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  1. Thread: Lipstick Lust

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    Re: Lipstick Lust

    I would check out some of the NARS lipsticks, especially ones with a semi-matte finish. I love Funny Face, which is a strong, bright fuschia. :)
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    Re: Ladies,..a question asked sincerely.

    Vera Wang original
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    Re: Perfume aficionados and cosmetics philosophy

    I adore makeup, skincare, haircare and nailcare just as much as I do fragrance. For me, it's all part of the grooming process and it's a girly ritual which I love. Just as I'd feel naked without...
  4. Re: Need advice on what to wear and how to wear a fragrance around ppl who hate perfu

    Perhaps you could try to find fragrances that are offered in a "dabbing" form rather than a spray. When you dab the product on, it tends to stay closer to the skin and it leaves less sillage and far...
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    Re: SotD - Thursday, 8 May 08

    J'adore - have had the bottle for about a year and I think this is the first time I've ever worn it!
  6. Thread: Pacifica Candles

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    Re: Pacifica Candles

    I am incredibly sour at Target Australia for no longer carrying the Pacifica line. They were THE most amazing candles and I burned the last of my stockpile last week. :(
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    Re: Replacement for Ralph Lauren Blue

    I know this might sound horrific to you, but Britney Spears Curious smells virtually identical to RL Blue to my nose, perhaps a little lighter. Also, Moschino Funny is pretty close too, after a few...
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    Re: Perfumes that smell 'like'....

    I've got another request!! After a perfume that smells like....shea butter, specifically L'Occitane shea milk and shea butter products. Quite a soft, clean, yet sweetish and rounded smell.
  9. Re: Would you rather receive compliments on clothes, hair, shoes, or your scent?

    I loooove being complimented on my scent. With clothes or accessories it's like they're complimenting the item and not you. When it's fragrance (or makeup I suppose, I love getting makeup/skin...
  10. Re: Your expert recommendations for a fan of YSL In Love Again, Dior Forever & Ever,

    Vera Wang - not a fruity one but a beautiful, flawless (to my nose) uncomplicated-but-not-boring floral.
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    Re: Recomendations for a 14 year old girl

    I second quite a few other recommendations:

    Versace Baby Rose Jeans
    Ralph
    Tommy Girl
    Miss Dior Cherie
    Philosophy Falling in Love, Amazing Grace or Baby Grace
    The Body Shop White Musk (I wore...
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    Re: Top 10 best sellers on various continents? ...

    I find that too. I think people in Australia generally tend towards cleaner, more unobtrusive scents. Maybe it's a result of our casual beach lifestyle and hot weather - the highly stylised,...
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    Re: prettiest and ugliest...

    Prettiest is probably Lolita Lempicka or Annick Goutal Songes.

    Ugliest would have to be Carolina Herrera 212. As much as I adore the fragrance, I hate the weird spaceship-shaped bottle with its...
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    Re: Gypsy or a magical forest. Please help!

    You could try layering - Demeter's New Zealand or Wet Garden could provide a nice base for you.
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    Re: Sensual Summer Fragrance - suggestions?

    You could try Jo Malone - I can't wear JMs in winter but I find that they come to life in summer. Vintage Gardenia might be a nice fit for you, its cardamom lends it a nice spicy and slightly woody...
  16. Thread: Comfort scents

    by ozkat
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    Re: Comfort scents

    I think this question relates very strongly to the climate in which you live! I live in a hot, humid, tropical environment where it very occasionally gets "cool", but never cold - therefore my idea...
  17. Re: Ladies help!!! Have I been sold a fake Lolita Lempicka???

    lv_obsessed I don't have any advice for you but just wanted to say that I feel badly for you having to go through this!! It's horrible when you are so excited and looking forward to receiving your...
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    Re: Ebay - give me the SHITS!

