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    Re: Thoughts on Bond no. 9 I love NY for Him

    For All is much better, IMNSHO. Of course, they are also very different. Try before you buy!
  2. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    Agreed. For example, when an OP asserts that "The Guide" is akin to The Bible, solicits opinions, and a member dares to deny that it is The Bible, at which point her posts are deleted.

    Anyway, no...
  3. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    I agree with this. But none of the above precludes the possibility of asking questions about the contents and quality of the book, does it? I find incredibly bizarre that people should think that...
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    Re: before I go and drop $300 this weekend...

    I agree: in this realm, Raffy rules! (I believe that the samples from LS are .7ml, which is about half of what I need to fairly assess a new perfume...).
  5. Re: "Perfume" by Patrick Suskind - anyone read it?

    I read somewhere that Stanley Kubrick turned down the opportunity to make the film, saying that it was an "impossible" project. Good call, Stanley! How do you produce a film which requires the...
  6. Thread: Paradox

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    Re: Paradox

    I think that Jacomo Paradox is intrinsically meh. I've tried to find the value in it, but have resoundingly failed. It has a sort of fogginess which I simply do not like. In the end, it's a matter of...
  7. Re: sophisticated high quality floral fruity scent

    You might want to check out the house of Krigler (based in NYC). I reviewed several of their perfumes a while back at fragrantica and recommended Sparkling Diamond for fruity-floral gals looking for...
  8. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    I tried to make this very point a while back, but my post was deleted. If memory serves, the "offensive" remark went something like this:

    "The authors cannot seem to decide whether they want to do...
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    Re: Your favorite Pierre Bourdon creation

    :2vrolijk_08:
  10. Re: Which frags have you purchased more than twice...

    In the twentieth century: Oscar, Il Bacio, Samsara, Mitsouko, Shalimar, Arpege, Tresor, Deci Dela, Sublime, Clarins Eau Dynamisante, Dior Eau Svelte (several gallons), Allure

    More recently:...
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    Re: Does anyone knows In White by J. del Pozo?

    +1 To me, however, In White is more foggy than Pure Poison (not at all sharp).
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    Re: Your favorite Pierre Bourdon creation

    Wow, I had no idea that Bourdon created GIT!

    As for myself, I frequently wear FERRE edp. Also Dolce Vita (vintage).
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    Re: Inexpensive Fragrances for Winter

    Bal a Versailles
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    Re: Basenotes Site Problems

    What a nice off topic to have stumbled upon! Thank you so much!

    I did have difficulty with access yesterday and so initially posted my review of Kate Spade Twirl at fragrantica. Now I'm trying to...
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    Re: What would Tony Soprano wear?

    But Gandolfino is not Tony Soprano! What would "Tone" wear? I'd say nothing.
    Paulie Gaultieri would be wearing some kind of loud splash.
    Christopher would wear A*men.
    Adriana would wear Angel....
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    Re: New Fragrances: Tokyo Milk Dark Collection

    The bottles are keen and sleek and even protect the juice inside: matte black with white lettering and titanium-like caps.

    Even more importantly, the perfumes are quite good, IMNSHO, although the...
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    Re: Montale Fragrance Name Generator v1.1

    This is truly hilarious! Hillaire's version seems to be what they actually use, but the OP really had me chuckling.
    :2vrolijk_08:
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    Re: just sampled all the Tokyo Milk Dark frags

    Well, I feel compelled to jump in here to report that my experience with the Tokyo Milk Dark series is exactly the opposite of the OP's! I have sniffed most of them on paper and find all of them...
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    Re: How general of a term is "incense"?

    This is true. :wink:
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    Re: How general of a term is "incense"?

    I've often wondered whether oud is just a glorified form of incense and the use of the term 'oud' an honorific implying that the perfume in which it figures is exotic, luxurious and, above all,...
  21. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    Dude: you need to sharpen your Scrabble skills!
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    Re: Why aren't all niche EDP?

    Well, I think that Andy Tauer only makes perfume, and so if one were searching for a cologne, a house such as Acqua di Parma or L'Artisan parfumeur (although they call most of their juice "edt")...
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    Re: Why aren't all niche EDP?

    :beer:
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    Re: Why aren't all niche EDP?

