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    Re: Profumo: Team Two's sampling impressions

    I don't usually choose rose-centered scents, but I do enjoy rose in supporting notes, so it is no surprise that I start to groove with Rose Des Bois when, after around twenty minutes, the fresh,...
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    Re: Profumo: Team Two's sampling impressions

    Karo Karounde, yes Purplebird, I too smell honey/urine. Also something hay-like and a sour smell that mades me think of tannic, citrus, molasses smell of tamarind. I love tamarind to eat, but not...
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    Re: Profumo: Team Two's sampling impressions

    I'm chiming in after living for a few days with my batch of samples. First Lakeflower. I sprayed on a lot of this. First a rush of mixed, strong spices -- a little disorienting because I couldn't...
  4. Re: The evolution of kissing partly rooted in smell

    That's really fascinating, Purplebird, but how would that explain our (bn'ers) typical penchant for alternately wearing a variety of scent-types (one day favoring amber-patchouli, one day something...
  5. Re: Nuit de Cellophane is in front of my nose, and.....

    I'm smelling it right now, 30 minutes in and am freaking out -- want to wash it off badly. I love Sarrasins though it's too indolic for me to wear comfortably, and this is very different. Sarrasins...
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    Re: Yummy Peachy, Plummy Lactones

    One I've just tried (and that was very positively noted in the new Turin/Sanchez update) was AdP's Profumo, a transparent, complex, modern-retro very plummy chypre. I love it, but find it quite...
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    Re: woody/gourmand but without the toothache

    Mauboussin, Felanilla, richly gourmand, ambery-fruity and vanille-safran-wood, neither too sweet to my taste. Bois d'Armenie: very rich ambery balsamic, not exactly sweet. Un Bois Vanille --...
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    Re: La Via del Profumo's samples -- Impressions

    Wow, I'm loving these descriptions, Aiona and Quarry. Can't wait!
  9. Re: Why weren't Jean Patou Perfumes more popular?

    I wear Sublime sometimes. Love the bottle.
  10. Re: New York Maple Syrup Smell Mystery SOLVED! (it's fenugreek!!)

    The neighborhood of Tribeca in new york used to smell strongly of pepper, clove and mace, I think, or some similar spice, for blocks and blocks. It was an evocative, local thing that was finally...
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    Re: Best/worst name of a perfume?

    Orion, I agree about Gobin-Daude. I've never tried any of them and don't think I'd mind without those fey, poetic names!

    As opposed to "I Am King" -- I could only stand that on a woman -- and...
  12. Re: Has anyone sampled/purchased PG Drama Nuii

    I liked my sample of Drama Nuii enough to wear at my birthday party this year. As sucrose says, it's a bitter-green (absinthe) take on a white floral -- it's got a great yin-yang thing going -- and...
  13. Re: Sex Smells: Odor, Sexuality, and the Erotic Imaginary

    Thanks for posting this Marcello, I enjoyed it. It's really fascinating to realize that our olfactory impressions (which seem so primitive and indescribable to so many) are so culturally (and...
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    Re: Do rose + citrus = peach?

    It is! Doesn't get a lot of attention that I've seen but I'm loving it -- exactly "lovely" and feminine without being wispy or sweetly delicate. Might have to get more, but I think it might be...
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    Re: Your favorite character's scent!

    Theodora -- now that would make a great name for a perfume. Has one ever ever existed?
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    Re: Your favorite character's scent!

    Back to catwoman: I do vote for Julie Newmar and imagine her in Dzing.

    For my lifelong girl-crush inspiration, Jane Eyre: Iris Taizo. Cool/warm, earthbound yet extravagant, and full of sexy...
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    Re: Your favorite character's scent!

    odysseusm -- I'm impressed with your dedication to acknowledging female talent and I will definitely check out the Dearie tunes. Shirley Horn is a big favorite of mine -- I think of her voice as...
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    Re: Fragrance & Men?

    My husband has always worn something (and he's -- at least ostensibly -- straight.) Antaeus, then Sables and as of this year lots of good things that he chooses from the dozens of samples I...
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    Re: Do rose + citrus = peach?

