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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 17th August, 2019

    It's supposed to stay below 90 degrees here today! I'm celebrating with lavish lashings of the modern Guerlain Vetiver.

    Hello, perfume. I've missed you.

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  2. Re: New found respect for current version guerlain vetiver

    Excellent review, J_Luna. I bought a 200ml of the current version dark green cap, and couldn't agree more with you. A captivating, comforting fragrance that's appropriate in virtually any situation.
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    Re: Cardamom fragrance recommendations

    I think people often confuse coriander with cardamom. I know I did for a long time, in food as well as in perfumes.
  4. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    And it's all downhill from here, podnah -- we passed the midpoint!

    Are your knuckles white? Mine are looking a little pasty.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Thanks to Grayspoole, this week's sync requires no thought at all for me:

    Cocktail by Jean Patou

    The 1980's EDT resurrection of the 1930's original. A zillion-floral mashup that isn't to my...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Sorry, not mine to purvey.

    Do you know anything about it?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Have any of you ever seen a Caron PUH bottle like this? A friend of mine has it, and thinks it belonged to her grandfather.

    It's a 15ml ampule. If it's really a 77% concentration, that would be...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 14th August, 2019

    Yeah, me too! I've had some that were like face powder sponges. Very disappointing.
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    Re: Givenchy III Discussion

    Oh, so you think all the labels are shiny gold? If so, I've missed out on a couple of bargains! :)
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 14th August, 2019

    Too hot for perfumes again... just some vintage Faberge Woodhue bath powder after a cool shower.

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Thanks, guys. Both helpful, though neither explained "why". I guess we owe the 'degrees' nomenclature to a French chemist named Gay-Lussac.

    I did learn something interesting about alcohol by...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Can anyone tell me why alcohol concentration is shown in degrees rather than in percentages?

    (I'm too lazy to start a new thread.)
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    Re: Jaïpur Pure Parfum question

    Wow, that's really lovely, Alan. Do report back on how it smells and how your wife likes it.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    ...while your Bel Ami sits by the telephone, waiting for your call....
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Thanks, both of you! I'll start scouting. Since a decant would be scarce due to the Chanel police, I would venture a blind buy since reselling sounds like it would be easy.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Do you guys think that a female who loves the greener side of Chanel scents could wear the vintage Pour Monsieur? I'm thinking I need to sample it.

    And are the vintage prices outrageous?
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    Re: Givenchy III Discussion

    Bavard, I never thought about the G3 relationship to Ivoire before, and Ivoire is one of my favorites, so now I'll have to compare them.



    Interesting point, Cacio. I adore G3 in vintage,...
  18. Re: Lucky scent / scent bar is coming to nyc !

    I smell a restraining order in the works.
  19. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    Spoken like a man who anticipates needing to wiggle out of something. :)
  20. Re: The Attar thread for attars that are not necessarily middle Eastern

    Love the oils from Bruno Acampora, all done in an Italianate style and with incomparable packaging. Especially Vert, Iranzol, Azzuro di Capri, and Courser.
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    Re: looking for a sparkling fragrance

    ^^^ I'm obligated by Basenotes law to re-emphasize this every time Vaninger is mentioned.
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    Re: YouTube Fragrance reviews

    That seems to be true of not just perfume reviewers, but reviewers of all kinds of personal care products. I blame the proliferation of media stories about "influencers" who earn $50k+ per month...
  23. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    Yeah, I wasn't aiming that specifically at Brooks and his Herrera. (Although, since he's the OP here, I guess I could.) I just meant all of us here generally have an akratic tendency. It certainly...
  24. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    There's a word for our illness!

    akratic

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (uh-KRAT-ik)

    MEANING:
    adjective: Characterized by weakness of will that results in acting contrary to one’s better judgment.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Someone really needs to create a Sticky about this on Tech Forum. Not a week goes by without somebody asking for help with this problem!

    (And I can't do it because I don't post from a phone.)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Too hot for perfumes here again... ~100F degrees all this coming week.

    Going for the mid-day vintage cool shower relief today with some old Jean Nate (1935).

    It's actually a lemon-pepper-herb...
  27. Re: Have you ever stopped someone to ask what they're wearing? What was it?

    How very peculiar. I can't think what would motivate someone to refuse to tell you.
  28. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    Haha! I did resist -- and let that coppertop Eau d'Hermes shower gel slip away.



    No, you don't!
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 9th August, 2019

    Ah, window-weeding. My least favorite summer job.



    I'm right there with you, girl. The other day I looked around my bathroom and thought, "Y'know, if I walked into a gas station bathroom that...
  30. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    It's from the early '60s. I'm old.

    The "nik" gives it away as being from the Sputnik era.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    I can't believe I didn't think of that for this sync. I bought a six-pack of 7-ounce bottles are the start of the summer. I've been soaking cloths in it and draping them over the intake vents for...
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    Hello Foustie, long time no see!

