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  1. Re: Complete newbie feeling ill after sniffing essential oils

    Everything is good in moderation: snake poison can kill you but is a medicine in small doses.
  2. Thread: Substantivity

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    Re: Substantivity

    I recall reading somewhere that many Japanese fragrances are linear as this is the preference among Asian consumers. A recent book by Jean-Claude Ellena also mentions that a fragrance "development"...
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    Re: Rubbing alcohol is fine for making perfumes

    I think Cerel does have a point. Isopropyl alcohol is a good solvent, especially in high concentrations (look for 91/92% at your pharmacy). It is an excellent disinfectant and works well for...
  4. Thread: Substantivity

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    Substantivity

    I was wondering if anyone seriously looks at substantivity when composing a fragrance? Does it bother you that some notes will evaporate much sooner than others? Do you try to match the evaporation...
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    Re: The Perfumed Court Feedback

    I have ordered samples from them quite a few times, only had a problem once when I used Google Checkout instead of regular credit card. The tiny 1ml bottles they use for samples seal quite well, but...
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    Re: Designer Fragrances with ISO-E Super?!?

    Escentric Molecules "Molecule 01" - pure ISO E Super, nothing else.
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    Recommendations

    Has anyone seen the "if you like this then try that" recommendations on various sites? Amazon has a more cautious but equally interesting approach: "people who bought this item also look at these"....
  8. A public allegation? Was it something like "OMG,...

    A public allegation? Was it something like "OMG, this is too good to be legal!"
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    Re: Tom Ford for men Extreme is a masterpiece

    I have had a few frags like that too - no love at all at first smell, but give it another try and it becomes interesting, then another and I am falling for it. While all is well what ends well, I...
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    Re: Fresh cut grass

    Thank you for all the suggestions!

    Indeed, OP "Juice" is pretty close and I do like it (although the bottle design is not practical). Demeter is close too (I had a bottle), but too "alcoholic" and...
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    Fresh cut grass

    I love the scent of freshly cut grass: crispness of greens, unique scent of crushed clover leaves, hints of daffodil bitterness and a big dose of sunshine. Such wonderful summer scent! I tried a few...
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    Re: Terre d Hermes: How many sprays?

    Apply it to clothes, not skin: it stays a lot longer on fabrics.
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    Re: Bond no 9 vs the perfumed court.

    Advise to TCP: do have pages for Bond products (none at the moment); display the legal letters you have received from Bond on these pages, explaining why you cannot sell the products. Educate the...
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    Re: Voyage d'Hermes in stores !

    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I thought I would share my opinion about Hermes' latest creation. I tried a sample two weeks ago, was intrigued and ordered a whole bottle. Have been wearing it...
  15. Re: Fragrance companies ditching samples to keep dept. store vendor reps?

    You cannot smoke indoors in NYC - it is the law. Only smoke shops and your own residence are permitted.

    People do get booted out of restaurants for wearing very strong fragrances. I have never...
  16. Thread: Iso E Super

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    Re: Iso E Super

    Faint, pleasantly woody on paper strip; turns overwhelmingly powerful and rancid on skin. Definitely something to avoid for me!
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    Re: Ambrox / Ambroxan

    Tried Molecule 02 today: very faint, pleasantly fruity and sweet on paper strip; immensely powerful and stinky on skin, absolutely terrible.
  18. Re: Fragrance companies ditching samples to keep dept. store vendor reps?

    A few thoughts on points above:

    1. Sample hoarding is very common among SAs. A friend used to work as SA in Bloomingdales here in NYC (sadly no longer), he would always give me a whole bag of...
  19. Thread: The stench

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    Re: The stench

    Nope, it's not the alcohol blast, in fact it's usually the opposite - gets worse as alcohol evaporates. Neither it is sinus or cold - I'm in good shape.

    I'm quite surprised nobody has encountered...
  20. Thread: The stench

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    The stench

    Ever once in a while I receive a new sample and upon opening it am greeted with a very distinct, pronounced stench most reminiscent of burnt paper and extreme dryness. Although I can smell other...
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    Re: Men wearing pour femme

    I want to thank everyone for your thoughts, experiences and opinions - you gave me a good assurance to wear what I enjoy, not what's written on the bottle. Needless to say, the sample I mentioned is...
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    Re: Men wearing pour femme

    I agree with the above. What I meant originally though is that I don't want to hide something I enjoy - if I like a frag, there is little point in pretending to the world that I don't.
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    Men wearing pour femme

    On a lazy Sunday afternoon I was cleaning my jar of samples and found something I tried a while go and forgot. Without opening it, I looked up my notes - pretty high rating, must be good. Curious, I...
  24. Re: Counterfeit Narciso Rodriguez for her EDT & EDP (with photos)

    I once had a similar experience on eBay. The seller was in US and, when contacted, offered a refund upon return (I suppose to keep his ratings clean). Somehow that single experience was enough, I'm a...
  25. Re: You throw the empty bottle of a perfume to the garbage?