    LOL I love the title....spoken like a true Aussie!
  19. Thread: Birthday Pressie

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    Re: Birthday Pressie

    I might be going out on a limb here, but I am guessing that even if she is quite sophisticated, since she is pretty young, she probably has relatively mainstream tastes (it's just a guess!). If I...
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    Re: Notes I have come to love

    About a year ago I realised that I loved ylang-ylang, when I started using a y-y based shampoo. I thought "ohhh....THAT'S what that is!!". I recognised it from one of my favourites, Diorissimo. I...
  21. Thread: Perf-HUMOR

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    Re: Perf-HUMOR

    Q: Why is perfume obedient?
    A: Because it is scent wherever it goes.

    Lame but cute :)
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    Re: Davidoff Silver Shadow Altitude

    Thanks for your words guys! I found out that I actually won two packs, one is the regular Silver Shadow and the other is the Altitude. I have two brothers that I'll give them to - one is older and...
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    Davidoff Silver Shadow Altitude

    Hi Boys! I rarely venture over to the male side of the board but I have need on this particular occasion. I was recently lucky enough to win a pack containing the EDT of Davidoff Silver Shadow...
  24. Thread: Pacifica Candles

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    Re: Pacifica Candles

    Ooooh, I *love* these! The Bali one is probably my favourite, and my least favourite is the Mediterranean Fig.
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    Re: Pilar and Lucy Scents, opinions?

    Hi, I absolutely LOVE those names but have never heard of them before!! Who is the house/brand/manufacturer?

    "The Exact Friction of Stars" - fantastic!
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    Re: ** TABU ** your opinions please

    OK, I'll probably be slammed for telling this story, but I must anyway because my opinions of Tabu are so influenced by it.

    Where I live, there is a large population of homeless and/or transient...
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    Re: A fresh fragrance for my sister?

    That's great, Optimus!
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    Re: A fresh fragrance for my sister?

    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Revitalize
    Jo Malone French Lime Blossom
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    Re: Speaking of Vanilla

    Great thread, Shycat. Most vanillas are very warm, rich, intense, and suitable for cold weather. I'm with you in wanting one that's fresher - and I imagine the juice would be white or clear, as...
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    Re: A fresh fragrance for my sister?

    D&G Light Blue
    Philosophy Amazing Grace
    Carolina Herrera 212
    Clinique Happy
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    Re: literary characters + perfume

    I'll have to give it some thought, but your suggestion of Eau de Camille for Isabel Archer is inspired!! It's perfect for her.
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    Re: Are Fragrance prices rising rapidly?

    Fragrance prices in Australia can be quite ridiculous. A 50ml bottle of most perfumes retails for around $100-120. You can often find "the usual suspects" on sale, but for most designer fragrances...
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    Re: In Praise Of Dior

    This is great, because I was at the Dior counter the other day deciding what to buy in order to get the free GWP (I'm a classy gal lol) and it occurred to me that Dior is one of my favourite houses,...
  34. Thread: Lily

    by ozkat
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    Re: Lily

    You could try "Mediterranean Lily" from Australian perfumer Renee. I wear it occasionally and it's a very white floral lily. You can obtain samples from their website, www.renee.com.au quite...
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    Re: Hi and my search for a mystery fragrance!

    Please let us know if you do in fact track down your mystery frag!
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    Re: Fresh cut flowers. Bright and Happy...

    This is a great topic - I'm still trying to find something that reminds me of the smell when you walk into a florist's shop - a fresh, cool, wet floral. The "cool" is the hardest part - it has to...
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    Re: New fragrance for my mother

    I agree that Miss Dior would work. My mum also loves Opium and she often wears Miss Dior, and Dioressence.
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    Re: Baseball game frag

    Baseball is such an all-American sport, so I don't think you could go past an all-American fragrance! I'd go with something by Ralph Lauren.
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    Re: This is what I call POOR customer service

    I don't get it. What's your point?
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    Re: Grey Market - Confused?

    I have a family friend who owns a pharmacy and he sells the fragrances you're talking about for the prices you're referring to. He buys them in bulk online from a dealer who was recommended to him. ...
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    Re: the smell of gardens

    Would you consider a Demeter cologne, like "Wet Garden" or "New Zealand"?
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    Re: vanilla v vanilla?

    Oooooh, thanks Taolady :)
  43. Re: What scented products do you wish they'd release as perfumes?

