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    Re: Ormonde - So many Montabacos!!!

    Intensivo itself is a parfum. Is there a different extrait too? Where is it on her site?
  2. Re: Shiseido To Cancel Dolce and Gabbana Contract

    Nice thoughts slpfrsly. Although, I have to say Cinese have destroyed(or abandoned) “civilization” within two generations- much faster than the west. Competing on material advances, and competing...
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    Re: My nose sucks ... what is it that I like?

    Since you like L'Instant, I'd go with Guerlain Heritage EDP first, before Narciso Rodriguez. The closest to NR that you listed is going to be TF(similar kind of a vibe).
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    Re: Roja Dove's Personal Favorite Fragrances

    This right here. You could hate him for pomp, and you could even hate him for not being worth spending that much when some better vintage choices might be available for those price points. But to...
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    Re: Roja Dove's Personal Favorite Fragrances

    The ho-hom on this thread about perfumeur, and due credit, and the whole shabang, is quite interesting. Frederic Malle is the only exception. Does the "Roja is a fraud, and not a perfumeur because I...
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    Re: Your top 5 "must haves"

    Zino Davidoff
    Aramis JHL
    Guerlain Habit Rouge EDC
    Nina Ricci Signoricci
    Domenico Caraceni 1913
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    Re: Creed sold - call me paranoid but...

    I seriously doubt the profit aspect has been the reason for going mass market for a lot of the high-end designers. If Creed comes up with a separate line that competes in the lower priced mass...
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    Re: Creed sold - call me paranoid but...

    Creed has gone too mass market to not discontinue individual scents that do not sell much. Creed has gone too “corporate” to not evaluate every scent based on what kind of investment/effort they...
  9. Poll: Re: HELP! Bought Creed on Groupon, Did I Get Scammed?

    What is www.creed.eu ? Do the new bottles list that now?
  10. Re: Shiseido To Cancel Dolce and Gabbana Contract

    Sounds like you haven't ventured out much outside the protected comforts of USA. I hail from a country that is the biggest bitch of China on world stage. Sure, the consumers gleefully ordering $1.99...
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    Re: Red Tobacco by Mancera

    Depends on your tastes. If you like strong fragrances, that might be a bit rough on the edges with neither the ingredients nor artistic value being best of the best(most of the fragrances regardless...
  12. Re: Shiseido To Cancel Dolce and Gabbana Contract

    Sounds like a people problem then. Nationalism and national pride is second nature in most of the world, except reasonable chunks of population in western/liberal democracies. In the context of USA,...
  13. Re: ======[CONUS] Niche/Vintage/Discontinued======

    Updated.
  14. Re: 2021 edition: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    LOL! I dig the name. Going by the current trends, probably a take on Eau Sauvage? Doesn't get more "dudey" thank that right now.
  15. Re: Scent Of The Night 2021 - What fragrance did you sleep with last night?

    Guerlain Chamade parfum
  16. Re: 2021 edition: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    A fun picture, for a fun game.

    p.s: the ensemble was put in at the mall just for the picture. My fashion sense is not that bold.

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  17. Re: Shiseido To Cancel Dolce and Gabbana Contract

    First, the Shiseido news was strictly about financials, and even mentioned the goals being expanding markets in Europe and Americas. How this got turned around into China, with a stupid ad that in...
  18. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Nishane Hacivat. I didn't get on the Aventus bandwagon, but this is a pretty nice "fresh" scent, and I can see why some people compare it to Aventus.
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    Re: What are your favorite high end houses?

    Parfums Nicolai
    Amouage
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
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    Re: Aramis: has the end of this classic arrived?

    This is not surprising. With the recent EU regulations, all brands have to make a decision of which one is not worth retooling, and which ones need to be retooled before production resumes. It...
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    Re: ======[CONUS] Niche/Vintage======

    Added tonnes
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    Re: Vintage Dior Fahrenheit

    Because the ingredients listed are alcohol and fragrance, this has to be earlier than the 1997 bottles that recently popped up. I disagree on the value range. Even at $125, the buyer would be getting...
  23. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Agreed. Even though USPS gets the flack, my bad experiences, especially when there was an issue, during normal times were with Fedex and UPS, and not with USPS. Both have an attitude of "don't waste...
  24. Re: Stuck tops on vintage Guerlain parfum bottles, need help!

