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  1. Arabic Oil Based Perfumes, (Ouds etc.) Sorting Out The Good From The Bad ?

    My experiences so far have led me to believe this is something of a minefield, to say the least.
    I have 4-5 oud blends that were expensive, but I am not convinced that they are actually higher...
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    Re: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    Thanks for correcting us re. the flankers.
    I have given this another try and it's really growing on me. I do find it unique and yet retaining something of the old school Guerlain fond which I also...
  3. Thread: Nuit d'Issey?

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    Re: Nuit d'Issey?

    I tried this today.
    It remeinded me a lot of the last couple of releases from Jacques Bogart, (especially Riviera Nights) Very heavy on the candid fruits. I only gave it a spray on a tester strip,...
  4. Re: Recommendations For An Arabic Oil Based Sandalwood Perfume ?

    Thanks for the advice.
  5. Re: Recommendations For An Arabic Oil Based Sandalwood Perfume ?

    Thanks for mentioning this lpp !!
    ....I am not a fan of Australian sandalwood. I find it very inferior to the Mysore sandalwood. I wonder if it's possible to tell the difference from the newer...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Finally this has hit the shelves down in the south of France and today I gave it a testing.
    My initial reaction was...dry, dry, dry !!! This one is exceptionally dry on the opening. At first I'm...
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    Re: Holy Moly - CH Men Carolina Herrera

    Thanks for sharing with us all. This is one I have never come across, but I will be on the lookout now. Sounds great and the reviews over on fragrantica certainly do it justice !!
  8. Re: Recommendations For An Arabic Oil Based Sandalwood Perfume ?

    Thanks.
  9. Thread: MiP discontinued

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    Re: MiP discontinued

    Thanks for informing us all.

    ....at the end of the day this has given everyone a warning sign. It's up to people who are genuinely interested in this fragrance to do some further research...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    " A good heavy dousing of Shalimar Extrait is friggin gorgeous and smooth". mikeperez23

    Love this Mike !!! lol.
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Thanks for the warning.
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    Re: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    Agree.
    ...I count 23 Shalimar flankers to date. I wonder how many people mistakenly purchase a different version to the one they wanted ?
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    Re: Pino Silvestre bringing us 3 new releases.

    Thanks for sharing !
    I noticed that in Italy there seems to be a a huge interest in talcum powder as a dominant note in perfumes and Pino Sylvestre has had a huge hit with its "Talco" fragrance.
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    Re: Keiko Mecheri...Any worth owning?

    Received a few samples from Marlen, but was generally unimpressed.
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    Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    Firstly, I don't get all this abuse of brand perfume names ? In the perfume industry everyone's doing it. It doesn't make sense and confuses and irritates the consumer.
    So you have it. Shalimar...
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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    I tried this today and I am quite impressed. It has little or nothing to do with the classic Shalimar, but to my nose it attains some sort of bond with the classic Guerlain fond. I have only tried it...
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    Re: Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

    To me neither. I didn't detect coffee. Just tonnes of pink syrupy fruits. Horrible.
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    Re: Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

    Just tried this today. Don't hold your breath. YSL have jumped on the bandwagon. It's a La Petite Robe Noir/ Coco Madamoiselle/....(and all the rest of them....) clone.
  19. Re: Recommendations For An Arabic Oil Based Sandalwood Perfume ?

    Thanks noggs and badarun.
    Is the Amouage Sandal an oil based perfume or an edt ?
  20. Recommendations For An Arabic Oil Based Sandalwood Perfume ?

    About ten years ago I discovered possibly the ultimate sandalwood perfume. It was from the Arabian Oud company who had a flagship store in Oxford Street, London. I told the assistant I was looking...
  21. Thread: Monotheme

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    Re: Monotheme

    Thanks for the warning with this one.
  22. Thread: Monotheme

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    Re: Monotheme

    I've tried some of the older pure series. The one's I tried were hit and miss, but when Monotheme gets it right, it can be perfect. This seems to be the case with a lot of the italian manufacturer's....
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    Unknown Masterpieces.

