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  1. Re: Need Info on Animal Testing (No moral debate please, just info)

    But like David said, the perfumes aren't tested on animals, while the aromachemicals may be. So every single perfume house could truthfully say it doesn't test on animals. Creed (or Chanel, Dior,...
  2. Thread: Niche or nose

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    Re: Niche or nose

    Find something you like, wear it. Ignore the arbitrary classifications that even perfume enthusiasts can't agree upon (niche v. mainstream, for example). No reason to worry further. And recognize...
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    Re: approaching people in the street

    Nah, I've done it in New York City and in London, and never had a bad response. Of course delivery is everything. Something like 'I hope you don't mind my saying, but you smell fabulous. What is that...
  4. Re: Amouage feminines: which have the most leather?

    I got no leather from the women's Amouages. Journey smells like a tarted up CK One to me.

    You might try the men's side of the Amouage line if you're looking for leather. I seem to remember...
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    Re: Where to buy Knize Ten in UK or EU?

    Do yourself a favor and check Essenza Nobile and First in Fragrance (both German). I frequently find that given the exchange rate, their fragrances are cheaper than Les Senteurs. Sometimes...
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    Re: approaching people in the street

    That's the great thing about getting older. I care less and less what people think, and can't believe I ever did worry about stuff like that.

    Meanwhile, if what you read on the forums is...
  7. Re: Is there a point in even making this a hobby? (Not trying to be facetious)

    There probably isn't a point. But that's the thing about hobbies. Curious people have hobbies because they enjoy them. I don't really think we choose our hobbies; instead, they choose us.

    If you...
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    Re: Chanel Cristalle - Unsung Gem of a Sent

    I wore this exclusively for a while back in the 90s, but can't remember if it was edp or edt. Gorgeous in summer. At the moment I no longer have a bottle because I've got Tiare and that seems to fit...
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    Re: What's the best smelling vanilla perfume?

    In my opinion, yes. SDV is nice, but to me it's completely forgettable and not so interesting. Like I said, it's all subjective. My opinion shouldn't matter at all to you.
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    Re: Masculine Tuberose

    I get a lot of tuberose from MAAI by Bogue.
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    Re: Wearing animalistic fragrances for going out

    I'd say no. I mean, APLS is a gorgeous fragrance, but taste is subjective. We're talking about perfume here, and in the context of perfume, 'animalic' is a very narrow thing. If you really want to...
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    Re: What's the best smelling vanilla perfume?

    Well being as "best" is subjective and I've never smelled the Costume National one, I will say that Shalimar is the best vanilla perfume.
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    Re: What's your next backup bottle purchase?

    I rarely do backups because I own way too much perfume already. But at the moment I'm thinking of a backup of Maharanih Intense...just trying to decide between the 30ml and the 100ml.
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    Re: Fragrances to 'warm you up'?

    From my wardrobe:
    M7
    La Fumee Ottoman
    Theorema
    Tom Ford Noir
    Chanel.No 22
    Shalimar
    Coromandel

    I'm also thinking of getting a bottle of L'Ombre Fauve.
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    Re: Testing of new forums

    It looks ok - it's just a slightly different look that will take a bit of getting used to, but that's ok.

    My main concern is that I always enter the site through 'Settings,' so that I can see the...
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    Re: The story of your basenotes journey

    I was searching online trying to find my dearly beloved discontinued favorite, and Basenotes was the only site that had any information about it at all.

    I also discovered The Guide when the New...
  17. Re: What are your current feelings on the signature scent you wore when you were younger?

    Great thread. Can women play?

    I had a few signatures in my teens and 20s:
    - Chanel No 5. Still like it, but never wear it anymore
    - Chanel Cristalle: Still love it but don't own a bottle...
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    Re: In the same vein as Bois de Violette

    Have you tried the other SL Bois fragrances? Apparently they're all the same except for the starring note. Including Bois de Fruits, Feminite du Bois, etc. And apparently they're based on the same...
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    Re: Notes That Stick Out and Those That Don't

    So far I've never been able to smell aldehydes, as far as I know. I also sometimes have a hard time detecting rose.

