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  1. Thread: Kouros Clone

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    Re: Kouros Clone

    Agree. It has the same clean/dirty mix. It has the dirty honey and the sage. It probably lacks the animalics and some of the fougere aspect of vintage Kouros. But I'm happy with it.

    Since I was...
  2. Thread: Kouros Clone

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    Re: Kouros Clone

    Thanks for the heads up! Another cheapie to try.

    I finally got the Milton Lloyd man silver. It's not Kouros, but it has some of its part, and for <$10, it's a steal.

    cacio
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    Re: Long time no sniff

    Welcome back!

    I think Auphorie and The Zoo are interesting newer brands worth exploring. And where did you stop with Etat Libre d'Orange?

    cacio
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    Re: Recognize this bottle?

    Welcome!

    Can you explain the dimension of the bottle and whether there is any other sign/wording on it? Also, it's not clear from the message, was it supposed to be for men or for women?

    Marco
  5. Re: Leather and grass/green or pear/vanilla fragrances?

    Leather and galbanum-the reference is Bandit. Not quite grass, but green nonetheless.

    I am probably the only person who gets pear from Chanel Jersey (it's actually lavender and vanilla, but go...
  6. Re: Is It Really Bad to Wear Winter Fragrances During Hot Weather?

    Nothing wrong, it's whatever one likes. It's probably true that most people prefer fresher perfumes in the summer, and viceversa, but we all have different tastes and there's no way to know what one...
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    Re: Yet another recommendation thread

    Welcome!

    One thing that came to mind is CDG2 man. Fresh vetiver, but with a touch of incense, so with a contemporary twist. Not too hard to find, but still niche so probably not found everywhere....
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    Re: Best MFK for Spring/Summer Months

    Seconding Aqua universalis for warm weather. Simple but very good.

    I didn't like L'Homme a la rose either. But the pour femme version (A la rose, without l'homme), it's a very fresh rose (assuming...
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    Re: Beach Vacation - Blind Buy?

    Lush Dirty. Fresh, a touch minty,. but not aquatic. (I strongly dislike aquatics).

    cacio
  10. Re: Modern Aramis JHL vs modern Cinnabar & modern Opium

    As you probably know, JHL is a variation on Cinnabar, and they're from the same brand, so I would assume that if JHL is still good, so is Cinnabar, but I have not tried it myself recently. Current...
  11. Thread: Tom Ford Poll

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    Poll: Re: Tom Ford Poll

    My favorite from the brand is Sahara Noir, a very good frankincense, now discontinued.
    I only own two or three from the brand.

    cacio
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    Re: Looking for a masculine floral

    Some green florals would do. Insense is discontinued, but I think it can be found here and there.
    In niche, Lyric Man, some rose, a bit too masculine perhaps, but well made.
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    Re: Advice on next purchase please

    Welcome!

    I too was thinking about a vetiver like Guerlain Vetiver.

    cacio
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    Re: Arte tv programme about Sandalwood.

    Thanks! As usual, one wonders how close the two are.
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    Re: Arte tv programme about Sandalwood.

    Interesting. I wonder if it's the right variety of sandalwood, or if it's the australian one. Do they say how long it takes? I understand it takes decades for a sandalwood plant to be ready.
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    Re: Best brand glowup

    I liked the light, woody Armani prive bottles. But evidently they didn't feel substantial enough, so now it's glass, which is not as unique. I also was ok with the original, naif Tauer bottles. Now...
  17. Re: perfumes similar to Chanel Paris-Deauville or Eau de Rochas?

    I wouldn't describe it soapy, but it does have neroli, which some people find soapy. So I'd say it's not a blind buy for you.
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    Re: Bandit advice needed

    I didn't know about the Esterel-so good to make sure. The Brigand bottle should look like the Bandit one.
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    Re: Can we stop calling them oriental fragrances

    As others pointed out, the name did arise with orientalist connotations (a la Said), and while in general there was no negative implication, I have seen old ads that were certainly orientalist in a...
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    Re: Tom Ford not worth buying anymore ......

