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    Re: Might Be Time To Stock Up On Creed

    Only ones I want to grab more of is Original Vetiver and maybe Spice & Wood. Re: BS backstory, that’s a predictable development given the proliferation of ‘fake news’. New and younger audience don’t...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m down to my last few drops of Santal Galore. It’s a lovely shapeshifter so I really dig it. But because of laggy connection there is a real possibility I may not get to snag a bottle when it...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Must be the ambient environment I was in during the last few samplings. Today I’m catching the occasional whiff as I moved about but the weather is much warmer.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Anyone else feel like dumping the entire content of a sample vial on yourself & meditate in a scented cloud? Came this ..||.. close with Santal Galore. At this point it’s so frustratingly...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    You’re not alone. Guess our noses belong to mere mortals and are less ‘refined’. While I enjoy reading Kafkaesque’s prose I’d only read her blog if I wanted to take a more cerebral /imaginary ‘trip’...
  6. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    Aurum d’Angkor by Sultan Pasha.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s always the same old ‘story‘ with every new collection. A few months down the road they’ll be singing a different tune. Just the nature of these ingredients to strengthen with age. It’s happened...
  8. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Ditto. A close second after Bonheur for me.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Only got to smell it briefly (sprayed on a shirt sleeve) but something about CdR reminds me of WP...must be the leathery facets.



    LMAO. Nominating this for ‘Funny post of the Year’!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yes yo this. Finally got my nose on Santal Galore. I can just imagine the disappointed look on anybody who’s expecting velvety rich Mysore sandalwood, hardly an unreasonable expectation given the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    My sample set was scheduled to arrive yesterday but didn’t show up at the pickup location till a few minutes ago. Unfortunately I’ll only be able to pick them up tomorrow. So... no new smellies...
  12. Re: Parfum D’Empire: Reviews and Discussion

    Very talented indeed. You should also try the fragrances he crafted for La Parfumerie Moderne.
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    Re: Cheaper alternative to 31 Rue Cambon

    One at a time. Before you know it you’d have acquired ALL of them like a bona fide BNer. LOL. Insane wardrobe.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I own Zworykina’s Cuir de Russie. Will let you know when my ALD6 sample set finally arrives.
  15. Re: What’s your favorite Bertrand Duchaufour

    Penhaligon’s Sartorial
    L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    Comme des Garcons Sequoia
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nice collection! And I thought I was the only one who stacks up his ALDs. Space constraint is a mojo buster...lol.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hey I’ve a wooden watch box that looks very much like it. I’m not saying ALD’s is identical but wooden stump boxes are available from China’s Aliexpress.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    If I were to read them I’d take all these 1st impressions with a pinch of salt. ALD fragrances seldom reveal all their facets on first few wears /samplings. I’m doing all I can to skip reading these...
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    Re: Un Dimanche à la Campagne by Guerlain

    Love the name.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Thank you for this and once again for bringing Siberian Musk and Areej Le Doré to my attention from the very beginning.

    I too will vouch for Adam. Amazingly humble guy. He follows this thread...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    80% of sample sets sold in under 24 hours. WOW. ALD has an army of fans now...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    There were 1000 sample sets. Not bottles of each fragrance. I think some people got their numbers all mixed up.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Site was lagging badly at launch time (3 AM here). LOL, what else would one expect? Only managed to secure a sample set some 5 hours after the pre-order link is up.

    I quite like the...
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    Re: NEW // Zoologist — Deer Musk

    Looking forward to smelling this, musk or no musk.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    “Too much marketing”? It is subjective. To a seasoned ALD collector, perhaps. Probably won’t even need such frequent updates /IG posts to ring up a sale. But to newer fans...? I’m still curious about...
  26. Re: Latest Xerjoff Stone Label Lunosa, anyone tried it?

    Nice looking bottle. Curious about the scent.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Can’t possibly please everyone. That’s why we have the alarm clock lol. 12 PM in LA would make it 3AM here in SG. But there’ll be 1000 sample sets available so I’m not going to lose sleep over this.
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    Re: Best Tobacco Fragrances

    Yes. It is excellent indeed.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

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    Yes, he certainly pays close attention to this official thread.

