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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the thread!



    I’m glad it’s descriptive enough for you to do so!
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Thanks NCal!
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    Iskander by Parfums d’Empire
    Category: 1 Bigarade type (but some sweet orange too)
    Rating: 3/5
    Longevity: 2/5

    The opening is a powerful, natural orange note. It reminds me of the orange...
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    Note du Yuzu by Heeley
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus Variant
    Rating: 3:5
    Longevity: 1/5 (citrus ephemeral), salt base goes on and on

    A luscious, mouth-watering yuzu opens the perfume and it’s...
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    Mandarino di Sicilia by Perris Monte Carlo
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus
    Rating: 2/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    The opening is all petitgrain and geranium: underripe mandarins smelled from under the tree. It’s...
  6. Re: Celebrating Differences: What do YOU Enjoy About Perfume?

    That’s my favorite part, too.
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Surprisingly apt
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    Cologne Grand Luxe by Fragonard
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne Type
    Rating: 3/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    An intelligently composed orange lavender eau de cologne with quite a bit of spice. Enjoyable and...
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    Eau d’Orange Verte by Hermès
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne/1 Bigarade Type
    Rating: 4/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    Exceptional example of the genre with one of the most pleasant mossy bases I know. Not sure if...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Ok, I see exactly what you mean! I went to another town to the Sephora that still has all the major Hermès eaux, and had the SA make me a sample of each one, and the Concentre is definitely cool,...
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Hear, hear!

    I narrowly avoided purchasing a backup Gucci Rush today. I’ll need one eventually, but it can wait awhile.
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I recently received samples of Neroli Woods by Banana Republic and Cologne Grand Luxe by Fragonard. I’ll try to write something up this weekend.
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I haven’t, but it’s a nice fragrance name!
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Gieffeffe by Gianfranco Ferre is from the 90’s— count it! I think they discontinued it almost 20 years ago.
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I know I need to get some reviews up of things I was already familiar with before this, for context, but I’m starting to put together a short list.

    Type 1 Bigarade Favorites (so far):

    -Bigarade...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Retesting Arancia di Capri, I find it closer to Tang than actual oranges.
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    Thanks! I haven’t tried it. What are your thoughts?
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Exactly. Not for everyone. Not even sure if I can at all wear it in the heat without it being cloying or making me smell like I haven’t showered. I definitely love it in theory at this point....
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    Azemour Les Orangers by Parfums d’Empire
    Category: 1 Bigarade Type/Citrus Chypre
    Rating: 5/5
    Longevity: 4/5

    A refreshing bitter orange layered with greens that alternately smell minty and...
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    Bigarade Concentree by Frederic Malle
    Category: 1 Bigarade type
    Rating: 5/5
    Longevity: 5/5

    Now, let me start off by saying this one is not for the faint of heart! This is an animalic orange...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Testing Chinotto di Liguria again and it’s rather orangey up top, with an orange soda/Dr.Pepper thing going on at first, and a dash of mint. There’s a heart note I can’t identify, but recognize from...
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    Re: Most worn in January 2020

    January

    Finish Focus— Eau Parfumee au The Blanc—Finished!

    3x—
    Eau Parfumee au The Blanc

    2x—
    Citrico by Comme des Garçons, Coromandel, Eau d’Hadrien EDT by Goutal, Eau de Neroli Dore by...
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    Blood Oranges by Shay & Blue
    Category: 1 Bigarade type
    Rating: 5/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    Cointreau and leather— what’s not to love? It’s a mild riff on the Mathilde Laurent dark citrus idea birthed in...
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    Orange X Santal by Essential Parfums
    Category: 4 Woody Citrus
    Rating: 2/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    Inexpensive-smelling Terre d’Hermes knockoff. The notes look pretty good, but I don’t smell them. The...
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    Re: What is the Basenotes discount code for

    Ok thanks!
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Mandarino di Amalfi Acqua by Tom Ford
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus variant (citrus aquatic)
    Rating: 3/5
    Longevity: 5/5

    Mandarino di Amalfi Acqua is extremely similar to the original, and feels...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    It’s so good... it’s like I remember the 1980’s parfum being, but creamier.
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    Re: What is the Basenotes discount code for

    Did you ever get an answer on this?
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    Re: Byredo exploration: I'm a big fan!

