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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Lovely bottle of Indiscret, Earlyn. What do you think of it? I’m fascinated by all of the vintage Lelong perfumes.
  2. Re: What are some women's perfumes that are closest to smelling like "Quadrille" by Balenciaga?

    To try to answer your questions, LadyDragonfire, Quadrille was produced for about forty years, and it is most definitely discontinued. You should be able to find Quadrille on Ebay fairly easily...
  3. Re: which jasmine do you personally prefer, Diorella or Samsara?

    I agree with Cacio's characterization of these two perfumes. They are so very, very different, but I enjoy them both. I tend to wear vintage Diorella (EDT mostly, sometimes parfum) in spring//summer...
  4. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    Developing an appreciation for perfume can happen in so many different ways. Each of us has a unique approach. Although I've always been interested in scents, I began exploring perfumes seriously...
  5. Re: Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    Kitty2shoes, I am so sorry this happened to you. It must have been very embarrassing.

    But I remain perplexed. I’ve never had anyone complain about my perfume, and lord knows, I walk around...
  6. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    Lellabelle, please send whenever it is convenient for you. I'm traveling myself and won't be home for another 10 days (although I can still receive packages), I'm so excited to try your work, and...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I would love to try these. I been meaning to order some samples for a while...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I also love vintage1000, almost as much as Joy. I have the vintage parfum (beautiful and rare) and the vintage EDT. The original EDT looks like this (borrowed photo but bottle is similar to mine). I...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    Not sure on what grounds, perhaps a now forgotten source, but I think of the crown bottles as dating from the 1960's.



    Wonderful observations on L'Origan! I agree 100% that the older Coty EDT's...
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    Re: Looking for lilac

    Ah well, win some, lose some. Another will turn up.
  11. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    What a lovely story, Earlyn. My daughters made natural potions when they were little, too. Oakmoss really does smell so...elemental and magical.
  12. Re: quick question about Samsara by Guerlain

    Hi JoeKilroy--

    I love how seriously you are about exploring the choice of scent for your contemplative friend. I am not familiar with the current versions of Samsara but I chose the vintage EDT...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Glad it arrived safely! Perhaps you might enjoy it more in cooler weather? I don't reach for Mitsouko parfum much in the summer, but I do enjoy the deeper base sometimes.

    What is the date of this...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    I have been thinking about vintage L’Origan (1905) a lot lately. L’Origan is yet another extremely influential vintage Coty perfume. Barbara Hermann’s description of it as smelling like a “Wiccan...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    Thank you sir! Please do join in, when you can.
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    Re: Looking for lilac

    I have not. I thought I might have a nip of it around but unfortunately no. It seems relatively rare: have you found some? I would expect it to be good since Mary Chess (Grace Robinson) was a...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Pretty bottle of L'Aimant. I have no information on Pagoda, but have you seen this...a well written post on another Ravel perfume, Faun:
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    Re: Let's talk about Neil Morris

    Thank you, N.CAL, for sharing all of those samples with us. I agree: it would be great to know more about the latest NM fragrances, either via the website or social media. On the other hand, it is...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Hello Yellowtone-
    Wonderful comments, as usual. I really do think we are scent twins. I’ve worn Champs Lunaires a few times since getting my bottle, and I find that it remains a beautiful floral...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    Thank you sir! I feel very flattered! I love all of the discussions here, and I'm glad that my vintage geekery is welcome.



    I enjoyed reading about your experiences with Coty Chypre and then...
  21. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    In our recent discussion of oakmoss in vintage perfumes, Lellabelle, Earlyn, and I brought up vintage Replique, and the idea of a synchronized test was born. Lellabelle, Earlyn, and Couronne de...
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    Re: Let's talk about Neil Morris

    And here at last is my third and final round of testing..

    Manipur n.d (Not currently listed on NM website)
    At the start, this has a big jasmine with a toothsome gourmand quality, slightly smoky...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I don't think that listed bottle is from the 1970's either, purely based on its lurid green color. It's hard to tell from your photo, N.CAL, but yours looks more golden-green, so I would say it is...
  24. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    Lellabelle-

    I'm thrilled that our discussion of oakmoss has allowed us to learn more about your perfume compositions. Of course, I would love to try anything you wish to share.



    This...
  25. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    Let's do it! How about this Monday?
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    Coty produced many gift sets over the years. I haven't found an ad with that specific box but here's a similar Emeraude set.

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    And a different style of set for Chypre.

