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  1. Re: Chanel: Made in France vs Made in Usa Quality

    I don't think it makes the slightest difference. Chanel is a huge company that manages its distribution carefully and pays close attention to quality control. It is inconceivable that it (or Jacques...
  2. Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    It sounds like you attach too much importance to fragrance as a status symbol. There's no need to 'brag', and therefore no problem.
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    Re: "Transatlantic mates"

    It's a good idea. I've helped out others in the past by buying stuff here in Paris and never need much of an excuse to get me into the stores! Happy to do so again - particularly if members in the US...
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    Re: Smelling fragrances on others?

    I smell fragrances on others from time to time here in Paris - but not as often as you might expect. Generic fruity florals abound (difficult for me to tell apart), but I do also get occasional...
  5. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    I saw it at the Maison Guerlain on the Champs-Elysées, where it had only just appeared. I imagine it's at least in the Guerlain boutiques by now.
  6. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    Well, Pamplelune is pretty much just grapefruit, which is the main top note here. I hate to say it, but L'Homme Idéal Cologne smells ... generic to me.
  7. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    Yes, I posted an opinion further up, having smelled the thing.
  8. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    Mojito accord? That sounds like Homme rather than L'Homme Idéal.
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    Re: Classics true to original formula?

    David, did you notice when the bottle you smelled was made? There's plenty of moss in the newer Mitsouko. I agree that the older is richer and more complex, however.
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    Re: Classics true to original formula?

    I would say that Jicky has definitely changed, being sharper and much less creamy (for want of a better word) than it used to be. What jumps out now is the civet, whereas previously the whole was a...
  11. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    I tried the cologne version on a card a few days ago. The almond/amaretto accord is still there, but overlaid with a familiar combo of grapefruit and citrus that does nothing to dispel suspicions of...
  12. Re: CORIOLAN by Guerlain, the "failed" Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review.

    Despite being a hardcore Guerlain fan, I could never get on with Coriolan. For me, it is too dry and too old fashioned at the same time (and the latter is never normally a problem on its own). I...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Yes, indeed! Any Guerlain bottles coming your way, I wonder?
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    Re: Penhaligon's Praise Thread

    I used to wear a lot of Penhaligon's back in the 90s - everything from English Fern to Lords. I remember that they produced Blenheim Bouquet and Hammam Bouquet in extrait strength and am kicking...
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    Re: New Jicky EDC

    That is a great family shot, Xscent! I love the old bottle shape, and even the boxes and typography were really well done. From a time when perfume was made for grown-ups (*sob*).
  16. Re: Brands that produce Extraits/Pure Parfum

    Dior still produces some of its line in extrait strength.
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    Re: New Shalimar flanker: Shalimar Cologne

    Hi Donna. That's not quite what he's saying. This is definitely a new perfume, though it coincides with the discontinuation of Eau de Shalimar/ Eau Legère. All of which goes to show just how...
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    Re: New Shalimar flanker: Shalimar Cologne

    Hi Mike. Yes, I did see a resemblance last time around but need to dig out a sample. I think the connection here might be closer. I need to try the new one out properly but it on the card it reads...
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    Re: Powerhouse Fragrances for women

    Soooo many to choose from ...
    - The notorious Giorgio of Beverly Hills! Do people still get away with wearing it, I wonder?
    - Cinnabar, the wannabe Opium (or was it the other way round?)
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    Re: New Shalimar flanker: Shalimar Cologne

    I tried this out on a card this afternoon at No. 68 (apparently it was put on display only this morning). I've yet to see how it works on skin, but in terms of 'feel' it remains within the orbit of...
  21. Re: Question For Guerlain Experts ? (500ml Chamade Flacon)

    The black and gold labels were around between 1980 and 1987. So the simple batch does must have been used for long than I thought. Trying to date these old bottles is rarely straightforward!
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    Re: New Shalimar flanker: Shalimar Cologne

    ^^ Couldn't agree more :)

    First thoughts of a bitter vintage Guerlain-lover:
    - Yet another Shalimar flanker. Please stop already - you're only cheapening the brand and confusing people.
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    Re: Guerlain Homme discontinuation

    Worse even than L'Homme Ideal? Wow! Takes some doing.
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    Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Chamade, with its pollen-like notes of hyacinth, galbanum and blackcurrant bud.
  25. Re: What's the most expensive fragrance in your collection?

    And at no point did you seriously consider giving up, I bet. That, my friend, is dedication! Congratulations on a wonderful acquisition.

