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  1. Re: Pretty dirty musk to replace Kiehl’s Musk oil?

    You might try either of the Marlou fragrances. L'animal Sauvage is the less animalic of the two, but it is still nicely musky.
  2. Re: Top 5 misconceptions about Escentric Molecules

    I've tried all the Escentric Molecule fragrances and wore Molecule 01 a few times until I realized that it clung so fiercely to my shirt that even after washing and drying it, the entire load of...
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    Re: NEW: Bruno Fazzolari - Ummagumma!

    Will be eagerly waiting to hear your impressions!
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Would love to smell No 19 or Cuir de Russie on a male!
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    Re: Nuits de Scherrer - Incredible !

    After that review, I will do my best to find this one!
  6. Thread: First Snow

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    Re: First Snow

    Oh man, living in California keeps my winter entirely snow-free. (Not that I'm complaining!)
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Cannot wait!

    In fact, I'm starting Chanuary in December. :-)
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    Re: Your most frustrating scent

    I simply adore Cuir de Russie and Bois des Iles, but both of these Chanels are terribly ephemeral.
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    Re: End of year 2017 - Most worn fragrances

    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Chanel Bois des Iles
    Siberian Musk
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    Re: Great fragrance but bad name

    :-) Love this.
  11. Thread: Synesthesia

    by Starblind
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    Re: Synesthesia

    I have never experienced anything remotely like this, but I am fascinated nonetheless!
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    Re: Today I bought December 2017

    Vintage 1 oz bottle of Bois des Iles. My Christmas present from me to me!
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    Re: Best fragrance that smells cold/chilly?

    My vote, as well.

    Lutens Iris SIlver Mist is very chilly, too.
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    Re: Fave niche cuddle scents

    This is a gorgeous one!
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Wearing vintage Bois des Iles today, and even though I have a gross (and seemingly everlasting) cold, it smells divine!
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    Re: Chanel Question

    Well, Bois des Isles wins by a landslide (something I would never have predicted!).

    I had no idea that so many of you considered BdI to be "clean and warm" and CdR to be "dirty and animalic."
    ...
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    Re: Back from NYC (pics inside)

    Gorgeous photos. NYC during Christmas-time is a wonder!
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    Re: Recommend me a Leather?

    This is also my feeling, which is why I was surprised that no one had suggested it. I would love to smell it on a man!
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    Re: NEW: Hiram Green - Slowdive!

    Love the tobacco concept, just not quite so enthused about the tuberose. (But that's just me!)
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    Re: Zoologist Camel is in

    Arabie + civet?
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    Re: Recommend me a Leather?

    Surprised no one's mentioned Chanel's Cuir de Russie. Does everyone feel it's too feminine?
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    Re: Is there a Fragrance Holy Grail?

    Very true! I'd love even just a chance to smell it.
  23. Re: Under My Skin by Francesca Bianchi (My Thoughts)

    Where does someone in the US get a sample?
  24. Re: Mixerscent Attar and deep Vintage Sample Pass

    So interesting, since Homage has all these rapturous reviews, right? This makes me feel bit better about never having been able to sample it.
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    Re: What's the most daring, animalic fragrance?

    Interesting. I find Siberian Musk just gently animalic. It's wondrously furry and musky, but it's not "stinky" in the same way that Salome or Ambiguite or Oudh Infini are.
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    Re: Is there a Fragrance Holy Grail?

    Djedi by Guerlain. This one is both mystical in its rarity and price.
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    Re: NEW: Marlou - D'Ambiguite !

    I can't wear either of them, but the Marlou is definitely animalic with a capital A. It seems to possess the same sort of "stink" that Oudh Infini does.
  28. Poll: Re: Are you a signature scent or a "rotation" person? POLL.

    I'm one of those strange and rare signature scent people. I fall pretty deeply in love with one, or at the most two, scents at a time and wear /onethem until I fall out of love. I then move on to a...
  29. Re: Women CAN'T OVER SPRAY when applying fragrances...

    I have been in malls, movie theaters, bars, restaurants, and classrooms with Perfume Ladies. Even in passing, these oversprayers leave their mark.
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    Re: NEW: Roja Dove - Semi-Bespoke No. 22!

    Would love to try this one, even though I'd never, ever, ever be able to afford a bottle.
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    Re: NEW: Bruno Fazzolari - Ummagumma!

    What happened to ClaireV's site? Am I the only one who can't read this review?
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    Re: L'Heure Fougueuse by Cartier

    I wish I loved it--I expected to from the description. But all I get is tea and a very vague impression of hay and barns.
  33. Re: Women CAN'T OVER SPRAY when applying fragrances...

    :-)
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    Re: What's the most daring, animalic fragrance?

