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    Re: Favorite Rose Note?

    Guerlain's Nahema, by far, of the ones I've smelled.
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    Re: The Eyewear Thread

    I like them very much. They are minimalist, as you say, but they have interesting textural features that distinguish them from flat titanium frames. And I like how the nosebridge screws and shaft...
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    Re: Blind purchases you regret

    I don't regret any of them, because my mistakes have taught me so much about how to make better choices.
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    Re: can't smell a thing!!!!!!!!

    Sometimes COVID-19 presents with only abdominal symptoms. I remember reading about that some time ago, and found this article: https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/85721

    I wonder...
  5. Re: What are the worst reviewed fragrances you like?

    Guerlain got very bad reviews for Mayotte/Mahora (2000-2016, RIP) - but as a fan of unusual, even loud, white florals, it became one of my favorites. Kafkaesque said it reminded her of scummy water...
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    Re: can't smell a thing!!!!!!!!

    Right, that's the rationale my friend was given.
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    Re: can't smell a thing!!!!!!!!

    Where I live in the US, we were told the same thing as you - that the two-shot vaccines need to be of the same type. My friend says that where she lives in Canada, they're routinely mixing them up....
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    Re: can't smell a thing!!!!!!!!

    My husband and I got J&J and we'll probably need to get a second round, from what I'm hearing.

    In Canada, they're mixing vaccines. My friend in British Columbia got her first Moderna shot eight...
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    Re: Best Sweet perfume

    This is an old thread, but it might still come up in a search. So I'll add my 2 cents: Coromandel.
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    Re: can't smell a thing!!!!!!!!

    jal123, I hope you regain the ability to smell in a short amount of time. Blizzard, it's wonderful to hear that you're mostly back to normal.

    I'm pretty surprised by the large numbers of fully...
  11. Re: Habanita 100th Anniversary Edition EDP, Red Bottle

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this! The 2012 EDP does get better and better over time, and it was good to begin with - a reformulation that I have a hard time distinguishing from my 20s and...
  12. Re: Habanita 100th Anniversary Edition EDP, Red Bottle

    Yes, I do understand what you mean, I just find it odd that Molinard would make such a pointed reference linking this fragrance to a cabaret that opened 30 years after the 1921 launch of Habanita as...
  13. Re: Habanita 100th Anniversary Edition EDP, Red Bottle

    On that Facebook page, they advertise the red bottle as an homage to the Crazy Horse years, but it doesn't evoke that era to me at all. Even worse is the surf 'n' turf bottle! Tastes are funny, for...
  14. Re: Habanita 100th Anniversary Edition EDP, Red Bottle

    Doubt this will be a big seller. Bottle designs are not deal-breakers for me, but there's a cognitive disconnect here that is as unsettling as Guerlain putting Samsara in a bee bottle.
  15. Re: Habanita 100th Anniversary Edition EDP, Red Bottle

    A lot of people don't get along with Habanita. Like Tabu, people seem to either love it or hate it. Those who love it tend to also give a nod to its history of graceful flacon designs, which makes...
  16. Re: Habanita 100th Anniversary Edition EDP, Red Bottle

    What were they thinking? No serious admirer of Habanita and its venerable history could appreciate this, and I can't imagine a new audience being seduced by such a garish presentation.
  17. Re: Habanita 100th Anniversary Edition EDP, Red Bottle

    And how!

    Wonder what it smells like, although I'm not tempted to buy it. You'd think Molinard would have honored such a special anniversary with a retro crystal Lalique frieze bottle.
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    Re: Caron is back!

    I'm aware of a couple of eBay stores that sell an amazing assortment of modern Carons, new in box. I don't know if it's okay to name those vendors here, but I'm pretty sure you can find what you're...
  19. Re: Habanita 100th Anniversary Edition EDP, Red Bottle

    I don't care for it either. That giddy Dufy-esque signature line with the lips is awful.

    ETA: And what in the world would "sea salt" contribute to the notes?
  20. Habanita 100th Anniversary Edition EDP, Red Bottle

    Has anyone tried this? It seems to have been introduced in March 2021, though I only noticed it yesterday on Molinard's site. https://www.molinard.uk/habanita-anniversary-edition-c2x34445634...
  21. Re: Papillon Perfumery Spell 125 new release review

    That is a really helpful description, JoniBorn. Sounds like Ms. Moores has struck gold again - she's one of the best.
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    Re: Caron is back!

    Caron has suffered terribly from bad reformulations and discontinuation of classics, and new offerings that are lacklustre and generic. Vintage fragrances are the only way to go, with this house....
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    Very hlepful info and impressions, FiveoaksBouquet. I'm glad you're not disappointed, and in general recognize the DNA.
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    Re: Boozy Almond fragrance. Amaretto??

