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  1. Re: New Fragrance - Lolita Lempicka Eau de Minuit Masculin

    I had a friend in Paris send me a bottle in December. It is my signature scent today, just easing out Lacroix Absynthe Pour Homme (the most underrated scent of the last ten years but that's another...
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    Re: Today I Bought: November 2012

    Lolita Lempicka Eau de Minuit Au Masculin (I have a good friend in Paris).

    http://www.parfumslolitalempicka.com/data/media/product/756/20121011170038_330x400.jpg
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    Lolita lempicka au masculin eau de minuit

    Recent release, not available here in the US. Send a PM. Thanks!

    Griff
  4. Re: Fragrances that you will continually replace/never be without

    Absynthe Pour Homme (Christian Lacroix)

    The most overlooked, underrated fragrance of all time.
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    Re: Fake Zino Davidoff? Your opinions please...

    Look under the bottle or box for a batch code and check it here: http://checkcosmetic.net/

    Rumor has it Zino has or is about to be, discontinued but given its easy availability for very low...
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    Re: The Best Abstract or Synthetic Scents?

    Don't leave out the truly groundbreaking and audacious Comme Des Carcon entries: Odeur 53 and Odeur 71. Masterpieces of synthetics indeed!
  7. Re: Dior Fahrenheit question regarding the original formulation

    According to member The_Cologneist, there were four formulations of Fahrenheit, with a fifth on the way apparently. Read more in this thread:...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Amazing! I was at our local Marshall's on Saturday (San Jose) and there were quite a few Russians running about pulling stuff off racks, being very loud and agressive.
  9. Re: What are the few difficult to find fragrance that you want to get your nose on?

    A big bottle of Fath Iris Gris.

    Then my collection will be complete...

    (yea... right...sure. Keep dreaming...)
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    Re: Which will be your first buy for 2012?

    Vetiver Pour Elle (off the Items For Sale board).
  11. Re: Everything has been discontinued! (or so it seems)

    It is a very common dishonest sales tactic. The assumption is that you won't know any better. They want you to buy what they have, not what they don't have (for whatever reason). By the way, she was...
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    Re: How should a police officer smell like?

    Tabac Man (or Sport, or best Tabac Man Silver, if you can find it).

    (And here in California, police officers are always impeccably groomed which I believe commands instant respect. A little...
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    Poll: Re: Which do you think is the sexiest Fahrenheit?

    Making a defiant and magnificent old school statement? The classic for sure. Sexy? Absolute.
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    Re: How to spot fake Chanel Antaeus?

    Look very closely at the bottom for a small lightly engraved batch number etched into the glass. If it doesn't have a batch number, I would be very suspicious.
  15. Thread: Melon fragrances

    by Griff
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    Re: Melon fragrances

    Orphee (MAXIMS)
  16. Re: Do you tell people what you're wearing when they ask?

    Always! I love sharing my passion for fragrance. Doing so has helped sparked interest in the hobby among my friends and co-workers. And I will always hand out a sample or decant to anyone who really...
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    Re: PIERRE BALMAIN - Carbone De Balmain

    Koala501. I can. It is a near match to Kenzo Jungle. In fact, sprayed each on separate strips and could not tell the difference!
  18. Curious. Along with the brand, did P&G sell all...

    Curious. Along with the brand, did P&G sell all the old Patou formulas to Designer Parfums?
  19. Re: Guerlain Heritage question: Similarities to other Guerlain masculines?

    I rack my brain but, nothing is close enough to Heritage to merit a "similar" designation. It is unique.
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    Re: Aramis disappointment

    You have to consider Aramis in the context of its time (initial release). It was the "drakkar noir" or "Aqua di Geo" of the early seventies. It was everywhere. It was new and different. It is too...
  21. Thread: Celery notes

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    Re: Celery notes

    The carrot seed note mixed with the green accord in Mark Birley For Men is the closest thing I have sniffed that comes to "celery."
  22. Re: Discontinued or gone: Few frags you're still mourning

    Fougere Royale (the original formula, not the several redos)
  23. Re: A question for those who own MANY colognes/fragrances/perfumes ...

    Because it's never enough.
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    Re: Another top 3: The fragrances you can't stand.

    Only one: Poison.
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    Re: Santa Claus would smell like...

    Perpetual Disappointment
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    Re: How much have you spent on fragrances?

    What fragrances? Do you see any fragrances? I don't see any fragrances.
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    Re: Under the radar (designer) winners

    Avon may have the franchise but the fragrance is incredible. I have received more compliments when wearing it than for any other fragrance in my collection. Believe me, this one is WAY under the...
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    Re: Let's name some REALLY hard to find fragrances.

