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    The Perfumed Court service gone downhill?

    Placed an order over a week ago. Haven't received anything. Tracking code is worthless as it still says nothing.

    In this day and age of Amazon Prime and Shoprunner, the customer expectations are...
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    Muscs Koublai Khan: weak projection?

    First off, I'm surprised how much I like this scent considering that when I tried it last year I found it repulsive. But I've tried it at Barneys the past few days and really like it.

    Here's the...
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    Re: Clive Christian perfumes

    when i first got into fragrances last year, 1872 and X were among the first niche fragrances i smelled. i loved them. but i found this forum and thought to myself that perhaps i was a bit of a...
  4. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    i've had a big sample of EN for a while now and have worn it a few times and i'm quite familiar with it by now and i have to say it just doesn't excite me. kinda boring to me. i much prefer Vetiver...
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    Re: S o t D - Wednesday, 18 March 09

    my favorite cedar scent yet

    http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt328/union1411/Paspx.jpg
  6. Re: All You Really Need to Know About Cologne - March GQ (US)

    ugh i don't want the masses who read GQ to learn about SL and other niches. i like to think i smell somewhat unique from all the other guys. last thing i want is every other guy wearing Chergui or...
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    Fragrances I sampled over the past week

    Hermes Bel Ami: terrific old school, powerhouse, perhaps a little old man-ish, leather fragrance. excellent sillage and longevity. spicy and woodsy. i like it but not for the price bergdorf charges...
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    Re: Cedar recommendations?

    Cedar Eau de Parfum by L'Occitane is a big shot of cedar.
  9. Re: Burr gives Citron de Vigne by Fresh three stars

    i don't think Sephora carries this. they carry only a few of Fresh's fragrances (not the entire line) and I've never seen this one at any of their stores.
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    Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress

    tried it today (it's on my wrist, after a few hours, as i type). first thing that come to mind: Polo. there's nothing in this to keep me interested. green for sure but with little excitement.
    ...
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    Re: Lone wolf frags with no peer

    you're exactly right. i went to saks today to check out orange spice after reading your post. it's kouros! (or kouros is orange spice).

    is it worth getting a sample of orange spice or is it...
  12. Re: In a sample rut again, need recommendations

    i haven't heard of at least half of these, which means i'm intrigued now. definitely something new. thanks.
  13. Re: In a sample rut again, need recommendations

    i agree. i just came back from saks and tired it and didn't like it. also sprayed on Creed's cypress scent (cyprus musc or something like that) and tom ford's (which smells like polo). didn't like...
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    Re: S o t D - Friday 6 Mar 09

    Rive Gauche

    every time i wear this, it floors me. what a perfect fragrance with great sillage, like an aura of sophistication around me.
  15. Re: In a sample rut again, need recommendations

    has anyone tried Acqua di Parma's Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana?

    sounds intriguing.
  16. Re: In a sample rut again, need recommendations

    thanks for the recommendations. i forgot i wanted to try Serge Lutens Santal de Mysore and Cuir Mauresque, so thanks for those recommendations. Also Parfum d'Habit. I tried it once on my wrist and...
  17. In a sample rut again, need recommendations

    I have no samples ordered for next week, which is a travesty. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Looking to order about 6 or 7 samples.
  18. Re: Fragrances I've sampled over the last 2 weeks

    now that i think about it, it's the neroli. i don't like neroli and i think Lui has a decent amount in it. oh well.

    but i will give it another wearing this weekend just in case.

    edit: decided...
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    Poll: Re: Terre d'Hermes or Dior Homme?

    TdH is probably more versatile. DH gets powdery and a bit girly. i can't see wearing DH to work. that said both of them give me headaches so i try to stay as far away from them as i can.
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    Re: Lone wolf frags with no peer

    what about Kouros? what out there smells like Kouros?
  21. Fragrances I've sampled over the last 2 weeks

    CdG 2 Man: it's Gucci PH with less longevity

    Heeley Fine Leather: beyond disgusting. it's a Tier 2 level of revulsion. Tier 1 is reserved for Secretion Magneifque and MKK. Le Labo Patchouli 44...
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    Re: Work rotation frags

    i've started to wear whatever i want because i have not had one - not ONE - person ever say anything to me about my fragrances. not a compliment. nothing. i spray 3 to 4 times (wrists or inner...
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    Re: Thoughts on the samples I received today.

    btw have you tried L'Artisans Voleurs de Roses? i personally think it's much better and more realistic than the rose in Black Aoud and 88. give it a try sometime, unless you have an aversion to...
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    Re: Thoughts on the samples I received today.

