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    Re: Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles

    You're right. Great animalic bottles of it can still be found on eBay and Etsy for not much more than the current offerings.
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    Re: Bugs Don’t Like My SOTD

    There's still time to change your ways! :D
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    Re: Bugs Don’t Like My SOTD

    Cedar mulch repels mosquitos in landscaping, so you're on, er, solid ground, knightowl! They are attracted by dark blue and black, but not by white, khaki or other light colors, so a good plan for...
  4. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    I don't know, Sam, that's the exact color of my vintage Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue, and they are perfection - I would call it a toasty gold, in contrast to the dark sticky treacle that always means...
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    You're so welcome, and do let us know how things go after you've tried them!
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    Right, just try them and allow your nose time to "recover" between each one (several hours, or even a full day, if you want to be extra sure). I'm glad to hear that your Creed Original Vetiver is...
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    Re: Hipsters and Fragrance (do they mix)

    Maybe they are buying potassium alum crystals at the health food store.
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    Re: Chasing Ghosts

    Absolutely agree with this. When I was still purchasing current fragrances, if I liked one I'd buy a backup because reformulation is the future, full stop.
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    ^ ^
    This! You have nothing to fear from ambient room temperature, AC or no. Sunlight is their biggest threat.
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    Those would be my thoughts, as well.
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    Re: "Oilyness" In Fragrance

    I don't think I've ever smelled an "oily" perfume, apart from actual bath oils/sprays (like Chanel No. 5 Body Spray), or the "crude oil" note (e.g. Bvlgari Black) that you specifically state you do...
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    Re: Gloria Swanson Got Me

    They certainly mean well, and this outcome is so much better than the one some of here us have experienced, i.e. never hearing another word.
  13. Re: No idea what kind of can of worms my brother has opened

    Oh, you have a mentor to lead you down the rabbit hole! Welcome to Basenotes, chriseye72.
  14. Re: Not sure if this is the right thread? But who knew Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy?

    Her political affiliations have been known for some time. To me, they are in a separate category from the magnificent perfumes created in her name.
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    Re: why is your favorite, your favorite?

    L'Heure Bleue (any vintage iteration, especially parfum and PDT), because it truly evokes the wistfulness and promise of twilight, the shimmering moment when one thing passes and another stirs. It's...
  16. Re: Using a Fragrance For Things Other Than Spraying on Yourself?

    I can't bring myself to use perfumes in any other way than on my person. When I want a nice room or fabric spray, I mix water with an essential oil in a spritzer bottle.
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    Re: Coco Mademoiselle edt

    The BN directory is missing quite a few fragrances and concentrations of same. Fragrantica has a separate page for the EDT - and if you google it, more info will turn up.
  18. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Yes, indeed! You've saved yourself lots of money by getting the gist of things so quickly.
  19. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Perfect analogy. This is why I've quit buying current bottles of anything. I might get Papillon's new one when it's released, but other than that I'm quite happy to spend the rest of my days enjoying...
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    Re: Post office storage help

    No, it will be fine. Perfume sits on loading docks, in cargo ships and on delivery trucks for much longer than that.
  21. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Wow, Irisss ruined! Thank heaven the ISM is still a beauty.
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    Re: Your Most Film Noir Fragrances

    Tabac Blond and Shocking, for sure...also Tabu, any of the Lanvins, White Shoulders, Bandit, Zibeline and Tigress.
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    Re: Broken Nozzle Rescue

    LOL! I'm glad it worked out so well.
  24. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    The ISM mentions might have been in the reviews.* But I do remember references to reformulation of both fragrances in the forum, as well - it's just so hard to do specific searches. If you type in...
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    Re: Gloria Swanson Got Me

    That vintage extrait sounds divine! I'm glad to hear that things are working out with the seller, too.
  26. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    No, don't be crushed, Starblind. I understand, but even if they've been reformulated they'll still smell better than 99% of the other iris perfumes out there. And you might receive bottles from older...
  27. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    I had heard the same, which is why I'll be interested in reading your take on the bottle you just bought (also the ISM, which some BNers in other iris-related threads say has been reformulated).
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    Re: Broken Nozzle Rescue

    The second post in this thread contains a YouTube video that showed me how: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/433265-Armani-Code-spray-broken
  29. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Starblind, please report back with your impressions of Irisss and ISM when you've had a chance to try your new bottles.
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    Re: Lanvin perfume collection 60s

