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  1. Re: Eris Parfums' Founder Barbara Herman on the Enduring Power of Scented Seduction

    So great to know that was you! I'll bet I crossed your path there and didn't even know it. I lived there from '92 to '05, and I'm a native San Franciscan. Quite a culture shock, wasn't it? :)
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    Re: Best Beach Date-Vacation Fragrance?

    I can't imagine why anyone would want to wear perfume to the beach. A huge part of the experience is its own smell -- the salty water, the hot sand, the suntan lotion.
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    Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    Do you detect the osmanthus, Brooks? That's what I'm most looking forward to. Osmanthus flowers to me smell like black tea combined with apricot and suede.

    And have you ever tried Osmanthe...
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    Re: Has my nose matured?

    If you're hitting the department stores, try Lalique's Encre Noir a L'Extreme. (Not the original Encre Noir.) It's a woody vetiver that manages to be quite light in texture. And it's inexpensive...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 19th June, 2021

    Trilby, I'm dying to know what's on that menu. Maybe over in the Cooking Thread?
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    So hot here! Fighting it with a post-shower drenching of Jean Naté bath splash (Charles of the Ritz version).

    This lemon (verbena?) fougere has been around since 1935, competing with 4711, but it...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    :::
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 19th June, 2021

    I'm wearing only a lavish after-shower dousing of Jean Naté, partly because it's so hot here and partly to horrify Trilby Lark. :)

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    Re: in praise of Dune by Dior

    So almost certainly original formula, then.



    Pool noodles!



    Yeah, I don't get the chocolate scent from Dune either. But quite a lot of people do.
  10. Thread: NoVA

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    Re: NoVA

    That bonus payment from work is burning a hole in your pocket, eh? :)
  11. Thread: Mexican beer

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    Re: Mexican beer

    My boyfriend drank exclusively St. Pauli Girl or Becks until he was introduced to Bohemia Clasica, and now he buys that whenever he can find it.

    I'm not a beer fan but I'll drink one occasionally...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I did NOT remember than the exploding man's name was Creosote. Ewww.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Ho. Lee. Crap. I would never have thought of that, but I'll bet you're right. I thought I was just associating it with the creosote bushes of the California high desert, but I'll bet it's...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    According to this chemist, creosote is from coal and asphalt from petroleum, but they are related:
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  15. Re: Oddball question: Is there creosote in asphalt?

    Thank you, gents! Very helpful.



    But I'm pretty sure it's nostalgia for the smell of those creosote bushes from the high chaparral of California during my childhood that inspires my fondness...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 18th June, 2021

    Doesn't a Northwestie like you find that Hawaiian humidity oppressive, Foxbins?

    I moved from Seattle to New Orleans and and there were whole stretches of days (weeks, months!) when I felt like I...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Vintage only by virtue of being dead and gone:

    Le Canotier by Rogue Perfumery

    I loved this bitter, rather weedy vetiver with violet leaf and greenish-blond tobacco, but my opinion was not the...
  18. Oddball question: Is there creosote in asphalt?

    This came up in the Vintage SOTD thread, and I thought some of you chem types might know the answer.

    I mentioned how much I like the smell of creosote (the stuff they use to treat railroad ties...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I've never thought of that, but now that you mention it they do smell similar, don't they? Someone here must know if there's creosote in asphalt.

    Maybe I'll ask in the DIY forum. Some of the...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 18th June, 2021

    Happy birthday to Alice, my favorite Opposite World perfume pal!

    Syncing in Le Canotier, Rogue Perfumery's ode to the summer straw boater hat.


    Le Déjeuner des Canotiers, Auguste Renoir 1881
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    Le Canotier by Rogue Perfumery

    What says summer more than a straw boater hat?


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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Apparently quite a bit:

    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/487598-Birds-what-are-you-seeing
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    Re: Sample of the Day - June 2021

    https://cdn.quotesgram.com/img/64/14/1381495054-9a0e9762cd8885f7c5d3038850375a29.jpg
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    Re: help on flower from a man.

