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  1. Re: What Gives Money (U.S.) Its Distinctive Smell?

    "Inky cotton" sounds like a smell I might actually enjoy.

    If they had done this experiment thirty years ago, they would probably have needed to add topnotes of cocaine.
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    Re: Aramis Havana Vs. Burberry London

    While neither of those situations has ever figured into my perfume priorities, I'd still choose the Havana over anything Burberry has ever produced.
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    Re: 2017 bottle to buy if not Knize ten

    I'm going to put in another vote for Bandit. On me it wears very similarly to K10.

    And another vote for Eau d'Hermes too. It does have citrus in its topnotes, but that wears off very, very...
  4. Re: The Vagabond Prince and Duchaufour play a Bass Solo

    Got a couple samples a week ago. Am loving the wood & spice aspects, but something is giving it a mentholated/medicinal effect that I'm not much enjoying. Beautiful drydown though. Very...
  5. Re: Has anyone tried "Peau d'Ailleurs" by Phillipe Starck perfumes?

    Sadly, I have to retract my Sycomore comparison and agree with you, AntonPan. My friend who procured the Peau d'Ailleurs sample bought the whole 3-bottle coffret, and I got to test each one...
  6. Re: You guys will appreciate this- I found my mother's perfume! (by accident)

    Or..... sometimes quite the opposite.

    I'm always so envious when I read any of the hundreds of these Fragrant-Mother memories here on Basenotes. My mother wore Lauder's Youth Dew and it made me...
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    Re: Cardamom close-up

    I fell so in love with the cardamom note in 'Declaration' that I started sampling every variance of it that I could find. My favorite of the culinary/gourmand iterations was 'Voyage d'Hermes' -- so...
  8. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Rhinoceros
    by Zoologist

    4 hours in and loving it

    Rough, Rowdy, Large and in CHARGE!
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    Re: Spray or Splash?

    Interesting questions. I hope some of our nerdier chemist types will weigh in on this, as I've wondered about the plastic tubes also.

    A couple of years ago I bought a vintage sample size (copper...
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    Re: New member saying hello

    Greetings and welcome, smellikeit! And based on this comment and your original post, I'd say you're a dead-bang certainty to like Sycomore by Chanel.

    My tastes run almost exactly parallel to...
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    Re: New member saying hello

    Welcome, Mme Laura! I did the exact same thing -- lurked and read reviews here for four whole years before I even worked up the nerve to post in a forum. Don't be shy, 99.9% of the folks here are...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Niche Fragrance House? (Poll)

    Totally agree. And by that standard, my only votes would be for Tauer and L'Artisan.
  13. Re: BOSS TV ads show celebs spray on while dressed. What's up with that?

    All those cute guys in the opening shot in their French mariniere sailor shirts.... I wonder if Bavard has seen that?
  14. Re: NEW: Au Coeur du Desert by Tauer Perfumes AND Tuberose Flash by Tauerville

    Be still my heart.
  15. Re: Which of your perfumes has the highest sillage?

    Interesting that most respondents are proposing masculines.

    For me, it's almost anything made by Lolita Lempicka. I'm a fan esp. of the original LL, which is all mossy violet leaf +anise on me,...
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    Re: a gift for my mom

    Everyone is right about Cristalle, of course, but I want to double down on cestrum's rec. of Sisley's Eau de Campagne. I'm also a lifelong No. 19 fan who's disappointed in its current state, and...
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    Re: Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum (2014)

    I bought a bottle of it when Surrender to Chance had their recent Guerlain closeout sale (which might still be going on). I too find it very different than the Voile, and OP's assessment was spot-on...
  18. Anybody have decants of Salome by Papillon?

    Seeking a 3ml or 5ml (maybe even 10ml, depending on price). Couldn't find any listings on the 'for sale' board.
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    Re: Who is your favourite current youtube reviewer.

    ...and I would watch:

    ClaireV
    deadidol
    jtd
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    Re: Have you tried Memo African Leather?