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    And...
  27. Re: White Shoulders/Diva--How to tell if a vintage fragrance is original or reformulation

    Hi aab--

    Welcome to Basenotes! Your mom is right: in many cases, there is a big difference between the original fragrance and a current version. Vintage fragrances in good condition are...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    I think you are expressing the beauty of L'Aimant perfectly right now...Thanks for adding your perceptions of this vintage Coty. Just going to leave this here...(borrowed photo, not mine)

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  29. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    I would bet it's both. Next time I wear Replique, I will try to find the sage.
  30. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    Thanks for adding your valuable insights, Lellabelle. I'd love to know more about your own perfumes. Are you making these just for yourself?
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    Re: Help with Private Collection!

    I haven't explored Private Collection thoroughly, but I believe they might be different formulations, with the "Pure Fragrance" being EDP-ish and the smaller and higher priced teardrop or laydown...
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    Re: Pairing with Chanel Cuir de Russie

    I never layer, but you've got me thinking about it, Bavard. Don't know why I am such a purist about it.

    Of the pairings you listed in your original post, I would probably favor the Dior Homme...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    That's a lovely vintage bottle of L'Aimant, Couronne de Violette. The boxes, caps, and labels on the older vintage Cotys are so delightful. And L'Aimant was a beloved perfume for decades for a...
  34. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    The original Replique is such an interesting scent, a dry woody chypre centered on oakmoss. It is about as far from a modern feminine gourmand/fruitchouli as it is possible to go. What formulation...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Great looking bottle, Cook.bot. I don't think I've seen one with a Japanese label before.

    I'm so glad that you are enjoying the EDC, and it is a good option to have. That said, when it is really,...
  36. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    As I've said, I have not found the oakmoss to change in my well preserved vintage chypres. I take Cacio's point that it may be the loss of the top notes in a vintage bottle could bring the oakmoss...
  37. Re: IFF Speed Smelling 2019...yet once more

    LiveJazz wore it earlier this week and inspired me to haul out my bottle. It IS an odd name, especially for a perfume launched in 1940. I guess it was a thing though, since I just found this film...
  38. Re: IFF Speed Smelling 2019...yet once more

    I agree, fun to smell (at least once) and probably fun to make, but the PR and packaging seem to exceed the quality and finish of the compositions.

    Rasquinet's offering is Bouquet of Blossoms and...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Glad you liked the collage. You are right that the No. 19 is a US bottle. It has "Chanel" molded in the base and has the New York 10019 address. I look to bottles for clues, but for me, it's...
  40. IFF Speed Smelling 2019...yet once more

    A new luxurious presentation with the same perfumers as before...

    https://www.luckyscent.com/product/685004/speed-smelling-2019-by-iff

    Mat Yudov has already done a thorough analysis...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Hi D. Chris--

    I recommend searching Ebay with severe insomnia. :rolleyesold: I either fall asleep or buy a vintage perfume...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Hi RoRo-

    Thanks for weighing in. I believe my EDT may be from the 1960's, possibly earlier. I did some searching of digital magazines but the ads never seem to show the doggone boxes, so I have...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I think the wonkiness may just be my bad photography. I found an identical bottle for sale in Belgium, as well as some older Eau de Colognes with the same font.

    Here's that Belgian bottle...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Yikes. Think I got it sorted now...

    I'm curious about the Art Deco-looking font used on the box for "Eau de Toilette." Has anyone been able to date when this font was replaced with the one used...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    105514

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    Because I had to have the vintage EDT to go with the vintage extraits and the vintage EDC. It was a little dark, but I've opened it and worn it and all is well.
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    Re: Mystère de Rochas

    Hello Gilturko-

    I hope you enjoy your bottle of Mystere. I was sure I had a vintage mini of Mystere around here somewhere, but alas, I cannot find it. Perhaps I imagined it.

    I'd like to follow...
  47. Thread: Synthetic?

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    Re: Synthetic?

    Spentfromnz, thank you, thank you for resurrecting this topic, because I can't stop snickering after reading the above exchange.

    But back to the topic, as others have noted, "synthetic" can have...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Pretty bottle of a very lovely perfume. Let us know what you think of it, when you can. We have a vintage Coty topic over here, if you'd like to add to it...
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  49. Re: Perfumers: Vintage Fragrance compared to Modern Fragrance construction

    Curious what you mean about the influence of "class divisions," Thea. Do you mean that perfume consumption was more segmented by class in the 1980's than it is now? Or the opposite?
  50. Re: Perfumers: Vintage Fragrance compared to Modern Fragrance construction

    In a recent interview, the perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer offers some observations that I found relevant to our discussion here.

    On the influence of market testing...

