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    Celebrities favourite fragrances

    The lovely Rachel Reilly from Countdown (whom perhaps only UK Basenoters will be familiar) just confessed, on the show, that her favourite perfume is 34 Boulevard Saint Germain by Dyptique. I also...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler A*Men Gold Edition

    Better late than never, eh? ;)
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    Re: Thierry Mugler A*Men Gold Edition

    Picked this up yesterday at TK Maxx in the UK, a snip at £34.99

    It's clearly just a special collectors edition metal flask, not a reformulation or flanker, so I don't understand why people were...
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    Re: Black XS: This stuff is great

    Black XS seems to attract more attention from the fairer sex than almost anything else I own!
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    Re: Bijan V.I.P. bottle medallion?

    Aah, thank you! The answer was a long time coming but I'm grateful. I was convinced I'd lost it! Haha
  6. Re: A new niche perfume boutique in the North of England?

    More useful thoughts and advice, thanks all. I'll be looking into the decants idea a little more - I can see the appeal of that.

    I stopped into HN and Selfridges in Manchester last time I was...
  7. Re: A new niche perfume boutique in the North of England?

    Wow, you're right Marais... I spotted Demeter in Boots just today! Ok, so perhaps I'll be looking at different affordable brands. Totally with you on the barbershop houses - although there's a barber...
  8. Re: Is my Thierry Mugler Alien real or a fake?

    Smell it. Does it smell fake? Packaging, codes and printing change constantly. I swear, people worry about this stuff WAY more than is ever justified!
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    Re: Taking off spray top

    It was more the "pull a bit harder. Some are loose some are tight"... and "try gently rocking it side to side or in a circular motion while you're pulling up on it." parts that got me. That and...
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    Re: Taking off spray top

    One of the most entertaining and erotic threads of all time. Cheers!
  11. Re: A new niche perfume boutique in the North of England?

    Great feedback thus far, folks - thank you. Furrypine is right on the money, as I see it, suggesting a couple of less costly brands. Demeter is a great call! (I need to sniff around Smell Bent, and...
  12. A new niche perfume boutique in the North of England?

    Hi all and season's greetings. I have been away from the forums for a while - mostly working my fingers to the bone in a job that I don't want to be doing forever.

    For that reason I've been doing...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I just picked up 50ml of Poivre Piquant by L'artisan Parfumeur at my local TK Maxx fo £19.99. They had a couple of 100ml Jour de Fete from the same house for the same price too, but I wasn't tempted....
  14. Re: Two new fragrances from ScentStory: 24 Go Dark and 24 Platinum

    The entire range is currently available at branches of The Fragrance Shop in the UK and online for £11.99 for 50ml.

    Mesaboogie is spot on with his comparison of Go Dark to The One Gentlemen -...
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    Bijan V.I.P. bottle medallion?

    This is probably the most trifling matter that has ever earned itself a thread on BN, but I recently blind-bought Bijan V.I.P. for Men - not a bad fragrance at all I was pleased to learn! The only...
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    Re: Today I bought: February 2014

    http://images.nitrosell.com/product_images/12/2921/large-ARMANI-EAU-DE-NUIT-M.jpg

    http://51.img-preis.de/1842248/Sport-Freizeit/Beauty/Bijan-V-I-P-for-Men-Eau-de-Toilette-Herren.jpg
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Picked up Penhaligon's Endymion Cologne at TK Maxx, 50ml for £15.
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2014

    How do you find it, Hednic? I thought it smelled great, just somewhat safe and generic.
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2014

    http://images.selfridges.com/is/image/selfridges/401-85421782-191505A_M?$PDP_M$

    50ml picked up for a mere £15 in TK Maxx!
  20. Re: Cheaper alternative to Givenchy Gentleman Only

    Fellow UK Basenoter, how about £35.90 for a 50ml bottle? http://www.allbeauty.com/productPaging.php?productId=988418

    And that's with delivery I might add! AllBeauty, formerly CheapSmells, is a...
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    Re: Join me in a Happy Fragrant Dance?

    I danced a tiny, pleasant smelling jig when I 'best offered' £45 (I think) for a brand new and sealed bottle of Santal Majuscule (reatil £83) to an eBay seller. She accepted immediately - it makes me...
  22. Re: Mugler's The Taste of Fragrance - Undeserved bad rap

    I'm the proud owner of a bottle of this stuff. It was a very warmly received gift but I happen to know that it was available for around £39 at the time. Absolute bargain! It's not my favourite or...
  23. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Kiss your Coromandel goodbye, Wit_Siamese!
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    Re: Room Scent of the Day - January 2014

    Burning a 'True Rose' wax melt from Yankee Candle tonight.
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    Re: S O T D: Tuesday - January 14

    http://duftarchiv.de/duftarchiv/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/Timbuktu.jpg
  26. Re: You Lost ALL Your Fragrances in a Fire. What ONE Do You Buy First?