    If anyone is still doubtful or wary about these vintage components then by all means, do not buy these fragrances. But just...
  30. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Wow, Mike. Definitely something to look forward to!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

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    Darn it, those notes look good...! Might as well name this “Must Have’... :wink:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Agreed. ‘Affordability’ is relative and can be somewhat of a touchy subject. We are on a forum for fragrance lovers after all, a haven of sorts from the ills plagueing the world.

    Well then, if...
  33. Re: What's today's best all natural perfume house?

    La Via del Profumo is right up there especially if you like your fragrances refined.

    Mixed media but mostly utilizing high quality naturals:-

    Sultan Pasha
    Areej Le Doré
    Ensar Oud
    Bortnikoff
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    Re: New Caron: AIMEZ-MOI COMME JE SUIS

    A pass for me. The copy lost me at ‘woody amber’...
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    Re: Xerjoff MV Agusta

    I like Homme. This sounds good but the tonka concerns me a little.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Most looking forward to Musk Lave & Cuir de Russie the most. After hearing Russian Adam’s clarification that the durian note won’t feature the fruit’s usual funky facet, Santal Galore somehow lost a...
  37. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    No surprises there. Cuoio Tartaro is right up there with the best of the bests. I’m more surprised I don’t already have a big bottle of it.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nice! I have a war ‘box’ too but I don’t think I’ll go for another set of full bottle collection until I get my nose on them... :smiley:
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    Re: I'm worried about Jeremy Fragrance

    Afraid he might stretch his penis? :lolk:
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    Re: A blind sample box from Olfactif!

    Sounds cool! Too bad they don’t ship stuff to my part of the world, only emails which kinda makes the whole thing somewhat laughable... :rolleyesold:
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    Re: It's Danny Mitchell's Fault....

    Yes, hunt down a vintage if you can. Legendary stuff. And that trip down memory lane...is certainly worth more than the ticket price.
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    Re: Today I bought August 2020

    Roja Parfums
    -A Goodnight Kiss
    -Danger Pour Femme
    -Vetiver Pour Homme
    -Burlington 1819 (free 7.5 ml sampler)
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    Re: New Roja - Burlington 1819

    Received a 7.5 ml of Burlington 1819 for free as part of a recent purchase.

    First impression wasn’t that great, to be honest. Kinda muddled composition-I get a big juicy slug of grapefruit, cut by...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Inverno Russo is a fine beast - IMO still ALD’s most animalic release to date.
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    Re: Chanel Bois de Iles or Sycomore?

    THIS. But now that Sycomore EDT is gone, Bois des Iles would be my choice.
  46. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Seconding this question. Anyone here has experience with the attar?

    About the ambergris, it’s not really something I pick up strongly but it does seem to add a fresh saline facet not unlike the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    On the contrary, this is EXACTLY the kind of stuff scalpers look for: limited quantity, novel accords and status as an ALD site-only exclusive. The real question is can the formula be replicated in...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Speaking of durian ice-cream, I recently went against my better judgement and demolished a half-litre tub of Mao Shan Wang (Mountain Cat) durian ice cream over 2 days. It was sooo good! :tongue:
    ...
  49. Re: Ever been stung by a bee while wearing cologne?

    No, thankfully. But was stalked by a bumble bee once while wearing HdP 1969. It was bizarre. :smiley:
  50. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    LOVE Sir Winston . On me it’s mostly ‘green tea’ and ‘tobacco’. Tuberose plays in the background. It’s impressive in its clarity yet deceiving in its simplicity.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Ok, I think we’ve had enough of the ‘rbalkris sideshow’. Shall we get back to ALD and the upcoming 6th collection?

    Right now I’m wondering why Santal Galore is offered in bottles of 50 ml... Why...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Except when those ‘boundaries’ relate to commonly held ‘beauty norms‘...that’s when we’ll have differences in opinions.

