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  1. Re: Guess the highest ranked fragrances on Basenotes / Fun competition

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  2. Re: Guess the highest ranked fragrances on Basenotes / Fun competition

    If they're old and discontinued, then it's also possible that not enough people know about them to downvote them?

    Another Guerlain guess for me: Attrape-Coeur (I don't think it's been mentioned...
  3. Re: Guess the highest ranked fragrances on Basenotes / Fun competition

    L'Heure Bleue for my guess.
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    Re: Off-the-radar spicy roses

    Parfums Sacre is a good rec from Tdem. Don't get the tall, rectangular bottles, but any vintage should be fine.

    Crabtree & Evelyn's Femme de Force is a sheer, spicy rose like Rose 31 and Paestum...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    I don't think this has been posted yet: Diptyque Eau Rihla

    https://nstperfume.com/2021/05/04/diptyque-eau-rihla-new-fragrance/
  6. Re: Article: 7 Forgotten Scents That Still Smell Great

    The 2014 version of Helmut Lang was fabulous. I'll never understand why it wasn't more popular.
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    Re: My Fragrance Journey in a Nutshell

    I've always tried everything and anything. Though if there was a trend...

    Florals - Orientals - Chypres - Orientals - ???
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    It has been some time since the directory was updated. I hope Judith is doing better.
  9. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    I used to think that but then I realised I prefer the term to refer to a fragrance family (of resins/balsams) rather than some kind of geographic label, which I think is what carries the colonialist...
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    Re: Has Serge Lutens Lost The Plot

    I've never understood why SL chose the skyscraper bottles. His bell jars are iconic and beautiful. Even if he wanted a spray form, he could have used his classic rounded cap and the same black...
  11. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    Really good article, thanks for posting! It's been decades since I'd read a good perfume article in a magazine.
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    Re: Latest Chanel - Paris-Edimbourg!

    Sounds like a departure from the rest of the Eaux as well, if it doesn't feature citrus. I'm looking forward to trying it, though salty marine notes scare me.
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    Re: The worst fragrance you've ever smelled?

    I can't stomach all the candy scents like Black Opium and Poison Girl.
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    Re: Rank the best Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances

    1. Absolue pour le soir
    2. Lumiere Noire pour homme
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    Welp, that's about it.
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    Re: Possible Poison Esprit de Parfum fake?

    I find the Esprit de Parfum much stronger and richer than the current Parfum (haven't tried the current EDT), and it should last at least the day. VintagePoison is right that it has the same...
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    20% off Serge Lutens official site

    The Serge Lutens (EU and US) site is offering 20% off sitewide (20% off purchases over $100 for the US site). No code needed. I can't find any info on when this expires.
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    Re: What is it about galbanum....

    Campomarzio stocks the repackaged EDPs. They were sold out of them for a while but they seem to be back in stock again.
  18. Re: Scents/Flavors you enjoy in general, and how they relate to fragrance choices

    I don't think there's a pattern for me. I enjoy food, but dislike perfumes that remind me of food, sweet or savoury.

    I love the smell of nature and botanicals, and enjoy green scents as well as...
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    Re: When the ad copy gets to you...

    Have never blind-bought anything based on an ad, but I've had ads provide a well-timed nudge to revive an interest in something. And it's only for perfumes I have experienced; if an ad doesn't stir...
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    Re: Comparing Two Green Giants - No19 & Vent Vert?

    I miss Vent Vert.
  21. Re: Chanel having a great run with Olivier Polge ....

    As with most noses, I can't say I consistently enjoy his work. Of his work for Chanel, I think Les Eaux and Le Lion are very good, and his others generally quite pleasant, though I found 1957...
  22. Re: If you only own a mini or small decant, do you include the fragrance in your Basenotes "Wardrobe

    My approach is that any size/bottle that is offered for purchase by the company is listed; decants and freebies (minis/samples) aren't.
  23. Re: What are your favorite(s) / best of Oriza L. Legrand house.

