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    Re: Anyone else love Bal D’Afrique Byredo?

    Love it on my better half. It's too much on me.
  2. Re: How do you organize your perfumes and samples?

    @Quarry: I love your idea with the tray. Fantastic stuff!
  3. Re: How do you organize your perfumes and samples?

    My perfumes live in a Malm chest of drawers in our spare room (coldest one in the house), and samples live in little flip-top ammo boxes or in boxes if carded. The arrangement suits me very well; I...
  4. Re: Not sure if this is the right thread? But who knew Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy?

    Totally agree. Naming the latest women's pillar 'Gabrielle' made me roll my eyes to the back of my head... Time to move on with the times methinks.
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    Re: Benchmark scents or.. the classics

    I agree that Demeter is a good way of trying notes that one hasn't tried before. Or sniffing Diptyque candles which are usually very, verybgood at highlighting the main ingredient.

    Other than...
  6. Re: A Dramedy - L'Heure Bleue and a Salad Spinner - share your tragedies and redemptions

    You should've seen my face when I read your story...! :shocked:

    I'm glad it worked out for you in the end. There is no point mourning the lost bottle and liquid too much, especially now that you...
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    Re: Getting a straight razor to shave

    Don't laugh, but if there are bits you need to get to around your nose, mouth and edge of the beard (if you have one), then have a look into something similar to this - ladies' eyebrow shavers:
    ...
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    Re: Wedding gift ideas

    +1 on Amouage

    My suggestion though:

    https://www.pierreguillaumeparis.com/discovery-set-integral-pierre-guillaume-paris.html

    Yes, it's not exactly cheap, but you get 69 samples for both bride...
  9. Re: Help Me Find... (Looking For Recommendations)

    I think Guerlain's Samsara is right on the money. It's a wonderful, creamy sandalwood and jasmine scent. And try their Shalimar while you're at it :smiley:
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    Re: Copycat Fragrances - Good, Bad or Ugly?

    Agree with this sentiment. I've got no problems with established brands copying each other, but any brand who's main marketing strategy is to proclaim that its fragrances are a copy of something else...
  11. Re: Not sure if this is the right thread? But who knew Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy?

    Of course the brand will try to sweep it under the rug. They can't have their mythologised idol fall... And the fact that they choose to continue to perpetuate that mythology makes my stomach turn.
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    Tell me about it. I used to work a stone throw's away from Aston Villa. Good Lord, the traffic when they were playing at home was unreal...

    I'm lucky enough to be able to avoid the Edgbaston area...
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    I sadly haven't been in a while and have nothing planned. I prefer the short and sweet 20/20 matches, but got a bit disheartened after the last game I went to was cancelled due to the rain. We all...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    This is so, so true :grin:
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    If it's SA vs NZ playing in Edgbaston - I live just around the corner. The traffic drives me mad! Love cricket otherwise though :grin:

    I'd probably wear something green and fresh. From your...
  16. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I'm not a huge fan of Meharees, though I would be happy to try the rest of their range if the opportunity arises.

    I'd probably pick either Vera Wang for Men or Davidoff Hot Water. No, they're not...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    In terms of marketing, the adverts of Jean Paul Gaultier and Paco Rabanne strike me as rather camp. The models always seem to be cartoonishly good lucking, and the ads very cheesy. Moschino however...
  18. Re: What would you wear to a fragrance awards ceremony!?

    I'd troll everyone by wearing Aventus. Most awards ceremonies are b***ocks anyway.
  19. Re: Using a Fragrance For Things Other Than Spraying on Yourself?

    I use some fragrances I like in an essential oil burner instead of, well, essential oil. A couple of sprays before topping it up with water and heating it with the tea light will do the trick.


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  20. Re: If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    Indolic jasmine and creamy sandalwood.
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    Re: Is Byredo a copycat brand?

    Now that I think of it, Byredo are a bit like a Swedish Le Labo, aren't they? The pricing and minimalist aesthetic is rather similar, and the fragrances are very 'modernist' in execution.
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    Re: Candle Recommendations

    Other Diptyque candles I discovered since last year amd love were Tokyo (awesome conifer and incense, would repurchase in a heartbeat), New York (patchouli and woods), and Trente-Quatre (you can't go...
  23. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    I've bought a bottle of each on my trip to the grocery store. First of all, the pricing is a little steep in my opinion at £1.30 per 200ml bottle (or 4 for £4.00 as an introductory offer), but hey, I...
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    Re: London Shops 2019 Perfumes & Attars

    There's Al Faransi who are based in Birmingham if you are near or passing through:

    https://www.alfaransi.com/

    They also sell bakhoor and incense in addition to attars.

    I just double-checked...
  25. Thread: Soap battle

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    Re: Soap battle

    Agree with this statement. To me, Chanel No.5 is so soapy that I can't stand it.
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    Re: Is Byredo a copycat brand?