    Do you mean of two different perfumes? I'm a bit confused. I know that some houses use the same name for different perfumes. Examples: Allure edp and edt; Prada Infusion D'iris edp and edt. The...
  25. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    Regarding, specifically, the OP:

    One example that leapt immediately to mind was Salvadaor Dali LAGUNA. Smells great for about two hours (on skin) and no doubt on paper (which may have been the...
  26. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    There are *plenty* of reasons for criticizing "The "A-Z" Guide" which have nothing to do with the authors' idiosyncratic tastes. I'd list them here, but what's the point? Only to have them deleted?...
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    Re: Why aren't all niche EDP?

    +1

    I was about to ask, "Why are all edps not really edps?" But then Birdboy offered this helpful information.

    "Pure Perfume" really is the biggest hoax of all, IMNSHO, if you look at the...
  28. Re: Article: Coty snaps up Madonna for fragrance deal. Truth or Dare to launch in 2012

    I actually like opaque bottles--they protect the perfume from light. Otherwise I'd have to hide everything from sight!
  29. I am so baffled by the bans. At the same time...

    I am so baffled by the bans. At the same time that once-classic perfumes are being mangled in the name of public health, millions of soft-drink-swilling people are being pumped with sucralose,...
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    Re: Basenotes Site Problems

    Yes. But fortunately, as you say, nothing like in the past, when I'd not be able to connect for days on end. In fact, I joined basenotes before fragrantica, but because of inaccessibility, I gave up...
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    Re: This is only a test

    Yes. Certain types of fragrances I can only muster up the courage to test by first drawing a hot bath. If a bath is not a possibility in the immediate future, then I'll wait for another time.
  32. Re: Why do people buy full bottles instead of samples?

    Why do people gamble? Part of the fun is the risk. Of course, it's only fun if you don't drive yourself to ruin.

    People complain about the cost of perfume, but it is by far the least expensive...
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    Re: Why men like to talk about fragrances.

    Vidi.
    :coolold:
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    Re: Why men like to talk about fragrances.

    :beer:
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    Poll: Re: Which do you like best?

    Ahhh... the sonorous voice of reason has spoken once again!

    That's a great way of looking at criticism: we're not trying to be mean; we're trying to help out!:wink:
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    Re: dark warm cheap frag

    Bal a Versailles
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    Poll: Re: Which do you like best?

    +1 Except that I have a 100ml bottle and never wear it. The only reason I haven't swapped it away is because I love the bottle. :happy:

    Are we a bunch of party poopers or what?
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    Re: Why men like to talk about fragrances.

    No. I was responding to the OP, which is about basenotes. To that question, my personal experience at this particular forum seemed relevant. But thanks for your remarks.
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    Re: Why men like to talk about fragrances.

    Perhaps other women have also had their posts deleted. It's a big turn off and quite alienating, to be perfectly frank, and it definitely kept me a way as a mere "lurker" for a while. The deletion of...
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    Re: Why do we wear less than *5 star frags?

    an eminently reasonable answer, mr. reasonable!

    (not that you care what I think...:wink:)
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    Re: Are niche bottles worth the big price tag?

    In Africa, generally speaking, yes.
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    Re: Why do we wear less than *5 star frags?

    +1 Including food. I had *the best* fish and chips of my life last week. I was soooooo happy! (Okay, it was cold outside, and I was famished...) Am I prepared to say that it was haute cuisine? No....
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    Re: Why do we wear less than *5 star frags?

    Those are interesting points. I gather that the OP (from five years ago!) was asking why we do not wear five stars by our own assessments. The way I rate perfumes, a three-star perfume is wearable...
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    Re: Why do we wear less than *5 star frags?

    It seems to me that being expensive is neither necessary nor sufficient to being a five-star perfume. There are actually some great perfumes which are very reasonably priced... Looked at from the...
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    Re: Define "transparent"

    This is great! Thank you so much! I think that I have been thinking somewhat simplemindedly in terms of one flower = one note, which is obviously totally false, but it is an impression which is...
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    Re: Define "transparent"

    Thanks. I read that thread. Now I am beginning to wonder whether what I regard as "thin" or "shallow" fragrances are being euphemistically described (by those who like them) as "transparent"?
    ...
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    Re: Define "transparent"

    This is helpful for perfumes as complete compositions. But what about when people use the expression "transparent rose"? What does that mean, pray tell? Any elucidation of "note transparency" would...
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    Re: Narcisse Noir, Caron

    I love NN! I have only the edt, but even at that concentration it is so golden, rich, and perfumey. Yum!!!
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    Re: Pour un Homme and Troisieme Homme

    I believe that Luca Turin recommends POUR UN HOMME as one of the top ten masculine fragrances for women. What say you gents?
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    Re: Question regarding my purchase

    Great news--and very rational customer service move on their part!
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    Re: Your Favorite Magnolia-Based Fragrance

    Lanvin Rumeur has a musky magnolia drydown but you have to suffer through a truly toxic opening to get there... I actually swapped my bottle away because I could not tolerate the opening.