    Now I'm intrigued... that sounds much more interesting than Eau de Social Media Influencer.
  24. Re: Fragrance creators are sniffing at increased regulations

    Exactly, a warning label for contact dermatitis should be standard in the beauty industry. Actual toxic chemicals like carcinogens I'm happy to see banned.

    Incidentally, the only time I've...
  25. Re: Wearing a budget-friendly scent vs. smelling above your financial means

    Education and experience is what consumers need. These days, a $100 designer fragrance is often very similar in quality to a $400 niche fragrance (depending on the brand). People just need to be...
  26. Re: Your Current Favorite Fragrance Bottle and Packaging Presentation

    I love glass, and I get almost as much visual and tactile pleasure from the bottles as I do from the scent itself. Favourites include glass-stoppered extrait bottles of Guerlain, Vero Profumo,...
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    Re: Rose Garden Scents

    Santa Maria Novella Rosa, especially in the pre-reformulated form.
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    Re: Discrepancy in "most worn" stats

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  29. Re: Great shoes or great fragrance--if you had to, which would you choose?

    If I had to choose between decent shoes/great scent vs great shoes/decent scent, I'd prefer decent shoes/great scent. Neither are important, though.
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    Re: Can we stop calling them oriental fragrances

    I agree. I think it's laudable to strive to be better humans.

    As to which, to me it's not just a case of offending someone, and but also an issue of trying to be a better society. There are many,...
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    Re: Can we stop calling them oriental fragrances

    i don't enjoy the attitudes that gave rise to Orientalism - the othering, the fetishisation of the exotic, treatment of certain groups of people as little more than novelties. And until someone has...
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    Re: Tom Ford not worth buying anymore ......

    I tend to lose interest in brands when they start to favour putting crowd-pleasing formulae into heavily marked-up bottles. One or two crowd-pleasers are fine (eg. Malle), but when the majority of...
  33. Re: Does L'air du Temps smell like cigarettes to anyone else?

    It doesn't smell like cigarettes to me, neither the vintage nor the current formulation. Is it possible you might be anosmic to some component? When that happened to me, there was a time when Chanel...
  34. Re: If you were going to explore a house new to you...

    I'm envious! She's probably my favourite artisan. She has such a huge range too, you're bound to find something you like. Visiting is probably difficult in the pandemic era, but I hope you get to try...
  35. Re: If you were going to explore a house new to you...

    I've been meaning to try TRNP. I'm drawn to lines with rich, complex fragrances with a focus on high quality ingredients. I'm also reasonably curious about Zoologist, and intend to continue exploring...
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    Re: What is it about galbanum....

    What a fantastic thread. I love galbanum. Practically all the fragrances mentioned on this thread are perennial favourites. I think the note went through a kind of limited resurgence a few years ago...
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    Re: Orientals for nitwits

    So do you like Youth Dew because it's less sweet than Obsession? Or less spicy than Opium? You could look into the genres that you do like and find a scent that's a blend of the two genres. Floral...
  38. Re: If you could go back in time, which magical moment in your hobby would you want to live again?

    All those moments when I'd walk into a perfume shop and see shelves upon shelves filled with fantastic perfumes: Entire ranges of Guerlain, Dior, Chanel, Jean Patou, Caron, YSL... I could just pick...
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    Re: Fishy smell from atomizers?

    I bought a couple that smelt so strongly of gasoline that washing them multiple times couldn't remove the smell. I had to discard them. They weren't even that cheap.
  40. Re: Your favourite light, weightless scent for someone with nausea

    Guerlain's Cherry Blossom from the Parisiennes (not the AA one) range is a bare wisp of a scent, but nicely done. Fresh, with the tiniest hint of soap.

