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    Re: The Bond No 9. Club....

    It would genuinely be difficult to come up with a less compelling piece of advertising.
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    Re: Fecal note in reformulated Jicky edp

    It is civet indeed. Or rather, synthetic civet.
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    Re: Non-IFRA compliant houses

    I have been sworn to secrecy in at least one case. They are around, though.
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    Re: Fragrances you don't wear in public

    Some of my By Killian samples. I like them, but they are just a bit too much for me.

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    Some of my By Killian samples. I like them, but they are just a bit too much for me.
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    Re: Al Rehab ~ Standard of Quality ???

    Very low. They are a sort of Axe.
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    Rather odd compliment

    I was doing some grocery shopping earlier when I got my first fragrance-compliment of this fresh year. 'May I just say,' a fellow shopper said, 'that you smell divine.'

    The odd thing is that I...
  7. What is the longevity of Malle's L'Eau d'Hiver like?

    Greetings.

    Lately I have been craving anise, powder, and almond. Rather specific, I know. I smelled L'Heure Bleue last year, and found the anise too much; yet I have not been able to forget it....
  8. Re: What is the best Vanilla based fragrance have you smelled? own?

    The best vanilla I own is that in Mouchoir de Monsieur. It is far superior to Caron's Pour un Homme. One that I don't own but found very good was that of 1725 Casanova. It has a _milky_ quality I...
  9. Re: How many of your frags will you definitely purchase again?

    Default re-purchases are Eau de Cologne Imperiale and Eau du Coq, of which I go through a few bottles each year. Mouchoir de Monsieur and Blenheim Bouquet are a few other certain re-purchases.
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    Re: What's next on your 'to try' list?

    L'Eau d'Hiver by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle.
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    Re: Nuit de NoŽl .... for men?

    I am wearing a little now. I enjoy it, but it is not something I could wear often. It is so very spicy; a mulled, gingerish wine.
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    Re: New categories of scent

    The 'occidental'. The opposite of the 'oriental', the occidental is cold instead of expansive, and suggests a Cold War era British civil servant lost in a forest in far Northern Europe. He must seem...
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    Re: So I held a fragrance showdown......

    Good point. 'Human' is the infirma species; 'female' is an attribute, not a subspecies.

    I don't understand why women are said to prefer designer brands, unless it is postulated that they are...
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    Re: Azzaro Pour Homme thoughts

    I am not fond of it either, no; I find it heavy and a bit oppressive.
  15. Re: For those with small collections (less than 20, preferably 10 or less)...

    Deciding on a small collection often requires testing a great deal, and making some mistaken purchases, in the course of which one's tastes change; for what one thinks one likes, or want, may be...
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    Re: Best cherry male fragrance?

    Trumper's Spanish Leather is also a cherryish leather.
  17. Re: whats your honest opinion on jean paul le male?

    I wear Mouchoir de Monsieur often (wearing it now, actually), and sometimes wonder how similar Le Male is to it. It may be a silly thing to wonder, but I've never smelled Le Male. There are so many...
  18. Poll: Re: Battle of the legendary perfumes... No. 5, Shalimar, Mitsouko, Jicky, Bleue

    A second Paris, I unhesitatingly give the golden apple to the goddess Jicky. She is sublime.
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    Poll: Re: How do you feel about Ambre 114?

    It is very pleasant, and perfectly safe. At times, I feel it smells like a delicious coffee.
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    Re: Female's Perspective

    This amused me.
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    Poll: Re: Should I urinate into this O'Driý fragrance?

    In the 17th and 18th-centuries, human urine was often applied topically in Europe. It was considered medicinal, occasionally aesthetic; men would sometimes request the urine of their lovers. I...
  22. Re: Your favourite traditional British perfume house

    I'm awfully fond of Blenheim Bouquet, so I suppose Penhaligon's. Alas, their Hammam Bouquet is now merely the hulk of what might have once been among the greatest male fragrances. I have tried...
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    Re: Which Creed Aventus lots are the best, so-so, and which ones are the worst?

