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  1. Thread: Your Best Deal

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    Re: Your Best Deal

    That's quite a story.
  2. Thread: Guerlain Derby

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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    I love that 200-ml bottle. It's a splash?

    Having lost one is a bummer, but you're clearly in good shape with your Derby collection.
  3. Thread: Guerlain Derby

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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    Looking good, Monsieur Montana!

    111169

    And two more not pictured?

    That's the re-issue new in cellophane, I believe? And of course, the gold cap, vintage Listerine bottle - the juice is so...
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    I've sampled Herod and liked it.

    Other than that, I seem to be clueless. Nothing about sampling Herod would make me compare the house to Bond No. 9. That sounds harsh.
  5. Thread: Guerlain Derby

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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    At first, I liked a chypre much more than this type of chypre plus, leather chypre in this case, I think. Vanilla chypres in some other cases. Even now, those can still be my favorites: Chanel Pour...
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    Having worn Amore, the two reviews didn't seem so at odds to me. I think the white flower is part of one of the major accords.



    This is an effective description, I think. But I think the...
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur (vintage? ) again

    It's a thing of beauty. I think it looks like an early 90s or late 80s bottle - it hardly matters. Early 90s though, I think. For my tastes, this is one of the best. I feel impeccably perfumed in...
  8. Thread: Guerlain Derby

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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    The re-issue is what we've been talking about, in the bottle not everyone likes, wood-framed glass panes. I actually like it.

    More specifically, I'm talking about the current version of the...
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers

    I like how these sound. I'd like some civet in Egoiste to go better with vintage Cuir de Russie.
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    I'm due for another round of testing these, but it could be a few weeks. I am especially curious about them.

    I've had some discussions about them through private messaging. I find myself wanting...
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    I like Enslaved, Beguiled, and Mischief. The Guerlain smell-alike for Danger Femme is Samsara. There's a lot of overlap with your notes and mine and a few others who went earlier.
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    Re: Does your partner understand your addiction?

    Early on during dating, we had date nights that just consisted of smelling a bunch perfumes on paper and comparing notes, lots of blind sampling, etc. She's always loved it. Saying she understands...
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    Re: Does your partner understand your addiction?

    No one here would use the word addiction. My son has commented that I have a lot of samples / too many samples when I had a box of 100 or so out in the kitchen.That was around three years ago, and...
  14. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Narciso Rodriguez for Her
  15. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    They both like restricted ingredients! Rogue is more of a mix of old and new, I think - based on the smells. Spirit Bear smells even more focused on an old style of perfume - 1910s.
  16. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    I've a feeling you would like Zino. If you want to go for what I like, you could get Chypre-Siam.
  17. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Zino
  18. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Casanova by Tiziana Terenzi
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I would describe Worth Pour Homme Concentree as soapy. A no-nonsense soap that can leave your skin dry if you go overboard, a squeaky clean soap.
  20. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Another plus one, or at least, Sisyphus, look into a Histoires de Parfums sampler.

    I like the Patchouli Noir.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Sample 5 - Zaffran. It's fun not knowing what to expect. This was ok for a few seconds, but did not last a minute before growing old. Scrubber.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Sample 4. Dirty Rose Oud Extreme. Not a successful flanker, for my tastes. Harsh.

    I could talk about Dirty Rose more. It has good longevity on skin.

    Dirty Rose makes me want a rose perfume....
  23. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    I'm shocked - shocked to hear about all this blind buying on Basenotes.
  24. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Good call for Gatsby.
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    If there was nice clothing in the women's section that I thought would work well on me, I wouldn't care that it was in the women's section. If all the men's sweaters were acrylic, and the women's...
  26. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    I love minis. You're getting into some fragrances I don't know. I like No. 19 and YSL Pour Homme. I wish Azzaro Pour Homme had more overlap with Tuscany to my nose. I've never bonded with the Azzaro....
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I'll have to try it again. It must have been fixed. Boss No. 1 was my best example of something that had been ruined smelling the current version in a shop.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I'm wearing Dirty Rose, so this caught my attention. Sorry to hear about the troubles testing on paper.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    Sample 3. Dirty Rose. Another promising opening. It's a rose. An interesting rose. Dirty? Not really. Why dirty? I'll think on it. I feel like it's just rose.

    Into the base, it's a little dirty. I...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I'm loving the Bel Ami - taco connection. Taco night, Taco Tuesday, etc., these are hallowed words to me. I might go with a pinch more cumin than the McCormick's - although I do admire its classic...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    The color looks good. This did get mutilated before the change to edp, but it looks like yours is an early version with the concentration on the bottom - from the color and your smelling notes.
  32. Re: If you could have 3 and only 3 fragrances from now until the end - which 3, and why? (no 'buts'.

    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Chanel Antaeus

    These are my three favorites.

    Pour Monsieur is the safe pick. Egoiste would be similarly safe. An easy option to wear anytime that's not...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I'm trying 2. Red Leather. I like the name. I like the very initial opening few seconds.

