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    Re: Blind buy Windsor?

    It all depends on how much money you have.

    -Slim
  2. Re: Is there a non-powdery straight up sandalwood frag?

    Cant have a sandalwood thread without mentioning Vibrant Violet's megathread and Mike's reformatted version:
    ...
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    Re: So I want to smell like a garden

    +1

    Excellent choice
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    Re: My newest addition...

    Where can I buy a batch that has the sideways cap? What batch number is that?
    :thumbsup:
    -Slim
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    Re: Tea for Two question

    Lots of people selling samples and decants of it here: http://scentsplits.wikidot.com/current-splits

    I like it a lot. Tea, chai spices, honey. Great lasting power.

    -Slim
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    Re: A fresh scent for when hitting the gym!

    The gym is not a place for wearing fragrances. I hate it when I am working out next to someone who is projecting cologne. I just want to breathe clean air when I am working out.

    -Slim

    Also:
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  7. Re: New Fragrance: The Different Company Oud for Love

    Wow, thanks AZsmells, it sounds nice. I'm not a huge oud fan, at least not the Montale variety, but this sounds interesting.

    TDC is such an odd house for me. I love Sel de Vetiver, but have not...
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    Re: Chanel Sycomore Initial Review

    Agreed. I would have a hard time choosing between the two if asked to pick a favorite vetiver. I love the smokey opening of Sycomore, and its balance of sweetness and sour. I think Encre Noir is...
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    Re: Polo Blue vs. D&G Light Blue?

    I assume you mean Light Blue for Men? The woman's edition is not bad, but I think the men's is one of the worst fragrance releases in the last 10 years. Shrill, grating, and nauseating. Unfortunately...
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    Re: How did I become a "super member" ?

    OP, we all voted and we just think you're super.

    -Slim
  11. Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Millesime Imperial to compliment small collection?

    Get decants of both to give you a better sense of how each wears over time. A 10ml decant would last a while, and really let you experience each fragrance in different settings without spending huge...
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    Re: New Haarlem -- Most Overrated Fragrance

    Thinly veiled racism, fat jokes, and misogyny throughout OP's postings. Nice.
    -Slim
  13. Re: Which male fragrances do women really, really hate?

    I think it is very hard to make generalizations about any group as diverse as women. Trying to do so generally makes people look ridiculous. I'm sure it varies by age, cultural group, location,...
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    Poll: Re: New Mugler A*Men Pure Shot

    News update: This went on sale briefly today and is now sold out. Forever.
  15. Re: Are any "Our Version of..." fragrances worth it?

    The problem with this is simple: If you are buying a copy of a mainstream fragrance, most can be found heavily discounted anyway so buying dupes doesn't really save you much unless you buy the really...
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    Re: Are Creeds worth it?

    If we all had the same exact income and the same exact taste in fragrances we could give you a unified answer.

    As it is, people have widely different views regarding Creed. Only you can make a...
  17. Re: A woody scent and no sweetness. any ideas?

    Monocle Scent One: Hinoki (2008)
    by Comme des Garçons For Monocle

    or...

    Wonderwood (2010)
    by Comme...
  18. Thread: Pure Malt

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    Re: Pure Malt 09 vs 10?

    Excellent.
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    Re: Should I buy this blind?

    I hear it will go on sale at the Mugler website tomorrow at 5pm.

    -Slim
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    Re: Where can I buy samples in the UK?

    This is true. I love those ladies at TPC, but the pricing is just insane. I have not bought from them in years.

    There are lots of samples available at the Crystal Flacon, and many of the sellers...
  21. Re: MuglerStoreUSA selling limited amount of Pure Coffee

    Well, that happens to me with every fragrance I have on the trade shelf. Yeah sure, I am absolutely going to trade you this bottle of vintage niche fragrance for your bottle of __insert $10 Marshals...
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    Re: pure malt vs new haarlem?

    Posting Pure Malt in your thread title is sure to garner more responses, so I would pick that.

    -Slim
  23. Re: Cheap perfumes that smell pricey almost niche quality?