    (I'd have done the same, by the way.)
  26. Re: Question For Guerlain Experts ? (500ml Chamade Flacon)

    That sounds very old-style. In the 1970s Guerlain began to introduce the longer, more complicated batch codes, so it must at least 1970s. Does the bottle have a black paper label with a gold border?
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    Re: Which scents do you consider "grungy" ?

    :lolk: (You were joking, right?)
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    Re: EDT or EDP?

    It's common practice for Guerlain, Chanel and others to tweak the recipes of EdTs, EdPs and extraits since they have different functions to fulfil. For example, the EdT is all about fast-evaporating...
  29. Thread: Jicky Age

    by saminlondon

    Re: Jicky Age

    These gold boxes were used right up until 2008. Going by the way the name is printed on the bottle, I'd say 1990s.
  30. Re: Question For Guerlain Experts ? (500ml Chamade Flacon)

    Sounds like a nice bottle! The black-and-white zigzag box was in use from 1967 into the 1980s. Is there a batch code on the bottle or box that could help narrow it down?
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    Re: I Finally 'Get' Chanel Egoiste

    I used to wear Egoiste when it first came out, and I've recently begun to sample it once more. It's wonderful stuff and has really stood the test of time.
  32. Re: Basenotes Reader Awards 2015 : Finalists Announced

    Cuir d'Ange is in the women's category but Cuir Cannage in the men's. Perhaps it's time for a unisex category too?
  33. Re: Ten Greatest Extraits Of All Time. Which Would You Choose ?

    So many have vanished and must remain unsmelled (and therefore unquantifiable). From those still sniffable today, Guerlain would feature heavily, of course:

    L'Heure Bleue...
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    Re: a Modernist scent....

    I think the thread might be heading in the wrong direction. Francolino doesn't mean 'modern': he means 'Modernist', as in related to the international movement that revolutionized art, architecture...
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    I've just gathered up the four samples and posted them on to the next happy recipient :) Many thanks to cacio once again for this rare treat.

    I'm not sure what I was expecting from JAR, having...
  36. Re: New From The Different Company - I Miss Violet!!

    Sounds interesting (except for the worrying mention of an 'ozonic note'). It's going on my to-try list.
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    I'm currently on sample no. 3, and will give a full update after the last one has received proper consideration :)
  38. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    14 April 2015 - Jarling, from a sample pass kindly organized by cacio.
    Smells like mentholated Play-Doh. The JAR perfumes are fascinating, but this is not one I could wear ...
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    Re: Guerlain Bottle Age

    I have one like this from the early 1990s. Is there a batch code that would help with dating?

    In any case, it's the style of tester that was around before they adopted the current square bottles.
  40. Re: Guerlain's Muguet 2015 available as limited edition of 1,659

    I agree, but this takes it to a whole other level!
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    Nothing has arrived here yet, but I'll be sure to let you know when it does.

    Update: It's just arrived! A very fragrant little parcel (not that anything seems to have linked). Will post...
  42. Re: Guerlain's Muguet 2015 available as limited edition of 1,659

    Exclusively in Harrods in the UK. Presumably several other places worldwide!

    By the way, what's up with the pricing? Last year's Muguet edition was €400 for 125ml; this year for €430 you get just...
  43. Re: Cicatrices - Latest Release by LM Parfums - My new found Licorice Love

    Why on earth did they decide to call it 'Scars'? Bizarre.
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    Re: Shalimar Concentrations?

    ^^ The gold caps were used in the 1970s. Nice bottle!
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    Re: Shalimar Concentrations?

    That's funny - I have all vintage concentrations of Shalimar and the PdT is the only one I don't get on with. Maybe it's just my bottle, but I find it too plush and rounded. I prefer a bit of smoke...
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    Re: Opening new bottle of Guerlain extrait

    Have you tried opening the metal seal to release the two ends of the cord? That might make it easier to untie and - if you're careful - put the seal back on afterwards. There's no way to keep the...
  47. Re: Please describe what Kouros really smells like

    Absolutely. I'd never heard the phrase 'urinal cake' until I came across all these hysterical Kouros threads. The power of suggestion is undeniable but that doesn't make the connection true. If...
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    Re: Shalimar Concentrations?

    I agree about the EdP, which I think is very good. No point getting the modern extrait.

    I've never smelled 'new' EdC since it's available only in the US (I believe). But there's plenty of vintage...
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    Re: Vintage l'Heure Bleue

    He also cites two other years for batch codes beginning with V: 1988 and 1998.
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    A rare opportunity! Thank you so much for organizing this.
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    Re: anyone else getting a weird site when trying the home page?

