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    Kumquat, what a great deal! I only have a mini and a half-ounce parfum in the travel bottle.

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    How lovely Kumquat! And your kitty looks just like my George.
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    Thanks ,Danieq, yes, that's Ray. Another of our shelter cats. We have 3.
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    Cedrat Boise and Roses Vanille by Mancera

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    Picked up a 50ml bottle of Bois Farine for only $30 shipped!
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    Kumquat, congratulations on the Guerlainade! I'm crossing my fingers that it reaches you without incident As for Mazzolari Vetyver, I really like it a lot! I've been impressed with Mazzolari generally, but Vetyver is really nice -- not excessively smoky or earthy, just a bit of green/moss and a hit of smokiness but somehow tied into and eau de cologne-type fragrance, maybe sort of like a Hermes, but richer. I'm going to get a decant of this to wear as the weather grows warmer.

    Everyone has had such wonderful purchases this month -- lots of amazing vintage finds, too! Great job, folks!

    In addition to the samples I reported above, I'm treating myself to some full bottles that have been on my wish list for a while:

    CdG Zagorsk, Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, Parfumerie Generale Cadjmere, Heeley Ophelia, Houbigant Oranger en Fleurs, Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver, Prada Infusion d'Iris EDP, and back-up bottles of Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille and A La Nuit.

    Whew! Perhaps I should spread my FB purchases more evenly throughout the year

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    Wow, ExtremeK, that's quite a shopping list! I hope you've got a nice refund coming from Uncle Sam! Thanks for your good wishes for my perfume. :-) I'm happy you liked the Vetyver. ​I found it to be quite floral, for a Vetiver scent. Charming and greenish/golden. A real find, IMO.
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    My back up bottle of Iris Ganache arrived this morning and I have a bottle of Cuir Beluga on its way .

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    Lunch and shopping with my sister and ended up with four more to add to the collection

    Arquiste Fleur de Louis, L’Artisan Skin on Skin, Costume National So Nude and Penhaligon’s Sartorial.

    We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting. ~Kahlil Gibran
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    Nice going xscent.

    I looove Sartorial. Should've stocked up when they were mistakenly selling the 100ml for $55!

    Do you get the lipstick vibe from Skin on Skin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Nice going xscent.

    I looove Sartorial. Should've stocked up when they were mistakenly selling the 100ml for $55!

    Do you get the lipstick vibe from Skin on Skin?
    Thanks Hedonist, a get a touch of lipstick from the iris in Skin on Skin but the main player on my skin the awesome whiskey/saffron/leather combination. A back up or three would have been in order at $55! I did get the Sartorial at good price and I'm still very tempted to go back for second bottle.
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    Wow, y'all have really made some hauls this month!! ExtremeK, I am putting Heeley Ophelia on my test-list just for the name alone. (The Band's song "Ophelia" is one of my favorites ever.)

    Here is the little cutie I have on its way: a vintage mini Diorissimo new in box.
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    'Miss Balmain'
    an Ebay find for $35. Some are gouging for these. Don't pay huge money for them. They are tiny.
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    kumquat, I have never sniffed Miss Balmain but it is on the list! That pink box is soo cute. And I love when you post pics and we can see your kitty (that's Ray, isn't it?) in the background.
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    ErinK, I hope you can find one of these on Ebay. Set your search and see if a good one comes up. I've seen them as low as $9!

    LOL, yes, that's Ray and my husband's knees.
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    Mini of Boucheron pour femme, from an amazon seller Also the "squees" from ZOMG arrived, I wanted more of the Wrestling Tigers and got a few others to try.

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    Back up bottle of Houbigant's (not Dana's) Demi-jour.

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    I ordered my set of five samples from Parfums MDCI. Not only do they make wonderful perfume, but the owner Claude Marchal is just a delight. He cares not only about his fragrances but about his customers.

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    Well, since it looks like my Shocking de Schiaparelli is lost at the PO of origin (the seller told me this is the third time! I think there may be a perfume high-jacker, she sells other stuff but the fumes keep disappearing!), I decided to order another bottle that I found for a reasonable price. Hopefully, this one will arrive. The good thing, this one is still sealed in its original box!
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    Here is my unopened Guerlinade! Safe and sound from Europe!

    And opened!
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    You are all so chique!
    Guerlinade, Shocking de Schiaparelli....
    I am just back from TJ Maxx and finally brought a bottle of Tea Rose by Perfumer's workshop. 10 dollars.
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    Thanks to Jon, I picked up a sample of Grossmith Golden Chypre.

    Thanks to Evangeline and ErinK's love of all things green (+magnolia!!), I added samples of Vero Profumo Mito EDP and Mito Voile d'Extrait.

    And last, but not least, thanks to cello, I finished with a sample of Parfumerie Generale Querelle.

    You all are a bunch of enablers -- and I love you to pieces for it! And Xscent's the worst of the lot! I keep eyeing that 60ml bottle of Puredistance M ….

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    ^^ Oh good - be sure to report back on your experiences there, especially with Mito. I have a sample of it and don't remember getting anything like magnolia, though it was amazingly, *surreally* green and fresh, crisp and sharp, almost like Vent Vert it was so green ...actually, I think it reminded me of a greener Private Collection, which is already pretty green to start ....so I guess you could say that my overall impression of Mito was one of greeeeeeeeen, but I'd love to have an excuse to dig it out and sniff for that magnolia again, if you think it's in there. Magnolia is *so* difficult to recreate, and nobody ever seems to agree on what it smells like, and it doesn't help that there are so many species and cultivars and they all smell different, but you really should like Mito if green is what you're after, whether or not you get the elusive magnolia.
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    Kumquat, is anything written on the scroll it comes with? I have seen that with Guerlainaide bottles and have wondered what that's all about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Kumquat, is anything written on the scroll it comes with? I have seen that with Guerlainaide bottles and have wondered what that's all about.
    I don't know. I was afraid to open it. I'll see if I can without spoiling it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeK View Post
    Thanks to Jon, I picked up a sample of Grossmith Golden Chypre.

    Thanks to Evangeline and ErinK's love of all things green (+magnolia!!), I added samples of Vero Profumo Mito EDP and Mito Voile d'Extrait.

    And last, but not least, thanks to cello, I finished with a sample of Parfumerie Generale Querelle.

    You all are a bunch of enablers -- and I love you to pieces for it! And Xscent's the worst of the lot! I keep eyeing that 60ml bottle of Puredistance M ….
    Yep that’s me, enabler extraordinaire. I come from a long and distinguished line of enablers and it’s a talent I intend on developing into an art form. I’m wondering if Eva Kant might be one for your gourmand lovin’ nose? I’ll be picking up my 60ml ‘big girl’ bottle of M in NY. Vero is a line that needs further investigating on my part, wondering on the skank factor of Onda

    Nice TF Jon
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    Here is the scroll from the Guerlinade-
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    A note from Jacques Guerlain about his devotion to the art of perfume.
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    Xscent, you are more woman than me so I am sure you can pull off Onda. I probably won't want to sit next to you that day, though. I admire Vero Kern's artistry....just, wow, Onda, what a scent. My hat goes off to anyone who enjoys this. Also I would say that you already *have* turned enabling into an art form, and I won't blame you for it one bit!

    ExtremeK, you got some nice treats there! I haven't smelled any of them.

    And Frou, Tea Rose is wonderful. You can't do better for 10 bucks.
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    At least the bottle's cool if it's past it

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