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  1. Thread: Drop d'Issey

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    Re: Drop d'Issey

    Thanks!
    I would assume too that it is marketed to women (with lilac and rose...). Though the bottle is quite unisex.
  2. Thread: Drop d'Issey

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    Drop d'Issey

    Just received the ad for a new Issey Miyake, called Drop d'Issey

    https://us-store.isseymiyake.com/collections/parfums/products/a-drop-d-issey-eau-de-parfum-1

    Nice circular flat bottle. The...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Sample B: the opening is great, complex, almost leathery, almond, and many other things. But quickly it tones down and turns into a simpler fresh floral with what could be cashmeran.

    cacio
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    Re: Your top 5 "must haves"

    Caron pour un homme (lavender)
    a vetiver (Guerlain, niche)
    Guerlain Derby (classic citrus-leather)
    Chanel Egoiste (warm sandalwoody)
    YSL Kouros (powerhouse)
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    Re: What are your favorite high end houses?

    What is the price point you are thinking for high end? I assume it's more than regular niche.

    I enjoy JAR, which back then was considered extravagant, but now it's by no means unique in the...
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    Re: Best reasonably priced leather fragrance?

    Estee Lauder Azuree is not too expensive, though it's not a straightforward leather in the way that colonia leather or Tuscan leather are.

    Are you only looking at perfumes or also at room sprays?...
  7. Re: Chanel having a great run with Olivier Polge ....

    I find most of these nice and well built classic, but often lacking that little thing that make them stellar. The exception for me is Misia-perhaps exactly because it is deliciously retro.

    I too...
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    Re: My first goodyear welted dress shoes

    I had never seen this Di Bianco brand. Looks like they are worth checking.
    cacio
  9. Re: what is the specific problem with keeping your fragrance in bathroom?

    Under those conditions there's no problem in keeping the perfume in the bathroom. Plus, it's really about very long term preservation (ie decades). If one uses the perfum within a few years, there's...
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    Re: Shiseido To Cancel Dolce and Gabbana Contract

    Interesting info. I wonder if this has anything to do with the supposed fall of grace of DG from the Chinese market.
    cacio
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    Re: My first goodyear welted dress shoes

    Very nice classic Oxfords.

    I like Alden. A bit thicker and very sturdy. I am also thinking of buying some European Oxfords, but haven't decided which brand yet.

    I have found this video quite...
  12. Thread: Rien

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    Re: Rien

    Love it too. Those who were used to, say, Aramis and Kouros would certainly find a family resemblance.

    cacio
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    Re: Frederic Malle vs......

    FM Portrait of a lady > Lyric Man Amouage: bigger, stronger, bolder. Lyric is nice too, just not as complex
    Mousse Iluminee Rouge > FM French Lover: there's a sharp note in FL I am oversensitive...
  14. Re: Fall/winter female fragrance recommendations

    Neither floral nor citric-one category could be orientals. Things like Shalimar, Chanel Coco, YSL Opium.

    cacio
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    Re: Body & bath products found at TJ Maxx

    Bad in the sense of not good quality or bad in the sense of spoiled?

    I never buy creams or other perishables at these discounters, because the risk of spoilage. But alcohol based perfumes or soaps...
  16. Re: flying in USA with lots of perfume - checked bags - how much can you take?

    Mudassir

    strange, the limit seems to be 100ml, not 3 oz
    https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule

    cacio
  17. Re: flying in USA with lots of perfume - checked bags - how much can you take?

    Agree with the others. I've never carried so many, but I have had no problems with 5-10 perfumes in checked baggage. You can bring some in your carry on as well, as long as they are 100 ml or less....
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    Re: Nose blindness for certain fragrances

    It can be a combination of different factors. Some perfumes have less long lasting materials, and each of us is slightly anosmic to certain materials. Musks in particular can be challenging-each of...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Finally tested sample A.

    Fresh and zingy in the opening, bright citrus and aromatics. It becomes quieter soon after, but it remains fairly dry and fresh, if faint. All in all, quite pleasant.
    ...
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    Re: When you need the BIG bottle

    The largest bottles I got were 1 liter of cologne sologne (quite cheap) and 400 ml of Chanel Eau de cologne. But these are traditional eau de cologne, so they don't really count.