    Wishing you a continued recovery.
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Pineward Perfumes Bindebole: https://www.pinewardperfume.com/product/bindebole

    Notes: poplar bud, pine needles, ambrette, crushed leaves, cedar.
    ...
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    Re: Pineward Perfumes

    Ohh.. Bindobole sounds amazing! I love Boreal (strangely, as I hate mint. Thankfully for me the mint was only dominant in the top notes) and was planning on a FB purchase. I might hold off till...
  43. Re: [Book] The Essence: Discovering the world of scent, perfume & fragrance

    I have it, though I'm afraid I haven't read it yet. It's quite big and weighty, about the same size or very slightly bigger than Roja Dove's book. Here's a look at the table of contents:
    ...
  44. Re: Do you have any favorites in the Maison Dior line?

    Milly-La-Foret has been discontinued as well. Even those that were not discontinued have been reformulated to be appealing to non-perfume lovers. Leather Oud used to be an incredible animalic but is...
  45. Thread: reformulations

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    Re: reformulations

    Thanks, motorcade. It sounds like they did tweak it again, the version I tried was extremely simple and could never be described as warm. I might try to find some Originale.
  46. Thread: reformulations

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    Re: reformulations

    Have they improved the Givenchy Gentleman Original? The version I tried just before the new GG launched in 2016/7 was a little strange - extremely light patch swiftly followed by a clean white musk.
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    Re: Vero Profumo: They continue on

    Looking forward to your comparison. I've tried the Voile and loved it, iirc it was a crisp green floral with a big lemongrass note. Would love to know how the EDP compares.
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    Re: ISO Reproduction Pharmacy Apothecary Jars...

    Oh, I was responding to you on that, not the OP. Sorry for the confusion and for taking the thread off topic.
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    Re: What's your most Spiritual Fragrance?

    I have always found vintage Mitsouko extrait to be transcendentally blissful.
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    Re: ISO Reproduction Pharmacy Apothecary Jars...

    Amazon seems to have a selection of apothecary jars. I've bought these and they're good quality, but they're in UV-filtering black glass (so the herbs can't be seen):
    ...
  51. Re: Have you ever had second thoughts when about to start tearing off the cellophane of a vintage?

    Yeah, I've done both, not religiously. Leaving the cellophane on, for me, helps to keep the box clean and dust-free, though I don't do it anymore unless I know it's a fragrance I won't reach for...
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    Re: Giveaway regrets?

    The ones which hurt the most are the discontinuations. I gave away Byzance 2017 and Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater, regretted it, and then found out they were discontinued when I went to repurchase...
  53. Re: Do you try to use up samples or keep an archive?

    Samples I absolutely hate go in the bin. Ones that have some merit are kept in a sample box, and they may or may not get used again or gifted.
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    Re: Most Polarizing Fragrance

    Don't think I've experienced that yet. Horrible drydowns tend to be accompanied by mediocre openings. What I can think of is fantastic openings that just disappear into nothing half an hour later....
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    Re: Vero Profumo: They continue on

    Ah, good for you! I should have been quicker; I'd been considering it for weeks.



    Thanks, I'll definitely order a sample when my paltry few mls of extrait run out.
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    Re: Vero Profumo: They continue on

    Thanks, unfortunately it looks like Kiki extrait is already sold out.
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    Re: cult faves you loathe

    *delete double post*
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    Re: cult faves you loathe

    I don't know if I can think of any cult faves I actually loathe... My loathings are usually for mainstream faves like La Vie Est Belle and Light Blue. Perhaps syrupy things like one of the Parfums de...
  59. Thread: The Carons

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    Poll: Re: The Carons

    Of the current line, Parfum Sacre. If we considered vintages as well, pre-2000 Tabac Blond.
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    Re: Vero Profumo: They continue on

    Thanks for your thoughts on this. I find Kiki extrait to be perfect as it is, and the idea of a passion fruit note makes me sad (I loathe all fruit notes tbh). I can imagine a fruit note working in...
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    Re: Vero Profumo: They continue on

    Wow, I'm glad they answered you, because most of my emails about that went unanswered. Any chance they might change their minds, do you think, if we emailed them pleading for the return of the...
  62. Re: Do you like/dislike multiple concentrations of a frangrance?

