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  1. Poll: Re: Would You Rather Buy a Better Car Than You Have Now....or....Have more Depth in Your Niche Frags

    Perhaps, but it’s cheaper than collecting cars.

    The difference between a passion and an addiction is largely a matter of opinion or perspective. Fragrances aren’t heroin, and as collectibles go,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Two sampler sets, actually, with overlap of only two fragrances. So I get to try 14 vintage Borsari frags for next to nothing.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    A Borsari 1870 survey.
  4. Poll: Re: Would You Rather Buy a Better Car Than You Have Now....or....Have more Depth in Your Niche Frags

    My "bucket" is a luxury sedan in good shape and under 100K miles, plus I work from home, so frags are an easy win. But, if I needed a new car, I'd get the car.
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    Re: The Power Of A Bottle

    Some of this has to do with where you are in life and the formation of your tastes, and also who the gift-giver is. I try to be a gracious recipient of anything from anyone—I always appreciate the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Love Monsieur Lanvin. Do yourself a favor: find the Lanvin Vetyver of the same vintage, if you haven't already.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 17th February, 2020

    Went to my "sample bag" to try and clear out some of the backlog. This is going to be Rania J week. Today: Jasmin Kâma. Off to a fantastic start, thanks to an indolic jasmine balanced by bergamot and...
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    Re: Did I change, or did Eau de Cartier?

    I don’t know, but there’s a thread on BN where someone asked the same question in 2018, and noted a change in color from grayish to greenish. So, it seems plausible the answer is, “yes,” but that...
  9. Re: Need help dating vintage Emeraude by Coty

    Looking at vintage ads, this package/bottle design seems to have been pretty consistent throughout the 1930s and 1940s. I can’t narrow it down further, but perhaps someone else can.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    This would be my tenth Crown Perfumery scent. I count Clive Christian separately—I think I've only acquired five of those, not counting samples.
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    I always find it interesting how those who don't care what you think defend themselves so vehemently when you tell them what you think. But, no matter.

    The problem isn't presuming that people...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Mrs. S. and I are both test-driving d'Orsay Toujours Fidčle. Goes on very feminine-fruity, but that quickly burns off into what strikes me at a sniff as mild orange-scented tobacco over oakmoss,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Filling in my Crown Perfumery collection:

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    Sealed box of vintage minis: we'll see what they are after it arrives.

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Gucci Envy, OTOH…
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I’ve only worn Lancetti Uomo EDP once, and I purchased it base on one wear of a mini of the EDT, so I can’t say much yet. I think I’ll A/B them tonight do I can tell you tomorrow or Monday. I love...
  16. Re: Is there a cheaper alternative to Balmain Bene?

    75ml bottles are listed on eBay for upwards of $250 now. I paid less for a 250ml bottle not that long ago.
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    Apparently, he thought it was the "worst fragrance comment of all time" thread.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    That’s one I’ve never seen! How is it?
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    My V-Day SOTE was Crown Perfumery Park Royal.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Might be so, or it might just be that you don't miss what you've never had. I just know I really liked it when I wore it.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Huh! I guess I got lucky buying my partial. Either that, or I have low standards.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    The crosstown bus from Los Angeles takes too long. But, I do come back to the island of my birth aperiodically.
  24. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    I haven’t tried most of the iterations, but when I was researching which to buy, the frosted bottle version was called out by a number of reviewers as an aberration. Love it or hate it, it’s not “the...
  25. Re: And we have a winner! Most ridiculously expensive perfume...

    When stuff like this happens, I figure the seller wants to sell other ones at a relatively accessible exorbitant price using another eBay account. “This $300 Hollister Drift is worth $3K!”
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    Re: The Eau Sauvage vintage thread

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    Supposedly, this was a one-off for a wealthy buyer, not a production line issue or a factice. I have no idea if that's true.
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    Re: The Eau Sauvage vintage thread

    These are mine:
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  28. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    I'm embarrassed to admit that I misplaced the Havava Reserva sample—I've been dying to try it! <grrrr…> I have too many places it might be, but as soon as I locate it, it's at the top of the list.
  29. Re: And we have a winner! Most ridiculously expensive perfume...

