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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    It's that fragrance, but I'm pretty sure this bottle isn't from 1933! Pre-1980, though.





    I'll be happy to relieve you of your disappointing bottle.

    I'm more intrigued by the Embrujo—I...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Yes, somehow, odor has mutated from “scent” to “bad smell.” But of perhaps even greater interest is the number 200. Crown Perfumery launched in 1872, and they boasted over 200 fragrances by 1873. I...
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Nope, not yet. Some sellers seem to have it on MercadoLibre.mx, but if those prices are in $US, that ain't happening.
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    Re: My Grandmothers Collection

    Thanks. I thought it might be a Worth, but I wasn't sure which.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

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    Myrurgia - Embrujo de Sevilla
  6. Re: Givenchy Gentleman silver vs. black themed box - which came first?

    Correct. Ref. numbers that close are the same formulation in different size or type (splash vs. spray) bottles.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

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    Crown Perfumery - Tanglewood Bouquet

    Basenotes and Fragrantica have this as from 1932. Parfumo has it as 1927. Perfume Intelligence has both: from 1927 as "an edp with top notes of...
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    Older box:

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    Note that this is a US box: French boxes may have different indicators of vintage.

    The oldest bottles will state concentration in ° rather than %, and will not have...
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    I’ve seen variation of both silver-on-black and black-on-silver boxes indicating different vintages. While I think the very oldest boxes I’ve seen are black-on-silver, that alone is not a sufficient...
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    I had hoped my references to minimalism and cubism would have dispelled any expectations of a literal similarity. Rather, I meant I imagined Roudnitska had fixed on a few key elements of Mitsouko and...
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    Continuing the sync with an old friend: Eau Sauvage.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    It is that. Whether it's accurate is anyone's call, but that's (part of) what I got out of my first wear.
  13. Re: A fine fragrance production supervisor answers questions on Reddit

    Unless their other costs (marketing, etc.) don't support that model.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Oh, she already does, thanks. This will be her backup bottle!



    Well, ah'm-a gettin' me the 'MERICAN stuff!
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    Re: My Grandmothers Collection

    Yeah, me, too. Funel is one of those off-beat brands I haven't had a chance to sample that piques my curiosity.
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    Re: My Grandmothers Collection

    That's a nice collection, all quality stuff even if most of it hasn't tremendous market value. If you're looking to sell, I'd go on eBay and search for each of them with the Sold Items option turned...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    See the Sync thread. Dr. T only just got home, so she's missed everything but the drydown.
  18. Re: A fine fragrance production supervisor answers questions on Reddit

    Try this:

    https://old.reddit.com/r/fragrance/comments/mxixl0/ama_a_fine_fragrance_production_supervisor/
  19. Re: Rubbing salt in the wound: fragrance hobby and forum posting... are we getting insane?

    I'm sorry to hear your friend cashed in his chips.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    You've convinced me (along with the reviews):

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    Louis Féraud/Avon - Féraud pour Homme

    Also, for Dr. T:

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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    In that case, I despise it, but I'll take them off your hands cheap.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

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    Dior-Dior parfum

    For the Friday Dior sync.
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    By request: Dior-Dior.

    Opens with a blast of controlled chaos, a bit like being whacked on the nose with a well-stuffed leather pomander. It then settles down into a toasted fruit tart...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Pics?
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

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    Crown Perfumery - Crown Heliotrope

    A snootful of amaretto. Smooth, natural, and a strong performer, this is no doubt fantastic for heliotrope enthusiasts, of which I am not one....
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Your wish is my command. Watch this space.
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    I’m starting my Crown Perfumery journey with one I only have in samples: Alpine Lily.

    Some reviews describe this as "lily of the valley" or "aquatic." I would say neither is accurate.
    ...
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    Re: Latest Clive Christian - Matsukita!

    I’m not a huge adherent to hard gender lines in perfumery. That said, Crown’s original 1892 Matsukita and the 1990s reissue were launched as feminines. I have as yet no idea how much resemblance...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Good catch. To me, that indicates my bottle is older.
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    My wardrobe contains:

    Diorling
    Eau Sauvage
    Eau Sauvage Parfum 2012
    Fahrenheit
    Jules

    plus samples:
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Well, according to the batch codes…

    This was Crown Perfumery’s “standard bottle” from the late 19th century until perhaps as late as the 1930s. These bottles could be from as long ago as 1887....
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Palais Jamais is hanging in there just fine, so no SOTE. But tomorrow, we start down the home stretch:

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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Very much. It's a bit like an expansion of Etro Vetiver, which I also like very much.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

