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    Re: Buying perfume on-line

    Ausliebezumduft.de
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    Re: Intuition for Men by Estee Lauder

    I've long owned Intuititon and find it fairly boring... it's pleasant enough but suffers from being a tad too generic, even with the promising pyramid. The opening is an ambery/apple accord which...
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    Re: Chanel Cuir de Russie edc question

    It's counterintuitive but the fact it's sealed will cause some buyers to shy away because there may be evaporation. Carefully open the cellophane and open the box from the top without taking the...
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    Re: Is Serge Lutens in a Rut?

    I have to agree. I don't care for Serge Noir but I can appreciate why someone would. Likening a fragrance to cancer (based on what? One sampling?) is pointless. Why bother? As cpk mentioned in...
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    Re: S o t D, Wednesday, 21 October, 2009

    On this, a totally random Wednesday, I've decided to go hog wild and wear a bit of my most precious decant:

    Guerlain Djedi ('96 re-issue)

    Why own it if you're not going to wear it? I do not...
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    Re: Looking for a masculine chypre?

    Wow... mikeperez takes the words out of my mouth.... When discussing chypres it's important to note that there is a difference between structure and aroma. As scentemental discusses, oakmoss is used...
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    Re: the new Fahrenheit Absolute by Dior

    I wrote a mini-review of sorts on the other thread so I won't repeat myself here, but I will say it's a shame Dior isn't more forthcoming with this release to the US. This has become the norm with...
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    Re: Chanel Coromandel

    As with many of Turin's descriptions, the 'white chocolate' term used to describe Coromandel is as much about imagery and feel as it is about literal description. 'White chocolate' is smooth,...
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    Re: Chanel Coromandel

    He was involved in both - correct.
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    Re: S o t D : Tuesday, 20 October 2009

    My SOTE has been: Guerlain Heritage EdP (new formula)
  11. Re: but what if cologne/perfume is only ONE of your many addictions??

    Well those are some damn nice phones... I had an N92 EU model and always wanted an N93i but never went for it. After owning only Nokias for 11 years I finally cut the cord and *gulp* bought an HTC...
  12. Re: Guerlain questions - "new tweaked" Insolence and Boise Torride

    I too bought the mini of the EdP to test it out, and yes the bottle of the EdP is a smoky purple instead of clear. I find the juice to be even more garrish and obnoxious, which means I think it's...
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    Re: Feminine scents no guy could pull off

    Really what's the difference? How does one define 'pull it off' that's really any different from wearing something and enjoying it. If one is confident with who they are what they wear then it is...
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    Re: Looking for a masculine chypre?

    I have a sample of the '99 PdA EdT and a FB of the EdP and I agree the EdP is a brighter and a bit longer lasting - I'll have to re-sample my EdT and check for the chypre accord.

    If you (moon...
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    Re: If I like Tumulte, what else . . . ?

    If you can find it, the d/c'd Gucci Rush is a lot like Tumulte, as is Azzaro Visit. For niche you really should get to it and try CdG Hinoki which blows them all away by far.
  16. Re: Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Sicilian Almond / Mandorlo di Sicilia

    I actually first sampled this in the men's department in a Saks, so yes it's intended for men to wear as well as women. Personally I find it a tad too sweet for my tastes. If you're looking for...
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    Re: Chanel Coromandel

    I'm kinda cheating since I only skimmed the thread before posting, but this post in particular caught my eye. I love and adore both Borneo and Coromandel as they both fill different patchouli...
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    Re: Is Serge Lutens in a Rut?

    I would have said yes until Fille en Aiguilles. Neither Nuit de Cellophane or Serge Noir appealed to me at all, and especially the Cellophane I thought was inferior for Lutens. However with F-e-A I...
  19. Re: Observed something horrifying at Sak's the other day

    The way I read it, there are three issues being discussed, and the combination of the issues is the 'problem'.