    I'm not a fan of the brand, but wouldn't call them copycats at all.
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Given Lutens' fascination with North African / Middle Eastern cultures and scents, this could be an interesting take on oud.
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    Re: Latest Chanel - Paris Riviera!

    At John Lewis? In Grand Central? Admittedly I never paid attention to the Chanel counter there :shocked:
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    Re: Latest Chanel - Paris Riviera!

    Thank you hednic. Hope it'll be available at my airport :smiley:
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    Re: Latest Chanel - Paris Riviera!

    Has this launched yet? I hope to encounter it in a week's time when I travel for business.
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    Re: Lutens Vetiver orientl

    I think it's a very good scent, as long as you don't expect there to be loads of, well, vetiver. It's also a more herbal, rounded vetiver (similar to the one in Vetiver Insolent) rather than the...
  32. Re: 'Spicebomb by Jean Paul Gaultier' causes bomb scare in Canada.

    Colour, texture, detailing, text. I admit I'm a sucker for detail, but surely any person should be able to see that this wasn't a real thing even from a distance?



    Well, at least one person...
  33. Re: Simone Andreoli - Malibu. Sacrifice more virgins on the island by waterboarding them, now!

    Copied my initial impressions from another thread:

    The top smells so much like a lime or lemon-flavoured Calippo, it's hilarious. It's starts of very high-pitched, however, it mellows quickly and...
  34. Re: [UK] Simone Andreoli Malibu, PdM Percival, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Chopard Noble Cedar, Avent

    Received Simone Andreoli Malibu. I sprayed some on the top of my hands.

    The top smells so much like a lime or lemon-flavoured Calippo, it's hilarious. It's starts of very high-pitched, however, it...
  35. Re: 'Spicebomb by Jean Paul Gaultier' causes bomb scare in Canada.

    I can't really see how this caused alarm. Apart from the shape, it really doesn't look anything like a real grenade unless you're extremely short-sighted.

    I suppose it's kind of like people...
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    Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    There was a thread on this earlier this year, but I'm not going to spoil it :smiley:

    I don't have any flankers of flankers (of flankers...), just flankers. But Declaration d'Un Soir Intense is...
  37. Re: Simone Andreoli - Malibu. Sacrifice more virgins on the island by waterboarding them, now!

    Can't wait until I get my mitts on my decant...!
  38. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    I'll definitely need to keep an eye out for these babies. I like the occasional rum or bourbon and coke.



    That's why I like FeverTree's Lighter range for tonics. No sweeteners, but less sugar,...
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    Yeah, I'm sure it's the stiff upper lip with the British. I think if someone's dishing out complements on personal appearance or other traits, the first thought usually is: 'are they trying to butter...
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    @N.CAL: Here's the twist: he never died... :coolold:
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    @Scarce: the reaction on the internet to that is absolutely hilarious!

    Also, relevant:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D8pyuP1WkAE6L4L?format=jpg&name=large
  42. Re: Is Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EdT REALLY discontinued?

    Thank you for elaborating. Sometimes what the counters choose to stock makes absolutely zero sense. I live in a major, cosmopolitan city, yet obvious choices like Le Labo, Frederic Malle and by...
  43. Re: Is Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EdT REALLY discontinued?

    I can't be the only one who's curious about this. C'mon, let's hear it :smiley:
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    Re: 'Tom Ford made it custom for me'

    Love Keanu Reeves. I've seen him in John Wick 3 a few weeks ago. A very enjoyable romp.
  45. Thread: Booze

    by Nastka
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    Re: Booze

    +1 Baraonda, a great take on booze.

    Also adding Velvet Exotic Leather to the list. Imagine The One with added booze and a touch of leather. Mmmm....

    I would love to find something that smells...
  46. Re: Sampling suggestions from Amouage, CdG, other niche houses

    If you like conifers and incense, you must try Zagorsk and Kyoto from CdG's incense series.
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    Re: Worst perfume ads of all time?

    Any ad where a young, preened bimbo - female or male - tries to look seductively into the camera with a background that reads as aspirational or faux-edgy, better still if it also features a fit...
  48. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    The performance is next to nothing because it's all about those tart, fizzy, volatile citruses, but this gives you an even better excuse to reapply and cool down. To me, it's the equivalent of...
  49. Re: I seem to have been struck somewhat anosmic recently, what are your cures?

    Someone posted a few months ago that chelated zinc helped him out. Might be worth looking into that.
  50. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    1. Buy a bottle of 4711
    2. Keep in fridge
    3. Splash judiciously in ridiculously high temps
    4. ???
    5. Profit!

    On a serious note, look into Eau de Cologne style frags. When it's really hot, I...
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    My suggestion is to also try Encre Noire, since IMO Sycomore may be breaking the bank for OP.