    Have you gotten down to Dunlop to check out Suspended's new bakery venture? It seems to be going like gangbusters.
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    Re: Chanel feminines enjoyed by us guys

    What does "get keening" mean? Like screechy?
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    Re: Can people be grouped into taste categories?

    It takes a big man to admit it.
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    Re: Can people be grouped into taste categories?

    That's pretty good, Jon Schmo. I think almost anyone could see a bit of themselves in one of those categories. I'm definitely Traditionalist-leaning-Hedonist, often driven by nostalgia.

    And...
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    Re: Scent bar hit list

    Fo' sho'.

    If I were going to ScentBar, I would not leave without samples of the entire line of Parfum d'Empire.
  37. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    It's only the 9th of the month and I'm already getting an itchy trigger finger. MUST stop looking at my eBay watch list.

    Do you think shower gels should count?
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Cade, maybe?



    Eggs?? That's a new one for me, even in a spoiled fragrance. Like boiled eggs? Yuck.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I've had that happen twice now with whole lines: once with Vero Profumo and once with Areej le Dore -- both of which I wanted to love, because they were revered by so many people whose tastes I...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Still, an "A" grade for the effort! (Though I doubt Fidel would have so generous.)
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 9th August, 2019

    Many condolences for the loss of your colleague, Jujy. Very sad to hear it.

    I'm syncing in vintage Havana by Aramis -- though I don't expect it to last long in the 100F-degree temps today. ...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 8th August, 2019

    Oh, come on... put on just a little something.

    :)
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    Re: First Female Frag! - Chanel N°19 vtg.

    Excellent point. And as general rule, I find the prices on the European/UK eBay sites to be lower than the U.S. eBay. A Scottish friend of mine recently got a SIXTEEN OUNCE bottle of 1970s...
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    Not a chance, buddy.



    Pix or it didn't happen!



    I own a bottle of that but I've never been able to warm up to it. Do you like it, Knit?
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    Re: First Female Frag! - Chanel N°19 vtg.

    You couldn't have picked a better scent to start with -- I love smelling No. 19 on a man.

    I personally think your next foray into femme-land should be vintage Miss Dior, also great on men. I...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 8th August, 2019

    Vintage "Y" by Yves Saint Laurent (1970s)

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Vintage "Y" (1970s) by Yves Saint Laurent

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    (at launch party, under Deneuve's hand)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Correct. I'm not as familiar with the short cap like the photos that you and N.Cal linked. Have never had one of those.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Do you presume it's one of the ribbed cylindrical bottles with the tall gold cap?

    (It just slays me that you can stand not to open these things!)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    You created that signature just so you could cackle when you pictured me holding my screen up to a mirror, didn't you?
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    Re: Autumn Selections 2019

    A vetiver, yes, but so much more.

    Last week I watched a 200ml bottle of EDT go for $610 on eBay, which is more than twice what my identical bottle cost in 2016. I couldn't help thinking that if...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 7th August, 2019

    Every time you post that I start wanting a bottle just for that nostalgic font.
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    Re: Autumn Selections 2019

    Thanks for reminding me -- it slipped my mind!
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    Re: Autumn Selections 2019

    Established favorites I'm looking to enjoy:

    Sycomore
    Sycomore
    Sycomore
    and maybe some more Sycomore.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    The Mojito? Cuban sandwiches? Latin Jazz? Cafe con leche? Baseball?

    Beards? Camouflage uniforms worn as daywear?
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    But Habanita's pretty perfect -- it's right there in the name!



    I don't think it matters much in this case. The modern one is a damned fine incarnation of the scent. I just really had to have...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Well, this Sync will certainly be a no-brainer for me:

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    Vintage Havana by Aramis.

    I just looked at the whole year's sync schedule and realized that every geographical location day from...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h97kbv4mbsc
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 6th August, 2019

    How very nice to see you again, Cestrum!




    Oh lord no. I can't imagine wearing or carrying any leather goods that had ever been peed on, by cats or anything/anyone else. Fortunately I'm not...
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    Re: Today, I am not particularly enjoying...

    Wouldn't batting 1000 be a good thing?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    That's a much paler green than the near-chartreuse of the modern EDT.

    RoRo -- er, roro -- have you sniffed all the versions since that reform ten years ago? I haven't, and the reason I ask is...
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    Re: Women's Yatagan?

    I really can't think of one that's similar. Pine isn't something you encounter much in feminine scents.

    Maybe it really was Yatagan. If so, hat's off to that woman.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    What, no private jet?

    I'm outta here. And I'm taking my Cabochard on the way out.
  64. Thread: Olibanum

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    Re: Olibanum

    My 20-year-old Chevy provides sillage to an area of six square blocks!

    (You didn't specify pleasant sillage.)
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    Re: Pleasant surprise @ Sephora

    :laugh:
  66. Re: Have you ever stopped someone to ask what they're wearing? What was it?

