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  1. Re: Sample Pass-Coty La Rose Jacqueminot, Styx & Paris

    Quite a find, cacio, and what a beautiful presentation.
  2. Re: Sample Pass-Coty La Rose Jacqueminot, Styx & Paris

    . . . aaaand, I'm back! So is my nose. Amazing how different our impressions are. Here are mine:

    • LRJ: This is a reference floral. It is nearly identical to Parfums de Nicoläi Odalisque, which...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 12th January, 2016

    A Merry unbirthday to you, dear Larimar! I was thinking of you, as I believe you were the one who graced me with Attrap-Coeur some time back, and which bears more than a passing resemblance to...
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    Re: David Bowie's signature scent is.....

    Did a search on basenotes for the late and dear David Bowie so I could scent in his memory. I'll go with Guerlain LHB today. RIP Mr Jones.
  5. Re: Sample Pass-Coty La Rose Jacqueminot, Styx & Paris

    The package is here! My nose is not! Sneezing and coughing since Sunday night, I will get to this when my sniffer is up to snuff. Those alluring Cotys and some Calandre! My, oh, my! Stay tuned.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 10th January, 2016

    Got a micro-mini of Nahema on ebay, since I heard it is being phased out. I swear this is a variation on Guet-Apens/Attrape-Coeur, which I know by way of an extravagant 3 ml decant from a dear...
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    Re: What perfumes do you wear to work?

    I substitute teach. Elementary school kids love Amarige, of all things! For middle and high school, I need a force field, especially against all those tooth-decay sweet fruity body sprays the girls...
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    Re: Today I Finished...

    Myrurgia vintage Maderas de Oriente in "locion" formula, the big bottel to the left. I still have the "perfume de tocador" formulation. The locion is gamier, a dirty sandalwood if you will. I used...
  9. Re: Sample Pass-Coty La Rose Jacqueminot, Styx & Paris

    Hi, dear Genie Jeanie, looking forward to sampling this. So far, I'm avoiding the thread, wanting to experience first, and see others responses later.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 30th December, 2015

    Hi, all, I've been an absentee lately. So I thought I would check in. Been in Guerlain Véga for a few days now, and made a wonderful discovery. This fragrance blooms in cold crisp night air. I am...
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    Re: Article: Chanel unveil latest No. 5 film

    Yep. I only saw the ad this holiday season, so I'm late to the pile on party. Took me a few viewings before I figured out this was from "Grease", done as a dirge. Stranger than parody.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 24th December, 2015

    Wearing Ralph Hot for the first time in a long time. It has a spicy cookie vibe that suits the season. A merry holiday to all.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 16th December, 2015

    Off to face the worst fourth graders in the world. Amarige is my force field, counteracted/complemented by Bill Evans on the audio feed.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th December, 2015

    18 mile bike ride today! Knize Ten, with just a half spritz of Tea Rose by Perfumers Workshop to fem it up a bit, was the bracing athletic SOTD. I feel good!
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 1st December, 2015

    Inspired by Kotor's wonderful thread on Dior's "little old ladies", I'm in vintage Diorella. A pleasant day to all.
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    Re: Loving Dior's Little Old Ladies

    Love the title of this thread; I had to peek! You hit the nail on the head re: Diorella, and now I think that shall be my SOTD! Lovely writing, Kotori, dear.
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    Re: SOTD Friday 27th November 2015

    Hi, dear ExtremeK, glad to hear you loved Iceland. I flew IcelandAir to Europe for my Big Adventure this summer, and so had a layover each way, 10 hours, then three days. I used the 10 hour layover...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 27th November 2015

    Lounging about in what is probably my next-to-last application from a generous decant (merçi, Larimar!) of that Guerlain rarity, Attrape-Coeur. To paraphrase Baudelaire, "louche, calme, et volupté".
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    SOTE and AOTn is vintage Arpège extrait. Hard to believe I could barely smell it when I forst got it. now, a dot on each wrist and at the collarbone notch does it. I have a scant few ml left from my...
  20. Re: Sample Pass-Coty La Rose Jacqueminot

    me, me, me!
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Le Labo Ylang 49 from a sample was my SOTN and still lingers, so I'll repeat today. I usually require more dirt than I'm getting here, but I'm falling for it's complexities and that green edge.
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    Re: SotD: Sunday 22nd November 2015

    easyfish, Chamade and vintage at that—ohlala!

    foxbin, Panthère de Cartier holds a place in my heart because it was a gift from my then-16-year-old daughter who searched high and low for the...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 20th November, 2015

    Not synching but arming myself in Amarige as I substitute teach HS phys ed.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 14th November, 2015

    Likewise, dear RHM, I will be wearing French fragrances in solidarity, particularly the ones I bought there as they carry powerful scent memory. You can't get more Parisian than Odalisque.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 14th November, 2015

    Of course I am wearing from my Paris purchases this summer. Last night was Parfums de Nicoläi Odalisque, and today ELdO Rien. Vive la France!