    If you're into vintage, Weil Zibeline fills the bill.
  25. Re: Papillon Perfumery Spell 125 new release review

    Yes, it is truly awful and not at all as rare a symptom as doctors initially thought. Of the people I know who've had COVID, at least half either lost their sense of smell entirely, or experienced...
  26. Re: Papillon Perfumery Spell 125 new release review

    Would you characterize Spell 125 as fresh? Or do the subtle undertones you describe lend mystery to it?
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    Wow, it sounds fabulous.

    Blizzard, I hope your bout with the virus will be brief!
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    I was a heavy smoker in the 70s and 80s, but even then I didn't like the miasma created by mixing cigarette smoke with good perfume - it never seemed to me that one masked - or even complemented -...
  29. Re: Papillon Perfumery Spell 125 new release review

    Did you receive it yet? Fingers crossed!

    I wonder if it's at all similar to Anubis (a favorite of mine), but I'm thinking probably not, because Ms. Moores is known for mastering wildly different...
  30. Re: Any houses where you automatically blind buy every release?

    Papillon. But I have yet to buy the latest, Spell 125, because I'm not crazy about pine.
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    Lauder seems to have had her tongue in her cheek when she marketed and named some of her perfumes...like calling that other heavy-hitter Youth Dew! :laugh:

    I get spiky green leather with hints of...
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    The business model she created was pure genius. I love seeing photos of her at those wonderful department store perfume counters, thronged by eager smiling customers.
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    This thread gave me a hankering to wear my lugnut version again, after a long time away (have been so focused on white florals, Guerlain and Caron). What a stunning creation! Sharp, green, exotic -...
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    That's my preferred version, too.
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    I'm very disappointed with all of Lauder's current formulations, especially the chypres, but it might still be worth getting since you've had so much trouble finding it where you live - a bird in the...
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    Re: New here from UK

    Welcome to Basenotes, Sam35.
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    Re: Card Holder vs. Bifold Wallet

    Gorgeous. I really like minimalist accessories when they're made with materials and workmanship that speak for themselves, which is certainly true of this card holder. It looks buttery-smooth, but...
  38. Re: Papillon Perfumery Spell 125 new release review

    That's for sure! I'm not crazy about pine at all, yet - had it not been for the price, which I don't begrudge the house - I would have blind-bought this one based on the lushness of Claire's...
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    Re: Hello from Belgium!

    Welcome to Basenotes, Schubertian! This is a great online group of perfume lovers, for sure.
  40. Re: Papillon Perfumery Spell 125 new release review

    Yes, quite a price hike over my last Papillon purchase ($65 more). The new price is too much for a blind buy, even for me. Samples are $5 at LuckyScent, that's the way I'll go for now. But I've heard...
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    Re: Judgment of Fragrance

    That's pretty much it, for me. If I like a perfume that has poor longevity or projection, I just apply it more frequently; if I don't like something, no measures of "performance" mean anything,...
  42. Re: How Language Limits Our Ability to Describe Smells

    Language is becoming depressingly nonspecific, and perfume ingredients abysmally restricted. So I don't pay attention to fragrance categories anymore, which makes me sad - a chypre used to be a...
  43. Thread: Greetings

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    Re: Greetings

    Marvelous introductory post, O Warren Knight! A warm welcome to Basenotes.
  44. Re: First few sprays weak performance? What causes this?

    I've experienced this many times, which is why I periodically revisit fragrances with disappointing initial performance.
  45. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    It's not unusual anymore. My deliveries continue to be hit or miss - not just packages, but business mail delivered to the wrong address. Tracking info is pretty much meaningless.
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    Re: Off-the-radar spicy roses

    Vintage YSL Paris is another good one.
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    Re: Estee Lauder Knowing and Jean Patou 1000

    I might be in the minority, but I don't think they are similar except in the most general way (they're both florals, leaning heavily toward rose). The current Knowing EDP has ceased to be its former...
  48. Re: I can't help but worry over fragrance shipped via truck in the Summer over a week.

    You don't know the conditions the fragrance was exposed to prior to shipment on the truck, so there's no point worrying about it. It might have sat on a broiling loading dock for days, or in a ship's...
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    Re: Basenotes Update 2021

    I love the new look and functionality! Very welcoming, clean and sharp. The colors, fonts and profusion of graphics are treats to the eye. Big thumbs-up, Grant! Thank you for all of your hard work...
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    Re: Carnal Flower or Tubereuse Criminelle?