    Please remove this post
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    February Rotation

    1. Angelique Noire
    2. Coromandel
    3. Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune
    4. Dune
    5. Elixir des Merveilles
    6. Flower by Kenzo
    7. Gieffeffe
    8. Hanae Mori
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Only one. IMO, 1932 EDP is an improvement over 1932 EDT, based on the 2016 reformulations.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Like Yellowtone and PerfumedLady, I wore No. 5 today. A sample of 1940’s parfum. It has the nitromusks.

    Yay fraternal twins!
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Sounds like La Vie est Belle
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I’ll likely need to do that one off of my empty bottle!
  35. Thread: Vulgar

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    Re: Vulgar

    Speaking of Tom Ford, Black Orchid is vulgar, but I kinda like it on others.
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    Re: What is my wardrobe missing? Recommendations?

    Would the move be to a different climate? If warmer, try some lighter fare.
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    Acqua di Bergamotto by Ermenegildo Zegna
    Category: Eau de Cologne variant
    Rating: 1/5
    Longevity: ?

    This is one I wish I hadn’t sprayed on. I get the listed bergamot and vetiver, but otherwise...
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    Re: Une Bois Vanille is total trash - fight me

    No argument here. It’s not even a good vanilla dryer sheet! It’s a coconutty-woody vanilla dryer sheet with too much creaminess. Makes my stomach turn. There are a hundred cheaper vanilla scents that...
  39. Thread: Byredo

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    Re: Byredo

    Can she smell the ones you bought? I’d probably look at Slow Dance or Purple Haze or something else I can smell. I’m glad I’m not the only one who is anosmic to some of the Byredos. I can’t really...
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    Eau de Cologne by Chanel
    Category: Eau de Cologne variant
    Rating: 3/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    Context: I’m a self-proclaimed Chanel girl. I’ve had more Chanels than anything else. Before I started this...
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    Eau de Minimes by Le Couvent de Minimes
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne
    Rating: 2/5
    Longevity: 4/5

    A quaint, sweet, grapefruit-based eau with a heart of wildflowers, and a vanillic, powdery base. My...
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    Acqua Viva by Profumum
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus
    Rating: 4/5
    Longevity: 5/5

    The opening astringent bergamot illuminated by fluorescent lighting arouses my skepticism. It’s bright, but it’s sooo...
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    Via Camerelle by Carthusia
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne variant
    Rating: 4/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    Nice! An eau de cologne with a different herbal palette. After awhile they start to smell the same, but...
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    Citrico by Comme des Garçons
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne
    Rating: 2/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    It starts off promising like 4711 with a bit more subtlety. Then the floral, which includes solvent-extracted...
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    I’m still deciding, honestly. It’s so striking! I don’t think it remains citrusy for long; it’s definitely a white floral. One of the most fatty and waxy florals I’ve encountered that nevertheless...
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    Cologne Cedrat by Parfums di Nicolai
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne
    Rating: 4/5
    Longevity: 4/5

    Refreshing and simple. A darkish interpretation of cedrat with a lasting musky base halfway between...
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    Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat by Guerlain
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne
    Rating: 5/5
    Longevity: 1/5

    Imagine the most delicious burst of bergamot and lemon you’ve ever smelled (which is very close to the...
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    Sundazed by Byredo
    Category 3 Bright Citrus
    Rating 4/5
    Longevity 4/5

    Lemon candy and white musk. Simple, joyful, projects and lasts well. It’s something I fell for at a store, and it’s easy to...
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    Mediterraneo by Carthusia
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus
    Rating: 3/5
    Longevity: 2/5

    Lemon tea. Simple, sweet-and-sour but not sharp or bracing. Soft. Warm, even. Enjoyable to wear, but not...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Eau de Cologne Imperiale is one of the classics. It’s pretty great! What else have you enjoyed?

    Paris-Deauville reminds me most of the Eau Fraiche styles of a generation ago. It’s done with...
  51. Thread: Vulgar

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    Re: Vulgar

    Gucci Rush
  52. Re: Which male fragrances do women really, really hate?