    The box: recycle
    The cap: garbage
    The content (occasionally): toilet
    The bottle: recycle
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    Do you take notes on samples?

    When you get new samples, do you try all of them right away? Do you test it on paper/skin and put it away or pour the whole sample onto yourself and wear it? Do you take down notes, what do you...
  27. Re: Worldwide Basenotes Meet-Up Weekend August 28-30, 2009

    Added New York City.

    x.
  28. Re: so i re-tested my sample of C***d Royal English Leather....

    For quite some time I have observed these discussions of "I smell X and you smell Y and why is that". It is rather curious how different chemical compositions play games with our olfactory senses....
  29. Thread: Note types

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    Note types

    Hi,

    Trying to classify and rate all the samples I get, I came up with the list note categories:

    Floral (including single): roses, gardenia, jasmine etc.
    Oriental: amber, resins, incense...
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    Re: Recommendation for odour-free deo-stick?

    A dub of rubbing alcohol in the morning (highest strength you can get, 92% works well) kills the bacteria and keeps me smell-free all day long. Very effective, evaporates in seconds, no residue left...
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    Re: Frags that do not smell like it?

    These are all very interesting suggestions, although descriptions such as "plastic laser printer", "asphalt road" and "used diaper" are not quite what I am after.

    From my own experience Beth...
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    Frags that do not smell like it?

    Can someone offer any suggestions for a fragrance that TRULY does not smell like a cologne? Something that has no hints of coming out of the bottle, totally-un-cologne like? Something you'd get a...
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    Re: Fragrance Depot, Perfumania......

    Ja, I always thought that SA in Perfimania should be wearing gas masks for health reasons.
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    Imitation samples on eBay

    I got burnt - bought 5 samples on eBay, which arrived promptly, but completely disappointed me: judging from the lack of body, cheap smelling off-notes and appearance (all look like clear water) I...
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    Re: How long do 1ml sample vials last?

    The good ones never last long enough, the stinky ones - way too long.
  36. Re: Colognes smell different depending on whether you just showered or not.

    Yes, that's normal - fragrances react with skin oils, which shower mostly strips.
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    Where to try new things?

    Hi,

    Where do you find new things to try? Sometimes I order samples online, but selection is usually limited. Or I get them in a store, but the problem is the same - what they have on shelves...
  38. Thread: Review: A*men

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    Re: Review: A*men

    That's why we now have Playdough Cologne - only in America!

    From the manufacturer: "Those fresh-from-the-can, full-of-potential, childhood memories... Now in a convenient spray!"

    Childhood...
  39. Thread: Review: A*men

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    Re: Review: A*men

    This kind of excitement about a vanilla-chocolate scent always makes me ponder - one one hand you can enjoy a scent you are wearing because you like how it smells. On the other hand, scents become a...
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    Re: Acqua de Gio vs Cool Water

    My experience as well - Cool Water always makes my friends say I smell good. So my vote is for CW.
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    Single notes: the fools we are

    Have you ever asked yourself a simple question: what is a single note? Most of us probably have the answer before we even think about it: something you smelt before and recognize easily - lemon,...
  42. Thread: Female SAs

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    Re: Female SAs

    It's a delicate subject indeed - one must have plenty of self-control to manage it well. I find often that making a small talk with an attractive SA can lead to a bit of flirting and there is,...
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    Re: DUNHILL BLUE for men..?Opinions?

    I suppose you're referring to Desire Blue (since there is no "Blue" by Alfred Dunhill, is there?).

    I own a bottle and like it a lot. It is a fresh, aquatic scent that changes somewhat with...
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    Re: Applying scents by chewing!

    Interesting concept. I think I'll just take linalool interveinously.
  45. Re: OMG.....you cannot be serious .....VO (Vulva Original)

    Check out the site - it's pure porn! Hm, pardon me, I meant erotica, of course.
  46. Thread: Annoyed

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    Re: Annoyed

    If a seller has not replied via email within a day, you can assume you have fraud. Most reputable sellers respond pretty quickly - it's their business to be online 24/7.
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    Re: How do you open bottles...

    Indeed, I was always wondering - how do people decant from spray bottles? Spraying into the decant bottle gets pretty tedious quickly.
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    Re: Panic! High room temperature!

    Fragrances are chemicals and they will break down with time, temperature, light or radiation. Some of these factors can be controlled, others not.