    I've come to the conclusion that most of these threads are marketing scams.
  24. Re: Guys, what the best scent from Exclusive collection of Chanel for men or just womens Chanel?

    I was most impressed by No. 22. Nuanced, subtle, and very pleasing.
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    Re: Went to Harrods today.......

    Yes, Valhalla _would_ require a suite of Caron urn extraits...
  26. Re: HUGE sample purchase....need help deciding.....

    I recommend ditching all the Tom Fords and Creeds - I feel none of them are very good - and adding some feminine Guerlains, perhaps a Chanel or two.
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    Re: Sweet Redemption..

    The idea behind it is attractive. Deathbed penitence - a virtuous end in the arms of the Church after a lifetime of vice. But I find it too sweet for my tastes.
  28. Thread: Hammam Bouquet

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    Re: Hammam Bouquet

    Regarding Hammam Bouquet's ingredients, I believe the rose is Bulgarian, and the lavender is English. At least, they used to be. These seem to be of good quality, and they smell superb to my nose....
  29. Thread: Hammam Bouquet

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    Re: Hammam Bouquet

    I rarely reply to a thread by just concurring with one comment made on it, but - yes, this is my opinion, too. I consider Hammam Bouquet to be the ruin and hulk of my 'holy grail'. It is still very...
  30. Re: What was your first niche fragrance? How did it make you feel?

    That I was able to test it at all was like unto one of those tales in the vein of the Arabian Nights, of mysterious stalls that appear from nowhere in the bazaar, sell some enchanted lamp or monkey's...
  31. Re: What was your first niche fragrance? How did it make you feel?

    Jicky, and I felt like Roderick Usher, from Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. For it was was a very humid day, and an old, dusty bottle - the civet was at its most depraved. Horrified thoughts of...
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    Re: Nag Champa incense fragrance?

    Isn't nag champa mostly the smell of burning bergamot?
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    Re: Which Frag do you have the most bottle of??

    Eau du Coq, at two bottles.
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    Re: Holy Grail Citrus Award

    Of course, no edt can surpass a true cologne when it comes to the beauty of citrus, for colognes submit to the very effervescence and brightness that makes citruses so attractive in the first place....
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    Re: Aventus and Royal Oud Longevity

    What a coincidence, Renato! I also tried Aventus for the first time yesterday in Melbourne. Did you go to Harrolds?

    I was unimpressed, for it struck me as oppressively fresh. I wouldn't be...
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    Re: Really disappointed in Oud Wood...

    I thought it pleasant enough, but not very interesting.
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    Re: favourite Penhaligon's scent?

    Hammam Bouquet is the most beautiful Penhaligon's scent, but Blenheim Bouquet is the most wearable.
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    Re: Cinnamon cookie dipped in vanilla

    In point of safety, should be used with the application of cinnamon-heavy fragrances; for cinnamon is a potent skin irritant.
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    Re: What scent got you into Fragrances?

    The scent that first made me aware that fragrances existed at all was Monsieur de Givenchy, or which I found a miniature bottle among the roots of a pepper tree when I was a child. I still have this...
  40. Thread: LT Piver

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    Re: LT Piver

    I own and enjoy Reve d'Or - 'Golden Dream'. It's actually quite nice: anisic orange blossom. It has been popular in Egypt since the 30s; Berbers in particular have been wont to consider it elegant....
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    Sticky: Re: In need of something most girls will call "Sexy"

    Back to Black may be what you are after. Or Tabac Blond extrait. More smouldering scents would be difficult to devise. The former is a bit 'easier' to wear - somewhat delicious.
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    Re: Today I finished my bottle of................

    I have only a few drops left of Eau du Coq and Eau de Cologne Imperiale - a liberal application would exhaust either. I've already ordered two more bottles of Eau du Coq, and one of Imperiale. I...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Such a male activity, the making of lists. Still, at the moment:

    1. Blenheim Bouquet.
    2. Mouchoir de Monsieur.
    3. Monsieur de Givenchy.
    3. Eau de Cologne Imperiale.
    4. Eau du Coq.
  44. Re: '1932' by Chanel (Photo), anyone has any information about it ?