    Hehe! Very good. I loved the Creed comment and the suggestion that companies should release more flankers. 122 hits, too!
  52. Re: What scent to choose for a 99 year old lady?

    Some great suggestions above. As for Eau d'Orange Verte, it's absolutely classic and would suit all ages. Like most colognes it is not long lasting. Be warned that Eau d'Hermes is a somewhat dirty,...
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    Re: Hiding purchases

    Me too!

    When found out: 'That old thing? I've had it for months! Can't think why I put it at the back of the sock drawer ...'
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    Re: Shopping in Paris

    You'll have to narrow it down a bit! Lots of perfumes in Paris ... What do you like?

    We had a similar thread last week:...
  55. Re: What scent to choose for a 99 year old lady?

    If she likes the classic colognes, perhaps try either Eau d'Orange Verte or one of the others from the Hermes range?
  56. Re: Dior Homme bottle variation (black or gold tube)

    Just might find this link of interest:
  57. Re: A question about very old formulation of Eau d'Hermes

    You are probably right about Ellena, and I haven't looked into exactly when the reformulation hit the shelves.

    I know those big bottles, and they're very appealing :) I suppose it all comes down...
  58. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    Well, I just called Dior. The extraits are indeed hidden on a different page, as chypre discovered above. The extrait is out of stock at the moment but there are (I was told) no plans to stop making...
  59. Re: A question about very old formulation of Eau d'Hermes

    There seem to have been four versions of this classic:
    - Black cap and round paper label (2nd photo above)
    - Copper cap with name printed directly on the bottle (1st photo)
    - As above, but with a...
  60. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    That's interesting. It's not on the French website as far as I can see.

    No word from Dior yet.
  61. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    I've written them an email and will let you know if/when I get a reply.
  62. Re: Dior Miss Dior (Originale) parfum going away?

    You're right - it's not there. That does look ominous ...
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    Re: Parfums de cuir - Osmotheque lecture

    A very interesting write-up - thank you. I must get myself down there sometime.

    They're not always the easiest of wears, but there's something about leather scents that is endlessly fascinating.
  64. Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    There are have been plenty of classic perfumes marketed to women that have barnyard, faecal, animalic or urinous notes (Shocking, My Sin, Femme, Cuir de Russie vintage, etc etc.) So no, not 'solely...
  65. Re: Any recommendations for a vanilla based frag?

    It would be hard to beat Shalimar, if you ask me.

    Another dry vanilla in the Guerlain mould - though much more accessible price-wise - is Vanilla Tonka by Parfums de Nicolai: deliciously smoky and...
  66. Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    I see! I thought Scent of Oger was a joke (sorry).

    By the way, Guerlain's outlet in the big Sephora was only temporary, while the Maison was being refitted - or so I was told by one of the SAs.
  67. Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    I tried it in a Guerlain boutique here in Paris only a couple of weeks ago, so it's definitely around. I love Guerlain, but this isn't one I'd scour the streets for.
  68. Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    Do you want something for its rarity value or 'just' to wear? Most things can be found or ordered all over the world these days, so don't worry about it too much. Perhaps a bell jar from Serge Lutens...
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    Re: Splash Bottles

    I like splash bottles. There's something very liberating about dousing yourself with top-quality juice. (I'm talking about colognes and EdTs here, not extrait!)
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    Re: Advice on fragrance for a female friend.

    Shalimar is certainly warm. I'd agree that Samsara is bit loud and 1980s shoulder pads (if you get what I mean), and Mitsouko is famously tricksy.

    If she likes green florals, Chamade is a...
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    Re: Shalimar - can a man get away with it?

    There's a whole lot of bunkum surrounding Shalimar as somehow the quintessential feminine scent, but it's such rubbish.

    What's feminine about bergamot, leather, incense and smoky vanilla? If it...
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    Re: 'Goth' fragrance

    Clearly a job for Messe de Minuit! In the same vein as Avignon, but much dustier and danker (or it was).
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    Re: Help with Shalimar

    I still enjoy the modern, and think EdP is fine. However, there's also lots on eBay if you want to dip your toe into the world of vintage-chasing. The good old smoky stuff is hard to beat, in any...
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    Re: Shipping Fragrances overseas

    The OP is in the UK, where it's well nigh impossible to send anything out. It's not a question of labelling: packages are scanned as a matter of course and destroyed if they're found to contain...
  75. Re: Ebayer Quelestuchesameredbrulerenenfer Aka JP Grosvenor legit? Anyone have experience with this

    Just read the following post on Fragrantica, which seems to confirm suspicions (especially the Grosvenor name):

    "I have had first hand entanglements with this CREEP...he tried to buy a...
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    Re: Shipping Fragrances overseas

    By sea, I assume?
  77. Re: Ebayer Quelestuchesameredbrulerenenfer Aka JP Grosvenor legit? Anyone have experience with this

    The name also reminded me of that notorious eBayer. It could well be the same person, but it might not be - you'll have to tread carefully. For anyone who doesn't know about him, here's a post from a...
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    Re: Dior Homme parfum or Dior Homme Intense

    For me, the parfum is relentlessly, honkingly synthetic. I vote for the Intense.
  79. Re: Saw a message about "helping" with something when I signed on.....

