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    Re: How Often Do You Blind Buy?

    Almost never. I find sampling essential.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 11th April, 2021

    Bottega Veneta pH EdT : held up pretty well in cold wind and light snow.
  3. Re: Axe Marmite Shower Gel - WTF - I've Seen It All Now !!!

    mmmmmmmmm..... Marmite. But not with Lynx. That is so very wrong.
  4. Re: Does anyone know what's happened to Scenthurdle.com?

    Sorry to hear this news. I enjoyed reading his reviews, here and on his blog,
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    Wearing Aramis Tuscany this evening - the Merzhin occupies similar territory (with more orris and hay).
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    In Synch with Anatole Lebreton's L'Eau de Merzhin, which has more heft than I remember - very grassy and vegetal with an orris, angelica and galbanum opening, and a substantial orris and tonka...
  7. Re: Scent Of The Night 2021 - What fragrance did you sleep with last night?

    Perfume Authentic 1951
    Allegedly inspired by Amouage Opus V, but it reminds me more of Interlude.
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    I'd already pencilled in Anatole Lebreton's L'Eau de Merzhin, seeing as I didn't wear it for Spring Equinox



    But damn, it's still cold here, and I am in no mood for meadows. Might have to wear...
  9. Re: Spring and Summer fragrances in your rotation?

    Guerlain Vetiver
    Bottega Veneta pH EdT
    Hermes Equipage Geranium
    Aramis Tuscany
    Penhaligon's Juniper Sling
    Knize Ten
    Etro Ambra (light amber with geranium freshness)
    Etro Shaal Nur (citrus...
  10. Re: “Oh look at me I’m so understated”

    Bottega Veneta pour Homme EdT
    Blenheim Bouquet
    Armani Eau pour Homme
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    Re: Looking for a masculine floral

    Knize Ten : a floral leather.
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    Poll: Re: Tom Ford Poll

    None of those I've tried are FBW to my nose (too linear, I am bored with them by the afternoon)
    However, I liked Noir Anthracite enough to buy a decant - but 10ml is quite sufficient.
    Ombre...
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    Great descriptions of Giacobetti's style and work.

    Synching this evening in her Elixir for Penhaligon's - which broadened my olfactory horizons after years of wearing such classic/old-school...
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    Re: Early love that is still a love

    Of those I still own and wear, and have not run out of/decided not to rebuy because disco'd or re-formed in ways I don't enjoy as much :

    Guerlain Vetiver
    and later
    Penhaligon's Elixir

    Still...
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    Such a beautiful presentation. Synch triplets in Hiris today, with cook.bot and donna255.
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Sample A (again). As Descartes says, it was a long whole back, and these are the notes I made then.
    Not very strong on card - EdC or EdT strength - but longevity was remarkable.

    Top : citrus...
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    Will join this week's Synch with Hermes Hiris for day, and Penhaligon's Elixir for evening. I have no other examples of Giacobetti's work.
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    Re: Most worn in March 2021

    March 2021 : two or more wearings



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    Jacomo de Jacomo Original by Jacomo
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Good to see this sample pass on the go again :)
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    Re: Violet forward fragrances?

    +1 for Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur (violet+leather), would be my first choice, but niche/spendy

    Montana Graphite (violet+ woods), designer, probably disco'd, worth a try. I'm on the fence on this one.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2021

    Time I sorted out a more springlike rotation, despite occasional wintry weather.
    Iris, florals, greens and leather, with ad hoc animalics for balance.
    Looks like this so far :

    FBs :
    Aramis...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    That's what I'm finding, especially as my samples wardrobe expands.
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    Continuing this week's Synch into the weekend, with incense. Do join me if you wish !

    Etro Shaal Nur first thing - incense with a citrus and aromatic opening; cheerful incense with interesting...
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    This one sounds interesting.
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    Whatever pleases you best !

    Occasionally, I wear something for the Synch first thing in the morning, and then shower. Or apply to one wrist, then wash it off.
    But it can be a dilemma when Synch...
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    So many different scents being worn in this Synch (and so much heliotrope !). Many of your choices are unfamiliar to me, but they sound wonderful, and I may well check some of them out in future.
    ...
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    I like your style, sir ! Viva Etro, indeed !
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    Old Spice (allegedly) has or had both incense and heliotrope notes. I knew about the heliotrope, but not the frankincense.
    That's what started my fragrance journey way back.
  29. Re: Please suggest some of your mind blowing favorites

    Chanel No 19 Poudre might be worth sampling; sweeter and not leathery at all, but still green and fresh, and Chanel.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Starting today's Synch with Rundholz FEB.14,1912.
    The opening is very green, with a prominent vegetal aspect of fennel as well as more aromatic, anisic notes of licorice/aniseed. Then a strong...
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    That's a great bunch of samples !
  32. Re: What are the best fragrances for Spring?

