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    Re: Shocking amounts of grey in passport photo

    Cameras can certainly change colors quite a bit, so it is very possible that it is accentuating the grey in your hair. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to ask somebody you trust.

    cacio
  2. Re: Long time listener, first time caller, asking for advice re Jicky

    Others have commented about the different version. You should not worry about "poo" with any version, though. yes, there was civet in the old one, but that's not poo, just a bit of animalic warmth.
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  3. Re: Long time listener, first time caller, asking for advice re Jicky

    I concur with grayspoole's idea that for vintage one should only spend what one is willing to loose without much regret.
  4. Re: Long time listener, first time caller, asking for advice re Jicky

    Welcome!

    Buying vintage is tricky because the probability of some type of degradation is high and the prices for classics of Guerlain and Chanel is very high. And there is really no way to know...
  5. Re: Owning a bottle of Chanel Eau de Cologne for a long time, did it last?

    I am at my second 400 ml bottle (occasionally it comes in that format too), and have never noticed any degradation. As others were saying, just keep the bottle away from light and heat.
  6. Re: Old fave from the 90s - but memory is sketchy

    Nothing particular rings a bell. If you are sure about the year, you could try looking at perfumes introduced in a given year, eg
    https://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedirectory/?launch1=1995&launch=1...
  7. Re: Rate my collection and what else i should collect

    A very good, diverse collection. So many things to choose from. Perhaps some classic? (eg Caron, Chanel, Guerlain, Hermes)
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    Re: Your biggest/best performer?

    Amouage Interlude Man
    Etat Libre d'Orange Rien
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    Re: Summer months and fragances

    Perfumes don't deteriorate so quickly even when warm (though eventually they will)-so I wouldn't attribute the lack of performance to this. Other factors may affect perfume performance and...
  10. Thread: Meo Fusciuni

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    Re: Meo Fusciuni

    Resurrecting this thread because I finally got the chance to smell these in a store in Rome.

    I bought Varanasi. There are some (not too strong) animalic musks, with a touch of dry oud and leather...
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    Indeed, Lauder's plan was to bring luxury perfume to the masses-also convincing them that it was good bang for the buck. That is, something that you put on in the morning and it would last until the...
  12. Re: Coty's A Suma compared to Guerlain's Shalimar

    I haven't smelled it either. But as grayspoole was saying, Shalimar itself derives from Emeraude, so there would be no surprise here.
  13. Re: Gucci bloom more green and less sweet on a man.

    I also perceive a strong tuberose in Bloom. More green and less sweet, in addition to Carnal Flowers, also Lutens Tubereuse criminelle.as well as the Histoires de Parfums tubereuse trio.
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    Re: Latest Diptyque - Kyoto!

    Interesting. I didn't care for most recent Diptyques. But beetroot is interesting. This could mean geosmin-type of molecules, as beetroot have plenty of those (like rhubarb).

    cacio
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    I bought a bottle last year in the US (the new rectangualr bottles), so assuming there's no further reformulation-the effect is a bit different. The vintage one had a strength given by the oakmoss,...
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    Re: Can you identify these 3 perfume bottles?

    The mini with the S could be a Schiaparelli, like Schiaparelli S.
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    Re: How many milliliters you use in a year?

    Let's see, just guessing, for me, 4 sprays a day=1460 per year, at 10 sprays per ml, that makes 146 ml. Some days I spray twice, or try etc, so let's say up to 200ml.
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    Re: Oliver & Co rebranding as Avant-Garden Labs

    Got the perfume! It was Jasmine and calamus (since my chose cassie had not been produced).

    Very nice. Starts sharply green, soon moves to a sort of jasmine, synthetic and dirtyish, with the...
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    Re: Your perfect vetiver wardrobe

    I find vetiver perfect in hot and humid summers, so that's the right period.

    Vetiver extraordinaire: freshest
    Dior Vetiver: fresh, citrusy top, then classic vetiver
    Chanel Sycomore EDT: more...
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    Re: Appreciating fragrances you dislike

    One example for me would be aquatics. I strongly dislike the material, but I recognize that some aquatics are very interesting and done in an interesting, creative way. An example would be Lys...
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    Re: Any summer iris recommendations?