    1) Using 12 sprays - in and of itself this isn't any big deal at all. Depending on...
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    Re: Fou D'Absinthe vs. Fille en Aiguilles

    Mikeperez summarizes these well. Personally I don't find much overlap between the two besides both having a spicy, slightly masculine edge. The SL is very rich, and while I wouldn't describe it as...
  21. Thread: Leather Scents

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    Re: Leather Scents

    SMN products are available through a small handful of boutiques and online sites; Creed is available from every perfume retailer, mall store, website, etc. True one can go online and buy either SMN...
  22. Thread: V e t i v e r s

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    Re: V e t i v e r s

    Yes. It's at all L'occitane stores.
  23. Re: Vintage Rose Attar , starting bid:$297,000.00 on Ebay

    It's been on ebay for months. The story, if true, is quite amazing and it is probably very valuable, but it is a problem for potential buyers to have no idea what the quality of the contents are.
  24. Thread: Leather Scents

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    Re: Leather Scents

    The new Tom Ford's are nice but heardly pack any leather punch. The SMN Peau d'
    Espagne is one of the strongest leather fragrances made today, so you're likely looking for something with moee...
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    Re: Secretions Magnifiques...

    People said the same thing about Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol's art. Throwing weird stuff together is a lot of how you could grossly overgeneralize modern art, and it's not uncommon for the...
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    Re: S o t D : Tuesday, 20 October 2009

    Tom Ford Urban Musk (from two factory samples because one is never enough! LoL)
  27. Thread: V e t i v e r s

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    Re: V e t i v e r s

    If you're really curious about the various facets of vetiver why not try pure vetiver oil? You can pick it up inexpensively from any variety of sources.

    For fragrances with a raw vetiver the...
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    Poll: Re: Rate Your Wardrobe!

    Even though I haven't entered it into BN I'd personally put my collection at @8. I could use to trim down some unwanted bottles and I'm lacking in some niche houses and don't have much by way of 80s...
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    Re: Eau de Guerlain?

    I echo Ruggles' thoughts - it's pretty much as perfect as a cologne can be. Personally I don't get the best longevity but that's OK. The blend of citrus notes is superb and the florals are...
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    Re: Looking for a masculine chypre?

    As I understand it labdanum is not required but it's almost always present in the chypre accord. I was searching BN threads for info and found a good one that I'll link to when I'm not posting via...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Musc Kublai Khan *Alert*

    Some musks really need to warm up on the skin before you can smell them, and many people are anosmin to certain musks and cannot smell some musks in a multi-musk scent like MKK. Personally after the...
  32. Re: Santa Maria Novella Imperial Lavender... for men?

    As with most SMN fragrances the Imperial Lavender is a well done, straightforward interpretation of the note. As Ruggles said lavender is pretty much a unisex floral if not slightly masculine. ...
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    Re: S o t D - - Monday, 10.19.09

    Guerlain Cuir Beluga
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    Re: Secretions Magnifiques...

    FYI it's called 'Charogne' not 'La Charogne'. I happen to think it's fantastic and incredibly innovative. There are few floral leathers anymore and the combo of bergamot/lily/leather works very...
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    Re: Looking for a masculine chypre?

    Thank you scentemental for the far more specific and enlightening detail then I could have ever provided. I've already cut/paste your post into my 'perfumery education' files.

    As for Philtre...
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    Re: Looking for a masculine chypre

    You're right it is not a 'thing' - that was an anology. However a fragrance is not a chypre because it resembles 'Chypre de Coty' (which 99% of people today haven't smelled). Most chypres smell...
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    Re: Secretions Magnifiques...

    My friend... you are missing the point entirely. Six weeks ago I'd barely ever sampled an ELDO fragrance and for the last month I've extensively been sampling and testing every fragrance they've...
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    Re: Guerlain's Evasion.

    As an owner of VdN Evasion I can confirm it is Atrape Couer in EdT. I've tested them simultaneously and the VdN version isn't quite as rich and lasts a couple hours less but it's still excellent and...
  39. Thread: Best Lavender?

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    Re: Best Lavender?

    I second ELDO Antiheros. Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur and Jicky are citrus/lavenders.
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    Re: Looking for a masculine chypre?