    If it's not too tight, putting it in the freezer for a few minutes might loosen it up a bit.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Is that the go away paparazzo look?
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    via Condotti is a good one too. Or at least used to be in early 2000's
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    We've got more in common than just seeking old fragrances. There was a time when Chuck Berry was as new as I'd listen to, and I actively sought movies with no dialogues.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Monsieur Carven being the best, and current prices probably reflect that.

    Both ribbed glass, and the one motorcade bought are from an era where consumer protections agencies regulations weren't a...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Going by your choices lately, aldehydes might be more of your thing, than even civet.

    I'll save you some effort. All 4 are "meh".
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Good choice. Whoever says the bottle wasn't dark brown in earlier batches?
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Aren't the ribbed glass splashes prior to this one?
  32. Re: flying in USA with lots of perfume - checked bags - how much can you take?

    It is 3ounces, not 100ml. I got burned carrying a 100ml bottle in carry-on back when they started it, and were all nazi about it.
  33. Re: flying in USA with lots of perfume - checked bags - how much can you take?

    Why would domestic flights be an issue to begin with? You can pack the whole luggage with fragrances. Carry-on is the concern, because of the liquid container limit on carry-ons.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Some tripadvisor people mentioning a trip to a "perfume place" is included in the trip. Considering that the tourist scene is full of con artists in that part of the world, I'd go with malarkey....
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    The bottle looks lovely. Although the name is a bit confusing. Shahinaz is a persian word, and there hasn't been any persian influence in Egypt.

    I found this interesting read:

    Shahinaz Palace:...
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    Re: ======[CONUS] Niche/Vintage======

    updated.
  37. Re: I think Rive Gauche PH is overrated. Is something wrong with me?

    That's the difficulty of getting into discontinued fragrances for a few of us. I own unicorns a plenty. But there have been so many that I haven't used even once. Not that I didn't want to, but...
  38. Re: ======[CONUS] Niche/Vintage/Discontinued======

    updated.
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    Re: Masculine Tuberose

    IMO, Caron tubereuse parfum is the best from your list, but most likely, the most expensive too.
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    Re: The Official Amouage Fragrance Thread

    Out of stock ones say out of stock. Might actually be discontinued, or waiting to be reformulated if the current one didn't meet new IFRA requirements anymore.
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    Until TF started this trend of 12 releases in one go(Italian Cypres was not a part of initially released collection), it was unheard of. The best nose on this side of 20th century, Edmond Roudnitska,...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    Please do. Regardless of however he has chosen to employ his talents, he is a talented artist. I have tried a few back when he started. I probably owned Enslaved and Daighlev as well, back when they...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    That just proves the point P. That the world's biggest brand, and the only one that has done something to fix it's supply chain problems where Chanel is not competing with Coty Musk prices in the...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    I disagree P. The cost of ingredients is miniscule, and no way bottom feeding makes any enterprise more profitable. The number of times these houses, while being successful, have gone bankrupt is...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    I am not discounting those concerns. All I am saying is there is no need to throw a fit because you could have had Rive Gauche for $20 in 1990's, and it might be north of $200 now. Even at $200, it...
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    Re: The Official Amouage Fragrance Thread