    Guerlain Heritage. Yes.
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    Re: Fragrances you lost passion for

    +1 1 Million.

    Ugh.
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2014

    http://static.productreview.com.au/pr.products/1_500e7220217a0.jpg
  29. Re: Which fragrances released in 2013 did you find to be surprisingly good?

    Ohhh, I forgot about this! Really very good indeed.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    SOTD: Mugler Cologne
    SOTE: Lutens' Santal Majuscule
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    Re: What is your favorite "Santal" fragrance?

    I thought I was in love with Serge Lutens' Santal Majuscule, so much so that I bought it. Now I'm not so sure, it's beautiful but somewhat cloying and overwhelming. I want to resample Tam Dao after...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Stumbled on Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet, Endymion and a couple of others for £29 (100ml) and £22 for (50ml) in TK Maxx in Leeds, UK today. They also had a couple of Annick Goutal including Eau...
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2014

    An old scent to kick off a new year:

    http://www.penhaligons.com/images/products/large/BLENHEIMBOUQUETEAUDETOILETTE.jpg
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    Re: Portrait of a Lady... thoughts?

    It's delightful. I wore it today for a wander round the better perfume counters in town and kept catching happy whiffs of myself. And another just now!
  35. Re: Which fragrances released in 2013 did you find to be surprisingly good?

    Paul Smith - Portrait for Men. I was blown away by the quality and how different it was to a lot of the other generic designer frags that 2013 churned out.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, January 6th, 2014

    Portrait of a Lady - Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    24280
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    Re: Mugler Cologne - why can't I smell it!?

    I'm resurrecting this old thread with an update. Having stumbled across a discounted bottle of MC in a department store recently, I impulse bought it in the vain hope that I could teach myself to...
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    Re: Today I bought: D E C E M B E R 2013

    My most recent acquisitions include:

    Superdry Double Dry
    Superdry Dry Oil
    Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui
    Mugler Cologne
    Paul Smith Portrait for Men
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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  40. Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men 2014 EDP!!

    I understand that entirely, but I'm being as cynical as I possibly can and I'm still sure this is a least slightly more... oomphy.

    It seems Boots (and I) got it wrong about the EDP, so I suppose...
  41. Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men 2014 EDP!!

    Gah, curse you Boots!! The price ticket said EDP on it so, naturally, I got excited. Looks like I may have been misled. I have to say though, guys - it's definitely stronger and longer lasting on my...
  42. Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men 2014 EDP!!

    I know, it doesn't make sense - I swear I wasn't dreaming, and I'd put my life savings on it not being fake!



    My thoughts exactly!

    I'm going to have another look tomorrow and take pictures...
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    Re: Niche noob sampler pack

    Although it is, by no means a comprehensive list, my sample pack would have to include:

    Serge Lutens: Santal Majuscule

    Juliette has a Gun: Midnight Oud

    Chanel Exclusifs: Coromandel
    ...
  44. Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men 2014 EDP!!

    I cannot believe I've not heard anything about this before, but I just called into Boots (a highly reputable UK store) and noticed an all chrome bottle amongst the men's D&G fragrances - The One for...
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    Re: Today i bought: April 2013

    http://www.99perfume.com/image/VE250M.jpg
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    One comment ruined my nose!

    Some time ago while researching the purchase of an Etat Libre d'Orange fragrance, I read a basenotes review of Fat Electrician which likened the vetiver note to the smell of burnt wires. Now I...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

    http://images.monstermarketplace.com/designer-perfumes-and-discount-fragrances/heritage-by-guerlain-edt-spray-3-4-oz-for-men-650x622.jpg
  48. Re: Im off on a date in a couple of hours. What frag to wear !

    My hero <3
  49. I recently bought and fell in love with Santal...

    I recently bought and fell in love with Santal Majuscule; possibly my favourite from the line, despite the fact it seems to garner more modest praise than some of your other Serge Lutens creations....
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    Re: Today i bought; May 2013

    http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/rusbeautynews/38760054/573165/573165_1000.jpg

    I've been wanting this for ages: I certainly didn't mind stretching the budget a tiny bit for it.
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    Re: Burberry London cheap in the Northwest

    Good spot - thanks! I picked one up for £15.99 in a local indie shop the other week but Ill see about getting a back-up next time I pass a TJ's.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday.May.2nd.2013

    http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/rusbeautynews/38760054/573165/573165_original.jpg
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    Re: Today i bought: April 2013

    Two excellent cheapies!