    So you want green florals that aren't chypres, aren't sweet, and aren't opulent? That might be a somewhat difficult order.
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    Re: Sample of the Day - June 2021

    It took me a full 30 seconds to get that.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 17th June, 2021

    Ah, so you did have a couple of decades living elsewhere. I'm slightly less flabbergasted now.



    Wow. It's amazing anything got done before the Internet, isn't it?
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    Oh yeah. Make mama happy.
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    Re: help on flower from a man.

    You could very well be quoting my personal perfume manifesto with those lines. But sadly, I know almost none of the scents on your list.

    To get a green floral without sweetness or opulence, I...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 17th June, 2021

    Q, have you lived in that house for your entire life?

    I thought only titled characters in British novels did that.
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    That would be a tough brief for a summer frag, since they usually have such light bases.



    Rock band references will be disallowed. :)



    You have a very discerning boyfriend. Long may he...
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    Re: Sample of the Day - June 2021

    :laugh: Did my Alice Blue gown give me away?



    :cry: I only had a decant of it (thanks to DuNez), quite a while back, but it knocked me out. I found it more horsey than cigar-y. Loved it to...
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    Re: Sample of the Day - June 2021

    Please come sit next to me.
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    Re: ebay no longer a good place for used bottles

    You can no longer designate them as "used" in the description choices, but everybody still sells them anyway and just doesn't describe them as such.
  34. Re: Eris Parfums' Founder Barbara Herman on the Enduring Power of Scented Seduction

    Let's hope he did more exciting work here than he did with the Les Indemodables line. At least better than "It's pleasant".
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    My secondary vintage scent of today is: creosote.

    There's a railroad line about 60 yards beyond my open window, and they're doing some maintenance over there today, replacing some ties and rails....
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I love that the Aussie BNers are upside-down from us Northies. Kind of forces us to think more globally.



    You have my complete sympathy. Not cool indeed. I was never a Nivea user, but the...
  37. Re: Eris Parfums' Founder Barbara Herman on the Enduring Power of Scented Seduction

    I was once reading an old thread about a Basenotes meetup that happened in New Orleans several years ago, and there were mentions of a perfume shop SA named Barbara Herman. I didn't know for sure if...
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    Re: in praise of Dune by Dior

    Do you know the age of your bottle, Grayspoole? I don't detect anything like WACs in the base of mine. (I hate them too, though you might hate them even more than I. )

    I've owned 4 bottles of...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Syncing with birthday boy Bavard.


    Bal à Versailles EDC (1961) by Jean Desprez

    Get outta my way.

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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 17th June, 2021

    The very best birthday wishes to the ever-gentlemanly Bavard!

    I think I'll join in this improv sync of Bal à Versailles. Why not? I have no one to please but myself today and the humidity has...
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    Re: Basenotes Trend Watch

    Is it over ?!?
  42. Re: Do you wear any 'weird' scents regularly? Got any favorites?

    The scent for vampires.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    What do we suppose constitutes a "true and authentic base" ?
  44. Re: Purchasing fragrances from abroad to be shipped to the UK post-Brexit

    So Teardrop, if I'm understanding, you paid 45 euros shipping charge for a single bottle of perfume, and then another 40 euros for the customs fee, and ALSO a courier charge?

    I'm feeling very glad...
  45. Re: Guess the highest ranked fragrances on Basenotes / Fun competition

    The older I get, the more I regret not taking more mathematics classes.

    https://www.evanmiller.org/bayesian-average-ratings.html
  46. Thread: Greetings

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    Re: Greetings

    One of the best newbie stories ever, going from Scent Police to Scent Criminal. :laugh:

    Welcome to you!
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    My first thought was that we should start a list of all the miscontinued ones that have long outstayed their welcome, but then I envisioned all the fights that would erupt from that and thought "No. ...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    K de Krizia EDT (1981) by Maurice Roucel for Krizia

    This aldehydic chypre inspires reviewers to all the adjectives that should send me screaming for the exit: grand, dramatic, glamorous, bosomy,...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 16th June, 2021

    K de Krizia EDT (1981) by Maurice Roucel for Krizia

    A tiny cool-down here (a mere 31C degrees!), but more importantly the humidity dropped to 60%. Whee!

