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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Happy Birthday ZC
    My SOTE will be Occur! from Avon

    My SOTD is Diorella
    First time trying this vintage EDT sample. Loving the opening fizzy lemon-limey blast and the cool green florals it...
  2. Re: Vintage geek opinions about bottle age and sweet spot, please.

    Funny! OK I guess I was getting too nerdy, but here’s my daughter’s favorite shirt -
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    I’d guess that all perfumes follow an arc of maturity, but not all fragrances improve with age. So the trick is to try to determine when that approximate apex occurs assuming, because of variation...
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    Oh.....Joy!!!
    Eau de Joy, that is. This is a lovely vintage sample from grayspoole. I'm entranced - such an unexpected, dimensional bouquet of mature and young blossoms - jasmine, rose, and...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Scratching an Avon itch - looking for pleasing, well-preserved fragrances that give my budget some breathing room.

    Haiku (2001) 2002 bottle. Light citrus floral. At first spray seems pleasant -...
  6. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    I was very impressed with the Givenchy lll today. The Insense sounds nice. Haven't tried as many Givenchys as I'd like to yet.
  7. Re: Today in Providence Place Mall, a new store selling vinatges , discontinued Fragrance!

    Anyone aware of any in the Pacific Northwest? This sounds like a recurring dream I have.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Thanks Cook.bot and Diddy for the notes. So if I were to seek this I should look for Halston Distributors then.

    Funny about packing the scents up and bringing them home. Perhaps there is one...
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    Givenchy lll - first time trying this sample form grayspoole -
    Wow! What is happening?
    Fresh bright green at the top shimmers into gentle sweetish spice that gets wrapped into a translucent sphere...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    So please comment on the Z-14. There is some talk about this perfumer's work and the presence of an umami note. Very curious of your impressions.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Faberge Aphrosidia -
    Smells good...er, bad...um, naughty. In good shape considering the age. Getting bergamot and neroli at top for sure, softening to a combined sweet/spicy floral with underlying...
  12. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    I've just received an enlightening group of vintage samples from grayspoole.
    I have been wanting to try these scents and am so excited to get to do so.

    The samples are-

    Diorella EDT,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I would read/watch that!
    You know he might be a Basenotes member - sitting on his veranda drinking wine, reading through posts and chuckling to himself.
    OK I’m stopping now, but the possibilities...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Very nice. Such a beautiful fragrance. Lucky wife, thoughtful husband.
  15. Re: Nifty USPS tool showing all mail and packages (perfume!) coming to your home

    I love it too and find the only downside for me is sometimes I will check for packages and get a little frowny face if there aren't some coming soon, conversely I can get very cheerful at the though...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    APHRODISIA cologne by Faberge, bottle c. 1950-60
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  17. Nifty USPS tool showing all mail and packages (perfume!) coming to your home

    There's a great tool from the United States Postal Service that allows you to see what is coming to your mailbox. You can sign up - just google USPS Informed Delivery to do so. I get a daily digest...
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    This is a great thread. I wish it could be stickied and the title updated each month as I feel a no buy coming on (out of necessity) and need to be able to access the thread at a moments notice -...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Yes, his personal story is intriguing. My cravings for Private Collection has me wanting to seek his other stuff. The comment about MSG is interesting because MSG is used to give food umami - give...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    This bottle replaces the same early 60’s bottle I inherited from my mother. Finally had to accept that the last inch or so in my mom’s bottle is no longer wearable.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    SOTE - Mystere D’Orsay
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Please let us know!
    Interesting about Yatagan. It is so polarizing. I've been having a love affair with Private Collection lately because of the crunchy green I get at the top and have been...
  23. Re: Vintage geek opinions about bottle age and sweet spot, please.

    Dang it!! I was just making a post and had picked out a bunch of quotes from all these great responses to this question and then the system just blanked out my posting box so...

