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  1. Poll: Re: Poll: Comme des Garcons incense and woody "outsider" fragrances

    Curious to hear your feedback!
  2. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    100% true. Perfumery (and more widely cosmetics) is experiencing a strong exponential growth as it has now, as confirmed by a quick and easy Google search:
    ...
  3. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    Of course not. Memories from childhood: a classic of psychology. Memory is selective and "cleans up" the bad memories. If something, McDonalds might be slightly better (in taste, quality I doubt it)...
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    Re: Build the ULTIMATE menís wardrobe!

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Oliver & Co. discussion and sampling

    Resina
    Tolu balsam and spices forward, with a noticeable star anise note, and rounded by vanillic resins (specifying which resin dominates would be pure speculation). Simple, and unique, in the...
  6. Re: Frederic Malle The Night worth the price?

    A great fragrance, but had I to spend that amount of money, I would look into other houses that do things better for less: Bortnikoff, Ensar, ALD, Sultan Pasha. I even think that Roja Musk Aoud is a...
  7. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    1. According to that reasoning, Sauvage and Dior Homme 2020 are beauties, since these sell very well and I cannot imagine someone spending money for something one doesn’t intimately believe is...
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    Re: Loewe 7 Anonimo (2016)

    A single line coming from you is worth 100 comments in my book. Case closed, and a pass for me. Thanks Brooks!
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    Re: Loewe 7 Anonimo (2016)

    Bumping up this (old) thread.

    I tried unsuccessfully to understand if this one was blind buy worthy, but I already have several ones, and tried many. So I doubt L7A might interest me, but who...
  10. Re: Dame Box of Love deal for $45 . Free Shipping also . No end date.

    Agreed. I own and enjoy it a lot. Grand Cuir is a winner too, assuming one likes old school leather (ie Knize Ten). Next targets: Santal Superbe and Sous Bois.
  11. Re: 20% Off at First In Fragrance from 11/21-11.22

    Then the info they provide on their website is unaccurate:

    https://www.ausliebezumduft.de/versand

    Was this 550 Euros of expense before or after the discount? Before or after VAT was deducted?...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 21st November, 2020

    SOTD: Atelier Cologne - Poivre Electrique
    SOTE: Chopard - Black Incense Malaki
  13. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    I didnt know about the atranol-free oakmoss story, but yes, it makes sense.
  14. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    This.
    Sometimes a regrettable thing, but many times it’s not, imo. As for the materials, honestly, I m happy with the amount of bitter moss there is now in fragrances, because when there’s too...
  15. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    Ok. So yes 80’s citrus/mossy powerhouses (what you are apparently referring to) have been probably a bit remixed and they dont smell exactly like in the past, but there are many examples of...
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    Re: Build the ULTIMATE menís wardrobe!

    Tauer - Incense Extreme
    Nishane - B612
    Guerlain - Vetiver
    CdG - Wonderoud
    Hermes - Eau d’Hermes
    Zegna - Passion
  17. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    Again, if you cite a few, that might help who was not in your to-go store in the 80s.
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    Re: Build the ULTIMATE menís wardrobe!

    Yes of course, even if it resumes to an umpteenth “personal top frags” list that has nothing of ultimate.
    So let me guess, where should we start? Polo or Fahrenheit? ;)
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    Re: Build the ULTIMATE menís wardrobe!

    A nose that has smelt a lot is a person “who knows this craft”.
    The first thing learnt in wine sommelier school is to be humble, and not think the restaurant customers knows less than the sommelier....
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    Re: Best montale for night (no aoud)

    Thanks, I appreciate.
  21. Re: What's Your Go-To "Dumb Reach" Fragrance?

    I don't have one, as I rotate everyday.
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    Re: Current Antaeus formulation...

    Current scent is good, but it has lost in projection compared to the original issue.
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  24. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    I agree for Roja and Amouage.
  25. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    I'd gladly hear which ones you are referring to. That said I might understand your perplexity if the only "luxury" brand you have tried is Creed, that I personally find just slightly above average.
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    Re: Build the ULTIMATE menís wardrobe!

    In order to do that, you should do poll of 1,000 people representative of any worldwide location, of all age, who have all smelt the same 1,000 best sellers/historical fragrances, and see the result....
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    Re: Build the ULTIMATE menís wardrobe!

    I respectfully but strongly disagree that beauty is objective. You would fool yourself in thinking that you have the objective definition of beauty...
    I love oud, you clearly dislike it. That...
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    Re: Build the ULTIMATE menís wardrobe!