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

    Well, that shut down the bitching I was going to do. The rankings seemed worthless if you only needed one positive review to be judged a "highly rated" entry.

    Fifty votes minimum seems like a...
  51. Re: Firmenich unveil new natural extraction technology

    "In addition, the waste produced is clean and can easily be upcycled, reinforcing the sustainable value of this pure extraction."

    Upcycled into what, I wonder?
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    That must be specific to the Eau de Rochas edition. My Eau de Roche definitely has no rubber note. Good thing too, as I can't abide rubber notes.
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    Re: Sample of the Day - June 2021

    As a rule I'm not an incense fan, and I don't think that's what appeals to me about Encre Noir Extreme. I think it's that the vetiver is so smoky, not inky, which brings it closer to Sycomore in...
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    Re: Sample of the Day - June 2021

    So good to hear that someone else besides me feels that way about it.

    Weirdly, though, I adore the L'Extreme version of it.
  55. Re: Guess the highest ranked fragrances on Basenotes / Fun competition

    Oops! Well, it's not like anyone here doesn't know the difference between the two milieus.
  56. Re: Guess the highest ranked fragrances on Basenotes / Fun competition

    With a sizable sprinkling of dinosaurs.
  57. Re: Do you wear any 'weird' scents regularly? Got any favorites?

    I don't know if you could say I "wear" it, at least not regularly, but I'm now on my third decant (and starting to think I should just buy a FB) of Grimoire by Anatole LeBreton. It's definitely...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    More eaux to fend off the Demons of Heat and Humidity (34C here today)

    Eau du Sud (1995) by Annick Goutal

    I'm considering buying a bottle of cK One for the summer. I'm having a weird nostalgic...
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    Re: Papier d'Arménie

    What an intriguing concept, I'd never heard of it before. And thanks for the link to BeautyHabit, akadem; they're my favorite scent etailer.

    I'm going to order the 'traditions' box and the...
  60. Re: Guess the highest ranked fragrances on Basenotes / Fun competition

    Italia stole my guess, but gotta say I love this game. And I've wanted a ranking feature like this (based on percentage of positive ratings) on BN for ages.
  61. Re: Surprise cash award - what perfume to buy FB next

    I'd definitely go for an Exclusif or an Hermessence rather than an assortment of lesser bottles. It's only a windfall that would allow me to make a guilt-free purchase of a single $300 scent. I...
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    Re: Basenotes Trend Watch

    And god knows those are NOT what you want in the heavy humidity and heat. (Or ever, for some of us.)

    For me it's not aquatics that appeal in the summer, but the citrusy and green eaux. Not only...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Love this idea of matching your song year to your perfume year. I'd try it, but I'm scared of the rabbithole of researching songs released in particular years. I can imagine looking up and...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th June, 2021

    Lucky man.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th June, 2021

    I'm going to copycat Teardrop today, whose patients are eau-so-lucky to be smelling her.

    Eau du Sud (1995) by Annick Goutal

    for the eau-so-hot weather
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th June, 2021

    Soooo jealous of that gorgeous bottle. What does your wife think of it?




    I just Google-mapped Albuquerque to Orange County and it said drive time was only 12 hours, which seems much shorter...
  67. Re: What’s the essence of sex in your opinion for a woman’s scent?

    Finally, a man who likes to smell Eau d'Hermes on women. Bravo to you, sir.
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Hednic, you do drink such interesting things.



    Is this a caipirinha made with vodka?
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    Re: Today I bought June 2021

    You surprise me. I would have thought the "thicker" Irisss would have been your choice between these two. (Even though Hiris is my choice too.)
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Why, Jon, I didn't know you were a fan! That's the jewel of the line you've got there, congrats!
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Is it daring?
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 14th June, 2021

    You may be fonder of florals than I am, but we seem to be in sync when it comes to Diors and greens. :)

    And personally I'd never put a ceiling on eaux. Too much is never enough. Conversely, a...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    Haha! I thought maybe his olfactive nerve had triggered some sort of magic that caused a temporary bout of sciatica, but I like your theory better.
  74. Re: What’s the essence of sex in your opinion for a woman’s scent?