    I just wanted to...
  24. Re: Perfume oils, body oils, body and bath oils - how, when, where?

    OK - I’ve found some Avon perfume oil (not strictly bath oil) and want to try your idea about mixing with the shower gel. About how much oil do you think could be added so it would be emulsified and...
  25. Vintage geek opinions about bottle age and sweet spot, please.

    I recently purchased some vintage colognes circa 1950, although I could have gotten slightly older or slightly younger vintages up through the 80's+. I understand there is a trade off between...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Lancome Magie noire EDT from a mini
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Interesting...do you know if the women’s market tends towards old school as well? I’m guessing not if they are competing with current Avon for women. What are a some brands to explore? Thanks-
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Just got my Quartette today so I haven’t had a chance to test the Act lV or Aphrodesia yet. I think this specific group of four is due to age. Flambeau came out in 1955 while all the others,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Now that you mention it .. she really does!
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    I think the reason why Goodwill puts some items like designer stuff and fine jewelry online is that they can get more money for it most of the time from auction rather than having the primo stuff...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I’m posting this here because usually this is a place to show our triumphs, but they don’t always work out that way. I bought this Avon Yorkie full of Topaz (which is arguably NOT as cute as my dog,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I’m excited to try these. At first sniff the Woodhue isn’t as woody as I expected and the Tigress has some nice warm spices. The other 2 in the Quartette are Act IV and Aphrodisia. These are all new...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Avon Sheer Essence Sandalwood.
    Just got this and first wear today Was expecting sandalwood sure, but not expecting it to be so delicious.
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  34. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    I love mini’s and I also look for 1/8 - 1/4 oz Parfums if the vintages are too old to be in minis.
    My sampling is pretty random and every fragrance is just a gateway to a bunch of others. Lately...
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    I often shop Goodwill online and last year I got a very nice vintage pair of Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses with the original logo hard case. Black front, lenses in front of the frame - not behind, and...
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    Interesting about the sad aldehydes....
    it is different for me.

    I was going to suggest Ma Griffe as not so much an uplifting scent, but a scent of confidence - which is exactly what it was...
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    Re: Guerlain Refill Bottle Question

    I have a refill of Shalimar EDT that goes with the metal gold lattice holder. You don't need the holder as it is just for looks. Many Guerlain fragrances were offered as refills for that holder. ...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Crabtree and Evelyn Extract of Mysore - from a hard to find sample I sought after Starblind posted it last month as SOTD with a nice pick and complementary comments.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    LE GALION Sortilege parfum - .25 flacon

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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    Thanks :smiley:

    Today Celtic Moss-
    It is overcast in my area today, and yesterday I saw the first leaf drop of the season. I’m trying Celtic Moss and it seems to be providing the perfect...
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    Re: How would you rate/review a perfume if .....

    I understand that different reviewers would have different personal systems for giving neutral vs. up ratings so I consider that when I'm reading. The up, down, neutral thing is a forced choice...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Yeah, the picture is big but this is small (1/4 oz) and was not much $$ and I am loving the D'Orsay and Lelong exploration right now. These little guys are the only way to sample some of these...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Aw.. sweet. What a SCORE!!! This is on my future try list. Hope you post comments.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    D’Orsay Voulez Vous
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    I've been enjoying the testing comments and am chiming in here because Lellabelle was very nice and sent me some vials to try :2vrolijk_08: Today I tried Spirit Bear Chypre, and since the comparison...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Dioressence was my introduction to Dior and perfume in general some many years back and I loved it from the first time I tried the little bottle my older sister gave me. Elegant but not stuffy.
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    Dioressence
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    These lattice bottles look to be a design from the 80’s onward an then they changed to one with roundish holes in it. My lattice bottle has a 1981 date and the inner bottle label looks very similar...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Shalimar EDT
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  50. Re: Anyone here going to CANCEL Dior for their sauvage ad?