    This thing is crazy. It has character, and it's transporting. It definitely has a furniture type smell.
    ...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    There's some confusion about which came first, but her signature smell, including hairspray, was a match for Van Cleef and Arpels Pour Homme. She lived with a smoker, if that helps.
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    This one reminds me of my grandmother.
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    1. Givenchy Gentleman
    2. Jules
    3. Ho Hang Club
    4. Habit Rouge
    5. Bel Ami
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    It's easier with designers for me because I have more passion for them: Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain. Then Hermes and Givenchy.

    With niche, there are a few houses that make several that I've tried...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I went with Givenchy Gentleman for the evening because my lady friend said it was sexy.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    The previous notes list was Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood, and Leather.
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme 1976

    That bottle should be good. That's a travel size. Everything looks good to me. I would snatch it right up. That's a great fragrance.
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    That's a huge advantage for perfume explorations.



    This is true.
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    Florals are one of the advantages. There's also a longer history.
  43. Thread: Guerlain Derby

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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    Wow, from Derbyman himself!



    Always great to hear from Badarun!
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    Re: share your method of application

    A full, post-shower application is typically about three sprays to the chest, followed by putting on a cotton t-shirt before the perfume dries, and then spraying my left hand, often twice.

    If I'm...
  45. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    I love the cotton t-shirts. They're great for perfume in my experience. To go with Yatagan and your Dior fragrances, you could add Jules.

    I would see Fahrenheit and Dior Homme as things to shake...
  46. Re: Chanel Allure Homme vs Eqoiste Platiumn??? I went with.......

    Luca Turin is not a fragrance, at least not yet, but he writes about perfume. He has huge influence with some people, and gets quoted often. Some people quote him in a lot of their reviews, as if...
  47. Thread: Guerlain Derby

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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    I wonder if current is different from when you tried it.

    When I'm wearing one on each arm, I'm more drawn to the current version of Derby. I tend to be fussy about reformulations, but I like...
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    Re: The Opening of Vintage Polo

    I wish I could say. I quite like the base of Polo, which to me is in the realm of Givenchy Gentleman.

    You probably just want to collect different versions of Polo.
  49. Re: [Advice] Patchouli: Mazzolari vs. Lorenzo Villoresi

    I can't understand the Mazzolari. It wasn't for me. I haven't tried Villoresi's patchouli. Villoresi Uomo is a personal favorite.
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    Noted.Toasting with a Dalwhinnie 15.
  51. Thread: Guerlain Derby

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    Guerlain Derby

    I had smelled the current version of Guerlain Derby in shops several times, and had worn it out of shops a couple times, but I never had a stash of my own until recently a sales associate made a...
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    I'm guessing I would like the Villoresi and the Santa Maria Novella.
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    Re: Aventus the next Cool Water?

    I've smelled Aventus or something similar on people in New York City and Denver.
  54. Thread: House of Caron

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    Re: House of Caron

    Your posts are the best, grayspoole.
  55. Re: Obscure vintage masterpieces - what do you think they are?

    I rave about anything good I get to try, so I've got nothing.

    Ok, maybe a couple Avon's:

    Oland
    Blend 7
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    Givenchy Gentleman
    Giorgio Beverly Hills Giorgio for Men
    Histoires de Parfums Patchouli Noir
    Parfums de Nicolai Patchouli Intense
    Versace L'Homme

    Great note, patchouli.
  57. Thread: 10's top ten?

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    2010 - New Look 1947 by Christian Dior
    2011 - Rose BohŤme by Providence Perfume Co.
    2012 - Infusion d'Iris Eau de Parfum Absolue by Prada
    2013 - Amouage Fate Woman
    2014 - Allure Homme Edition...
  58. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Iím changing mine to Patchouli Intense by Nicolai.
  59. Thread: Would you.....

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    Re: Would you.....

    I would try Surrender to Chance, the Decant Shop, and the Perfumed Court.
  60. Thread: Would you.....

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    Re: Would you.....

    Good description, Man of the World.
  61. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    L'Heure Bleue
  62. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Chanel Allure Homme
  63. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Excellent call on Dior Spice Blend for tnowens.
  64. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Slumberhouse Baque.
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    Re: back-ups , which and how many

    1: what was the first scent you bought back-up bottle(s) of?

    Chanel Bois Noir - I bought two bottles at the same time.

    2: what is the latest scent you have bought back-up bottle(s) of?
    ...
  66. Re: Chanel Allure Homme vs Eqoiste Platiumn??? I went with.......

    I love the opening blast from Allure Homme. I’m at the end of a 50-ml bottle, and have a 100-ml backup in the wings.

    I have three bottles of Platinum Egoiste, which is one of my favorites.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I use the back of my left wrist, where a watch would be if I wore one. My stronger right hand gets a little dab on the left wrist, and the left wrist spreads it around: a bit on each side of the...
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    Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    Maybe Guerlain Chamade, an edt from the 90s or so.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Any smelling notes on the Ma Griffe?
  70. Thread: House of Caron

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    Re: House of Caron

    Interesting reaction to the announcement about current versions of Caron disappearing - no one's talking about stocking up.

