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  1. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    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.
  5. 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.
  9. Thread: New here

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    Re: New here

    Welcome to Basenotes, Blacky!
  10. 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.
  11. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  19. 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).
  22. 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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    Re: How frequently can a scent "change" to you?

    With me, it almost always goes the other way - I like them more as time goes by. The ones that sit in the dark, macerating away in the bottle for 6 months-1 year, are the best.
  26. Re: If you were going to explore a house new to you...

    Not new to me, but one I've drawn the line at diving into due to my Guerlain and Caron obsessions (and vintage in general), is Dior. French houses lure me like a moth to flame, and I had to draw the...
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    Re: Orientals for nitwits

    I love orientals, all of them that I've smelled - even so, some of them are acquired tastes, or appeal only sporadically, and they don't really fit into easy categories. Shalimar is so plumped with...
  28. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    One thing's for sure, we're developing pretty good tracking programs in our own brains...we know that if X is true, then Y and Z will surely follow.
  29. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Those are really good points. There are so many components to this mess.
  30. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    That's certainly a big part of the problem. Some companies just seem to print out labels and forget all about the actual packages!
  31. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I've quit buying anything except items I need for non-emergency medical purposes. My parcel that USPS has been "waiting for acceptance" since Mar 17 is still waiting.
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    Re: ....."Forgive me Father for I have Sinned".

    Oh, how lovely, SixCats! Congratulations on this wonderful find.
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    Re: Stuck Glass Stopper

    This is an ingenious approach, thank you for posting it - there are few things scarier in the vintage perfume world than the stuck stopper, and it's great to have a number of options available that...
  34. Re: Correct sealed Roja Diaghilev box bought at Bergdorf but with Fragrance du Bois inside

    If you can contact Roja through their website (so as to have it in writing), I think it would be a good idea to let them know about this.
  35. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Agreed. I've got one accepted on the 17th, too - still waiting to be accepted.
  36. Re: Chanel "Russia Leather." What's the biggest mistake you've ever made with perfume purchases.

    Just had a look at your photos - very interesting! I hope it gets to you soon, and that you love it. :)
  37. Re: Chanel "Russia Leather." What's the biggest mistake you've ever made with perfume purchases.

    I do vaguely remember a discussion on the forum, years ago, where the subject of Chanel Cuir Russie, an early and short-lived iteration of Cuir de Russie, was discussed. I don't think you've made a...
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    Re: How to decide if it's FBW

    When it comes to changed tastes, I've found that I never come to hate a perfume I love, but I often grow to love a perfume I once hated (actually, I've never hated any of them - dislike, yes). So...
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    Re: L'Artisan "Timbuktu", the "4711" L'Artisan.

    Excellent, a learning experience that didn't break the bank! :thumbsup:
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    Re: L'Artisan "Timbuktu", the "4711" L'Artisan.

    My bottle was bought after a reformulation that was widely regarded as awful. Of course, I only realized it after the fact.
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    Re: L'Artisan "Timbuktu", the "4711" L'Artisan.

    At least you got it on sale, but still. My recollection is wobbly, but I think I paid $75. I remember thinking: Berries? Pink Pepper? Caramom? Huh? :undecided:
  42. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I think it's almost a given. You're wise to stock up on those boxes.
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    Re: L'Artisan "Timbuktu", the "4711" L'Artisan.

    I purchased my bottle in 2016, after an infamous reformulation, and it is most disappointng - poor longevity, and barely anything distinguishable about it. I never wear it.
  44. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    It does seem that way. As for that stimulus check...you're reading my mind.
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    Re: Current 5 faves today

    Vintage versions: French Cancan, Narcisse Noir, En Avion and l'Heure Bleue extraits; Nahema PDT
  46. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Oh, what wonderful news about your daughter, grayspoole! You must both be over the moon!

    Fingers crossed that, in celebration, the universe will hasten the movement of those packages to your...
  47. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Wow, that is insane. You absolutely could have walked it to your house, and stopped for leisurely coffees and window shopping en route.

    Here's to your daughter being accepted at the school she...
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    Re: What does wax furniture polish smell like?

    I guess it would depend on the brand, but in general I agree that it smells like beeswax, lemony vanilla, and faintly of turpentine. Note that I'm also describing some vintage perfumes that have...
  49. Re: FM Carnal Flower doesn’t smell like it used to. It STINKS.

    The original Carnal Flower was a masterpiece. It has smelled like an aldehydic generic soliflore ever since the shiny-cap reformulation, which - as others have said - happened around 10 years ago.
  50. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Yay, a Sunday delivery! Very nice, indeed.
  51. Re: Anyone ever bought fragrances to resell at a profit?

