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    Same here! I would be totally on board with a wisteria fragrance...

    Since I am still in the midst of a big iris and violet phase (I seem to be a newly converted violet lover, who knew I had it in...
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    It's vintage Madame Rochas for me on this belated aldehyde day! It's so joyful and full of the gentlest aldehydes; just gorgeous.
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    oh no, I can't believe I missed Zilpha's aldehyde day, shoot! The days are just blurring together at this point and I completely did not register last Friday. Oh well, I'll non sync tomorrow; I love...
  4. Re: Bored, so I'm going to wear my wardrobe in alphabetical order

    Ha, I love this idea! I find choosing my scent to be one of the highlights of the day in these boring times but even that is starting to get a little old. I've been considering buying a bunch of...
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    Re: Life and Work midst Silence and Fear

    Thank you for this post, and for the life saving work you and your colleagues are doing under the direst of circumstances. My sister is an ER doctor and pretty much in the same situation. Luckily, my...
  6. Re: No better time than now to wear - perfumes you couldn't/wouldn't wear to work

    Haha, from my PhD teaching days I remember some of my students not smelling all that rosey themselves, particularly on Friday mornings when attending my classes severely hung over/still slightly...
  7. Re: No better time than now to wear - perfumes you couldn't/wouldn't wear to work

    haha, I tend to wear everything I own to work, including goaty ouds like Russian Oud, but I take this opportunity to spray with reckless abandon!
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    Your description sounds so good I'm putting this on my to try list immediately.

    I totally forgot it was Friday and am wearing Iris Cendré today, not particularly spring like, but I did feel very...
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    I am refraining from ordering decants of Dior Bois D'Argent and Chanel Misia and a full bottle of Naomi Goodsir's Iris Cendré, have been for quite a while now. They will make their way into my...
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    Re: A face for a Perfume

    YES. TO. ALL. OF. THIS.

    And for me Diorella looks like Lauren Hutton...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    This thread is starting to feel like a good smelling speakeasy! I'll join with:

    Song: The National Pink Rabbits
    Drink: I currently don't drink, but if I did it would be an old fashioned
    Scent:...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I totally forgot to check in yesterday, but I did sync with Siberian Musk, very on the nose. It's a lovely juxtaposition of pine needles and bitter sharp notes over sweet, purry musk.
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    I also have to sit this one out. I contemplated ordering some samples but the prices for shipping them my way were a bit exorbitant.
  14. Re: Hermes launches a lipstick line - perfumed by Christine Nagel

    As much as I love fragrance, I don't like it in make up, especially face make up as the skin on my face tends to be sensitive to it. I don't mind a subtle scent in lipstick but the Dior and L'Oreal...
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    Re: Most worn in February 2020

    Ha, that's an interesting detour for you. How is Irisss?

    I have bought Qi by Ormonde Jayne and have been wearing it lots. It's such a beautiful matcha/green tea and osmanthus scent, perfect for...
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    As a massive Whovian this one is right up my ally! I think I'll take a trip down my own time line and go for a scent I haven't worn since I discovered 'proper' perfume, that is the fruity floral...
  17. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time. (Feminine fragrances edition!)

    I tried Baccarat Rouge yesterday and I am completely nonplussed that this is such a hit: it's straight up cotton candy, something I would expect from a body spray aimed at teens, not from MFK.
  18. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time. (Feminine fragrances edition!)

    Duly noted!
  19. Re: What fragrances do YOU find backup bottle worthy?

    I only have back up bottles for discontinued and/or reformulated gems:

    Vintage Samsara EdP (I collect minis)
    31 Rue Cambon EdT (a big 200 ml bottle, I want another one)
    Safran Troublant (2...
  20. Re: Frags that you: Bought, sold.. bought sold?

    I only ever have done this with samples, the worst one so far...

    Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose - buy, try, get rid of, buy again, try again, get rid of again, buy again. The first few times I...
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    Re: Rank your Chanel

    I only own thing I at least like, but there are very few Chanel's I dislike anyway.

    Masterpieces:
    No. 5 Parfum & Edt
    31 Rue Cambon EdT
    Cuir De Russie

    Love:
    Eau Première
    No. 19
  22. Re: Help: is there anything similar to Daphne by Comme des Garçons?

    oh haha, Grayspoole thanks so much for linking that review, it's hilarious (though not very flattering for Daphne). It does give more of an idea of what this scent is about though.

    I think my...
  23. Re: What letters do you not own any fragrance beginning with?

    My collection is small, and several letters make multiple appearances, so I'm missing quite a few: E, F, G, H, K, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, to be precise.

    I have a lot of Ls and Ns though.





    I...
  24. Help: is there anything similar to Daphne by Comme des Garçons?

    HI all,

    I have a friend who wants me to help her find a scent, and there's one fragrance she smelled years ago and still thinks about: Daphne by Comme des Garçons.