    The correlation between niche/price/quality is overstated.
    I could name quite a few, but some easily available and high quality fragrances to start with might be:

    Bvlgari Black
    Dior Homme
    Caron...
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    Poll: Re: Givenchy Play Intense vs Givenchy Pi

    They both are terrible, but in different ways.

    -Slim
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    Re: Your favorite Pierre Bourdon creation

    Can we have this argument again? Please?
    I was just thinking the other day, " Gee, did we ever resolve the whole Oliver Creed VS. Piere Bourdon GIT question?" It's vital to this discussion that we...
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    Re: Your favorite Pierre Bourdon creation

    I find Bois d'Orage to be the most refined, complex, beautiful of those listed. It is more challenging than some of his earlier work, but I just love that bitter, pungent green.

    -Slim
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    Re: Pure Distance M

    Oh come on man, you've been around long enough to know that lists of notes are just another layer of marketing hype and often have a barely tenuous relationship to reality.

    In this case I trust my...
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    Re: Pure Distance M

    I really liked it until I started noticing the immortelle note. Between that and the cumin I just cant wear it. Even in minute doses I just can't stomach immorelle.

    I also want to echo SoS's...
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    Re: Nasomatto Duro! Who owns it?

    I own it, but rarely wear it these days. It's pretty exhausting. It's a huge beast, with few changes past the first few minutes. Wearing this can be like living next to a busy airport. Just a steady...
  30. Re: Christian Lacroix Absynthe Pour Homme What a Surprise!!!

    Great to read this. I haven't tried anything by Lacroix at all, but will need to investigate.
    Thanks Griff for posting something substantial to the otherwise enemic front page.
    -Slim
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    Re: TF Purple vs. Hindu Grass

    You might try Miller Harris' Terre de Bois.

    The EDP version is especially recommended.
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    Re: Your personal favorite cologe?

    Usually whatever I'm wearing at the moment.

    -Slim
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    Re: 15+ sprays of Gucci Guilty is killing me

    Hobbes,
    I'm thinking you've suffered the karmic retribution for you own strange and faulty logic here. I'm laughing at why on earth you would spray yourself with 15+ sprays of something you don't...
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    Re: NEW FRAGRANCE: C&S Vetiver Vert

    11435Hmmm. That bottle looks familiar...

    Adding green woody notes and citrus to Vetiver doesn't sound that revolutionary to me.
    Maybe I'm just tired of vetiver. C&S does put out great product...
  35. Re: Would it matter to you if other people couldn't smell your perfume, but you still could?

    I will offer a different analogy.
    Is listening to music through headphones a waste of time?

    -Slim
  36. Re: Your house is burning and you can only save one bottle of cologne...

    One bottle?
    Jack Daniels. My house burned down, so i will really need a drink.

    -Slim
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    Re: Anything similar to L'occitane Cade?

    I would absolutely purchase any fragrance endorsed by Lemmy.

    Regarding Cade, I loved the opening, but it seemed to fade really quickly to a generic woody amber thing, which I hated.
    I love Baie...
  38. Re: Where does this hobby end? Need words from the wise

    I think people find a couple different routs to take in this hobby.
    One is collecting bottles - some collectors place value on owning bottles of anything and everything. Folks on this end of the...
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    Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain

    I think he did and called it Lonestar Memories...

    Actually what you propose sounds great.

    -Slim
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    Re: Just blind bought Black XS..

    For me its the olfactory equivalent of wearing a big bright purple tie. Fun in the right situations, but otherwise difficult to handle.

    -Slim
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    Re: Why so much 'non-love' for Chrome?

    The argument that something must be "good" if it is popular is ridiculous.

    If you like it, fine. Wear it. But fragrances are subjective.

    Some people dislike anything popular.
    Some people...
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    Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    This thread answers all: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/284744-The-NEW-Best-Sandalwood-thread-%28Vibrant_Violet-s-thread-re-formatted

    Thanks to MikeP for putting this together.