    IGOR: Another question is...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Great to see a vintage Lelong getting some wear time, Live Jazz. Everything Lelong did had style. I also have Tailspin in the cologne form. I don't find it too green, though, mostly a spicy floral...
  52. Re: Perfumers: Vintage Fragrance compared to Modern Fragrance construction

    Fascinating post, SheikYerbouti. I'll be very interested to read the responses. I am vintage perfume collector and not a perfumer, but I would agree that vintage perfumes feel very different in...
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    Re: Grandma's Handbag Scents

    It would depend on the grandma...and the handbag...

    Vintage makeup notes would be rose, orris, violet, heliotrope. Creamy aldehydes for a powdery, waxy texture. And do you want the leather of...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Now that's dedication...
  55. Re: why do "incenses" perfumes smell totally different?

    I agree with Darjeeling and Cacio. Incense perfumes smell different because there are many different kinds of incense; thus, the use of "incense" in perfume notes is always rather imprecise.
    ...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Following up on our D'Orsay discussion...perhaps we need a topic.



    I think Earlyn's photo of her Intoxication bottle sent us both down the D'Orsay rabbit hole, Cook.bot. D'Orsay was an...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    My Sin has the Best...Drydown...Ever. It does seem to bloom even better on a warm day. Enjoy!
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    I have samples of Avignon and Kyoto and of Paestum Rose and Sienne l'Hiver. I like all four. but I will go with Ostara today. It might be a bit too heady with narcissus for the warm weather, but a...
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    Re: Any thoughts on Rogue Perfumery?

    You'll find many thoughts on Rogue Perfumery over in this thread:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/461414-Sample-Pass-Rogue-Perfumery

    I agree with your opinion!
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Just received and opened a vintage bottle of Blue Grass extrait:

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    I know, I know...Blue Grass. Like most vintages, you have to try the original which bears little resemblance to the...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Sounds like Rogue 40 wasn't your cup of tea, Bavard. Just curious, did you test on blotter or skin? Skin for me, and I definitely found the opening quite difficult. I think Rogue 40 needs time to...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    So...what did you think of that Intoxication, Earlyn?

    Saul Steinberg did some fantastic ads for D'Orsay Perfumes in the 1940's...

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  63. Re: Dabbed or sprayed? Perfumes that perform better one way or the other

    Most of my perfumes are vintage. I prefer to spray vintage EDC's, EDT's, and PDT's. If I buy a vintage splash, I transfer some to a glass atomizer.

    I always dab on vintage extraits.They are so...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Very useful IMHO. I decided to assemble my own custom kit by ordering samples of natural ingredients from Eden Botanicals and samples of aromachemicals from The Perfumer Supply House.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    There is also a vintage EDt and an Eau de Crepe de Chine. The EDC wears lightly, but it is very nice. There's a lot of CdC out there, including a 1960's spray (which I haven't tried). Here's the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Awww, thanks guys! I'm glad you enjoyed this. I'll update when I hear more. My DH nailed it when he observed that I really don't require any reason, benevolent or otherwise, to shop for vintage...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I have a good vintage perfume story to share with you...

    My dear sister-in-law mentioned that her mother used to wear Joy long ago but hasn't had any for many years. Of course, I immediately...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Hi TheLadyMay--

    It's so nice to see you posting here. I didn't know that real ladies were meant to wear the parfum and EDT together, but I do that sometimes with my vintage perfumes and I...
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    Re: Let's talk about Neil Morris

    Hi all-

    Round Two of Testing

    As I’ve noted, there are a LOT of Neil Morris samples in this pass. My notes will be brief, especially since some of these perfumes do not seem to be currently...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I have just a tiny "pebble" parfum of Dior-Dior, but I suspect that I would also prefer the vintage EDT version. Like you, Cook.bot, I find the vintage Dior EDT's so wearable and radiant. I love the...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    I'm wondering about this too. How does that sample smell? Is it a parfum sample? My vintage Mitsouko parfums are amber-gold (I'm not a fan of darkened vintage parfum) and my vintage EDT and EDC are...
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    Re: Dating a vintage Diorella

    I agree with RoRo-that looks like a 1970's bottle. Here's a 1974 ad with that bottle:

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    Even if the bottle had a code, Checkfresh and similar sites are useless for dating vintages. I hope...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    I'm always interested in discussing Mitsouko! Juxtapozbliss, you will have a lot of information to think about...