    You're right, of course -- it's just the Profumo -- it is peachy somehow. But I just tested Rosine Un Zeste de Rose -- mostly lemon/rose and there's nothing peach-like about it. So went back and...
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    Re: What Perfume makes Men take notice?

    My husband likes me in amber/patch/orientals. He likes Mauboussin, Coromandel, Patchouli Leaves. He has also liked Eau Illuminee -- Delrae (tart and green). Unfortunately, I have never had another...
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    Re: LesNez Manoumalia - Reviews

    Got mine -- wanted to love it but....don't. At all.

    I hate to give such a flat report after Helg's really insightful and persuasive review. I love ylang in some perfumes but don't even really...
  22. Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, February 7, 2009 ★★★ ANIMALIC

    Okay, I'm piggybacking with Bal a Versailles -- really like the complicated, mid-century vibe on this. And by the time family gets home from basketball I'll be smelling like mom and not animal...
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    Re: Do rose + citrus = peach?

    Dimples, I hadn't thought of the color correspondence. Let me know how your experiment turns out.
  24. Re: Nearest I get to perfume compliment from my husband!

    My guy loves perfume --his. Occasionally I get a compliment -- seems to happen mostly when I douse myself in Coromandel or Mauboussin, both heavy hitters. Maybe that's because he's already...
  25. Re: Please help me find rose and cedarwood scents!

    Great thread, I'm rushing to try Incense Rose. I just tried Rose Flamenca, Rosine's woody rose, (thanks Quarry!) and loved it. What it made me realize is that I like "furry, comfy" woody roses and...
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    Do rose + citrus = peach?

    Just tried some Acqua di Parma's Profumo, a chypre in which no peach is listed. At first I hated it -- I have trouble with chypres sometimes -- but then fell in love what seems to me to be a very...
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    Re: Match a perfume to this poem

    Okay, it's quite a challenge to find a perfume to correspond to Correspondences! This is the kind of thing that could trouble a bn'er for weeks, with every little sample dug out for retesting. I'll...
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    Re: Match a perfume to this poem

    The thing about Black Oud is that I think it may fit Baudelaire's persona in general well: the counterpoint of oud's austerity with the lusher components.
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    Re: Match a perfume to this poem

    Hey, Nostalie -- great game, great poem! I had fun reciting it out loud (over my anti-oxidant green tea) this morning. (And your tag line beneath is a very funny riposte to C.B, I think.)

    As for...
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    Re: Luxurious Darkness?

    Encre Noire is strikingly dark (everything my husband wears seems to be called "black" something) but very cold. I respect it, but don't find it very inviting. Eau Noire, which he wears often, is...
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    Re: LesNez Manoumalia - Reviews

    Still waiting here, too. Now I'm impatient -- "late Siberian spring" sounds exciting.
  32. Re: Tobacco,spicy frag. like from the old jazz bar rooms full of cigar smoke

    Okay, Helg, I'm sensing a detour to New London today on my way home from gym.

    I'm a tobacco queen. I've raved on these boards before about Profumo it.'s incredible Tabac to which Turin gave 4...
  33. Re: Should I offer fragrance with my presentation? (I'm thinking "no.")

    Belated kudos, Quarry! I can't even imagine the work that went into creating that stunningly beautiful landscape. Glad you guys are celebrating your 30th with new stars in your eyes. I would have...
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    Re: Diptyque Philosykos: My first niche.

    This is weird, but I usually wear it while hiking. Now, I really shouldn't wear anything, because the mountain smells around me, are better that anything you could bottle. But it works with the...
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    Re: Diptyque Philosykos: My first niche.

    Yes, ripe figs are! Very hard to find them truly ripe in NYC. I agree that Diptyque's fig smells fresh and under-ripe.
  36. Re: Ladies I've got a ( guy's niche) question for you!

    I like Eau Noire, Sables, Un Bois Vanille and Black on my husband. He also wears Encre Noire, which is okay but I love it less. I love Eau de Baux but it's short-lived and he won't wear it. We...
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    Re: Shalimar Light

    Just tried it. I agree, it's related but quite different in style, sort of summery. Light, indeed, yet extremely long-lasting. My husband loved it.
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday 20 january 2009

    Iris Taizo -- one of my favorites for an incredible, uplifting day!

