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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Since I've been pretty much living in eaux de colognes for the past 3 months, I'm going to use tomorrow's sync to salute a farewell to summer and see if I can fit in 4 of my favorites. I'm very...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 23rd September, 2021

    Probably not, but she's got a lot of sand in its pre-processed form!
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    Re: A very strange perfume commercial

    He's certainly well named, isn't he?
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 23rd September, 2021

    :laugh: Let's see if Shycat can top that.
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    Pronto is a gem, but Rum Punch was the perfect pick, and Jackie Brown is still my favorite Tarantino film.

    But my favorite Leonard book is far and away LaBrava. And it's perfect cinema fodder,...
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    Re: A very strange perfume commercial

    Nobody thought the bloody nail and the crown of thorns were a tad on the creepy side?
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    Poll: Re: SOTD: why do you use that feature?

    Good mod. Now give him a biscuit.
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    God, that is so Elmore Leonard.

    I miss him.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Haha! Great backdrop, LJ! :grin:
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Sing it, brother.

    A while back, the Black Narcissus blog posted a rare photo, the first I've ever seen, of the reclusive master himself. For all the sexy brashness of his scents, he appears to...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 23rd September, 2021

    Jujy, you're certain to be your usual eloquent self in paying tribute to your friend.

    Well, the great pantry purge is done, and the winning entry was Halloween cake decorations from 2009. I...
  12. Re: Splash vs Spray bottles discussion - Pros, Cons & Preferences

    Aw, c'mon, that was uncalled for. Nobody here has claimed that splashing was a better method, just that some of us preferred the way it felt to us.
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    Re: How is today's Estée Lauder Azurée?

    I don't think anybody has. Rarely has a scent been so completely opposite of the image presented by its marketing.
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    ~~~161916~~~
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    I did know that, but I didn't know about the perfume founder's name being Boadi.

    And until pretty recently, I was pronouncing Boadicea as bo-ad-eh-CHEE-uh. Not that a lot of opportunities arose...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Bring. It. On.
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    Pretty weird badging on the packaging for a French brand. Famous American warships? Huh?
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    Re: Sample of the Day - September 2021

    Aha, so that's the source of that bizarre brand name.



    I think we know the answer to that. <cough> LeLabo <cough>
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    For an oil, it doesn't have particularly impressive tenacity. I put it on about 11am today and by 5pm it had breathed its last. Would probably make a nice bedtime scent, what with sandalwood's...
  20. Re: Splash vs Spray bottles discussion - Pros, Cons & Preferences

    I agree that a splash can be more muted, but I absolutely love lavishing on handfuls of eaux de cologne. It just feels so invigorating and so... I don't know, abundant? And I love having the smell...
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    Re: Vintage fragrance I bought today

    I'm surprised you haven't owned it before now. I'm 99.9% sure you'll love it. That was scent that got me interested in osmanthus.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021

    I didn't know that! With Trilby, that makes three of us here who migrated away. (I still miss the weather.)
  23. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    So 80% of your 5-star scents are modern. That's higher than I would have guessed for you. I'm sure it would have dropped a lot if we were counting Havana backups. :)
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021

    Stay safe, CuddleCat, and be sure to check any gas connections in your house. I'm from San Francisco and lived through many of those, and I know that afterwards you can feel emotionally rattled and...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I like that sort of campy, Phileas-Fogg-look on the caps and labels. You don't see those kinds of graphic references much in packaging any more. It's fun.

    Today I'm in Avon Sheer Essences...
  26. Re: Fragrances that remind of Eau d'Hermes if only a little?

    If we've learned anything in this thread, it's that Ellena paid a lot of tribute to Eau d'Hermes. :)
  27. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    If you don't own/wear it, it doesn't count.
  28. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    That happened to me once and it turned out I had the browser (Chrome) set to auto-translate.
  29. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    Maybe you could just rate them as you pull each one up into SOTD? It might take a year to do it, but it's not like anybody is placing you on a deadline. :)
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 21st September, 2021

    That's simply outrageous. How can retail companies be so stupid as to require that? But I've encountered it elsewhere, too.
  31. Re: Fragrances that remind of Eau d'Hermes if only a little?

    Considering how much I love Eau d'Hermes, it's shocking that I've still never sniffed Epice Marine. I really must correct that.



    Yeah, there's definitely some family resemblance there. ^^
    ...
  32. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    Makes it difficult to verify your math. :)
  33. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    :shocked:

    Whose feelings were you trying to spare??
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    Re: Are you washing your jeans too often?

    I must say, I'm feeling very nostalgic for my old Calvin Klein jeans from the 1980s, the ones with the controversial Brooke Shields ads. They were thick, heavyweight denim (the kind we now call...
  35. Re: How to date (and open) chanel‘s eau de cologne no5 ?

    I think you should wait a while before you do anything. Undoubtedly some of the old-time Chanel hounds around here have seen these seals before, and someone will come along here to tell you how to...
  36. Re: Public Radio piece on flowers and perfumers in Grasse, France

    I heard it this afternoon too. Moderately interesting, but I didn't think it brought up anything that the average Basenoter doesn't already know.
  37. Re: How to date (and open) chanel‘s eau de cologne no5 ?

    I think those metal plugs are meant to twist off by hand. But I'll bet they're hard to get a grip on, so I would wrap it in a thick rubber band before I started twisting.

    Also, as Bavard...
  38. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    Then I'm surprised you're even reading posts in the Vintage Forum. :)
  39. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    Ah, you underestimate your modernity. You have rated 63 of your scents as 5-stars, and out of those, 25 were created between year 2000 and now. That gives you a ratio of 39% modern true loves.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 21st September, 2021

    I spent Five.Solid.Hours on the phone yesterday between insurance companies, doctors' offices, and pharmacies, just trying to get my prescriptions transferred over from Walgreens to a delivery system...
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    Re: Rochas moustache edp

    I like the EDT version of the new Moustache much, much better than the EDP. I think you should give both of them a try before you make up your mind.
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    Re: Sisleyum experience?

    That seems to be the consensus of most advice I read from dermatologists, too.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 20th September, 2021

    Every time I have to go through that indignity, I ponder the thought that if they can make a donut-shaped scanner that they can slide my whole body into, why can't they make a mini version of that,...
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    Sticky: Re: Weekend Perfume Sync June through June

    Many times I've thought that a crisp apple accord would be just the ticket to replace the citrus notes in many fragrances. But I've yet to smell an apple scent that fulfilled the brief in my head,...
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    Re: Important: Site Downtime and Changes

    I should start searching now to see if I can find my old mantra from my Transcendental Meditation course.

    I just hope that 3+ days of Basenotes being offline doesn't drive anybody back to...
  46. 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...
  48. 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...
  51. 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.
  53. 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...
  54. Re: How many of your 5-star scents were born in the 21st Century?

    Wow. I expected pretty low numbers, but not this low.
  55. 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...
  56. 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...
  57. 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...
  67. 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...
  70. 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...
  76. 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...
  83. 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! ...
  84. 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...
  87. 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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