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    Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    More and more of my contact list is populated by this Ghost Battalion, including Scarce.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 20th September, 2020

    Same here. Having a lovely few days of autumn preview now (under 80F/26C!), but I've seen Halloweens where we had to turn on the air conditioning.

    A teeny, tiny tornado just formed on the street...
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    Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    That would certainly be novel.

    Thinking about the focus on exclusivity here, it seems to me like that's only natural in almost any hobby or any enthusiasm for an art (literature, music, etc.). A...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Sorry, I had to withdraw that comment. I just didn't think I could deal with the fallout.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Paging Mixerscent.....
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    :::
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    Re: Adventures in vintage Avon fragrances

    Oh how I wish I shared this opinion, because the bottle is just so tiki-cool.
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    Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    But you're pretty much only serially culpa. :)
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    My boss's personal assistant walked by me today radiating a cloud of white laundry musks that I couldn't identify. When I asked her what it was, she said "Bath & Body Works something with 'sea' in...
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    Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    This is news to me, since I haven't been keeping up with their boards or reviews, and only visit to use their directory or read articles by Yudov, et al. If true, it seems like good news for...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    You should definitely try the Sycomore EdP, DrT. The Camel is correct, it's less masculine. They sucked all the smoke out of it, to my everlasting sorrow.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 18th September, 2020

    Thinking of you every day, Miz Q.

    Welcoming autumn and the return of humane temperatures with my Most Beloved Sycomore EDT for the Friday sync.

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    Re: To buy or not?

    I like it too. Very stripped-down. But weren't you wearing a very similar jacket in that photo of you in Mexico?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I miss Cytherian. And his goofy avatars that I used to think were trying to send signals in Morse code.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    There's only one bottle that doesn't reside among the jostling crowds of my perfume drawers and shelves. It sits quietly inside its box, kept inside another box, in a dark corner of my closet for 7...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I await this equinox eagerly All.Year.Long. It feels as momentous as Christmas, or New Year's Eve. It means I've survived the misery of another interminable humid summer in the South, and I've...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    An ancestor of ZC's beloved Samba? :)
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    They are the only two classic houses holding out against corporatization.
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    I think the reason chatter about them has died down is because while JC Ellena was the house nose, he created so much discussion because his style was so radical. Without him, their image as...
  20. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    First LiveJazz and now you! I feel as vindicated as The Princess Bride.
  21. Re: What fragrance would you use to go to a History Museum ?

    Almost anything by Parfum d'Empire -- but especially Iskander, their homage to Alexander the Great.
  22. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    Very eloquently expressed, as usual.
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    Re: Current guilty pleasure?

    Cheez-Its.
  24. Re: Anyone dealing with loss of reduction in sense of smell due to covid

    Seems like it might be a good time to paint the interior of your house. :)
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 16th September, 2020

    Dang, I hate hearing this! I was so looking forward to a vetiver and hazelnut masculine from Caron. Quelle dommage.

    Kewart, wishing you the best of birthdays!
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    Ahhh, so I was.
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    Bravo, LJ. I no longer feel like a red-headed stepchild.

    I agree about the weak opening, but it's so brief that I don't care. I don't perceive the minerality that you do, but you're spot on...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    Is it? I thought it was in Gangster. Which one was I thinking of?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    Personally, I think Alfapet should be allowed in purely on the basis of his user name.

    That is, of course, if he can correctly guess the number of jelly beans in the jar on Grant's desk.
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    I thought for sure you were going to write 'Rive Gauche Pompatus of Homme'.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th September, 2020

    Oh good, EK. When I get into them I'll start a house discussion thread, which doesn't seem to have been done yet for La Perfumerie Moderne.

    Don't feel bad -- I also only found out about them not...
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    Re: Translation and House quiz

    Calandre (that one has always puzzled me), Par Avion, Ferme Tes Yeux, Je Reviens, L'anima della Rosa, Vacances. Which is The Fool?
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th September, 2020

    Big congratulations to expectant new dad Rynegne! At least *somebody* had a productive quarantine summer. :)



    Good to hear! Now I'm looking forward to it even more. I was thinking that...
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    Re: Male animalistic chypre

    Arabian Horse by Parfumerie Generale. Kinda leather chyprish, with its labdanum. Very much an animal. No oakmoss of course, but grassy.
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    Heh heh heh. Guilt works.

    I expect the full eloquent LJ review treatment, whether pro or con.



    Hurrah! And if you like that, you probably owe it to yourself to try their new EDT version ...
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    Re: Autumn In a Bottle

    Fixed that for you.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th September, 2020

    Two of the finest gentlemen of Basenotes share a birthday? What a coincidence! Freewheeeling and ZC, may you both enjoy many happy returns of the day and may you both stick around to amuse and...
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    Re: does this count as vintage?

    An even more fortuitous find, in my opinion, since I prefer it to Polo.