    I despise Fierce. And Axe/Lynx. And anything with a strong norlimbanol note, apparently.
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    Re: Chasing Magnolias

    Eau d’Italie by Eau d’Italie

    Mineralic magnolia. Here in Memphis, there is a common landscaping habit of mulch mounding southern magnolia trees with stones. It likely protects the trees from...
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    Eau d’Italie

    This belongs on my Chasing Magnolias thread. Not a citrus. Sorry guys!
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    Medie by Cire Trudon
    Category: 4 Citrus Woods
    Rating: 1/5
    Longevity: 5/5

    I’ve had to create new category for my reviews, because this one is definitely a citrus woods perfume, not any of the...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    The Armani could use more longevity, to be sure. I’ll try testing it in differing weather, to yellowtone’s point. And I agree that while mossy bases aren’t for everyone, they are better if they use...
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    Bergamote by The Different Company
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus
    Rating: 5/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    Oh, this is very good. <looks up perfumer> Because of course it is. Jean-Claude Ellena. The minimalist...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I agree with all!

    Testing out Dilettante right now and wow!
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    Orange Alhambra by Armani Prive
    Category: 1 Bigarade type, with some bright citrus
    Rating: 5/5
    Longevity: 2/5

    What a delightful, realistic bitter orange opening! I can actually picture green...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Nice! Your own image, or an ad?
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    Thanks! It’s not metallic-smelling, as a lot of silvery ones are, but it’s silvery in its sharpness and the way it rises like a high note over all the other test strips. I think this would be amazing...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I think you would based on Le Fleurs de Duchet. They both share that round, fruity rose note. I should give a caveat to my review: I thought L’Eau Mixte was basically gone when I went to bed last...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Great read! “ Citrus is always a winner in fragrance. Unisex and universally appealing to humans, it’s pretty hard to meet a citrus that’s not to love. The only trouble is finding one that you...
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    L’Eau Mixte by Parfums di Nicolai
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus
    Rating: 5/5
    Longevity: 4/5 (black currant stays, but citrus is quite fleeting)

    The prelude is a bright citrus bouquet, at times...
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    Whelp, I’m stealing your Iris Ganache. But not before I grab a free sniff of the Sous Le Vent!
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    Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto di Liguria by Acqua di Parma
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne
    Rating: 5/5
    Longevity: 4/5 (moss lasts well, not citrus)

    In the opening there’s a bright fruit I don’t...
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    Yeah, I didn’t really know what to make of it. Not unpleasant, but also not beautiful or expected.
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    Cap Neroli by Parfums di Nicolai
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne variant
    Rating: 2/5
    Longevity: 4/5

    An extremely sharp bergamot or Cedrat note tingles the nose so much it burns a bit. A few moments...
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    Blu Mediterraneo Mirto de Panarea by Acqua di Parma
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne variant
    Rating: 5/5
    Longevity: 5/5

    A shimmery bergamot quickly gives way to a fresh ocean breeze, minus the fish...
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    Note on the Allure Homme Sport Cologne (clear bottle):

    I sprayed it on a test strip at Sephora from the clear bottle, but I do think the bottle I sprayed from is turning, because the topnotes...
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    Blu Mediterraneo Cedro di Taormina by Acqua di Parma
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne variant
    Rating: 3/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    Bright bergamot with a lavender basil heart that comes across as minty and...
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    Yeah I had to choose the coldest day of the year to try on a cologne! But summers come fast here in Memphis and stay long.
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    Re: Shalimar Descendants

    I hadn’t heard the connections to Angel and Passion. Interesting!



    That’s not bad!



    Du Mexique is my current drug of choice.
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    Re: What's your favourite shower gel?

    That Aveeno Skin Relief one was my favorite for years. But I got a bottle recently of it and it had a definite scent. Disappointing. The Dove Sensitive is a good lotiony one for dry winters.
    ...
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    Re: Meeting an ex for coffee what should I wear

    I think I’d be more entertained, just knowing it’s real. Ask away!
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    I’m testing Givenchy Gentleman Cologne on my hand from a quick stop in at Sephora. I love the opening! Bright and lemony and with a soft floral element... is it violet I smell in there? Nope; iris....
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Impressive! I’ll see what I can find!
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Original post has been updated to reflect the actual Lucky Scent samples I purchased, set to arrive 1/21.
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    Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri by Acqua di Parma
    Category: 2 Eau de Cologne variant
    Rating: 4/5
    Longevity: 3/5 (extremely low sillage)

    This one and I go back about 12 or 13 years. I was...
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    Re: Shalimar Descendants

    I can definitely see that, NCal.
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    I should have a sample of that coming soon!