    This is Dia Women.
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    It's quite funny how people bring in anything and everything to lament on prices. Target buyers set the prices. Me pricing myself out of something that I might have been the target audience for, as...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Since it made all the way to the customs, only for it to make it back to where it started from; customs might have returned it?
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    They weren't consistent. Some were more apt to be hoses than sprays. Some barely squirted. Some came loose from the top over time where more liquid was leaking than spraying.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    LOL! Not even a single Creed bottle I have owned had a proper spray that acted right even for a few months.
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    There is nothing objective in referring to some insanely low prices courtesy of grey market, and take that as a marker to extrapolate on when something is discontinued, but yet consider something...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    Good for Ho Hang Club! That really means more people are starting to appreciate Ho Hang Club. Either that, or stock is depleting. I don't bemoan rising prices. It's all relative. We cannot be a...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    I disagree. I believe buyers have more control on the pricing than sellers. And for "practical" vintage that is really for use, and not historical purposes like 1920's or 1930's would be, the...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    It is a pretty good scent though. The best from D&G. Very surprised they released it, as it is too bold and quirky for what they have built their brand around.
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    I am more of an under-rated kind of a guy. That's where you find the real gems. Everybody wants Patou Pour Homme. Nobody wants Balenciaga Ho Hang Club. Under-rated, high quality, and more suited to...
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    Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    For someone being an independent ousider, you sure are getting defensive ;-)

    Ok...let's play this game....Japan isn't far far away from Hong Kong/China (and both the sellers are in China proper,...
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    Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    Except that neither seller is in Japan, and Hong Kong/China isn't exactly known to have indulged in fragrances that much that two sellers keep on unearthing state sales year upon year. It all makes...
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    Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    Regarding the hong kong sellers, personally, I wouldn't be too comfortable dealing with someone who come up with old stock of the same scents year after year. How many of Chanel No. 5, Chanel no. 19...
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    I recognize that ugly hand writing on the right. Surprised you didn't change it to something more aesthetically appealing :)
  60. Re: ISO Histoires de Parfums 1740 (original formulation)

    That is not accurate. The original releases were 83% volume, came in a different "historical" style box, with a "historical" style cap. You might be confusing the earlier release in same style...
  61. Re: ======[CONUS] Niche/Vintage/Discontinued======

    Updated.
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    Re: Elysium Parfum Cologne - Is This a Joke?

    It's an age old conundrum. Evaluate the scent first and foremost, and then decide if it fits your value proposition methodology. If value proposition was the only factor, then everybody would be...
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    Re: Fragrances your Dad wore

    The only one mine wore was Monsieur Givenchy. He wore a lot of attars though; khus (pungent vetiver) being his favourite. I "stole" his bottle of Monsieur Givenchy when I was in high school, but...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Aventus itself doesn't count. What a roller coaster ride it is. Seems like there are just as many batches, as bottles; and the batches themselves operate in sign waves rather than a slope. Sounds...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Rochas Audace parfum....I am on a mission to finish a bottle after 25+ years.
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    Re: How many bottles is too many?

    All depends on the perspective. One is too many, and 1,000 isnít enough. There is a reason we are on these boards, and how you make sense of your hobby, and how you let it develop would differ from...
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    Re: Vintage Carnation Suggestions??

    Hermes Equipage is pretty carnation prominent.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    When I went through a phase of trying all the yester years unknown cheapies, this was surprising a good leather. But I paid under $5 shipped, so it seems a bit steep now ;-)

    Vintage Del Oro...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Guerlain Shalimar PDT
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    Re: Aurafragrance anyone use them before?

    It is not a brand. It's a discount retailer. It is legit. They have a shop in Houston.
  71. Re: YIKES! Did I hit "Pay Dirt" ? NOCTURNES de CARON find.

    You got a good one. Nocturnes along with Nuit de Noel are perfectly unisex, but I assume a lot of the traditional houses believe in marketing as either masculine or feminine. Etsy prices seem...
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Oh man...it's been 2 decades since I used it. You would enjoy it if it is a blind buy. But then again, I am pretty sure you got it because of the civet :-)
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    Re: ensar oud: worth for it?

    I think you touched on a great point here that many are missing. The distillers that Ensar employs are often legends in their field and masters of their craft who need people like Ensar to buy their...
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    Re: MFK sellers on eBay?!

    The price you would get from a reliable discounter wouldn't be much cheaper than buying direct from MFK. Also, you would need to pay each individual state's sales tax if you buy it from a US based...
  75. Re: Recommendations Marine, Aquatic, Oceanic, Blue, Must try fragrances

    Joop! Nightflight
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    Re: ensar oud: worth for it?