    I notice that your SOTD is Encre Noir a L'Extreme, which I was urging on you in your vetiver thread. How are you liking it?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    I get the Chant d'Aromes joke, but the wordplay of Picnic + Guy Robert is eluding me. And I even tried pronouncing it Ghee Robe-Air PeekNeek.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    And yet if it was a person it would now be old enough to buy liquor.
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    Re: How many bottles is too many?

    That would be an SA I'd return to again and again.
  42. Re: Three More New Le Galion - Chypre, Brumes & Esquive!

    I love the smell of brume and think it's a terribly underused material, but the notes on that Brume scent look like it's just another fruity floral with a WAC base. Yawn.
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    Then you get a pass! :)
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    Re: How many bottles is too many?

    Are you okay, Bavard?
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 13th September, 2020

    Last Friday's sync gave me a yen for something girlish and whimsical: original Lolita Lempicka EDP will fill that bill, and its ivy (very prominent on my skin) will still fulfill my green urges.
    ...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Are you quite sure you haven't just talked yourself into liking the 1998 best because it's so damned handsome? :)

    I'm pretty sure that would have been my inclination.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Do it! I want to hear the blow-by-blow. I have a little mini that I think is the same as your 1998, and it pretty much smells like the circa-1989 stuff to me.

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  48. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    For the past 5 years, whenever I've done a swap with any Basenoters, I've included a carded house sample of the original Bottega Veneta EDP pour femme -- with a note saying "For your wife/girlfriend"...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Battle Royale!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    The whole area of copyright/trademark/patent law seems to me like it has a lot of Venn-diagrammish areas of overlap. Glad I'm not a lawyer who has to interpret it.



    Very. And I feel...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    That link mostly just confused me, except for: "the Court’s lesson seems to be that, for copyright protection for a container, the copyrighted feature should serve no purpose in holding the...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    The perfect embodiment of Ralph Lauren's aspirational Fantasy History ethos.

    I wonder what happens to the molds for complicated bottles like this when the perfume is discontinued? Do bottle...
  53. Re: Your Current Favorite Fresh/Aquatic Fragrances Niche/Designer?

    Iskander by Parfum d'Empire. A complex spiced citrus with surprising endurance.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Safari (1990) by Dominique Ropion for Ralph Lauren

    Trying to nudge autumn into view. (The kitschy bottle is a guilty pleasure for me too.)

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    Re: A happy mistake

    Ohhh, I just noticed that you're in Scotland. You're going to find both of these absolutely perfect for your climate. It was a friend in Ayrshire who initially turned me on to EN L'Extreme.

    A...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    It must be! And I do love a challenge.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    Drat. I was about to bet money on the On Dit.

    If it smells like LJ's assessment, I'm going to want to get some, whatever it turns out to be.
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    Re: A happy mistake

    As a vetiver lover, I find Encre Noir much too harsh, rubbery, and as Kaern says, gloomy.

    But I adore its sibling, Encre Noire à l’Extrême. Soft, grassy/smokey, and a joy to wear.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Hip-hip-hooray!

    I confess, there were a couple of moments when I wondered if this day would ever come. But she persisted. There's no denying it now, Ebenas... you're definitely a grownup.
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 11th September, 2020

    O frabjous day, calloo, callay!

    https://media4.giphy.com/media/SgNcoy1d6Qt0I/giphy.gif

    Well done, Ebenas! I hope you have some much larger treat in mind for yourself than just the No. 19. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Dang, I thought I had such an original idea, but both ClockworkAlice and Teardrop beat me to the starting gate.

    I'm going with the culinary interpretation of today's theme: Black Forest Torte.
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  62. Re: It's Christmas!! Everybody get together and snuggle (fragrance tip)

    The most Christmassy scent I've smelled in decades is.... <drum roll>

    Elvis by Elvis Presley.

    Smells just like mincemeat pies to me. Mulled cider, dark fruit, tobacco. See Zealot Crusader's...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 10th September, 2020

    'Blade Runner', anyone? First thing I thought of when I saw N.Cal's photos. It's important to note that these pix were taken at mid-day. Here's one of the Golden Gate Bridge at 11 *a.m.*...
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Love him or hate him, you have to give Mugler credit for fearlessness in the generally too-safe designer realm. And he mostly keeps them on the market, too, rather than the incessant churn we see...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Azurée (1969) by Bernard Chant for Lauder.

    A tiny temperature reprieve today allows me to add some leather to my greens.

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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 9th September, 2020

    Wasps, ugh. I'm normally very tolerant of bugs of all kinds, but wasps get no mercy from me.

    I slept 9 dreamless hours last night, woke up to benevolent temps of only 80F/27C, and feel measurably...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    HaHAH!

    I must say, he is wearing the hell out of that suit.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    Ha! It's possible, given the increasing unreliability of my memory.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 8th September, 2020

    Vent Vert (1947) by Germaine Cellier for Balmain

    https://fraguru.com/mdimg/perfume/375x500.50444.jpg
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Vent Vert (1947) by Germaine Cellier for Balmain

    https://fraguru.com/mdimg/perfume/375x500.50444.jpg
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    I bought a mini of GFF For Man at some point when it was under heavy discussion on the Vintage Forum, and I find its lightly sweet woods quite enchanting. I think I detect a little bit of artemisia...
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    Re: Anyone have the newest IFRA cut list?