    I could copy a list of my 5-stars fragrances in my wardrobe, and each basenoter could do the same. (or anyone interested could also look into each BNer wardrobe). But that would have nothing of...
  29. Re: 20% Off at First In Fragrance from 11/21-11.22

    Just clarifying that there is a 89 Euros shipping fee for US customers, only waived over 700+ Euros of purchase. Still a good deal for Europeans, who will only pay 13 Euros shipping (or waived above...
  30. Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    Me neither. I have a problem with foody cinnamon, the other major player in CNH.

    In that cinnamon/spicy category, Initio Rehab is not bad, but had I liked cinnamon, I would also have gone with HdP...
  31. Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    They just released a "Parfum" version, that is likely another EdP. Hard pass for me on both the former EdP and the new Parfum (aka new EdP).
  32. Re: Bought a fake bottle of TF Tobacco Oud from Mercari - Worried about getting my Money Back

    I don;t believe in Santa Claus, like I don;t believe in people making presents. When I see bottles of high end frags 2-3X times less expensive than the current average price, there's clearly a...
  33. Re: Bought a fake bottle of TF Tobacco Oud from Mercari - Worried about getting my Money Back

    All fault is on thrilledchilled, for having resurrected this thread, your honour!
  34. Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    If you refer to FragranceX or FragranceNet, these are no grey market site, but totally white market. Just wholesale retailers that decided to also have a direct end-customer sales branch, thus...
  35. Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    Grey Vetiver EDT has long been discontinued.

    - Grey Vetiver EDP is still listed on the TF website, as well as many other places. Should anyone have any valid reason to think it is discontinued,...
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    Re: Best montale for night (no aoud)

    Ok, thanks for clarifying: so, sweet stuff. The only one I remember is Intense Cafe, that was true to its name and good, assuming you dig coffee. That said, that one wasn't my cup of tea. (please...
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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    Isn't what you are already doing? :laugh:
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    Re: Build the ULTIMATE menís wardrobe!

    You stole my words haha
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    Re: Build the ULTIMATE menís wardrobe!

    Nothing. Because the ultimate wardrobe is the one one loves and wears. Not a series of historical fragrances "to have" because some recommend them for the 1000th time on a forum, based on personal...
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    Re: Best montale for night (no aoud)

    Performance is the last of the worries with Montale, as their poorest performers are at least good compared to other houses.
    As per no oud, I think you knocked at the wrong door...

    A few without...
  41. Re: Bought a fake bottle of TF Tobacco Oud from Mercari - Worried about getting my Money Back

    Did the seller publish a picture of that bottle when they advertised it, or was it just a stock picture?
  42. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo , similar, influenced, or variants fragrances

    Rogue - Mousse Illuminee
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    Re: Worth a blind buy?

    Ebay. Look for vintage bottles produced by “Cosmair”.
    That said, while this have some notes better “defined” or amped-up (tobacco), it s not a different scent. Dont expect a night vs day difference...
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    Re: Worth a blind buy?

    The only place I could locate Polo in Chicago (aside of the RL store), was at Bloomingsdale, in the old fashioned men’s cologne dept, hdden in a corner of the 3rd floor, separated from the fancy and...
  45. Re: anybody know an easy to find inexpensive coconut cologne for men?

    Just Jack - Simply Blanc
    Haven't tried it myself, but for what I could read in this THREAD, it seems to be a perfect copy of Tom Ford Soleil Blanc.

    From this clone house, I personally own...
  46. Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    Avignon in the incense series is probably in their top 3 bestsellers indeed. But the whole line has disappeared from the CdG websites, only in the Singapore eshop there is still the whole line (but...
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    Re: Worth a blind buy?

    Because they might want also their scent to be enjoyed by their peers. And that we want it or not, Polo has a scent profile that feels outdated compared to the many fragrances out there now......
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    Re: Best Saffron Scent

    Many spicy and woody fragrances have saffron (in particular oud fragrances), here are some where the saffron plays a substantial role (and is possibly the main player):

    Guerlain - Bois Mysterieux...
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    Re: Violet leaf fragrances?

    Not obviously my favourite, but Amouage Portrayal Man is a very nice take on violet leaf. Kind of a niche/clean version of Fahrenheit.
  50. Re: Worst fragrance you have smelled in 2020.

    Clive Christian - I for Men Amber Oriental With Rich Musk

    What a mess.
  51. Poll: Re: Poll: Comme des Garcons incense and woody "outsider" fragrances

    So LiveJazz, what are your thought on BS?