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    Re: Scenting Horror Villains for Hallowe'en

    This was fun!
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    Re: SOTD Friday October 30th, 2015

    Out of synch in lush, floral, sentimental Nïcolai Odalisque, all the more sentimental for being one of my Paris purchases; it will always take me back there. A pleasant evening and weekend to all.
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    Re: I'm back … and I have my own Nordstrom!

    Welcome back, dear Quarry!
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    Re: Morticia Addam's perfume

    Seconding Magie Noire, and this Morticia. Habanita, too, since she liked to, after a fashion, smoke.

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/c2/25/59/c2255911487911bfd19ccba719ce7898.gif
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    Re: An idea...

    Yes! Fantastic!
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    Re: Serge Lutens Week

    Lurking on this good smellng thread, as I have but one Uncle Serge, Sarrasins, with which I will synch tomorrow, even if it will be lost on a bunch of smelly snotty seventh-graders (;
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 17th October, 2015

    tdem, how lovely!

    SOTN is ELdO's far-from-nothing Rien. I bought this at the ELdO boutique on Rue des Archives, so my scent memory tonight is Paris.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    Not a one.
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    Re: Top 500 Modern Perfumes : The Data

    Where is Caron in the midst of all this? Is there a way to search the 500?
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    Re: 500 Greatest Modern Perfumes

    Basenotes has made my life more fun! This list will definitely prod me towards shaving a few years off the average age of my collection, vintage frag hag that I am. Will ELdO Rien make it I wonder?...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 22nd August 2015

    Spent this balmy beautiful day in Nicolaï Odalisque. SOTN is actually a "deodorant eau de toilette" to soapy-fresh Magno La Toja. I love the La Toja soap and use it every day.
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    Re: Ylang ylang fragrance recommendations?

    Seconding Larimar re: Guerlain Véga. It is not only discontinued but very hard to find. At this moment on Ebay, there is exactly one item, outrageously priced. still, it is lush and wonderful if you...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 21st August 2015

    Synching in that bracing, bitter yet floral greenie Weil de Weil. I may continue the vetiver synch with Jacomo Silences for my SOTE as we head out to hear the Cleveland Orchestra this evening.
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    Re: Most impracticle bottles or Form vs Function

    This vintage infini bottle. The top is far to heavy and came off while leaving the plastic stopper stuck. it is a stunner, tho, wouldn't you agree?

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    Re: Use it or lose it, the dilemma of dabbing

    Aw, thanks for the encouragement, everyone. Badarun, except for twist off tops, I dab using the stopper. Like Ken Russell here, I like the tactile experience of dabbing. There's a bit of ritual to...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 14th August 2015

    Hello, darling Mimi!
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    Re: SOTD Friday 14th August 2015

    I liked the Santana women's scent, bought it more than once. Can't find it any more. I was about to don Guerlain Véga, but in the spirit of synch I'll go with the only celeb scent I have left, Queen...
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    Use it or lose it, the dilemma of dabbing

    So, on spilling the Acaciosa some weeks ago, I noticed I have quite a few scents—both extrait and EdPs—in dab form, some with stoppers, some with screw top caps. Especially re: the stoppered bottles,...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 10th August 2015

    Wasps? I have moths! Ate rugs and started on curtains while I was out! Whatev. Decluttering in Balahé.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 9th August 2015

    Extreme K, I was in Iceland on each end of my Europe trip. I used the 10 hour layover on the way there to visit the Blue Lagoon, and, yes, it is a moonscape! After a while you notice patches of...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 8th August 2015

    SOTN is Nicolaï Odalisque. It's how I hold onto my Paris experience.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 4th August 2015

    So, after days and days of relishing Parfumes Nicolaï Odalisque, I opened—didn't apply, mind you, just opened and sniffed—Caron Infini extrait. Talk about projection! I walked back into my room and...
  48. Thread: Aargh! A spill!

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    Re: Aargh! A spill!

    Thank you Ken. Odalisque is my SOTN tonight, and to me smells like a distant epoch of French perfumery. It is a nostalgic floral chypre to my nose. In some ways it seems direct, simple, and rosy,...
  49. Thread: Aargh! A spill!

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    Re: Aargh! A spill!

    Ken , I'm home. ELdO Rien, parfums Nicoläi Odalisque, and Knize Ten are decent consolations. I'll cherish the 1 or 2 ml that's left of thecAcaciosa bu using it up with abandon. There's satisfaction...
  50. Thread: Aargh! A spill!