    Oh my God, I despise the smell of band-aids!! I actually hold my breath when I open the drawer that I keep them in. The thought of the smell almost makes me gag. Funny, huh?
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    Re: vanilla v vanilla?

    Back to Sephora - I just read on Perfume-Smellin' Things that Sephora are launching a new collection of vanilla perfumes:

    "To each temperament, its own olfactory composition", is the bright idea...
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    Re: how much is too much?

    I look at it this way - other people spend up big on their hobbies, whether they be fine wine, or skydiving, or model train sets. Perfume is a hobby and an interest, it's not just another toiletry...
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    Re: Looking for something sheer & modern.

    Loli, depending on your skin chemistry, you will probably find that a fresh, modern, sheer soft floral won't have too much staying power anyway...
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    Re: What is that smell?

    Could be aldehydes...many people find that they smell too "chemical".

    Can you think of any other fragrances that have this effect on you?
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    Re: Nutty, milky, warm fragrance suggestions please

    I'd perhaps give Clinique Simply a try? It has a soymilk note, and I would definitely characterise it as 'warm'.
  49. Re: If colours were perfumes or vice versa what would they be?

    Oooh that's an awesome idea, love it. They could be sort of a set, like they go together but they don't match. Reminds me of those "Three Colours" movies, there's Red, Blue and White and they're...
  50. Re: Chandler Burr on the new Febreze - Holy Lavender!!

    I want it!!! My couch needs a-sprayin!
  51. Re: What scented products do you wish they'd release as perfumes?

    Ooooh great topic! Mine is Crabtree and Evelyn Hand Therapy in Lavender. I know C&E have a Lavender perfume but it's nothing like the Hand Therapy - the hand cream version is powdery, light and...
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    Re: Fragrance and Demographics

    Hi Shanghai Rose and welcome! I'm relatively new to the world of perfume too, and I also find the vast amount of knowledge in the Basenotes community very intimidating, but for the most part...
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    Re: Frangipani Fragrances

    My vote is for Songes too, although on me the frangipani wears off very quickly....that's not so bad though because the rest of the fragrance is just as orgasmically divine.
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    Re: SotD Thursday 29 March

    AG Songes for me today.
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    Re: Display idea for empty bottles

    That's so lovely it nearly brought a tear to my eye! I wouldn't do it with my own perfume bottles but I think if you have empty bottles that belonged to your mum or grandmother, filling them with...
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    Re: Perfume and diets!

    I have a "vanilla cream" scented candle and without fail, whenever I smell it I want to eat desserts! However, perhaps the effects of gourmand fragrances might be lessened by the other notes that...
  57. Re: If colours were perfumes or vice versa what would they be?

    Riccigirl I was so amazed to read that it's a real neurological condition (like left-handedness), I've hardly stopped thinking about it since I discovered its name! I'm so happy to learn that there...
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    Re: Trivial question...

    If there were many kind and obliging Basenotes members who were willing, perhaps we could get a pronunciation thread going?
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    Re: Is my nose just not sophsticated enough?

    I'm not sure how old you are Ianlaughead, but I believe your nose gets more "sophisticated" (so to speak) as you get older. For example many people like fresh, clean, aquatic, lightly floral scents...
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    Re: different notes from different countries

    I think in the Middle East they tend to wear far stronger perfumes that contain a lot of spices and notes such as patchouli - I think someone here on Basenotes mentioned that people rarely wear...
  61. Re: If colours were perfumes or vice versa what would they be?

    OH. MY. GOSH.
    I was just describing this to someone a few days ago on a beauty forum and she basically called me weird, but I have certain fragrances that I won't wear with certain colours. More...
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    Re: Which frangrence would you choose?

    If you want it to be a surprise, every girl likes a gift from Chanel :)
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    Re: Heaven Scent/ Heaven Sent...Help??

    I can't really help you, but I think my mum used to wear one called Heaven Scent/Sent and it was by Helena Rubenstein...
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    passion flower scents?