    Brian, if you haven't already tried them, Caron has two wonderful camphorous florals (mainly jasmine, neroli and narcissus), Narcisse Blanc and Narcisse Noir. They are marketed toward women, but they...
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    Re: My first goodyear welted dress shoes

    Very, very good-looking and versatile shoes - they'll look sharp with many clothing styles.
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    Re: Washing Leather in Washing Machine

    Now mt mind is casting about, searching for other things I might try this on - I don't think I'd have the fortitude to do it on a high-end item, though the article says you can...but hey, Nastka's...
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    Re: Guerlain Fatice Collection

    What a treasure! Thank you for posting, I really loved seeing those photos.
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    Re: Washing Leather in Washing Machine

    I only did so because I'd heard about machine-washing leather, and had nothing to lose. I wouldn't have even considered the possibility, if the bag had been pricey. So it was quite an education for...
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    Re: Washing Leather in Washing Machine

    Yes, the bag and pockets are lined with some kind of nylon/taffeta fabric. The strap has a metal buckle for length adjustment, and there are five zippered compartments with metal pulls.
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    Washing Leather in Washing Machine

    Hello all, this thread could just as well have been posted in the Lounge, but it will get more viewers here and it is about fashion in a way - it's such nifty info that I wanted to spread the word....
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    What a poor excuse for a company! The credit card gambit is indeed pathetic. How could they even bring themselves to spout such nonsense, when all they had to do was send a message saying OUR BAD, we...
  58. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Wow, Chuck, I'm so glad that finally the long nightmare is over! I'll bet it was a huge shock, after an entire year of frustration, to find them in your mail!
  59. Thread: carded vials

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    Re: carded vials

    Like others who have posted here, I'm not aware of ever receiving a fake carded vial.
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    Re: Spoiled Carnal Flower?

    I think it's been badly reformulated compared to the matte-cap bottle, but it has never smelled spoiled (as in deteriorating ingredients) to me.
  61. Thread: Carnal flower

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    Re: Carnal flower

    This is the best way to try Malle fragrances, IMO. It won't break the bank, but you'll get plenty of spritzes.

    Carnal Flower smells more like a florist's refrigerator or dense garden than a...
  62. Re: What’s the rarest fragrance in your collection

    Probably Coty Chypre EDC
  63. Re: Has anyone else here turned a friend on to this fantastic hobby?

    Alas, no. My friends just look at me with blank expressions whenever I mention the subject (which isn't very often, admittedly).
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    Re: What is your threshold for making a purchase

    I don't invest that much energy in exquisite self-questioning detail. I blind buy all the time, if I'm sufficiently intrigued by the notes, admire the house, have read positive reviews from people...
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    Re: A small love note to Basenotes

    Happy birthday, yellowtone! I agree, it's great to be part of this congenial community dedicated to the art, science and appreciation of something as beautiful as perfume. :birthdays:
  66. Thread: Baudruchage

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    Re: Baudruchage

    There was an Etsy seller (antique dealer, not a perfumista) some time ago who had a full 2 oz L'Heure Bleue for sale, labeled as a factice. It had a sticker that said either "dummy" or "factice" on...
  67. Thread: Baudruchage

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    Re: Baudruchage

    Sometimes bottles sold as factices are the real deal. I always cite the case of my friend who bought a massive vintage Shalimar factice and discovered (due to a pinhole leak around the baudruchage)...
  68. Re: Chanel having a great run with Olivier Polge ....

    That's my take on it, too. Chanel used to be one of my favorite houses, but now I barely give it a thought. Like you, I find Misia to be the exception - it is indeed a gorgeous retro-rose.
  69. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I know people have had awful experiences, sometimes consistently, with all three, but for me FedEx has almost always been topnotch, followed by UPS. I can't remember ever having packages delivered...
  70. Re: Papillon Perfumery Spell 125 new release review

    She's kind, too. When customers email her, she writes back reasonably quickly and in a warm, friendly manner. She and her perfumes are among the best in the business.
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    Re: Amazon Pay vs. PayPal

    Thank you, Cook.bot, TheAntagonist and scenting prey. I think I'll stick with PayPal, as I've just done a more focused read of Amazon Pay's FAQ and agreements, and they use nice, friendly words to...
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    Amazon Pay vs. PayPal

    Hello to all. I've noticed that several of my favorite online shops now offer payment through Amazon Pay, in addition to PayPal. For those who have used both, do you prefer one over the other? I am...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    That was very considerate, Chuck. I noticed yesterday that one of my favorite shops is now offering UPS shipment, for the first time in a 20-year history of operation. So many people are just DONE...
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    Re: When you need the BIG bottle