    Some of these eBay unicorn prices just look like typos. But, I suppose there's an oil billionaire sucker born every minute.
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    Re: The Guardian on vagina-scented products

    Pussy Galore meets Hello Kitty.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    What's the "pain in the ass" about Ho Hang?
  32. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    Sounds great! I now feel even better about plunking down a big $29.99 for my 100ml, which should arrive later today.
  33. Re: And we have a winner! Most ridiculously expensive perfume...

    It's telling that the article speaks exclusively about the ornateness of the bottle. It doesn't even say what volume of fragrance it holds, much less what it's made from or smells like.
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    Re: Fragrance that make you happy

    Any fragrance I like, but one that strikes me as an especially "happy" scent is Geoffrey Beene's Bowling Green (Cochrane-era vintage).
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    When not "eau de…," more often than not in pre-1990s fragrances marketed to English-speaking males. Everything I've read indicates that the original Parfums Stern "cologne" formulation of Perry Ellis...
  36. Re: Fragrances That Are Neither Under Or Overrated

    Ditto. Anything I might call "underrated" is simply not well known. Anything I might call "overrated" is slated for sale, trade, or gifting sometime later this year.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 14th February, 2020

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    Abdes Salaam/Via del Profumo Samurai. Gentle and sublime vetiver and oakmoss.
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    Re: The Eau Sauvage vintage thread

    I have a boatload of 30 Ave. Hoche EdT that I treasure. That's probably all the Eau Sauvage I'll ever need. I also have the 2012 Parfum (I have yet to try the 2017), which I rather like but my wife...
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    Re: Quality fragrance oil providers

    Welcome aboard! You'll probably have better luck asking in the Fragrance DIY area.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

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    Middle East meets Far East, albeit by way of Italy. It's been so long since I've worn Abdes Salaam, I'd almost forgotten how brilliant he is.
  41. Re: Fragrances with the highest ratings in China

    I’m surprised there are no Chinese fragrance house entries. Also that Penhaligon made the top niche list.
  42. Re: Friend coming to Nicaragua, can bring me Fahrenheit EDT OR Caron Pour Un Homme

    I’m also with the Sheik on this. Pour un Homme is a sweet lavender and vanilla scent, sublime for those who are into that sort of thing, boring and/or cloying for those who aren’t. I’m one of the...
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    Re: Help me recognise this perfume

    I thought that, too, until I realized it was on some sort of blanket rather than in the palm of someone’s hand. It might still be a mini: there’s no frame of reference for size, but if that cheap...
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    Re: Best Guerlain ever ....

    Until you spray them, they both are and aren’t vintage.
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    Re: Overrated fragrances FOR YOU.

    Overrated = “Things I can’t understand why other people like”

    I don’t like Yatagan, but I can see why someone else would. So, not overrated.

    I dislike Encre Noire less than I dislike Yatagan,...
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    Re: Best Guerlain ever ....

    I always cringe when I don’t hear “vintage.”
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thank you, gentlemen. If the Guepard turns out to be identical to the Vermeil, I doubt I’ll need both, though I suppose one could be a backup.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I wonder how much the "laundry" aspect of (synthetic) musk is a factor of blending? I'm wearing Pierre Cardin Man's Musk today. Nobody's laundry detergent smells like this, but I suspect that's...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Talking about future syncs is hardly derailing fragrance chat!

    "Stuff I have lots of" is, like the smaller sample sizes, mostly a practical consideration, especially if we're going to add a few...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I'm sure it comes as no shock that the 1953 sounds more to my tastes, so long as the lily of the valley isn't too pronounced. It seems easy enough to come by, too.