    Honestly, I only get the cold/metallic/blue effect in the late drydown, but way softer compared to what I remember having clearly perceived in Blue...
  52. Poll: Re: Poll: Comme des Garcons incense and woody "outsider" fragrances

    So I'm now wearing Blue Santal, and yes, it's clealry redundant with Wonderoud (and I would guess also Wonderwood). This probably because of the overdose of pashminol (sandalwood substitute) in all 3...
  53. Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    Since a while! All the Balmain frags have stopped being produced because of an obscure licensing lawsuit between Balmain and the sub-contractor who blends the fragrances.
  54. Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    Comme des Garcons:

    Confirmed: Dover Street Market, Blue Cedrat, Blue Encens.
    Rumours: Wonderoud and the incense series (Avignon, Kyoto, Zagorsk, Ouarzazate, Jaisalmer)
  55. Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    The consensus is that GGA is bold like M7 was, and for that reason, it’s not a crowdpleaser (not crowdpleaser=low seller=good candidate for discontinuation)
    It has disappeared at Sephora as well as...
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    Re: Urgent aventus

    It's not about just a damaged corner on the box, here. The messed up printings on the box have nothing to do with sent from the UK or not.
    Any fragrance house would have destroyed such defective...
  57. Re: Legal method for shipping fragrances overseas?

    Bought at a major retailer in UK in mid-April. Got free shipping tracked with UK Royal Mail. Received it at the end of June.
    The clearance paperwork was properly filled and attached to the box, but...
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    Re: Urgent aventus

    Always amused to read that people can spot micro differences between batches by just smelling it, but are unable to discern between fake or real.

    And for that matter, if unable to, why even worry?...
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    Re: HermŤs Eau díOrange Verte

    You can find Eau d'Orange verte on ebay for $30/40 for a 100ml bottle. If you like it, stick to it.

    Terre d'Hermes is orange-y (orange orange, not green ornage), with a backbone of vetiver. You...
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    Re: EBAY seller Smells_Good

    Buying decants on ebay is simply a lottery I'm not interested to play. But given that probably many decants are fake, it might explain why some perceive totally different scents sometimes...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I would bet that if you smell the current stuff in 10years, you'll find as nice as your old bottle opened since 10 years smelt today. If any variation in scent, oxydation and evaporation (thus...
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    Re: Salvatore Ferragamo F black

    Same thoughts here.
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    SOTD suggestion feature

    I know there's a "pick me something random to wear" feature in the wardrobe.

    How does it work? Is there some kind of machine learning behind that (based on notes or seasons, or vote, or how...
  64. Re: Keep track of brands/perfumers you like

    Could you please tell us more?
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    Re: From hate to love

    I know Aramis is one of them, but would you agree to share a few others of your real "hates", since it's very rare that you state that?
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    Re: From hate to love

    I'm still veeeeeery far form that stage.
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    Re: From hate to love

    I had the opposite journey with that one.
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    Re: Worth a blind buy?

    Polo is nice, and many will suggest it here. But do not forget that the average highly active forum users here is of a certain age (me included), not college students, and have their tastes quite...
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    Re: Worth a blind buy?

    That very much depends of taste and generation. I think that there are more accessible fragrance to try before that one, especially for beginner and/or younger crowds. Had I to suggest a few albums...
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    Re: Black Afgano is great

    Real deal? Probably not, since - at discounter pricing - it cost 2X more than Sycomore, and 3X more/ml than DHP.
    As for the scent, it's not cup of tea, but that is very subjective.

    For the price...
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    Re: Fakest Youtuber

    I was talking about Sebastian from Smelling Great Fragrances (or should I say: Selling Great). But Joy Amin has been also called out apparently a few posts ago.

    That said, I doubt that Joy Amin...
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    Re: Fakest Youtuber

    That said, now that I think about it, I remember the guy answering a comment that "there won;t be any review of Bond No.9 on this channel"... so maybe they gave him problems...not sure.