    I can usually smell vanilla quite easily. And certain musks are very metallic...
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    Re: Juliette has a Gun

    I don't believe in dressy or formal fragrances, and wouldn't even begin to know how to make the distinction. Anything in my wardrobe can be worn to the grocery store or to dinner with the queen. All...
  21. Re: Recommendations for woody but not spicy scents

    Wonderwood by Comme des Garcons
    Tam Dao by Diptyque
    M7 by YSL
    Montecristo by Masque Milano
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    Re: Juliette has a Gun

    I'd suggest Lumiere Noire Pour Femme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian.
  23. Re: Then & Now: Bandit, de Robert Piguet (comparison 1970s-2015)

    Thank you, Andre. I love your informative in-depth articles!
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    Re: The Noir 29 by Le Labo

    I'm not normally a fan of tea notes, but was given a sample of this at Liberty in London.

    The first thing that came to my mind upon spraying is that it smells like a pine tree, or green cedar....
  25. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Just tried Alaia, my interest piqued by Luca Turin's review. I get the worn, leathery lived-in aspect he mentions (he compares it to the interior of the Concorde, I get Bakerloo line train interior)....
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    Re: Rose scent with green stems

    Une Rose by Frederic Malle is the whole rose - dirt, petals, stems, and all.
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    Re: Anyone ever tried this before?

    That sounds like a fun game. If I weren't so lazy I'd do it myself. I have about 110 bottles, plus about another 120 or so samples. I suspect I'd do pretty well with the bottles, maybe 75%. The...
  28. Re: Could You Recommend Me Interesting/Unusual Female Fragrances?

    I know I'm getting like a broken record here, but if you like strange and interesting smells, perhaps go to a Lush and check out their selection. Dirty, Kerbside Violet, Smuggler's Soul, and Devil's...
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    Re: Downsizing strategies - do you "face off"?

    If I get rid of a perfume, it's usually just because I don't wear it anymore. Or perhaps I wear it a couple of times and realize I don't love it that much. It's only after I start thinking about...
  30. Re: I always end up buying fragrances that I regret purchasing!

    I think a version of this happens to many people when they first start out. Impatience is the enemy of smart fragrance purchases. If you can't get samples, at least give the fragrance a proper test -...
  31. Re: Is there a food item you believe the scent industry is overlooking?

    I love the smell of ripe quinces and have never seen a perfume that replicates that well.
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    Re: Warm floral scent?

    I'd suggest Cuir Mauresque by Serge Lutens, or Knize Ten.
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    Re: New Heeley - Chypre 21 !

    Tried a sample today. The opening is very citrusy, then for a while it reminds me a lot of Fazzolari's Au Dela. The drydown is nice - woody with rose and violet, from what I smell. Not different...
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    Re: Ladies, fragrance or shoes?

    Yikes!
  35. Re: Fragrance that smells like a fresh (opened) pack of cigarettes???

    Jasmine et Cigarette is the smell of unlit cigarettes. And jasmine.
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    Re: YSL Paris - got burned on ebay

    Based on your story, I wouldn't conclude that the seller is a scammer and I wouldn't swear off ebay. Yes, ebay is full of danger and crackpots, but there's no proof of that here (that I've read). My...
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    Re: Ladies, fragrance or shoes?

    Neither will "elevate" a man if he seems like a jerk. But then I probably have no taste; the shoes pictured above look awful to me. A good fragrance is a nice perk, but again, it won't really help...
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    Poll: Re: Best Dior Privée fragrances?

    Performance doesn't mean that much - ever try scrubbing something you hate? The perfumes you hate have the most amazing tenacity.

    A Dior SA told me that the reason Mitzah and others are still on...
  39. Re: college student new to frags. All help would be much appreciated!

