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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Roger & Gallet Santal EdT
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    Re: covid19 anosmia

    If you understood how virus transmission works, you’d realize how ignorant that statement is. As Darjeeling points out, the primary purpose of masks is to prevent outward transmission. At this, they...
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    Re: covid19 anosmia

    Flu numbers are down because social isolating, social distancing, and masks work to prevent flu transmission, and these measures were all underway before flu season started. Neither flu nor COVID-19...
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    Re: Calling all vintage Caron experts!

    Following the clues on Raiders, it looks like 1986.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Nice choice. I just gave Mrs. S a bottle, and she loves it!
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

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    Neil Morris - Gotham
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    It’s practically a bra and panties for men.
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    Re: Fragrantica? Is that you?

    Durian as a top note—what’s next: corpse flower absolute in the heart?
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Coty Stetson

    I guess cowboys wore baby powder because of all the chafing.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Alas, the sprayer on my Schiaparelli Snuff bottle is busted, so now I wish I'd held out for a pipe-cap splash bottle. The frustration has colored my experience, but I managed to get a bit out of it,...
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    Re: Calling all vintage Caron experts!

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Snuff de Schiaparelli
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    Re: Luca Turin's New Blog

    Indeed: see Creed and “ambergris.” Also, if Roja’s using them, who’s to say how much per bottle? And do expensive ingredients guarantee a good recipe? I mean, is any mashup of ambergris, orris root,...
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    Re: Luca Turin's New Blog

    I mean quality as perceived by Turin. Those fragrances are marketed as haute luxe, and their fans regard them as such, but that doesn’t obligate a reviewer to agree. Indeed, he wouldn’t be an...
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    Re: Fragrantica? Is that you?

    Missing from the directory

    Judith Brockless has been empowered to add listings, and is doing so.
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    Re: Fragrantica? Is that you?

    Apple succeeded by excelling at both form and function, and especially the interrelation of the two.
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    Re: Luca Turin's New Blog

    For $20K, a Toyota Corolla is arguably worth buying. For $200K, it inarguably isn't. Turin docks fragrances that are badged and priced like Ferraris if they perform like Corollas. That's where price...
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    Re: Luca Turin's New Blog

    If so, then you were making the wrong comparison.
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    Re: Fragrantica? Is that you?

    The primary issue is not prettiness, it's function. From a usability standpoint, the layout of the BN website is much better than Fragrantica's in almost every way. That's not to say the BN site is...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 28th October, 2020

    SOTN:

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    Amouage Beloved Man
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    Re: Fragrantica? Is that you?

    I have no profile picture, as I'm not a member. ZC is correct, though: if you scroll down far enough, the comments are still there, and (at least on a desktop computer) actually easier to read...
  22. Re: Car Company Men’s Fragrances You Feel Are Solid Buys Currently?

    It's going to speckmann0706, as originally offered, but I doubt he'll mind if I make you a decant first. It's not exactly a small bottle.
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    Re: Fragrantica? Is that you?

    Manischewitz is the hyper-sweet synthetic fruity floral of wines. Bug juice spiked with hand sanitizer. Just say no.


    Except it was broke. Fragrantica's old interface was a textbook example of...
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    Re: Luca Turin's New Blog

    I'm sure there's a degree course in perfume criticism somewhere, though I couldn't find one in an admittedly limited search. Feel free to post a link. (As you point out regarding œnologists, training...
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    Re: Fragrantica? Is that you?

    If it was wine before, it was Manischewitz: any decent vinegar would be an improvement. The new Fragrantica layout seems thus to me, save that I can't see any discussion of the fragrances as I could...
  26. Re: Car Company Men’s Fragrances You Feel Are Solid Buys Currently?

    If you really want to try Bentley Intense, you can have mine for the cost of S&H. This is not an endorsement.

    I haven't tried too many car company frags: I have that Bentley, Jaguar, and Bugatti....
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Lucien Lelong - Tailspin cologne
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    Re: Luca Turin's New Blog

    I don’t agree with all his ratings, but then I don’t agree with all of anyone else’s opinions about anything—and, if I did, then I wouldn’t find that person or their work interesting. We learn...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    That’s OK. Give it time.

    Happy birthday, youngster!
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    Re: Luca Turin's New Blog

    Regarding GIT and Cool Water, it’s the same nose behind both, so the latter doesn’t get docked if it’s perceived as an improvement. (Also, it was and is much less expensive.) And, yes, Cool Water is...
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    Re: Givenchy "La Collection Particulière"

    Well, Givenchy is designer, not niche. Having a premium line doesn’t change that.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTN:

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    Lucien Lelong - Whisper (Murmure) cologne
  33. Re: Is it just me or are reformulations getting better?

    Well, you can blow it multiple ways. The loudness wars all but destroyed audio mastering, but they were not unique to digital: it's just that you could only get so hot in analog mastering without...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    It's easy to take classics for granted: "Oh, yeah, everyone likes that." How often does one cue up the Beatles' "Yesterday" at home? And then, you do it, and you're reminded why it's a classic....
  35. Re: Is it just me or are reformulations getting better?