    Bois Noir (Chanel) the first iteration of Egoiste.
    Fath Iris Gris - Jaques Fath
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    Re: Let's name some REALLY hard to find fragrances

    About six years ago, I hunted down the gentleman who had bought out the remaining supply from the recently defunct Llewelyn company. I nearly bought out the stock but decided not to. (He had 10,000...
  30. Re: Fragrance fashion, threds and the future. What's next?

    One of the unexpected delights of getting old(er) is the gradual realization that, incontinence supplies and ambulatory vehicles aside, one is no longer situated smack dab in the middle of any target...
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    Re: Under the radar (designer) winners

    I mentioned this a few weeks ago.

    Absynthe Pour Homme - Christian Lacroix

    Totally under the radar. I receive more positive reaction and compliments for this one than any other fragrance in my...
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    Re: Is this vintage Fahrenheit?

    Thank you The_Cologneist! This is indeed a big help!

    Griff
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    Re: Is this vintage Fahrenheit?

    It would be a great service if you published here what you know about the codes and their corresponding years and formulation numbers.

    Griff
  34. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    Exactly! (And a perfect analogy. Thanks HazelMae!)
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    Re: A question for fragrance collectors..

    Counting only bottles of 1 oz or higher (that includes back ups) and not samples or decants, I am now beyond 1500 pieces and growing.

    You can expect to see me and the collection featured on...
  36. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    It isn't important that an ingredient in perfumery is "good" or "bad" or expensive or cheap or natural or synthetic or high quality or low quality (whatever those terms might mean). What is important...
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    Re: Who Would You Choose to Make Your Fragrance?

    Easy: Patricia de Nicolaï or Vincent Roubert
  38. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    Why should the quality of the ingredients make any difference? How does one define "quality?" All that matters is the end product. I can take a bunch of "quality ingredients" and create an absolute...
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    Re: The most BEAUTIFUL fragrance you have tried/own

    Keeping in mind this is all subjective:

    Apres L'Ondee

    followed close by Fath Iris Gris
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    Re: My fragrance travel system

    What a beautiful and smart system! Thanks for posting!

    I usually look for the 1 or 1.7 oz version of the my favorites and keep them ready for travel but realistically, it is difficult to get more...
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    Re: Royal Bain De Caron.

    The two formulations are noticeably different to this nose. The original is similar in strength and structure to classic Carons like vintage Tabac Blond and Poivre. It is richer and more complex (and...
  42. Re: Christian Lacroix Absynthe Pour Homme What a Surprise!!!

    The very same. Go figure. I don't know about the less than stellar reviews but this thing is, dare I say it? I dare! A chick magnet! (that sounds so wrong coming from my fingers....). I wore it again...
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    Re: Jil Sander Men Absolute

    If you want to buy a bottle, try calling either the NYC or Chicago store (numbers on the Jil Sander web site) and ask if you can buy one or more over the phone with a credit card. I picked up my life...
  44. Re: Christian Lacroix Absynthe Pour Homme What a Surprise!!!

    The Femme version is next on my list (It's like Lolita Lempicka. The femme version is also wearable for a man and extraordinary too).
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    Re: Best Cold Icy fragrances

    Geir by Geir Ness. Reminds me of freshly fallen snow.
  46. Christian Lacroix Absynthe Pour Homme What a Surprise!!!

    I don't post that often but something strange happened this week and I have to share it.

    I bought a bottle of this fragrance off a nice guy on BN (Thanks blacksun!). I have the other three Lacroix...
  47. Re: Dyptique L'Autre was on sale for 25% of its price, so I foolishly sampled it. I almost threw up

    I believe Dyptique has discontinued it and it does have its admirers (me for example) so you might want to invest in a few bottles to resell to us in the future...
  48. Re: Does spraying on cloths extend top/middle notes life ?

    There is no dry down as sweet and intoxicating as Lolita Lempika Au Masculin the day after spraying it on your shirt. Nothing.
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    Re: Dealing with pushy/overly aggressive SAs

    Vince,

    It's always amazing when someone who should know better behaves so badly. You handled that unpleasant and embarrassing situation with more tact than she deserved. If a SA is unable to, at...
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    Re: Dealing with pushy/overly aggressive SAs

    So I was thinking about this thread and I suddenly remembered a bit that Brett Butler did about SA's.... enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOKa6Flimv0
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    Re: Dealing with pushy/overly aggressive SAs

    I am uncomfortable with making anyone feel ill at ease or insulted, (and I only use rudeness as a last resort and only in small dollops) but when I suspect that a SA is going to get pushy, something...
  52. Re: Your favorite/overlooked feminine perfumes for men?