    +1 Hermes Equipage, though I wear this all year round
    Hermes Equipage Geranium
    Penhaligon's Ostara
    Rogue Jasmin Antique

    Bring on the fougeres : Penhaligon's Sartorial, Aramis Tuscany, Rogue...
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    Re: What is it about galbanum....

    Another fan of galbanum, as in Caron Yatagan and Jacomo Jacomo de Jacomo.
    Love the leafy, stemmy, flowershop opening of Aramis Devin, but find it turns far too sweet in the drydown.
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    I'm honoured to have a Synch Day ! Thank you. Great to see so many of you getting on the heliotrope love train ! And so many fabulous scents being chosen. We will certainly be smelling awesome this...
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    That was my original intention, in order to provide everyone with plenty of choice for Friday's Synch.

    Personally, I don't enjoy incense and heliotrope together in a scent. But separately, they...
  36. Re: SPRING has SPRUNG! What Fragrance to today March 20th. 2021 first Day of Spring ?

    Rogue Perfumery's Jasmin Antique as SOTD, and Penhaligon's Ostara for evening (what could be more appropriate ?). Time to smell like a bunch of daffs.
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    Re: Encre Noire alternative?

    +1 Etro Vetiver, though whilst it lacks the excess of ISOe-super, the longevity is only 4-6 hours. I just reapply, or wear it in the evening.
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    I'll join you later in Rogue's Jasmin Antique, but will be starting this Spring Equinox Synch with Penhaligon's Ostara. The daffodils are in bloom.This is the only time of year I wear scents that are...
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    Re: You can only pick one!

    I could probably manage with the house of Etro; although I would miss a fougere.
    Otherwise Hermes.
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Petrichor on my spare wrist.
    'Search by Notes' on the other site suggests Amouage Interlude Man for the notes you list.


    Maybe that is what was aimed at by the creators of Petrichor, but it's...
  41. Re: A good suggestion for a leather paired with fruits?

    This.
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    I've done a bit of sleuthing, and identified the scent that Sample No. 6 : 1951 by Perfume Authentic was perhaps emulating. Although I don't think it necessarily succeeded.

    This is what David said...
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    In Synch so far today with Anatole Lebreton's L'Eau de Merzhin :

    Opens with strong iris/orris, galbanum and angelica, and then segues into the green, hay, tonka, and the slightly-pissy sweetness...
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    Contenders here :
    Parfum d'Empire Corsica Furiosa (joining cookbot and CuddleCat)
    Anatole Lebreton L'Eau de Merzhin (more of a northern French campagne : grass, hay etc)
    Caron Yatagan or perhaps...
  45. Re: Your favorite formal summer fragrances currently planned this year?

    Hermes Equipage Geranium; Hiris
    Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur; Cardinal
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    Re: Incense For summer

    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/464068-Best-summer-incense
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Sample A :
    Not very strong on card - EdC or EdT strength - but longevity was remarkable.

    Top : citrus (bergamot, lemon, petitgrain), then lavender
    Mid : aromatic, herbal : sage, rosemary,...
  48. Re: Why did you wear what you wore today.. March 2021

    1951 by Perfume Authentic (not in the Directory), because it is a dreich, foggy, drizzly day, and I wanted something that would bulldoze through all that.

    No. 6 . in the 'second blind sample pass'...
  49. Re: I have to admit, I'm a lil' be underwhelmed with......

    Have to admit, SIXCATS, that I would not have thought Lalique pour Homme / Lion would be to your tastes, knowing the kind of scents you more usually enjoy.
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    Re: Etat Libre d'Orange

    I've only sampled four, of which I enjoyed three :
    Fat Electrician : accentuates the nutty, creamy aspect of vetiver (as opposed to the usual green freshness, or dark rootiness), which makes a...
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    Re: What do your backups say about you?