    Starting with this one.

    Nuit d'Ete.

    As rich and voluptuous as Secret de Venus.
  24. Thread: Monotheme

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    Monotheme

    Has anyone tried any of their newest releases ?
    I have 3 in my collection and they are all good...and not expensive. The new Oud Rose and Leather release could be interesting.
  25. Re: Ferre Pontaccio 21, and Jean Couturier 12.....

    As I mentioned in a thread once, combining Dior Homme Intense and Chanel no19 Poudre makes for a sensational " green" Dior Homme.
  26. Re: Ferre Pontaccio 21, and Jean Couturier 12.....

    Thanks for the tip !
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    badarun, I'll be happy to send you a sample of the 1980 PPH.
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    I will do it, but at the time of Bijan's release, a year after PPH I didn't make a connection between the two. I will give it another try.
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    But surely that's nothing but good news for you....Adidas Dare is far, far cheaper. lol
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    Vintage Bijan (*sigh*) is poles apart from PPH.
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    PPH is totally overhyped, as are so many others on basenotes - so as you say, just reach for something else and you'll be spared that "embarassment of riches".
    ...anyway, I thought there were many...
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    Respectfully disagree. Fragrances are too subjective. Stella example is Turin and how many people disagree with his desciptions. If you went by the guide you wouldn't touch Tabac Blond with a barge...
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    It is available on ebay and other websites for collectors of minis. I do apologise. I was trying to be helpful.
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    Maybe you should study the notes which other basenotes members have been gracious enough to provide.
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    Bigsly, both myself and Dry Martini find the closest thing to the 1980 PPH is Blend 30 from Dunhill. Dry Martini aptly referred the Blend 30 as a "green" Patou Pour Homme. His description in my view...
  36. Re: What should I get next? Strong, powerful, androgynous fragrance suggestions needed.

    Comme des Garcons 2 !!!!
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    I agree entirely with this. Spot on.
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    Once again to reiterate, the main problem to me is that the whole leather aspect is missing in the recent release...which makes it to my nose quite a different fragrance. I dabbed them on the strips...
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    This is because I refer to the original 1980 release. The new supposedly "re-issue" smells much more modern to my nose it's much brighter and much fruitier. I would not regard the 1980 version as...
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    Thanks for your post. Very interesting ! So there was indeed a direct copy of the original PPH made in 2011...but it was never released, instead we got a different new version. I wished they had...
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    Re: is fragrance a luxury good?

    I think that many items that are "not necessary to survive" are not necessarily "luxury".....
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    Very interesting !
    I never get a strawberry / sweet/ fruity note with the original PPH. What I do get is what I can only describe as a wonderful indigo/ "silky violet" accord going on in the...
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    You don't identify which country you are from ? In my post I spoke clearly from my experiences in Germany. There the fragrance died a death after approximately 5 years. Maybe as in the case of...
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    Nasenmann, I too read a couple of articles that said words to that effect, but perhaps it was propagander/marketing from the company ? PPH original has been obsolete for many years now and perhaps...
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa335/TabacNoir/P1040915_zps63c3907a.jpg

    Hi Musky Monkey. This is the original Patou Pour Homme from my collection. I also have the 90ml spray version of the...
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    Respectfully, disagree with you on this. Sorry. My nose is certainly no better than yours that's for sure. This thead prompted me to give both yet another parallel testing on the skin and on...
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    Re: is fragrance a luxury good?

    LOL !! Honestly, I'm not really such a cheapskate !!!
    ....but I do tend to steer clear of those niches...
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    Re: is fragrance a luxury good?

    This.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Hi Hank.
    This is how I see it. If company "X" manufacture a product and sell it on, (to whoever)....the deal is done. So my answer is a straight yes. I do believe in a free market. In a...
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    Re: is fragrance a luxury good?