    I don't own much TF, so cannot say about reformulations. But their strategy seems to have been to toss several things out, often without proper development, and see what sells.
    Back when they...
  21. Re: perfumes similar to Chanel Paris-Deauville or Eau de Rochas?

    I have tried Iskander. Nice, but I think it lacked that sparkle that made it into a to buy, especially since there are many other fresh eau de cologne style perfumes I much prefer.
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    Chanel No. 5 long ad

    Chanel just posted a long online ad in honor of the 100 anniversary of no. 5. Not much of a thing-the usual blurbs.

    https://www.chanel.com/us/about-chanel/the-stories/

    I wonder what else...
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    Re: Bandit advice needed

    Bandit is quite unique. I love it too. Concur with others that perhaps it's worth checking some vintage perfumes by the same perfumer, Germaine Cellier, like Miss Balmain and Jolie Madam. Miss...
  24. Re: perfumes similar to Chanel Paris-Deauville or Eau de Rochas?

    I like Eau de Magnolia a lot. It's inbetween floral and citrusy. Though I must say that if you find cristalle eau verte sweet, this will be sweet as well.

    While I do not find them too similar to...
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    Re: Violet forward fragrances?

    Jolie Madame is the classic violet-leather. Not sure what it is in its current form.

    cacio
  26. Re: Anyone tried the new Caron La Collection Privee scents?

    Lucky you! Since I didn't do much of business with them, when I went there they gave me the reformulated, watery stuff...
  27. Re: Does L'air du Temps smell like cigarettes to anyone else?

    Not to me either, at least the vintage version. But as you say, it could be an association. Everybody smoked back then, and the type of perfumes were very common for women.

    cacio
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    Re: Recommended Montale?

    Montales have a sharp, woody oud reconstruction, TF is smoother. I actually prefer the Montale. Hard to say whether you'll find it close or not, but they are worth checking. Dark aoud is a good one,...
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    Re: Recommendations please - non floral

    Chanel No 19 is another option. Green, not particularly floral (iris doesn't really come out as floral). And seconding Cristalle, it's green, cold, a bit floral, but not overly so.

    cacio
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    Re: Rapid battle on a amouage blind buy.

    For me, Jub or Epic, with edge to Jub. Jub is a very good incense, radiant. Fate feels a bit heavy, and there are better perfumes featuring immortelle. I liked Memoir, but it lacked that little...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Milton-Lloyd fragrances?

    Tried The Man silver. Indeed, a good clone of Kouros. Obivously not as good, but preserving the dirty/clean impression.

    Smelled quickly, the others I bought seem quite bad...

    cacio
  32. Re: Anyone tried the new Caron La Collection Privee scents?

    Not good to hear. Has this line been developed/reconstructed under Rotschild? People were waiting to see whether the new ownership improved things...
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    Re: Anyone heard of Milton-Lloyd fragrances?

    I am resurrecting this because thanks to a recent post elsewhere, I put an order for a few Milton LLoyd sprays. Each less than $10. Love the imagery!
    ...
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    Re: Tcheon Fung Sin (TFS) Italian shaving soap.

    I was not aware of this brand and now I am curious. I was also wondering the origin of the name. According to the website, it was the name of the founder, a chinese man who emigrated to Italy in the...
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    Re: Cypriol seems trendy but do you like it?

    I like it too (and I don't get swamps luckily). But I agree that as in all things, it is best when used in moderation.
    cacio
  36. Re: What difference in scent does spraying on you clothes instead of your skin make?

    Heat makes a perfume evaporate faster. So sprayed on clothes, perfumes project much less but last longer. Depending on the perfume, it's possible that clothes will project fewer notes than skin, but...
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    Re: Orientals for nitwits

    From your description, I'd have said you would like the Emeraude/Shalimar variety and dislike the Tabu/Opium ones. But as usual-it's all very personal.

    As others were saying, no point in forcing...
  38. Re: Overdosed the galbanum in my blend. Ugh! How to neutralize it?!