    That is an excellent suggestion. I know those sellers and they have superb inventories of vintage perfumes. Starletfume on Etsy is another seller who might be interested.
  31. Thread: Naming notes

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    Re: Naming notes

    My mind sometimes receives overall impressions that are difficult to break down into isolated notes; in such cases, mood is a better descriptor than smell. Or a note might be so prominent on its own...
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    Re: Lanvin perfume collection 60s

    My heart is breaking that I have no space or use for these! I respect the fragrances too much to hoard them (and couldn't afford them, even if I did), so I hope you find a place for them that will...
  33. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Yes, a very iffy market. I know a seller who's had great experiences with Russian outlets, but at $700 it's a huge risk.
  34. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Looks like eBay has a seller in Norway offering 5ml decants, and there's a Russian seller offering a full bottle for $707.
  35. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Angélique by Papillon is another lovely iris - on the sweet side, but delicate and quite well done.
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    Re: Iris Question

    It's saffron-heavy, with orris in the base - I detect a lovely iris note, but you're right that it's not an iris perfume, per se.
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    Re: Iris Question

    Oh, okay...I'm going to try that. :)
  38. Re: How Much Does Customer Service Matter In Regards To Purchases For You?

    If I loved a fragrance that was available at several stores, I'd certainly quit buying from one with bad customer service (even if the price were higher elsewhere). I like being able to reach a...
  39. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Another vote for 28 La Pausa, which - though the EDT doesn't have the longevity I'd like - is wonderful and smells like a gardenful of iris (I don't know what the EDP smells like). Cuir de Lancome is...
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    Re: Rate of evaporation?

    ^ ^
    This. And with 50% evaporation, what's left is apt to be mostly the base. Always check the color, too - dark brown liquid, even in a sealed bottle, has usually turned.
  41. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    I appreciate the promotional dollars that go into the marketing of a "status" fragrance, but I know that in real life, a $50 bottle has the same ingredient value as a $350 (or more) offering. So I'm...
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Marvelous, Sam! You are so fortunate to have attended, and thank you for sharing the experience with us.
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    From what I've read on Basenotes over the years, there does seem to be a cultural component...and also an historical one. Over the past 20 years, I can count the compliments I've received on one...
  44. Re: Current versions of fragrances in your collection

    I have many current versions of my favorites, but I almost never wear them because their vintage forebears are so much better...so the current iterations are actually my museum pieces! If I'm asked...
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    Re: A question for women

    +1, and to these I would add Anubis and Fracas by the same houses (Papillon and Piguet, respectively). You might not think that a floral would fall into the love-hate category, but Fracas is over the...
  46. Re: Does Basenote have more male members than female members?

    I've noticed that many of the threads in the men's forum would be more at home in the general fragrance section; it's as if a number of posters gravitate to the men's forum as the designated place...
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    Happy birthdays, Sam.
  48. Re: stoppered sealed bottle of vega evaporating!!

    Absolutely. Sometimes (owing to microscopic breaches in unexpected places) not even Parafilm will stop evaporation, but it's a first-line defense and will slow the process.
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    Re: What do 'narcotics' smell like!!

    I think it's just a marketing gimmick. I usually think of indoles as narcotic (in the descriptive sense), and the label lists white flowers - so the company might be using an adjective as a noun...
  50. Re: How much do you wear a new fragrance once you get a full bottle?

    That's pretty much my pattern, too.
  51. Re: I seem to have been struck somewhat anosmic recently, what are your cures?

    Use fewer sprays per wearing, do not bury your nose in the scent, and take two consecutive days off from perfume per week. Those three things have stood me in good stead, nose-wise, for many years.
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    Is 2014 the most recent batch?
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    People used to draw favorable comparisons between the original Bvlgari Black and Knize Ten - I've only smelled the current Black, which by all accounts has been eviscerated.
  54. Poll: Re: Which Chanel As A Gift? (Please Vote To Help Out)