    There was an excellent discussion of Jasmine White Moss on the feminine board and to what extent it smells like a chypre. I happen to really, really like JWM (enough to buy) and I think it smells...
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    Re: How do Caron Urn fragrances work?

    from Bergdorfs or the Caron boutique a 7.5ml is $100. However TPC has decants of almost all the urn parfums for $7/ml, probably because they bought large flacons (you can buy up to 1000ml bottles...
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    Re: Rive Gauche or Rive Gauche Light?

    Aquatic note? There must be something funny with your bottle because I have both RG and
    RG Light and there isn't the slightest difference between the two compositions save that the Light version is...
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    Re: Looking for a masculine chypre?

    A chypre MUST contain bergamot and oakmoss, and it will usually contain labdanum and patchouli. Without bergamot and oakmoss it is not a chypre. To identify the chypre accord compare samples of...
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    Re: S o t D Sunday, 18th of Oct.

    Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang-Ylang EdP
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    Re: Habit Rouge EDP.

    The EdP is my favorite version of HR and I highly recommend it. However unless you're wedded to the fancy bottle you can find HR EdP for about 40% less in it's 'standard' faux-leather wrapped...
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    Re: Looking for a masculine chypre?

    The original PM is not an US Chanel boutiques... I don't know about duty frees. As said above, many online retailers still have it and not even very expensively (fragranceexpress had cheap testers...
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    Re: Secretions Magnifiques...

    Its an artistic statement, not a wearable fragrance...
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    Re: Guerlain for man; name best ones

    Many Guerlains marketed to women are perfect on men as well. Try:

    Mitsouko
    Shalimar
    Apres L'Ondee
    Chamade
    Vol de Nuit

    That's a good start... a Guerlain counter ata department store will...
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    Re: S o t D, Saturday, 17 October 2009

    Guerlain Vetiver EdC (vintage)

    - There really is quite a difference between this and the current EdT. The viintage is far more astringent with less tobacco to muddy the vetiver note. It's about...
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    Re: DR Harris Sandalwood Cologne?

    If you're after an old-timey sandalwood try Caswell Massey's - or even Crabtree & Evelyn. Both are good sandalwood colognes. Personally I'd advise you to get Tiffany for Men and enjoy the rich...
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    Re: Question about reapplying a fragrance

    I barely got through remedial calculus in high school so I'm not commenting on the math, but what I do know is that for those fragrances for which the basenotes are barely perceptible, reapplying...
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    Re: DR Harris Sandalwood Cologne?

    Call a store called Aidan Gill for Men in New Orleans - they carry the full DR Harris line. I was there a month ago and I'm pretty sure they have all the colognes (though I don't remember if there's...
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    Re: Today I bought ~~~~ October 2009 ~~~~

    Still not sure when Serena is going to be firing up the Ava Luxe line in full again, but for now I'm happy with her extraits/oils. I picked up

    Opoponax Intense
    Frangipani
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    Re: Today I bought ~~~~ October 2009 ~~~~

    Mikeperez: congrats on the vintage VdN... assuming that was the one on ebay I've been watching it for a while. Glad it's going to a good home.

    Today I started in earnest reaching my goal of...
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    Re: S o t D, Friday, 16 October 2009

    Montale Dew Musk
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    Re: By Kilian and verifying refill purchases?

    1. By Killians retailers have little 'kegs/tanks' with spigots, and as stated above you send back your empty for a refill.

    2. You can clean out an atomizer by spraying perfumers alcohol (I've...
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    Re: Musky Amber Scent

    ^^^^^ that or Parfumerie Generale L'Ombre Fauve. And I would have to guess that your Helmut Lang sample was switched!
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    Re: Musc Ravageur FM and L'Ombre Fauve PG

    Add another vote for L'Ombre Fauve here, not that MR is bad. I don't find the PG as musky as the Malle, but the balance of amber, patchouli and incense is just exquisite. I do wish I had a bottle.
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    Re: Time for Samsara

    Looks like Mr. G beat me to the posting the info!

    Merlino: PM me and we can work it out
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    Re: Time for Samsara

    For the EdT/EdP look for the clear bottle, for the parfum it's by serial number.

    Sampling again today I sniffed closely right after applying and did smell a styrax/rubber note, which must be what...
  61. Re: Any recommendations for a oriental incense type of scent?