    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/New-OUDY-By-Al-Rehab-35ml-EDP-Best-Selling-Perfume-Spray-Best-Seller-/00/s/MTYwMFgxMjAw/$(KGrHqJHJCwE8fq,Cn6BBPOmclG9(g~~60_35.JPG
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    Re: Shipping Perfume

    They "destroyed" it and warned me that, in future, I might be liable for a hefty fine if I attempted to send controlled "dangerous" goods overseas. It's a real blow for us British Basenoters and the...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, April 19th, 2013

    http://thecandyperfumeboy.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/nawabofoudhwithbox.jpg?w=409&h=511
  56. Re: I need male fragrance recommendations based on some music and pictures I like.

    That's mostly down to marketing. The 'essence' of a fragrance with relation to music and images is completely subjective. What I think of when I listen to music or look at pictures will be completely...
  57. Re: I need male fragrance recommendations based on some music and pictures I like.

    Have I missed something? Where was the hostility? For my money, that was a slightly odd request - may I recommend going to a fragrance counter, sampling a few different scents and telling us about...
  58. Re: What scents do you trust in extreme circumstances?

    a) Guerlain Héritage
    b) Guerlain Héritage
    c) Guerlain Héritage
    d) Guerlain Héritage
    e) Guerlain Héritage
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

    http://www.perfumepoint.co.uk/store/app/catalog/3368_StockZoomed.JPG
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    Re: "Cheapies but goodies"

    Oh God, I totally forgot Aspen! +++1! Sounds like I need to try Wild Woods...
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    Re: "Cheapies but goodies"

    I could recommend loads but there's one that REALLY deserves your attention, plus I don't think anyone else has/will mention this: Yardley Citrus and Wood. I picked up 50ml online for about £7 and...
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    Re: Favorite Guerlain Fragrance?

    I really need to try Derby... How does it compare to Heritage for example, one of my favourite all-time scents?
  63. Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    What can anyone say to that other than take a shower before bed!?
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

    http://images.monstermarketplace.com/designer-perfumes-and-discount-fragrances/heritage-by-guerlain-edt-spray-3-4-oz-for-men-650x622.jpg
  65. Good to see Les Senteurs in there - they were...

    Good to see Les Senteurs in there - they were very generous with the samples when I popped in.

    I bought my first Bertrand Duchaufour fragrance this week too - I can see why he won his category too!
  66. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    I bet you used to really enjoyed wearing Tom Ford Extreme, didn't you, Jack.
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    I dropped a Gucci by Gucci pour Homme bottle onto...

    I dropped a Gucci by Gucci pour Homme bottle onto concrete outside Galway airport once. Those bottles are pretty robust though, it merely chipped the bottom slightly.
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    Your Perfumer Dream Team

    Many of us have a favourite 'nose', whether you're a Wasser man or a Polge-ite, we can generally trust our favourite perfumers to come up with something we'll love time and again. If you could...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, April 7th, 2013

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8V_4cxlHbcA/TSdjDnBbRiI/AAAAAAAAAO8/z5Wu3HszqkM/s1600/traversee.jpg
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    Re: Terre d'Hermes...

    Welcome - yes, it's very popular. I'm not sure we needed yet another new thread about it though. Use the search bar at the top right and you will find endless talk and dozens of samey threads about...
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    Re: what is your most interesting bottle?

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.492.jpg

    'Interesting' - but certainly not my favourite.
  72. Re: Is it okay for a guy to wear a woman's scent - HONEST ANSWERS PLEASE!

    This topic has been done to death in numerous threads, over and over, and the general consensus is yes; wear what you like regardless of who it is marketed at. In niche perfumery, most fragrances are...
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    Re: Pet peeve of mine

    Jive Hippo makes some valid points, but I am a little saddened by the lack of projection I'm currently enjoying from my recent purchase of a L'Artisan EDP.
  74. Re: Based on smell alone… what would be your 10/10 fragrance?