    Not a perfumer here so I cannot help. But I'd say you can simply give up on the delicate floral and embrace the power. Add a butch leather note and that's Bandit's sister (Bandit is galbanum plus...
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    Re: If I get to choose 2 Amouage bottles

    Silver for me. Clean, perhaps simpler than the average Amouage but good for the situation. Second would be Beach hut; not as fresh, but still , not sweet or heavy either.
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    Re: Amouage for woman

    I like Silver. Quite fresh, somewhat citrusy-floral. I enjoy many Amouages, but they tend to be on the heavy side rather than the fresh one.

    cacio
  41. Re: Please suggest some of your mind blowing favorites

    I see she's into modern fresh and floral.
    Guerlain tends to do a different style, so not sure there's anything that really clicks. Hermes is more like it. Their Jardin series should work for the...
  42. Re: FM Geranium Pour Monsieur or Bon Monsieur Rogue?

    Not too similar. I find Bon Monsieur a more classic fougere, while geranium pm is more modern in style (drier, less powdery, more woody ambers). So it's really about what you are looking for. I like...
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    Re: Seasonal allergies are destroying me

    I need to use antihistamines or, perfume or not, I'll start sneezing. With that, luckily, I can smell and wear anything.
    Which reminds me that I will need to start taking anithistamines soon...
    ...
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    Re: Is Fahrenheit the best rainy day Dior?

    Agree the violet leaf cuts through the rain. (Something warm but sharp I think works well in the rain. I find Bandit great for that as well).

    cacio
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    Re: Jovoy store in Paris

    I thought you meant closed forever. Certainly there are far fewer tourists in paris this year.
    In Europe, they're restarting lockdowns because Covid had ramped up. They're behind in vaccines too.
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    Re: What are the best fragrances for Spring?

    Florals come back in the spring. Paco Rabanne Calandre, for instance.
    cacio
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    Re: ....."Forgive me Father for I have Sinned".

    Yes, scandal and pretexte are much more expensive because much more rare. Not that they are better than Arpege and My Sin-just supply.
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    Re: ....."Forgive me Father for I have Sinned".

    Re: projection and longevity, you got the Eau version, not the parfum. Obviously, the eau from back then were stronger than most edp now. Still, they are not the parfum.

    cacio
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    Re: ....."Forgive me Father for I have Sinned".

    What a find! Congrats! I like My Sin a lot. To me, My sin sits perfectly between freshly showered and not so freshly showered. One second it smells clean, almost soapy, the other very dirty. It must...
  50. Re: Hi, I'm looking for a cologne for wearing to a dinner with a platonic female friend

    Welcome!

    I think the most important thing is to go light. Eg say spray on the belly, which is covered, or the like. As for the perfume, it depends on your budget and where you live (to know what's...
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Good to know that this product does help with longevity. Other functional products I have tried didn't have that effect, so perhaps this formulation is different.
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Good to know you like it. Sounds very interesting. I agree with you that perfumed shower products are overpriced for what they do and not substitutes for a perfume. But they are a very pleasant...
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    Re: Latest Memo - Sicilian Leather!

    NCal
    good guess-white suggests something softer.
    cacio
  54. Re: A SUPREME MOMENT (Jean Patou) vintage Perfume/Cologne find.

    These sets pop up now and then, but they are expensive. The minis can also be found separately, again randomly, sometimes as low as $20 each.
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    Re: Houses I never hear about anymore...

    I agree that MPG doesn't seem to be on the radar screen anymore. Lutens came up with those hyperexpensive things and lost some of the traction in had in the perfumer community. Malle keeps producing...
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    Re: Encre Noire alternative?

    As others pointed out, Encre Noire is an iso-e bomb, and that can be problematic.

    The darker vetivers I'm thinking about are all on the expensive side like Sycomore. Perhaps is it worth checking...
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    Re: Latest Memo - Sicilian Leather!

    Sicily recalls citruses. But what's white leather? As opposed to black?
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    Re: Amouage Women’s Sampling

    Thanks for the description. I have missed many of the more recent releases, so good to have some ideas.

    Indeed, the old Amouages were definitely of the sort "they're wearing me rather than me...
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    Re: Latest Armani Prive - Cypres Pantelleria!

    Thanks! Inteersting about Armani's garden. I wonder what these rare cypresses are-probably some special variety that is tolerant to heat and draught.

    cacio
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    Re: Latest Armani Prive - Cypres Pantelleria!