    Hi mumsy !
    Respectfully I would disagree. I am speaking now in terms of the western world.
    How many people think of a motor car as a luxury item ? Let's be honest now. Hardly anyone, though it's...
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    Re: What's a good fragrance to spray on your sheets

    [QUOTE=kumquat;3026281]http://www.1001femme.fr/thumbnails/ressources/Dossier%20temporaire/amber_balls_483x367.360.240.png-jpg

    Thanks, you know, I bought one of these and then I realized if I stuck...
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    Re: What's a good fragrance to spray on your sheets

    Try Booster from Lacoste. It's hard to find, but worth the effort. It's a eucalyptus fragrance that smells very natural and at the same time is not overpowering. Good for sweet dreams.
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    Re: is fragrance a luxury good?

    Thanks for this interesting thread. This is a difficult one. A fascinating question !
    The world has changed so much and so fast.
    Technically, when a government slaps on the 30% tax it is deemed a...
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    Re: German Television Documentary

    Thanks hednic. Someone on this thread has provided a link to the 7 minute tv documentary, but it will not be active for very much longer. Try and see it as soon as possible.
    ps. enjoy your travels...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thanks for this info. I thought Chanel was under the LVMH umbrella.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    "If your answer is, well I can still buy it on ebay"..."then Chanel has done a terrific job of whittling buyer options down"
    No. If I can still buy it on ebay, they have clearly not done a good job.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    ...and every "informed" person knows full well the antics of LVMH. The director of the company invested heavily in shares in Hermes and then (against the will of Hermes) tried an aggressive takeover...
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    Re: is fragrance a luxury good?

    A ridiculously unfair argument. To people who suffer in these countires, even a bowl of rice is a luxury item. Everything in order to live and survive is a luxury item. In this thread I am sure the...
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    Re: is fragrance a luxury good?

    Absolutely not. These days fragrance is available to everyone regardless of income, (thank God !!). In Berlin recently I witnessed Pino Sylvestre 30ml edt for sale for in retail perfumeries for 2....
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Good points. Unfortunately in Germany the accused has to prove that the perfume is not a fake....and the accusing companies have thought of everything - even intruducing false codes to win their...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Hank, why do you not want to see the facts. Genuine Chanel perfumes are available on ebay. They are not all fakes - probably a very small number may be. Most of them to me appear to be genuine to...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Not at all naive and thanks for joining in. If you read my post about 9 posts back, (a reply to viffer) it explains the problem of proving the genuine article by showing a receipt. The product has...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Firstly. I'd like to thank you for taking part here and giving your perspective. My reply to your post was concerning L'Oreal which you had claimed had broken no laws.
    I have now looked at the...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Parfum (?)

    It's really grown on me this one. At first I much preferred the (now discontinued) Fahrenheit Absolute, but I gave them parallel wearings and parallel sprays on blotters. I still love the Absolute,...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    If nothing else, at least this thread has educated many people about international laws regarding perfume companies and price fixing. It seems many members were totally unaware of these laws and...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    This is absolute nonsence and extremely naive. If L'Oreal did not break the law then why did they receive multimillion dollar fines ? noggs has provided clear evidence of that in his links. L'Oreal...
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    Re: New: Joop! Homme Extreme

    Frigg me !!!
    ...as if the first stuff wasn't strong enough already !
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Viffer,
    When these companies sell off stock,discontinued lines of their fragrances, (as was the case with Diesel Plus Plus and Diesel Zero) they sell it to huge companies who buy the whole lot. One...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thanks for sharing the link Lomaniac !
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thanks for this Bigsly. Interesting. However, having read the article I think this is something different to what we are discussing, (?). Forgive me if I am wrong.
    Once again thanks. It's a...
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    Poll: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    Do you buy from authorised retail stores ?
    Discounter retailer stores ?
    Official online retailers, (eg Chanel/ Hermes etc. websites) ?
    Online discount retailers, (including ebay sellers/ amazon...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Have a look at the tv documentary. I explained how to find the link on one of my earlier posts in this thread. The tv documentary found evidence that one company had knowingly sold stock of a perfume...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Respectfully, it seems that many disagree with you and find this thread a refreshing change from.... "Creed batch numbers" or "what I happen to be wearing today".
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    Re: No love for Invictus?