    LOL! Glad I could provide some imagery :)
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    Re: ensar oud: worth for it?

    There is absolutely no logic to follow, by declaring Kinam on sale for half the initial price in a local market that is not as obsessed with pure Oud oil as the cultural appropriating cabal in the...
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    Re: ensar oud: worth for it?

    Nobody is trying to sell anything to english speaking people, and that is the whole point. The world is out there for true aficionados to explore sans the hoopla. There is a whole world of Oud that...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Wow. I could have never guessed this would fit your taste. That means you are comfortable going old school then, because Dunhill is as old school barbershop, as anything else :)
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    Re: ensar oud: worth for it?

    Are you expecting "pure oud oil" by reading through some pathetic translation from arabic for 6ml for $50 of all the options listed on there? The website itself is a pathetic attempt of going...
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    Re: ensar oud: worth for it?

    I don't know about their Kyara, but Kalakasi does smell out of this world. I have seen the number of years go up, so they are either keeping up with the marketing(highly doubt that part as marketing...
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    Re: ensar oud: worth for it?

    You probably checked the US site. Saudi site still lists plenty of oud. They've been selling "aged" kalakasi long before EO even heard of the term Oud:

    Oud - Perfume, Oil, Burner & More KSA |...
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    Re: Mysterious Bottle of Chanel No. 19

    Wasn't the juice yellow in 70's?
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Monsieur Balmain
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    updated.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I wanna dress like this. Or at least start off with the funky pope cap(the tall one with corners that Benedictine used to wear for formal sermons). Robert Graham shirts ain't appearing snazzy enough...
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    Re: Chanel Mademoiselle Real or Fake

    For the life of me, I can never understand why do people buy currently available fragrances from any John Doe on Ebay. Is saving a few dollars more, while gambling it all away and hoping it is legit...
  88. Re: Any experience with online discounter Azonlon?

    And next week, it would be a completely new website that would be popping up as a top result in searches. So long as google keeps on taking money from anybody and everybody to pop them up, they've...
  89. Re: Any experience with online discounter Azonlon?

    There have been plenty of new websites popping up since last year, that always show up at the top in google or bing searches. I have been reporting them to FBI. I have reported at least 5 so far. If...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Dior is the only house that is doing it's level best in keeping them close to the original. Diorling, Diorella, Diorama and Dioressence are all reasonably good. What they did to Eau Sauvage and Miss...
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    You might want to keep Shocking for yourself. It has loads of civet :-)
  92. Re: Vintage Fahrenheit so many bottles for sale ?

    Just wondering what is the criteria people use to scream fake? Logic would dictate russia/ukraine would be filled with them, with a starting price of $25-50 - as they do for bottles that retail for...
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Aura of patchouli is a pretty decent patchouli scent, in the vein of givenchy gentleman. Caswell Massey made some good ones, including aura of patchouli, persian leather, greenbriar, sandalwood,...
  94. Re: Fragrances or Fragrance Houses Exclusive to Dubai / U.A.E.

    Are fakes widely available in UAE? I’d have thought it would be much more risky for established businesses to get into those shenanigans in UAE as well, unless someone believes state is blessing the...
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    Re: Nautica Voyage N-83 vs Versace Dylan Blue

    Word of advice from the trenches: Don't consider any unnecessary luxuries that you have to save up for; and perfumes are not a necessity of life.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    This is the scent that started my love affair with seeking out vintage. Scannon is the one you want, if you can find it. It's been a good 25 years since it changed from Scannon, so might be...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Rochas Femme. An Edmond creation. Enough said.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Directly from the horse's mouth: they are different scents. The opening is more "traditional fougere", than "aromatic fougere" that original is. You would enjoy it. But I don't see anybody with 100+...
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Glad to see they arrived safe and sound.

    Correction: Sycomore is EDT, not EDP. Do let me know if it cooperates better with your skin, than it did with mine.
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    Re: Your 2021 Fragrance Balance

    Only +1 so far this year. Probably the first year in my adult life with only one bottle in a quarter.
    I am getting an itch to buy Interlude 53 blind though.
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