    Wonderful ideas from Quarry and FiveoaksBouquet! Going by your description of your aunt, it sounds like she'd enjoy trying an assortment of perfumes and deciding for herself.
  55. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    It's been true of almost all the fragrances in my collection, especially Chanel.
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    Yes indeed! We bought ours about six years ago, and they're still good as new. We just have new lenses put into them as needed - so despite the initial cost, they've turned out to be a bargain in the...
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    My husband and I chose frames from Face-a-Face for our prescription sunglasses - they're very attractive and well made: http://www.faceaface-paris.com/collections/?lang=en
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    The way Kafkaesque is carrying on about BR's perfection, I hope the launch delay is not due to Liz tweaking the formula!
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    Wearing sunglasses with good UV protection helps to prevent or delay age-related macular degeneration, so they don't just look good - they help people to see better, longer. My husband has ARMD, and...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    That's for sure! ;) She says there that the launch has been postponed until August.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    I really like Papillon and this new creation sounds luscious - appreciate the advance notice.
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    Re: Cher to release new genderless fragrance

    Hahaha! Great riposte. Agree with all of the comments here, so far.
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    Re: Fix for a bottle that doesn't spray well?

    BlissSniff, try this advice from FragranceX...it usually works, but not always (I've only had it fail once, and in that instance I just ordered an atomizer bottle from Amazon and decanted the perfume...
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    Re: Gloria Swanson Got Me

    What a letdown, Couronne de Violette. I so understand why you wanted to have some share in the life of the fabulous Gloria Swanson. All of us who love and collect vintage perfume have been burned to...
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    Re: How Old is to Old?

    Absolutely agree. Some of my favorite perfumes are ancient - a few of them over 50 years old.
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    Re: anyone experience with boutique-sf.com?

    I've never heard of boutique-sf, which doesn't mean it isn't okay...but I'm prone to stick with tried-and-true sites until a new shop's bona fides have been established. If you can find what you want...
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    Re: Favorite from your collection?

    Vintage L'Heure Bleue (extrait and PDT), because I love everything about them and those bottles are my very own, bought nearly 50 years ago. The same applies to my Zibeline Secret of Venus Huil de...
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    Re: Need help with vintage splash bottles

    Some of the narrow-stem pipettes I've ordered come with a small funnel, but I've never had to use it - the pipettes work great on their own.
  69. Re: Perfume Party Notes: Les Exclusifs edt vs edp, Sycomore, 31 Rue Cambon, Bois des Iles, Coromande

    What a delightful thread. I, too, am relieved to hear that Bois des Iles has not suffered in its transition to EDP. I'm very glad that I stocked up on the EDTs before they went the way of the dodo....
  70. Re: Conquering Fragrancenet: A Guide to Navigating The Biggest Discounter You Love to Hate

    No, but I haven't purchased from them recently. More and more online retailers are adding sales tax to purchases, so it doesn't surprise me.
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    Re: Lanvin Perfume for hairdressers

    It's good that the title of this thread is so clear as to subject matter - no matter what forum it's in, it will come up for anyone who does a search for Lanvin perfume for hairdressers. I'm hoping...
  72. Re: Does transferring fragrances from bottles to atomizers do anything to the juice?

    ^ ^
    This. I transfer the contents of almost all of my splash bottles to glass atomizers, as needed, and they all smell wonderful.
  73. Re: Question for 1-3 Sprays Fellas That Can Smell Their Fragrance All Work Day (6-8 hours)

    Absolutely agree with this. I usually wear vintage perfumes that were made of sturdy stuff, and I'm a light sprayer - one spray on each forearm close to the wrist. I catch wafts of fragrance all day...
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    Re: Lanvin Perfume for hairdressers

    alb000000, I don't find any information about these on Fragrantica, either.

    You can ask a mod to transfer this thread to the Vintage subforum, where it might get more responses.
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    Re: A need for Back Up

    That's a marvelous graph, Cook.bot! I totally relate.
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    Re: Lanvin Perfume for hairdressers

    Yes! The perfume counter scenes in the movie are wonderful, too.

    I'm a sucker for deco and moderne salon movies - other juicy ones are Beauty for the Asking (Lucille Ball), The Seventh Victim (Kim...
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    Re: Need help with vintage splash bottles

    I use very thin pipettes for such bottles, and then place the used pipettes in drawers or cabinets to act as sachets.
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    Re: Velvety suede with animalic undertone

    One of the best is Cuir de Lancome, which is hard to find but worth the search.