    Jasmine and powder! That certainly sounds interesting.
  45. Re: What is according to you the best men's Guerlain fragrance?

    I avail myself of Guerlain for eaux and civet. Eaux aren't really fragrances, and you specified 'men's' - so, Mouchoir de Monsieur.
  46. Thread: Hammam Bouquet

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    Re: Hammam Bouquet

    There may be no scent whose top and heart I enjoy more. It is a sublime (not merely beautiful) pas de deux of rose and lavender. There are many other notes, but they are all subsumed into those two...
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    Re: What is Your Favorite Minimalist Scent?

    The ever-so-discreet Monsieur de Givenchy.
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    Re: Hurricane Sandy frag?

    Only a basenoter would ask advice on the best fragrance to accompany a natural disaster.

    I confess that I have thought out similar things for the natural disaster with whose possibility I am faced.
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    Re: spraying your hair

    I do this all the time with eaux. It possibly has affected the colour of my hair to some slight degree, but I don't really mind. As for drying it out - no, not really. The alcohol evaporates quickly,...
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    Re: Joop! Nuit d Ete !!!

    You are one of this forum's least conventional members, David; neither dazzled by illustrious houses, nor blindfolded by gender-based marketing. I just wanted to say that I always read your posts...
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    Re: What is the vanilla in Jaipur Homme like?

    I quite like nervous scents of that type - _studied_ dandification can be quite amusing. After all, it is sometimes one's mood. I see Troisieme Homme as being in that vein. Slightly overdressed!...
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    Re: What is the vanilla in Jaipur Homme like?

    That's a pity.
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    What is the vanilla in Jaipur Homme like?

    I've just blind-bought a bottle of this - the EdT, as the warmer weather has just begun here. I like powdery and vanillic scents, and understand that this is both. But where does the vanilla rate,...
  54. Re: What is the best mens Guerlain fragrance?

    It entirely depends on your tastes.

    Myself, I love civetous perfumes, so Mouchoir de Monsieur is my favourite.
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    Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Civetous fragrances are my favourite in all of perfumery. Something I've had success with is leaving Mouchoir de Monsieur in a shallow container, exposed to good deal of air. Left thus for a few...
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    Re: Sinister fragrances?

    Personally, I find Habit Rouge rather sinister. The collision of vanilla with lemon makes me think of objects being thrown around a room by a poltergeist.
  57. Thread: Watch out...

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    Re: Watch out...

    I often go home surrounded by a great nimbus of scent, as I can rarely resist trying new things when out and about. The only time I have had a negative reaction was when I first tried Jicky EdT - and...
  58. Re: Givenchy Insense: Who do you agree with, the author or the anonymous reader?

    The author. I see what he means when he refers to such mild, unresinous incense.
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    Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    There is nothing quite like it. Regarding the lavender, it is an oil rather than an absolute, so some find it rather quiet.
  60. Re: Is there something in the vein of Troisieme Man by Caron?

    I tried Tiffany for Men for the first time yesterday, and found it strongly reminiscent of Troisieme Homme. The Tiffany is the lighter fragrance, and undoubtedly more easy to wear, yet I would not...
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    Re: What is your #1 head turning scent?

    Tabac Blond extrait. A diva of a perfume, to say the least.
  62. Re: What scent do you prefer after the perfect shave?

    Of the Trumper shaving soaps (since the OP happens to mention them), I love the Violet best. I have only shaved with a straight razor for several years, and these days usually turn to the Guerlain...
  63. Re: If you could only choose one cologne, what would be your choice?

    Just one - nothing else whatever? It would have to be Eau du Coq, which is the only perfect eau I've discovered so far. Indispensable for completing one's toilette, and feeling clean. I would feel...
  64. Re: If spraying my creed cologne on shirt.. would it be a waste to also spray my skin?