    Agree. Just as bad as the 1 Million bottle !
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    Re: No love for Invictus?

    Here in France this has become one of the best selling men's fragrances along with Black XS for men. Paco Rabanne are doing amazingly well with their sales in France. I personally prefer Invictus to...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    As has been stated many times here before, laws here in Europe do not allow fixed prices with regard to fragrances. Companies are allowed to suggest "recommended" retail prices, but they are not...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thanks for this post andym72. Some brilliant examples in your reply. Indeed, at the end of the day it is ironic that something mass produced and costing no more than the retail price of a bottle of...
  78. Thread: Serge Mansau

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    Re: Serge Mansau

    Thanks for all your interest and support guys.
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    Re: Bronze Age - Surpassing Terre d'Hermes ?

    hednic, I think you will have a hard job finding this one in shops. Generally it is widely available online for a low price and is has excellent quality, (silliage/ longevity). I recommend a blind...
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    Serge Mansau

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  81. Imogen Rose - The Whole Rose. Nothing But The Rose.

    I have been searching for decades for "the" rose perfume. From my collection of over five hundred fragrances I have about fifty rose themed fragrances. Until now my favourite has been Donna from...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    No. Not true. The german courts sided with L'Oreal.....which prompted MDR Telivision Company, (very respectable) - (comparable to BBC), to investigate... I feel like I am talking to a brick wall...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us all. Sounds amazing !
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    "The only real protection we have is to be informed consumers"..... these words are coming from you.
    I am an informed consumer - and I started this thread to inform other consumers here on...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    ?....the tv documentary I have been referring to is a german one and the courts were german courts, not french courts. The laws in Germany are very different to the laws in France. Please have a look...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thanks socalwoman. Please have a look at the tv documentary, so that you can make your own personal judgement. It can be found on the MDR.de website. On the homepage is a rubrik called "mediatek"....
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    Re: A Fragrant Oddyssey

    In Berlin recently I discovered a much older perfume from the firm Sophie Nerval.
    Unfortunately there's no name on the bottle apart from the brand name. The bottle sits inside a gold metalic case,...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thanks noggs.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thanks. You get it.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    ???
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Let me please explain...

    As an american Wheatstraw2, you enjoy the huge privilege of having an enormous range of both perfume discount retail chainstores and the freedom to shop at online perfume...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    I think you should have a look at my recent thread about Lush/ Gorilla perfumes. Many people dissagree with me about Lush fragrances, but I accept that and don't have a problem with it. I even...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thanks KeLLstar. It really is all true, sadly. If you go onto the ebay france platform, you will find no sellers of LVMH perfumes. If you look on the ebay US site or the ebay UK site you will find...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    I have found a link on the MDR website, so everyone can watch the programme and then make their own personal judgement.
    Please go to the MDR.de website homepage. at the top is a rubrik "Mediatek"....
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    There was no capatalism involved. It ws purely an offer of exchange of goods/ services. No capital involved at all.Not even a cent.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Thanks for an intelligent reply. It is indeed frightening to see the number of "brainwashed corperate toadies" comments on this thread.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    The problem of counterfeits is a huge problem, but that was not the issue in this documentary. It was all about infringement of free trade. I have seen similar tv documentaries concerning other...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    ...er...because you did not look online.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    It seems you have a hostility toward fair, (legitimate) free trade? I find this very strange. To get an understanding of my viewpoint read the post from Socalwoman. She sums it up excellently.
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    Bronze Age - Surpassing Terre d'Hermes ?

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