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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Oh, what a lovely day in Fragrance of the Day thread! I'm in a rush, but wanted to just point that out.

    A few of you exploring iris (lillybelle, extremeK, someone I may have missed) - feel free to take a look at my wardrobe and pick out any iris scents that you have not smelled, and samples are yours And I mean that! And extremeK, I have not sniffed much of the Arquiste line, but I sampled and then bought Anima Dulcis, it just hit me hard - a rough around the edges gourmand that stays totally adult, if you know what I mean. You should sample that one too, and now you know how to

    I am in Chanel Bois des Iles , joining the Chanel lovefest today, and sort of kind of scent twins with Dr. G.

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Very well put, ExtremeK and Quarry!

    I may kill a bottle of red on behalf of Mardi Grumps ^^
    Also as consolation... we got 5-6 inches of snow and expect more than that overnight and tomorrow. Last time in January we ended up with half a metre, which is very unusual for my rather dry area. *deep sigh*

    Kiliwia, I am glad you found a reasonably priced sample of Vega. I am sorry I can't help with decants as the postage has risen to 20 Euros for anything but a thin letter... I have never had anything but the re-issued Vega, but online consensus seems to be it is very faithful. I rather back-up the fantastic re-issued Vega (which wears like an EdP according to Guerlain standards today) instead of spending a fortune for an old bottle. I have no idea how well Vega ages in general. I don't think Guerlain will be able to produce Vega in the future with regarding to the newer restrictions on florals. If you are fine with ebay there seems to be a reasonably priced bottle for sale. The Paris retail price (price increase by February due) was 225 Euros for 125 ml. This one I'd definitely recommend to spray instead of splash and get some on fabric as well! Delish!

    Al Oudh for tonight I think.
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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Thank you kindly, ExtremeK! Only eight years for us, we didn't marry until I was 31. Loved your post, I'll take one of those badges too, please!

    You said it, Quarry! I'll keep my balance on my rickety barstool as long as it means I get to chat with all of you wonderful, unique people!

    Now, lilybelle, I love iris scents but they are NOT panty droppers, just to let you know! Disappointing to hear, I'm sure. I own and like the Prada very much. Impossible Iris is one of my favorites in the pricier category. Keep us iris lovers posted on your thoughts please! I sure hope you'll be out of limboland soon; I know it must be unsettling. Wishing you and B-belle all the very best!

    Off to a limping start with the Olfactive Studio scents: Autoportrait is bland, really just the "smell it everywhere" amber/cedar/benzoin base of hundreds of popular scents. At a distance, very reminiscent of Burberry Women, up close it's pencil shavings.

    Still Life is somewhat better but still derivative. A pleasant enough peppery citrus but again, on top of that unpleasant cedar. Still, I do have higher hopes for Chambre Noire and possibly Lumiere Blanche. We shall see!
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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    Oh, what a lovely day in Fragrance of the Day thread! I'm in a rush, but wanted to just point that out.

    A few of you exploring iris (lillybelle, extremeK, someone I may have missed) - feel free to take a look at my wardrobe and pick out any iris scents that you have not smelled, and samples are yours And I mean that! And extremeK, I have not sniffed much of the Arquiste line, but I sampled and then bought Anima Dulcis, it just hit me hard - a rough around the edges gourmand that stays totally adult, if you know what I mean. You should sample that one too, and now you know how to

    I am in Chanel Bois des Iles , joining the Chanel lovefest today, and sort of kind of scent twins with Dr. G.
    Cello, that is an extremely kind offer! Thank you!!

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Hello everyone!

    Finally, we had some dusting of snow. A sight for sore eyes. We needed moisture BAD!!!

    What an interesting thread today, indeed. I am not sure I have anything new to add other than I agree wholeheartedly with rickety bar stools, crotchety old ladies, panty droppers, and double post rants. But I can't imagine my life without quality Basenotes conversations though they might be in danger of moving into the twilight zone.

    Lilybelle - Good luck on your iris hunt. I remember mine: I managed to emerge victorious but not without heavy casualties to my credit cards and overall sense of well being. I hope yours will be quick, painless, and successful. I am joining cello in her generous offer: please feel free to look in my wardrobe too .