    However, Daphne is no longer...
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    I feel you on the white shirt/ neroli front, good combination!

    I'll be the odd one out here, because I sometimes do match or deliberately mismatch perfume and outfit. I enjoy wearing the formal...
  26. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Thanks for the input cazaubon, French Kiss is going on the to try list, although I'm not sure my ever shrinking local Guerlain counter carries it. Do try Burlesque, it is wonderful!
  27. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Retesting Naomi Goodsir's Iris Cendré (heavy application this time).

    It is still marvellous. The opening is thick, waxy, and rooty, but as soon as the violet rears its head the whole scent steers...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Tsarina Intensivo. I picked it because it was still on my shirt from a previous wear, and it's gorgeous.
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    Re: Fragrance that make you happy

    Recently I came across Qi by Ormonde Jayne, and this is one that makes me feel happy, energetic and balanced at the same time.
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    Qi is very much an apricot/tea fragrance, if you haven't tried it yet I suggest you do! I have never smelled actual osmanthus, so I might be entirely wrong here. That bottle of 1000 is looking good....
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    Going over this week's theme I'm surprised how many of my scents have and Asian 'theme' or name. I leaves me with many options, I'll stick to the ones with literal Asian references to keep things...
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    Re: What is your basenote lifetime number?

    Ah great, a nerdy number thread, I'm game! I frequently calculate how long a particular fragrance will last me based on my previous usage of said fragrance in my head, specifically for my...
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    Re: What makes a perfume “sexy”?

    It is of course very personal. Some fragrances read as sexy, or more precisely, sensual to me, because they have a human, skin like warmth to them. 31 Rue Cambon EdT is one of them. I personally...
  34. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    I would like to steal Noir de Noir. I used to own this and I kind of miss this smooth dark rose. I should definitely revisit this at some pont.
  35. Re: Coromandel EDP - similar recommendations? Exploring orientals.

    From Chypres and florals to a patchouli oriental, that's quite the departure, I can relate! I also fell for Coromandel but it can be tricky to wear sometimes as it's quite temperamental on my skin....
  36. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    It was indeed a dabber vial, I've decanted it into a little spray vial and will report back soon.



    Thanks for this tip, I've never smelled any of Celine's scents but they look interesting.
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    The pictures of vintage bottles here are swoon worthy!

    I forgot that it was Friday this morning and put on something none vintage :shocked: but I'm back on the right track now with a few sprays of...
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    Re: Keeping track of your collection

    I wish I was disciplined enough to do this but I am not. I do keep track of what I own and want but not always of what I tried and/or have samples of, which is sometimes annoying. I do wish I could...
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    Re: How is Bois D’Argent by Dior?

    I love Bois D'Argent. The Van Cleef mentioned is similar, but sweeter and it has less of that dry, peppery opening that makes Bois D'Argent so interesting.
  40. Re: (hopefully) Fun poll bc i'm curious about others tastes :)

    I have a few things that have been on my wish list but somehow always seem to be passed over for other fragrances. Dusita's Le Sillage Blanc and La Douceur de Siam are two scents that have been put...
  41. Re: Aedes de Venustas: what do you you think about their own perfumes?

    I only ever tried Iris Nazarena and I find it an extraordinary Iris scent. Not one that is easy to like, definitely a scent for people who have more than a passing interest in perfumery.
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    Ohhh I am jealous of you right now, that sounds awesome! I dream of trying a sample of no. 5 from every decade in every available strength.
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    Ha, twinsies! Turned aldehydes are no fun, I had a vintage splash bottle that I threw out for exactly that reason, but I find that vintage spray bottles are often still in quite good condition. I am...
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    I'm wearing vintage and recent-ish No. 5. The vintage is extract from the 70ies; subtle, balanced. Its soapy aldehydes smoothly morph into a floral heart, sweet musk and voluptuous sandalwood not far...
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    Re: Most worn in January 2020

    Mostly new discoveries and make up scents for me this month:

    3 x Qi by Ormonde Jayne - I have caved and ordered a travel spray set of this, it's so good
    2 x Splendiris Dusita
    2 x Misia
    2 x Rue...
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    Hmmm, I think the problem with reformulations is that you generally notice them for fragrances you wear, and therefore like, and I think most people are inclined to balk at changes in something they...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Haha, is that a good or a bad thing?
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Glad you liked it. This is one that would truly benefit from some real oakmoss. Oddly I prefer wearing this in colder weather; the citrus seems to last longer.
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    It's all about the attitude darling!

    I like all the different takes on perfume porn. My porniest, i.e. most lust inducing bottles are the few discontinued/vintage ones I own: A big bottle of 31...
  50. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Misia EdP This is one where the violet is quite prominent from the start, and you know what, I think I am starting to like it. Who knows, I may have to add more violet heavy fragrances to my test...
  51. Re: What female fragrances do you like to smell on a guy?