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    Etro - Palais Jamais
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    The pyramid lists some 20 notes, but the net result is leather and oakmoss. It’s a smooth, rounded leather, with no petrol or other sharp notes, but also no significant floral or sweet notes. The...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

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    Farina Gegenüber - Russisch Leder
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    This is the only version I've tried. I'm enjoying it. Soapy, mossy goodness. It's not exciting the way Balenciaga Portos was last night—that's some major dudely stank right there. But it's kinda like...
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    SIR - Irisch Moos
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I got both a spray and splash glass bottle for that purpose. Amongst other things, I confirmed it’s the exact same juice. Great stuff.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    200ml splash. Smells awesome.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    This finally arrived, just in time to be my SOTE:

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    Balenciaga - Portos
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    Thanks! It's a blind buy for me, but the price was right.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    And VR, too.

    It looks like the reason “Dick Clark Signature Cologne” is so (allegedly) valuable has (surprise) nothing to do with how it smells. As soon as it was released, Max Factor brought...
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Oh, you want that one. Or Masculin is the best of the Bourjois “Masculin” line by a stretch. Also the hardest to find.
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    Coty - l’Origan

    Yeah. This is the good one.
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    Indeed, there's no sense in a world where Elvis Presley cologne is worth less than Dick Clark cologne.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Sorry, Papsi! Have you ever tried Lasso?
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    Lenthéric 12, because I loved my mini so much.


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    Patou Lasso, to augment my collection of Lasso dribs and drabs.
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    Coty - Émeraude

    This was my mother-in-law’s scent when Dr. T. was a child, so I hope it brings her back fond memories.

    As for me, I find it too much like the aspects of Shalimar I...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Nah. He was happily in the room with his mom: half guarding, half napping. Any position with his belly exposed signals comfort and trust.
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    Chillin’ for your birthday.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Now THAT’S a birthday scent! Happy birthday, sir!
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Yep, they’re embossed, not just printed to look as if they were.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Perhaps more satisfying to look at than to wear. I haven’t got Chypre yet, save as a sample (which I liked): most of what’s on the market is either Pfizer era or overpriced. But I’ll likely get a...
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Sure, they smell different: “Lapidus pour Homme” and “Ted Lapidus pour Homme” are completely different fragrances. I’m much more of a TLPH guy, but LPH has its fans.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

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    Coty - l’Aimant

    Reading the various reviews of l'Aimant is a bit like the tale of the blind men grasping at the elephant. "It's like Chanel no. 5!" "No, it's like Bal ŕ Versailles!" "No,...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Well, we usually start with what hits us at just the right moment, after which expanding beyond that is a challenge we either welcome or reject.

    Not that there's anything wrong with Chuck! There...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    My choices of what to wear are based primarily on what I have on hand that I haven't tried yet, and a lot of what I have on hand was acquired more to educate myself than to align with my preferences....
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Interesting lineup. I have Tabac, courtesy of a generous BNer; that's easily the best-known of this group. The only other one I've got is the Bourjois Masculin Acier, which I recall liking but for...
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    Thanks!

    Earlyn, I have three bottles taking their sweet time getting here from Italy and Serbia, and a few things I'm saving for the indefinitely delayed Guy Robert Picnic. Other than that, from...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    For the Friday "Big Floral" sync:

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    Breaking out the pre-Pfizer Cotys, starting with…

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    Coty - Paris
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    As I’m almost at the end of my slog through all my bottles, this sync seems like a good excuse to break out my pre-Pfizer Coty minis:

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    My on-theme SOTD:

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    Coty - Paris
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Reviews are split as to which is more interesting. Forte is the one you can’t get anymore, so by that measure it must be better.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Well, strictly on fortitude, Forte can keep his name, although it's pretty close at this stage. The main difference is that the original Tuscany has a sweeter, softer shape, leaning more heavily on...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Well, that one on the left comes in a black bottle.

    As for the smell, I’ll get back to you.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    It’s shoot-out time:

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    Aramis - Tuscany per Uomo Forte vs. Tuscany (original)
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Probably in that or any other part of the world. Still, one can be both an artist and a con artist. The limited evidence I have suggests neither genius nor incompetence, but rather adequate skills...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Yeah, I read that one. Hard to tell from all the reviews if it’s a legit outfit or the reporter bought a load of malarkey. Probably a bit of both.
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    Shahinaz-Palace Perfumes - Shahinaz Perfume

    This is the wooden box, complete with instructions, shredded satin lining, this morning’s Musk in the background, and two empty...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Yeah, it came in a boxed set that originally had four different bottles, two of which are long empty and one other of which will be my SOTE. I couldn't say what was actually in the composition, but...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    That reminds me: if anyone has a cap from an empty Lagerfeld sprayer, I could use one for my cap-less bottle.
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    Shahinaz-Perfume Palace - Musk

    Reviews for this perfumery are all over the map, from “best perfume ever” to “scam—the cheap perfumes they sell aren’t the good ones they demo.” This...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Thanks! It is sort of cute, isn't it?


