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  1. Poll: Re: Comparison: Montana Parfum d'Homme vs Aramis Havana

    I heard that Gallet was open to it, but Roger was a little uptight.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 20th September, 2021

    Vaninger by Oliver & Co.

    So zingy. The only perfume I own that makes me wish I could drink it. So aptly labelled by LiveJazz as ginger-vanilla PopRocks.

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    So creepy! Not...
  3. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    Which makes you the big outlier here, Miz Modern!



    And if they don't shift, in another 20-30 years the things you love now will be vintage themselves.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I'm still kicking myself for not having gotten original pre-reform bottles of Dzing and Dzongkha.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    That box is mighty pristine for being 35 years old. I can never understand why my vintage Chanel boxes are always more decrepit than any other boxes I own. They're more prone to foxing, and the...
  6. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    Actually, yours is 6 out of 30. You have 30 scents rated 5-stars.

    So 20%.



    Yeah, I'll bet you're right about that.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    There's gotta be a joke in here somewhere about the differences between pre-gastropub and post-gastropub, but I'm too tired to think of it.
  8. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    I would have guessed 4X higher than that percentage for you.

    Oh, wait, math flaw: you were calculating modern 5-star bottles out of your TOTAL wardrobe count (427), when it should have been only...
  9. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    Wow. I expected pretty low numbers, but not this low.
  10. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    So you kicked 10 bottles up a whole star and still only got 15% modern? That *is* picky.

    When I was counting mine I thought there were several that deserved a downgrade to 4-stars, but I didn't...
  11. Re: Note obsession: telll us about the times you went "note crazy" - just obsessed with a single not

    Osmanthus. Can't seem to get enough of it.

    I would probably have a lychee (litchi) frenzy too, if somebody made a decent perfume from it, but those I've tried have been pathetic. Lychee smells...
  12. How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    I was curious about how my favorite scents break down in quantity of vintage versus modern.

    I have 35 perfumes marked as 5-Stars out of my 133 bottle wardrobe.

    Out of those 35, seven of them...
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    Sticky: Re: Weekend Perfume Sync June through June

    Oh, you were definitely there already. You're just in a different wing of it than I am. :)



    Sheesh. I have never known a single person for whom a remodel went smoothly without big bumps. At...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    What a grand smelling gaggle of dandies are in here today. I'll add to the general cloud of elegance with a third day of Sycomore to finish out my Equinox weekend.

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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 19th September, 2021

    I see that Roberto has come up with something new that I've never heard of before. And the directory lists its solitary top note as, of all things, green pea. I think I'm going to have to smell...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I haven't heard that one mentioned in a very long time!



    Pretty much any time except deep summer.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Are the Sycomore minis marked as to whether they're EDT or EDP?



    So would I, but at $600-700 for even the used 200ml bottles, I have faint hope of that ever happening.
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    The modern equivalent of the oligarch's wife who opens an antique store to soak up hubby's money and keep herself busy between charity galas? The tax dodge angle seems plausible, or even money...
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    How many times has it?
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    This prose is giving me existential exhaustion.

    I can't believe they've only been around for 9 years and they've put out 127 perfumes. That's 14 scents a year, ferchrissake.
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    Sticky: Re: Weekend Perfume Sync June through June

    I'm with Alice in thinking autumn scents should be calm and introspective. Time for a break from all those invigorating citrus eaux I've been in all summer.

    And I'm with Yellowtone in finding...
  22. Re: Article: "Frédéric Malle and Simon Doonan consider the seductive allure of vulgarity"

    Apparently legit. Both his parents worked at Christian Dior, and his mother was the Art Director there for Parfums Dior.

    I loved hearing that Malle was running around Paris as a youngster in the...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Another day, another drenching in Chanel Sycomore EDT. So, so good.

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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 18th September, 2021

    Very nice to hear so much happy news of travelling and dining out. Kewart, an autumn wedding in Scotland sounds divine -- not to mention scooting off to France afterwards.

    Shy, I have the exact...
  25. Re: Best vintage scents (current formulations only) for a young guy?

    Moustache EDT "Original 1949" (that's a name, not a vintage) by Rochas. Zingy, citrusy, invigorating. Gorgeous bottle.
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    ^^ Oy vey. Purple in so many ways.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I've never thought of Diorella or Mitsouko as autumn scents, but now that they've been mentioned, it seems logical. I think I'll give them both a wear next week.