    I keep my samples collection of fragrances I...
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    Re: Oily Skin Makes ALL The Difference

    Yes, jojoba oil is excellent - almost scentless, good for your skin, does not evaporate as quickly as other oils. It should be applied as a very thin layer - mix a few drops of oil with water in your...
  50. Thread: Geir

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    Re: Geir

    I concur that the drydown is not particularly good as the main notes. But it is a very pleasant fragrance overall - quite suitable for a modern man.
  51. Re: How much cologne can we really stock-pile?

    Is it worth stockpiling? Time = money (i.e. interest paid), so all factors being equal it is cheaper to buy later. And as far as price is concerned, when was the last time a fragrance became more...
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    Re: Sleeping or NOT....Fragrances before bed time

    I tried perfuming my night gowns or spraying just a bit on my skin before bed - every time my sleep quality was lower than normal, I would wake up often in the middle of the night, have strange...
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    Re: How to clean up a vial??

    Soaking (completely submerged) in alcohol does help. Change the solution a couple of times during the week.
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    Re: The World Perfumery Congress

    I know, it's true though. Having lived here for 10 years I can say that NYC is very much "an American Pie" - attractive, appealing but thin crust on top, break it and you get into ugly, sticky mess...
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    Re: Not to be a jerk...

    Hm, weed... Do you get high?
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    Re: My nose is pissing me off!!

    I knew it! Surely make it twice more interesting.
  57. Re: For the "sophisticated luxury mobile phone use

    DoCoMo For Her
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    Re: The World Perfumery Congress

    Oh, really? I thought it was NYC.
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    Re: My nose is pissing me off!!

    Recently I started wearing fragrances on my undershirt - a generous overdose (10 sprays!) in the morning then regular dress shirt on top. Sometimes I get another dose at lunch time. Works quite...
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    Re: Not to be a jerk...

    Let's make a Kouros discussion group and imprison all Kouros fans in it!
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    Re: Steve Jobs, The Fragrance

    The fragrance arrives in a simple, ultra-white box with slightly rounded corners, featuring a small off-white Apple logo on the front, free engraving of your name on the back and "Intel Core Duo...
  62. Re: radical groups in my city trying to ban scents

    So they will ban deodorants too? Oh, I don't know where it's going - I'd rather smell a deodorant, even a cheap one, than someone's "natural" armpit aroma!

    Not cool.
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    Re: the battle of blu.Which do you prefer?

    None of the above. I actually like Dunhill "Desire Blue" - good summer fragrance.
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    Re: "Tired of ozonic/watery?"    

    I have an impression that may, here on BN, share an indifference (to say it mildly) towards fresh/ozonic/aqua scents, though I am not among them. I suspect that this is because of the general...
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    Re: Plastic bottles?

    I'd say there are reasons for both:

    Plastic indeed absorbs fragrance quite readily and getting it out is a hassle - only with proper solvent rising and subsequent prolonged ventilation. But...
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    Re: Minumum # of Fragrance

    That's what I was always wondering too. Like most modern wine, fragrances are not meant to be stored and aged. Is it reasonable to expect it to still smell good 5 years after the purchase?
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    Re: Surrendering to the Power of Norway

    For all the thums up and down here, I'd say that it is indeed an excellent fragrance - masculine but not harsh, somewhat romantic yet perfectly business-like, complex but not complicated.

    My only...
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    Pour Homme, Pour Femme, who cares?

    So I went a little shopping yesterday and that, besides summer polos, new shoes and pants, implies sniffing something new, something I haven not tried before - after all, what kind of shopping is it...
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    Re: L'Artisan customer service

    Do they have samples here at Barneys or just testers?
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    Re: Buying frags blind

    Blind whole bottle? Never. But tons of samples, of course. In fact, I went a little shopping today - got 5 samples. Came home, tried them all - only liked one.
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    Re:  Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Fujiyama Homme (Success de Paris) - a good choice for a business woman
    Desire Blue (Aflred Dunhill) - office daywear
    Friends (Moschino) - outdoor wear

    xilonic (not a fragrance) :)
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    Re: I dont understand how men over 25-26-27 MAX ca

    Ha-ha-ha! Well said!
  73. Re: Smell of grilled sausage with shampoo gravy.

    Ha-ha, I bet my dog would love it! What's the biggest bottle they sell?

    Curiously, I started to notice that what smells like oranges to one person can be pineapples to another. This seems to be...
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    Re: spraying frags on clothing

    Yes, I noticed that too - it is often very hard to get the scent out with normal wash, especially 100% cotton fabrics. I do spray on clothing and I usually end up running the washing machine twice on...
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    Re: 212 - Carolina Herrera... my impressions...

    I'd say your description is perfectly correct - I own 212 as well, it is a lovely, light and pleasant fragrance but not a terrific one. Compexity is somewhat lacking, though not badly - there is...
  76. Re: Never thought I would shout "I Love Le Male"..