    And fittingly in iris today: L'Artisan Dzongkha


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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Vintage Bellodgia PDT

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    Wearing Caron Pour Une Femme.
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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    I get more meaning from these words than I can express in 20 paragraphs. There's relationship stuff and scent stuff and emotional stuff and memory stuff (from time spent with Mike in New Orleans) -- every sentence is a house with many rooms I could explore. "Outsiders" could not fathom this all emanates from mere fragrance.
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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Larimar View Post
    Kiliwia, I am glad you found a reasonably priced sample of Vega. I am sorry I can't help with decants as the postage has risen to 20 Euros for anything but a thin letter... I have never had anything but the re-issued Vega, but online consensus seems to be it is very faithful. I rather back-up the fantastic re-issued Vega (which wears like an EdP according to Guerlain standards today) instead of spending a fortune for an old bottle. I have no idea how well Vega ages in general. I don't think Guerlain will be able to produce Vega in the future with regarding to the newer restrictions on florals. If you are fine with ebay there seems to be a reasonably priced bottle for sale. The Paris retail price (price increase by February due) was 225 Euros for 125 ml. This one I'd definitely recommend to spray instead of splash and get some on fabric as well! Delish!
    Thanks so much for the response, Larimar. I intend to get a couple of mls. from Posh Peasant to see how it works for me, but it looks like I better make up my mind quickly. With my luck they'll quit making it just when I've decided to spring for a big bottle, lol. It's happened to me before with Guerlain. I'll keep my eye on ebay too. Thanks again!

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Good Evening,

    Whattayamean there's no panty dropping action here ? That's it, I'm off...

    But not before I wish Evangeline fun at Mardi Grump (love it !). A pen pal of mine from LA will be there to see something called the Krewe of Muses (?). Apperently they throw decorated shoes from a float. Mind your head if you're around.

    Re: The Search for the Iris Grail. After much sniffing, I believe I found it in the form of Xerjoff's Irisss. Hollly Mollly it's good. Too bad I'd have to sell all my vital organs to afford a bottle.

    PL: I tried the Olfactive Studio line in the Summer and none of them really wowed me.

    Vintage Eau Sauvage tonight.

    Best to all,

    *falls off bar stool*

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Post
    I tend to agree with you about the poor quality of perfume discussion, Larimar; you've just pinpointed the reason I usually stick to the female forum. I'm happy and cozy here on our side where none of us are seeking panty droppers, attention or approval of our choices.
    Agreed, and not forgetting the scintillating thread on Aventus batch numbers which has now hit it's TWENTY FIFTH page - give me strength ...



    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeK View Post
    Jon, have you tried any others in the Arquiste line? I'm a big fan of their fragrances.
    Yes !. Mimi and I tried them in London a short while ago, and the full bottle of L'Etrog is from a return visit as a result of that sniffathon. Found the whole range to be very nose friendly and made from high quality ingredients. The sauve and elegant Aleksandr is probably next on the list for a purchase, though the new Gardenia scent (Boutonniere No 7 ?) also stood out too and could well be a contender - decisions, decisions



    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    We'll both keep our fingers crossed for Impossible Iris!
    My bottle should be arriving any time now





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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Post
    Now, lilybelle, I love iris scents but they are NOT panty droppers, just to let you know! Disappointing to hear, I'm sure. I own and like the Prada very much. Impossible Iris is one of my favorites in the pricier category. Keep us iris lovers posted on your thoughts please! I sure hope you'll be out of limboland soon; I know it must be unsettling. Wishing you and B-belle all the very best!
    I missed this, I'm sorry. ^^^ I'm not rude, just half blind and the other half scatty. Thank you, PL! NOT a panty dropper??? I have a feeling I will like the Prada one from what I read about it, but if Murphy's Law prevails I will fall in love with Impossible Iris, meaning impossible for my poor pocketbook.

    Enjoy yours, Jon!

    G., you are so funny..."falls off bar stool". I'm still hanging on to mine, half-arsedly. Ooops!

    Whitefluffy, thank you so much for your kind offer, too! That is so sweet of you.

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by JON RODGERS View Post
    The sauve and elegant Aleksandr is probably next on the list for a purchase, though the new Gardenia scent (Boutonniere No 7 ?) also stood out too and could well be a contender - decisions, decisions
    I sampled all of them, too, at Barneys in Las Vegas last spring (although Boutonniere No 7 hadn't been released yet), and a FB of Aleksandr was the result of *my* sniffathon. You're right about its suave elegance. Plus, violets! I love it! And really a well-made line with a very interesting vision.

    I think I'm going to revisit some of the other florals in the line when I'm back in Vegas at the end of May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    A few of you exploring iris (lillybelle, extremeK, someone I may have missed) - feel free to take a look at my wardrobe and pick out any iris scents that you have not smelled, and samples are yours And I mean that! And extremeK, I have not sniffed much of the Arquiste line, but I sampled and then bought Anima Dulcis, it just hit me hard - a rough around the edges gourmand that stays totally adult, if you know what I mean. You should sample that one too, and now you know how to
    Thank you, cello!! I'll take you up on that! And if you would like to try Aleksandr (which is the only Arquiste I've taken home with me, you're more than welcome to. Just PM me. It's like Daim Blond minus the sweet and apricot plus violets. Lovely!