    -Slim
  43. Re: Just wore TWENTY sprays of EROLFA out, smell went away in an hour + Review of Jaguar for Men

    My experience also.

    -Slim
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    Re: If I like Ambre Sultan...

    You live in Portland, so you should visit The Perfume house (if you have not already). Just let them know that you are interested in amber based fragrances and they will lead you around. They carry...
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    Poll: Re: A Chanel "VS" thread

    Exactly, it's like asking which of the three worst Beatles albums I like best.

    -Slim
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    Poll: Re: A Chanel "VS" thread

    There are other by Chanel that I would much rather own.
    The ones on your list are all about equal in value, to my nose.

    -Slim
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    Re: Pheromone product plus helmut Lang edt

    Helmut Lang smells great.

    Pheromone products smell like desperation.

    -Slim
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    Re: I am besotted with myself ... and in fear

    Welcome Linter,
    Ah, rural RI. During the 90's I drove through Rhode Island more times than I can count. And I remember playing a few shows up there, one in some funky roller skating rink. Weird...
  49. Thread: New Here!

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    Re: New Here!

    Hi Ed, and welcome to Basenotes.

    I think you found out the number one rule already; sample, sample, and sample. At this point I sample about 30-40 fragrances for every one I purchase. I have no...
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    Re: Your top 5 winter and fall fragrances

    Fall: Rainy, earthy, green, darker and colder but not enough for a warm jacket. Leather jacket weather.

    1. Annick Goutal - Les Nuits d'Hadrien
    2. Bvlgari –Black
    3. Creed - Creed Cyprès Musc
    4....
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    Re: women seems to prefer aquatics.

    Nice that we think we can make generalizations about an entire gender. So helpful.

    -Slim
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    Re: The Perfume Gun by Frédéric Malle

    Yes Mike, that does seem ridiculous, but I'm right there with you. Of course I would never waste them spraying them in the air...
    I bet they are stronger than some of the EDTs in the Malle...
  53. Thread: Legendary!

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    Re: Legendary!

    Aside from the Chanel and Guerlain's most of these are just legendary here on Basenotes. I guess I just reject the notion of personal "legendary" fragrances. Legends are made through time and...
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    Poll: Re: How popular is Creed SMW?

    Very slim.

    -Slim
  55. I find a new Holy Grail about every other week....

    I find a new Holy Grail about every other week.
    This week it is Chanel's Cuir de Russie. Simply an amazing leather.

    -Slim
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    Re: Luckyscent sample binge - your thoughts?

    Nice!. A really good selection.
    I've been resisting such a splurge. I find that I enjoy sampling a lot. I really have little interest in owning bottles these days, just because I lose interest at...
  57. Re: A whole meal smell that you wish you could wear as a cologne?

    This thread reminds me of the Dinner By Bobo phase here at Basenotes several years ago. Now that is a truly strange fragrance. It seemed like that...
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    Re: New A*Men Flanker available in Canada

    I'm still waiting for the elusive C*Men...

    -Slim
  59. Miller Harris Terre de Bois: EDT or EDP? Which do you prefer?

    I am really enjoying my sample of Miller Harris' Terre de Bois, the EDT version. Its herbal, green, earthy, and just all around excellent.
    Has anyone tried both enough to compare the two? Everyone...
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    Re: Serge Lutens: Fumerie Turque-- My Review

    Hey Indie,
    My love for Fumerie Turque is well established, so I'm glad you found this gem. A couple winters past I think I wore this one almost every day. It is such a comfort scent for me....
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    Re: Puredistance M - Beauty And The Beast

    I liked parts of this fragrance, but the imortelle (spell check wants to change that word to "tortellini" lol) note killed it for me.
    Otherwise it was pretty pleasant. But that's a weird note, and...
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    Re: I Have Been Cursed by the Fragrance Gods!

    Ah, the skunk smell.
    Like 10 years ago before my wife and I were married she left on a trip, entrusting me with the welfare of her wonderful white terrier. We lived on the edge of a redwood forest...
  63. Thread: Pure Malt

    by SlimPickins
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    Re: Pure Malt available 8/29??