    For the Chanel...
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    Re: doubts about fougere.

    I find it different enough from those you've mentioned. Still, I also find it overpriced, even at the discounted price.
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    Re: kouros cologne sport or 3 instead of 1?

    I also vote for the Kouros. No point in getting cheap but less good flankers.

    cacio
  23. Re: Recommandations of special fragrances for a SPECIAL day

    Yes, Silver has been called slightly different names, but it is this one:
    https://www.amouage.com/silver-man.html

    The original used to be glorious and radiant. When I resmelled a few years ago it...
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    Re: Teetotaler wearing prominent alcohol notes?

    I don't think that there is anything strange in liking the smell but not the active substance (alcohol, nicotine). After all, the smell of liquors and tobacco owes to other aromachemicals, not...
  25. Re: Recommandations of special fragrances for a SPECIAL day

    Congrats!

    Amouage tends to do big/celebratory perfumes well. I second Lyric man: relatively big, but not heavy and with fresh notes. Another "fresher" Amouage is Silver, though I do not know the...
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    Re: Two new Tom Fords! Bitter Peach & Tubéreuse Nue

    I saw these at Sephora and sprayed on a paperstrip. On paper, Tubereuse nue had an interesting chemical note, like paint or similar, which was fun. But I need to see whether that happens on skin as...
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    Re: Oliver & Co rebranding as Avant-Garden Labs

    Got the email too. Too bad. Looking forward to cassie (which I bought).
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    Re: Never ending expensive issue...help please

    Welcome!

    That is very strange. If the skin doesn't work, try fabric (whether the tshirt, handkerchief or the like). Fabric keeps a perfume for a long time, though it doesn't project as much. Also...
  29. Re: Wearing a budget-friendly scent vs. smelling above your financial means

    Indeed, it is possible to make good perfumes for relatively low prices. Unfortunately, there isn't much I can think of in the market. There is much more choice in more expensive niche, unfortunately....
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    Re: Rose Garden Scents

    I concur with Tea Rose for a photorealistic effect (and quite cheap as well). Kurkdjian's a la rose is a very fresh rose, with a touch of green as well (but just a touch). Diptyque L'ombre dans l'eau...
  31. Re: Green, Coniferous, and Forest - please critique my wish list

    Nice list.

    Not a huge fan of Knize Forest-I think the classic Knize Ten is the go to for the brand. In french lover there is something that I find grating and sharp, but I must be oversensitive to...
  32. Re: Is sniffing glue so bad? Comme des Garçons Eau de Parfum (2011)

    I enjoyed it as well. Quirky and interesting but wearable. One of my favorite CDG.

    cacio
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    Re: Osmotheque conferences

    Via zoom:

    Lubin, inventor of perfumes, after 200 years. Tuesday april 27 630pm (Gilles Thevenin)

    Francois Coty, the father of modern perfumery. Tuesday may 4 630 pm

    From Tabac blond to...
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    Re: What's your favourite shower gel?

    perfumingandstuff

    I had missed your message, sorry. The Priya soap I had bought had a different wrapping (more colorful etc). Also I think it was with a y, not a j. Of course no idea if it's...
  35. Thread: Kouros Clone

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    Re: Kouros Clone

    Agree. It has the same clean/dirty mix. It has the dirty honey and the sage. It probably lacks the animalics and some of the fougere aspect of vintage Kouros. But I'm happy with it.

    Since I was...
  36. Thread: Kouros Clone

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    Re: Kouros Clone

    Thanks for the heads up! Another cheapie to try.

    I finally got the Milton Lloyd man silver. It's not Kouros, but it has some of its part, and for <$10, it's a steal.

    cacio
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    Re: Long time no sniff

    Welcome back!

    I think Auphorie and The Zoo are interesting newer brands worth exploring. And where did you stop with Etat Libre d'Orange?

    cacio
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    Re: Recognize this bottle?

    Welcome!

    Can you explain the dimension of the bottle and whether there is any other sign/wording on it? Also, it's not clear from the message, was it supposed to be for men or for women?

    Marco
  39. Re: Leather and grass/green or pear/vanilla fragrances?

    Leather and galbanum-the reference is Bandit. Not quite grass, but green nonetheless.