    It depends...
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    Re: Fakest Youtuber

    These are 3 I still watch. Also Questioning Scents, and occasionally Wafts from the Loft and Lanier Smith. But the only one I really look forward to the next episode like for a netflix show is The...
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    Re: Fakest Youtuber

    I like reading him, but I hate watching him. He seems so pretentious behind his window of fake simplicity.
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    Re: Blind buy dissapointments

    Same here.
  76. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Ordered 2 fragrances on ebay from Italy. Received them (US) within 3 weeks. According to the tracking number, these 2 are still in the originating post office.
    On the other way, I ordered a couple...
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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    They didn't cut corners in OL, just mistakes ;)
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    Re: Blind buy dissapointments

    Same for me. I have the 2017 issue, and might sell it at some point.
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    Re: Blind buy dissapointments

    I'll definitely check the trashbin behind your house. When is the day you throw the trash away? lol
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    1. Both stunning.
    2. It is quite subtle. Good, but not a favourite of mine. In the same vein, you might want to try Nuit de Megeve by Eight&Bob.
    3. I only have the current EdT, and find it really...
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    I definitely understand why: both are just fantastic!
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    Never tried the Dana one, but it's so cheap, I might get it at some point.
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    The prices you see are inclusive of VAT (all prices displayed in Europe are, by law). Even with 45 Euros extra of shipping, it's worth it, because they deduct the 13% VAT for US buyers. So the real...
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    Re: Fakest Youtuber

    No evidence. Just seems logical.
    My 2 cents: he just rebranded it and needed a new fresh start to attract more attention.
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    Re: Fakest Youtuber

    It's easy money to make. The companies send him things to review, not to sell. This is a freebie, not a payment for his services. Indeed, I don;t understand why companies do not send sample or sample...
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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    Ombre Leather would be my choice, independently of price. I found TL loud and boorish.

    But had I to go for a modern leather fragrance, I would opt for Guerlain Cuir Intense or Acqua di Parma...
  87. Re: Help me find a good, sweet Fall men's fragrance that performs well (preferably designer)

    Serge Lutens - Fourreau Noir
  88. Re: Dark, smokey, natural-leaning Vanilla fragrances

    Or maybe that one :)
    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/483081-Latest-Montale-Dark-Vanilla!
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    Sorry, after double checking, it appears that it's only their Extrait de Parfum line (Eau Sacree, Agarwood, Phoenicia...) that saw their prices modified: basically a 100ml bottle will be soon...
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    Re: Montale

    Quite loud and linear, bold but crowdpleasing at the same time, and not obviously the most refined ingredients.

    I love:
    Dark Aoud
    Greyland
    Aoud Cuir d'Arabie
    Aoud Musk
    Starry Nights

    I like:
  91. Re: Dark, smokey, natural-leaning Vanilla fragrances

    Dark
    Le Labo - Patchouli 24
    Nishane - Ani
    Costume National - Soul
    Dior - Fahrenheit Parfum
    Rogue - Derviche
    Montale - Starry Nights

    Brighter
    Guerlain - Habit Rouge EDP
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    Re: Oriza Legrand: Buy 1, get 1 free!

    Click on the 50ml of Relique or Chypre at the bottom of the page, they have codes.
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    Re: Oriza Legrand: Buy 1, get 1 free!

    True! while LS limit the choice of the extra 50ml to Relique d'Amour and Chypre Mousse, it's a great deal. And might actually be even more convenient than buying directly to Oriza Legrand given that...
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    1. Not sure if it is my absolute favourite, but me too, it's still in my wishlist. Btw, Heeley has now issued 100ml bottle, thus decreasing the price/ml of their fragrances! Wait for the new stocks...
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    1. I agree. Not a fan of OV either, but also a fan of E03, good stuff!
    2. Then, I suggest not to wait too long, since it has recently been discontinued and prices might rise soon.
    3. I'm...
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    I heard good things on Chypre Mousse (green), Horizon (chypre) and Reve d’Ossian (incense).
    That said, I haven’t tried any of this house, thus these ę*standouts*Ľ are only based on hype and reviews....
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    Re: From hate to love

    PG - Arabian Horse
    From I don’t care to masterpiece in my book.

    That say, more often than not, it’s mostly the opposite that occurs: I try a fragrance in store, I m wowed, and when ordering it...
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    Re: Blind buy dissapointments

    Wow... Iím neutral to LIDGE and LíInsoumis, and agree with you on the Mancera, but maaannn.... are you sure you havenít misread the title of the thread?
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    Re: Blind buy dissapointments

    I own Pure Havane and B*Men. I like them both (the latter more than the first), but rarely reach out for them. I might sell the first, in the long run.
  100. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Just ordered:

    Etro - Messe de Minuit
    Dunhill - Signature Collection sample kit (Arabian Desert, British Leather, Indian Sandalwood, and Moroccan Amber)

    And still waiting for the CdG bottle...
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