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  1. There is no aroma called 'feminine', there are...

    There is no aroma called 'feminine', there are only notes. Gender as an aroma is a marketing construct for non-perfume people.
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    Price points are far too subjective and personal...

    Price points are far too subjective and personal a consideration to be used as a criteria for judging a fragrance. Saying a "perfume is good but not for that price" is meaningless because for...
  3. Any of the Piguets are wearable by men. The...

    Any of the Piguets are wearable by men. The vintage Visa extrait i sourced a few months ago is one of the gems of my collection...
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    Gurlain Chamade EdT (vintage)

    Gurlain Chamade EdT (vintage)
  5. Rochas Moustache

    Rochas Moustache
  6. Givenchy Vetyver = $68

    Givenchy Vetyver = $68
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    Guerlain Djedi (96 reissue)

    Guerlain Djedi (96 reissue)
  8. Re: If you had £100 ($160) to spend on one modern fragrance...

    As of today I'd probably buy a fresh bottle of Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire No.2 or perhaps Parfumerie Generale Louanges Profanes....
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    Re: officina s.maria novella

    Depends on how much you apply, skin type, etc. SMN makes great perfumes, I wouldn't stress longevity because you can always reapply if you want to freshen up the scent....
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    I have over 1000 decants (why bother buying FBs...

    I have over 1000 decants (why bother buying FBs once you get to a certain point?). They all smell just like perfume direct from a bottle and ive bever been scammed, either
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, June 17, 2011

    Profumum Volo AZ 686
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    Re: Scammed by Beautyencounter on a Creed (plus how to spot old Creed bottles)

    I've never had anything but good experiences over at least two dozen orders with beautyencounter - their customer service impeccable and the one time a bottle broke in transit they sent a...
  13. Thread: Removed

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    Re: Vintage Chanel Antaeus and Antaeus Sport Cologne on eBay...

    The opening price on the 100ml is absurd. Over the winter I bought two 100ml Antaeus Sport splashes for $60/each. Yes that's a bit low but despite of the discussion here on BN they simply aren't...
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    Are the prices really a surprise? Plus how many...

    Are the prices really a surprise? Plus how many houses offer custom filled 500ml and 1000ml flacons? Not many, and within the context of large bottles are reasonably priced...
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    Re: 10 must have fragrances for men???

    I love it - the OP probably doesn't have the foggiest idea what to purchase because they just received a few hundred recommendations.

    All I can say is that the must-haves for men are the same as...
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    Guerlain La Petit Robe Noir

    Guerlain La Petit Robe Noir
  17. nothing alike whatsoever

    nothing alike whatsoever
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    2007

    2007
  19. Re: Yves Saint Laurent Or Chanel Fragrances For A 16 Year Old?

    Just give 'em a try - you're never too young to get started with good fragrance....
  20. Re: Could a man wearing a Floral be attractive to women?

    Of all the complements I've ever received on my fragrance I'd estimate about 75% of the time I was wearing a feminine fragrance. In fact the more feminine and floral, the more intense the...
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    Re: Whats your fav Acqua di Parma ???

    Iris Nobile EdP
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    i dont think this is all that unusual, plus most...

    i dont think this is all that unusual, plus most atomizers spray more than .1ml per pump. For me 5ml decant is at most 2 wears....
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    Re: How many mls do you go through a year?

    In terms of what I wear it would be impossible to say because I may wear 3-4ml of an EdC for one SOTD and a dab of parfum the next. If I were to have an entirely 'average' day - wearing an EdT for...
  24. Re: Is Luca Turin Unfair in His Two-Star Review of Fahrenheit?

    Two issues here - the comparison of vintage v. modern Fahrenheit and then Mr. Turin's take on the comparison.

    I'm lucky to have a nice stash of original Fahrenheit. The old Fahrenheit flat out...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, May 29, 2011

    Guerlain Nahema PdT (vintage)
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday , 28 May 2011

    Guerlain Philtre d'Amour (EdT - 1999 edition)
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    Re: Les Exclusifs de Dilemma...

    Knowing the Chanel line, including all the Exclusifs, is pretty much required as a standard base of knowledge among pefumistas. You might as well get samples of all of them. You'll likely find some...
  28. Thread: Dioressence

    by nineXseven
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    Re: Dioressence

    Yes, yes I agree it's wonderful. To be it's a quintessential spicy oriental in the same family as Opium and not at all like the green-centric No.19. All semantics, of course. To copy the photo I...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: May 2011

    There may a few of you familiar enough with vintage Dior to acknowledge just how rare this is:

    Dior Dioressence Esprit de Parfum 50ml
    ...
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    Re: Higher: Dior's worst male fragrance ever?