    Happy Birthday Jillsy!
  39. Re: Never thought I should meet allergic people...

    My best friend -- I've known her for 37 (gulp) years and she is the least psychosomatic person I know -- can't wear most kinds of make-up without getting blinding headaches and rashes and has the...
  40. Thread: Attrape-Coeur

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    Re: Attrape-Coeur

    I had tried it over the summer and pretty much dismissed it as too violet-sweet. Sort of candied and uninteresting. Just retried it last week and fell in love. Now looking for a decant! To me it...
  41. Re: "you're like...the best smelling teacher ever"

    I was a teacher for years -- that's a killer compliment!
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    Re: what is your favorite perfume house?

    Parfumerie Generale, Chanel, and lately Guerlain.
  43. Re: Looking for a classy citrus (not Eau Sauvage)...

    FM Bigarade Concentree is one of my favorites -- it's pretty unisex -- and I wear it almost every day. I can do that because it's so short-lived on me that before lunch I am ready to spray something...
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    Re: Madini oils, need help!

    Caribou, I'm curious -- what do you layer it with?
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    Re: Madini oils, need help!

    Okay, opposite take: I don't like Alma de Alma or Sahara, and do enjoy the Shalimar-esque Olive Flowers. And I find Ambergris to be weird and "potent" but also quite great. It smells like smoke,...
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    Re: One-Whiff Wonders and Mood Changers

    I get an instant lift from Bigarade Concentree, but only when it's cold out. It doesn't work for me in hot weather.
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    Re: Marigolds (tagetes) in fragrance

    Marigold is strange. I recently sampled Montale's potent "Oeillet d'Inde" which is identified as an aoud/ carnation fragrance; in fact, that translates as "marigold". I really liked it and wanted...
  48. Re: Excellent online resource - essential oils natural and synthetic

    Yes, this is great, thanks!
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    Re: Odor, sexuality, and the erotic imaginary

    And I third that!
  50. Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    I had my husband sniff Mauboussin -- he loves it, and added "the best part is no flowers". Unfortunately for me, he really rejects obvious floral notes, and is much more of an...
  51. Re: Ca Sent Beau -- is the "relaunched" version different?

    I can't wait to try it.

    I wonder how they let the marketing get so messy -- there is also a Kenzo called "Le monde est beau".
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    Re: Today I bought ... JANUARY 2009 PURCHASES

    Just bought Histoire d'Eau unsniffed. It was cheap, but still....
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    Re: Ambre de Cabochard or Belle en Rykiel

    I own B en R -- it's an interesting amber perfume that has nothing animalic about it. Strong lavender and some coffee in there. It's got amber richness combined with the silvery, bracing quality of...
  54. Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, January 3, 2009 ★★★ ORIENTALS

    Mauboussin for me.
  55. Re: Ca Sent Beau -- is the "relaunched" version different?

    That makes sense. Kumquat, do you remember it? I think Turin described it as a tangerine fougere -- does that make sense to you? What I got was nothing like that.
  56. Re: Ca Sent Beau -- is the "relaunched" version different?

    Thanks all -- I've been wondering about minis. This one came from an odd seller so maybe it was just off. Unfortuntely the sample at TPC is something like $18 so it's almost worth it to go ahead a...
  57. Re: Help me pick out a fragrance for a first date

    I vote for Antaeus, too. Or, if you can stand to, New Harlem, which I would find very sexy on a first date. And, 3rd date-wise, I personally can't stand MR, which I unfortunately own, even though I...
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    Re: Help me continue my Iris insanity!

    Even more "two cents" on iris: We both adore Iris Taizo, GB, so I think you would really appreciate the drydown on 31 rue Cambon which is to my nose is very similar -- warm, intensely vegetal iris,...
  59. Re: Ca Sent Beau -- is the "relaunched" version different?