    For me, Autumn Equinox is the...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Syncing for the best event of the entire calendar year, even better than Christmas in my book, the dawning of the Autumn Equinox and the start of the season for the mighty and much-missed ....
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 17th September, 2021

    Happy birthday to Mumsy, another person I miss terribly.

    And it sounds like everyone's healing up nicely. I'm convinced a change of seasons can help with that.

    First day of fall on the...
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    Re: Urgent- Gift Advice Please

    A name that might send the wrong message if he's trying to rekindle an old flame. :)

    I've never smelled Deep Red either, but based on Nastka's description of it, I would think Hermes Eau des...
  31. Re: Anyone else feels very overwhelmed by the barrage of new releases?

    A more appropriate question might be whether there is anyone who does not feel overwhelmed by the barrage of new releases. It's exhausting.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Eau d'Orange Verte (1979) by Françoise Caron for Hermés

    So chill.

    https://cdn.dsmcdn.com/Assets/ProductImages/oa/56/1815994/2/3346130490685_3_org.jpg
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 16th September, 2021

    Many happy returns, Kewart! Even though it's 180 degrees away from my usual perfume lanes, who could resist that gorgeous Badgley Mischka bottle? I bought a couple of empty small ones to use for...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Golly, our little dragon isn't a baby any more. They grow up so fast.



    Well, it truly is a Red Letter Day around here. You're both just tremendous assets to Basenotes, and we're all so lucky...
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    "Regal comports itself with an imperious air, leaving lesser perfumes trailing in its wake." ???

    Holy mackerel. And we thought Ralph Lauren was bad with the colonialism.

    Here you go, MasterP:...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 15th September, 2021

    It's like there's a hole in the SOTD!
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Oh. So. Jealous.

    This is really the only thing on my perfume bucket list. Well, that and another 200ml bottle of Sycomore EDT. Some day!

    Just out of curiosity: what does yours say on...
  38. Re: Latest Etat Libre D'Orange - The Ghost In The Shell!

    Found:

    What are your five favourite smells in the world?
    • Orcanox, a form of white amber, because it smells like warm skin.

    https://perfumesociety.org/perfume-nose/julie-masse/



    Ha! ...
  39. Re: Latest Etat Libre D'Orange - The Ghost In The Shell!

    Does anyone know what "Orcanox" is? Given the whale-ish name, I'm guessing some kind of synthetic ambergris?
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Eight or ten years ago, when Balmain repackaged and attempted to revive their classic scents, I bought them all out of a sense of house loyalty. The only one of them that gained a permanent place in...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 15th September, 2021

    HBD to the FWV!



    A few years back, when Balmain tried to revive and repackage all their perfumes, I bought all of them out of a sense of loyalty to the house of the great Jolie Madame and...
  42. Re: Do you feel any loyalty to Sales Associates of certain brands/stores?

    I never hear anyone talk about the owners of LuckyScent/ScentBar, who are obviously very savvy retailers. Does anybody know anything about them?

    And is the Los Angeles store owned by the same...
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    Poor Boadicea just can't get no respect from you.

    I do have to admire your tenacity in keeping on, though. I think the kids these days call it "grit".
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    Re: You favorite Hermes fragrance and why?

    Debatable, but I take your point.

    And yet, Eau d'Hermes is not a big seller for Hermes, nor something you frequently encounter in the wild. But clearly Hermes recognizes what a historical...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 14th September, 2021

    Does Jon hate Salome? That would seem odd, since he loves so many other heavy animalics, like La Nuit and Bal a Versailles.

    Were you only gone a week, Foxy? That seems like a very short trip to...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 14th September, 2021

    Can't help but notice Jon's absence. Still hot here too, Phleg: 90F/32C all this coming week.

    I'm feeling off kilter today too, but only because I had a lousy night's sleep. I stupidly ate...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 13th September, 2021

    Gosh. Bless his heart.



    Nature 1, Nurture Zero.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Great, now there will be two of us. :)

    Don't expect miracles. It's a pleasant, cheeky little chypre, cheap & cheerful. And I guess it inspires alliteration.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 13th September, 2021

    Is he working in the food biz, Shy?
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Diorling (1963) by Paul Vacher for Christian Dior

    https://www.perfumemaster.com/images/fragrances/c/Christian_Dior/1963/Christian_Dior_DIORLING_W_001.JPG
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 13th September, 2021

    Diorling (1963) by Paul Vacher for Christian Dior

    https://www.perfumemaster.com/images/fragrances/c/Christian_Dior/1963/Christian_Dior_DIORLING_W_001.JPG





    It does work. It helped me...
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    Re: Albuquerque anyone?