    Spraying on fabric is more traditional than spraying on skin; I believe the modern trend of doing the latter was begun by Coco Chanel, who advertised it as a point of propaganda to make her...
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    Re: your best orange parfume

    Guerlain's Cologne du Parfumeur has a splendid orange-blossom opening indeed. Last week, I sprayed a little on ten minutes before boarding a tram; a woman (standing room only) leaned backwards to...
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    Re: Being told a certain fragrance 'suits you'

    The only fragrance about which I have received that specific comment was Maria Candida Gentile's 'Exultat'. I did not entirely agree with that assessment, but do occasionally find this composition...
  67. Poll: Re: Vote for the best "TAWAF" review and you can win some Tawaf...

    Very interesting, indeed. Coincidentally, I have been looking at Mr. Dubrana's site carefully over the last few weeks, enticed by some of his entirely natural eaux de colognes. I should like to think...
  68. Re: Anyone else apply and reapply fragrance at home?

    All the time. Indeed, every day.
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    Re: Name an unnecessarily OVERRATED frag you know or own!!!

    Acqua di Parma Colonia. Yes, the rose is rather nice, but...ugh, that musk in the base! It is not a classic composition so much as the silhouette of one.
  70. Re: Shhhh! Subtle Fragrances like Le Labo's Vanille 44 and Gaiac 10?

    Monsieur de Givenchy is one of the most discreet and subtle of fragrances.
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    Re: Creed Bottles-- Come On

    I dislike them - as well as that silly crossed swords thing in the name's calligraphic logo.
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    Re: Grandfatherly fragrances

    Blenheim Bouquet is dramatic and overblown? I had thought it relatively sombre!

    Perhaps Equipage. I consider it almost to be an anti-perfume perfume. In the drydown, one merely smells as though...
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    Re: Blenheim Bouquet Purchase

    Ah, the scent of Sherlock Holmes! Yes. I had to revive this thread to remark that this is one of the few analyses of this remarkable (but simple!) scent with which I could agree. I don't find BB...
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    Re: whats your worst blind buy ever?

    The great majority of my fragrances were blind-bought. I research and choose so carefully that I cannot say that I've made any truly bad purchases. Even the ones that I can't wear very easily I like...
  75. Re: Vintage versus today's Eau Savage, comments please.

    I enormously prefer Monsieur de Givenchy to Eau Sauvage. MdG is not actually very much like Eau Sauvage at all, however; the frequent comparisons to it are a little misguided. Eau Sauvage has a very...
  76. Re: The search for the ultimate lemony woody fragrance...

    I would prefer Colonia, though tenacious eaux aren't really my own preferred category.

    Lately, I have been greatly enjoying Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. It is very much a 'lemony woody'...
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    Re: Moustache by Rochas - cleaned up?

    Miket, there is a Kihel's store in Myers in Melbourne. I am sure they would send you their Musk quickly and with minimal postage.
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    Re: Penhaligon's fragrances

    As Cacio said. There are limitations inherent to working with materials made of small molecules. The only ways around this problem are to replace them with synthetics (ie. to not use them), or to try...
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    Re: Tabac Blond...the recipe.Here it is !!!

    What a fascinating thread; I had never seen it before. I notice the inclusion of a rather toxic musk, however. Presumably something else is used now.
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    Re: the scent which really puts a spell on people!

    I have had some remarkable reactions when wearing Tabac Blond extrait. An enchanting fragrance - but I rarely wear it these days. More performance art than something that often conforms with my mood.
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    Re: If you completely stopped buying fragrances...

    A sea burial on a sea of perfume? It would produce quite a (fragrant) explosion, were the funerary boat lit with an arrow after the fashion of the Vikings.
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    Re: The Definitive Chanel Eau de Cologne Thread

    Quite so, Rugeon. True eaux are merely refreshments, something fleeting but attractive, and that won't clash with any true fragrance that one might later care to wear. I would have no objection to...
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    Re: The Definitive Chanel Eau de Cologne Thread

    No! I have not tried Fleurs de Cedrat; like yourself, I am curious about it. Of Guerlain's three true eaux, I suspect it may be the least popular, given how difficult testers are to source. I shall...
  84. Re: If you could build a collection, choosing ONLY...

