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    Re: best guerlains for men?

    L'Homme Ideal edp is probably the one you want. I think it's easily the best of the Ideal line. For something more subtle, Lui. I like these more than the line with Santal Royal.

    When you're ready...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I don't get anything like amber or anything sweet from Miss Dior, just aldehydes, moss, and powdery patchouli.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now

    No. I've never worn any version of Pi.



    Supposedly the order of the naming of that set of three (cologne, edt, dep) is "Gentleman Givenchy." The cologne seemed like the best of them to me.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now

    I think pretty different, but that could mean you'd like both. For vintage stuff, check out mini's if you're interested. A little goes a long way unless something is vying to be your signature scent.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now

    Ebay, more than likely. Sometimes I get stuff from Etsy. Those are may main two places. Basenotes marketplace can have good stuff, too. It's my third most likely.

    I paid decent money, around $170...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now

    Givenchy is a house with serious pedigree, historically. I think they can still do good work - and I need to spend more time with their current stuff - but these older versions of Givenchy Gentleman...
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2019

    Thank you. Your analysis here sounds just right: dry, versatile and hopefully good in 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now

    1. Christian Dior Jules
    2. Chanel No. 5
    3. Balenciaga Ho Hang Club
    4. Chanel Antaeus
    5. Givenchy Gentleman

    Honorable mention: Moschino Pour Homme
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2019

    We’re off to sunny Phoenix on the weekEND, and the scent of the trip, selected from this month’s rotation, is Guerlain Mitsouko, in its mossy glory.

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    Re: Sample Pass: THE ZOO

    I think it was two pill boxes - each with two decants.
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    Re: Sample Pass: THE ZOO

    Either Club Design or Community by itself could have scared off the dogs. That's a potent combo in the same box.

    The Creeds were in nice pill bottles. I thought they were nice. Protective. Maybe...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Hmm. Facebook Live, just for followers?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    About 70 ml. Full, they go just above the line where the clear glass ends.
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    They have so many fragrances. Some of my favorites from this set are ones I hadn't heard of. From this set of 10, other than Creation-E Homme, which ones do you know well?
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Is there a video feed for the event? Apologies if I just missed the link.
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree (1989) Vintage

    Way older than 2015. It's from some time in the 1990s, probably. That bottle is beautiful, and the fragrance inside is great, oak moss, vanilla, and what else? There's some magic in that formula. 200...
  17. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    It took longer than six months, but I learned that Secretions Magnifique smells like a wet dog.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I'm on my third wearing of Diorling. It is definitely agreeable. It plays a mind trick on me. I keep thinking that it's really not that interesting, yet I keep wanting to wear it. I think I just want...
  19. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Or?

    I kid, it's just that those classic Chanel's are so great. Probably Anateus, though, right? The current version has something new and interesting, I think. It's a nice update.
  20. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    You can order samples and/or get into sample swapping. You can find the right people to listen to, people who like what you like. It can take a while, but you can find people who are reliable.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I imagine it achieving that effect for you. Is it something more floral, and being well behaved means embracing flowers?

    I imagine people being shocked if I were to wear it to the office. To me,...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Purecaramel's review on Diorling:

    Leather Chypre. A Dior answer to Cabochard. I expect that my sample is Vintage as a Bitter Hyacinth and Oakmoss start, softens and billows. Severity moves to the...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I don't think I would mind the cumin note getting loud in dry heat. It sounds like an interesting effect.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I can see this. I wore Diorling for a second time, and it was nice. My mood when I sample it is for something bigger and/or more exciting, like Diorissimo, but it's a subtle, well-behaved fragrance....
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 17th June, 2019

    Time flies discussing perfume.
  26. Re: Using a Fragrance For Things Other Than Spraying on Yourself?

    I spray smelling strips. I smell the nozzles. I take pictures of them. I use them for conversation.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 17th June, 2019

    Merci!

    I don't know that one. I like the name.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Nice pick!



    Mariniere and ballet flats, oh my.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Thank you! You're not late. I don't mind cumin. Rochas Femme is definitely in the style of these old Dior's. I like the house base / finishing touches in the Dior's.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I'm on the final sample from the newer set from Grayspoole and Cook.bot: 1980s Christian Dior Eau Fraiche. It is a nicely balanced fresh fragrance. It's hard not to like.

    It smells like something...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 17th June, 2019

    Oh wow, that's a good-looking cake.

    Thank you, everyone, for the birthday wishes!

    My scent of the day is Dior Eau Fraiche.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Yes, the vintage Rochas Femme pdt you sent is the only version I know.

    There are now four versions of vintage Diorama I've tried from this thread, and other than the older, metal bottle, they...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    It’s interesting to think of Diorling as a green leather. It does have some nice, warm animalic, I think castoreum.