    I ordered samples from their Paris store earlier this year of all their leather offerings, as I'm a major leather fan. To my great surprise, they sent not only the 4 leathers I ordered, but samples...
  21. Re: Has anyone tried "Peau d'Ailleurs" by Phillipe Starck perfumes?

    Hope you'll check back in here with your thoughts after you do, hednic. I'm esp. curious to know if you see the Sycomore/d'Ailleurs similarity.

    (And gosh, if this brand's unknown to YOU, it must...
  22. Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    ^^^^^ What he said. My very favorite of vetiver scents. A green note in it that's something like a crushed fig leaf. Ethereally beautiful.
  23. Has anyone tried "Peau d'Ailleurs" by Phillipe Starck perfumes?

    A friend of mine got a sample of this EDT with a recent purchase from Neiman Marcus, and I was instantly interested when I saw that the sample box listed Annick Menardo as the parfumeur. I've liked...
  24. Re: Which Fragrances Do You Most Look Forward to Wearing Once the Weather Turns Really Cold?

    Mid-autumn through mid-winter is the only time I really enjoy wearing the original Lolita Lempicka EdP, because on my skin the ivy note is really prominent. I've smelled it on others where the anise...
  25. Re: Stunning Perfume In An Orange Box - Any Ideas As To Which Perfume It Could Be ?

    How odd -- the exact same thing happened to me a few weeks ago. Asked a woman about the lovely fragrance she was wearing, she couldn't remember the name (which of course blew my mind... couldn't...
  26. Re: Sample Pass: Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscan Soul Quintessential Collection Fragrances and Extra Samp

    What happened to the rest of this thread? Did it get moved?

    I pulled it up 'cause I wanted to see the participants' reactions to these scents.... now can't find any references to it when I search.
  27. Thread: Sycomore RIP?

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    Re: Sycomore RIP?

    This is breaking my heart. Those were all the very qualities that drove Sycomore immediately to the top of my Must Own list. Guess my bottle of the EdT will have to last me the rest of my life.
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    Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel EDPs

    I've just read this entire thread and it depressed the hell out of me.

    I went completely gaga over a decant of Sycomore EDT about a year ago, but despaired of ever being able to afford as much as...
  29. Re: Which Fragrances Do You Most Look Forward to Wearing Once the Weather Turns Really Cold?

    It is! Love it in winter.

    And everything that Kumquat said.

    Plus I really like my skanky animalics and leathers in winter: Femme de Rochas, Bal a Versailles, Eau d'Hermes, Kouros, Bandit. In...
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    Documentary on Oud: video and transcript

    Produced by Al-Jazeera, available as 47-minute video or text transcript (10 chapters).

    http://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2016/oud-agarwood-scent-from-heaven/

    (Haven't read/watched it yet, so...
  31. Re: Did Roudnitska compose the original Lauren?

    I've heard that about Chant too.

    Oviatt, PM me. I have a TON of samples of Ocean Rain and would be happy to send you one.
  32. Re: Did Roudnitska compose the original Lauren?

    Thank you, Hednic. I hadn't thought to look at Wikipedia -- and don't believe I've seen the two Ardens mentioned before.

    (And isn't "On Dit" a wonderful name for a perfume?)
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    Re: I'm back from the dead, and...TEA ROSE!

    Greetings Kaelee, nice to meet you!



    I'm not the most avid rose fan, but I do like PWTR for one particular reason: because it has such an affinity for fabric, and is so inexpensive, I use it...
  34. Did Roudnitska compose the original Lauren?

    In a recent blog post, Luca Turin compares the output (quantitative) of Bertrand Duchaufour and Edmond Roudnitska, noting that the latter composed only 12 scents in his lifetime....
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    Huh? I never noticed there WAS any vetiver in No. 19 -- and I only own the old stuff.

    And +1 on the "Y". A summer mainstay for me, along with No. 19.
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    Re: Robe d'Un Soir ( extrait) - Carven ?