    Oh no! I didn’t have that one in my cart when I purchased! There are others I want to try of his, too, like Lampblack and Au Dela Narcisse. Perhaps...
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    Re: Shalimar Descendants

    Old thread bump:

    I recently acquired a sample of Carthusia’s Ligea “La Sirena.” I agree that it has Shalimar roots. It’s also got something else familiar in the base— maybe Opium or Emeraude?
    ...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Does Gieffeffe count? Because unless you get what they’re doing (GFF spelled out), it’s awkward to try to say. Anyway, that’s what I’m wearing.

    Other notable names:

    -Un Jardin Sur Le Nil is a...
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    Re: Today I Finished...

    Yeah I don’t usually purchase testers because I’m picky about having a cap. But I had ordered this one from my local mall kiosk that sources from Russia, and that’s what came. I talked them down, but...
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Balance

    I finished a bottle today, and brought a backup out to replace it, so:

    Wardrobe: 0 (-1, +1)
    Backups: 0 (-1, +1)
    Minis/Solids: 0

    Since we started:

    Wardrobe: -1 (-7, +6)
    Backups: -2 (-4, +2)
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    Re: Today I Finished...

    I finished my 40 ml of Eau Parfumee au The Blanc. I’ve had this bottle since maybe 2012, and it was my second bottle of it. I have a backup bottle tester in 75 ml that I just took out, and I was able...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Thanks! Glad you’re here, Beck!



    Thanks! That Bortnikoff looks intriguing...
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    Definitely ordering a sample; Iskander sounds fantastic.
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Ok now I have to test that Hermès sample again. I don’t want to post a review until I figure out which one I have. I also wanted to pair my review with Eau de Neroli Dore, but I seem to have emptied...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Mandarine Glaciale by Atelier Colognes
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus / White Floral
    Rating: 2/5
    Longevity: 4/5

    Eating 3-day-old tangerines in a kitchen where someone has left the freezer open and...
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    Cedrat Enivrant by Atelier Colognes
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus
    Rating: 3/5
    Longevity: 3/5

    The Cedrat is sour and bitter (which I love), and it’s supported by a heart of melon and vetiver, plus a...
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    Bergamot Soleil by Atelier Colognes
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus
    Rating: 4/5
    Longevity: 4/5

    A sharp bergamot-lime opening is supported with a faint whiff of fresh mint leaves. It warms into an...
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    Clementine California by Atelier Colognes
    Category: 3 Bright Citrus / White Floral
    Rating: 3/5
    Longevity: 2/5

    There’s a bright, sugared tangerine opening that’s very promising, which is...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Welcome, Diamondfame! Your excitement is contagious!



    It really knocks it out of the park, doesn’t it?



    Yeah the bases conundrum is interesting. It seems like most bases consist of...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Good call on the 200 ml— those are a great value. Those three— Pamplemousse Rose, Orange Vert, and Neroli Dore—are high up in my rankings right now. I need to re-test them all at the same time. But...
  96. Re: "Your Mean Grandma" perfumes - can you recommend me some?

    The only knowing experience I have with Cabochard is from around 2017, so I can’t speak to more recent changes, though I know from other Basenotes posts that there have been changes to the formula...
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    Re: Regarding shelf life

    As long as you have climate control in your home and you use it, they should last twice that.
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    Re: Do you wear fragrance even at home alone?

    You and I have the same philosophy of at home perfume wear, Kitty2Shoes. Though today I wore about 8 different things throughout the day with different places for them on each of my arms.

    Keep in...
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Me, too! I got so excited when I put it on, like “This is IT!” And then, alas... I can completely see continually topping up for top notes. The trouble is, those musky bases build up!
  100. Re: "Your Mean Grandma" perfumes - can you recommend me some?

    +1 on:

    -Arpege
    -Azuree
    -Cabochard
    -Bandit

    Caleche might work, as it is dry, but it’s also soapy and mostly just smells clean in the traditional sense.

    Bal a Versailles has too much...
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