    I am probably the only person who gets pear from Chanel Jersey (it's actually lavender and vanilla, but go...
  40. Re: Is It Really Bad to Wear Winter Fragrances During Hot Weather?

    Nothing wrong, it's whatever one likes. It's probably true that most people prefer fresher perfumes in the summer, and viceversa, but we all have different tastes and there's no way to know what one...
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    Re: Yet another recommendation thread

    Welcome!

    One thing that came to mind is CDG2 man. Fresh vetiver, but with a touch of incense, so with a contemporary twist. Not too hard to find, but still niche so probably not found everywhere....
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    Re: Best MFK for Spring/Summer Months

    Seconding Aqua universalis for warm weather. Simple but very good.

    I didn't like L'Homme a la rose either. But the pour femme version (A la rose, without l'homme), it's a very fresh rose (assuming...
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    Re: Beach Vacation - Blind Buy?

    Lush Dirty. Fresh, a touch minty,. but not aquatic. (I strongly dislike aquatics).

    cacio
  44. Re: Modern Aramis JHL vs modern Cinnabar & modern Opium

    As you probably know, JHL is a variation on Cinnabar, and they're from the same brand, so I would assume that if JHL is still good, so is Cinnabar, but I have not tried it myself recently. Current...
  45. Thread: Tom Ford Poll

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    Poll: Re: Tom Ford Poll

    My favorite from the brand is Sahara Noir, a very good frankincense, now discontinued.
    I only own two or three from the brand.

    cacio
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    Re: Looking for a masculine floral

    Some green florals would do. Insense is discontinued, but I think it can be found here and there.
    In niche, Lyric Man, some rose, a bit too masculine perhaps, but well made.
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    Re: Advice on next purchase please

    Welcome!

    I too was thinking about a vetiver like Guerlain Vetiver.

    cacio
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    Re: Arte tv programme about Sandalwood.

    Thanks! As usual, one wonders how close the two are.
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    Re: Arte tv programme about Sandalwood.

    Interesting. I wonder if it's the right variety of sandalwood, or if it's the australian one. Do they say how long it takes? I understand it takes decades for a sandalwood plant to be ready.
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    Re: Best brand glowup

    I liked the light, woody Armani prive bottles. But evidently they didn't feel substantial enough, so now it's glass, which is not as unique. I also was ok with the original, naif Tauer bottles. Now...
  51. Re: perfumes similar to Chanel Paris-Deauville or Eau de Rochas?

    I wouldn't describe it soapy, but it does have neroli, which some people find soapy. So I'd say it's not a blind buy for you.
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    Re: Bandit advice needed

    I didn't know about the Esterel-so good to make sure. The Brigand bottle should look like the Bandit one.
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    Re: Can we stop calling them oriental fragrances

    As others pointed out, the name did arise with orientalist connotations (a la Said), and while in general there was no negative implication, I have seen old ads that were certainly orientalist in a...
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    Re: Tom Ford not worth buying anymore ......

    I don't own much TF, so cannot say about reformulations. But their strategy seems to have been to toss several things out, often without proper development, and see what sells.
    Back when they...
  55. Re: perfumes similar to Chanel Paris-Deauville or Eau de Rochas?

    I have tried Iskander. Nice, but I think it lacked that sparkle that made it into a to buy, especially since there are many other fresh eau de cologne style perfumes I much prefer.
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    Chanel No. 5 long ad

    Chanel just posted a long online ad in honor of the 100 anniversary of no. 5. Not much of a thing-the usual blurbs.

    https://www.chanel.com/us/about-chanel/the-stories/

    I wonder what else...
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    Re: Bandit advice needed

    Bandit is quite unique. I love it too. Concur with others that perhaps it's worth checking some vintage perfumes by the same perfumer, Germaine Cellier, like Miss Balmain and Jolie Madam. Miss...
  58. Re: perfumes similar to Chanel Paris-Deauville or Eau de Rochas?

    I like Eau de Magnolia a lot. It's inbetween floral and citrusy. Though I must say that if you find cristalle eau verte sweet, this will be sweet as well.

    While I do not find them too similar to...
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    Re: Violet forward fragrances?

    Jolie Madame is the classic violet-leather. Not sure what it is in its current form.

    cacio
  60. Re: Anyone tried the new Caron La Collection Privee scents?