    ^ ^
    Yup, this! :laugh:
  52. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Oh, Cook.bot. You might win the Grand Prix of Doozies, including bilocations x3 and multiple jaunts to other states while almost within sight of your house. Fingers crossed for tomorrow, but I don't...
  53. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    On the bright side, we all seem to be getting our packages...weeks late, unscanned in many cases, with weird delivery messages and errors, but usually not lost. That's about the best that can be said...
  54. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I hear you. But this is crazy, we're back to the hardcopy catalogue days of "please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery." I'm at the point of hating to order things, too. From now on, if I can get what I...
  55. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    SmartPost is just awful. I, too, am waiting on a box shipped that way from NJ. The company usually ships by UPS and it takes 4 days by ground to get here, but sometimes they do SmartPost and then I...
  56. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Right. And sometimes they make it, and sometimes they don't.
  57. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Thank you, I can certainly understand that.
  58. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    This is so true! I'd forgotten that, selective amnesia because I hate SmartPost so much. And UPS and DHL have their own versions of that horror. I guess we're just stuck with whatever we get.
  59. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    General question: Why do 99% of sellers on eBay and Etsy use USPS exclusively? I personally know of only one seller on eBay who ships via UPS (for exactly the reasons that gave rise to this thread) -...
  60. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Same here, all the way around. Some places don't give you a choice of carriers, but from now on, whenever possible, I'll go with UPS or FedEx. USPS has actually gotten WORSE since the holidays....
  61. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Amen to that. The week before I ordered the Apres l'Ondée, I'd ordered a sample from the same seller and it got here in 3 days. A month earlier, I'd received a full bottle from that seller and it,...
  62. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I know the reasons stated for delays, I'm just worried about the effects of such a long transit, in extreme weather conditions, on this delicate fragrance. I ordered it before the storms and would...
  63. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I'm getting really worried about the fate of a vintage Apres l'Ondée EDT that was shipped by 3-day Priority Mail two weeks ago. There's been no tracking since it arrived in Southaven MS last week....
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    Re: reformulations

    Absolutely, FiveoaksBouquet! I can see right now where part of the tax refund is going...:wink:
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    Re: reformulations

    I'm glad to hear that, as I love white flowers and have been on the fence about the EDP.
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    Re: reformulations

    Of the fragrances in my collection that I know have been reformulated, none of them are the better for it.
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    Re: "Smells like X", but no X inside

    If you compare the notes for most fragrances on different sites - Basenotes Directory, Fragrantica, perfume blogs - you'll usually find a wide range of notes mentioned or omitted. I've found that...
  68. Re: Scents Where You Hate the Top Notes but LOVE the Drydown

    Same here, and also Shalimar, either modern or vintage. A number of current Caron extraits have a very plastic-y smell for the first 20 minutes that is almost unpleasant. I don't exactly hate the...
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    Re: "Smells like X", but no X inside

    "Incense" is a broad term. Maybe ask her to be specific about the kind of incense she's talking about, and go from there.

    Edited to add: Sometimes a particular combination of notes will smell like...
  70. Re: Can a vintage go bad only in its base, with top notes remaining perfect?

    In my experience, perfumes go off from the top, down. The most delicate and vulnerable notes are in the opening. It's somewat like a house of cards sitting on an oak table - blow on the cards, and...
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    Re: Your most "shape-shifter" like fragrances?

    Apres l'Ondée - it has a shimmering, now-you-see-it-now-you-don't quality, individual notes rising and falling over the course of hours, even after you think it's faded away entirely.
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    Re: Youth dew cologne

    I wear it as a perfume and it's gorgeous.

    PStoller, thanks for that pic of the cologne - had no idea.
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    Re: Youth dew cologne

    I'm not aware of Youth Dew ever being released as a cologne. I agree with those praising the bath oil - vintage is stunning, and the current oil is just as beautiful and potent. I have three bottles...
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    Re: Vintage minis box

    Lovely fragrances, and boxes in great condition, too! You must have been thrilled to find them among your parents' things.
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue - remake

    My pleasure! It's sad that restrictions have made it so hard for perfumers to maintain the standards of the past.
  76. Re: Present Day Vs Past - Which is a better 'age' for fragrances?