    Antica...
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    Re: Question regarding my purchase

    I regard buying bottles online as something of a lottery. If you want to spend a bit of time for a few days googling, you can determine the rock bottom price of any fragrance you're after--even...
  53. Re: Luca Turin's perfume ratings anywhere on basenotes?

    Thanks so much, Mr. Guyer, for stepping up to the plate to put me in my rightful place!
    Your post calls to mind an all-too-familiar refrain:

    "Outspoken men are 'sharp critics'. Like-minded women?...
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    Re: Favourite Dior Poison perfume ?

    Pure Poison--but only in a nanodot dosage, otherwise headache ensues...
  55. Re: Luca Turin's perfume ratings anywhere on basenotes?

    It sounded to me from TS's website a few weeks ago as though they are pretty much reprinting the 5-star reviews, of which I believe she said there were 96. But then she hastily added (as though...
  56. Thread: Pirate Parfum

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    Re: Pirate Parfum

    Yes, the reproduction of long lost classics which have been either discontinued or drastically reformulated would be the sole sensible avenue for this type of firm, it seems to me...
  57. Thread: Pirate Parfum

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    Re: Pirate Parfum

    Wow: such strife and contention! What an exciting thread!

    I myself have never, ever understood the knock-off business (I mean those frags that say on the box "If you like Opium, you'll love...
  58. Re: The Body Shop's Beleaf..........is it a nice scent? Have you tried it?................if so....

    I loved Beleaf and lamented the emptying of my bottle. It's discontinued, isn't it?
    Very green, fresh and leafy. Perfect case of truth in advertising.
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    Re: True RIPE mango fragrance?

    Balmain Eau D'Amazonie!
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    Re: How to handle pushy Macy's SA's 101

    +1 They are people whose job it is to sell, as difficult as that must be in the internet age. I know that I spend the vast majority of my money online these days...
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    Re: Madonna Rumored to Be Launching Perfume

    Thanks so much for the info: she signed a waiver while young and naive (and not yet famous)--I see, that explains what happened.
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    Re: Madonna Rumored to Be Launching Perfume

    Gardenia Passion has a very thick tuberose note...
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    Re: Madonna Rumored to Be Launching Perfume

    She's one of the celebrities said to wear Fracas, right?
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    Re: Madonna Rumored to Be Launching Perfume

    There is already a line of perfumes, Madonna Nudes 1979, which uses her images on the bottles, thus strongly suggesting that they are her perfumes. I wonder why she would allow that if the perfumes...
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    Re: Madonna Rumored to Be Launching Perfume

    I recall a long time ago (maybe ten years?) reading a story about Madonna's forthcoming perfume, which never materialized. Is the material girl going to finally bring that project to fruition, or is...
  66. Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 3, 2011 *** OPPOSITE GENDER

    I'm back from my bath. Feeling much better in Prada Infusion d'homme! It's somewhat of a cheat, however, since it's not really a masculine, in my opinion... Anyway, I like it a lot--maybe even more...
  67. Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 3, 2011 *** OPPOSITE GENDER

    Okay, I ended up testing (again...) Alexander McQueen KINGDOM today. Sure, it's supposed to be a women's perfume, but not on my skin! To me this is TOTALLY masculine. Oddly enough, it smells like the...
  68. Re: Fake fake fake.....fake fake fake..... Fake from ebay (Disco Version-Creed SMW)

    since repetition is the mother of learning:

    STOP BUYING 4oz CREED BOTTLES ON EBAY!!!STOP BUYING 4oz CREED BOTTLES ON EBAY!!!STOP BUYING 4oz CREED BOTTLES ON EBAY!!!STOP BUYING 4oz CREED BOTTLES ON...
  69. Re: Fake fake fake.....fake fake fake..... Fake from ebay (Disco Version-Creed SMW)

    not an idiot--just naive...