    D&G The One is actually the first fragrance I thought of when I read the thread title too - in fact, I'll bet it was that very fragrance that caused you to create a "on smell alone" thread, as wee...
  75. Re: Chart of Most Frequently Used Perfume Notes by Deborah Dolen

    Cassis is French for blackcurrant - that's what it refers to in culinary usage, anyway.
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    Re: The best jasmine perfume

    If you want fresh, indolic jasmine with apricot, hay and a smoky, tobacco twist; try Jasmin et Cigarette from Etat Libre d'Orange. It's a little different and very impressive indeed.
  77. Re: My new Budgetting system for buying Fragrances (not revolutionary :-) )

    Great system! Are you willing to share a blank copy of your spreadsheet? Sounds like it could be very useful! ;)
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    Re: Today i bought: April 2013

    Thanks TLS, it was a blind buy based on a very good special offer price - it paid off though because I love it. (I had the option to send it back for a refund if I didn't like it - you'll never...
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    Re: Today i bought: April 2013

    http://media.harveynichols.com/catalog/product/cache/1/image/450x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/4/4/443402_1.jpg
  80. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore - to blind buy?

    For those of you who may be interested, it arrived yesterday and I am currently in the process of falling in love with it. I'm particularly fond of the drier, leathery iris in the top notes. It does...
  81. Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

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  82. Re: What is your favorite TV character wearing?

    I imagine David Brent from The Office (UK) is wearing too much Joop!

    Alan Partridge wears Lynx (Axe) Java, as he pointed out in one episode.
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    Re: Layering Frags

    Accidental discovery today: I'm wearing Dirty English by Juicy Couture but I'd been getting a waft of something else that was mixing with the DE beautifully creating a really nice overall effect....
  84. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    My kleptomania got the better of me so I'm back for more and wow, Bonsai - what a treasure trove you have there! Originally I picked up your Santal Majuscule and started running for the door, but I...
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    Re: No love for YSL Libre?

    Some VERY mixed reviews... I actually think it's quite good. Very pleasant, fresh and inoffensive. I wouldn't buy it because it's just not all that special, but it smells good, and if that's all you...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, Apr 4th, 2013

    http://www.thebeautygallery.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/d/i/dirty-english-box-men.jpg

    - - - Updated - - -



    Excellent choice ...I think! I own and...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    It's fairly 'un-British' to pass comment on the way someone else smells so I don't get many compliments but, unusually, the other day I got one from a girl I work with in her early twenties. Believe...
  88. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore - to blind buy?

    I certainly will. Now that I've secured my bottle, I'm happy to share my secret - the 50ml EDP can be picked up on QVC's UK website for £39.96 at the moment. There were around 20 left when I ordered...
  89. Ok, you have a myriad of different opinions now -...

    Ok, you have a myriad of different opinions now - how about putting us out of our misery and telling us what it is?

    For the record, light is a much more vital factor today consider than...
  90. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore - to blind buy?

    Ok, mind made up. I've decided to order it and take advantage of the more than generous returns policy for a full refund if I don't like it. Thanks for all the input, folks: I don't think I can live...
  91. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore - to blind buy?

    Some of my favourites scents are those that people proclaim having to 'be in the mood for'. I'm really into big, heavy, spicy orientals - especially when they're dark and oudy (I know I can't really...
  92. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore - to blind buy?

    Happy 100th post! Thanks for your insight - could you picture it on a man quite happily too?
  93. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore - to blind buy?

    I love Turkish delight: I've visited Turkey and eaten the real stuff - Lokum - there too. I'm struggling to picture how that might work on my skin, but I do enjoy the rose note that one tends to...
  94. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore - to blind buy?

    Any longevity problems for you? It's not too sweet as to be totally 'un-masculine' then?
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2013

    http://www.baroness.co/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/9/5/9500001_edt50ml_citrus_wood.jpg
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    Re: Hello, coming out of lurking

    Welcome from the fragrant British Isles!
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    Re: Mugler Cologne - why can't I smell it!?

    Good to know! I particularly enjoyed your description of MG - that kinda sums up what I smell too. Faintly. For about fifteen seconds.



    That's really interesting stuff, quite a bit of new info...
  98. L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore - to blind buy?

    I'm having a crisis. I've tried a number of L'Artisan fragrances and really liked the majority of them, especially the more oriental, spicy ones such as Safran Troublant and Al Oudh.

    I'd love to...
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    Re: Mugler Cologne - why can't I smell it!?

    That was my suspicion. I need to sniff Molecule 01 again to test out the ISO super E theory (my nose was VERY fatigued by the time I got to that one). I think I need to sample Mugler again with a...
  100. Re: If you had to be a one-cologne guy, which one? In other words;what is your most versatile fragra

    Guerlain Héritage
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