    I think there's a human rights rule against that in the Geneva Convention.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    The first leather scent produced by my fantasy perfume house: Cuir de Torquemada.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th September, 2020

    I never said I liked it, just that it was serene and calming. I haven't really made up my mind yet.



    Well, maybe we'll get lucky and I'll hate it. We wouldn't want to spoil our record, would...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Every time Hednic posts this I get such a kick out of its typeface.
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    Re: What’s your favorite Bertrand Duchaufour

    I'd have to go along with all the votes for Timbuktu, but also put in a plug for Ostara by Penhaligon; even though I detest narcissus, because it's such a stunning achivement in hyperreality.

    So...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th September, 2020

    Even crazier than ExtremeK's weather, check out this for Denver: almost 100F today, and then snow on Tuesday!

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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th September, 2020

    Just the tiniest hint that better weather is coming: last night it crept down below 70F/21C degrees, indicating that the humidity might be loosening its grip on us. For the first time in ages, the...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    No. 19 (1971) by Henri Robert for Chanel

    I love that Starblind called this "morally ambiguous".

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/JsEAAOSwP99fSA7p/s-l300.jpg
  80. Re: Perfumes That When Worn Give You the Most Happiness

    The happiest scents I've found in the last 5 years were:

    Azzurro di Capri by Bruno Acampora -- which manages to take two floral notes I don't even like (orange blossom and jasmine) and turn them...
  81. Re: You didn't ask for it but you got it... No Limits (inspired by) formula - Phillipp Plein

    This was the most entertaining thread I've read on Basenotes in ages.
  82. Re: whats a good inexpensive mens cologne or deo spray that would go well with a hawaiian shirt

    Version 1.0:

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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 5th September, 2020

    I just got a travel size of Diptyque's Tam Dao EDP, mostly because of mentions here on SOTD (Foxbins? Trilby?), and partly because of a sandalwood gap in my wardrobe. Wearing it today for the first...
  84. Re: Mr. Fine American Blend EDT=Rive Gauche PH clone?

    Gasp!
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    Aha! Yeah, "Brigand" seems less American to me, too. More British.



    Jeez, only 6 months ago and I'd already forgotten about it. Time to go get some Ovaltine and my shawl.
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    Re: PM Message Limit Bug

    Don't count on it. There are gremlins everywhere.

    Bavard's and kbe's post counts never have gone back to accurate after being hoovered up earlier this year when they were both accidentally...
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    Re: PM Message Limit Bug

    :::duplicate post:::
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    Re: PM Message Limit Bug

    I notice you're no longer listed as a BN+ subscriber. Could your account have expired? You've been here just about a year, right?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    I'm with Dr.T on the admissibility of modern Cabochard. Obviously, vintage is superior, but I don't find the modern stuff at all unwearable. I own and love both.



    Interesting choice of words....
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    I'm just dropping in to say how much I'm enjoying reading all your thoughts on these vintages. And though I'm not a lover of Guerlains, you've all inspired me to give another try to both Nahema and...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Preach. I have seriously thought about buying that scent just because of the bottle. (The men's bottle is better than the women's.)
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    We should have mentioned in the course of this sync that Manny is offering a special discount for Basenoters for the month of September. Just use the coupon code "BASENOTES" on your order from his...
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Ohhhhh boy.

    Release the hounds.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 4th September, 2020

    Syncing in Le Canotier by Rogue, a vetiver buoyant enough to survive this still-sweltering day. (97F, 35C)

    Hoping Foxbins and Knit are around for many, many more anniversaries!

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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I'm a bit of an outlier among Rogue fans. My favorite for a long time was Le Canotier, purchased when Rogue's first round of scents came on the market a few years ago. It's a light-hearted vetiver...
  96. Re: A swing and a miss- Phuong Dang...Has ANYBODY tried this?

    :) Yeah, LT would be proud. Now, if we could sneak in an audio equipment metaphor....
  97. Re: A swing and a miss- Phuong Dang...Has ANYBODY tried this?

    I just tried to call Bergdorf's to find out and was put through a bizarre 15-minute round of disinformation and handoffs until finally being cut off, so I have no idea either.
  98. Re: A swing and a miss- Phuong Dang...Has ANYBODY tried this?

    Is that true? Is there no longer a JAR boutique in Bergdorf's or in Paris?
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 3rd September, 2020

    Doe is the only perfume that I've ever been completely and totally anosmic to. Tried it in a sample pass and could literally not smell one single part of it. And it sounded so lovely.

    Too hot...
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    Re: Hello from mommy

    Welcome Beatrice! I second Bavard's suggestion of Chanel Cristalle, and would add Diorella by Dior. In the world of niche, I know of nothing more tart and refreshing than Iskander by Parfum...
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