    Iris can feel a bit cold, so I think it works well in the summer indeed.

    If you are willing to go into $$$ niche, I like Le Labo Iris. Simple and very dry. However, it lacks the soapiness of the...
  22. Re: Looking for some Masculine/men's focused fragrances to add to collection

    Many good suggestions already. I'll add Etat libre d'orange Rien (or Rien incense intense). Very musky and leathery.
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    Re: Krizia vintage thread

    I like krizia uomo. Big boned coniferous Italian style.
    Teatro alla scala is a nice oriental.
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    Re: Help with a gift for my girlfriend!

    It seems she likes fruity and somewhat sweet. Second la petite robe noire for something in similar style and no 5 l’eau or l’eau premiere for something still a little sweet and fruity but in a more...
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    Re: Qualities that make a night vs. day scent?

    As freewheelingvagabond was saying, the usual stereotype is something fresher, lighter, less intrusive for the day and something heavy, full on for the evening. In the same way that, say, heavy...
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    Re: Oliver & Co rebranding as Avant-Garden Labs

    Thanks for the update. As said, in my case it simply hadn't been produced. But if there is a followup, then this may determine further delays.

    cacio
  27. Re: Santa María Novella Acqua di Colonia, Colonia Russa, Floris N.89

    For the basic acqua di colonia, in addition to 4711, there's also Cologne sologne (cheap if bought in larger bottles).

    cacio
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    Re: Chanel No. 5 long ad

    Reminds me of when Chanel did a fashion show with supermarket like food packaging. Not a fan of the fact that in the paint cans there are single doses envelopes.

    I wonder whether they're going to...
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    Re: Oliver & Co rebranding as Avant-Garden Labs

    Just received an update today. Cassie, the one I had chosen, will not be produced. The email offered a refund, or the choice of another perfume. I replied that I'd like jasmine instead. Let's see.
  30. Thread: Washington DC?

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    Re: Washington DC?

    Welcome back and thanks for the info.
    As mentioned above, my experience with Parfums de france has been different. but then I shopped there many times. When I stopped by recently, I noticed that...
  31. Thread: NoVA

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    Re: NoVA

    Good to know.I'll have to venture out there sometimes.
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    Re: Oliver & Co rebranding as Avant-Garden Labs

    Astrogirl

    Thanks for the update! I should send an email as well then. I keep getting the usual ad emails that there is a sales and what not, but have not got any information on the products.
    ...
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    Re: help on flower from a man.

    I have not tried Musa paradisiaca. Between the other two, Lys med. More unique. But carnal flower is a great tuberose.

    cacio
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    Re: Has my nose matured?

    Some of the modern mainstream is indeed very sweet. Plus tastes change, as others were saying.

    I think that some of the Hermes offers are fresh, light, but also long lasting. In addition to the...
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    Re: Best summer Amouage for woman

    Silver is relatively fresh and long lasting. Citrusy-floral-with a touch of incense. It's in the form-men line (ie tall bottles), but I think in its first incarnation (as Crystal, which is similar)...
  36. Thread: NoVA

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    Re: NoVA

    Good to know. I seldom go out to the exurbia, so I didn't know, but it seems like a nice place to check.

    Right now, nothing I can think about, other than, yes, Tysons corner (Parfums de France,...
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    Re: help on flower from a man.

    I don't know most of the perfumes on your list. Cook bot's list for the classics is a good one. I would add my favorite, Metal by Paco Rabanne, very green.

    I see many linden perfumes in your list....
  38. Re: Is my Kouros YSL a bit spoiled? ( 2005 Gucci )

    Kouros is pretty strong on opening too, but it could well be that the very top is gone. Or if you have not used it in a long time, it could be degradation of the liquid that was in the sprayer....
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    Re: in praise of Dune by Dior

    The Hershey chocolate character is indeed not regular chocolate-it's something more woody, acidic, somewhat gritty. But as said it's something quite personal.
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    Re: Osmotheque conferences

    The osmotheque said that they are reopening the in-person smelling conferences in Versailles. Meanwhile, here's another interesting zoom one:
    Wed 23 jun 2021 19H00 - 20H00
    " HOMMAGE A KENZO "...
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    Re: Need a Macy's/Dillards/Sephora summer scent

    Agree-citruses are pleasant but short lived, one has to reapply. Vetiver lasts much longer, but I can't think of much vetiver at those places beyond the Tom Ford. The Guerlain perhaps? but I don't...
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    Re: in praise of Dune by Dior

    I guess what I perceive as gritty Hershey chocolate is what you call inedible woody.
    cacio
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    Re: Need a Macy's/Dillards/Sephora summer scent

    I'd say that Eau Sauvage parfum is more fougerey than the edt (ie it has more lavender), so not sure that's the direction you want to go to. Still summery though.