    I used to think that MKK was animalic, but then I got a whiff of Marlou's new Ambiguite.

    Wowsers!!!
  35. Re: Rarely used but still must haves in your wardrobe

    If I rarely wore something it wouldn't be in my wardrobe (but I am a weirdo, so don't mind me!). :-)
  36. Re: Chanel Month - January 2018

    Lately, every month is Chanel month for me!

    I know it seems boring, but I am alternating CdR with BdI: my two very favorite Chanels. I now have them both in vintage and new extrait form.

    (I...
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    Re: Chanel Question

    I love your enthusiasm! Any reasons why you chose CdR over BdI?
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    Re: Chanel Question

    The current extrait is not as deeply leathered as the vintage, but it is still an amazing scent.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    I love Diorella, and find it far less bothersome than the Malle (I can't stand melon for some reason). I've never tried Diorama, but want to.
  40. Re: Fume Chat: The Filth Battle ft. Katie Puckrik

    Listened to the whole thing. They surprisingly left out some heavy hitters.
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    Re: Chanel Question

    I've sampled Sycomore, but like it quite a bit more on my husband than on me. (I'm a vetiver wimp.)
  42. Re: Older Masculine Fragrances That Younger Generation Should Be Aware Of.

    Caron's Yatagan
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    Re: Chanel Question

    Wow. I had never thought of these two in such gendered terms, but you've got me convinced. :-)
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    Re: Chanel Question

    Interesting! :-)
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    Re: Chanel Question

    This is pretty much how I'd describe it too.
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    Re: Chanel Question

    I have and love Cuir Cannage!
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    Re: Chanel Question

    Wow. I'd love to know what you think of BdI. It's definitely closely related to CdR.
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    Re: Chanel Question

    So you feel that the newer CdR has been too utterly changed?
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    Re: Chanel Question

    The vintage versions ARE gorgeous!
  50. Re: Strange paranoia about finishing a cherished bottle...

    I always get feeling desperate when my beloveds' liquid levels start to drop dramatically.

    And that's where Ebay and Etsy come in.
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    Re: Chanel Question

    I'm definitely seeing a trend here. :-)
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    Re: Chanel Question

    It's been genuinely surprising to find out how few males would enjoy CdR on a female.
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    Re: Chanel Question

    Do you feel it is just too masculine smelling? Or is it the animalics involved that make it unappealing to you?
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    Re: Chanel Question

    Wow, who knew that BdI was so popular with the males?
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    Re: Chanel Question

    Bois des Iles is taking the lead!
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    Re: Chanel Question

    Well, one vote for each, so far!
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    Chanel Question

    Men, which Chanel extrait would you rather smell on a female:

    Cuir de Russie

    Bois des Iles

    (I get to choose my Xmas present and am hoping you'll help!)
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    Re: Frederic Malle Discussion Thread

    Une Fleur de Cassie is the only Malle that remotely interests me.

    I would like Le Parfum de Thérèse, but I can't tolerate the melon note.

    (Man, I sound cross today!)
  59. Re: What frags have you sold/given away only to end up re-buying again?

    Sold and rebought:

    MKK
    Chanel CdR (vintage, no less)
    Caron Tabac Blond (again, vintage)

    Am I an idiot? Well, hell yes.
  60. Re: Anyone else think Tom Ford Fragrances are overrated?

    The only two I found interesting: Moss Breches and London.
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    Re: First perfume ever

    Excellent suggestions!
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    Re: Seductive fragrance

    I'm guessing that several people will tell you to try Musc Ravageur. To me, it smells a lot like a Cinabon, but many guys seem to think it's seductive.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotation: Post Stuff Here!

    Or weirdness!
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotation: Post Stuff Here!

    Here's mine:

    Chanel Bois des Iles and Cuir de Russie extraits

    That's it--non-stop Chanel classics all month long!
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    Re: What is happening at Guerlain?

    Your point is still well taken. Many of us miss and mourn the amazing vintage fragrances of long ago, and their praises are well deserved.
  66. Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    DELICIOUS line up of perfume-loves, past and current!
  67. Re: NEW: Hero’s Journey Travel Agency - Feminista!

    "new feminist content?"
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    Re: Is there any problem in buying "Testers"?

    Yay! We all like and support testers! :-)
  69. Re: ormonde jayne black gold vs creed spice and wood

    Me either! I sampled it several times and actually had to wash it off every time (something I very rarely do). To me, it smells SO synthetic, and this aspect seems to increase the longer you wear it.
  70. Re: Perfume that reminds one of London - in a good way

    What about (ta da!) London by Tom Ford?