    I always like to recommend the fragrances by L'Occitane (Eau des Baux in particular) and at Lush (Dirty in particular). They're gorgeous fragrances and incredibly reasonable in price.
  40. Re: Upon realizing how much you love a frag, would you go buy a 100ml if you just purchased the 50ml

    They smell nothing alike in my view, and I've owned both.

    OP - if you're going through it that fast, you may as well get your 100ml. Buying 50ml was the sensible thing to do, but now that you...
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    Re: Papillon's Salome vs MFK's AplS

    I own and love both. If I had to choose I'd probably go with the APLS, as other skanky florals might substitute for Salome, but nothing in my experience really compares to APLS.
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    Re: Need advice on niche fragrances

    If you want compliments, just wear something loud, with big projection and sillage. I'm convinced that compliments are less about you wearing a particularly good fragrance, and more about people just...
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    Re: WWD Smell Test now freely accessible online

    Thanks for this, and to Scarce for the other links. Interesting. Though I spend most of my time wondering who wrote what!

    Some of my favorite BN reviewers don't seem to post much in the forums:...
  44. Re: Is it normal to get a headache from certain fragrances?

    I consistently had headaches trying to wear the old Dewberry oil from The Body Shop. Really liked it in my early 20s but just couldn't shake the headaches. Creed Fleurissimo also gave me a headache,...
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    Re: Delicious fragrances

    Dries van Noten smells like speculoos biscuits.
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    Re: What perfumes do you wear to work?

    If I like it enough to own it, I'll wear it to work.
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    Re: Scherrer by jean Louis scherrer

    The original Scherrer for women is a gorgeous fragrance and totally unisex in my opinion. I don't know anything about a men's version.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    I'm in that very few category. Love both Shalimar and Mitsouko and wouldn't want to be without either.
  49. Thread: "I wish..."

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    Re: "I wish..."

    Start the threads and hopefully they will come.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Hopefully :) It was his recommendation that had me searching for it for ages.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    I do a similar thing. If I have a meeting in another town or another part of London, I try to take the opportunity to check out any perfume shops, old fashioned pharmacies, etc. Sometimes this...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    I confess I just had to re-buy Theorema because I was stupid enough to sell my bottle a couple of years ago.

    I'm also considering blind buying MFK Ciel de Gum and trying daily to talk myself out...
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    Re: Anyone know about House of Fraser UK Store?

    Very reputable mainstream department store. I also noticed the other day that they were selling TF Oud Wood, whereas previously you could only get that at Harrods, Selfridges, or Harvey Nichols.
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    Re: Pierre Guillaume fangirl thread

    I really like Iris Oriental, Cuir d'Iris, and Corps et Ames. I used to have Cadjmere but I never wore it. Gave it to a friend and it be me her signature.
  55. Re: How does tossing an empty bottle in the trash make you feel?

    I rarely empty a bottle because I have too many. But Shalimar is my go to workhorse perfume and so I did finish a bottle not that long ago. It was satisfying, I admit. And I repurchased immediately.
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    Re: Absolue Pour Le Soir and Leather Oud....

    I own APLS and enough samples of LO and adore them both. Would wear them anywhere.
  57. Re: Is it considered stealing to spritz juice from a department store tester into an atomizer?

    If you ask and the SA says it's ok, then as I see it there is no problem. But I gathered that's not where people are disagreeing.

    But then you didn't answer the question. How many is ok, and when...
  58. Re: Is it considered stealing to spritz juice from a department store tester into an atomizer?

    Right, and so why not fill up, say, 10 or 20 sample vials? At what amount exactly does it become wrong? Or does it?

    People's sense of entitlement can be alarming. How about just ask the SA if...
  59. Re: Differences across the Atlantic in the fragrance market

    As an American who moved to the UK 12 years ago, I don't know that much about what the men in the US wear. But I can say that body spray/deodorants are very popular here, and I seem to smell One...
  60. Re: Ordering frags from the EU to the UK and the adventures of postal regulations.