    Maybe I should do a blind buy. Perfume Addict, did you find it to be mainly citrus or did the white flowers predominate? And did you agree that it was a better version of Gaultier classique? ...
  60. Ca Sent Beau -- is the "relaunched" version different?

    I was intrigued by the rave on this in Turin/Sanchez -- they called it an ideal tangerine version of Gaultier Classic, and as that was one of my daily perfumes in the 90's I had to give the Kenzo a...
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    Re: Boozy scent recommendations?

    Mauboussin, which I wear from time to time, smells a lot like coke to me (the brown, drinkable kind) before the drydown so this may be an element of the booziness -- the association with coke as a...
  62. Re: Should I offer fragrance with my presentation? (I'm thinking "no.")

    I vote for 30 Roses' idea as well. Because there are unfortunately a lot of anti-frag people out there and they will be mollified by getting to avoid the scent table while others enjoy their...
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    Re: Steampunks and perfume

    I think Encre Noire is a good idea. Cold and earthy, both, plus there's the retro vibe of ink. Also, my suggested alternative to No. 88 which I don't really enjoy is my new love, Dyptique's Eau...
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    Re: Question for the Females

    I stopped wearing perfume when I was pregnant after wearing it every day for twenty years. Didn't go back to it until my child was about six, because I didn't want it on her. Now I'm on this board!...
  65. Re: He says floor wax. (Chinatown) What makes that scent?

    It's funny, I think I smell it in Shalimar.
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    Re: Caron Recommendations Women's

    I liked Parfum Sacre, and did smell the rose, but was disappointed by its short duration. I am a bit of a scent-eater, so maybe it's just me. Do other people find it quite fleeting?
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    Re: what is a perfume for dandy?

    As someone who is not a dandy but finds them fun to look at I weigh in with: Eau Lente. Runner up: Eau Noire.
  68. Re: Ava Luxe scents: Which are the most 'masculine'?

    Cafe Noir is probably mostly a masculine.
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    Re: Two silly and unrelated questions

    I haven't felt satisfied by perfume carnations as yet. The real thing is greener and fluffier to my nose somehow, whereas the clove we get has a dense spice smell. I'll have to sniff L'A du T again...
  70. Thread: Skanky?

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    Re: Skanky?

    Does cumin count? Or is that just "sweaty"?
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    Re: It's just not "me" perfumes

    Coco was my signature scent when I was in my twenties. Wore it every day for six years, even in the skanky NYC summer. When I try it on now it seems outrageously dense and theatrical. Totally not...
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    Re: SotD Monday 22 December-08

    Liz Zorn Ankhara
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    Re: Hey Guys..recs for "incense" fragrances????

    http://www.profumo.it/

    If you do want to try the Hindu Kush, Profumo (a member of BN) is in Italy.

    I second the Heeley's Cardinal -- lemony, lovely and my second favorite after Hindu Kush.
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    Re: Amber Gris.......got to have it!

    I seriously love the bottle. Tesla, I'd be interested to read your review. Somewhere I thought I read a negative on it, so wrote off sampling.
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    Re: Hey Guys..recs for "incense" fragrances????

    Profumo's Hindu Kush. Smells like incense and all the live, resinous stuff that goes into it.
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    Re: Shalimar Concentrations?

    Okay, thanks guys -- this is truly an amazing board. I think I'll sample the EdP first. I don't love civet, and seem to like castoreum, so it will be interesting to try to suss this out.
  77. Re: Boucheron (pour femme) -- where to get a sample?

    Just got my envelope! Quarry, you're a peach -- thank you! Sniffing already....
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    Shalimar Concentrations?

    This is such a basic question that I hesitate to pose it but here goes: I recently re-sniffed the EdT for the first time in two decades and thought, huh. Why did I ignore this for so long, it's...
  79. Re: The 2nd Annual Official Michael Storer Winter Star Test Sample Discussion Thread

    Never having smelled this, can anyone say what makes it skanky? Musk skank? Cumin? Indoles? I'm very intrigued by the "snowy winter night" image -- it's snowing like crazy in NYC right now -- but...
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    Re: I went and bought that "Vulva" perfume

    Well you guys are funny. My husband has been looking up as I've read this saying "how could you be laughing about perfume?"
  81. Re: Knize Two - a long forgotten white floral beauty...?