    Also a good shout.
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    I think Tam Dao EdP might be worth looking into, though I'm not sure what the lasting power is since I have the EdT. Can anyone chime in?

    Other than that, Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent is...
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    Re: SOTD for Eid Festival

    Wearing Serge Lutens Sarrasins today. Hope you all enjoy the festivities.
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    Re: Help a very ancient member re. Amouage :)

    Interlude and Beach Hut are nice. In terms of fragrances that are roughly post-2013, I think Opus V (2012 release) is worth looking at if you like incense.
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    Re: SOTD for Eid Festival

    I don't celebrate it either, but Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim brothers and sisters :smiley:

    Eid is on Wednesday, isn't it? Not sure what I'm wearing tomorrow, much less this far in advance.
  56. Re: Scents that are a dumb reach (whatever that means)

    Vetiver Babylone / Vetiver d'Hiver
    Armani Code Sport
    MKK Amyris
    Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent
    EldO Fils de Dieu
    L'Eau de Shalimar
    Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay
  57. Poll: Re: Which Chanel As A Gift? (Please Vote To Help Out)

    I also agree with Quarry. I think the gift of choice would be appreciated by the person, and force her to actually engage with the scents she is presented. What a brilliant idea :smiley:
  58. Re: Help Me Understand Chanel, With People (No. 5, Coco, No. 19, Cristalle)

    This sound fun!

    The No. 5s:
    - Eau de parfum - A certain 50s bombshell comes to mind... (Marilyn Monroe)
    - Eau de toilette - the above on a casual day
    - Eau Première - an imitator of the above,...
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    I've got a Ray Ban New Wayfarer with transitions lenses that turn Brown, so they double as opticals since I'm slightly short sighted. I only ever use my glasses when it's sunny, on holiday or...
  60. Re: Diptyque 10-ml minis - where are they coming from?

    Yeah, they're a gift with purchase that is often either given away in store or when you order above a certain amount online (above £100 in the UK). I've got a 10ml Trente-Quatre EdP and 35g candle of...
  61. Re: BBC article - The remarkable scent memory of perfumers

    "You have the top note which is when people buy it"

    This cracked me up.
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    Re: My Non-Investment Timepiece Collection!

    This reminds me of a video that Patek Philippe made about the manufacture of the Grandmaster Chime. I can't find it on their website anymore, but it's here on Youtube. A must see for any watch...
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    Re: Men's Wallets - What do you carry?

    I've had mine for three years and it's still as good as new. The intreciatto isn't fraying anywhere which was my biggest fear. And the craftsmanship is truly second to none.
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    Re: Men's Wallets - What do you carry?

    Faure Le Page is quickly becoming the 'new' Moynat which is becoming the 'new' Louis Vuitton from what I can see. I like their fishscale motif.

    My piece (sorry for the stock photo):
    ...
  65. Re: Spectacles/eyewar - looking for communities like basenotes

    One word of advice, do your research if the country of origin is important to you. Just because someone is an independent optician or on-trend spectacle seller doesn't mean the goods are assembled in...
  66. Re: Are fragrances experiences, or things? An ontological inquiry...

    A nice and concise definition that is bang on in my opinion.
  67. Re: NEW: Gucci - Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme For Women!

    Good review ClockworkAlice. I haven't tried it again since my last post, but mainly because I'm not a huge fan of blackcurrant which I got back then. Still, a nice fragrance, but it sadly doesn't...
  68. Re: [UK] VC&A Reve d'Encens, Simone Andreoli Malibu, PR Invictus Legend, Guerlain Ideal Cool + Avent

    20ml of the Malibu please.
  69. Thread: Killian

    by Nastka
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    Re: Killian

    Back to Black.
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    Re: Which niche scents are projection bombs?

    Mancera Gold Incense and Red Tobacco. Honestly, I can still smell those emanating from my laundry basket a week later where there are trace amounts on my shirt.
  71. Re: Genetic differences in scent perception in the NYT

    Another article on the topic:

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/may/24/never-assume-you-know-what-anyone-else-feeling-oliver-burkeman
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    Re: What Would George Costanza wear?

    I'm rather sure both would happily stoop to that level!
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    Re: Wearing to cover up bad odour?

    Tea tree oil is strong stuff, I've read that some individuals use it to treat toenail fungus with success, which otherwise may take powerful antifungal medication to treat (which is genuinely so...
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    Re: Wearing to cover up bad odour?

    This! Hair is porous and retains bacteria and both good and bad scents. Also, if you shave it or give it a buzz cut, it'll make applying roll-on antiperspirant / deodorant much more pleasant.
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    Re: Men Wearing Jewelry

    Nothing wrong with a bit of jewellery as long as it's not too ostentatious in my opinion. Dutch firm Buddha to Buddha have some nice bracelets. The only jewellery I think doesn't quite look right are...
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    Re: What Would George Costanza wear?