    That actually did happen to me, with a bottle bought from Germany. I'd never opened the box - even the packing box. But I simply wasn't allowed to ship it back. The UK law is quite clear here, and...
  61. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    I'm not sure that what you say is true; I could look under the hoods of 30 cars and not have a clue how superior any of the engines is...but then I'm not even an amateur. But it's not just about...
  62. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Thanks, Nairn. I like that piece.

    This was an interesting bit for me:

    For all criticism is based on that equation: KNOWLEDGE + TASTE = MEANINGFUL JUDGMENT. The key word here is meaningful....
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    Re: Favourite releases of 2015

    In the end I liked Salome enough to buy it. I also really liked Feve Delicieuse and Oud Palao.
  64. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    I think we agree :) I reacted to your line about "intellectual discourse." Of course you're right. But if there are any shy lurkers here who might be lured away from "which one should I buy?"...
  65. Re: Suggestions? "beachy" scent for a young lady without the suntan lotion notes.....

    Without the tropical, suntan lotion-type vibe, it's harder for me to imagine what will remind your daughter of the beach. But another nice fragrance that has a beachy salty theme is Fleurs de Sel by...
  66. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    Sure, and I agree with what you say but I wouldn't want to get too highfalutin about it. I'd encourage anyone to write, have an opinion, discuss, and listen with an open mind. It's how we learn....
  67. Thread: Want Your Input

    by Kagey
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    Re: Want Your Input

    Perhaps Black Oud by LM Parfums. Or La Haine by Mark Buxton. I was also thinking of Montecristo by Masque Milano.
  68. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    That's too true. I gave up reading his articles because they're such hard work. Andrew Sullivan used to give out a Poseur of the Year award. I don't know if Schjeldahl was ever nominated but you can...
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    Thanks fo the tip. I can see what you mean; I have La Fumee Ottoman and it's one of my favorites. I liked the "breath of the gods" d'Or from SL, but didn't think it was interesting enough even if it...
  70. Re: About Damn Time: Luca Turin's Latest Reviews November 30, 2015

    It's good to see the new Arabia reviews, and to hear about a potential new book about niche. I've been slowly making my way through the Folio Columns, savoring only a couple a night because I don't...
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    Re: Lutens fanboy thread

    I love and have owned a lot of SLs, but now have a relatively small number: MKK, Fumerie Turque, and Cuir Mauresque. I found that I just wasn't wearing the other ones.

    Now that a few longtime...
  72. Re: Midnight in Paris Edp : really gem or good mainstream?

    It's a really nice perfume. Nothing very exciting about it, although I do love the bottle. You should smell it for yourself and see what you think. I can think of many worse fragrances I could smell...
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    Re: Violet beyond Fahrenheit/G. Flannel?

    I'm surprised that nobody's mentioned Dans Tes Bras, so I will.
  74. Re: Article about the deodorization of contemporary American fiction

    Great article, thanks for sharing it.
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    Re: Tauerville Amber Flash

    I really like it. My initial impression is it's a lot like Mona di Orio's Ambre. But then it is a tiny bit more smoky, and it's got some incense, and an animalic thing going on also.
  76. Re: In a case shop sends your order to you twice...

    This, although they'll most likely tell you to keep it. This actually happened to me just the other day.
  77. Re: OUD with Gendarme vibe (fresh,clean,laundry.......)?

    I don't know Gendarme that well, but I'd suggest Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot, as it might fit your purposes.
  78. Re: Reputation system and ability to vote on reviews?

    Nothing wrong with opinions, and some people write better reviews than others. There are a few people here whose opinions and reviews I enjoy and seek out, because they write well, or I've noticed...
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    Re: Thoughts on Bergdorf Goodman?

    Bergdorf's is worth going to at least once, if only to have the experience of the JAR section.
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    Re: 17 year old male and confused

    Spicebomb is perfectly acceptable. I do prefer the Eau des Baux, though. To me they're in a similar vein.
  81. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    Love: Rose

    Hate: that synthetic musk that's in the drydown of APOM Pour Homme but not Pour Femme. I haven't figured out what it is yet.