    :coolold:
  70. Re: Fake fake fake.....fake fake fake..... Fake from ebay (Disco Version-Creed SMW)

    ditto

    well, except that I would never buy ANY fragrance via ebay...
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    Re: Perfume is getting pricey!

    It is soooooooooooo much less expensive than fine wine, if you break it down. One can easily drop two years' worth of perfume funds over dinner. Perfume is actually a bargain, if you think about it...
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    I think that LT & TS are pretty tough cookies, and I'd be very, very surprised if they left basenotes whimpering with their tails between their legs in response to comments made by members in the...
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    Just offering a possible explanation of the "mistakes" you diagnosed. That's all! (I'm religiously agnostic, by the way...)
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    We are more than a decade into the century of snark, my fragrant friends... just take a look at the comments at the end of any article in the NYT!
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    I did see one very "violent" reaction to this thread, complete with profanities, defamation, and all... I received an alert in my email and so was able to read the message there, but it was...
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    Re: The 10 "Must Have" -"women's" perfumes

    I love this thread...but the question is too difficult for me!
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    I agree that lots of people make what you are characterizing as these "mistakes", self-included. But let's take a look at the title:

    PERFUMES: The A-Z Guide

    Sounds very much like it's supposed...
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    Re: Article: Bloody Fragrance

    These just sound like SECRETIONS MAGNIFIQUES flankers to me... The blood, the metal, the horror: it's all there.
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    Some would reply that since he thinks that she's a great perfumer, he naturally judges most of her perfumes to be great. The question is: what about the houses which receive strings of nasty and...
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    Someone told me that they "confessed" (not sure whether they were together, or it was one of them...) in an interview somewhere that most of their reviews were based on paper, not skin tests. I don't...
  81. Re: All invited *** Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, September 3, 2011 *** OPPOSITE GENDER

    Sure, I'll wear Prada Infusion D'Homme!
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    Interesting take, Birdboy! I guess that I want to say that perfumers, too, often love what they do. (Why else would they do it?) Do they seriously scam samples of other perfumers' creations and...
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    Perversely enough, I find that I now seek and purchase *scent unsniffed* perfumes which have been panned by the Guide! WHy Lalique Le Parfum is at the top of my wishlist! I even find myself...
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    :laugh:
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    Re: Basenotes Site Problems

    I see it here, alfarom: it's beautiful! :smiley:
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    Re: Sloooooooooooowwwwwwww

    Yes, this is true.

    sherapop
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    Re: Sloooooooooooowwwwwwww

    Dear Grant,

    I can't believe how much faster the site is now! Thank you so much! As far as I can tell, nearly everything is working now. The only remaining extraneous warning messages appear at the...
  88. Re: Eau d'Orange Verte vs Concentre d'Orange Verte

    I have both and prefer the Concentre, not only for its better longevity, but also because I find it richer and more perfumey.
    But honestly I do love both and I'm jealous of DULLAH's jug!
    ...
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    Re: Basenotes Site Problems

    Thanks for this clarification of the situation.

    best,
    sherapop
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    Re: Sloooooooooooowwwwwwww

    I am unable to access reviews or perfume profiles. Since I cannot access the latter, I also cannot post my SOTD or any new reviews. Any suggestions or help that anyone (administrator or otherwise!)...
  91. Thread: Tokyo Milk?

    by sherapop
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    Re: Tokyo Milk?

    Dear Twolf,

    Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement. Unfortunately, I am currently unable to access the reviews or post SOTD or access perfume profiles! Don't know what to do!

    best,...
  92. Thread: Tokyo Milk?

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    Re: Tokyo Milk?

    I have Waltz (#14) and Eden (#3) and like them both. Good quality, appealing compositions but with poor longevity on my skin. This makes them not such a great value, since I can drain a little 1oz...
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    Re: Basenotes Site Problems

    I still cannot access most pages. I receive error messages that look like this:
    Warning: fwrite(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in [path]/bn-inc/functions.php on line 70
    ...
  94. Re: is there any scent that smells like SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER?

    I find Silver Mountain Water remarkably similar to the opening of Moschino Cheap & Chic and Moschino Oh! They all seem to have the same entirely synthetic metallic/inky amalgam. The drydown of Cheap...
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