    i tried all those and didn't care for any of them except Chergui, which to me is one of the best fragrances ever and makes other tobacco fragrances that i like seem so one-dimensional and pedestrian....
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    Re: Parfumerie Generale, interesting niche ?

    try them for sure as there are some unique fragrances in the line, but i didn't like any of them.
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    Re: The Excitement.....and The Dissapointment

    also i have taken a 1/2 day off from work before so i get home earlier for a mega-shipment of samples. was too excited to wait.
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    Re: The Excitement.....and The Dissapointment

    guilty

    to show this sickness more clearly, i was looking up islands in the south pacific to move to. something a little remote. a dream of mine.

    and then i thought, "man, what about when i...
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    Re: Each house's "signature" style

    L'Occitane: a beautiful forest (i've tried 5 of their fragrances - the men's line i believe)
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    Re: Each house's "signature" style

    i've only tried 3 fragrances from MPG so far but each one has been bone dry.
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    Kouros: a revisit after a few months

    last year, when i was a fragrance newbie, i tried kouros and thought it was the most disgusting fragrance because of the urine note.

    i tried it again today out of curiosity at Perfumania. between...
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    Re: L'instant De Guerlain PH Extreme

    loved the beginning (like really loved it), but after an hour or so, i just felt i smelled too sweet and powdery. i've worn it 3 times so far. might have to put the sample away and come back to it...
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    Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver worth a blind buy?

    a big NO, and i love fragrances with lots of vetiver, but Guerlain's smells like an old person's home
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    Re: Creed samples. Ick.

    i've been to all the stores that carry Creed here in nyc many times - Bergdorf, Saks, Aedes - and none of the SAs have ever been pushy. now the Clive Christain SAs, that's a different story. they...
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    Re: Cologne Video Reviews

    that girl Carly in your video is hot. if she's ever in nyc, tell her to find me.
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    Re: My new obsession - sample purchasing

    i hear ya. i think i've become more addicted to sampling than to actually wearing fragrances. not a day goes by that i'm not either receiving a TPC sample in the mail or I'm at...
  36. Re: a couple of Guerlain samples arrived today

    not digging the L'Instant EDP after all. wore it last night when i went to a bar and then all day today. gets powdery and sweet on drydown. a bit too much powdery/sweetness for me. too bad becaue...
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    Re: Sécrétions Magnifiques

    i remember when i smelled this. it was at Henri Bendel. i asked the SA beforehand what it smells like because i was basically scared to try it based on reivews (plus it has a penis drawing on the...
  38. a couple of Guerlain samples arrived today

    derby vintage - awesome. you can just tell the ingredients are top notch for the first whiff. might be a tad formal/old man'ish for me. not sure. very nice leather and woodsy notes. again i can't get...
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    Re: Rochas Lui - What have you done to me???

    this thread motivated me to order a sample today. if this is another one of those old man scents, i am not gonna be a happy camper :)
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    Re: Sécrétions Magnifiques

    yes you can
  41. Re: I'm in a sample rut - pick me 3 samples to try

    thanks all

    i'm intrigued by

    Histories de Parfums Marquis de Sade

    Chanel- Bois des Iles

    Parfumerie Generale Aomassai
  42. I'm in a sample rut - pick me 3 samples to try

    i've sampled so much that i feel like i don't know what to sample next. yet my sample addiction must continue today. i need to order something today :)

    just recommend whatever you want. if i...
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    Re: Who does not like TdH and why?

    i liked it the first few times a lot but with time i've noticed that

    a) there's something synthetic about it

    b) induces headaches

    c) there's better fragrances out there that do vetiver
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    Re: Your ultimate migraine frag is... ?

    he said migraines, not convulsions/cardiac arrest
  45. Re: which ingredients give you the best sillage?

    the king of them all (imo) is probably aoud

    then patchouli/vanilla (tie)

    followed by vetiver
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    Re: Your ultimate migraine frag is... ?

    MKK

    two of the worst headaches i've ever experienced
  47. Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain similar to Terre d'Hermes?

    that's a good point. does that happen with people's noses: they pick up certain notes more pronouncedly than other people's noses?
  48. Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain similar to Terre d'Hermes?

    ok the drydown was definitely much different after all.

    good stuff btw.
  49. Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain similar to Terre d'Hermes?

    ok, i'll wait. i've had it on for about an hour and right now it smells to me like 80% TdH with a 20% layering of Gucci PH.
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    Re: Sécrétions Magnifiques

    i will pray for you

    keep a bucket handy nearby
  51. L'Air du Desert Marocain similar to Terre d'Hermes?