    I thought your major aphrodisiac was decayed No. 5 on your wife?
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    Re: in praise of Dune by Dior

    I just realized that I mistook the name on that product ("brume") to mean the Mediterranean shrub "broom" (genisteae), when they actually meant brume, the French word for "mist".
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 14th June, 2021

    I got a a bottle of that because of that thread too, and I adore it.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Looks fixed to me. Problem?
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Oopsie! Fixing it now, thank you.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 14th June, 2021

    Yikes, Trilby. Be sure and carry extra water and check your tires regularly. I once crossed the Mojave in summer in a 15-year-old Nissan and burned through two tires en route. Thank god for...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Aero, I love your photos with the arrows pointing to the edition in use. They're like PowerPoint presentations for perfume.



    The Ted Danson mentions got me thinking about "Body Heat" too, so I...
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    Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    I'm holding out hope for that one. And for Cuir de Chine.



    Looking forward to your thoughts, Brooks.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    So nothing new about teen celebuscents.
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    Re: How do you store your samples

    Ha ha HAH!! Oh, you have made me feel SO MUCH better about my own disorganization.

    I'm imagining your panic if you had to urgently call in a plumber for that bathroom.



    I resign myself to...
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    Re: in praise of Dune by Dior

    Ooo, a whole ounce of parfum. Yum.




    It's a pity that you hate that Brume Parfumee. I'd love a Dune that emphasizes the brume.
  85. Re: What’s the essence of sex in your opinion for a man’s scent?

    Eau d'Hermes. Full stop.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I welcome it too, but it almost seemed like there was a Secret Sync in here today!
  87. Re: Annick Goutal has a vintage thread—look!

    Ninfeo Mio is in my permanent Top 5, and Eau du Sud in my Top 20. But I can't say I've noticed any big differences between their older and newer editions.

    However, I haven't tried either of...
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    Re: I am back for a limited time

    I hope you'll share with us what it was you figured out.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    He wasn't. He was making his living doing commercials.
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    Re: How do you store your samples

    I've done that more times than I care to remember, and I always feel ashamed when I do it.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Phew, somebody needs to counteract that cloud of Eau Sauvage in here today! :) Probably the main competition for Eau Sauvage in the '60s:

    Aramis (1965) by Bernard Chant for Estee Lauder

    (I'm...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 13th June, 2021

    Spending a rainy afternoon watching the Westminster Dog Show. Today I learned that the plural of Komondor (that Hungarian dog with the long dreadlocks) is Komondorok.

    Wearing a couple of sprays...
  93. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Welcome to you! I presume we can look forward to you adopting an Edward Hopper avatar. :)
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    Re: How do you store your samples

    Calling it a "method" is a bit of a stretch. It's more like corralled chaos.

    Do you see that large round pink cap that's in the center of the photo? That's the Schiaparelli Shocking I got from...
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    Re: How do you store your samples

    Did you think that was going to pass without comment?

    Come on, spill that story.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    The perfume so nice I had to wear it twice:

    Reprise -- Dune (1991) by Christian Dior


    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/5f/55/79/5f55790c52e2bedfb6a916e9bf91b46c.jpg
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    Re: How do you store your samples

    This is without a doubt the BEST sample organizing I've ever seen. Not only can you categorize by house, alphabet, or whatever, but you can actually see the labels without picking anything up. And...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 12th June, 2021

    Quarry, I spent a small fortune in the 1970s getting my hair permed to look like yours does naturally now.

    I noticed a new poster from Greece in yesterday's SOTD: welcome to you,...
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    Re: The site clock is six minutes fast

    It's been that way for the entire 10 years I've been on Basenotes.
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    Finally -- one with a moat!



    Is that an actual thing?



    Dang. I think the man in the lower left corner is carving a sphinx.
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