    I love having the choice of different concentrations, and almost always choose the extrait where available.
  63. Re: Frags that have been on your "to buy" list way too long.

    Bel Ami, Acqua di Cuba, Bruno Acampora Musc and Tom Ford Urban Musk. I feel quite close to buying Acqua di Cuba though.
  64. Re: Jicky Eau de Parfum 75ml - relaunched 2021? Any idea what's going on?

    It looks like Guerlain's rebottling their feminine classics: https://www.guerlain.com/fr/fr-fr/parfum/parfum-femme/les-legendaires/
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    Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel: which five to sample?

    31 Rue Cambon - modern chypre done well
    Cuir de Russie - Chanelesque leather
    Bel Respiro - green floral
    Le Lion - resinous oriental
    Misia - if you like No.22
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    There seems to be a double entry for Chanel's 31 Rue Cambon EDP - except that the other entry is listed as "21 Rue Cambon", which is obviously a mistake.

    https://www.basenotes.net/ID26155595.html
  67. Re: Dangers of buying perfumes that have been on your wishlist for years .....

    I do this too. I also regularly look over my wishlist, and if I'm ambivalent on something that's been there for years, I just remove it from the WL.

    Discontinuation, otoh, really hurts.
  68. Re: Really "earthy" "rooty" patchouli recommendations?

    Definitely agree with Santa Maria Novella Patchouli (haven't tried the other).
  69. Re: how deep is the impact of covid-19 pandemic on the perfume industry ?

    I've only noticed issues with distribution, with some perfumes selling out and taking a long time to be restocked. I can't imagine formulae being tweaked because of covid specifically.

    I remember...
  70. Re: Why are so many perfumista's turned off by aquatic scents?

    Oh, old thread that I missed. The impression I get is that the aquatics trend directly followed decades - almost a century - of rich, complex, multilayered scents, and many perfume lovers probably...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    I agree that another big reformulation probably occurred around then, as my 2012 EDP has a different character as well; less powdery, more sheer, slightly more floral. But the 2006 extrait I tried...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    4711 Acqua Colonia Intense collection:

    Floral Fields of Ireland (Nelly Hachem-Ruiz)
    Top note: mandarin, lemon, osmanthus; Heart notes: black wood mimosa, orange blossom, jasmine; Base notes:...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    I think anything pre-2007 is great. That was when they changed the packaging over to the modern, more minimalist gold boxes. I've tried a 2006 extrait and a 2007 one and the difference is enormous....
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    Re: Cant get past the bottle design.

    Ah I see. I really hope they've kept the recent reformulation of Apres l'ondee, which was great.
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    Re: Cant get past the bottle design.

    Have they been reformulated again with these new bottles? I've tried the bee bottle reformulations and some (not all) seemed fine to me.
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    Re: Cant get past the bottle design.

    I'm less likely to buy an ugly bottle. And I won't touch those ridiculous Moschino bottles.
  77. Re: If we were to create a fragrance 'canon', what would be included?

    For canonical works, I tend to think of legendary fragrances that define a fragrance family or an era. For example:

    Jicky - the first modern perfume to use synthetics
    Mitsouko - reference chypre...
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    Re: Dark White Florals

    I find Serge Lutens Sarrasins to be a dark jasmine; a jasmine underpinned by some spices and musk.

    I've been smitten lately by DSH's Vers La Voute Etoilee, a lily/jasmine/beeswax floriental. It's...
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    Re: Beast mode fragrances

    Jo Malone Velvet Rose and Oud persists through a shower, until the next morning.
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    Re: A long shot but here goes...!!