    I wholeheartedly second these. I think in general green, leather and Chypre fragrances marketed to women are great on men. With the current fashion for women's scents leaning extremely sweet, I think...
  52. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Ahh yes, wearing a scent in the wrong weather can definitely scare you off for a bit. I had this with Moon Bloom in extreme heat; in moderately hot weather it is beautiful, but 40+ degrees Celsius...
  53. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Aargggh! My discovery set from ELdO came in just now, and it appears to include every scent under the sun, except for Putain des Palaces, shoot! My need for closure is not going to be satisfied any...
  54. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Putain des Palaces did I receive the wrong scent? I smell no violets, no powder at all. What I am getting is a strong, deep, smouldering almost tobacco like note, reminiscent of Amouage Sunshine...
  55. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Margiela's Lipstick On is part of the replica series, and according to the brand it is supposed to be "An immersion into a memory of pure femininity", i.e., the memory of putting on make up. It...
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    Re: Narcotic V vs other tuberose scents

    I think NV is a very different animal from Carnal Flower. Carnal Flower is green, slightly camphorous and heady-yet-fresh, while Narcotic V is a very sweet, pink bubble gum style tuberose. It has...
  57. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Ombre Rose L'Original This is absolutely lovely; a realistic rendition of an old fashioned dressing table in pastel peachy pink hues. There's flooffy powder, creamy lipstick, diffused rose, but also...
  58. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Teint de Neige aka the biggest powder bomb to ever powder. I like it! On a tester strip, it reminds very strongly of the soapy/powdery aspect of 90ies Chanel No. 5; nose tingling, a little sharp, yet...
  59. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    I have the same thing with musk. To my nose, there's a vast range and diversity of smells that fall into this category, some of which I like and some of which I don't.

    On the whole, I am a fan of...
  60. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    I'm starting to distinguish different types of powder during this journey of testing of make up scents:
    -There the sweet vanillic kind of powder that is warm and cozy,
    -There's lemony or orangey...
  61. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    I received a few sample packages and will be testing them this weekend. Tester strips with Tent de Neige, Ombre Rose, Putain des Palaces and Le Cri de la Lumiere are sitting next to me as we speak,...
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    Ahhh I'm only seeing this now, but be very welcome in the makeup thread PerfumedlLady! Most of my samples came in today so I'll be dropping in for updates soon (TdN is great, I can already tell).
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    There is an instruction video around on YT for the correct pronunciation of L'Occitane, made by the brand, it's cute!
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    Haha your options crack me up! Since I speak French most of my collection is quite easy for me. I've selected trente-et-un Rue Cambon, since it's one that seems to confuse most sales people. Most...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I agree with you here; good opening, meh base, but I experience this weird thing where the next day, remnants of this on my clothes have this wonderful sandalwood scent. It's not something I notice...
  66. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Maria Candida Gentile's delivery was not cheap, but it sure was fast. I eagerly put on a few drops of Burlesque and wow that does not disappoint!

    It goes on as a slightly sweet, powdery rose with...
  67. Re: What is your least favorite part about buying a perfume?

    The waiting time (I order most things online), and the fact that some scents are so difficult to find a (decently priced) sample or decant of also bugs me.
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    Re: Do you wear fragrance even at home alone?

    Abso-effin-lutely! The only time when I forgo wearing a scent is when I am burning an especially lovely candle, like Ormonde Jaynes Ormonde candle.
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    Re: Guerlain Samsara - Help

    Yes, stockpiling the old stuff is the way to go. Vintage bottles don't tend to be too expensive, and in my experience this scent keeps very well; I've never encountered a bottle that has gone off.
    ...
  70. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Thanks for the link, interesting stuff!

    I'm ordering samples of as many of your suggestions as possible and will be keeping track of my experiences in this thread.

    The first thing that came in...
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    Ohhh, good one! I just ordered a new sample in light of my make up-y fragrance quest, but it's not in yet.

    Instead I'll join the sync with Aedes Venustas Iris Nazarena, because it has a cold,...
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    Re: Your top 5: aldehydic florals

    Oooh, oooh, I LOVE aldehydic florals! Damn it's hard to pick just 5....

    1. Vintage Madame Rochas Parfum de Toilette - the softest, most delicate aldehydes I've ever smelled over a delicate,...
  73. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    I thought this sounded familiar and checked: I have smelled this and did not enjoy it. My notes say it smelled like purple candy so you are right: too much violet for me.
  74. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Ah, that's definitely one I can get my mits on easily! I admire the Narcisso line, but haven't found one yet that I like to wear myself so far.


    There definitely is a lot of powder in this one,...
  75. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    CuddleCat that honey note sounds interesting! Based on the info in this thread I am determined to find myself a sample somewhere, but I won't chance a blind buy at this point.