    Hi all, years ago I had a shower gel and perfume that were basically a single-note passion flower. I can hardly remember what they smelled like but I remember loooooving them!! So, I have two...
  65. Re: What expensive scent(s) smelled awful & kind of cheap & what one was cheap, but g

    Jovan Musk doesn't smell cheap on me, and my mum sometimes wears Revlon Ciara, and it doesn't smell cheap on her. As for expensive ones that smell cheap, the list is endless! I'd start with...
  66. Re: If colours were perfumes or vice versa what would they be?

    Black Cashmere - black (duh - I just can't shake the association!)
    Narciso Rodriguez for her - dusky, deep pale pink
    Chinatown - rich, royal purple
    Cuir de Russie - my friend's mother used to wear...
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    Re: Fragrances ruined by those deemed unworthy?

    Apologies if anyone was offended by the term "unworthy", it was of course tongue-in-cheek. No one is more worthy than anyone else. :)
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    Re: Fragrances ruined by those deemed unworthy?

    Haha I admire that you are all so immune to persuasion! It shows a lot of faith in your fragrance :)
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    Fragrances ruined by those deemed unworthy?

    Have you ever smelled a favourite frag on someone whom you deemed to be unworthy of it and been turned off it as a result?

    I asked because my younger brother, who has loved and faithfully worn CK...
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    Re: Cream colored suit

    Sounds amazing. My only advice would be to pair it with denim or neutrals - if you wear it with any colours, it could look very Miami Vice.
  71. Thread: CK IN2U her

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    Re: CK IN2U her

    A fragrance with an expensive ad campaign can't smell great?
  72. Re: What fragrance did you say,"what the heck, is this really it?"

    I agree - many Jo Malone fragrances are "nice"; some are even "quite nice", and to my mind Nectarine Blossom and Honey is "very nice", but I was expecting so much more after all the raves (celebrity...
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    Re: favorite Spring Fragrances

    Diorissimo!
  74. Thread: I need roses!

    by ozkat
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    Re: I need roses!

    How about Jo Malone's rose frag (I forget what it's called, sorry!! It's the only rose one so it shouldn't be hard to find). I've never smelled it but a lot of people say it's uncannily just like a...
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    Re: Need recs on Tropical scents

    Have a sniff of all of J.Lo's frags...they're very beachy (obviously Miami Glow is, but the others are too). I used to be snobbishly against JLo scents but I actually like most of them now. Also,...
  76. Re: What did you buy "unsniffed", that you liked & what was a big mistake?

    Blind buy disasters:

    Beyond Paradise
    DKNY Be Delicious
    Still by JLo

    Blind buy loves:

    Lolita Lempicka
    Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia
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    Re: spring break scents

    Well it's Autumn where I am but it's still hot so I'll go with the Spring Break thing! Eschewing the usual Escadas or the JLo ones, my suggestion is Dolce Vita by Dior! Other people seem to find it...
  78. Re: What scent(s) did u HAVE to ask.."what is that wonderul scent your wearing?"

    It was on a woman whose little daughter I used to babysit for when I was 19, and it was RALPH! It probably had more to do with how I perceived her - glam yet casual, perfect husband and child,...
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    Re: gardenia or simple creamy white flowers

    Damn you merle!!! Now I'm obsessed and have decided that I simply must get a new gardenia perfume, PLUS some gardenia scented candles for my house. I've already dug out some gardenia scented oil...
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    Re: gardenia or simple creamy white flowers

    I second Elizabeth Taylor's Gardenia, it's quite inexpensive and I think it's really lovely. It's very sweet (personality-wise, not sugary). The Body Shop's Indian Gardenia oil is also beautiful,...
  81. Re: What do you think of the new Double-duty candles - candles to be used as lotion?

    Seems weird to me!! I mean, okay, double duty products are good, I guess...but I don't really see the point! I'm an old-fashioned gal who likes her candles as candles and her lotions as lotions,...
  82. frag-speak has made its way into the cleaning aisle!

    Sorry for the low-brow post but I just had to share - today I bought a pack of those smelly liquid cleany things that hangs inside your toilet bowl and cleans it when it flushes - and the name of the...
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    Re: Do your colleagues smell nice?