    This is interesting to me -- I've been thinking a lot about taming white florals these days. My personal experience is that I have an easier time with jasmine scents where the jasmine is strongly...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 18 December

    Parfum de Therese.
  83. Re: New Serge Lutens scent in Jan '09 - Nuit de Cellophane

    I really like the name. I have a childish fascination with cellophane and I love the sound of the word. Like trigrushka, I am still longing to be charmed by an osmanthus scent. The bummer is my...
  84. Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    Okay, Beach Roses I'm going to look for these -- haven't tried any of them.

    Recounting, it seems that there's actually more weight toward like, even love, than dislike, but people tend to be...
  85. Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    Well, thanks all. I guess the conclusion I have to draw is that WF are totally hit or miss with straight guys, and possibly more popular with gay ones. And that it's probably easier to wear them if...
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    Re: Vetiver frags - question

    Where can I find the EN for $45? I've been waiting for it to come to Aedes where it's lots more. Want to give it for Christmas!
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    Re: Le Labo Rose 31 vs CS 88

    Just my 2 cents -- I only sampled 88 once, recently, and thought it smelled like organic shop perfume. I didn't hate it, but it had that vibe to me. Strong dusty rose, and I thought lots of...
  88. Re: What's your most "old lady" scent? (Or, what are you afraid of?)

    That's interesting. I have strong reactions to powder, but for me it's not that literal. My (very young) mother, always wore body powder. On a primitive level powder says "naked body" to me. It...
  89. Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    I like that "powerful introvert" idea. I guess "not overdoing" as Ruggles suggests would at least help me feel less conspicuous when wearing my two w.f.'s which are Amoureuse and Fleur de Cassie. ...
  90. Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    Do you like any white-flowery, indolic scents, a la Carnal Flower, Joy, etc? (To wear or on others.) My DH loathes them and now I'm wondering, does this reflect a typical male reaction or is it...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 16 December

    Amoureuse -- dissonant. Big bunch of white florals and greens while it's snowing outside.
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    Re: Bulgari Black Question

    I think this isn't so hard to find cheap so maybe you want to buy a mini first? They are very easy to find on Ebay. My DH loves this but this is the guy who wore Sables every day for 20 years! Do...
  93. Re: Boucheron (pour femme) -- where to get a sample?

    Quarry, you are truly the scent-fairy. Thank you!
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    Re: ISO E Super as an Intensifier

    Yes, fascinating thread. I am wondering, though, can we draw any pragmatic conclusions yet about scents to avoid in the interest of sparing our friends allergic reactions? Should we avoid non...
  95. Thread: Going Green

    by Chestnut
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    Re: Going Green

    M&B Green, Green, Green is an intense and unusual scent. I liked it on the hottest, stickiest days last summer, when it seemed like the only wearable perfume. Turin and Sanchez say it smell like...
  96. Boucheron (pour femme) -- where to get a sample?

    I've seen it raved about and would like to try it (not that I need another sample in my bag, but....) Can't get it on TPC and they don't have it at Sephora -- is it discontinued?
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    Re: Any scents with gas accords?

    Your daughter sounds adorable. Mine (turning nine) rolls her eyes at my obsession, although she always begs for the cute mini bottles to play with. If she fell in love with a perfume it would have...
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    Re: Behold - The Immortelle Thread!

    Eau Noire is currently my DH's favorite and when he wears it I'm very happy. It's complicatedly herbal/spicy and also cold/creamy in a really luxurious way. One can smell immortelle, but I find it...
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    Re: Sotd, Monday, December 15

    Bigarade Concentre layered on L'occitane Delightful cream (honey/lemon). Trying to make the BC last longer on cream. Might be working a bit and it's a great combination.
  100. Thread: Woody Violets

    by Chestnut
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    Re: Woody Violets

    Today I just received my sample of Stephen Jones from Lucky Scent. Had forgotten what it was supposed to be, dabbed some on, and VIOLETS. So I had to rush back here to report. It's somehow a...
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