    I'm sampling it right now and just want to make sure i'm not hallucinating that it smells extremely similar to TdH. anyone else confirm? or do i have a malfunctioning nose?
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    Re: Sécrétions Magnifiques

    this fragrance is the most disgusting fragrance i've ever smelled. i can't be within a 2 mile radius of it for fear of throwing up all over myself (which would probably smell better than the...
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    Re: Is sillage out of fashion?

    i was wondering the same thing. it seems that 9 out of 10 fragrances i sample have little sillage. then again 9 out of 10 i sample are niche, so maybe they often don't have much sillage or maybe i...
  54. Re: Bottles you want but can't justify purchasing

    i agree with the Chanel "Exclusifs". how could i forget them. 200ml bottles? uh no thanks.
  55. Re: Bottles you want but can't justify purchasing

    Bond # 9 for sure. pretty much the entire line. i like a few of their fragrances but then i'm like "i don't want a full bottle of this, especially not at that price"
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    Re: First date! What to wear?

    Secretions Magnifique
  57. Re: Bottles you want but can't justify purchasing

    most of the l'Artisans because of the terrible longevity/sillage (except for the two i own, which are powerful)

    Nostalgia - longevity/sillage. 3 hours tops on me.

    Guerlain's Gourmand Coquin - i...
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    Re: "Americans wear too much cologne/perfume?"

    me too. i'm probably the only one in my office that wears fragrance.

    oh and since i started gettinginto fragrances, i get alot of "gay" comments (jokingly) from male friends/brother as in "what...
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    Re: "Americans wear too much cologne/perfume?"

    americans barely wear any fragrances in general. i'm originally from the middle east where you can smell the average person's fragrance from 5 miles away because they spary half a bottle on...
  60. Re: Which Vetiver fragrances smell more vetiver?

    i would think VE and RdV would be in the same group, not Guerlain and VE
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    Re: Santa maria novella nostalgia

    i'm wearing nostalgia right now (2nd time i've tried it) and i love the opening and i actually like the drydown, though it is way, way, way softer than the opening.

    but . . . this fragrance has...
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    Re: The Other Side (a SA's point of view)

    regarding samples, the reality is that samples sell fragrances. the managers at department stores should be harassing the perfume houses daily for more samples.

    let's look at my purchases from...
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    Re: L'Artisan Dzing!: Shoestore in a bottle?

    today i tried it for the 3rd time

    and now i finally get the leatehr smell. it's definitely there and pretty strong. don't know why i didn't notice it bfore - maybe i had a cold or something, who...
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    Fragrances I've sampled in 2009 so far

    these are quick, brief notes on what I've sampled so far. I'm not a poet - and I'm somewhat new to fragrances - so my descriptions are a little newbish. Thank goodness for generous lunch hours and...
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    Re: Heavy fragrances?

    Serge Lutens and Caron scents if you want heavy.
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    Re: Whats a good Frederic Malle to try?

    captures it perfectly and it is my favorite so far, though i've only tried 3 on my skin (MR, VE, and this) and about 10 on paper strips.

    the Barneys SA insisted that Bois D'Orage had no vetiver in...
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    Re: SotD, Thursday- 12th of Feb 09

    Bois D'Orage/French Lover

    my new holy grail
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    Re: What makes you totally give up on a frag ?

    when it stops returning my calls
  69. Do you buy decants before buying full bottles?

    After sampling a fragrance about 3 or 4 times (full wears), I then buy the full bottle if I like what I smell. I think I'm starting to regret that as I have bottles that I have hardly touched since...
  70. Thread: Burning Wood

    by union1411
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    Re: Burning Wood

    if you want to the smell of something burning: Le Labo Patchouli 24

    which i think is disgusting by the way and tried in vain to scrub it off an hour later
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    Why no wine fragrances?

    There's tobacco, tea, absinthe, chocolate, coffee, even cat pee pee - you name it.

    But no wine.

    Pour quoi mon freres?
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    Re: S o T D -- Monday, February 9 '09

    Fou D'Absinthe

    honestly, this is my last L'Artisan purchase. their longevity sucks. and this is an EdP too. love the fragrance, hate the fact, that it's almost gone now (been almost 4 hours).
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    Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute

    what does "powdery" smell like?

    a female coworker of mine have said these fragrances i wear smell "powdery": Bois du Portugal, Chergui, and a couple of others i can't remember off the top of my...
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    Re: S o T D - Friday, February 6

    going to a club in a few minutes. can't decide: Tobacco Vanille or Fou d'Absinthe? any suggestions? 25-35 age crowd
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    Re: KNIZE: complete.

    is that your hardwood floor? i like the really dark floors like that. my hardwood floor is more like the orangish type of wood, which i detest.
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    Re: KNIZE: complete.

    that was interesting. i'm sitting here on my computer not paying attention to the scent, and then this whiff of forest (or something greeny) and leather was like part of the air for a second and...
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    Re: KNIZE: complete.