    Clarins Par Amour, perhaps? It was at the Clarins counters for a few years.
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    I do this all the time. It gives me a fairly decent overall impression of the scent (and especially the mid/base notes), and helps me decide whether or not to commit to spraying a scent strip to...
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    Re: Pineward Perfumes

    I love that we have the choice though. Atomisers are commonplace but apothecary bottles are fairly rare, so I appreciate the ability to choose a glass stoppered bottle here.
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    Re: The most "different than expected" fragrances

    Dior Homme 2019 - I was expecting a disappointing reformulation, but this is a completely different perfume.
    Coco Noir - With a name and bottle like that, you'd expect a deep oriental/floriental,...
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    Re: Le Lion de Chanel - anyone knows anything?

    I'm basing my impressions off a mouillette, but I really like it so far. It does start off a little like Shalimar, with the citrus and resins, but a couple of hours in, it's a lot more incensy....
  85. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    Good perfumes, like good music, rely on a number of factors, the importance of which differ due to the fact that they are not the same thing. The materials used in a perfume, to me, is perhaps better...
  86. Re: Has fear of reformulation, discontinuation etc. ever affected your buying to an unreasonable ext

    It's from the brand that has possibly caused more FOMO than any other here. I have a few Areej that I adore (and didn't blind buy), so I thought Musk Lave would be a safe blind buy. It's...
  87. Re: Has fear of reformulation, discontinuation etc. ever affected your buying to an unreasonable ext

    I've hoarded a number of reformulated/discontinued perfumes, but I don't consider that unreasonable at all, as I treasure them.

    FOMO, on the other hand, has caused me to break my cardinal rule of...
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    Re: If most meat tastes like chicken...

    Candy/maltol? That bland semi-sweet woody amber base note that's in everything? Chicken is vastly more exciting though.
  89. Re: Creamy/Musky/Milky Wood or Light Tobacco for Men

    Adding to all the excellent suggestions above: SMN Tabacco Toscano, a light, creamy tobacco.
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    Re: Best / most loved female fragrances

    I think Chanel and Jo Malone are two brands that strike a good balance between elegance and approachability. Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle seems well-liked, and from Jo Malone, English Pear and Freesia...
  91. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I saw this and thought of you Basenoters:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ep7rySJXcAAfVIk?format=jpg&name=small
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    Re: Le Lion de Chanel - anyone knows anything?

    I'm really curious about this now. I was a bit put off by initial comparisons to Coromandel, but now that people are starting to mention Cuir de Russie and even Derby, I think I need to give it a...
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    Re: Your Therapeutic Fragrances

    I find classic Guerlains like Jicky, Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue to be very comforting. Also Caron Farnesiana.

    For rose scents, I loved the recent vintage SMN Rosa.
  94. Re: hamster shavings or toilet cleaner - do these descriptions cause your to dislike a fragrance?

    I tend to ignore descriptors like those, since associations vary so much between individuals.
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    Re: Note you love that many others hate

    I love a lot of notes that are hated by the general community: galbanum, bitter herbaceous notes, carroty iris, cumin, civet, other animalics, leather notes like isobutyl quinoline, indoles etc etc....
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    Re: Strawberrynet is terrible

    I've used them for years, though infrequently as their prices aren't really competitive. I've never had a problem with them, shipping to the US usually took between 2-3 weeks. Their customer service...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Hi, please add these from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (from the RPG Series: https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/general-catalog-perfume-oils/rpg-series/):

    Artificier - Gleaming...
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    Re: Why do some people hate fragrance this much?

    One can be hypersensitive to any aromachemical, I think, and if overdone it can actually have physiological effects. I've had migraines smelling certain ingredients, and one of my friends experiences...
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    Re: A winter gourmand for a woman

    Have you tried Diptyque's Volutes EDP? That's a soft, slightly honeyed tobacco, probably one of the softest of the honeyed tobacco scents.
  100. Thread: Cuir de....

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    Re: Cuir de....

    My impression of this is that perfumers will add additional notes to express a different fantasy personality of a country. For example, Memo's Irish Leather adds green notes (tbh I don't think that...
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