    What I don’t like is the evergreen/conifer/car air freshener vibe. This has a...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I'm trying the 1980s Diorling edt. It's relatively forgettable. It's nice. It's light and savory. It's something light, and musky, and green. Harmless.

    Diorling is feeling almost too light for my...
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    Cook.bot packed it in after that one. Pretty harsh.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    90s Guerlain is fine as far as I know. I would snap up that L'Heure Bleue for a good price.
  37. Thread: Monthly Samples

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    Re: Monthly Samples

    I can't tell if you like it.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Correct. It's easy to find. Any concentration is fine. If it says Miss Dior, and you see houndstooth, you're good. Or the parfum. It looks vintage-y, but there's usually not houndstooth.

    I just...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Is one the of questions whether vintage Diorama is like a non-cuminy Rochas Femme? If so, the answer is yes. There may be other differences in the openings. Diorama and Rochas Femme smell similar to...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    We have three versions of vintage Diorama going in this thread, and the Osmothèque came up empty handed. I always knew Basenotes was hardcore.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 14th June, 2019

    I like the Diorissimo presentation. Lovely photo. Has she kept the edp, too? (Sorry if this was already covered).

    My scent of the evening has been vintage Guerlain Chamade edt. I like it. It has a...
  42. Thread: Monthly Samples

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    Re: Monthly Samples

    I’m always curious to smell this house in the shop. I’ve never had samples to have a chance to wear any of them.
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    That is unfortunate naming given the circumstances. Best to ship them off then. It sounds like the house is in scrubber territory for you.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Having something similar helps, as do the prices for Dior Dior. And perhaps it doesn't grip you as much as some others, say Miss Dior. I was noticing Epapsiou has Miss Dior in three concentrations.
    ...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I'm trying Grayspoole's version of vintage Diorama edt, and it's a beauty. It's similar to Cook.bot's version.

    It so much about fruit and woods, with just a touch of floral powder. This is the one...
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    Re: Labels, taglines, whatever they are called

    Yes. My vote for you is, of course, "Chypreish."
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Today's a rare day in the office, and I'm fairly dolled up wearing Miss Dior and Vol de Nuit.

    Because Miss Dior was overpowering Vol de Nuit when I had done two sprays of each, I had to add...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I'm wearing edt's of vintage Miss Dior and vintage Vol de Nuit. They do smell related, and I agree that vanilla in the Guerlain is one of the main differences. Also, Miss Dior is stronger, and starts...
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    Josie's so dreamy.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I haven't tried Miss Dior edp. The edc and edt seem similar to me. The parfum is richer, more powdery. They're so similar to each other, it would be hard to pick a favorite.
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    Re: Labels, taglines, whatever they are called

    You can change yours, and I vote for:

    Maybe a quarter million, tops
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    He might have had bills to pay.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    They’re fine.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I would take them!

    My scent of the evening is Miss Dior edc.

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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Major score! Nice one, Sam in London! I enjoyed your notes. It sounds so fun.
  56. Re: Current versions of fragrances in your collection

    So you're only recommending what you know!

    For me it can be a gray area recommending something I haven't actually bought, say current Antaeus. I've worn it. I like it. Not enough to buy it. I...
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    Recommending vintage requires the qualifiers.
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    Outside of the vintage forum?
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    That's a decisively short list of six. Looking at your wardrobe, you have all kinds of current stuff - that all counts. I wasn't necessarily talking about classics. Anything that's current...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Three and thirteen sixteenths fluid ounces! Swoon.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Butane and propane are not chloroflourocarbons; they have no chlorine or flourine.

    I'm giving this metal bottle of Diormama another wearing. With more performance, or heft, it would be more...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    It absolutely does not look fake.

    You seem so worried though, it's tempting to ponder some devilish counter-fitters selling partial bottles and using the correct batch coding for Chanel's US...
  63. Current versions of fragrances in your collection

    Because of frequent changes to fragrances, there are only a few in my collection that are the current versions available retail. I think just these:

    1. Chanel 1932 edp
    2. Chanel Allure Homme...
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    Americans are uptight too, and usually too reserved to mention someone else's perfume. Of course, there are exceptions.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    August 2017 list:


    December 2017 list:


    May 2018 List:


    August 2018 list:
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    1995-ish made-in-USA Egoiste.
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    I've definitely observed a royal bearing in some of Sam's proclamations.
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    Yes, happy birthday! A word for Nahema? Its Guerlain treatment of rose?
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    That is certainly an eye catching Chamade collection.
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    Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    1. Dior Homme - A family favorite.