    An aquatic cypress? We shall see.
    I don't think the rocky island of Pantelleria has many cypresses, but Pantelleria must be the aqua part.
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    Re: What's your favourite shower gel?

    Interesting. I remember once gifting a soap called Priya to a coworker who had that name. Not sure it was the same brand, I understand Priya is a common name. I remember it as vanillic-woody, sort of...
  62. Poll: Re: Which Parfum de Nicolai would you suggest me to get (along NY intense)

    In the set, I'd go for Patchouli intense. As others said, it's not the usual patch. Still, that's what it is. I like others but less so. I have not tried Baikal leather and Bois belize, though, and...
  63. Re: Beware the Ides of March! (March 15th.) What Fragrance type would Julius Caesar have worn ?

    Thanks for the link! A very well researched and informative article. And I like how he used the perfume to teach chemistry.
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    Re: Angelys pear - nicolai

    it's hard for me to strip out the swampy thing and check the moss underneath. It does feel that underneath there is a classic, sweet but not cloying floral. I think Khanada is identifying the...
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    Re: Angelys pear - nicolai

    I do get pear in Jersey. But perhaps it's just my nose, some strange effect of lavender and other materials that recall fruit juices to my brain. In Angelys pear the note is more straightforwardly...
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    Re: Angelys pear - nicolai

    I didn’t remember pear in Boy, which I have only tried in store. So I’d say it is very different. More generally, the impression I had of boy was supersmooth and pleasant, to a fault perhaps. Very...
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    Re: Has anyone tried Arabian Oud?

    I have tried some of their oils. A couple of ouds were nice, but expensive. The rose was bad. I have not tried the alcohol based perfumes. They have opened at Tysons corner, so perhaps I should stop...
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    Re: L'Artisan "Timbuktu", the "4711" L'Artisan.

    Interesting. Timbuktu does ok on me. So two possibilities. either it has been reformulated (mine is an older bottle), or you are a bit anosmic to the wood base. These types of perfumes have a woody...
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    Re: L'Artisan "Timbuktu", the "4711" L'Artisan.

    double post
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Re: the fond, it makes perfect sense-such a complex and beautiful things. Unfortunately, we know Caron hasn't been using anything like that this century, but I wonder where this went (Acaciosa...
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    Re: New Chanel Les Exclusifs 400ml Size

    NIce travel spray. Sadly, my EdC didn't come with that.

    As for the funnel, I have found using that in most splash bottles to be a pain-much better to use pipettes.
    cacio
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    Re: New Chanel Les Exclusifs 400ml Size

    The 400 ml of Eau de Cologne is not spray, it's a splash with a small opening. I decant to smaller sprayers. Unfortunately they do not provide a chic Chanel travel spray...

    (The de Nicolai liter...
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    Re: New Chanel Les Exclusifs 400ml Size

    The 400 ml bottle is indeed big for being a perfume bottle, but not outsized. I had posted a photo on how it compares with the 200ml as well as the 1 liter Cologne Sologne....
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Minimalist Parisian chic (thought the company is now owned by Estee Lauder, hence the locations).

    Let us know how the shower cream is.

    cacio
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    Re: New Chanel Les Exclusifs 400ml Size

    I would buy a 1 l bottle of Eau de Cologne too if it existed. Concur with Jcello that it is my favorite traditional eau de cologne.
    I did of course buy also the 1 l of cologne sologne and am...
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    Re: New Chanel Les Exclusifs 400ml Size

    I did buy the 400 ml of Eau de Cologne, twice, and will buy again if it reappears. But I can't see myself buying 400ml of any of the others.
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    Re: Cetaphil Bar Soap Fragrance

    Welcome!

    You've made me curious about the Cetaphil soap, which I have never smelled.

    As for how to perfume a small room, the usual ways are bottles with bamboo sticks (which let the liquid...
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    Re: Spring is in the air!

    Not quite spring here in DC. But looking forward. Not that there's that much of a difference when one is working from home.
    cacio
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    Re: Iris Nazarena, Freakin' Great!