    Fendi Theorema.
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    Re: Jil Sander Man Absolute Availability

    Call the boutique back. They should take an order over the phone (I have bought several boxes of Man Absolute over the phone from both the NYC boutique and the Chicago store)
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT August 2011

    At Neiman Marcus in SF:

    http://media.balenciaga.com/images/1000x1000/BAL710_00002_0099_A_1000x1000.jpg

    A woody green violet. I really like it.
  55. Re: a "gothic" (and hopefully non-oud, non-incence, not too dear) rose?

    Iquitos
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    Re: Kouros yanked from the Yanks...

    Ironic that the NASA Shuttle program was born (first flight) in 1981 and the last was in 2011 as well.
  57. Re: Share your greatest bargain ever. A silly thread to show off.

    Thanks Sorcery! My research wasn't too far off then! The collector also verified the information. I had mixed feelings about selling it (I considered moving up my collection several notches) but then...
  58. Re: Share your greatest bargain ever. A silly thread to show off.

    It was a commemorative re-release - sometime between 1910-1920 - of a circa 1890 fragrance. I was able to lift the stopper just enough to get a whiff. It smelled like amber, straight up, though a bit...
  59. Re: Share your greatest bargain ever. A silly thread to show off.

    An ancient, sealed and boxed bottle of Guerlain Ambre Extrait on eBay for $80 (about five years ago). Sold it for $2500 (on eBay).
    http://www.unclegriff.com/images/ambre-01.jpg
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    Re: Am I the only one amazed?

    That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying. Our opinions on this cologne are in agreement.
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    Re: Guerlain Apres L'Ondee: A men's scent?

    I wear this one (EDT) quite often, mostly for nights out. It's a singular masterpiece worthy of anyone's skin, man or woman.
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    Re: Am I the only one amazed?

    How is the immutable law of supply and demand ridiculous? It's what drives a free market. Merchants who don't understand it typically are those that fail at business. Not to say that supply or demand...
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    Re: Patou pour homme ......

    There is no PPH doppelganger. It is, for better or worse, singular (and thus the very high valuation).
  64. Poll: Re: How much should a Niche fragrance cost in your opinion?

    Bingo. Supply and demand.
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    Re: Am I the only one amazed?

    Blah blah blah...

    Two words: Supply. Demand.
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    Re: Bvlgari BLV Notte

    I am very fond of this one, both the men and women's editions. Yes it is sweet. I love sweet. My last visit to Italy in 2007, it seemed like every Italian was wearing this. Somehow, though...
  67. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    Ungaro: Ombre de la Nuit

    http://www.unclegriff.com/images/ombredelanuit-22.jpg

    Outer box | Inner box | Bottle

    Am I the only one who owns this?

    (And I do have a very old bottle of Fougere...
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    Re: Beyond Paradise Men by Estee Lauder

    I fell madly in love with BP long before the Guide was published. It is a remarkable synthetic to my nose, unlike anything in my wardrobe. Perhaps it is a scent created and released way before its...
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    Re: Caron Yuzu Man Test

    Thanks for the feedback guys. My own update: I wore this to the office one day last week and it received beau coup compliments and apparently, it projects more than one might imagine from smelling...
  70. Re: Does anyone know where i can purchase a bottle of Pure Malt in San Francisco CA???

    Try Nieman Marcus.
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    Re: Best Quality,Longlasting Lime Frag?

    Floris Limes | Lime and nothing but lime. Like a lime Eau de Cologne. And it lasts a pretty long time for me.
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    Re: Best Earthy Fragrances

    Nature Millénaire pour Homme by Yves Rocher (discontinued but still shows up online now and then for a relatively reasonable price) has a wonderful sweet earthy dirt accord.
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    Re: Caron Yuzu Man Test

    My Pleasure Matthew! I agree with you about Chanel Bleu and Guerlain Homme. I put both away in a drawer to try again someday.

    Griff
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    Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    Yes, I believe it is worthy of any wardrobe (and it seems to be getting more affordable with time. I bought a bottle online, new, sealed, for $120). Great for evening or formal wear but would pass in...
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    Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    I trekked up to Nieman Marcus in SF last winter to buy a bottle. I love coumarin and the coumarin in this one is loud and clear. I was hooked on first sniff but except for the coumarin base, the new...
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    Re: Caron Yuzu Man Test

    It's has moderate longevity on my skin (about six hours) but it sits very close to the skin. This is definitely not a sillage powerhouse..
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    Caron Yuzu Man Test

    Slightly lemony citrus (yuzu?) opening on top of a pleasant yet non-descript sandalwood base with faint minty note, it sits very close to my skin and reminds me of some of the early Shiseido colognes...
  78. Re: Name a Personal Gem that never gets mentioned here.