    If certain vestments did not have any sacred or other cultural significance then this statement would be true, but as it stands
    I would hope that most people on this board would be able to unpack...
  51. More or less dated? - women’s fragrances on men or men's fragrances on women

    I got a small bottle of vintage Tommy and a couple others thrown into the shipping box as an unexpected extra by a seller recently. Smelled the Tommy and liked it on me. Did some research and read...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Heaven Sent EDP by Helena Rubenstein
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  53. Re: Anyone here going to CANCEL Dior for their sauvage ad?

    “Theatre people” come from a diverse set of backgrounds, nationalities, and are not politically monolithic. I guess my point is that if you want to know whether something is offensive to a group,...
  54. Re: Anyone here going to CANCEL Dior for their sauvage ad?

    I first saw the ad last night in a hotel room in Ashland Oregon where we had gone for the Shakespeare Festival. Today we saw a matinee of a new play called “Between Two Knees” - a raucous vaudeville...
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    Re: What is “too perfumy” for you

    I tend towards heavy duty vintages so I guess I love perfumey stuff if that’s what it means. Also love any new stuff done in that style. To me If something is “perfumey” then it sets a definite...
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    Re: What you wore clubbing back in the day

    Depending on the club:
    Lauren
    Opium
    Poison
  57. Re: On the way to Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

    Yep. She came out as I was stuffing my little amber bottles with test strip tips and sort of gathered I was a little obsessed with the whole smelling thing. She was very gracious and shared some of...
  58. Re: On the way to Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

    Thanks all for your responses. Here’s my report of my experience -
    Overall our time at the Archive was fantastic. I have to say the only problem I had was that I was desperately trying to smell...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I when I get this home in a week I’ll test this along side my Tabu to see how they pair. Don’t know if I can say this is masculine, but from what I remember of Tabu, this has shared aspects in the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Found this bottle of Totem by Dana in an antique shop on a road trip. Bottle is big - at least 4.5”. Nice fully glass stopper, and a lovely well-preserved smell. Some DNA shared with Tabu, but a...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Why is this not quoting the picture?
    Starblind - that was a beautiful bottle of 1000 you posted. How do you compare it to the EDT?
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    Old Perfumed shaving soaps

    Thought I would ask about shaving soap from some gents here that are fans of using a soap cup and brush. I’ve been looking at some vintage fragranced shaving soap and am wondering how long these...
  63. On the way to Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

    We just crossed the Northern California border right now on our way to San Francisco and the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents. I’m bringing a dozen tiny amber bottles with me. Each visitor gets to...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Cool - I’m going to start doing this. I just need to figure out how to choose the pairs.
  66. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    Wow! Since you were 11 - that's amazing. You probably have a significant olfactory memory built up that'll serve you well if you do the crafting part.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    This is interesting..
    You are very good at identifying what you like, assuming you like what you own.
    What fragrances are they? Wondering if others have risked a public wearing and come through it...
  68. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    When we cleaned out my parents house many years ago I held on to the few bottles my mother had - Ecusson, Chanel No. 5, White Shoulders, Emeraude. I put them in a closet for a couple decades as life...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    So...you are fascinated by the Lelongs! I did a search and didn't find a thread about this house. Maybe it would be good to have one - hint :grin:

    As to the Indiscret - I love it. So satisfying...
  70. Re: Perfume oils, body oils, body and bath oils - how, when, where?

    Starblind - I was reading up about Magie Noire because I am looking to try that fragrance and it was this thread of yours hailing the huile
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/441520-Magie-Noire
    that...
  71. Perfume oils, body oils, body and bath oils - how, when, where?