    Vintage Tabu cologne 4oz, Carnal Flower 100ml
  75. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    It seems to be the luck of the draw these days, Wingie. Sometimes packages arrive earlier than expected, even when they're shipped from huge US city hubs (where smaller hubs funnel mail anyway), and...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    To me, Midnight in Paris is overrated - I find it pleasant, nice but not remarkable. The bottle is more stunning than the fragrance.
  77. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Whoa...I'm not savvy about sports card values, but even I know that one is irreplaceable. An attorney is definitely called for, you've been patient for far longer than I would have been.
  78. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Man, that has to be some kind of record! This is the worst case I've heard of. And not a darned thing you can do about it besides email.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    SmartPost is so bad. I've had a package doing the rounds on SmartPost for two weeks and have become almost zen about it. These are just the strangest times - not only the mail, everything feels like...
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    Re: Fragrances your Dad wore

    I don't remember my father using anything but Old Spice.
  81. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    It might be a little early to make that call, considering DeJoy's latest cuts and "adjustments" to delivery windows, but hard-working employees continue to try hard, and in some cases it shows. Glad...
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    Re: How Often Do You Blind Buy?

    My buying days are pretty much over, but historically all then-current formulations - 5 out of 5, as you stipulate - of my purchases have either been well researched blind buys (usually 50ml,...
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    Re: What does DRY means?

    Thank you so much, Emanuel76! That is really good to know. :)
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    Re: What does DRY means?

    There's a really good post about that on this thread: https://www.basenotes.net/threads/232305-Habit-Rouge-Dry-by-Guerlain

    Scroll down to post #15 by bargepole.
  85. Thread: New here

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    Re: New here

    Welcome to Basenotes, Blacky!
  86. Re: Hello ladies! What’s your opinion about Bleu De Chanel EDP

    Nice, but not remarkable. it's pleasant, well blended, but it doesn't stir (or even move) me in any way. I don't know what Allure smells like, so I can't compare the two.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    The woman who straightened things out for you at the post office deserves a medal! De Joy would probably say that she should be demoted, too much time spent actually helping a customer. I'm glad...
  88. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Excellent report, Cook.bot! Yes, credit where it's due. And I hope they follow through with prompt delivery.
  89. Re: Is It Really Bad to Wear Winter Fragrances During Hot Weather?

    I've never paid any attention to seasons when it comes to perfume. I go completely by what I'm in the mood for.
  90. Re: How do I remove the chemical smell in perfume

    I have some bottles of spray extrait that initially smelled like plastic - but as Kaern says, the chemical smell tends to pass as the fragrance develops.

    Also, sometimes a bottle has to sit for...
  91. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    That's the official word, so at least they'll reimburse you. But unless the box was delivered to the wrong address and the person kept it, it could still turn up.
  92. Thread: Pop up Ads

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    Re: Pop up Ads

    For me, there were always banners and pop-up ads here until I joined Basenotes Plus - as PStoller asked, were you perhaps a member and your subscription lapsed? That's happened to several BNers...
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    Re: Early love that is still a love

    White Shoulders, Chantilly, Blue Grass, Tigress, Tabu, Jungle Gardenia, Secret of Venus, Je Reviens, Bal a Versailles (not a cheapie, but not outrageous, either).
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    Re: Tom Ford not worth buying anymore ......

    Did the decline start when Lauder took over? That's my impression - not sure how accurate it is. Wouldn't surprise me a bit.
  95. Re: What's the last frag you physically scrubbed off, and when?

    Malle's current Une Fleur de Cassie. I can't stand what this line has become. The once-lilting FdC is now a shrill aldehydic stew that no amount of scrubbing will remove - multiple localized sudsings...
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    Re: Card Holder vs. Bifold Wallet

    Wow, that is gorgeous. The patina, yes! It's like rich melting caramel. Elegant and eminently practical wallet.
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    Re: Bandit advice needed

    I agree. There's always controversy about reformulations, but I think Piguet has done well by Bandit (and Fracas, too).
  98. Re: When a fragrance enters the "skin scent" phase, is it still perceptible to other people?

    This. Even the next day, a fragrance can be picked up by someone next to you, and if you breathe on your own arm (if that's where you sprayed), you'll be able to smell the perfume. I find that...
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    Re: Bandit advice needed

    Great fragrance. This page might help: https://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.com/2016/01/then-and-now-bandit-de-robert-piguet.html#more
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    Re: Violet forward fragrances?

    Violette Precieuse by Caron is a good one, with both leaf and flower. If you're into vintage, don't miss Le Dix - minis of the parfum used to pop up frequently on eBay (not sure about now).
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