    These will change any minute.
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    Re: New Linari Launch - Stella Cadente!

    I received a sample of this recently with an order from Essenza Nobile. I get a lot of orange and spice; it reminds me a little of Maharanih by Nicolai. And a little like the opening of the new Tom...
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    Re: Notes in perfumes and personality traits?

    Yes, and M-B is based on old Jungian ideas that, again, have no basis in fact and have been thoroughly debunked. But people love to think there's a systematic way of explaining people and grouping...
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    Re: Notes in perfumes and personality traits?

    Well that makes the most sense I've heard.

    The thing is, "personality tests," even the ubiquitous Meyers Briggs, which is used by Serious professionals (often HR departments) to try and...
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    Re: Half a year in... What do you think...

    You have a nice collection there. I'd love to see you come back and revisit your original post in a year's time and tell us what you think. Six months is such a short time.
  86. Re: New Niche fragrances (last couple of years) that you're crazy about -

    I'll suggest Oud Palao from Diptyque.
  87. Thread: Jammy Rose

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    Re: Jammy Rose

    I'd also suggest sampling Rose Flash.

    Also, Rose Jam shower gel, which has insane longevity for a shower gel and smells a lot like Rose Flash, is back. At least here in the UK. Apparently they...
  88. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Tauer Rose Flash. Rosy and a little spicy. Reminds me a lot of the Rose Jam shower gel by Lush.

    Edit: I've just seen that I'm not the only one reminded of Rose Jam! Glad to see that sometimes.
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    Re: Does Calvin Klein have any good fragrances ?

    I really like CK One Shock also, so another vote.

    But otherwise, Calvin Klein probably has the biggest number of perfumes I dislike of any house. Absolutely cannot stand CK One or Eternity.
  90. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Tauer's Amber Flash. So far so good. Reminds me of Mona di Orio's Ambre but then goes quite spicy, with a lot of incense.
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    Re: 17 year old male and confused

    In the UK 'college' is what Americans refer to as high school.
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    Re: 17 year old male and confused

    I'd suggest
    - Eau des Baux by L'Occitane (in their shops all over London)
    - CK One Shock (find it in Boots)
    - Dirty or Smugglers Soul by Lush (any Lush shop, or check out their dedicated...
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    Re: People requesting me to stop wearing fragrance

    Wait. Forget the perfume - you can get green tea kit kats at H mart?! I've got an H mart nearby, and I'm so going there first chance I get!

    To the OP, not sure what to tell you. You don't seem to...
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    Re: Where have all the women gone?

    It looks like Grant has some clear ideas about improvements to the site. They all seem reasonable, and in order to make them happen the first priority will evidently have to be fundraising; he can't...
  95. Thread: A great tragedy

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    Re: A great tragedy

    Because the post office is hugely under-resourced and can't be going back to deal with every dodgy package. And because they state very clearly that prohibited items will be destroyed. It's not up to...
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    Re: Fragrance for my husband

    I'd suggest Coze by Parfumerie Generale.
  97. Thread: A great tragedy

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    Re: A great tragedy

    Let's not go crazy. The policy is well known and straightforward. Some might say the stupidity is in violating the policy and then complaining that you got caught.
  98. Thread: A great tragedy

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    Re: A great tragedy

    It's a terrible shame about the loss of those perfumes, and my heart goes out to you.

    My understanding is that sending perfume within the UK is illegal unless it's in original packaging and 100ml...
  99. Re: Barbershop picks that are sweet and very modern?

    Same here. I've been reading through this thread with interest, and wondering if someone might care to educate me about two things:

    1. What classifies a fragrance as "barbershop?" Please don't...
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    Re: Wife gives thumbs down on my collection

    I'm not sure how it works in your house, so forgive me if I've got it wrong. But one thing that might help is not to make a big deal of smelling and choosing and commenting on perfumes with a partner...
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