    There are innumerable designer houses, and very many 'niche' ones. There are many of both toward which I am only luke-warm; and a few, like Dior, of which there is literally nothing that I'd like....
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    Re: Penhaligon's fragrances

    I have found that Hammam Bouquet has superb longevity. Blenheim Bouquet's longevity is also very good. Both of them last forever when applied to fabric. I think their tenacity a bit of a flaw,...
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    Re: The Definitive Chanel Eau de Cologne Thread

    I tested the Chanel EdC yesterday. Unfortunately, I felt that it was not sufficiently superior to Eau de Cologne Imperiale for me to consider getting. Imperiale is softer (for all that the...
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    Re: The Definitive Chanel Eau de Cologne Thread

    Well! Having researched as best I can - always fun, and an exercise in game theory - I decided to take the_good_life's and Marais' advice, and investigate Acqua di Colonia. I just placed an order for...
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    Re: The Definitive Chanel Eau de Cologne Thread

    Excellent neroli; something green; a debonair musk; even a touch of ambergris? It sounds like it has relatively few ingredients, but that they are excellent, and blended subtly. At more than twice...
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    Re: The Definitive Chanel Eau de Cologne Thread

    I thought I might revive this thread in case anyone has any new thoughts.

    I am very interested in trying Chanel's eau de cologne, and hope to do so in a few days' time. At the moment, I lean on...
  90. Re: what is a fragrance you will never touch again in your lifetime? Kryptonite fragrance to you

    I can't say that it is a truly terrible fragrance, but I shall never again try 1740 Marquis de Sade by Histoire de Parfums. It is the perfume that made me aware of just how much I dislike immortelle.
  91. Thread: Ix o1

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    Re: Ix o1

    Lilybelle: I am glad that things go well for you - and so near your birthday! A positive spiral that I hope shall continue. Wordsworth wrote that "pain is dark, and dense, and has the nature of...
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    Re: Outsides that look like the insides

    Monsieur de Givenchy's bottles - whether miniature or full-size - closely parallel the fragrance itself: they are marvels of opacity and balance.
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    Re: how much do you spray?

    Three is enough for most eaux de toilettes. Ten is not excessive for a true eau de cologne.
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    Ah, TroisiŤme Homme!

    For the last few months, I have mostly worn the Guerlain eaux, Monsieur de Givenchy, Equipage and and Mouchoir de Monsieur - with occasional forays into Tabac Blond and Hammam Bouquet. Today, I tried...
  95. Thread: Ix o1

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    Re: Ix o1

    LeMdM, how right you are about the chromatic streaks and lambency, the opalescence and glitter, within the human eye. I have heard that British travellers in the East would sometimes take with them a...
  96. Re: So glad I got to try these Penhaligons before the blindbuy bug bit my trigger finger

    Do try Hammam Bouquet. It is a sublime pas de deux of rose and lavender. There is nothing else like it, at all. For whatever reason, HB is the only 'stark' attempt to present this accord.
  97. Thread: Ix o1

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    Re: Ix o1

    Vamisched means 'speechless', and Verklemt 'overcome', I think? My Yiddish is rusty: only in childhood did I know it, and then only certain terrible words my cousins taught me, daring me to repeat...
  98. Thread: Ix o1

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    Re: Ix o1

    LeMdM, your compliments are kind; were it not ungrateful to do so, I would certainly call them unmerited.

    Mikeperez, your strategy for dealing with abusive people sounds very mature. I think the...
  99. Thread: Ix o1

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    Re: Ix o1

    Where I am, it is not Autumn, but Spring. I live in a forest. At the moment it is filled with yellow-flowered trees and purple-flowered vines. The oblique Sun peculiar to this time of year makes the...
  100. Thread: hermes equipage

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    Re: hermes equipage

    I only have the current formulation, so I can't speak from experience about the old; but I've heard it holds up very well.

    But, no. There is absolutely no leather in Equipage. After the golden,...
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