    That's it, in a nutshell. So many of the ingredients that made perfumes great are now off-limits, though niche houses are not quite as hamstrung as mass marketers.
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    Re: VCA midnight in paris

    Interesting. Under 30 Euros for the big bottle! I just checked eBay and the large size is going for between $200-300, 5ml decants between $9-15. Glad I bought a bottle shortly after it had been...
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    Re: VCA midnight in paris

    It is strange, how it was here, there and everywhere for a minute, and then gone. Discontinued out of the blue, and now rarely mentioned. It was nice, not the stuff of legends, but very popular,...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue - remake

    I haven't personally smelled a current version, but you might find some useful info on this thread: https://www.basenotes.net/threads/485115-L-Heure-Bleue-cheap-now-recent-EdT-vs-EdP
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    Re: What's your most Spiritual Fragrance?

    L'Heure Bleue puts me most deeply in touch with my core, which is surely an aspect of spirit and a conduit to subtle realms. But there is no fragrance that I specifically associate with transcendent...
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    Re: Most misleading fragrance names out there!

    Youth Dew. Sounds so lightweight and innocent.
  82. Re: Should I mention my scent hobby in my curriculum vitae?

    What if someone in HR hates fragrance in the office?

    I'm not entirely sure your original question is serious, but if it is...no, I'd leave all mention of fragrance off the CV.
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    Poll: Re: Ethical Question

    Glad it all worked out so well, Fragrant Vagrant!
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    Poll: Re: Ethical Question

    Lots of sites have different levels and types of discounts, and some of the ones they promote most prominently actually amount to less than others that people can find on their own, if they know...
  85. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Chuck, that's awful. I've read that at the turn of the 20th century in big cities like Chicago, mail was delivered up to 6 times a day by postal carriers on bicycle. Today's USPS is indeed a joke.
    ...
  86. Re: Do you try to use up samples or keep an archive?

    I never throw them away, I keep a list but they're jumbled up in various receptacles. The Guerlains and Carons are set apart, but otherwise I'm in the "needle-in-a-haystack" club, like RedRaider430.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Perhaps there'll be something done about the USPS - not holding my breath, but glad to see this: https://us.cnn.com/2021/02/17/politics/democrats-letters-louis-dejoy-usps/index.html
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    Re: Are these temperature fluctuations bad?

    There's nothing to worry about. Keeping perfume out of the bathroom has more to do with the risk of moisture from steam getting into it, than temperature fluctuations. Your fragrances are just fine.
  89. Re: Have you ever had second thoughts when about to start tearing off the cellophane of a vintage?

    That's what I do, too. But what really hurts is cutting the cord and breaking the seal on a bottle of vintage extrait! It never gets any easier (for me, anyway), but I do like to wear the fragrances...
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    Re: Buying Vintages on Ebay

    Vintage 7ml minis were originally given as samples or gifts with purchases. They are a great way to experience older formulations without breaking the bank.
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    Re: is there a FLANKER to a FLANKER?

    The flanker situation is insane. Check out Flowerbomb, Shalimar and Mon Paris! Nuclear proliferation.
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    Re: Most Polarizing Fragrance

    With me, it's almost always the opening that I don't like, followed by a great drydown. Jicky and Shalimar are two of the Guerlains that I must patiently wait for.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Mainly blind bids for unopened packages.
  94. Poll: Re: If you had to choose between PATCHOULI, SANDALWOOD or VETIVER - which would it be ?

    This!

    Patchouli is a close second.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Here's a link to the Daily Mail piece: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9257365/Are-Britains-lost-parcels-really-auctioned-eBay.html
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    It's insane, all of it. And not only here - this morning in the Daily Mail, I read an article saying that undelivered holiday packages are turning up on eBay and other auction sites!
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    Man, oh man. This guy has no shame. Yet I doubt that replacing him is a top priority in Washington. Only 38% of first class mail delivered on time - disgraceful.
  98. Re: Found 2009 and 2014 vintage new-old-stock Fahrenheit on a shelf

    From the late 80s. I was astonished to see them sitting in a case with everything else. Someone must have stumbled upon them in a storeroom, that's the only thing I can figure.
  99. Re: Found 2009 and 2014 vintage new-old-stock Fahrenheit on a shelf

    LOL! Fair question! :laugh:

    Seriously, it was Jicky and Vol de Nuit EDTs in their original bulb-capped metal canisters, $20-something apiece. This was about 10 years ago. I felt like someone was...
  100. Re: Found 2009 and 2014 vintage new-old-stock Fahrenheit on a shelf

    You must have been so excited to find these! In years past, I've found vintage Guerlains in dusty old drugstores - could barely breathe at the cash register. Congrats!
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