    Yeah, well, folks on eBay and Etsy are asking $100–200 for one of these now. (No, I did not pay that much—but it wasn't $5, either.)
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

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    Landers - Loveland Musk Oil (c.1972)

    Great: now I’ve got Tibetan deer in the yard. Let’s hope they don’t fight with the cats.

    OK, probably not real deer musk, give that it...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Yes, relatively genteel after application—although, upon opening the bottle, all the neighborhood cats came yowling to my yard.
  76. Re: What is the fragrance you love on a woman or partner, and *why*?

    I’m seeing new flankers.

    “Mitsouko Parmigiana.”
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    Schiaparelli - Shocking EdC

    Having surrendered my parfum to Dr. T., I thought I’d give the eau de cologne a try.
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    Either the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach or you have a special way of wearing lasagna.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Trademarks are protected. In the case of Basara and Samsara, not only the name but also the packaging was similar. That they smell nothing alike was irrelevant. Of course, not every suit is...
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    Shiseido - Basala (Basara)

    Distinctive enough that I understand the cult following, although I’m a tad shy of joining the cult myself. Descriptions in reviews are all over the...
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    Galimard - No. 7

    If you get right up on it, it's a beautiful aldehydic chypre. If you don't, it's scarcely there at all.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Oh, that.

    Honestly, it does nothing for me. A “meh” peachy white floral thing. The original actually contained three separate perfumes that you mixed to taste: hence the name and the crazy...
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    Carven - Variations (1950 or 1971)

    Confusion surrounds the release date on Variations because some sources say it’s been discontinued and reissued a couple of times, with the...
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    Re: Quorum by Antonio Puig: A Guide to Versions

    If that, then the batch code makes it 1993. I thought this box design didn’t come until later.
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    Parfums Regence - Kölnisch Juchten
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    Re: Quorum by Antonio Puig: A Guide to Versions

    I would guess 2003, but you want confirmation from members more knowledgeable about Quorum.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    I don’t know if anything changed but the name, which was in response to legal action by Guerlain over visual similarity to Samsara.
  88. Thread: Antilope

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    Re: Antilope

    80s is probably right. I have some older Antilope: good stuff.
  89. Re: If you only own a mini or small decant, do you include the fragrance in your Basenotes "Wardrobe

    I’ve been inconsistent. Since minis are still bottles, albeit small ones, a number of them have made it into my wardrobe, while others are under samples. Decants are all categorized as samples, even...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

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    Clive Christian - X Twist Oudh (2017)
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    Re: When you need the BIG bottle

    My largest bottle is a quart of Monsieur Lanvin.
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    That dollar-for-dollar comparison doesn't hold because it discounts economies of scale. Ensar literally can't make enough of what he produces now, the way he produces and distributes it now, to get...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    Sure, it's silly to decide something is "worth" whatever it's original retail (or discounted retail!) was. If you don't want to pay $200+ for Rive Gauche now, don't. Prices will come down because...
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    It’s the cost of shipping that gives me pause.
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    Annick Goutal - Encens Flamboyant parfum

    When I wore Eau du Fier the other day, I recalled that Tania Sanchez wrote in the Guide, "it smells like nothing so much as the interior of a...
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    Re: Did anyone hear about "Cascadeur" ?

    Certain American cultural exports have done well in France (amongst other places), including Hollywood movies, popular music, blue jeans, etc. It’s not entirely surprising that someone would try to...
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    Re: Did anyone hear about "Cascadeur" ?

    https://m.ina.fr/video/PUB3491033012

    This commercial is supposedly from 1978.

    And this ad, 1984:

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    That’s one I haven’t seen before! I like that “allegedly.” After a bit of research, it seems plausible that Cascadeur is much older. The 1986 date seems to be based on registration of trademarks for...
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    Aramis - Portos

    Some very kind moderator moved this here from where I accidentally posted it in the Friday Sync thread—thanks!

    Portos is a good dry, understated herbal...
  100. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I think Canada has been cracking down on fragrance imports (probably amongst many other things) from the US recently. I have Canadian friends to whom I'd like to send decants, but I've gotten...
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