    It's not dissimilar to the early days of digital remastering in audio: many of the earliest examples were poor because the engineers were used to vinyl and not yet intimate with CD (let alone mp3)....
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    Re: If Yves Saint Laurent was alive...

    It's hard to imagine anyone who oversaw a notable perfume house 40+ years ago would be happy with what transpires under their name today, save perhaps with the profits. Which doesn't mean nothing...
  37. Re: I can't believe I've never smelled Heritage..

    Without talking to Guerlain, it's impossible to tell whether those fragrances remain in production and the company has ceased distribution beyond France, or if the fragrances are discontinued and the...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I posted a tutorial with visuals somewhere. When I find it, I’ll link it.
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    Re: Blind Buy 30s Coty Chypre

    I don’t imagine Alexandra’s business model skews toward selling FBs. What she has is very difficult to acquire, and if she moved a lot of bottles, she’d simply be out of business. Either way, I can’t...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Lucien Lelong - Sirôcco cologne

    This is a really nice oriental amber/leather chypre. I might need the extrait.
  41. Re: What’s in the back of your collection waiting to get out and see the world?

    I have over 100 fragrances waiting for me to try—not counting samples.
  42. Thread: Bel Ami

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    Re: Bel Ami

    No, but my notions of fragrance as fashion aren’t the same as those of many other people. Remember, 1) I’m not particularly young, and 2) I’m a vintage frag hound. If it smells good to me l, I have...
  43. Thread: Bel Ami

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    Re: Bel Ami

    If I could find a retirement home that smelled like the drydown of Bel Ami, I’d move there right now.
  44. Re: I can't believe I've never smelled Heritage..

    I couldn’t get over the hump with Habit Rouge. Héritage was instant love, as you say.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTN:

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    Monsieur Couturier
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I will, of course, post about the Santal as soon as I get to it. At this rate, it will arrive before the Molinard I bought a few weeks back (still swimming across the ocean, apparently).

    Ori does...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Really? Does a celery farm explode in Washington every Autumn? :)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks! I'm really looking forward to trying that one.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Lenthéric Onyx cologne - surprised by how good this was the other day, I quickly nabbed some backups for my 0.3 oz mini.


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    Ori was selling off some unnamed Givaudan...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    That's a nice starter collection. :)
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Just FYI, I could only find Lenthéric Onyx Cologne in .3 oz and .6 oz. minis. I imagine they produced full bottles at some point, but I've only ever seen the after shave in "adult sizes." On the...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Lucien Lelong Eau de Cologne (1933)

    Not in the BN directory. This is really quite lovely, more on the sweet than acidic side of the citrus. Performance is appropriate for an EdC. Well...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 26th October, 2020

    Geeze, CookieB! My clothes only shock other people.

    It’s kind of amazing that defib vests even exist. I’m glad yours is working properly, even though I’m sorry you need it. Your heart will always...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I’ll go out on a limb and say it is. Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes: I was just looking for contrast with the disappointing Caron EdC before going to bed. Then it was like, “Heyyyyy…!” So I...
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    Re: What do you really think of BYREDO??

    Fragrance is subjective. If you like it, you should buy it and wear it. Just try it first.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Lenthéric - Onyx

    Looks cheap. Smells expensive. Terrific under-the-radar fougère.
  57. Re: What do most (non-fraghead) women think of guys who collect perfumes?

    Sure, and I feel similarly. But your statement was, "only intelligent men attract intelligent women," which is an entirely different thing from what kind of woman attracts you as an individual man. I...
  58. Re: What do most (non-fraghead) women think of guys who collect perfumes?

    Only if your definition of "intelligent women" is reflexive. Otherwise, intelligent women are as capable of being attracted to hunky lunks as intelligent men to beautiful bimbos. Hormones don't have...
  59. Re: What do most (non-fraghead) women think of guys who collect perfumes?

    Oxford Learner's Dictionary: collect: 2. collect something to buy or find things of a particular type and keep them as a hobby

    Cambridge Dictionary: collect: to get and keep things of one type...
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    Re: Guerlain Vs Caron and the Test of Time

    Caron under Ernest Daltroff didn't have any specifically masculine scents apart from Pour un Homme. Yatagan, Le 3ème Homme, L'Anarachiste, et al. weren't launched until well after Daltroff's tenure...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Caron Eau de Cologne (1934)

    Not the 1995 relaunch. The crown logo was used 1934–1969. Breaking the seal today on this 400ml bottle.

    ***

    Legendary Chanel parfumeur Ernest Beaux once...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Thanks! No, this is my first nosing of any Must, masculine or feminine. I’m also curious about the Anise flanker. I have yet to be disappointed in any Cartier. DrT doesn’t love this, though.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    L’Essence de Must de Cartier pour Homme

    Cartier seriously doesn’t suck.
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    Re: Your cologne is killing me..