    Clearly you haven't tried Higher Energy, the flanker for Higher....
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    Re: What award would you give Bleu de CHanel.

    I'll take "Chanel's greatest embarrassments for $500", Alex....
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    Re: Calling "Veteran" Base Noter's ONLY

    I'd wager that like Foetidus many of those experienced with perfume favor vintage/discontinued fragrances. I'm not even sure you'd call these 'mainstream', at least not by the standards of when they...
  33. Re: New Haarlem - Bond No. 9 Utter disappointment

    I can't count how many times I didn't like a fragrance the first time I experienced it. You won't like everything on first sniff - sometimes it takes getting to know a fragrance, learning to notice...
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    Re: Guerlain, Guerlain, Guerlain ,

    On the one hand I agree that any fragrance can be worn anytime, and if I lived in a friendlier climate I'd wear whatever, whenever. In reality when it's nasty out, whether it be snowy or freezing...
  35. Re: Sonoma Scent Studio , is it worth blind buy.

    Sonoma Scent Studio makes GREAT fragrances and Fireside/Fireside Intense are great, but neither is anything like Black Afghano.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, May 22, 2011

    I'm giving Marc Atlan Petite Mort a whirl. I disagree with LS' recommendation that an application only requires a 'single drop' - the sillage is NOT that strong. It's quite animalic and blunt. Is...
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    Re: Are yuo serious? This is insane!

    Bottles such as the Muranos are for a different world of collectors - it's not that 'they're crazy', it's just that the scale of value, costs, rarity, etc. are totally different from those of perfume.
  38. Re: Are there any 'new' chypres worthy of calling themselves that on the market?

    There are several good fragrances in the 'faux chypre' or 'modern chypre' genre - but they are not chypres by definition. Of course this doesn't mean you can't enjoy them and the "chypre vibe", but...
  39. Re: Etat Libre D'orange - which one is worthy of a full bottle?

    ELdO makes great fragrances based on classic structures but with modern updates and novel twists at reasonable prices. It's worth sampling the whole line (and it's the one niche line from which I...
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    Re: Feminine Men's Scent For Summer

    I don't find Dior Homme feminine in the slightest - the gourmand accents give it a unisex edge but it definitely wears as a masculine. Perhaps those who find Dior Homme to be feminine can list some...
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    Re: Fragrance "Blog of Blogs"?

    On a side note, the best blog IMO is perfumeshrine. Very well written, informative articles on a wide array of perfume topics. Check it out. (not affiliated in any way).
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    Re: Can a guy really pull off Black Orchid?

    Word (to your mother).
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    Re: HELP: Masculine Perfume Suggestions

    What one likes/dislikes in a perfume is very personal and unique. It's essentially impossible to pick a fragrance for someone else - your 'friend' would be best off sampling a variety of perfumes...
  44. Re: Fragrance that smells the most like clove clove cigarettes

    Ava Luxe Kretek - it's a clove cigarette in a perfume.
  45. Re: Is Aventus hyped up just because it is a Creed?

    If Adventus perfume was released as a Perry Ellis or some other low-level brand I have absolutely no doubt it wouldn't receive 90% of the attention or accolades that it presently enjoys. When it...
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    Re: Best Castoreum based masculine fragrance

    Get your hands on some Dior Diorama - vintage if you can find it.
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    Re: Can a guy really pull off Black Orchid?

    Wow that's pretty homophobic. There is zero connection between what fragrance one wears and sexual orientation. I wear fragrances far more feminine then Black Orchid and no one's ever thought I was...
  48. Re: Are Les Exclusive De Chanel fragrance consider niche?

    Says who? I would say it's Chanel's niche line - it's certainly has most niche characteristics and it has more niche characteristics then many niche houses, i.e. Creed.

    The reality is that these...
  49. Re: Independent exploration of fragrances - how much do you rely on BN?

    My apologies if I misunderstood your comment, my bad. I guess I didn't know what you meant when you said that for you it wasn't about purchasing fragrances anymore. Further, it was not my intent to...
  50. Re: Independent exploration of fragrances - how much do you rely on BN?

    So what you're saying is that perfume is more about the social experience and interaction then the perfume itself, therefore you stay within the basenotes world of what perfumes are discussed? ...
  51. Re: Independent exploration of fragrances - how much do you rely on BN?

    Certainly BN is a great place to start for newbies - I guess my question is aimed at people with some perfume experience who have used BN for a while. Although for newbies I'd encourage them to both...
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    Re: Tonka Imperiale

    Actually you can custom order any of the L'Art et la Matiere line in 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml sizes. I have a 250ml Angelique Noire. Just be prepared for sticker shock when they give you the price....
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

    Thierry Mugler Miroir des Envies
  54. Independent exploration of fragrances - how much do you rely on BN?