    It's one of the very few of his that I actually like.
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    Re: The Most Perfume Purchased

    Since all I'm currently buying are vintage Chanels, I can indulge year-round! (Unfortunately.)
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    Re: What next from Serge Lutens?

    My favorites Lutens:

    Muscs Koublai Khan
    Rose de Nuit
    Iris Silver Mist
    De Profundis
    La Myrrhe

    Pretty much in that order, too.
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    Re: Serial Lurker finally joined

    So glad you posted, Simon!

    I became obsessed with fragrances when I was 13 and a boyfriend gave me Faberge's Woodhue. Wearing it made me feel almost as if I were a slightly different version of...
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    Re: Scents you feel alone on

    I hate all gourmands, soliflores, and anything heavily fruited, ambered, or sweet. This makes me something of an anachronism in the world of female perfume lovers.
  75. Poll: Re: Caron - Tabac Blond - Todays Version . How Does It Compare ???

    The vintage and the new are recognizable as half-siblings, possibly, but not twins or anything close. The original is a work of magic; the reformulated version is flat and uninspired.
  76. Re: Which of your scents bloom in the coldest weather?

    "I also love sharp, civet-tinged fragrances such as Empreinte by Courreges in cold weather. Makes me feel like a lynx with the winter wind in my ruff."

    Thank you, Jardanel, for this gorgeous image!
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    Re: "Less is more" --your interpretation

    This hardly applies to classic Chanels, unfortunately. They are so subtle already that over-spraying is impossible.
  78. Re: How actors use perfume to get into character

    This was, indeed, a fascinating article!

    I don't know if all writers do this, but I have to know exactly how a character smells in order to create him or her fully.
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    Re: De Profundis--Seriously???

    Wow. This seems unlikely given its odor profile and toxicity, but I suppose a "trace" wouldn't have much effect on either, so I suppose it's possible...?

    (Is Serge's sense of humor that morbid?)
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    Re: NEW: Comme des Garçons - You're In!

    Well, that cured my curiosity!
  81. Thread: Myrrh Mania

    by Starblind
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    Re: Myrrh Mania

    Loved this one. :-(
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    Re: New Tom Ford Fragrance: Fucking Fabulous

    Holy moly. Two billion. This somehow convinces me to never buy TF again.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

    Yum--Diorella! I have never even tried Cristalle, are these two truly similar?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Vintage Chanel Cuir de Russie extrait. Decidedly beautiful and more animalic than the current version.
  85. Re: The Rising Phoenix Perfumery Sample Impressions Thread

    Uh oh!
  86. Re: Have a look at my Ernest Beaux collection :)

    Um, me too. And that sealed bottle looks irresistible!
  87. Re: Fragrances that smelled way different on other people compared to when you wear them?

    I agree.
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    Re: Bois des Iles Extrait de Parfum

    I'm not sure that women know what to do with powder puffs anymore. I certainly don't.
  89. Thread: darker scent

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    Re: darker scent

    I agree. It isn't "dark" though. It smells primarily of chrysanthemums and is quite floral.
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    Re: sophistication....?

    I think you're misunderstanding my point. I'm surprised that hardly anyone is mentioning a Chanel as being sophisticated. I think Chanel's scents (especially the classics) are about as sophisticated...
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    Re: sophistication....?

    I'm amazed at how few times Chanel is mentioned in this thread!
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    Re: Bois des Iles Extrait de Parfum

    And Caron! Are you a mistress or a wife, a lady or a vamp, a blonde or brunette? So many connotations and associations swirling around in connection with these "smelly waters!"
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    Re: The Different Company

    I second all of the above.
  94. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    50ml D'Ambiguite by Marlou.

    Wow, this is a genuinely animalic fragrance! Cumin, costus, and castoreum. It reminds me a bit of Salome, but with everything dialed back considerably. I am still...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Really impressed by this one (although I'm a bit freaked out by wearing it in public).
  96. Re: NEW: Cire Trudon - Trudon, a collection of 5 unisex personal fragrances!

    This description makes me want to try Revolution for sure!
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    Re: Grief and (perfume) gifting

    I agree with Cook.bot here. Perfume is such an "associative" thing (thanks to our limbic brain) that we forever connect these smells with certain time periods and events. I even had to toss the dress...
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    Re: Bois des Iles Extrait de Parfum

    I often feel way too blonde for CdR, but I just can't quit it! It's my favorite.
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    Re: Bois des Iles Extrait de Parfum

    If I WISH I were a redhead, does it count?
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    Re: NEW: Marlou - D'Ambiguite !

    Har!

    Obviously he is not the most keen or verbose critic of perfumes, but I'd have to admit that there are some S-T-R-O-N-G animalic notes in this one.
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