    That is downright heart-warming. I'll bet they have stories about merging their fragrance collections. :)
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    Re: Albuquerque anyone?

    I've never heard that story. Did they get married after meeting on Basenotes?
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    Re: Hat and Epap Incense Pass - Number 1

    There's an article on incense in this week's New York Times Style magazine:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/t-magazine/incense-loss-smell.html?te=1&nl=the-morning&emc=edit_nn_20210912

    and an...
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    Re: Should I Buy Habit Rouge?

    I've been considering Habit Rouge for a long time too, but have been dissuaded by all the multiple versions -- there are NINE iterations, not counting the bath and shaving products.

    And every time...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 12th September, 2021

    Guerlain Vetiver

    https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.69.jpg
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Vetiver (1961) by Jean-Paul Guerlain

    It appears I've let the whole summer slip by without wearing this even once. Must correct that.

    https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.69.jpg
  58. Re: Fragrances that make you think of other Basenoters when you wear them.

    Oviatt = 21 Club

    IsoEsuperman = Or Black
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    Re: What Did Your Grandmother Wear?

    One has to wonder if the perfume name and the fur coat were intentional irony.

    Debutante: My goodness, what a beautiful fur coat!

    Mae West: Goodness had nothin' to do with it, honey.
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    Re: What Did Your Grandmother Wear?

    You go, Granny.
  61. Re: Are Mini Fragrance Collections popular here?

    You can find those vintage "meilleurs de paris" sets in the UK, too. They were popular tourist souvenirs in France for many years.

    Nothing wrong with the mainstream sets, though. Dior and Estee...
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    Impressive. I don't own a single thing from when I was in elementary school. Nor high school, now that I think about it.



    Yay! Like No. 19, Ivoire is so cold to the touch that it's one of...
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    Re: Hat and Epap Incense Pass - Number 1

    That's a big ask for a perfumista. You're a good person to make that kind of sacrifice for a houseguest.

    I once had a houseguest who asked me to put my (capped) bottle of laundry detergent...
  64. Re: Are Mini Fragrance Collections popular here?

    Oh yeah. Love 'em:

    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/440719-About-those-tourist-souvenir-coffrets-of-quot-Les-Meilleurs-Parfums-de-Paris-quot
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    Another from the Anatole Lebreton kit:

    Bois Lumiere -- Skanky honey and beeswax, which reads as very urinous on me. And it's oversweetened with some syrupy immortelle. Not pleasant. Why would...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Ivoire de Balmain (1980)

    My favorite pencil shavings scent. Such an energizing chypre, in such a dismal bottle.

    EDT and bath powder today.

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    Sticky: Re: Weekend Perfume Sync June through June

    Lucky that Xerox stepped into the breach before the freon bans destroyed the mimeo.



    That would be fun, for an O'driu or a Slumberhouse.

    I think I'll just stick with the pencils theme today,...
  68. Re: New Ormonde Jayne oakmoss scent -- "Evernia" ?

    Do you mean you saw it in a store, GoldWine?



    No surprise there, I suppose. I wonder if they're claiming it contains any natural evernia prunastri? If it's e. furfuracaea (or however you...
  69. New Ormonde Jayne oakmoss scent -- "Evernia" ?

    Ormonde seems to be bragging about the oakmoss in their new scent, Evernia. Apparently it's not available to us here in the colonies; if anyone in Blighty has given it a spin yet, I'd love to hear...
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    Re: Basenotes Update 2021

    You were just warming up. :)
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    I ordered a discovery set from Anatole Lebreton, on the strength of my admiration for his very strange and beguiling Grimoire. This week I sampled three of the eight scents in the kit:

    Incarnata...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 10th September, 2021

    I had to look up "weed torch" and dang, that looks like fun. Also looks useful to melt snow and ice. Or caramelize a massive crème brûlée.
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    Re: What do you really think of BYREDO??

    Patrick Nagel images seem like the perfect visual representation of a Byredo scent.

    https://www.basenotes.net/customavatars/avatar26305106_7.gif

    I can't help noticing that there seems to be a...
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    Sticky: Re: Weekend Perfume Sync June through June

    Yes, yes, yes! God, I'd love to smell that again.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Yay! And knowing you, I'll bet you have an old cobalt bottle, too.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 10th September, 2021

    Skipping the sync and digging further into the Anatole Lebreton discovery kit.