    Does anyone have any thematic...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Yes, I know: otherwise, I wouldn't need to have and compare both. But, while they're certainly quite different, I wouldn't say "entirely": they still share a decent amount of DNA.

    Anyway, I needed...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Blind pass: intriguing. Some day, I'll have to try some of Paul's stuff, too. Meanwhile, though, I'll be doing Cacio's 3-frag leather pass.

    Y'know, if you did this right, you'd never have to buy...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Last night, post-Molyneux, I switched to GFF Uomo:

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    Today, another shootout:

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    Cochrane-era Pierre Cardins.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Arguably, it started way earlier with vanilla, but it apparently didn't "blow up" until the fruit trend. But, when did that start? Fath de Fath was 1953, not 1993, unless you're talking about a...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Alas, it turned out to be a different Jeunesse, not the Piguet. The seller issued a prompt refund. So, Chaillan’s Jeunesse remains elusive.
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    Re: Eucris Edp My Impressions

    Through much of last year, I was buying fragrances faster than I could try them, and I also got involved in some sample swaps that slowed the process of trying my own scents, not that I regret it....
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    Re: Marrakech La Mamounia signature scent

    Sorry, I haven’t smelled either—I’ve never been to Morocco! I misunderstood and thought you wanted an EDT. They have room spray and diffusers, too, but you’re right that they don’t ship. The only...
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    Re: Eucris Edp My Impressions

    I only learned of them by hunting down Eucris EDP. They seem to have a large Trumper line, so enjoy!
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    Re: Eucris Edp My Impressions

    It’s back in stock, for those who are interested:

    https://fourseasonsproducts.com/product/geo-f-trumper-eucris-eau-de-parfum/

    Not sure how the price compares to eBay.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    My guess: Mysore sandalwood, along with judicious use of amber and resins. But, that's just a guess!
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    Re: Eucris Edp My Impressions

    Welcome aboard, and please do. I'm actually surprised you found someone to ship it. A while back when I tried to buy it, no one would send it to the US—I wondered if it was because of ingredient...
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    Perfect! (And I happen to like Esencia Loewe quite a bit.)
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    I think I might like l’Homme Dépot, but I’m with you on eschewing Jus de Bug.
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    Re: Marrakech La Mamounia signature scent

    For sure, it’s this one: https://www.boutique-mamounia.com/en/product/date-eau-de-toilette-la-mamounia/

    Seems like the oasis to Tauer’s LADDM.
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    Re: Moschino Toy Boy review

    I certainly like Moschino pour Homme, but that’s a relatively old-fashioned fragrance. Toy Boy sounds interesting, though I’m not sure about the pear note. The name and the bottle: eh, whatever. I...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    On the road again?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Fascinating. Well, I'll be well equipped to mislead others in a few days.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Satisfying curiosity:

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    There was some question about how closely the original Guepard hews to its relaunch as Vermeil for Men. I like VfM, so…

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    I've heard intriguing things...
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    Re: Moschino Toy Boy review

    Don't get me started on the confusion of science and magic (or worse, Satanism). I find it especially frightening in the areas of climate, medicine, and nutrition.
  70. Re: Can you easily turn a splash into a spray bottle

    It's simpler to decant your splashes into spray bottles. Sprayers exist that you can affix to splash bottles, but you'd have to deal with different sized bottle necks, as well as using a generic cap...
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    Re: What is your basenote lifetime number?