    2. Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche - Like Dior Homme, I was gifted a 150-ml backup of this to always have plenty on-hand.

    3. Chanel Pour Monsieur...
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    Re: Sample Pass: THE ZOO

    Yes, Yellowtone in the Netherlands. They shipped a couple days ago.
  72. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Got it, the current version of the 1974 release. I actually barely know that one.
  73. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    I don't the reference to Lorson.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I don't think I ever saw AceyMan's notes on his new Bal a Versailles.
  75. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    And a cologne, I think, which I also think is the version I prefer.





    Which version? Hednic is implying edt - the original is an edt.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I think Miss Dior and Eau Sauvage are safe bets. Why am I not as sure about Diorella? Too fruity? I don't recall the Northern California Fragrance Reviewer being into fruits.
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    Re: Best Vintage Fragrances UNDER $100

    A good one! Epapsiou has some of this he let me sample.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I haven’t paid attention to whether spray bottles are pressurized up to now, but I think I’ll be more careful to avoid them.

    The sample disappearing is the kind of thing that has happened to me...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Understanding "context" and the "whole picture?" That does sound merry.

    Diane is apparently still in her prime (May 2019):

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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I get no cumin or anything especially animalic/skanky.

    Looking back, I had initially described Cook.bot's version of Diorella as a "relatively tame, light, subtle fragrance, albeit delicious," so...
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman vs Kouros

    Like right versus wrong.

    Or maybe "good" versus "so bad it's good."
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    When it works, it works. I'm often recommending Chanel Platinum Egoiste between two posts that specify "(not platinum)."
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    Creation-E Femme was the most forgettable for me. I thought it was like a Calvin Klein. PerfumedLady pegged it for a clone of Lancome Tresor.

    It wasn't bad (I don't mind Calvin Klein).
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    Sciatica sounds like a pain. I've found decent folding chairs with arm rests with cup holders at Wal-Mart. My 8th grader uses one as his gaming chair.

    Finding a decent office chair is my current...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I haven't tried Guerlain Philtre d'Amour. I have tried Aubephine Acacia which I remember being ok.



    I think there's a lot to be said for the current versions of the classics.
  86. Re: Is the vetiver note in Mitsouko noticeable?

    It's mostly a swampy moss, highly recommended.

    There are a lot of really nice aldehydes in the opening.
  87. Thread: 4160 Tuesdays

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    Re: 4160 Tuesdays

    I still haven't bought a bottle of one of these. I'm not finding "What Katie Did on Friday Night" on the 4160 Tuesdays website. From what I'm seeing, the one I might go for is Flora Psychedelica.
  88. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    I don't wear Dior Homme Intense enough to need 200 ml. I have 50 ml of the first version and 50 ml of the second version. Regular Dior Homme already has enough vanilla for me.

    I also really like a...
  89. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    Mona di Orio Vanille is much more my speed than Guerlain Spiritual Double Vanilla, although it's not quite something I feel like I need. I'm on the fence, somewhat: Mona Di Orio, to my nose, is...
  90. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    Then you're covered. They're similar.
  91. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    Those five are fine, and cover a lot. I might put Dior Homme in the mix, but sticking with a smaller rotation could work just as well.

    I wouldn't get both - I like Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme...
  92. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    I've sampled it. It's not for me. Too sweet.



    Tuscany hits the spot. My significant other is always into it.
  93. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    Fragrances I'm thinking about a lot recently?

    1. Moschino Pour Homme - Is it the only perfume I'll ever need, or is it slightly too sweet / obvious / derivative?

    2. Guerlain Samsara - Goodness,...
  94. Re: How much do you wear a new fragrance once you get a full bottle?

    It keeps changing as my collection grows, but ideally two or three days in a row and then once per month.

    All bets are off when I buy more than one bottle at a time.
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    Re: Sephora to close all its US stores June 5th

    Hopefully the training is a win-win: good for the company, good for customers.

    Training sessions can be useful if they're well done.
  96. Thread: 4160 Tuesdays

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    Re: 4160 Tuesdays

    They have a bunch of good ones. They can start to smell like each other. The one that keeps coming back to mind from sampling is "What Katie did on Friday Night."
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    I'll re-post Cheetah's unifying statement on getting a synthetic vibe. I assume it would eventually hit me with Danger Femme and other fragrances that use the same ingredient, but in my wearing, the...
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    This lovely thread comes up on the first page of search results for Chamade.

    It currently stands at Chamade 25, Nahema 14.



    This was my first thought.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Nice mention of Parfums Delrae. I like their style. The Tigerlily shop in San Francisco had them when I visited last summer, and I took home some samples.

    I agree with your notes on Dior Dior....
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I need a business meeting to go to when I wear Tsar.
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