    I’ve been looking at some straight oil forms of a variety of well known fragrances both vintage and more current. I’ve got two questions about them-
    1. Whether they are labled body, body and bath,...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    HaHa! Yes, and if people are getting up in my face I take a mini vacation from them by sneaking a long deep sniff of my fragrance :coolold:
    Honestly, I frequently consider perfume to be a valuable...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I’m very excited about the perfume oils and the to be named naturals.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I actually had a browser tab open for the last couple weeks on my desktop for PK perfumes and was contemplating ordering some samples, and then I ran across this thread today. I’ll probably hold off...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Zibeline - Bottle has seen better days but the stuff inside is lovely.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I think those gift sets might be the way to go as I’m still trying to get hold of Chamade as well(did I say that already?) -and Chamade prices are shocking.


    This is bottle is just beautiful! I...
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    My SOTE
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    This is vintage Lucien Lelong.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Thanks! I was working from the advice you gave me about the higher concentrations. After studying up on raidersofthelostscent I searched for the gold belted EDPs, and I’m still looking for a deal on...
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    Vintage SOTE
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    See what you made me do? And so glad you did! :thumbsup:



    Prompted by the 1000 discussion I’ve been reading here on BN - just had to get some. And a couple others I’ve been hunting for...
  83. Re: Orris Butter/Concrete smells like Carrot Seed - Adulterated? Any insight?

    My samples arrived but it took me some days to get to smelling my orris and carrot seed samples.

    My father used to drink bourbon and soda with a splash of angostura bitters, and that is exactly...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    My Vintage SOTD (morning) is
    Elusive by AVON
    From a demonstrator's sample set. Description from the insert-
    "Elusive - the essence of woman ... nuances, subtly floral, tinged with earthy hints...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I've been tracking a FB of Samsara to add to my collection. Jicky is something I want to try because of reading about it.
    How do you like the vintages/concentrations you have of these two?

    My...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    L'Origan
    Giant pic of tiny bottle
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    I think the pic looks fine. Very nice bottle! Is it Friday already? I was going to uncork my dram of L'Origan this week but got distracted by other fragrances. I'm definitely going to wear it for...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    - b e a u t i f u l -
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    SHOCKING!
    Just unsealed this and first wearing of parfum. Definitely not a daytime scent.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Well.. I had a mini that I hadn’t tried but pulled out after seeing your infatuation with it. Was such pleasant surprise, I now have a vinty full size on the way. This will be a versatile fragrance...
  92. Re: Help fill in the olfactory study blanks - Jean Carles

    Here is a link to the blog that references the article with the charts. Scroll down and click on the hot link for “the article” and it will take you to a PDF of the original article. The article...
  93. Re: Help fill in the olfactory study blanks - Jean Carles

    First off-
    THANK YOU!!!
    This is so helpful and exactly the type of discussion I was hoping would arise. I’ll be carefully reading and researching the suggestions on this thread to figure out...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    You certainly laid out all the points of obsession. The anticipation of fragrance delivery is expecially exciting, particularly with vintages. Sorry to hear about the L”Origan EDT - hope it gets...
  95. Help fill in the olfactory study blanks - Jean Carles

    Below is the naturals chart for Jean Carles olfactory training which appeared in Perfumer & Flavorist in 2007. I am currently working on studying naturals (synthetics are on another chart). I have...
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    Re: Thread "rollups"

    I don't even have to see this to already know it would be very helpful. Trick will be determine when "fizzle" has occurred, and should newer "best vetiver, cheapy, etc. come out. Thanks for doing...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    Thanks for hi lighting this great article. I have so much respect for the work of these present day perfumers - chemical archeologists really.


    Well, not finding much dating info on the gold...
  98. Re: An amazing mossy spicy green fragrance - Mousse Illuminee by Rogue Perfumery

    Try them all! This is not the only beauty in the bunch. Check out the Rogue Perfumery sample pass thread here:...
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    Re: can someone please explain Habit Rouge to me?

    This sounds fantastic!
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    Re: Timbuktu or Dzjongkha ?

    I love this. It is so interesting how polarized people are about these two scents. Now I'm just going to have to go get some Dzjongkha to try and see how I like it compared to the Timbuktu. One...
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