    Sorry folks, I think I'm going to buy them all as an investment.

    -Slim
  64. Re: Any recommendations for an Almond based scent?

    Its good. Strong almond note, and an overall very nice fragrance. Pretty sweet, while retaining the whole ADP lightness thing.
    As Mike says, it can be a bit pricey, but you can find some bottles...
  65. Re: Did Thierry Mugler really need to bump NINE threads to tell us Pure Malt is returning?

    You haven't lived until you've spent a week of your life trying to subsist entirely on single malt scotch. I had a good excuse. Really.
  66. Re: Did Thierry Mugler really need to bump NINE threads to tell us Pure Malt is returning?

    Can we please get back to discussing Moschino Friends?

    Are they rereleasing it? How much will it cost?!

    Will it get me compliments?

    How can I be sure that I don't buy one of the hundreds of...
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    Re: Creed Frag for 15 yr old

    Sample first. Thank us later.
    Here are a couple excellent places to find samples of anything you want, including Creed. Ordering from either of these places will be cheaper than Perfumed Court.
    The...
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    Re: ANOTHER AVENTUS STORY......with a twist

    +1

    -Slim
  69. Re: Which perfume is close to the " Jean patou pour homme"

    None. Sorry.
    Please consider using the search function.


    -Slim
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    Re: Miel de Bois - Help me with this one!

    Try also The Perfume House in Portland, Oregon. They had it last time I was in there.
    http://www.theperfumehouse.com/index.cfm?do=detail&productLineID=183&ManufacturerID=118&categoryID=4

    -Slim
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    Re: Helmut Lang Cuiron

    The only thing I like about Cuiron is that I bought a bunch of bottles before it was discontinued and made a bunch off cash later.

    Actually, I don't actively dislike Cuiron, I think I just got...
  72. Re: Game - Choose the Tomorrow's SOTD of the person above you

    bOn3z, I think you need to wear Creed's Original Vetiver tomorrow. An relief in the North Jersey summer climate. Enjoy!

    It's going to be 80f and beautiful here tomorrow, so choose me something...
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    Re: Fans of Acqua Di Parma Colonia

    This stuff is wonderful in the summer. Sunshine in a bottle.
    I find that it projects pretty well and I get 4-6 hours from it no problem - much better than most fragrances of this genre.

    -Slim
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    Re: Knize Ten for a young lad like me?

    You are not allowed to wear K10 until you are 35.
    Sorry.
    Until then it will smell bad. Then it will smell amazing.

    Anyone under 35 who currently owns a bottle should send it to me immediately.
    ...
  75. Re: END OF THE WORLD = 09/2011!? Reformulation of dior homme intense..

    I imagine that they are going to neuter the floral elements of the original. Just a guess.

    People complain about the iris being too feminine, and associate it with makeup, lipstick, etc.
    I just...
  76. Re: Just Finished My Allure Homme Sport....Whats Next??

    If you think Allure Home Sport is the best fragrance ever, just buy it again.
    Don't ask us what to buy. How can we know what your tastes are?
    Go test the ones suggested.

    -Slim
  77. Re: Musc Ravageur...How and where to get it cheaply

    http://scentsplits.wikidot.com/current-splits

    some available here at times

    -Slim
  78. Re: Le Labo........much ado about nothing.....

    I think of good grammar in much the same way that I think of good customer service; important if you want people to buy what you are selling.

    -Slim
  79. Re: How is Carthusis Uomo for a niche aquatic scent?

    I think anything with a hint of Calone/seaweed note is now classified as aquatic or marine, which can be misleading as is the case here with Uomo.
    I sampled Uomo and was not impressed enough to buy...
  80. Re: Which is the Best of them PI vs le male vs rochas man vs a*men vs joop

    +1

    Pi is a mess.
  81. Re: What Five Fragrances Should Be Avoided Like The Plague

    None.

    Everyone should try everything.