    It was purely a linguistic choice of words. The term "white ghetto" is not commonly used, at least here in NYC, and "black trash" is non-existent. A search on Google can confirm that.

    To those not...
  77. Re: Never thought I would shout "I Love Le Male"..

    Re-read my follow up. If you still don't get it, re-read it again.

    And try to be respectful of other's opinions no matter how you interpret it - this is a discussion forum and that's what...
  78. Re: Never thought I would shout "I Love Le Male"..

    I think some individuals would take offence to that. Are you implying that a scent's image is 'cheapened' by being associated with other ethnic groups? Hopefully, your statement just came out the...
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    Re: Something I've noticed

    Most fragrances are oil-soluble, therefore skin oil traps them and releases slowly, thus providing better longevity. For the same reason, they smell somewhat differently (in my case better, but your...
  80. Re: Never thought I would shout "I Love Le Male"..

    Very true here in NYC as well - it's worn a lot in black and latino ghettos and by white trash, which completely ruined the scent's image. This alone is why I would not consider it, but I also...
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    Re: The Citrus-Anatomy

    Friends by Moschino

    Friends is launched in 2005 by Moschino, a label belonging to Franco Moschino who used to work as an illustrator for Gianni Versace until he broke away in 1983 to start his own...
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    Re: Pulse points over-rated?

    Me thinking - do I really want to get intimate with my doctor as she's checking my blood pressure? Maybe not.

    Definitely over-rated. There are better places to wear a fragrance.

    xilonic
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    Fragrance testing criteria

    What criteria are important to you when testing a new fragrance? The few obvious come to mind: how it smells on a card and your skin, how it fits your image or character, longevity, masculinity or...
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    Re: Fragrances that really smell like piss

    Daily garlic consumption DOES make your skin smell of it - it comes out through fat secretions and is particularly noticeable on younger people, whose skin is more oily.
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    Re: samples use please tell me

    I smell it on a paper strip, test on my skin then on clothing, repeat a couple of times a day or so later. Enter results in my own database. If I like it, I'll wear it for a day to see how it...
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    Re: Smells like Al Qaeda

    That was my thinking exactly. Looks like pee and probably is!

    xilonic
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    Re: A good word on SAs

    Tell me about it! Every time I step into Perfumania, the SAs just want to shove something into my bag and get over with it.
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    Re: I just ate a cold Orange...

    Have you considered other fruits in the citrus family?

    I own Friends by Moschino - every time I wear it I feel like a freshly squeezed Tropicana citrus, in a good way. It is a clean, refreshing...
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    Re: Dry hair suggestions?

    Yes, leave-in conditioner, preferably all organic without preservatives, since some of it is going to absorb through your skin. I've been using it for quite a few years now, replacing all my styling...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday May 24

    Cartier - Declaration
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    Re: Who wants to smell like a Pimp?

    Le Male is pretty potent stuff, it just seems to sink into your skin and won't get out of it. I once tried a samle - I was smelling a couple of sprays it all day long and wishing it evaporated...
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    Re: Hair Thickening Products

    I use conditioner instead of gel - a popcorn size blob, rub on wet hair and let dry. Not so much for its thickening properties but more so for the right balance of stiffness and look. Once dry, a...
  93. Re: Anybody else still looking for their Holy Grai

    Holy Grail? For a moment I thought this was a discussion of "Da Vinci Code" film... Oh, the fragrance Holy Grail? Well, that's even more interesting.

    Yes, I found it a few years ago - not...
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    Re: New!  Quimbaya by Jean Pascal

    First I wanted to thank Vijay for lettings us sample so many different fragrances for free. There is hardly a retailer that would send samples to their customers at no charge and Vijay is a rare...
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    Re: Who wants to smell like a Pimp?

    Whenever someone sneezes or coughes outside of my office I always get alarming thoughts of "I hope I am not suffocating some sensitive coworker!" So I try to keep a good balance between "screw them...
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    Re: Finished a bottle

    I found that spraying some fragrance onto clean towels makes for a pleasant after shower dry up experience. Just putting your face in it and inhaling the scent feels so good! It lasts surprisingly...
  97. Thread: acidic skin

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    Re: acidic skin

    Fragrance interaction with skin has been a frequent thought of mine. I sample a lot of fragrances and turn down about 90% of them, about two thirds because of bad skin interaction.

    Most of my...
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    Re: Anyone read this?

    I ordered The Chemistry of Fragrances the other day, looking forward to its arrival.

    xilonic
  99. Re: Wanted: interesting fragrance chemisty book

    I read a few pages on amazon as well - very good book indeed! I almost want to change my career...
  100. Thread: Divine props

    by xilonic
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    Re: Divine props

    Lucky you! The other day I emailed Editions de Parfums with the same question. Instead of samples I got a prompt reference to their reseller here in New York City.

    xilonic
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