    The Sephora here carries Atelier...
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    Re: Papier d'Arménie

    Yes-it's as you say, I don't think that room perfumes must satisfy IFRA's rules. But then ambers are not that restricted (though heliotrope and tonka are).
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    Re: Cartier L'heure Perdue

    I tried the Van noten only briefly. Van Noten came off as warmer, more ambery, simpler and smooth, nice but it didn't excite me. This one is colder, aldehydic, and much more complex.
  46. Re: Surprise cash award - what perfume to buy FB next

    I also tend to go for something more expensive but that I really like, rather than 2 bottles I like less. Unless there is something cheaper that you really like.

    (Btw, by chance I got a second...
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    Re: Papier d'Arménie

    I agree, papier d'armenie has a lovely smell. Simple, benzoin and a few other things, but very pleasant. And they are cheap. I also have the rose version mentioned by muzzbait. Curious to hear how...
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    Re: Oliver & Co rebranding as Avant-Garden Labs

    Did anybody else sign for the crowdfunding of the mutant flower collection?
    Just received an email that the perfumes are now available, but no mention of those who had crowdfunded them.

    cacio
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    Re: Osmotheque visit - suggestions?

    I don’t know how they are reopening, but they have a calendar of smelling sessions. I don’t know if they send smelling strips.
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    Re: Best ROSE themed fragrance for men/uni

    Welcome!

    Portrait of a lady, despite the name, is quite masculine in structure. Very powerful too.
    At a somewhat lower price point, Parfums de Rosine Twill rose (vegetal, musky).

    cacio
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    Re: Off-the-radar spicy roses

    Parfums de Rosine Rose d'homme and Twill rose.
    cacio
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    Re: Rose Chypres—History Lesson, please!

    Thanks for the references-going further back in time...
    I had forgotten that "cipria" in Italian means face powder.
  53. Re: Do You Agree That You Are Not a True Fraghead if You Are Not Into Niche?

    Given the current status of mainstream perfumery, I'd say to be called fraghead one should also venture into niche a bit, though it doesn't have to be mostly niche. Alternatively, no niche but...
  54. Re: What is your favourite "female" branded fragrance?

    Paco Rabanne Calandre.

    Btw, was Vol de nuit originally marketed to women only? It's about aviation after all...

    cacio
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    Re: Rose Chypres—History Lesson, please!

    As Pstoller was saying, Cyprus had been associated with perfumery for a long time, possibly since antiquity. For instance, in the middle age there were "oiselet de Chypre" (or little birds from...
  56. Re: Classics must for classic lovers collectors ( curent in production, available in markets )

    So many... Keeping it to 5:
    Caron pour un homme
    Chanel Egoiste
    Parfums de Nicolai New York Intense
    Guerlain Derby
    Amouage Gold man
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Y: as others were saying. An old-style citrus, herbal, a bit sharp, and dry. Probably what went for fresh sporty back then.
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    Re: in praise of Dune by Dior

    The reference to Hershey chocolate, as well as Turin's remark about bleakness, are not intended to be objections-to the contrary. They are used to great effect.

    cacio
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    Re: in praise of Dune by Dior

    I recall a dusty, almost Hershey-chocolate drydown that's quite somber and makes it a rather interesting one. (As a European, Hershey chocolate tastes strange to me...)

    cacio
  60. Re: Article: 7 Forgotten Scents That Still Smell Great

    Agree that mostly they've remained close enough. The Helmut lang of course costs a lot more now, but the others are still cheap.

    cacio
  61. Re: BEST Lavender (Unisex) Fragrance Recommendations ... ?