    I've backed-up about a quarter of my Wardrobe, the favourites that get worn a lot
    Gucci Guilty Absolute (because I started out with just a 50ml bottle, then it was available cheaply, and because...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Immediately : almond/heliotrope, boozy (rum?), vanilla, tonka, iodine
    Slightly soapy
    Has an eau de cologne edge to it; hint of a weird pickle note (vinegar?)
    Drydown is vanilla, tonka, caramel,...
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    :laugh:
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    Will be in Synch with a sample of Amouage Interlude Man (thanks to rum). I rather like this one, though would never have enough occasions to wear it to justify a FB. I could even start the day with...
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    Re: Your Most Worn February 2021

    Two or more wearings in February



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    Re: Jaipur Homme - EDT or EDP

    I've worn/had decants of both, and now own a FB of the EdT, which I bought because it was airier and had better note definition.
    Sadly, it is the EdP that I prefer, because of its plushness and...
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    Re: Your favorite cdg?

    Black by a long way.Cannot stop sniffing my arm when I wear it. Spices, tar, licorice, vetiver and incense.
    AmazingGreen..... not so amazing.

    In answer to the OP : Black, obviously ! But also...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    No.10 : well, that was quite an opening !
    Topnotes : cherry, almond, boozy; some citrus to keep it sharp/bright
    Mid : heliotrope, powder, iris, rose, cinnamon, spices
    Base : cedar ? patchouli,...
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    Re: An evening scent plus one....

    Dior Homme Intense - designer
    Tauer LADDM - £99/50mland/or sample first, from Les Senteurs
  60. Poll: Re: Tauer Au Coeur du Desert or L'Air du Desert Marocain?

    I too flip back and forth between the two, but over time my preference is for LADDM - its brightness, edges, and the note balance.
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    And 23 notes listed
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    I would have expected more oakmoss in the base of No/8 for a vintage feel, but to my nose it was overwhelmingly patchouli.
    Also would have expected more topnotes and florals/spices in the mid, but I...
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    Vintage Hermes Equipage for me, loads of everything, total class.
  64. Re: Do you wear light fragrances in summer, heavier in winter?

    Generally yes, but will wear heavier on summer evenings, or suddenly feel like wearing a lighter, brighter scent in the depths of winter.
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    Re: Best Cypress scent.

    Cypress ? Gucci Guilty Absolute
    or CdG Hinoki
  66. Re: Xerjoff Nio vs 40 knots vs heeley sel marin for Mediterranean island

    Amouage Beach Hut Man : not aquatic or salty, but vegetation and woods

    Parfum d'Empire : Corsica Furiosa. Not aquatic either, but Mediterranean herbs to evoke the perfumer's native island.


    ...
  67. Re: Recommend an "Office Friendly" Patchouli

    A single spray of Montale Patchouli Leaves.
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    Re: Your dumb reach for spring/summer?

    The original Bottega Veneta pour Homme EdT - bergamot, pine, juniper, with a light and well-behaved leather and patchouli base. An easy wear, and also unexpectedly good in cooler weather. I bought it...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    No. 8 :
    Topnotes - a lot of lavender; almost made me think it was a soliflore/lavender water, maybe a bit smoky.
    That slightly Sartorial uber-shiny/metallic note - violet leaf ?
    Mid : geranium...
  70. Re: I just tested 40 women with one fragrance. Here's what they had to say in 2021

    Those three raccoons would probably give it a positive review.
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    Re: SOTD, etc. Threads

    First I select, apply and wear the scent(s). Towards the end of the day, I usually record my various SOTM/D/A/E/Ns on BN.
    These days, Friday Synch is about the only 'SOTD'-type thread I post in....
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    Synching in MFK Grand Soir this morning. Might go bombastic with Amouage Interlude this evening - such a grey and rainy day needs livening up.
    ...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Did you get a honey note ? That would also make an olfactory connection with CdG Parfum (which was in a previous blind sample pass), as well as the clove note, [which I didn't get].
  74. Re: I just tested 52 Women with various fragrances - This is what they said in 2021 - PART 2