    Every house has its share of hits and misses. Why should ALD be any...
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    Re: Lemongrass

    Oh YES to this! :thumbsup:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Are you not already familiar with Russian Adam’s famous application method? :wink: Just apply that to the clothes you’re wearing...
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    Re: Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes

    They’ve been around for that long, eh? I bought their debut sample set years ago and enjoyed a few but don’t remember completing the exploration. It’s pretty low-key as a house.
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    Re: Dapper Fragrances?

    What’s even more ‘amazing’ is your very first post upon registering a BN account. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Mine is down to the last few drops. Wonderful composition. I’ll miss it when it’s gone.
  58. Re: most challenging fragrance you want to like but (so far anyway) just can't

    Habanita. Too musty, even for me.
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    Re: That's OUTRAGEOUS!!!

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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Musang King durian note?? With Mysore sandalwood? I really GOTTA smell this to believe it. But I’d be lying if I say I’m not stoked. Once again Adam has pulled off yet another exciting surprise for...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    W&P II isn’t as powdery as the original. Adam apparently tweaked the formula after feedback on the first version. Both are good though I prefer the powdery earlier version.
  62. Re: Dumb Question (Maybe) : Can cash be tinctured?

    DS & Durga had a fragrance called ‘$’ years ago. I had obtained a small decant and I thought it smelled pretty close to fresh dollar bills. However I believe part of the effect was achieved...
  63. Re: What do you consider to be the best flagship "Pour Homme" fragrance?

    Can’t possibly name one, but these 3 are strong contenders:-

    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Gucci Pour Homme (1976 formula)
    D&G Pour Homme (original vintage)
  64. Re: Two new Tom Fords! Bitter Peach & Tubéreuse Nue

    I’m surprised it’s not more provocatively named. “B!+ch Peach”, anyone?
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    Re: NEW Serge Lutens Fils de joie

    Yup. This could be good. But competition in florals and musks has gone up in recent years with the advent of quality artisanal perfumery.
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    Re: Auphorie - Dedicated page

    I share these sentiments. Have enjoyed most the stuff I tried and kinda missed Binturong. But their frequent price escalations and somewhat aggressive play at FOMO marketing are big turn offs.
  67. Thread: Auphorie

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    Re: Auphorie

    No regrets necessary. A bottle or 2 would probably show up in the secondary market once the hoopla from all the FOMO marketing dies down.

    I’m skipping this. After all ALD 6th collection is just...
  68. Re: What would you wear to a hypothetical BNers convention!?

    I know exactly what I’d be wearing...a smile.
  69. Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    3 travel sized atomisers from Ormonde Jayne: Qi, Isfarkand, Tsarina.

    I keep them in a little compartment near the dashboard. So far no issues.
  70. Re: Shopping for perfumes VS wearing your perfumes

    I actually enjoy the hunt a little more than the final kill. Probably explains why my wardrobe is the way it is. :smiley:
  71. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    WOW! Congrats on both gifts and your 10th anniversary! :smiley:
  72. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Iris Noir by Ensar Oud
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    Eh, not too sure about the ‘straightforward’ bit... They don’t always ‘bottle’ what they show on their ‘labels’. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Most disliked prominent note combos

    Not a fan of ‘vetiver + tonka’ here.
  75. Re: A tale of two musks: Chanel 1957 or No. 18?

    I’m partial to No.18 for its somewhat moody temperament. Some days it’s beautifully intriguing. On other days it gives me the cold-shouldered ‘silent treatment’. :rolleyesold:
  76. Re: Fresh and sophisticated men's fragrance...

    1962 is great, especially if you’re a fan of old school fresh greens like Polo. It has a good reach so go easy on this.

    Neroli Voyage is a classic citrus-woods for the gentleman. A good performer...
  77. Re: Artisanal/Indie suggestions for someone who's not the biggest fan?

