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    Default Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Avon as a formerly door-to-door sales perfumer, was the direct-to-you cosmetics company for the average jane or joe. They don't get a lot of love because of their ubiquity, sometimes unoriginal style and price point, but there is a lot more history, creativity and innovation than you would imagine. Part one of a series looking at the history of Avon products for men

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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Fascinating article, Derek. History always interests me, even though historical facts and figures don’t stick. Knowing me, I would have gone for the Violet (1886) soliflore from the Little Dot Perfume Set!!!!!!!! Cute.😊 I can’t wait for you to write a review on Avon’s Breathless (1987), and refresh my memory on what it was like being a “Satan worshipper”.😬👍🏼
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Shemelimelle View Post
    Fascinating article, Derek. History always interests me, even though historical facts and figures don’t stick. Knowing me, I would have gone for the Violet (1886) soliflore from the Little Dot Perfume Set!!!!!!!! Cute.�� I can’t wait for you to write a review on Avon’s Breathless (1987), and refresh my memory on what it was like being a “Satan worshipper”.������
    I haven't left the 70's with the feminines (yet), but I'll get to it eventually! Avon's catalog is FRICKIN' HYOOG.
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Way to go, ZC! Represent!
    What's improper about it? retorted the clerk. Everybody does it in Paris!
    It was an irresistible and conclusive argument.

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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Sadly I only recall Avon scents from my young young childhood. It's been...sheesh...35 years since I've smelled an Avon perfume.

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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Way to go, ZC! Represent!
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty2Shoes View Post
    Sadly I only recall Avon scents from my young young childhood. It's been...sheesh...35 years since I've smelled an Avon perfume.
    It's a good thing there's enough to last lifetime floating about haha
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Interesting article.
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    About time man.
    Hoping to see many more of this
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Interesting article.
    Quote Originally Posted by epapsiou View Post
    About time man.
    Hoping to see many more of this
    Thanks guys (I wrote 7 parts)
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    (I wrote 7 parts)
    To the surprise of absolutely no one.
    What's improper about it? retorted the clerk. Everybody does it in Paris!
    It was an irresistible and conclusive argument.

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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    To the surprise of absolutely no one.
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    >:C
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    What's improper about it? retorted the clerk. Everybody does it in Paris!
    It was an irresistible and conclusive argument.

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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    If you're trying to say you're greater than my hard drive, I knew that already.
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    It's a frown with eyebrows
    Aha. Then this is eyebrows with a goatee:

    {Maybe we should stop derailing your own thread.)





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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Aha. Then this is eyebrows with a goatee:

    {Maybe we should stop derailing your own thread.)





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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Well, done Z! I actually read this yesterday. Didn't want to be the first to comment.
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Great job ZC! You got a great gift for writing (*in my Captain Obvious voice*).

    Kudos!
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Woohoo, so glad you're writing a series on Avon! ZC, you have singlehandedly elevated early Avon perfume history from almost complete internet absence to the front page of a leading perfume site - and it's exactly the kind of content that should be here! Unique, interesting, legitimately educational re: this hobby.
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    ZC, you have singlehandedly elevated early Avon perfume history from almost complete internet absence to the front page of a leading perfume site
    I know! It's like he had a mission.

    Or maybe we're all just players in a very, very long-range wager he made with somebody years ago.

    Oh, he's a wily devil, that ZC.

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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by HouseOfPhlegethon View Post
    Well, done Z! I actually read this yesterday. Didn't want to be the first to comment.
    I don't bite unless you're made out of cheeseburger. XD

    Quote Originally Posted by LatinNote View Post
    Great job ZC! You got a great gift for writing (*in my Captain Obvious voice*).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Woohoo, so glad you're writing a series on Avon! ZC, you have singlehandedly elevated early Avon perfume history from almost complete internet absence to the front page of a leading perfume site - and it's exactly the kind of content that should be here! Unique, interesting, legitimately educational re: this hobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    I know! It's like he had a mission.

    Or maybe we're all just players in a very, very long-range wager he made with somebody years ago.

    Oh, he's a wily devil, that ZC.
    It's not like I'm wagering any fiddles of gold against your soul.
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    ZC:

    Interesting read. Looking forward to the others on this topic.

    Regards,

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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Great article, ZC! Of course, some of us had this exposure to Avon history due to daily interactions with you. But this is very nice summary of some of those conversations. I completely enjoyed it. I also want to thank you very much for opening my eyes to some great fragrances from the brand! Thank you.

    Keep up the great work!
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by The Colognnoisseur View Post
    ZC:

    Interesting read. Looking forward to the others on this topic.

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diddy View Post
    Great article, ZC! Of course, some of us had this exposure to Avon history due to daily interactions with you. But this is very nice summary of some of those conversations. I completely enjoyed it. I also want to thank you very much for opening my eyes to some great fragrances from the brand! Thank you.

    Keep up the great work!
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Fireworks this!! 500th Superb, Most Excellent Review! Keep Rocketing!
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    Fireworks this!! 500th Superb, Most Excellent Review! Keep Rocketing!
    These don't count as reviews so I gotta write one more later

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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Fantastic start, I love these deep dives into fragrance history. Seven parts in total? Well, don't be the George R.R. Martin of Basenotes and string us along for months/years before we get the next one in this epic saga :) :)
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Woohoo, so glad you're writing a series on Avon! ZC, you have singlehandedly elevated early Avon perfume history from almost complete internet absence to the front page of a leading perfume site - and it's exactly the kind of content that should be here! Unique, interesting, legitimately educational re: this hobby.
    Perfectly said!

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    Great stuff!!! :beer:
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
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    Default Re: Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History : Part 1, The Early Years

    Quote Originally Posted by furrypine View Post
    Fantastic start, I love these deep dives into fragrance history. Seven parts in total? Well, don't be the George R.R. Martin of Basenotes and string us along for months/years before we get the next one in this epic saga :) :)
    Unlike George, I've already written the ending. Grant just has to post them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Perfectly said!

    Perfume history
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    Then fills it sweetly.

    Great stuff!!! :beer:
    Where's your bottle of Avon Haiku?

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