, masculine and unisex frags...
  31. What would Severus Snape wear? What about Iori Yagami?

    (Please pardon the musings of a enthusiastic fangirl!)

    I'm a HUGE fan of these 2 characters (from Harry Potter and King of Fighters, for who is not familiar), and can't help but wonder which...
  32. Re: First time deconstructing a perfume. (There is no Santa Claus!)

    That sounds fascinating indeed - it's on my to-read list! :-)

    Matildaben, I used to live in Seattle before coming to Australia! In fact, I own a townhouse in Fremont. Sometimes I get really...
  33. Re: The whole package (need a new perfume house to fall in love with!)

    Oh, I've been sniffing and sampling men's frags as well. I find Armany Code for women super boring, but the version for men is delicious and comforting; I don't care if it's not unisex, I made it...
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    Re: My storage method for samples (photos)

    Oh yes, I know that. In fact I'm expecting twice as many BPAL samples in the mail, plus a few other houses... and I have barely began my sampling journey. This little box was just a quick start.

    ...
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    Re: Where in Sydney - samples in general? Creed?

    Ooh, that sounds awkward! I hate it when the salespeople keep staring at me, let alone having to depend on them for every sniff.

    After hearing so much about Bond n 9, sniffing it myself and...
  36. Re: The ideal "quality level" to start / Price tag vs quality

    That sounds like really sound advice. And it makes me rethink my eagerness of running and buying a million Jo Malone samples. Sure, I love them, but they are all basically the same style... I think I...
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    Olfactory fatigue - good to know the term! :-)

    I definitely like the idea of smelling a house (or two) as a whole, instead of grabbing perfumes randomly all over the store. I've noticed how each...
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    Today I went back to Myers - more specifically, to the Mecca Cosmetics area, which is FULL of really cool-looking bottles which I assume to be niche. Forced myself to leave before I overdid it again....
  39. Sniffing Marathon (long rant + shortest reviews ever)

    Yesterday I did my first sniffing marathon. Meaning, I went to David Jones and smelled so many fragrances that my nose literally stung afterward, and I felt the taste of perfume in the back of my...
  40. List of perfumes at Myers and David Jones - CBD Sydney

    Just in case anyone might want it as a reference.

    Myers: Yesterday I went there with pen and paper, and wrote down every single brand that I spotted. Salespeople thought I was crazy.

    David...
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    My storage method for samples (photos)

    I just put this together 5 minutes ago, with a ton of samples that I got today in the mail. :-D :-D :-D (Already must buy a 2nd box, as more samples will continue coming!)

    Ahhhhh, I was so...
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    Re: New Member Continuation

    Thank you so much Saintpaulia - and, of course, Odysseus!!! Sounds like a good approach!

    Mila
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    Thanks a million everyone!!!!!!!!! I have some serious researching to do! :-)
  44. Re: The ideal "quality level" to start / Price tag vs quality

    A huge thanks to each of you for your insights. Hearing your advice makes me feel much more confident to get started on the right foot. :-)
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    Re: New Member Continuation, Part 2

    Ooh - do you still have it??? I can use some tips too. (I'm a girl, a girly one at that, but I've been craving men's fragrances... what to do?...)

    I most definitely want to try Acqua di Parma...
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    Re: New Member "Continuation" Update

    Well, I don't know where to start commenting! :-)

    - It's just so cool to see your journey of discovery, and get a few ideas for my own. (As in, smelling a few perfumes as a reference for a...
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    Re: Long blabbering from a beginner

    Hello, peeps! Lovely meeting you all! :-)

    For those of you whose interest also came out of nowhere: I believe that nothing is random... There is a saying, "When someone is ready to learn, the...
  48. Re: The WhyMe High End Samples/Creed/Store Blind Buy Newbie's first Review! - Pictures included!

    Hahaha, I couldn't help but laugh about your post, because you sound so much like ME! :-) I, to, can get quite scientific at times when comparing things. Last time I did that was with coffee makers,...
  49. Re: The ideal "quality level" to start / Price tag vs quality

    Thanks everyone for your input. Notes taken!

    Mila
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    Ok, so I just posted a comment about not being able to sniff a perfume and detect any of its notes. I cannot even risk a guess.

    Then I read, on Armany Code's review page (the only perfume I...
  51. Re: Reflections from a newbie to perfume appreciation

    Your post also brought to mind the image of a blind man gaining sight for the first time, and with it, the ability to see the world from a brand new angle. Things have always been there, in front of...
  52. Re: Reflections from a newbie to perfume appreciation

    LiliB, your post is so beautiful and so inspiring to me. I hope that I, like yourself, will go from the "I like it - I don't like it stage" to a deeper immersion and understanding of the world of...
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    Re: Long blabbering from a beginner

    bogsc, I've ordered these:

    CB I Hate Perfume - Burning Leaves
    CB I Hate Perfume - Eternal Return
    CB I Hate Perfume - Just Breathe
    CB I Hate Perfume - Wild Hunt
    CB I Hate Perfume - Winter 1972...
  54. The ideal "quality level" to start / Price tag vs quality

    Should a beginner start with relatively cheap frags (since we don't know our heads from our butts yet, perfume-speaking), and increase the quality of our purchases as we begin to truly appreciate the...
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    Re: Long blabbering from a beginner

    Thanks odysseusm - and yes, I'll definitely be around and post about my journey! It's very possible that my interest will die down just as suddenly as it started, but somehow I think it will just...
  56. The whole package (need a new perfume house to fall in love with!)

    Ok, so I need a new perfume house to get excited over. I need tips! But I don't care only for the perfumes themselves... I'm looking for the whole package. Great names, intriguing descriptions, a...
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    Long blabbering from a beginner

    Hello everyone! I've been reading this forum for a few weeks now, but only today I'm posting. You guys sound super nice, but you are a bit intimidating, you know ;-) - you know sooooooo much about...
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    Where in Sydney - samples in general? Creed?

    Hello!

    I've asked for perfume samples (anything, just to get started)at Myers a couple of times; got a 1ml Armani Code for men in one occasion (which made me a fan!) and a Clinique Happy another...
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