    Welcome to Basenotes!
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    Re: Lanvin Perfume for hairdressers

    Imagine the salons where those were sold...I envision deco trappings, uniformed stylists, gleaming hair dryers, private styling rooms, pristine spas and skin care cubicles. Makes me weepy!
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    Re: Lanvin Perfume for hairdressers

    Alas, I do not - and I hope that PerfumedLady does. In my hairdressing days I would have been all over these, if I'd known about them.
  81. Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    I don't care for aquatics, citrus or huge doses of lavender, but that's just a preference issue and I'm not sure that it's related to personality. Interesting question.
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    Poll: Re: How many sprays?

    One spray on each forearm allows me to catch gentle wafts of fragrance all day.
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    Re: Your All Time Top 20 Vintage Wardrobe

    Guerlain:
    L'Heure Bleue
    Mitsouko

    Patou:
    Joy

    Schiaparelli:
    Shocking
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    Re: Online Or Retail?

    I've bought bottles from brick-and-mortar shops (including a Guerlain boutique) whose batch codes were far from current, and I've also purchased perfumes from online discount houses that were...
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    Re: Perfume Critics (outside of Basenotes)

    Some of my favorite blogs and sites are Raiders of the Lost Scent, Bois de Jasmin, Perfume Shrine, Kafkaesque, Now Smell This, Perfume Posse, Non-Blonde, CaFleureBon, MimiFrouFrou, Perfume-Smellin'...
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    Re: Spraying paper and mailing them?

    Some people have done that here and it seems to have worked put for them. However, you would be putting yourself to a lot of trouble, either by sending liquid samples (which I agree would be...
  87. Re: 2 identical Bottles, different fill level

    It's hard to say why one bottle had a lower fill level - might just have been evaporation, which can happen even when a bottle is boxed in cellophane. At least you can return it, and hopefully the...
  88. Thread: Death/Scent

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    Re: Death/Scent

    There's great information here: http://hosted.lib.uiowa.edu/histmed/plague/

    Scroll down to "The Plague Doctor Costume" section, then to "Treatment" (the last section on the page).
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    Re: Killing Eve: Villanelle

    Being so many characters in one skin, I think she'd alternate several heady and strange perfumes with markedly different profiles - I could imagine her wearing vintage Knize Ten, Mitsouko, Tabu,...
  90. Re: Fragrances with the best sillage/projection smell

    Almost everything in the vintage part of my collection would be on that list, but L'Heure Bleue, Mitsouko, Tabac Blond, Zibeline and Royal Secret would be at the top - delicious perfumes that evoke...
  91. Thread: BOY Chanel

    by Bonnette
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    Re: BOY Chanel

    I like it. It's a polite, carefully structured fragrance of the kind one expects from Chanel...not exciting, but gracious and pleasant. I don't think any of Chanel's current offerings are worth the...
  92. Thread: Luckyscent?

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    Re: Luckyscent?

    Thank you for that information! I'm glad their customer service was on the ball after you notified them of a problem.
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    Re: Apart from Basenotes....

    Perfume Shrine is one of my indispensables, especially for vintage fragrances. And the site has such gorgeous graphics.
  94. Re: Why do reviewers stick their nose against scents?

    Reviews that get my attention are the ones that comment on a perfume's development, from opening to drydown, during the course of normal wear...how notes unfold as they waft up to the nose throughout...
  95. Thread: Luckyscent?

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    Re: Luckyscent?

    It's fine here now, too (same browser).
  96. Thread: Luckyscent?

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    Re: Luckyscent?

    I can't log on, either - the connection keeps timing out. Something does seem to be amiss with LuckyScent, and it's a shame because it used to be among my go-to places for limited release or...
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    Re: Apart from Basenotes....

    Fragrantica's a good resource for notes, and most of the fragrances I'm interested in can be found in their directory. After that, I go to a series of blogs and websites that I've bookmarked over the...
  98. Thread: Head Fried

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    Re: Head Fried

    I'd recommend making a list of the fragrances that you really love, and eliminate the rest (or drop them down to a second tier); then, since others' opinions loom large in your mind, ask your wife...
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    Re: Wear what you like in ANY occasion

    Same here, and it's an unintended consequence. I go by my mood first, followed by a sense of proprietry (e.g., no discordant notes for funerals, weddings or dining out), and usually the vibes align....
  100. Re: What were there most popular fragrances in the mid 2000's ?

    The 2000s were great years for Malle: Lipstick Rose (2000), Musc Ravageur (2000) and Carnal Flower (2005) were a few of the most popular in the mid-2000s (Portrait of a Lady had to wait until 2010) -...
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