    Yes, same thing happened to me. It was bizarre to be described as 'lovely' and then turned down almost immediately ... :smiley:
  80. Re: Vintage Loewe 2 ??? - No Info On This One At All !

    It looks like I was barking up the wrong tree with Pour Homme/Para Hombre - apologies.
  81. Re: Vintage Loewe 2 ??? - No Info On This One At All !

    Is it the brown juice in a two-tone brown box? If so, I believe it's the one listed as Loewe para Hombre in the fragrance directory (though the juice has changed colour).

    I haven't smelt it for...
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    Re: Searching for a dry, powdery leather

    Perhaps try Miss Balmain (again, ignore the name), Cabochard or Arsene Lupin? All are powdery leathers.
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    Re: Guerlain Royal Extrait ???

    Hello David. As far as I am aware, Royal Extract is the same juice as the old Guet-Apens (though presumably reformulated for IFRA- and cost-related reasons).
  84. Re: Chanel Les Exclusifs - What are your favorites?

    A quick note to say that I tried out Misia yesterday. Not sure what would happen on skin, but on a card it came across as a soft, powdery, somewhat retro combination of iris and Parma violets. It was...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    I'm on the fence about MAAI. I applaud any return to vintage-style blends with quality ingredients, but somehow I found the composition itself lacking in savoir faire. The ingredients are excellent...
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    Re: Not EDT/EDP/EDC, just says Cont.

    Interesting. I wonder why they produced an EdC of an 'eau'.
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    Re: Not EDT/EDP/EDC, just says Cont.

    It's the classic eau de toilette. I've never heard of an EdC, and the EdP is a recent invention. 'Cont'. ('contenance') just refers to the size of the bottle.
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    Re: Muscs Koublaï Khän - discontinued???

    No, it's not discontinued, but it is a Paris exclusive.
  89. Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    Bit late off the block, but how about Guerlain's Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau Si Sensuelle for a pile-up of meaningless pseudo-seductive perfume verbiage?
  90. Re: Advice On International/US Shipping ? Updates Please !

    In my experience no one pays much attention here, but best to err on the side of caution when describing contents.
  91. Re: Advice On International/US Shipping ? Updates Please !

    I use Colissimo a lot. It works very well, and is much faster than standard airmail / petit paquet recommandé. Chronopost is prohibitively expensive imo.
  92. Re: Is it just me or not many people wear fragrances?

    There's definitely more of a perfume-wearing culture here in Europe compared to the US.
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    Re: What famous people wear

    I'd heard about Thatcher wearing Bluebell, but never the Queen. Someone on here a few years ago confirmed that she wore L'Heure Bleue, though how they knew for certain is a mystery!
  94. Re: What's your favourite version of Jicky?

    They're all good, as far as I'm concerned. But I have a special affection for vintage EdT, which has a gorgeous creaminess to it. I splash it on with abandon. PdT and extrait are also spectacular,...
  95. Re: Critically acclaimed but a commercial failure?

    But does that make it a commercial failure? If it's still producing fragrances, I presume it's still in profit (or breaking even).
  96. Re: Critically acclaimed but a commercial failure?

    The point, as noted above, is that Egoiste flopped in the US (someone at the time described it as 'too sophisticated' for the US market), which is why Egoiste Platinum was launched. Otherwise the...
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    Re: Heliotrope : Encyclopædia of

    L'Heure Bleue, of course!

    Parfums de Nicolai (also in the Guerlain style) have featured it in a couple of scents ... will have to look up which ones.
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    Re: For Fans Of Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...

    For myself, I realize that Guerlain are reaching out to a younger audience with this one. That isn't in question. What is in question is the quality and originality of L'Homme Ideal. I don't mean to...
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    Have a look on Crystal Flacon. Lots of nice samples available there.

    I do wonder whether Derby is the right place to start, though. It's a classic but might not be love at first sniff. Heritage is...
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    Re: A staple from Dior?

    Sample before buying. Always.
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