    Hilarious
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    I'll be raiding the sample box for something I might wear to the opera or a concert : Boucheron Jaipur pH EdP, TF Amber Absolute, MFK Grand Soir (the obvious choice), Guerlain Heritage,Tauer LADDM....
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Interesting.
    I've never smelled any of the Dior Collection Privee, but checking out the various fragrances in this range, and going by note lists alone (and we can see how not useful those can be),...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Sample No. 7 - this one was .....odd.
    Opening : citrus (lemon, bitter orange?), mint, lavender.
    Then wood glue [ETA : is this what others identify as camphor, turpentine,resin ?] and plywood, wood...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    No. 6 .
    Opening : bergamot, some kind of citrus. Aniseed/fennel (like Lolita Lempicka). Then menthol/eucalyptus/ a minty note, perhaps geranium.
    The opening made me think of Body Kouros.
    Slightly...
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    Continued the Synch yesterday in Etro Heliotrope (almond pastries with marzipan), and again today in CdG Kyoto (coffee). Both unintentional !
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    Went from Endymion (coffee) as SOTD to LHB EdP (cafe, twilight, almond pastries) as SOTE; no Etro.
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    Will start with Penhaligon's Endymion, which allegedly has a coffee note, and continue with Etro Heliotrope (let us assume this cafe is attached to a bakery that specialises in marzipan). Maybe...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Never even heard of the house of O J Perrin before. Interesting. Nice fragrance ! This is a hugely fun challenge you've set for us, David.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one to pick up an aromatic in...
  83. Re: Bottles....how much do they influence your decision to buy?

    +1 for Emanuel76's vote for Etro bottles and their contents. They fit the hand nicely.

    Likewise the Gucci Guilty range bottles, almost like a hip flask. Shame about the juice - GGA is the only one...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Bavard : glad I wasn't the only one to pick up on this.

    David : Must admit that as I was sampling all of these and making notes, I started to think my nose was not working properly. Good to know...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Sample no 3 : this is familiar; I've smelt something like this before. I'd describe this as an oriental fougere, which is one of my favourite genres.

    Opening had a boozy vibe (probably the...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    How interesting ! Just goes to show that the amount and method of application can make such a difference to perceptions of a fragrance.
    Perlier is a brand I've only seen as skincare/bath products...
  87. Re: Which fragrance for my girlfriend ?

    Agree with Hermes as a classy, understatedly stylish house - a sample set of various of the Eaux, or perhaps even Twilly which is youthful and pretty straightfoward (ginger, sandalwood, tuberose).
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    Again this week, only one possibility - no choice ! My only ELdO sample at the moment is Like This, which I am not keen on.
    I really should get another sample of Je Suis Un Homme, which is my...
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    Re: Your Most Worn January 2021

    Two or more wearings in January



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    Re: Your Most Worn January 2021

    Two or more wearings in January



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    Re: Men That Wear Mitsouko

    I was fortunate enough to try vintage Mitsouko EdC during one of the blind sample passes here on BN. Immediately struck by similarity to Knize Ten. I concluded that whereas Mitsouko is a floral with...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 31st January, 2021

    Etro Palais Jamais. Wearing this in winter to see how it performs, as suggested by emanuel76. It's doing well.

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  93. Re: Dirty, rich, deep, dark, musty, moldy, earthy, dusty, murky, gloomy, tenebrous, moody...

    Was the original Etro Messe de Minuit not the answer to this question ?

    Current MdM (to my nose) amps up the chocolate aspects of patch, and the orangey aspect of myrrh, and I am reminded of a...
  94. Re: If you could go back in time and smell the original formulation of ANY fragrance...

    Knize Ten
    Bel Ami
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Iris Silver Mist
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    Hermes Equipage is my only vintage, and I am fortunate enough to have both the 'original' (decant), and the squarer bottle with the magnetic cap. Synched in deep vintage as SOTD (you would enjoy the...
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    In honour of Sunnyfunny's Vintage Classics Day tomorrow, I shall be wearing Hermes Equipage (vintage).
    What do you have in mind ?
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2021

    I have accumulated quite a few samples of fougeres, and aim to write more notes/reviews this month, and finish some off.
    At the same time, I'm unwilling to give up heavier scents just yet - the...
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    Re: UK samples with large range

    In addition to the above

    Les Senteurs
    Perfumista
  99. Re: Purchasing fragrances from abroad to be shipped to the UK post-Brexit

    ParfumDreams (source of Knize Ten etc) : costs have risen
    https://www.parfumdreams.co.uk/Shipping-Costs
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    I'm glad to hear all your accounts of how you waited (for whatever reason) to buy a scent, and are then thrilled with it.
    It is the same for me : I cannot get enough of CdG Black; far better on...
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