    Bavard I have access...
  76. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Thanks for the excellent replies!

    Kitty2Shoes: I like Misia as well, but have no problems with its lasting power (I do with the price though). Unlike you I very much enjoy a powder bomb, and I...
  77. Re: Rose Prick - I'm not makin' this up !!! LOL

    Let us know what you make of it! I must admit I kind of like the look of this bottle. Now I'm not normally a fan of pink bottles, but there's something about these matte colour blocked bottles that...
  78. Re: "Your Mean Grandma" perfumes - can you recommend me some?

    That's because it's only for card carrying badassess.
  79. Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Hi all! I've recently caught the bug for powdery iris/rosey make up scents.

    In this category I quite enjoy Chanel Misia and Dusita Splendiris, but their prices are a little steep, so I'm trying to...
  80. Re: "Your Mean Grandma" perfumes - can you recommend me some?

    Ha, I knew straight away what I wanted to recommend you: Estee Lauder's Azuree. She may be a little less buttoned up that what you're looking for, but it's a gin drinking, chain smoking, testy lady...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I personally tend to go for deeper citrus scents, probably because I live in a cold, wet climate, but I've come across some nice ones, let's see if they are for you:

    2 on your (to) sample list I...
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    Re: Best of 2019

    Sandalwood and powder are the two notes I've been craving lately, so I'll be sure to check these out!
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    Re: 2019 Questions

    1. What was your best purchase of the year?
    This year I mostly bought decants of scents that I newly discovered and full bottles of things I already had. The best buys were two nearly full bottles...
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    Orange Bitters is delivering the booze today; especially the opening is quite convincing with its orange peel and bitter herbs. It's actually weird to be smelling this in the morning. It quickly...
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    Re: Best of 2019

    Hmm, I don't know many 2019 releases I've tried. YSL Libre I remember being nice but forgettable. I keep seeing positive things about the new Fransesca Bianchi scents but I have been slightly...
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    Re: Save Money and Buy Big ?

    Only a 200 ml of 31 Rue Cambon EdT graces my back up shelf, and I would dearly like to have another!
  87. Re: Your Fragrances of the Year This Past Decade (Most Worn)

    Kotori you are a tea and iris lover for sure! I've recently smelled Au The Bleu or White (can't remember which it was) and I thought it was a lovely tea and iris combination.

    I am a spotty sotd...
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    Well, obviously! I shall wear my Orange Bitters whilst downing a hand full of old fashioneds.

    And thanks for the warm welcome, I'm looking forward to all the interesting challenges ahead.
    ...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Hi all, happy 202 and all that! I kind of forgot about synchronised Fridays, but scrolling through this thread really puts me in the mood for joining, if that's ok with the regulars?

    I'm thinking...
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    Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    It's so interesting to look back! I've scrolled through my (admittedly spotty) sotd record keeping, and found the following:

    - I started out the year with jumping through my own collection,...
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    Poll: Re: Which one best describes you?

    I am heading towards Qualitative Minimalist via the route of Rotating Sampler, so for now I chose the latter. I have a relatively small collection that currently hovers stably around 40 fragrances,...
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    Re: 2019 Year in Review - What did you wear?

    I am crap at keeping track of my scent of the day here, and I can never seem to remember when I bought what. To address the latter I've made a screen shot of my current wardrobe, so next year I can...
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    Re: In 2020, I expect to finish...

    Decants and samples are the only things I seem to be able to finish these days.

    I expect to finish my second 10 ml decant of Bois des Iles EdT in 3 years; there's just a few ml left. I should at...
  94. Re: which fragrances work really well along with eating dinner or lunch?

    I weirdly have been thrown off by an orange centric scent while eating salmon; the realistic, sweet citrus did not go with the fish I was eating at the time and it ruined my meal. It's the only time...
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    Re: just one more ....

    Today, I was just thinking it might be Bois des Iles, but I don't think I like the new Edp. However, I keep having cravings pop up left right and centre, so I don't think I am ready to quit just...
  96. Re: How many bottles do you go through in a year?

    WOW to mom's perfume use, she's a pretty spectacular over sprayer!

    Back when I just had 1 or 2 scents, I used to go through a 100 ml bottle per year max. Now that I have a larger collection and am...
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    Re: Source for samples in Europe?

    I have good experiences with the ones Hednic mentions!
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    Re: Dryad Alternatives?

    I was waiting for this exact answer from you grayspoole!
  99. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    I have a strong feeling that 2020 will be the year of the back up bottle...
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    Re: Butterfly hunting extreme :grin:

    Sold out :lolk: It's such a silly thing to do, translating perfume names! Extreme butterfly hunting makes me envision burly guys in combat gear and camp paint looking very intense at their butterfly...
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