    Lucky you! Since I didn't do much of business with them, when I went there they gave me the reformulated, watery stuff...
  61. Re: Does L'air du Temps smell like cigarettes to anyone else?

    Not to me either, at least the vintage version. But as you say, it could be an association. Everybody smoked back then, and the type of perfumes were very common for women.

    cacio
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    Re: Recommended Montale?

    Montales have a sharp, woody oud reconstruction, TF is smoother. I actually prefer the Montale. Hard to say whether you'll find it close or not, but they are worth checking. Dark aoud is a good one,...
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    Re: Recommendations please - non floral

    Chanel No 19 is another option. Green, not particularly floral (iris doesn't really come out as floral). And seconding Cristalle, it's green, cold, a bit floral, but not overly so.

    cacio
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    Re: Rapid battle on a amouage blind buy.

    For me, Jub or Epic, with edge to Jub. Jub is a very good incense, radiant. Fate feels a bit heavy, and there are better perfumes featuring immortelle. I liked Memoir, but it lacked that little...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Milton-Lloyd fragrances?

    Tried The Man silver. Indeed, a good clone of Kouros. Obivously not as good, but preserving the dirty/clean impression.

    Smelled quickly, the others I bought seem quite bad...

    cacio
  66. Re: Anyone tried the new Caron La Collection Privee scents?

    Not good to hear. Has this line been developed/reconstructed under Rotschild? People were waiting to see whether the new ownership improved things...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Milton-Lloyd fragrances?

    I am resurrecting this because thanks to a recent post elsewhere, I put an order for a few Milton LLoyd sprays. Each less than $10. Love the imagery!
    ...
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    Re: Tcheon Fung Sin (TFS) Italian shaving soap.

    I was not aware of this brand and now I am curious. I was also wondering the origin of the name. According to the website, it was the name of the founder, a chinese man who emigrated to Italy in the...
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    Re: Cypriol seems trendy but do you like it?

    I like it too (and I don't get swamps luckily). But I agree that as in all things, it is best when used in moderation.
    cacio
  70. Re: What difference in scent does spraying on you clothes instead of your skin make?

    Heat makes a perfume evaporate faster. So sprayed on clothes, perfumes project much less but last longer. Depending on the perfume, it's possible that clothes will project fewer notes than skin, but...
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    Re: Orientals for nitwits

    From your description, I'd have said you would like the Emeraude/Shalimar variety and dislike the Tabu/Opium ones. But as usual-it's all very personal.

    As others were saying, no point in forcing...
  72. Re: Overdosed the galbanum in my blend. Ugh! How to neutralize it?!

    Not a perfumer here so I cannot help. But I'd say you can simply give up on the delicate floral and embrace the power. Add a butch leather note and that's Bandit's sister (Bandit is galbanum plus...
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    Re: If I get to choose 2 Amouage bottles

    Silver for me. Clean, perhaps simpler than the average Amouage but good for the situation. Second would be Beach hut; not as fresh, but still , not sweet or heavy either.
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    Re: Amouage for woman

    I like Silver. Quite fresh, somewhat citrusy-floral. I enjoy many Amouages, but they tend to be on the heavy side rather than the fresh one.

    cacio
  75. Re: Please suggest some of your mind blowing favorites

    I see she's into modern fresh and floral.
    Guerlain tends to do a different style, so not sure there's anything that really clicks. Hermes is more like it. Their Jardin series should work for the...
  76. Re: FM Geranium Pour Monsieur or Bon Monsieur Rogue?

    Not too similar. I find Bon Monsieur a more classic fougere, while geranium pm is more modern in style (drier, less powdery, more woody ambers). So it's really about what you are looking for. I like...
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    Re: Seasonal allergies are destroying me

    I need to use antihistamines or, perfume or not, I'll start sneezing. With that, luckily, I can smell and wear anything.
    Which reminds me that I will need to start taking anithistamines soon...
    ...
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    Re: Is Fahrenheit the best rainy day Dior?

    Agree the violet leaf cuts through the rain. (Something warm but sharp I think works well in the rain. I find Bandit great for that as well).

    cacio
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    Re: Jovoy store in Paris

    I thought you meant closed forever. Certainly there are far fewer tourists in paris this year.
    In Europe, they're restarting lockdowns because Covid had ramped up. They're behind in vaccines too.
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    Re: What are the best fragrances for Spring?