    A tangy whiff of cumin
    Befouled the office air
    And then he gassed the room with
    His powerhouse fougère
    But he just kept on spritzing
    Though it was way too strong…
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    Re: Your cologne is killing me..

    True enough. "Wounding," maybe. :)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks, fellas. Every once in a while, you gotta take your bargain-hunting cap off and just go for it.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Re: Your cologne is killing me..

    I understood that point. I was offering a counterpoint. There is often more than one plausible explanation for an observed phenomenon.
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    Re: Guerlain Vs Caron and the Test of Time

    I have the sense—perhaps without adequate foundation—that Guerlain has poured considerably greater resources into the maintenance of its catalog than has Caron. Neither has suffered the ravages of...
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    Re: Your cologne is killing me..

    Apart from social norms, these could be related in at least two ways: 1) fragrances used to cover up or mitigate the smell of cigarettes, now unnecessary; 2) when you don't smoke (actively or...
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    Re: TOM FORD fragrances

    The OP's concerns are from 2015. Please don't feed the zombies.
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    Re: Your cologne is killing me..

    My first wearing of vintage Zino, I was put off. Second time around, it clicked, possibly because I wore less. I don't know from the current juice, but maybe just try wearing less of it. It's not as...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Houbigant - Duc de Vervins

    Most certainly not the worst fougère in history, nor even in current production. It's not a particularly imaginative one: it's more like a white-collar Brut....
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Congrats! I look forward to your comprehensive comparative assessment.
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    Re: Bentley Intense vs One Million Prive ?

    I’ve only worn Equus this far, but it punches way above its discount price point. I, too, was disappointed in Bentley Intense, but because it didn’t meet what I perceived as Lalique’s standard,...
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    Re: Bentley Intense vs One Million Prive ?

    Which Laliques have led you to that conclusion?
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    It’s not listed on Guerlain’s website, not even the French site. It’s not clear (at least, to me) whether one can still order it in bee bottles at select boutiques: I’ve never tried, nor even been to...
  78. Re: The house you sampled with the most liked perfumes

    Abdes Salaam/Via del Profumo
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Well (if impudently) done! :)



    I have been blessed with the perfect wife and the perfect cat. Either I was very good in my last life or I'm due to be severely tortured in the next.
  80. Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    My personal, highly impractical answer has been to buy enough different discontinued fragrances that, however many I use up, there will always be more treasures to enjoy. I have many loves. Monogamy...
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    Re: What do you really think of BYREDO??

    Burvuvu is arguably the house crowd-pleaser, at least as far as more traditional masculines go, but the line as a whole is quite adventurous without ever smelling like it's going for shock value.
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    Re: What do you really think of BYREDO??

    I enjoyed Bal d'Afrique well enough for a few wears, but soon came to realize it didn't click for me, so I sold it off. Everything else I've smelled from the house has failed to pull at my purse...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    As I have good vintage bottles of both Jicky and MdM, perhaps I should A/B them soon.
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    Re: Other frags like Jaipur Homme Boucheron...

    I'm pretty sure the OP has already resolved his Jaïpur Homme issues one way or another, given that he hasn't logged in to Basenotes for six years.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    That boy is cruisin' for a groomin'.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    You probably got me interested in those three in the first place. It so happened the same seller had the best available prices on all four, and I finally got tired of waiting for them to sell out so...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Thanks! DrTricia and I both like Amouage Silver as well, though I think I'd like to try the original Cristal formulation.

    Gin doesn't knock over anything! I mean, very rarely, a piece of paper or...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    It's funny, I bought the Coveri more or less by accident. I'd been watching it for a while, then this morning I mis-clicked and put it in my cart instead of going back to my watch list. And I...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Yeah, not exactly a household name these days. This'll be my first from the house.

    Other purchases today:

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    Azzaro Acteur, MCM Success, Homme de Grès, Roccobarocco Joint


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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Ha! The joke's on you! I wasn't wearing a shirt with that tie!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Amouage Silver, for the Friday "Spirit Animal" sync.
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    For DrTricia's and my shared Chinchilla Silver Persian spirit animal, I chose Amouage Silver.
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Smooth tobacco and non-vanillic amber, with the tobacco starting light and then deepening during the drydown. Not a sillage or longevity monster, nothing harsh or smoky.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTN:

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    Lucien Lelong - Tailspin (aka Passionnement) cologne
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    De Jussy - Triple Extrait de Lavande
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Hank Azaria. :) "Agador Spartacus."
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Wearing this today:

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    Very nice stuff indeed.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Dans un Jardin pour Homme - Fleur de Tabac

    The tobacco base never really asserted itself in last night’s Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme, so let’s see if this scratches the lingering itch.
    ...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTN:

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    Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme

    Does it smell nice? Yes. Is it worth unicorn pricing for a FB? Not to me. Far from the most synthetic/ozonic of fresh fougères, but still leans more...
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    Re: Looking for a dark and evil beast

    Clinique Happy.
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