    Thanks for the info! So I should definitely try it again. I don't mind low projection, as long as it's still there.
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    Re: Iris Nazarena, Freakin' Great!

    How is longevity? I tried it once. Loved the smell, but on me it disappeared so quickly. However, I have only tried once in store.

    cacio
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    Re: Etat Libre d'Orange

    chopwet

    The association with the SA entity is not casual-one of the founders of the brand was born in SA, and they talk about the Orange Free state on their website:...
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    I don't think the cleaning agents are related to the consistency of the product. My guess is that they can be included in various mediums (gels, oils, creams, solids), and that the reason for the...
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Malle seems to be trying different version of things... they also had bath oils and what not.

    I guess somebody else will be able to explain the chemical difference. To me, creams feel thicker,...
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    Re: Etat Libre d'Orange

    chopwet

    interesting, I had never paid attention to the origin of the name. Indeed, it would be nice to do something more closely related to the purported origin.

    cacio
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Vial: this smells very complex and well blended, for the most part no component comes out too much. Musks, some animalics, moss, a touch of something sharp (leather). The component that comes out...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella. Which are your favorites ?

    How comes I never find such things?

    Anyway, re: gelsomino, I have not tried it on skin, but I don't see any problems with men wearing jasmine. Curious how long lasting it is. Most SMN don't last...
  87. Re: A SUPREME MOMENT (Jean Patou) vintage Perfume/Cologne find.

    Congrats, lovely find. I must check if I have a mini from the 80s (or later) reissue and try it again. These old Patous are a treasure, too bad their latest incarnation (under who knows what...
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    Re: Osmotheque conferences

    The incredible journey of Ernest Beaux
    Tue mar 9 630pm

    The work of Ernest Beaux (1881-1961), one of the most notable talents of French perfumery and creator of the mythic Chanel n 5, which...
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    Re: Etat Libre d'Orange

    Glad you are enjoying. The house is one of my favorites, and I love many of their perfumes. You started from two of the most challenging (and possibly my favorites), the powerful, animalic Rien, and...
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    Re: My rare vintage Lanvin Arpege

    I agree it's a wonderful perfume, rich, floral but not too much, woody but not too much, and with those nice musks that they can't use anymore. It's not the only vintage parfum that has that effect,...
  91. Re: IR temp gun/thermometer on perfume bottles, sitting around 72.5 fahrenheit

    I think this storage arrangement is very good. The place is fairly cool, and the flucutations are minimal. So no problem with it.

    The ideal temperature (meaning decades) is around 55 f, but that's...
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    Re: Exploring new types of scents

    Glad you found something you like.
    Indeed, Rien is quite potent and long lasting.
    cacio
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    Re: Good Places to start with Montale and Mancera?

    I second Black Aoud, that's very representative of the many ouds in the line.
  94. Re: Chanel EDC - A bit too sweet? Or is is the weather?

    I don't find it sweet personally, but as usual we have different perceptions. It does dry down to what I perceive as a light smooth, musky base, not as zingy as the opening, but not too sweet to my...
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    Re: Maison Dior Price Hike

    Luxury brands have been raising prices throughout the pandemic. I guess the wealthy still can pay.
    cacio
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    Re: Thoughts on Iunx ???

    I bought a small bottle back then, not the 150ml.
  97. Thread: Attar bottles

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    Re: Attar bottles

    Are you in the US? In the past, I have bought some at www.bestbottles.com
    cacio
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    Re: Thoughts on Iunx ???

    I smelled them years ago at the store in Paris. I got L'eau baptiste, which is grassy-hay (I think it was described as a wheat accord) with a fresh neroli top. Very nice. I don't remember most of the...
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    Re: Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere

    I like Eau premiere too. Some of the no 5 DNA, but with some fruity sweetness and citrus, but a touch. Very nice indeed. To my nose, for inexplicable reasons, it also recalls the pear juice I used to...
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    Re: Kouros: Fougere or Chypre?

    Neither really, it's so unique. But having to classify it, I'd say the clean-musky part puts it closer to the fougere area. though the animalic dark part is more in the chypre area.

    The French...
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