    yaye K-10 was waiting for me tonight when i got home. been wearing it for about an hour now. definitely a unique leather smell. not quite what i expected. it's not like Tuscan Leather which smells...
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    Re: KNIZE: complete.

    consider yourself one of the lucky ones. you have the Extreme edition.
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    Re: Snob Appeal: Niche Houses that RELY On It

    Le Labo and Clive Christian are tops in my book

    Clive Christian annoys me also because of the SAs. Go to Saks or the men's store of Bergdorf's and you'll be assaulted by an SA with this stuff.
    ...
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    Re: KNIZE: complete.

    yeah i was kidding.

    btw, does Knize Ten have birch tar? my bottle arrives in a couple of days (finally) - it's a blind buy. i was wondering because i tried Patchouli 24 the other day - which i...
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    Re: KNIZE: complete.

    looks like you don't own a bottle of Knize Ten Extreme
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    Re: Does your local scent store know your face?

    me too lol
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    Re: Does your local scent store know your face?

    i think most of the major frag stores in manhattan know my face. i visit them often, but don't buy often (like based on % of visits to a store), but i buy more per year than most of their customers,...
  84. Re: Received my Santa Maria Novella samples today.

    i'm warming up to Toscano (worn it 3 times now from the sample). i still think TV is way better, but to each their own. resembled Bulgari Black alot imo (but sweeter). Nostalgia was a challenging...
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    Re: Diptyque Philosykos: My first niche.

    i recently tried this on my skin and while it's amazingly realistic, it seems like it's more suited to be a room spray imo. i love the smell and would like to be in a room that smells like that but i...
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    Re: chanel cuir de russie

    i tried this on my skin over the weekend at saks. hated it. not sure what family of leather this belongs to, but smells weird and feminine to me. maybe i'm a leather noob, but i prefer Tuscan...
  87. Re: A longer lasting version of Tom Ford's Noir De Noir?

    i tried this today and love it. so far great sillage and longevity (as do all of the TFs that i've tried).

    i love Voleurs de Roses but, like pretty much all l'Artisans, has poor longevity and...
  88. Re: I think I may have discovered the best chocolate scent yet!

    i just tried this today - Guerlain's Gourmand Coquin - and i agree that it is terrific (if you like chocolate).

    edit: i really hated the girly looking bottle. also the price is a bit high for this...
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    Re: Got a strong whiff of Antaeus

    i'm doing a little prayer right now thanking the almighty for steering my childhood away from your high school
  90. Re: Looking for alternative to Terre d Hermes

    Montale Red Vetyver

    the other night i had each on a separate wrist for a few hours and i could not tell the difference. but the Montale is much more pricey
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    Do you guys also tend to dress the part?

    Are you guys lounging around with a Buffalo Bills sweatshirt with pizza stains on it and a beer belly while wearing Chergui or Habit Rouge, or do you tend to dress better than average person as well,...
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    Re: Knize Ten after a couple of weeks

    my bottle arrives in a few days. i hope i like it. (blind buy, but what choice do i have; edit: oh now i see that PC has samples of it; ugh)

    i like tobacco and leather scents, but not all, and i...
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    Re: Knize Ten after a couple of weeks

    http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr108/jannejjj/fdfd.jpg
  94. Re: ok, so what is the most offensive niche scent

    they have it at henri bendel (about a block away from bergdorf)
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    Re: The Most Offensive of the Designer Scents

    kouros by a mile

    then farenheit and le male
  96. Re: Please compare: Blenheim Bouquet vs. YSL pour homme

    i have both and YSL PH imo is pretty generic. don't know why i own it. plus it lasts 2 hours tops on my skin.

    blenheim has two notes that dominate on my skin: pine and thyme. doesn't smell...
  97. Re: Never thought I should meet allergic people...

    i'm all for fragrances but there are some fragrances - like MKK - that will almost paralyze me with the most severe headache that i would be rendered useless. so i can sympathize with coworkers who...
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    Re: Red vetyver vs. TdH

    after reading this thread i got a sample of Red Vetyver and a sample of TDH today after work.

    each is on a separate wrist right now and they both smell almost exactly the same to me.

    maybe...
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    Re: The Other Side (a SA's point of view)

    sometimes more than pointless. they can make me not want to buy.

    i've been to barneys a few times here in nyc and the snob level of the SAs there is unparalleled. yeah they sprayed everything i...
  100. Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV: Any thought or reviews???

    I just realized the likely reason this smells like Aedes fragrance on me: it's created by the same person (Bertrand Duchaufour).

    And both also smell almost identical to Dzongkha on dry down,...
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