    You're quite welcome. Don't know if she's still around, but maybe her PMs go to her direct email.
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    Re: Favorite night time/ sleeping fragrances

    Glad to know so many others scent at bedtime. I thought I was a bit weird (or at least wasteful) for spraying my pillow and my self. I'm convinced it affects my dreams.

    I'm inclined toward men's...
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    Re: Weekends are for reeking

    Ooooooh, yeah. Weekends I bust out all the skanky, beasty cumins and leathers that I love to death but am still too wussy to wear in public. Eau d'Hermes, Masque Montecristo, Schiaparelli Shocking,...
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    Re: Nausea and Headaches from Cologne

    Hot cuppas give me headaches and nausea. :)


    Actually I just had my first nausea reaction to a fragrance ever. I tested samples of three Vero Profumo scents (Rubj, Onda, and Kiki) and all three...
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    Another strong vote for Cristalle and Eau de Campagne, and I personally think Chanel 19 is totally unisex, and is my favorite green by far, esp. in extrait.

    How about also Bvlgari's Eau Parfumee...
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    Re: TV Characters' fragrances

    How long has Geo F Trumper been around? I could easily imagine Soames Forsythe as a Trumper man.
  42. Re: It's cheap, it's crude, it's simple, it's common, but you can't get enough of it!

    Jovan Grass Oil
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    Re: Let's post some vintage fragrance pics

    Do you have a date for the ad? That might help place him.
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    Re: Meetup in Manhattan : Sunday July 17th

    That is amusing.

    I'm impressed by your sheer stamina. My nose would've shut down less than half-way through such a marathon.
  45. Re: Jean Marie Farina and the Eau de Cologne story

    from the linked page:

    "In 1721, Mme de Polignac and the Marquise de Nesle fought a famous duel over him."

    Wow -- I did not know women ever did this. He must've smelled really, really, really...
  46. Re: Jean Marie Farina and the Eau de Cologne story

    Gosh, I'd feel like the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Just too, too depraved, splashing a $200 EDC on my unwashed body.
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    Re: New No.5 Flanker Coming Sept. '16

    I really hope you'll all come back to post here when your bottles arrive. I'm very eager to hear your reactions.

    Personally, I think if they were trying to appeal to millenials they should've...
  48. Re: Jean Marie Farina and the Eau de Cologne story

    Loud and proud, Red! I do the same thing if I'm off work for a few days.... splash on some Declaration at bedtime, then bump it up in the morning with some Eau d'Hermes! If nothing else, I wind up...
  49. Re: A summer scent for a Bottega Veneta Eau Legere/ Daim Blond lover?

    +1, recommend EDP if you're getting the new version.
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    Re: NEW: Cartier Declaration d'Un Soir Intense

    Bummer. Oh, well -- money I don't have to spend.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Thanks to the generosity of the lovely Kumquat, today I'm wearing vintage Patou 1000, and possiby developing my first crush on an indolic white floral chypre.
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    Re: Meetup in Manhattan : Sunday July 17th

    Yes, pictures please! I want to see if Bavard wears a striped mariniere shirt!
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    Re: NEW: Cartier Declaration d'Un Soir Intense

    I'm a female who wears both d'un Soir and the original Declaration, and loves them both -- Soir for its rose and original for its cumin. How's the cumin level in this new Intense?
  54. Thread: Bath Powders

    by Cook.bot
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    Re: Bath Powders

    I've noticed those powders on eBay and wondered about them. Won't it have to be a synthetic mysore? I was under the impression that the Indian government had completely prohibited the use of...
  55. Thread: Bath Powders

    by Cook.bot
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    Re: Bath Powders

    Hear, hear! I live in a very hot humid climate and am utterly addicted to bath powders. I'm constantly bemoaning the fact that scent houses no longer make all the bath products they used to...
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    Re: Which One of the Les Exclusifs is the Best?

    Big thumbs on on 18 from me too, a strange scent and clearly not a crowd favorite. Just got a sample and it knocked me out. Would love to smell it on a male.

    Until this, I thought my fave was...
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    Re: Osmothèque celebrates 25 years!