    I have still just sampled the one feminine Caron, Tabac Blond edp (box...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Correct. Animalic honey jasmine.

    I get a little of a Kouros vibe from the animalics, but it's much cleaner, dressier, and flowery and the base has more sparkle.

    Sometime Boss comes across as...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Yesterday you were in a funk, today you're the boss. Nice turnaround.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Hopefully your mini is in better shape than the bottle in this picture. That "Number One" on the bottle portends disillusionment and heartbreak.



    This is how to post a vintage fragrance...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Either. The spray would be nice.

    I used to always transfer to sprays, now I just apply from the splashes.
  75. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    I don't see Boss as technically flawless, but certainly ambitious. I find humor in how hard the fragrance is trying, and I'm a fan.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    You're already killing it. Vintage Cuir de Russie edt is one of my favorites. And Bel Ami. Guerlain Vetiver isn't an all-time favorite, but close.
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    It had only been a vague idea, but I suppose the idea is to keep trying to find the next great feminine, or line, or house. I'm looking for real talent, expertise, craft, defiance of IFRA and/or EU,...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Iím always into the fragrances I have. I can get behind the idea of a buying freeze.
  79. Re: How many of you knew about the "rum controversy" that has similarities to fragrance industry iss

    Sugar is oak moss in your analogy?
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    Re: Rites of Perfume Passage

    I agree vintage is always better. I have bottles from the 70s at the earliest. Everything smells pristine.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Of course.



    Naturally.



    Early impressions are equally valid, I think.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Interesting comparison. It is hard to compete with older perfumes, without cheating and using similar ingredients.



    Davidoff is really good. It ticks the boxes that would have me adding it to...
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Lancome Sagamore
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Gucci Pour Homme (1976)

    For a fragrance marketed to women: Mitsouko.

    If much more than oak moss is making up the heft of a...
  84. Poll: Re: Just bought Polo green vintage...but in a splash bottle.

    I don't recall seeing your thoughts on Cosmair versus Warner before. I've stocked up on Cosmair. The Warner was much harder to find at the time I was looking. From sampling, I thought I might have...
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    The shopping can still be local at meetups, if it's something not sold at a huge discount online. It can feel asocial spending too much time browsing online discounters at a meetup.
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    Nice. Thank you so much for adding to the thread. I still have not tried Lapidus Pour Homme.
  87. Re: Houses you want to like but donít - whatís on your list?

    I want to like them all.

    Fazzolari is a good example. My cool friends like them. The company itself seems fairly hip. There were a couples hits with Au Dela and Au Dela Narcisse. And yet, I don't...
  88. Thread: Vintage Dior

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    Re: Vintage Dior

    The dominant accord in Diorama, Diorella, Dior-Dior, and Le Parfum de Therese is roughly the same to me. For something to establish in the rotation, any one of these would scratch the same itch,...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Yes. Too rare to worry with too awfully much, but it is well done.
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    I like this expression. It's not well known in America. I don't use it myself for fear of misuse. I might translate it as "joking" in this case. I like a good joke.
  91. Re: Vintage Chanel Perfumes & Colognes Discussion Thread

    I don't. I'm curious about the edt's. I'll try to remember to get a picture of the one we have. It didn't come across as shaving cream during the first few months we had it.

    I got the big cologne...
  92. Thread: Vintage Dior

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    Re: Vintage Dior

    Diorama is available now as a re-release. Vintage is rare and expensive. Diorella is the easier to come by, and has a similar effect.

    Also, with supplies so limited, it’s good to direct attention...
  93. Thread: Chanel FOR MEN

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    Re: Chanel FOR MEN

    Yes. This is one of my favorites.
  94. Thread: Vintage Dior

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    Re: Vintage Dior

    It's pretty much the same for me. If you have Diorella, I don't think you're not missing Dior-Dior or Diorama. I find Dior-Dior and Diorella similar on my housemate. I've guessed wrong a couple times.
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    I'm comfortable with a 40-fragrance collection, plus hundreds of samples. I'm so hardcore about sampling, I have a bunch in full bottles.
  96. Re: Accidentally purchased Smalto - what am I in for!

    Makes sense.



    What do you call it? S?
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    I picked up on the problem right away - you only need the four that are front and center on the top shelf.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I'm starting with 1. Pentecost. It's promising. I think I'm smelling rose.

    I had no idea what to expect. The package smelled a bit shocking. I dove in, grabbing one at random.

    This is a thumbs...
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    Re: Organising my 'wardrobe'

    Witches of Eastwick was fun. I haven’t seen the other one. Someone else just mentioned a tuberose and leather, I think. Cursed memory.
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    Re: Today I bought October 2019

    The fondue one? Fun! I love a chocolate fondue.

    I also love the idea of eating chocolate fondue at the forbidden hour - I'm thinking 3 am would be inappropriate.
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