    Having spent a few months posting on BN I've noticed several things about the nature and topics of the discussions. Although there is tremendous collective knowledge of perfumes among BNers it seems...
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    Re: Egoiste and Tiffany for men

    They are both classy and very stately, and they both contain sandalwood, but they don't smell anything alike.
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    Re: Feminine Men's Scent For Summer

    Why seek feminine-smelling masculines when you can just sample feminines? It's ok to wear to any fragrance you enjoy, so don't feel constrained by the labels on the bottle!!
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    Re: Feminine perfumes - which ones do you own

    True, but I think it's important to immediately dispel the notion that there is any difference between feminine-marketed and masculine-marketed fragrances when it comes to what can be...
  58. Re: I am planning to make another blind buy Chergui - Serge Lutens

    If you got money to burn then why not buy blind, but otherwise it's not hard to sample a fragrance... or maybe "I'm going to blind buy [fragrance]" makes a snappy thread title??
  59. Re: I would like to know what you grade these men's fragrances? 1 = worst and 10 = best

    Third.
  60. Re: I would like to know what you grade these men's fragrances? 1 = worst and 10 = best

    Perhaps you can tell us what the purpose is of asking for ratings and how/why these particular perfumes were selected? That would be helpful to have some context. Are these perfumes that you like? ...
  61. Poll: Re: The ultimate classic French niche house... Head to head

    It's kind of not fair to put Caron and Guerlain against each other. While they are both classic French houses they've always situated very differently. Today the differences are more striking then...
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    Re: Feminine perfumes - which ones do you own

    There are no perfumes a man "can't" wear - it's solely personal preference. Once you have enough experience with fragrance you no longer smell 'feminine' or 'masculine', you just smell notes. I'll...
  63. Re: Will YSL M7 ever come back to your local department store in the United States?

    Fair enough, but it should only take one try of something like to this to realize Macys/Sephora and the other dep't stores only carry the tippiest tip of the iceberg of perfumes, I see M7 at those...
  64. Re: spotting fake fragrances from an authentic one

    Buy from legit sources and you'll be good. The bubbles thing is ridiculous.
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    Re: Le Parfum de Therese by Frederic Malle...

    Stunning
    Beautiful
    Classic

    A significant Roudnitska firmly in his fruit/chypre series (Diorama, Dior-Dior, Diorella) and a classic in a modern context, LPDT is a must-try, and IMHO a must-own. ...
  66. Re: Will YSL M7 ever come back to your local department store in the United States?

    I've seen this same question asked and answered several times including repeatedly in the last few weeks, just replace "M7" with whatever fragrance was asked about before. It seems like when someone...
  67. Re: If I have Old Spice...Do I Really Need Gucci Goochy Goo?

    I'd much prefer Old Spice to either The One or anything from Gucci except Accenti and L'Arte di Gucci. Nice loafers, bad perfumes....
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    If a feminine fragrance was re-branded as a...

    If a feminine fragrance was re-branded as a masculine would it then be ok for you to buy/wear/sample? This happens and guys don't notice (i.e. Prada Infusion d'Iris/d'Homme). Shows how silly the...
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    Exactly. Perfume is perfume, regardless of what...

    Exactly. Perfume is perfume, regardless of what it says on the box or which counter it's sold at. The whole notion that gender matters in any way is quite frankly pretty newbish (>ducks thrown...
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    Re: Best bargain on Ebay (Right now)?

    Took the words right outta my mouth. I spend hours a week hunting on eBay. I have a full 200-item watch list of stunning vintages (plus some modern perfume) for decent prices, if only I could sell my...
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    Re: Rate my collection too , please

    Nice start... now that you've got some 'foundation' fragrances you could probably look to start branching out.
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    Re: "straight ahead leather" complestist

    No leather collection is complete with Caron En Avion (one of the greatest perfumes of all time). Plus I'd also check out a few classic leather chypres (Guerlain Derby, Diorling, Miss Dior, Rochas...
  73. Re: Which is the best rendition or flanker of Davidoff's Cool Water ??

    Like throwing a deck chair off the Titanic...
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    Re: Micallef - thoughts on the line?

    Note Vanillee is wonderful and if anything it's more on the masculine side. There's a spice/animalic edge to it that sets it apart from most vanillas. Overall the Micallef line is very good - very...
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    Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial

    Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial
  76. There's one, the leather one, that you could call...

    There's one, the leather one, that you could call stark from this line, only it's terrible. Otherwise it's a line of tame citrus florals...
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    You either need to know an sa or get them from...

    You either need to know an sa or get them from someone who does, i.e. ebay. Retailers don't have them. Until recently one could find them cheap but lately the prices have crept up...
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    Re: What am i missing ?