    Today it's Perfumista -- A very plush glamour-puss of a rose with pronounced sillage, and a departure from...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I did not feel like being in a forest today so I'm just going to sit over here in the corner and pout like a sulky teenager.
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    Sticky: Re: Weekend Perfume Sync June through June

    I'm so old that the smells I associate with back-to-school are pencils and paper. Pink rubber erasers. And library paste -- the kind that attracted at least one weird kid in class to want to eat...
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    Re: You favorite Hermes fragrance and why?

    ^^ This, for those reasons. Except I don't think 'englobes' is an actual word.

    Also: Osmanthe Yunnan, because it smells like a living osmanthus tree.

    Despite their wide variety, there's a...
  80. Re: can i bring 50 bottles of cologne in my checked baggage?

    I've heard (but can't confirm) that it's just another word for nothing left to lose.
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    Re: The most BEAUTIFUL fragrance you have tried/own

    Easy: Chanel Sycomore in EDT form
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Still miss him....
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 9th September, 2021

    L'Eau de Merzhin by Anatole Lebreton

    Perfume can normally never be too green for me, so what went wrong here? I love galbanum, and hay and grass, and (usually) love orris butter and violet leaf,...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I can just see you, Alice, traipsing through the forest in your red riding hood with your basket of seedlings.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNEYfIUDkh8
  85. Poll: Re: An (umpteenth) 'Shalimar for Men' thread: poll

    I don't even care about Shalimar, but I'm subscribing to this thread just to see how long it takes for someone to completely ignore those very clear directives and recommend a vintage PdT, Ode...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    So many roses in those Lithuanian forests! Here, we're lucky to see a single wood violet. :wink:
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    Re: New fragrance by Naomi Goodsir: Corpus Equus

    Do it! I don't think you'll have any trouble finding participants.
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    Re: New fragrance by Naomi Goodsir: Corpus Equus

    Wow. I truly salute you. Much as I admire Arabian Horse, I don't think I could ever make it a daily wear.
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    Re: General price hikes

    I think we're all happy that you made that decision. :) I notice your location has changed too, from SoCal to Idaho Falls. I hope the resulting change in real estate costs helps you stay in...
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    Re: New fragrance by Naomi Goodsir: Corpus Equus

    Oh, what a shame! On me it's all horsehide and hay, as it both enters and exits the animal. It's one of those things I can't really imagine wearing as a "pretty smell", but it's a fascinating...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 8th September, 2021

    ExtremeK, that Incarnata from Lebreton was trippy. After the Edie Bouvier lipstick phase, its middle became a little swampy (iris stems in a vase, maybe?), and then the end of it had an intriguing...
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    Re: New fragrance by Naomi Goodsir: Corpus Equus

    My first thought is that it's got its work cut out for it if it plans to supersede the original Arabian Horse by Parfumerie Generale...

    https://www.basenotes.net/ID26140448.html

    ...which is a...
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    Re: Define “fragbro” please

    Cripes. Aren't we past that yet?
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Also, just letting it sit near the computer or TV or anywhere you normally sit for a few minutes, and picking it up every few hours and spend several minutes just gently rocking the top in all...
  95. Re: Have you ever damaged a bottle from decanting with a syringe?

    I bought a batch of those once. They didn't fit on a single one of my perfume bottles. Big disappointment.
  96. Re: Young guy looking for a fragrance to help me seem more mature and masculine

    What's with all the body shaming? The guy just asked for some cologne recommendations, not advice on his physique.

    Not everybody wants to bulk up, y'know.
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    Re: Define “fragbro” please

    So do I. It's fun just to say it.

    I'm surprised nobody has tried to popularize "fraghag" for the women's side.
  98. Re: Young guy looking for a fragrance to help me seem more mature and masculine

    And while you're at it, maybe give his Declaration for Cartier a sniff too.
  99. Re: "Join Date" and "Last Activity" info blocks on profile pages

    I was logged off for a bit there so that's why my Current Activity wasn't visible to you both.

    So I guess you're right, Wingie. Invisible Mode controls what appears in that block. You've...
  100. Re: "Join Date" and "Last Activity" info blocks on profile pages

    Interesting! I always thought that Invisible Mode just removed your name from the list of currently active users on the front page of the Forums.

    I just turned off Invisible Mode on my account. ...
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