    Isn't it at Neimans?? Pretty sure I saw it there.
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    Re: Santal de Mysore by Serge Lutens

    There's a huge spice (cumin? I forget) on top of the sandalwood note that can be love/hate. Worth sampling but just don't expect a pure santal scent...
  63. Re: Any recommendations for a oriental incense type of scent?

    You must sample the new Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles. It's a great oriental with a distinct incense (as opposed to just 'an incense').
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    Re: S o t D, Thursday, 15th October, 2009

    Hermes Ambre Narguille
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    Re: Vulva Real Vagina Scent

    This being the first time I've seen such a thread (and I can only imagine how many times previous it's popped up), I will heretofore keep count of every time someone finds the topic fascinating...
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    Re: Time for Samsara

    I bought a vintage Samsara parfum (blind) because...well basically I got an amazing deal on it and I've always been curious. I'm very, very pleased - ylang ylang, vanilla, and creamy sandalwood all...
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    Re: Today I Bought... October '09 Puchases!

    Coty La Rose Jacquimninot EdT (to match the EdP I already have) - as many of you already know based on that thread, it's darn good..
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    Re: Old Fashioned Soap Scent

    Prada Amber Pour Homme
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    Re: Amouage Lyric Man vs Woman

    Lyric Men was a weird one for me.... did you ever have a scent that you positively loved upon sampling on your arm but hated as a full wear? That was me with Lyric Men. It's a dark, luxurious rose...
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    Re: Musky Amber Scent

    Are you sure you tried Helmut Lang? It's a vanilla musk - no earthy, incense, or 'dark' notes. It's a favorite of mine and I have all three concentrations, and none of them are as you describe. ...
  71. Thread: Thank you D&G

    by heynow
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    Re: Thank you D&G

    I agree... I don't care what the label is or who makes it, I just care about the quality. Dior Homme, Tiffany for Men, Helmut Lang, Pour Monsieur, etc. .... all designers and all among my absolute...
  72. Re: Recommendation on Perfumes for teenagers, SUMMER :D

    I thought the women's got 5 stars and the men's got 4 stars... I don't have my book handy to confirm, though.
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    Re: did I but a fake?

    It's not fake if you bought it at Macys, and it's not unheard of for houses to change the printing, fonts, etc. from time to time on their bottles and boxes. What likely happened is one of the...
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    Re: Musky Amber Scent

    One of my faves! The parfum was a joint project between JCE and the Eau de Merveilles perfumer, Raf Schwieger (sp?) of Lipstick Rose fame. JCE did Elixir de Merveilles by himself.... which is...
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    Re: Musky Amber Scent

    Helmut Lang (EdC or EdP) has a vanilla/musk drydown with a woody/floral top/mid. You may also want to try Dior Homme, particularly the Cologne version, for a citrus/floral top with musky...
  76. Re: Juliette Has A Gun-Midnight Oud, has anyone tried this one?

    a. I do not think this is a women's perfume - not even a little bit.
    b. No one is going to come up to you and tell you that you're wearing women's perfume if you're wearing Midnight Oud (and...
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    Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    I sampled and wore this last week - it's a darn good vetiver with a nice, sharp, distinct vetiver. It's set apart by the sweetness of the contrasting/balancing notes. Great longevity and sillage,...
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    Re: Fougeres Best and Classics

    Samples are at TPC and its allegedly being rereleased, so hopefully FR won't be such a mystery anymore.

    My vote for fave fougere remains with Dior Jules. Must try for everyone.
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    Re: What Are The BEST Shower gels Around?

    I love the L'Occitanes... Vetyver, Eau des Baux, etc. Prada Amber PH is great, and my treasured one that seems to have vanished from retailers is Helmut Lang. The cosmetic company Peter Thomas Roth...
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    Re: The Best 5 Cheap Scents!