    Mitsouko EDT 2004, spray
    My first bottle of Mitsouko, blind bought, as usual. At...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Great bottle. I love, love vintage Crepe de Chine . The parfum is rich, and I recently picked up a pristine bottle of the cologne, which wears beautifully too. Zephyr1973--you should blind buy...
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    Re: Men vs. Women

    I'm not sure that men always outnumber women in fragrance communities: Fragrantica and the Fragrance Board on Makeup Alley have more women participating than men. Are there more male fragrance...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Glad you enjoyed it so much, mikeperez23. Peach leaping off skin sounds nice. My perception of Diorella does vary too, and I think it depends on the weather. I wore it once on a really hot and muggy...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Hope I haven't oversold it! I am not a big Jicky fan but then again I've never smelled a really good version of Jicky.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Honestly, I'm not sure anymore myself. After our last discussion, I rooted around in the perfume cabinet and found one of my backup Diorellas, which was, you guessed it, a houndstooth atomiseur...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Shemelimelle, it sounds as though you may have tested the Miss-Dior-Cherie-renamed-as-Miss Dior. Popcorn and plastic vanilla-scented dollhead sounds about right...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    No idea...perhaps the 90's? I just go for the old stuff. I'm going to quote the Fragrantica description of Miss Dior (2012)...with selected emphases:

    Sometime during 2012 the house of Dior...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Yowee! Can't wait to see it..,
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I'm sure there is. I'm just grateful that my interest ceases once it is no longer recognizable as Miss Dior. Dior seems to reformulate "Miss Dior" every year, just for kicks and giggles. On the...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    RoRo-

    I agree, there are more EDP and Esprit de Parfum formulations more recently. I was thinking about the original issues. Perhaps these are all from the 1980's or so? Not sure. I usually try...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I don't believe any of the vintage Diors were issued in the PDT or EDP formulation, except for Dioressence. There was a PDT in its first aqua blue packaging, which became the Esprit de Parfum in the...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I would love to know what you think of this comparison.
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    Re: Why not artisanal

    My focus is on vintage and artisanal perfumes. It's hard to draw a strict line between niche and artisanal, but I agree witb thrillechilled's definition - artisans compose, source, and sell their...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Yes, as far as I know.
  88. Re: Looks like bat from zoologist perfumes is being discontinued...

    Very likely...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Our exploration of Rogue Perfumery continues, with two new compositions, Flos Mortis and 40 Rogue. I continue to be impressed by Manny Cross’ artistry


    Flos Mortis


    After a first test of...
  90. Re: Not sure if this is the right thread? But who knew Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy?

    Very aware and therefore I do not admire Chanel as a person, but this doesn't prevent me from wearing vintage Chanel perfumes. I credit the perfumers for these creations though.

    Given her history,...
  91. Re: Looks like bat from zoologist perfumes is being discontinued...

    Here's the text from the Instagram post...

    We have some very sad news: Zoologist Bat, designed by Ellen Covey, will be discontinued. We have some difficulty getting our perfume compound...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    For the Summer Solstice sync, I'm wearing vintage Je Reviens extrait, from a bottle that looks like this (borrowed photo)

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    I also have the beautiful Lalique skyscraper bottle shown in the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Vintage Replique parfum is excellent, and it was not drug store in its day. An "old lady perfume" today, perhaps, but it may be the oakmossiest vintage of them all. And a dry oakmoss-rich chypre was...
  94. Re: A Dramedy - L'Heure Bleue and a Salad Spinner - share your tragedies and redemptions

    Alas! That was a beautiful bottle of L'Heure Bleue, and I'm glad to hear that you have some of the precious perfume left. Not sure that I would have gone so far as to distill the bubble wrap but I...
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    Re: Gloria Swanson Got Me

    Exactly. I often buy from sellers who must have picked up one or two vintage bottles as part of an estate, and I always give them the benefit of the doubt. In almost every instance, these bottles...
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    Re: Gloria Swanson Got Me

    I'm so sorry the replacement bottle was also filled with Mystery Juice. What will you do now?

    I'm not sure I believe this seller means well and is operating unknowingly. Given all of the...
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    Re: Sample Pass: THE ZOO

    Yikes! It looks like the dogs opened the package, took stuff out, and then taped it back together. I'm amazed there are 3 samples left...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Very sobering...



    Very intriguing...I can't find anything about this mysterious perfume either.

    While we're at it, it looks as though Eau Fraiche was distributed in the US as Fleurs...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Welcome to the Club of Vintage Diorama Huffers, N.Cal! It sounds like you found the experience interesting enough.

    And now for the very monumental cumin question (to us, only to us). ...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I was wondering if gendered perfume stereotypes could explain our different perceptions, but I was hesitant to venture on this very fluid terrain. I think for me, a cisgender woman, wearing a...
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