    Seconding Caron pour un homme, lavender and vanilla in perfect balance. I also have a very soft spot for Chanel Jersey (a strange sweet lavender), but I seem to be the minority here.
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    Re: best version of chanel n 19 on a man?

    I agree with the others that the edp will come off as more floral and "perfumey", and the edt cleaner and fresher, so perhaps the edt is best for your purposes. Neither is chypre anymore, the...
  63. Thread: Unknown perfume?

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    Re: Unknown perfume?

    Interesting, I had never seen such a Santa Maria Novella bottle. they don't do them like this anymore. That's a lovely bottle and you can still use it for other perfume or the like.
  64. Thread: Unknown perfume?

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    Re: Unknown perfume?

    Welcome!

    I have not seen this bottle before, but lovetribe is right that the letters almost seem to suggest that. No other indication on the bottom of the box/bottle?

    cacio
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    Re: best marine niche?

    Oud minerale gives me the impression of a damp cave or the like rather than a beach. In that style, I prefer the even starker Histoires de Parfums Petroleum (which is based on the same idea, oud...
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    Re: Clean, fresh barber sop/shaving foam vibe?

    Vintage Kouros as fresh and clean is a unique take on this! People complain that the current version is too fresh and clean relative to vintage, so who knows, perhaps it will click on you. Still, I...
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    Re: Which one between those two ? Ddssfr

    Welcome!

    I would also vote for Narciso, for the reasons you say. Chance eau tendre is a bit too teenager-like.

    Regarding longevity, remember that one's nose often gets accustomed to a smell so...
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    Re: Rose Chypres—History Lesson, please!

    Thanks for the discussion! I think you're making a good point on the aromachemicals. What characterizes rose chypres is really this punch, a rose that stands out among the powerful patch and moss,...
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    Re: best marine niche?

    I'm no fan of marines, but the one I admire (though do not wear) is Lys Mediterranee.
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    Re: Gourmand Pancakes

    Lutens Jeux de peau is one of my favorite gourmands. It has been described as buttered toast with maple syrup. Not exactly pancakes, but the maple syrup is there. (Maple syrup being immortelle in...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage... minus the powder?

    The Mugler has a soapy vetiver in the base, so presumably that's not your offending powder. The Acqua di Parma citruses are also very soapy in the base.

    As for Eau d'Issey, was it for men or for...
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    Re: Rose Chypres—History Lesson, please!

    Pstoller

    would La Rose Jacqueminot or Quelque fleurs be classified as chypre in the technical sense of having a particular accord of oakmoss-labdanum-bergamot base? Presumably not, though they may...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage... minus the powder?

    I don't get powder from Eau Sauvage, but powdery is used by different people to mean different things. As others were saying, it could be some woody material or vetiver. Or some musk, which you...
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    Re: Rose Chypres—History Lesson, please!

    Never thought about this, but you are right, I cannot really think about a soliflore rose chypre before then. There were aldehydic floral chypres at least since the 20s (Crepe de Chine comes to...
  75. Re: Latest Parfums de Nicolai - Bois Belize Intense!

    I don't really have any association for Belize-so who knows, perhaps it's the flowers of said land.
  76. Re: Latest Parfums de Nicolai - Bois Belize Intense!

    Resurrecting this because I finally got to smell this. It's as others were saying, white floral tea plus light wood. I probably perceive it as more floral than others. The name may suggest a big...
  77. Re: My next Vetiver fragrance...Terre D'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver or Elie Saab Essence No.6 Vetiver

    As a vetiver, I would also vote for the Elie Saab. I enjoy the TdH as well, but it's less vetiver centered, more like a woody thing, as redneck was saying.

    cacio
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    Re: lys mediterranee malle

    Im a bit puzzled that you don't find these Malles long lasting, but we all react differently.
    To me, Lys Med comes off as aquatic + lily. LIke the idea and and am almost tempted, but I have a strong...
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    Re: Anyone have success with dark spot correctors?