    Yeah but who knows which discontinueds will someday rise in value vs. those that will be forever worthless?? Since there's no way to know, the discussion might as well reflect the reality of today. ...
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    Re: The most BEAUTIFUL fragrance you have tried/own

    'Beautiful' is something that few scents are worthy of being described as IMHO. Among them are:

    Guerlain Apres l'Ondee
    Guerlain Sous le Vent
    Chanel Bois des Iles
    Chanel No.22
    Dior Diorella
    ...
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    Re: S o t D, Wednesday, 14 October 2009

    Comme des Garcons Carnation
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    Re: Vetiver Tonka and Vetiver Ambrato

    I agree mostly with moonfish. The vetiver note in VT is blended with the nutty/sweet tonka such that it creates a singular note. In VA, which I'm not a fan of, you have a distinct vetiver and a...
  84. Thread: Thank you D&G

    by heynow
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    Re: Thank you D&G

    They should just bring back By Man
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    Prada Artisan parfums

    I searched but couldn't find any recent threads on this line - please forgive me If I overlooked one and this is a duplicate thread.

    So what do people think of this Prada parfum line (the ones...
  86. Thread: Thank you D&G

    by heynow
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    Re: Thank you D&G

    I tested all five of these on two recent mall trips. I didn't find any of them particularly masculine or feminine - I'm not sure which number, but it was the 'oriental' one, that was decent. ...
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    Re: Your Most Recent 180

    When I first sampled Guerlain Samsara I found it totally overbearing and in-your-face for me to enjoy. I recently bought a bottle of vintage parfum and now I find it soothing and contemplative.
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    Re: how long does a 7.5mL bottle last?

    I'd say 5 wears. I had a couple of those minis at one point.... not bad.
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    Re: Rose and Chocolate?

    It's called Cherry Bomb.

    The notes are: Wild rose, osmanthus, chocolate and vetiver Sounds gross but it actually works pretty well.
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    Re: Today I bought ~~~~ October 2009 ~~~~

    When I first started collecting I fell into the "it's cheap at Marshalls what's the harm in buying it?" trap that so many fall into. I've finally sold and given away most of those bottles, though I...
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    Re: Guerlains that you highly recommend

    Congrats on your purchase.... if you're like me you'll start stressing that you need a backup now that it's discontinued. Not a cheap scent to backup. I assume Bergdorfs still had a few? PQJ is...
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    Re: Guerlains that you highly recommend

    Did you buy a bottle as you said you wanted to a couple weeks ago? I agree it's a masterpiece. I hate to be cynical but I fear that it's one of those 'JP Guerlain in name only' late Guerlains such...
  93. Re: Nominate your favorite classic Oriental fragrances

    Guerlain Shalimar
    Guerlain Vol de Nuit
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Tiffany for Men (part oriental/part chypre)
    Chanel Bois des Iles
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    Re: Guerlains that you highly recommend

    Lol... just ran out of time. I have all four concentrations of Habit Rouge.

    To continue....

    Mitsouko
    L'Heure Bleu
    Vol de Nuit
    Vol de Nuit Evasion
    Attrape Coeur
    Chamade
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    Re: Guerlains that you highly recommend

    The shorter list is which to not recommend!

    Let's see.... start with:
    Jicky
    Mouchoir
    Apres L'Ondee
    Nahema
    Parure
    Samsara
    Derby
  96. Thread: Vetiver

    by heynow
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    Re: Vetiver

    You'll likely get as many responses as there are different vetivers. There's never a 'best', only personal favorites. In my case I have and enjoy vetivers by: Guerlain, Givenchy, LezNez, Floris,...
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    Re: Rochas Moustache or Dior Eau Fraiche?

    The short answer is both if you like Roudnitska. Moustache is definitely 'weirder' while Eau Fraiche is fairly straightforward (but awesome). Eau Fraiche is a very bright citrus but doesn't last...
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    Re: Nasomatto Black Afgano ~ new fragrance

    I wonder if you need to ozium your room after you wear it...lol....

    Sampling again today and still impressed with the pungency of the incense and spice. I don't see myself wearing it often so I...
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    Re: Rose and Chocolate?

    The house 'Tokyomilk' makes a rose/cocoa scent though the name escapes me. I'll try to find out and post back....
  100. Re: How can it be that men's fragrance are 4 times more discussed?

    I truly feel bad for those of you who have to hide your hobby/interests because other people have antiquated and unfounded sterotypes. The only advice is to not worry about what others think and...
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