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    On the subject of Impossible Iris - don't know if any of the UK contingent are aware yet, but I am reliably informed that the Ramon Monegal collection will be going on sale at Harrods in the next few weeks. Good excuse for another visit, I reckon

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Holly molly this here is like an overnight storm:-) ,

    I didn't see it coming hehe, i am relatively new here and love it here on female side of the forum, other side is just too much to follow, but very valuable for search function, have read many great stuff there, ...but i think its healthy to take break after a while from anything:-) , i know i will take mine during the summer time , because i have not found a way not to be curious when i read about new perfumes...and this just makes me a collector, although i try hard not to become one:-)

    Interlude by Amouage from a sample....oh i love this everlasting flower, here its fruity, juicy, with lime throughout of it.....love it more the 1740, its more rich:-)

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeK View Post
    Alytyke, I've always struggled with FdO, which I find odd, given how much I enjoy skank in many other fragrances. I'll have to revisit her this spring and do battle until I figure her out. Or my suite-mates at work fumigate my office. Do you think you'll be able to to wear FdO?
    ExtremK as I don't get the BO accord from cumin I'm sure I'll wear it. If you find it difficult and want an orange Blossom I would recommend the Lush/Gorilla one if you can find it, in the UK it's an online only I think. It's a true OB but clean and it has great tenacity.

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quarry, why are you not considering Shalimar edc vnt?
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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Evening all!

    Lovely post Q, l couldn't agree more! This pub may be shabby & the bar stools a bit rickety, but it's still my favourite local, with my favourite regulars.

    SOTE is Stoned by Solange, & mine's a pint. Cheers!
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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Hello! Parking myself for a moment on one of these rickety bar stools to enjoy you fine, splendid, wonderful human beings...

    Just back from the gym, wearing my husband's Prada Infusion de Vetiver and sampling Lalique Encre Noir pour Elle on the back of my hand. I never read much about this when it was released and I recently received a carded sample from Neiman Marcus. I must say I'm disappointed. I expected more much more Vetiver and much more... "noir." Meh.
    After a shower, I will wear Mitsouko edp. Looking forward to it - it's been a while since we've been together.

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    I'd like to join you on one of those rickety bar stools but I've eaten so many pancakes this evening I fear it may collapse ... Thanks for a lovely thread today - it has lifted my spirits.

    Bulgari for me - Black this morning and Omnia this evening

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Applause for Quarry who said it so well!

    BN was all about perfume discussion for me at the start, but now it's so much more. Hugs all around!

    Looks like school is canceled for tomorrow as well as cleanup continues.



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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    SOTE Jicky Edt vnt
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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    SotA/E is HdP's 1889 Moulin Rouge from a sample. Heading out to tutor soon. Have a good night everybody!

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by devilcat View Post
    I'd like to join you on one of those rickety bar stools but I've eaten so many pancakes this evening I fear it may collapse ...
    If it's any consolation, you are not alone.

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Larimar View Post
    Good morning,

    Vega for this snowy day.

    [rant]
    Sometimes I wonder why I still bother to log on to basenotes. Most of the times, the site does not run properly or not at all. The amount of quality perfume talk here has decreased dramatically. Other sites have developped a lot in the past two years. I feel a certain frustration. As long as I enjoy your company here, I am around, but that's about it.
    [/rant]

    Have a good day all!

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    Good morning,

    Vega for this snowy day.

    [rant]
    Sometimes I wonder why I still bother to log on to basenotes. Most of the times, the site does not run properly or not at all. The amount of quality perfume talk here has decreased dramatically. Other sites have developped a lot in the past two years. I feel a certain frustration. As long as I enjoy your company here, I am around, but that's about it.
    [/rant]

    Have a good day all!

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    At least the daily f*ck up here is proven (double post).
    dear Larimar, at the risk of lapsing into cliché, it is what it is. And what basenotes is is us. Nevermind that there are other sites to which we belong, this is home, and there's no place like home (another cliché). When BN gets glitchy I take a breath and know Grant is working hard for all of us. I enjoy the subset of basenotes (you amongst a treasured dozen or so friends) with whom I swap scents and sense regularly, and that is good enough for me.
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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    Larimar - I think your frustration is shared by many of us. I, for one, am very glad that you are still posting on these threads, daily. I love reading them & I love having you around. Totally OK to rant also. ((bear hug))

    This evening, I'm in the last of my jujy54 sample swap-a-thon, in...

    Essence: Jasmine by Donna Karan (from a sample)



    Wow, this is good. I always say that nothing smells as good as A La Nuit by Serge Lutens but this comes **very** close. I really can't believe how nice it is. Totally surprised me.
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    Tuscany Per Donna EL.
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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    SOTD: Sartorial by Penhaligon's.

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    Default Re: SOTD - Tuesday 12th Feb, 2013

    This has been an interesting read tonight.

    I've had my head into hours & hours of online courses I must complete by tomorrow for my work. Topics: Dementia, Alzheimer's, hospice, Validation Therapy.......

    My head began to swim, so I thought I would hop on basenotes & read the scent of the day thread.

    Only, I forgot what I wore today.

    Love you "guys"!!!!!

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