    Difficult maybe, but not impossible. It is still available in France (and apparently, only in France). It shows up online every now and then or, if you have a French connection....
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    Re: Feminine perfumes - which ones do you own

    Drawers and drawers of fragrances that are marketed to women. I ignore marketing and buy and wear what I like. These three I've been wearing a lot this year:

    Cinnabar - Estee Lauder
    Theorema -...
  80. Re: Name a Personal Gem that never gets mentioned here.

    I have three hardly-mentioned gems in rotation at the moment:

    1. Orphée - Maxims | Watermelon at it's best. A summer day and night favorite.
    2. Nature Millénaire pour Homme - Yves Rocher |...
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    Re: Most you have spent on a frag ?

    I once spent in excess of $4500 in one day's shopping back a few years ago. I felt guilty for a week. Then it wore off and I went out and spent some more (but never quite that much, thank dog).
    ...
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    Re: Grey Flannel: should be banished

    I am very fond of GF and agreed instantly with the "violet spike up the nose" comparison above and which I suspect is the reason some have such a negative initial reaction. The point with this and...
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    Re: Luca Turin and Fruit Flies

    One of the most interesting controversies in science and though one should be impartial, I have to confess I am hoping that in the end, Luca's theory is proven, and accepted as, the most likely...
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    Re: Flanker you think is better than the original

    L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Cristaux d'Agrumes > L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme
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    Re: Mens fragrances with rose?

    Rose d'Homme (Les Parfums de Rosine)

    Coincidentally, I was just sorting out a few drawers filled with unboxed bottles and came across this one for the first time in a few years. A straightforward,...
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    Re: Question about chanel fragrances

    For staying power?

    Pour Monsier or Pour Monsieur Concentree (they are two different fragrances. Both have good staying power for me.)
    Anteaus
    Maybe Egoiste.

    Sample them first.

    ...
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    Re: Beyond Paradise for Men...What do you think?

    I disagree with LT on a lot of his assessments but on Beyond Paradise we are somewhat in agreement. I say just short of a masterpiece but definitely one of Estee Lauder's best. It is one of my...
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    Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff

    I have bottles of this, the oldest from the 50's. (Still hunting for older bottles. I'm your ultimate customer). Except for strength, all smell the same, fantastic and singular. I cannot think of...
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    Re: The Motherload of Long Lost Fragrances

    Couldn't resist a purchase or two but wish I had got there much earlier.

    I had completely forgotten about "Prince Matchabelli." When we were kids, my sister and I used to roll of the floor in...
  90. Re: What e-commerce website do you recommend for purchasing male fragrances?

    If you buy a bottle of fragrance on eBay (or anything else for that matter) and what you receive is not what you thought you were buying (Item Not As Described), eBay will cover you for your full...
  91. Re: Fragrance Aficionados: What's Your Guilty Pleasure Scent?

    Tocade (Rochas) I like to wear this one out at night every now and then. Get lots of compliments... from guys!
  92. Thread: Best layerings

    by Griff
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    Re: Best layerings

    Coincidentally, I tried a new layering today that is actually really good:

    Jil Sander Background and Jean Pascal

    This is one I will use again.
  93. Re: Do Aftershave Splashes/Sprays come close to the EDT ?

    AS Balms tend either to weaken with time or to go off faster than fragrance, in my experience.
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    Re: chanel l egoiste what do people think ?

    One of the top ten fragrance masterpieces of all time in this and every other parallel universe. An absolute must for any well heeled, well rounded wardrobe. Don't question me.

    And an...
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    Re: Best use of a Dominant Lime note in a Fragrance

    Limes - Floris of London.

    All lime all the time. The limiest limes. Nothing but limes. Limes, limes, limes.
  96. Re: Finally, an new male frag from Marc Jacobs......Bang.

    MJ: Bang!

    Me: Ouch!
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    Re: A perfume that smells like creosote?

    Although it is definitely a leather scent, this one is so strong and aromatic, it has always seemed very tarry to me as well and come to think of it, not too unlike creosote. Definitely not for the...
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    Re: Need Help Identifying Two Bottles

    Thank you Brielle87. Most appreciated!

    Griff
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    Need Help Identifying Two Bottles

    Hi gang,

    The one in the back with the big black top and the one directly in front of it with the translucent milky white cap.

    http://www.unclegriff.com/images/twoperfumes.jpg

    Does anyone...
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    Re: What Fragrane(s) Make(s) You SICK ?!

    Poison.
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