    I ask people all the time. About 90% of the time, if it's a male he'll say "I dunno... something my wife (mother/girlfriend/daughter) bought me."
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I have a hefty decant of Blend 30 that originally came from Bavard (I think). It really is gorgeous. I'd enjoy smelling it on almost any man of any age. That dab of masculine rose in it is very...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I've never seen that bright green tint in No. 19 parfum, only in the EDT. Is the modern parfum green?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Hurrah! Another recruit for the cult.



    Ditto. Received my last July purchase this week, nailing the wallet shut now.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    1000 is still the only kaleidoscopic vintage floral I truly love. I've tried all three (parfum, EDT, EDP), and agree with Grayspoole, the EdP is not as dry -- it also seems less osmanthus-forward to...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 6th August, 2019

    Matching you at 86% here this morning. Sheesh.



    Ohgodmetoo. After a scentless week, I couldn't go another day without perfume, so last night I put a bottle of vintage 1980s No. 19 in the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Even more No. 19. I can't seem to quit. Please don't judge me.

    I originally thought I'd ask RoRo if he'd ever seen No. 19 "pour le sac" parfum in a black lipstick case like this. (I've only...
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    Re: high-end shampoo & conditioner

    Kotori, thanks so much for the detailed reviews. I also have fine/wavy hair, which seems to be losing wave and gloss as it ages (and turns gray).

    I just ordered travel sizes of the Living Proof...
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    Re: high-end shampoo & conditioner

    You can go down the review rabbithole at MakeupAlley. Their reviewers are generally reliable, and easy to sort by whatever criteria you wish. And any shills are pretty easy to spot. Here's the...
  76. Re: today's supermarket purchase in Nicaragua - 'Maja'.

    And the famous black soaps are still quite nice.
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    Re: Vintage Aigner

    Good point!

    Shame on me.
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    Re: Vintage Aigner

    This thread might get more traction in the Vintage Forum....

    With a name like "Hunter's Leather", it sure doesn't sound like a female fragrance.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 3rd August, 2019

    I'd forgotten about White Ginger. It was good, wasn't it? I wonder if ZC has some in the stash?
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    Re: Matching fragrance with clothes

    You must have never seen a Wes Anderson movie. Virtually all his male characters are twee. Except the one usually played by Bill Murray.
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    Re: Matching fragrance with clothes

    It's worse than that, Scarce. Your info block didn't say "tweed", it said "twee".

    Even though I've never laid eyes on you, the very last adjective that would come to mind in describing you is...
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    Re: Explain your icon

    I read that page two times and can't make head nor tails of it. Beyond my ken.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/Year_2038_problem.gif
  83. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    Good in theory, but if you're into vintage you can't always sample, and sometimes just have to take a flyer on something that turns out to be >5 stars, resulting in some 3-star clutter. Other...
  84. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    I'll enlist. Did pretty well this year, though, averaging less than a bottle a month, and only have one July purchase pending arrival. And like debussy, I don't like shipping during the hottest...
  85. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    Huh? Did you trill the "R" when it was uppercase, and now the lowercase doesn't seem to deserve the same treatment?



    Don't sweat it. In a couple of weeks, no one will even remember.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 2nd August, 2019

    Thanks to a ferocious storm that passed through overnight, we're getting a brief break from the suffocating humidity, which allows me to join the Sync Day in:

    Bonne Bell Skin Musk perfume oil...
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    In the 1970s, when all my friends were trying to look like Janis Joplin and wearing straight-up patchouli oil, I was traipsing around in double-breasted blazers and wearing Hermes Caleche. When I...
  88. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    Am I losing my mind, or did your username used to be spelled with two capitals "R"s, but now has only lower-case "R"s?
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    Re: The role of fragrance in my recovery

    Quite a change from the days when every Mad Man desk required a bottle of Scotch.



    In retrospect, which dependence would you say created the greatest financial burden? :)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Not in those shoes!
  91. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    And deeeep.
  92. Re: Artificial Intelligence Can Now Create Perfumes, Even Without A Sense Of Smell

    As are successful pop music producers.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Eau de Patou. I am dirty/pretty.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I'll take Column B, please.

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    Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    Mee-owww.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 30th July, 2019

    Jon's New Zealand Bellbird sounds like me trying to channel Laurie Anderson -- melodious periods interspersed with bouts of squawking.

    I haven't worn any scent for almost a week because: heat. ...
  97. Re: Newbie to Basenotes needs dragging into 2019 kicking and screaming!

    I'd add that ALL the Declaration varieties are worth sampling. Their quality-to-price ratio is among the best in male perfumery.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    This deserves a thread of its own. I can't think of many cases where both versions are excellent, would love to hear opinions.
  99. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    Everything in your description of her inclines me to suggest Chanel Sycomore.
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    Re: Explain your icon

    Archie, the half-American prince?
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