    I haven't documented my fragrance by volume, but it's a pretty safe bet that, if I never bought another one, there'd be some left when I shuffled off this mortal coil.
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    Re: Moschino Toy Boy review

    So, that was a base canard?
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    Re: The Guardian on vagina-scented products

    Paltrow said it started as a joke. I don't think it ever rose above it. The candles didn't sell out because they actually smell anything like Paltrow's jade-egg-holding vagina, or because anyone...
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    Re: Insightful youtuber? Your pick

    This. ClareV's writing, in particular, was the main reason I came to BN in the first place, and the articulate insights of other BNers are why I'm so delighted to stay.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    "We let him think the asylum is his manor."
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Today's shootout: les deux Molyneuxs, aka, An Officer and a Gentleman. Much to love about both these fine, upstanding men. The Captain is stiff and bracing, as befits his station. I'm more...
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    Others here have made the general point that some people just like and dislike different things. More specifically, in the case of my dislikes and these two fragrances: there are certain aromas, and...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I'm thinking of wearing Samurai by Abdes Salaam.
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    Re: Oriental/Woody Fougeres Worth Trying?

    21st Century Schizoid Frag.
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    I was so excited to try Encre Noire, and when I finally did: meh. Not worst of all time, because it was neither unbearable nor expensive, it just didn’t nearly live up to its reputation.

    Ombré...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I haven't, but I'd be happy to swap samples.
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    I'm thoroughly relaxed. I'm also throughly aware I'm the only person to cite GIT in this thread, and the only one since 2007 to cite Habit Rouge. I don't take it personally when people don't share my...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks; it was a blind buy, but it seems the sort of thing that would work for me. So does Nesbř's notion of Déclaration, though. Can't I have both?

    I was trying to find out what d'Orsay Toujours...
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    These are matters of taste, not absolutes. I don’t really think they’re “worst of all time”: I haven’t wasted my time trying utter crap. They’re well constructed scents of quality ingredients. But on...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    See above: If you’ve tried the 1980s version, the older bottle on the left is just less of the same, which becomes more apparent over time as it fades a bit faster.

    I’m intrigued by your Bowling...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    That’s easier to control (or screw up) with a splash, though. I figure, this is an atomizer that’s almost as old as I am, and if evaporation hasn’t made it more intense by now, it ain’t gonna happen....
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    Re: Dior Sauvage atomizer, best in the game?

    It might have been better that way.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    I’m certainly curious, as I like leather fragrances and haven’t tried any of those. And three is a manageable number.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Having already shelled out today to satisfy my curiosity about Vermeil for Men vs. Vermeil Guepard, I’ll hold off on latter-day CPH. As for ’60s/’70s vs. ’80s, I think the latter wins both because...
  90. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    Supposedly: my bottle is in the mail, so I can't confirm for several days at least. Hednic says it's just a change in branding/packaging, and that's quite possible under the circumstances.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Today's shootout. In the first ten minutes or so, these iterations are so close that it's not worth fretting over how deep your vintage is. Either way, I'm a very happy lad. We'll see how...
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    Re: What makes a perfume “sexy”?

    I don't think I've ever perceived a fragrance as sexy on a test strip, but that's just me, and I bring context to the experience of smelling regardless of the lack of context a strip of paper brings....
  93. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    I just bought a cheap bottle of the Guepard (which was produced by Vermeil) to compare.

    This came up ten years ago, and hednic posted:

    "I believe the fragrance is the same as the one in the...
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    Re: What makes a perfume “sexy”?

    Agree completely that nothing’s universal. And to underscore that point, disagree completely that “fresh and chemical will do the trick.” At least, not for me, or for anyone who would interest me as...
  95. Re: Caron Pour Un Homme vs Masculin Pluriel - your thoughts?

    I haven’t tried the Masculin Pluriel. I have vintage Caron PUH, which is hardly a chemical mess. It’s quite elegant for what it is, but not at all to my taste—way too much vanilla. I’d prefer a...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Honestly, I have no idea. I'll see if I can figure out more after it arrives.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Good to know. How are you differentiating between early formulations? In these pics, I can't identify anything about your spray bottle that indicates it's earlier than my splash.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    It looks well loved.
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    Re: Let’s Talk: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    Egad. I will be selling it soon, but this is neither the time nor (especially) the place. It will be done properly in the market place forum when I, um, GIT my act together.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks, gentlemen! Let's hope it's intact. It looks brand new.
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