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    Re: Aargh! A spill!

    fwiw, the Acaciosa is still lingering in my room, and in the crook of my arm. It is that tenacious.
  51. Thread: Aargh! A spill!

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    Re: Aargh! A spill!

    Good to know I'm not alone in these moments.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 30th July 2015

    Consider that the last time I had a serious spill, about a fourth of a 15 ml bottle of Chanel N° 22 extrait, I bought a Steinway an hour or two later. Maybe this spill was for the four weeks in...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 30th July 2015

    Yesterdays lavish application of Weil de Weil, plus fallout of the the Caron Acaciosa extrait tumble-and-spill disaster are still clinging, so that summery and accidental blend is a foregone...
  54. Thread: Aargh! A spill!

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    Re: Aargh! A spill!

    Yes, it is a wonderful perfume, and I do like it best in summer.
  55. Thread: Aargh! A spill!

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    Aargh! A spill!

    Silly me. I reached for my Weil de Weil, a 4 oz bottle at the back of my scent shelf and in the process of picking it up knocked over my 15 ml vial of Caron Acaciosa extrait, which was still over...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    Indeed, cello. I'm still a bit jet-lagged, home 4 days and still have not unpacked, except for the perfumes of course! What a trip it was. Left home on June 18th: NYC, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague,...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 29th July 2015

    It's too darn hot. Weil de Weil
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    Bought this month on my epic "Thanks Mom and Dad Wherever You Are, I Spent It" Europe tour.

    Knize Ten at the Knize store in Vienna.
    Rien, the Ironically named and very substantial ELdO fragrance,...
  59. Re: 'MY SIN' by Lanvin: GC-MS analysis and discussion

    Just what I needed, another perfume blog to follow (; great stuff!
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    I'm in Vienna, and, oh, yes, I did. Thanks to our dear Larimar for telling me which Ubahn I needed to get o to get to the Knize store on the Graben..
    There's a terrific heat wave here, and Knize...
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    Re: What is your mother's signature ????

    My mom wore Aromatics Elixir. It was perfect on her.
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 27th June 2015

    Spicebomb, from a sample handed out at the Berlin pride parade this Christopher Street Day. Yes, I'm here in Berlin. It was the largest most joyous gathering I've ever been part of, and I had no idea...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 27th June 2015

    Spicebomb, from a sample handed out at the Berlin pride parade this Christopher Street Day. Yes, I'm here in Berlin. It was the largest most joyous gathering I've ever been part of, and I had no idea...
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    Re: This American in Paris

    All packed, and yes I'm gone for 5 weeks with a carry-on bag and a shoulder bag—that's it! Have a 5:50 am train from CLE to NYC, a kind friend who observes Ramadan and thus is getting up early for...
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    Re: This American in Paris

    I'm bringing a sketchbook, must remember a blue and a red pencil for Bastille Day!
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    Re: This American in Paris

    cacio, I understand French in bits and pieces, and have pretty much lost my speaking ability. Time marches on, and it marches on my head, alas. I'll see how things go when I get there. This is the...
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    Re: This American in Paris

    Wow! Merci, toutes!

    And this, the Pleyel showroom. The Pleyel factory has closed, but the showroom is still selling pianos. My big wish is to play some Debussy in Paris! Wish me luck!
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    Re: SOTD Monday 15th June 2015

    Speaking of Kouros, I woke up to my SOTN, Barbara Herman's IndieGogo-launched Elixir Animal. It lasts forever and has the original Kouros clean v dirty vibe. Everything from sweat to cigars to...
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    This American in Paris

    Hi, friends,

    at last, before my arches completely give out, I am going to Europe for a good month. I finish with six nights in Paris, including Bastille Day, heaven help me! I plan to visit ELdO,...
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    Re: Madame Carven dead at 105

    Time to break out some Ma Griffe. Thanks for the info, cacio.
  71. Re: Do I have to pay tax if I bought 3 bottles of fragrances from Europe and bring it back to the US

    Hi, glad I did a little search before posting a redundant question. Thanks for the link, redneck perfumisto. I am embarking on my first ever trip to Europe, gone for a month (I've never been away...
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    Re: Nuit de chine - MET NY

    Hi, cacio,

    I will be in NYC 18-20 june. Do you know if the Met show will still be up? Sounds wonderful, the show and the smell.
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    Re: Classic Guerlain Fragrances

    Véga, CHamade, and Guet-Apens/Attrape Coeur.
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    Re: Today I bought June 2015

    Since I saw Jacomo's Silences on the discontinue list, I had to make sure I got some. Silences is well named, its uncompromising nature, bitter and green, stuns the placates. PdT concnetration, NIB,...
  75. great interview. I have to love the nose behind...

    great interview. I have to love the nose behind Attrape Coeur. I love what she has to say about synthetics v "natural"; natural is a construct, after all. L'heure Perdue sounds enchanting. As I will...
  76. Thread: Morning sigh

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    Re: Morning sigh

    Try wearing grown=up perfume in the presence of 9th graders. Miss Balmain got, "ewwww! I smell bad baby powder!" This from a girl doused in petrochemically derived strawberry body spray, whatever...
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    I have a mini of BatSheba, purportedly her first...