    -Slim
  82. Re: Wall of Fame and Shame: Good and Poor Customer Service

    Aedes has always been excellent.
    Malle has been great also.

    -Slim
  83. Re: 10 Fragrances that every new Basenotes member should sample...

    Oh man, I completely agree on Dzing!, Timbucktu, New York, Avignon, and probably a few others...
    Will need to revise or expand the list.

    -Slim
  84. 10 Fragrances that every new Basenotes member should sample...

    OK, Imagine a guy who is fairly new to fragrances, and stumbles onto Basenotes.
    He has visited his local department store and sniffed around. He has braved Sephora or the local equivalent. And now...
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    Re: A bottle from Montale leaked in transit

    Montale's customer service is absolutely first class. Every account on this board has been overwhelmingly positive.
    The world would be a better place if all companies provided such good customer...
  86. Re: New here, and my fragrence bottle is empty

    You might like Lanvin L'Homme Sport. It's a great herbal aquatic/fresh frag, found cheaply almost anywhere. I got mine at Marshall's for like $14.99.
    Here is Kerosene's youTube review:...
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    Re: Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil: Base accord?

    I think it's the vetiver in the base. That particular chemical that he used (no clue what it is) lasts forever.
    I have had that same experience with that fragrance. The base is a lovely, dry, almost...
  88. Thread: gym scent

    by SlimPickins
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    Re: gym scent

    1. I think there are places where it is not a good idea to wear fragrances. The gym is one.
    2. None

    -Slim
  89. Common mistakes that novices make. A list in progress...

    Hello All,

    I thought I would start a thread here for those who are just starting out. I see so many people who are new to fragrances making the same mistakes, then regretting them later, I thought...
  90. Re: Game - Choose the Tomorrow's SOTD of the person above you

    Alright Halo, really nice wardrobe. I almost suggested a number of different things, but finally decided on Miller HarrisFeuilles de Tabac. I think it will really shine in that cold weather. Every...
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    Re: Good second cologne for summer

    You are looking for Green Irish Tweed

    -Slim
  92. Re: Men's Cologne Recommendation Please: Dry Green Animalic

    BANDIT.
    So dry you can choke on it.

    or perhaps Vertiver Extrordinaire - Also very dry, but in a different way.

    -Slim
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    Re: What award would you give Bleu de CHanel.

    +1

    Fragrance Most Indicative of the Decline of a Once Great Fragrance House?

    Actually I am sure there are others that might win that award. There are even other Chanels that might win that...
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    Re: Looking for a first fragrance

    I would be careful with LaMale in hot weather and enclosed spaces. It can be strong and a bit cloying in heat or an office setting. Some folks love it, but I just find it sort of exhausting to wear....
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    Re: CDG, Rochas, Margiela

    They are not descriptive terms, though they get used that way. Designer and niche are definitions. In business terms the word niche pertains to a company that produces products within a certain...
  96. Poll: Re: Disappointing findings looking for a wedding Day Frag w/Poll

    For work and the office, wear Aventus.

    For your wedding, wear Carnal Flower.

    -Slim
  97. Re: Can someone recommend me an empty atomizer?

    I buy all my atomizers from this ebay seller: http://shop.ebay.com/lynnsy123/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25
    She has good prices, fast shipping, and can combine orders to reduce shipping costs....
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    Re: Sample of the Day - May 2011

    Thanks to all for a great thread. A good read.

    @cello, brave of you to buy something just for the bottle, especially with the words Immortelle in the title. No single note can ruin a fragrance...
  99. Re: Turin & Sanchez -- A Little Book of Perfumes

    As TS says, it should be called, " A Hundred Fragrances We Found Exceptional When We Compared Them to Over 1,800 Other Things Going at That Time."
    I think that name would be fine and descriptive. ...
  100. Visiting lost bottles in my own collection

    So the weather has been nicer this week, finally getting some sun after a very rainy spring. I usually struggle with fragrances for warmer weather, tending to enjoy spicy rich oriental stuff rather...
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