    This :grin:
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    Re: Seeking opinion about Tom Ford.

    Attar al Ghutra is fantastic. Definitely on my to buy list for winter. If it were a choice between this and Ombre Leather, it would be very hard for me to pick just one, but I think it's worth having...
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    Re: New to home fragrance - Incense vs Candles?

    The advertised burn time of a 190g Diptyque candle is advertised as being up to 60 hours.
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    Re: Seeking opinion about Tom Ford.

    Not a fan of this house due to all the reasons (mainly cost, linearity and 'shallowness') mentioned by previous posters. The scents, while well done, simply don't do it for me. Ombre Leather 18 is...
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    Re: top 5 most BEAUTIFUL perfumes you have smelled

    Generally speaking, I find floral scents centred on white flowers to be beautiful and feel sentimental around jasmine:

    A La Nuit
    J'Adore L'Or
    Sarrasins
    Batitto d'Ali
    Honour for Her

    Other...
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    Re: New to home fragrance - Incense vs Candles?

    There are so many different ways of scenting your home, it might be worth you doing more research into it. Anyway, these are my favourite methods:

    Candles: Low maintenance, pleasant ambient light,...
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    Re: Your Favorite Fragrance Ad?

    I like tasteful nudes. Like this:

    https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/musee-ysl-paris/images/_max_res/YSLARLES354.jpg

    Or this:

    https://d3nuqriibqh3vw.cloudfront.net/images/opium_ysl.jpg
  83. Re: Bottega Veneta Illusione - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid...

    I'm not the hugest fan of Velours, but I like how L'Absolu was handled. You're right that they stripped the flesh of the bones, but they then used different materials to rebuild a similar body,...
  84. Re: Bottega Veneta Illusione - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid...

    As are the flankers. L'Absolu which is the latest is very close to Eau Velours, but with more dry leather. Awesome.



    I'm thinking about jumping for the flankers. I hope the original will be at...
  85. Bottega Veneta Illusione - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid...

    I'm travelling for work today and encountered this duo, which was a surprise to me because I haven't even noticed any press releases or posts about these:
    ...
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    Re: BR540 edp batches?

    Since this fragrance is 100% synthetic, I wouldn't worry about batch variations at all.
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    Re: Famous Anosmics (?)

    How the heck does he come up with those delicious, delicious flavours then? Taste and smell are closely linked after all.
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    Re: Famous Anosmics (?)

    Yep! :grin:
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    Re: Famous Anosmics (?)

    https://media.giphy.com/media/NtoYe8wblk1vG/giphy.gif
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    Re: New Diptyque fragrance Eau de Minthe

    Agree. Sort of. If you are after a great fougere style fragrance, this isn't the best one on the market. But if you're after a very well implemented mint note, this one is definitely worth checking...
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    Re: Has IFRA banned using natural Oud in perfume?

    It's not just a question whether natural oud is used, but also about what concentration we are talking about. I bet most houses that claim that they use natural oud are either being 'creative' or...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    This. Also, individual country offices may not cooperate on demand planning and product launches or have visibility what the others are doing. Not even global head office may be able to depending on...
  93. Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    I don't ascribe a personality to fragrances, so I don't really see a divergence of what I am, and what I wear. There's just stuff I like, or stuff I dislike. So this is an odd topic to me, but an...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    Yeah, they do a scent free version of that one which I tried, and I didn't like how much of a powdery residue that left.
  95. Re: Armani Code Absolu release date / first impressions

    Tried it today. I don't usually like an overdose of tonka in fragrances because I tend to find the note too 'perfumey' in a bad sense, but Armani Code Absolu is really, really nice. Judging by the...
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    Re: Angel and Alien - great dry downs!!!

    Not the hugest fan of Angel except for the flankers (Les Parfums de Cuir is fantastic), but I absolutely love the soft, cashmere meets amber drydown of Alien (also featured in the men's version to a...
  97. Re: Hiram Green Shangri La being discontinued???

    https://reactiongifs.me/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/computer-smash-other-guys-Mark-Wahlberg-angry.gif
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    Re: Blind Buy Advice Needed: Guerlain Nahema

    Are you sure they were the same concentration? That's the only explanation I can think of, unless there was a reformulation for the better / using ingredients you can detect more easily.
  99. Re: 20+ years looking for a fragrance and still haven't found it

    What country are you based in? I think this might help with the question at hand.
  100. Thread: Paul Kiler!

    by Nastka
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    Re: Paul Kiler!

    Wow, that's quite a big deal. I also don't post in the DIY forum, but still read it and enjoy Paul's knowledgeable comments. Congratulations!
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