    No direct knowledge, but I've been following some youtube videos of dermatologist Dr Dre. She claims the usual recommended molecules are hydroquinone (sadly becoming prescription only in the US) and...
  80. Thread: Drop d'Issey

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    Re: Drop d'Issey

    Good point on copyright. But I wonder what is required. Flat round bottle is there-but the spraying mechanism and the color are different.
    The brand seems to have always paid attention to bottle...
  81. Thread: Drop d'Issey

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    Re: Drop d'Issey

    The similarity is there. But I doubt there's any protection on bottle shapes.

    Anyway, I finally tried this in Italy. It is indeed nice. Clean and light floral, but not sharp, a touch of cream and...
  82. Re: Modern Aramis JHL vs modern Cinnabar & modern Opium

    Starace

    thank-you for the informative comparison. And good to know the oil works well as a perfume. I have never used it as leave on perfume, but only as a bath product.

    cacio
  83. Re: Pls help identify this perfume display in a dept.Store

    The color did remind me of Estee Lauders. It wouldn't be strange to have a full counter of Estee Lauders, but as others have noticed, there's nothing specific, and there are very many functional...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Lancetti. Period and country are those of my teenage years-something reminded me of that old style. I don't think I ever wore that, but that style must have been around. Oldish italian perfumes...
  85. Re: Chanel 5 EdT is too fleeting. Should I layer it with the lotion/cream, or get a higher concentra

    I wouldn't use the perfumed body lotions to try to achieve extra persistence. I have not smelled the recent ones, but in general the Chanel functional products smell very good and are a nice splurge,...
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    Re: Could you please rank these classic fragrances?

    For me, Adp Colonia and Monsieur de Givency ahead of the others.

    cacio
  87. Thread: Carnal flower

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    Re: Carnal flower

    Tuberose is quite recongnizable in most perfumes so if you are ok with the other perfumes you mention, you will be ok with this as well.
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    Re: A question about Le labo oud 27

    I have not tried the oil. Le Labo is usually pretty consistent across all products-ie meaning that all the range does smell like the perfume. But I don't know how long lasting the oil is.

    I am...
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    Re: Platinum Egoists vs Egoiste

    In the US, Egoiste and Antaeus are only sold at upmarket dept stores (like Nordstrom and the like). Platinum Egoiste is sold more broadly (eg including Macys and the like). But I have not looked at...
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    Re: Forgot how much I love Tribute Attar!

    I love it too. I think the earliest one (white) was smokier, hence even more interesting. But I'm very happy of my red box.
    cacio
  91. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    As a non native speaker, I probably don't appreciate the full extent of the typo. but whatever it means, spookle does indeed sound funny.

    cacio
  92. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    Grayspookle

    thanks for digging out the exact quote. Indeed, the original says something different. I must say the translation doesn't sound as precise. I wonder whether the original french had...
  93. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    Very interesting read, and I'd say quite correct and to the point. This is unusual for a newspaper, since newspapers and magazines tend to be very uninformed about perfumes. And we had a discussion...
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    Re: What is your threshold for making a purchase

    I often would buy 7, as well as 6. 8 however perhaps less so.
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Sample C: old style coniferous, green-woody, chypre. Quite dry and foresty. A bit rough around the edges perhaps, but I like this style.
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    Re: Latest Dior Prive - Eden-Roc!

    I smelled this at saks. On paper only when back at home. That way it comes off as a dreaded (by me) sporty aquatic, like many other aquatic masculines, but swampier. But this seems different than...
  97. Re: Which Hermes masculines should one buy ahead of H24?

    I have not yet smelled h24, but my favorite is Le Galop, a ripe fruit leather.
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    incense and heliotrope and others:
    regarding sample B, the leather to me is more of the musky-floral-sweet variety, so prunol likely. But it's very fast.

    Regarding cashmeran, I think this is one...
  99. Thread: Drop d'Issey

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    Re: Drop d'Issey

    Thanks, sounds interesting. And not particularly aquatic.

    I have been at Macy’s and a few Sephora’s and I have not seen any issue miyake perfume... does it say anything about the brand...
  100. Re: Latest Armani Prive Releases - Jasmin Kusamono, Rose Milano, Gardenia Antigua & The Yulong!

    Resurrecting this because I finally saw them at saks nyc. Not knowing them, I decided to spray on paper jasmine kusamono. A potent swampy aquatic. I strongly dislike aquatics so this is not for me....
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