    As they say, taste is subjective. There seems to be a bit of rationalizing on your part to explain why you don’t enjoy certain fragrances from indie hotshots. Personally I find Hiram Greens somewhat...
  78. Re: You Favorite note, in Five scents, for Five Occasions

    What a wonderfully thought out thread! Well done, guys. Well, it’s late and I’m off to bed. Will chip in tomorrow if I feel inspired.
  79. Re: The annoying trend of releasing a 'regular' as EdT, then EdP the following year, then Parfum..

    It’s an old cash grab model. It only bothers me if they discontinue a favorite concentration in order to sell more expensive (not necessarily better) bottles in the higher concentration. cough...
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    ALD War & Peace - somewhat evocatively named, the scent however is less controversial.

    I like ‘Incidence Diplomatique’ too, though the scent feels more ‘diplomatic’ than the name suggests.


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  81. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Russian Musk Attar by Areej Le Doré. Also found out it had leaked out a fair bit because I didn’t place it upright. My heart sank...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Hot damn! Adam’s pulling out the aces...

    Btw ‘iris accord’ doesn’t sound anything like ‘orris butter’... Could it be a synthetic?
  83. Re: Does there exist ONE "all around" favorite Cologne ?

    Loewe Esencia does it for me.

    Perhaps you just haven’t found the one...yet.
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    Re: great smells that you remember as a kid

    * New erasers. They get rubbed out too quickly unfortunately.

    * Dusty powdery lavender-ish scent at the neighbourhood barbers’ (an outfit with 5-6 barbers operating on a queue system). Hated...
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    Re: Chanel Boy -- Yes, I'm obsessing

    This. Don’t feed that paranoia.
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    Re: Seller's remorse?

    I feel your pain, knowing just how good this one is.

    Personally I had a bit of regret selling away my 1996 vintage bottle of Guerlain Heritage edt. But knowing it went to a fan helped soothed the...
  87. Re: Today I gave away the following perfumes ...

    Last week I prepared a box of fragrances to give away to my wife’s cousin. I know I won’t miss them as I can’t even remember what they were!
  88. Re: What's the muskiest aquatic you can think of?

    Perhaps Squid by Zoologist?
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    Re: Does size matter? ... 50ml or 100ml?

    The VFM argument rings hollow unless one uses up the 100 ml, which is near impossible when one’s wardrobe has over 50 bottles. The pricing structure is set up just so customers are made to feel...
  90. Re: Can Incense and Leather fragrances be versatile?

    I’ve worn CdG Avignon and Zagorsk ​to the office before. No issues whatsoever. Just don’t go trigger-happy.
  91. Re: Not Enough Days in the Year to Enjoy All the Fragrances I Own! Argh!

    An excellent idea. I usually carry a set of sample/decants in my bag.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    How did Adam know that ‘vintage 1920s’ were the magic words that unlock my wallet? :wink:
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    Re: What size do you buy?

    Smallest size available unless it’s so insanely good that I wear it frequently and live somewhat in fear of future reformulations. Otherwise 30 ml is a very sweet spot for me.
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    Re: I'm a sample addict

    You’re not alone, believe me. I’d have spent a few Gs on samples by now.
  95. Re: Not Enough Days in the Year to Enjoy All the Fragrances I Own! Argh!

    Solved this issue earlier year. I stopped going by days; I now go by hours and have 8760 hours to ‘play’ with. It’s liberating & I no longer have hang ups over a scent‘s ‘poor’ longevity.
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    Re: Norma Kamali - Normalife The Scent

    LOL. Double entendres galore. Spritzing on ‘gender fluid’ sounds so...wrong. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Very disappointed

    Invest in some good carpets, perhaps? Especially around the place you keep these bottles of fragrances.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Add this to the ALD BINGO card. :lolk:
  99. Re: Oliver & Co rebranding as Avant-Garden Labs

    Perhaps it’s just a play on ‘avantgarde-lab’ or that name has already been taken....
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    Re: Today I bought July 2020

    Excellent choice.

    Today I bought....nothing. Just waiting for the next ALD collection to drop.
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