    Good start - nice to see a variety of styles and houses. I suggest you just keep sampling, sampling, sampling and as you do your nose will develop and your tastes will both become more broad with...
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    Re: Is Musc Ravageur an updated Shalimar?

    The answer is unequivocally 'no'.

    Without any sort of bragging intended I have a self-taught PdD in Guerlain Shalimar. I am also very familiar with MR and I can confidently say that the only...
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    Re: Why don't *** do a *** frag?

    Serge Lutens, Parfumerie Generale, and Etat Libre d'Orange have resisted jumping on the aoud bandwagon - is it a matter of time or they just not interested? On the one hand it's nice to see a few...
  81. Re: Suggestion for a stark fragrance (niche only)

    Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia is pretty severe....
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    Re: Dirty roses!

    Good one - the original TPC Rose Poivre was really dirty/skanky - absolutely fantastic back in the day but tamer today.

    Although not easy to find, the ultimate dirty rose is vintage Robert Piguet...
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    Re: American based perfume houses?

    My favorites haven't been mentioned yet:

    Ava Luxe (MA)
    Sonoma Scent Studio (CA)
    Soivohle/Liz Zorn (OH)
    Strange Invisible Perfume (CA)
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    Re: CdG Vettiveru Bottle Question

    If it's like most splash or sprays then you can either have a cap on it or an atomizer, but not a cap on the atomizer... but someone else can correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Re: CdG Vettiveru Bottle Question

    I may be wrong but I *think* it comes with a detachable atomizer one can screw on.
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    Re: Dirty roses!

    Caron Parfum Sacre, especially the earlier/vintage EdP and extrait, fits this bill - if not 'dirty' then at least animalic. Ostensibly a rose perfume the EdP features a potent brew of incense and...
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    Re: Objective Evidence

    Although a test on clothing will give indication of relative longevity, the variable of skin condition can play a big role in longevity as well. Skin oils/dryness, sweating, temperature, etc. can...
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    Re: Is Longevity BS?

    Nice to see a good discussion about what different people value regarding longevity, which confirms my theory that people value longevity differently.



    I agree that we all have our own...
  89. Re: I think I know why Chanel Egoiste is no longer available at department stores in the U.S.

    Retail space at the big mall department stores is pricey and manufacturers can't afford to have slow sellers taking up their precious slots on the shelf. Very large department stores with ample...
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    Re: Is Longevity BS?

    Longevity IS BS - but not in the way the OP means. To answer the OPs concerns, I would suggest that you may be experiencing some olfactory fatigue when you wear a fragrance and although you can't...
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    Re: Caron Urn Fragrances -- Your Experiences

    Seems like other people have many of the descriptions covered. I'd only add that Pois des Senteur is a stunningly beautiful perfume - a rich, ambery floral. I haven't smelled the newest incarnation...
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    Poll: Re: Looking to round out my top 5 scents

    You'd do fine with any of these - pick one for now and down the road get the others. Nice thing about buying modern niche (as opposed to buying vintage) is that you can always forgo a purchase now...
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    Re: Allure and Allure Edition Blanche

    Define "need"?
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 3 May 2011

    So nice and springy out! How about Guerlain Chant d'Aromes (vintage EdC & parfum)
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    Re: Best Frag Amber Ever

    Farmacia SS Anunziata Ambra Nera
    L'Artisan L'Eau Ambre Extreme EdP
    Hermes Ambre Narguile
    Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang
    Montale Blue Amber
    Parfumerie Generale L'Oiseau de Nuit
    ...
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    Re: Vanille Absolu by Montale

    Plain 'ol vanilla, nothing else. Once had a bottle I'd bought at deep discount. It only took one sniff to realize why - totally boring - sold the bottle the next week. That Montale take some sort...
  97. Re: Why doesn't Creed make more Orientals/Gourmands?

    Vanisa happens to be an excellent oriental in the old-school style - one of Creed's better fragrances. It's a shame Angelique Encens (a floriental) is no more. Best fragrance Creed ever made.....
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    Re: Is This Shop a Fake?

    Actually the issue is the flammability of the alcohol in airplanes. Technically one cannot ship perfume in the US via air; it's supposed to be shipped via ground only. Most people ignore this rule...
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    Re: Is This Shop a Fake?

    I've never heard of that store and I've been buying perfumes online a long time. I'm not saying it's not legit, but when there are SO many legit retailers there's no point in going with a sketchy...
  100. Re: I received my Chanel Egoiste from Chanel today...Initial Review

    As far as I know Egoiste is only at Chanel boutiques/online in the US - no department stores.

    I've had a bottle of Egoiste for about 6-7 years and I still can't wrap my head around it. I want to...
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