    Thank you so much for posting this, hednic. Wonderful photos. I'd just about give a limb for some of that original Shocking and Bandit.
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    Re: 11 Samples came...give me patience

    I envy you smelling Yatagan for the first time. That's an experience I wish I could have over again. Just like I wish I could re-experience my first taste of a vintage Sauternes.

    There's...
  59. Re: $2,100 for empty Schiaparelli box?? Le Roy Soleil?

    From your lips to God's ears.

    I've managed to acquire three mini bottles of Shocking over the past several years, and treasure every precious skanky drop of it.
  60. Re: $2,100 for empty Schiaparelli box?? Le Roy Soleil?

    Huh. You must have Googling powers superior to mine. I couldn't find nuthin' on it.

    Re: the scent -- since it was Schiaparelli, I'll bet it was animalic. Skanky, even. Louis Quatorze, powdered...
  61. Re: $2,100 for empty Schiaparelli box?? Le Roy Soleil?

    Wow! And wow again. That bottle! I can't begin to imagine what price it would fetch, with the bottle, in that condition. And what must the juice have been like...

    Wasn't there a famous Dali...
  62. Re: E-Bay, vintage bottles and unscrupulous sellers - hopping mad

    So true. I've made over 1,000 purchases on eBay since 1999, and had maybe two really miserable experiences. Which is a considerably lower percentage of wackos than I have encountered in real life...
  63. Re: $2,100 for empty Schiaparelli box?? Le Roy Soleil?

    I'll bet you're right. The wide part of the clamshell must be at least 6"-7" across.




    Interesting. Hmmm. Salvador Dali = Surrealist. Elsa Schiaparelli famously hung out with Surrealists,...
  64. $2,100 for empty Schiaparelli box?? Le Roy Soleil?

    I'm always checking eBay for vintage Schiaparelli frags, and ran across this closed sale of an empty box which blew my mind, and might be of interest to others here.

    It's a Schiap I've never seen...
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    Re: TV Characters' fragrances

    Mister Ed = Hermes Equipage
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    Re: NEW: Galop d'Hermes

    Well, dang me. I always thought it was supposed to be a pocket compass. I used to have an antique one with a leather swivel cover that looked just like the Voyage bottle.

    Ugly name/bottle...
  67. Re: Perfumery connoisseurs ... as Luca Turin , Chandler Burr

    I notice that you and I are both in the Carolinas. Must be some po' buckra shreds remaining in our hearts (or noses).
  68. Re: Perfumery connoisseurs ... as Luca Turin , Chandler Burr

    I will definitely urge him, though I too am among those he often disparages. I don't mind; it's probably good to have my bubble punctured occasionally.



    Damn straight! <dabs some Forever...
  69. Re: Perfumery connoisseurs ... as Luca Turin , Chandler Burr

    Another +One for Jack Mason. Very NSFW blog, and his FruitDiet reviews here on BN are hilarious. My favorite line of his, in a review of Bal a Versailles:

    "I wore it to jail when I got a DUI and...
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    Re: Answer Every Question With A Question

    Would you like sugar or lemon with your certainty?
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    Re: Answer Every Question With A Question

    If a Stakhanovite is one who aims to increase personal productivity, would that not be the exact opposite of the cumulative effect of a thread such as this one?
  72. Re: Perfumery connoisseurs ... as Luca Turin , Chandler Burr

    I realize y'all are discussing criticism primarily within the frame of male fragrances here, but as a female English major I just had to weigh in. I frequent critic blogs/books first for the writing...
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Don Draper's xylophone player grieved.

    NMHJU
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    Re: Answer Every Question With A Question

    Wouldn't an Impressionist be more inclined to interpret than to philosophize?
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Brunettes reach a zenith lazily.


    KWQPH
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    Re: Answer Every Question With A Question

    Can't we agree that new arrivals are going to make some missteps?
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    Philistines! Well, maybe not, since they did recognize it as Dune...
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    That seems a very decent price... guess I just need to shop a bit more carefully.