    I have a mini of BatSheba, purportedly her first fragrance, in a beautiful frosted swirled glass vial, as well as Private Collection and Osar de la Renta Volupté. I'm not sure her greatest hits are...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 28th May 2015

    I gave a friend a hug, and she exclaimed, Oh, you smell good! That was Weil de Weil, one of my favorite greens. It seemed especially lush on this humid day.
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    Re: New Yorker Ads From 1948

    Lovely and intriguing.
  80. Just got me some Silences PdT. Amazing how many...

    Just got me some Silences PdT. Amazing how many of my favorites were launched in 1978. This is one of them.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 21st May 2015

    SOTN is 1000 de Jean Patou. I needed to be good to me.

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    Re: Quickest solution to over spraying? (MiP EDP)

    Always carry a small vial of Amarige with you and spray it on the person closest to you.
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    Re: Perfume as Mood Elevator?

    Smell affects my mood more directly than any other sense. It carries memories and associations that hit before I can even verbalize them. Miss Balmain is bright and sharp; maybe you are responding to...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 15th May 2015

    Synching in Rive Gauche. Merci, mon ami easyfish!
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 14th May 2015

    C'est parfait, mon cher Monsieur easyfish!
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 14th May 2015

    SOTN is ELdO Afternoon of a Faun, a grand "old man" scent if ever there was one. Re: the synch, anyone care to look at my wardrobe and tell me what to wear?

    Slightly off-topic, here's an article...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    Someone look at my wardrobe and tell me what to wear!
  88. Re: CONUS Ostara sample group, a daffodiil soliflore

    Oh, my kumquat, I love, love, love your blog. Perfume, after all, is olfactory poetry. Everybody, read kumquat's blog!
    http://www.basenotes.net/blogs/2645-kumquat.

    Zephyr73, dear, it is so nice...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 12th May 2015

    Pulled out an oldie but goodie for another day of subbing HS, Ralph Hot by Ralph Lauren. It is one quirky, extroverted, somewhat juvenile oriental, all iHop, rubber boots, and wet dog—what's not to...
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 10th May 2015

    Remembering my mom today. Aromatics Elixir was her fragrance. I'd wear it if I had some on hand, but I don't since it just does not work on me. EL Private Collection is a good stand-in, and reminds...
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    Re: My apple trees are in bloom...

    Hi, dear MegaMav. Crab apples are in bloom everywhere here along with lilac and lily-of-the-valley. The crab apple blossoms are intoxicating, and the confetti the leave makes sidewalks festive. Up...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 8th May 2015

    Hi, remember me? Long term sub job at my HS has me whipped. What is this five-days-a-week nonsense? Barbaric, I tell you!

    In synch with none other than my favorite green monster Weil de Weil....
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    Can only be Weil de Weil. Perfect for the first 80°F day here in CLE.
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    Re: CONUS (We still have room!) Sample Pass M/F: Penhaligon's Trade Routes

    Hi, dear Zephyr1973,

    I am so glad you are enjoying Sarrasins. I am enjoying your descriptive prowess. I'm remembering Lothair through your words. Wooded area, musty warm attic, and curing...
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    Re: The 30 Roses Appreciation Thread

    Generous, tireless, and kind. Mille grazie!
  96. Re: CONUS Ostara sample group, a daffodiil soliflore

    Perfect timing, dear 30 Roses. This smells like daffodils which means, yes, it smells like spring, and early spring at that. There's a little of the green stem in there, and of all things I'm getting...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 3nd April 2015

    Since the only ELdO I have is the rather sedately named Afternoon of a Faun (thank you, mike perez!), I have to think. Think, juli, think a funny name!. Well, Dzing! is at least whimsical, so...
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    Re: CONUS We need more members! Sample Pass M/F: Penhaligon's Trade Routes

    Good morning! I donned Lothair just before bed, and recorded this impression:



    Twelve hours later a very high quality sandalwood plus musk lingered close to the skin, a most favored drydown.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 2nd April 2015

    Wow, dear gandhajala, that's a lot of male pulchritude to brighten this old lady's day! And what a merry synchronicity.

    SOTD is Penhaligon's Empressa from dear 30Roses passaround. Starts out a...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 1st April 2015

    M by Mariah Carey. Where has this been all my life?????
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    (April Fool. I'm wearing Chamade, one of those "bite of spring" scents)
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