    Florals come back in the spring. Paco Rabanne Calandre, for instance.
    cacio
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    Re: ....."Forgive me Father for I have Sinned".

    Yes, scandal and pretexte are much more expensive because much more rare. Not that they are better than Arpege and My Sin-just supply.
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    Re: ....."Forgive me Father for I have Sinned".

    Re: projection and longevity, you got the Eau version, not the parfum. Obviously, the eau from back then were stronger than most edp now. Still, they are not the parfum.

    cacio
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    Re: ....."Forgive me Father for I have Sinned".

    What a find! Congrats! I like My Sin a lot. To me, My sin sits perfectly between freshly showered and not so freshly showered. One second it smells clean, almost soapy, the other very dirty. It must...
  84. Re: Hi, I'm looking for a cologne for wearing to a dinner with a platonic female friend

    Welcome!

    I think the most important thing is to go light. Eg say spray on the belly, which is covered, or the like. As for the perfume, it depends on your budget and where you live (to know what's...
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Good to know that this product does help with longevity. Other functional products I have tried didn't have that effect, so perhaps this formulation is different.
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Good to know you like it. Sounds very interesting. I agree with you that perfumed shower products are overpriced for what they do and not substitutes for a perfume. But they are a very pleasant...
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    Re: Latest Memo - Sicilian Leather!

    NCal
    good guess-white suggests something softer.
    cacio
  88. Re: A SUPREME MOMENT (Jean Patou) vintage Perfume/Cologne find.

    These sets pop up now and then, but they are expensive. The minis can also be found separately, again randomly, sometimes as low as $20 each.
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    Re: Houses I never hear about anymore...

    I agree that MPG doesn't seem to be on the radar screen anymore. Lutens came up with those hyperexpensive things and lost some of the traction in had in the perfumer community. Malle keeps producing...
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    Re: Encre Noire alternative?

    As others pointed out, Encre Noire is an iso-e bomb, and that can be problematic.

    The darker vetivers I'm thinking about are all on the expensive side like Sycomore. Perhaps is it worth checking...
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    Re: Latest Memo - Sicilian Leather!

    Sicily recalls citruses. But what's white leather? As opposed to black?
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    Re: Amouage Women’s Sampling

    Thanks for the description. I have missed many of the more recent releases, so good to have some ideas.

    Indeed, the old Amouages were definitely of the sort "they're wearing me rather than me...
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    Re: Latest Armani Prive - Cypres Pantelleria!

    Thanks! Inteersting about Armani's garden. I wonder what these rare cypresses are-probably some special variety that is tolerant to heat and draught.

    cacio
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    Re: Latest Armani Prive - Cypres Pantelleria!

    An aquatic cypress? We shall see.
    I don't think the rocky island of Pantelleria has many cypresses, but Pantelleria must be the aqua part.
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    Re: What's your favourite shower gel?

    Interesting. I remember once gifting a soap called Priya to a coworker who had that name. Not sure it was the same brand, I understand Priya is a common name. I remember it as vanillic-woody, sort of...
  96. Poll: Re: Which Parfum de Nicolai would you suggest me to get (along NY intense)

    In the set, I'd go for Patchouli intense. As others said, it's not the usual patch. Still, that's what it is. I like others but less so. I have not tried Baikal leather and Bois belize, though, and...
  97. Re: Beware the Ides of March! (March 15th.) What Fragrance type would Julius Caesar have worn ?

    Thanks for the link! A very well researched and informative article. And I like how he used the perfume to teach chemistry.
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    Re: Angelys pear - nicolai

    it's hard for me to strip out the swampy thing and check the moss underneath. It does feel that underneath there is a classic, sweet but not cloying floral. I think Khanada is identifying the...
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    Re: Angelys pear - nicolai

    I do get pear in Jersey. But perhaps it's just my nose, some strange effect of lavender and other materials that recall fruit juices to my brain. In Angelys pear the note is more straightforwardly...
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    Re: Angelys pear - nicolai

    I didn’t remember pear in Boy, which I have only tried in store. So I’d say it is very different. More generally, the impression I had of boy was supersmooth and pleasant, to a fault perhaps. Very...
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