    I saw your post about the bad fake. Heartbreaking I know, but I'll bet you'll laugh about it some day. Vintage...
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    Re: Let's post some vintage fragrance pics

    Wow. Just wow. I wish I could print all these pics out and create a reference catalog for myself.

    MonsieurMontana and Kumquat should join forces and open a scent museum together.
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    Re: TV Characters' fragrances

    That is so perfect.

    I'll bet if we re-watched we would spy some frags in the domestic scenes of Christopher and Adriana, too. They were fashion-obsessed.
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    Kotori, would you mind sharing what kind of price you paid, for what quantity? I've been looking at vintage on eBay and been shocked at prices. I got my vintage 50ml splash only a year or two ago,...
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    Re: Answer Every Question With A Question

    Can you retain a degree of privacy while cultivating a public profile?
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    Re: Theme Week 2016

    I'm going with the most literal interpretation of the theme, setting sail today for my journey with Voyage d'Hermes. Perhaps by tomorrow we'll be docking in Florida Waters.
  84. Re: If I 'friend' someone will I be notified when s/he posts new reviews?

    Either of these solutions would work beautifully for me. Mods -- if anyone is maintaining a Wish List of future BN improvements, maybe this could get added to it?
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    Re: A question for the ladies...

    I'm going to second Kumquat's recommendation of Cabochard, based on your liking of leather notes. It's inexpensive, it's now uncommon enough that you won't smell it everywhere, definitely not a a...
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    Re: Temptation of LARGER sizes...

    I am guilty of this kind of flawed thinking not only with perfumes, but with luxury foodstuffs as well. "This jar of imported olives is $8, but if I buy one I get another one completely free!" I'm...
  87. Re: Have you written your scent collection into your will?

    I LOVE this idea! And if I hadn't arranged to be cremated, I might specify one of those big old powerhouse 1980s frags that FruitDiet loves so much, and that I never had the chutzpah to wear in real...
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    Re: Willing to pay

    And yet you wear CK one Summer 2014. No doubt to enhance your street cred. :)
  89. Re: Syrian and Hellenistic Perfume/Incense Pieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Hat and Beard, since there's nothing in the photos to indicate scale, can you tell us how tall those glass perfume bottles were? I'm presuming they were quite tiny.
  90. Have you written your scent collection into your will?

    A recent thread started by Checkmate about insuring your fragrance collection engendered some very philosophical reflections on valuation and worth. (Good reading, if you haven't seen it. It's...
  91. Re: Do any of you have your fragrance collections insured?

    Redneck, I just wanted to thank you for this very reflective post, and to thank the OP for bringing up this subject. This is one of the most thought-inducing threads I've read in a long time.
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    Re: Polarised Magnet Caps

    I'm failing to understand what is so innovative about these. Is it just that they figured out how to magnetize aluminum?

    However, I'm now dying to see this product mentioned on the linked...
  93. Re: Syrian and Hellenistic Perfume/Incense Pieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Wow, those Grecian glass mosaic perfume bottles are gorgeous. And the techniques look so complex, it's hard to believe they're from the 1st Century B.C. Thanks for sharing these!
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    Re: Willing to pay

    Hmmm. Brand new member, first post. I have to wonder if you're doing some marketing research?
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    Re: TV Characters' fragrances

    ....Also worn by Mrs. Peel?

    :)
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    Re: TV Characters' fragrances

    Livia Soprano -- Dragon's Blood by Mama Bear
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    Re: TV Characters' fragrances

    Except that all the Sopranos were slaves to mass marketing hype and never exhibited a shred of originality in their tastes. Remember A.J. trying to impress his friends by bragging about his mother's...
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    Re: Zombie Killing Fragrance

    Weapon = Nunchucks
    Fragrance = Jade East
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    Dane, were you trying the men's or women's version of LP?
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite classic Lauder scent

    Aaaaaaannnnd heading into the clubhouse turn, it's Azuree by a nose, with Private Collection coming up on the rail......
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