    My colleagues also smell of "nothing". Most of my friends are the same. I don't think any of them wear perfume on a daily basis, only for going out. I find this really sad and actually quite...
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    Re: How about Renée?

    Sorry to drag up such an old old old thread, but I felt it necessary because I got a package of Renee samples in the mail today! And guess what? The package was hand-address and posted by Renee...
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    Re: What has made you the most nauseated?

    I had to pull up this old thread because I found a corker yesterday. I was browsing through my mother's perfume drawer when I found a brand new bottle of Armani Code and I thought I'd give it a go. ...
  86. Re: Help needed - Summery (Humid weather) fragrances? Any suggestions?

    I know exactly how you feel - I live in North Queensland and the weather impacts your perfume choices like nothing else.

    One that I think you should try is Carolina Herrera 212. It's clean and...
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    Re: Girly-Fresh or Exotic-womanly, which is you?

    Definitely girly-fresh. I wear a lot of white and fresh colours, and I don't think I own anything black. I live in a hot beachy place so I think that has a lot to do with it. If I moved to Paris I...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 7 March

    I had Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia in the morning, then Carolina Herrera 212 in the afternoon, and then Miami Glow on tonight (it's been an extremely hot humid day and I went swimming twice, hence the...
  89. Re: Flowery, Fruity, Incensey, Sugary, Powdery- which is favorite type of scent?

    1. Flowery
    2. Powdery
    3. Fruity
    4. Sugary
    5. Incensey (although I'd never wear something that smelled remotely of incense - it just ain't my thing).
  90. Thread: Sheer lipstick

    by ozkat
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    Re: Sheer lipstick

    I was going to recommend that exact product in that exact shade! It's a perfect colour and texture (not gooey at all). I'm wearing it right now :)
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    Re: vanilla v vanilla?

    No Sephora :( O how I have cursed the lack of Sephora in Australia!! I have found a few relatively cheap sources of Comptoir Sud Pacifique though so that might be my first port of call.
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    Re: vanilla v vanilla?

    Thanks so much for the advice and recs! I will definitely check out the Neroliane absolute if I can (finding it might be the problem). I will check out Must de Cartier as well. I really am dying...
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    Re: Surprising dissapointments

    I'll second SJP Lovely.....very nondescript and blah (and this from a girl who loves her clean, fresh, white musky scents).

    My other disappointment has to go to...(I'm sorry about this folks)...
  94. Re: Hit the mall--Body Shop has the nicest staff

    Haha I read your post incorrectly, I thought you said "Body Shop has the nicest stuff" and I was thinking "Hmm, yeah, I guess they do!".

    I do agree though, their staff are very helpful, they'll...
  95. Weather/environment and fragrance perception

    This came out of the thread about B.O. and i thought it was interesting enough to warrant its own thread...

    Whenever I think about scents or fragrances (which is a huge proportion of my day!) I...
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    Re: vanilla v vanilla?

    Thanks for your thoughts everyone. I have so much to learn!! Moondeva, your suggestion that vanilla might be more pleasing if it were teamed with a wood is really appealing. Vanilla + cedar sounds...
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    vanilla v vanilla?

    OK I'll probably sound crazy with this post but I'm going to try to explain it as best I can........I have a real love/hate relationship with vanilla notes. Sometimes the vanilla in a perfume can...
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    Re: Scents dissapear?!

    Yes, I have this problem too! Very few perfumes last for more than 3-4 hours on me. Layering with shower gel, lotion etc doesn't really do it for me either. Let us know if you solve the problem!
  99. Re: chandler burr's latest perfume article on guerlain

    Insolence smells horrible, but apart from that, using Hilary Swank to market it was a bad, baaaad move. She is the antithesis of what Guerlain means to me, and as wrong as it is, the marketing of a...
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    Re: Gorgeous, lovely Diorissimo. Anybody like it?

    Oooh oooh ooh I'm so glad someone started a Diorissimo thread! I was in a perfume shop last week and the gorgeous, lovely lady in there gave me a Diorissimo miniature for free! I was so surprised...
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