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Alternative to Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang

..."Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang"Now that it's discontinued and only rich people can afford the inflated eBay prices . . .If you have firsthand experience with this beauty, can you think of a good alternative?When my supply runs out, I think I'm gonna have a mini meltdown.I might not return to this (hopefully) thread right away, so thank you in advance for any and every response.
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Lucky Scent devotees: may I ask you?

...PBullFriend! 'Supp?I'm almost jealous of myself, can't wait!As for politics, isn't it funny how personally we take something that is so impersonal? :DI am genetically liberal, working in a bastion of diehard consevativism with a tv in the lobby, perpetually tuned to news - alternately Fox and CNN - which inevitably sparks comment as we walk through. I say passive-aggressive stuff like, "Poor Trump, the GOP really hates his guts." :-)
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Lucky Scent devotees: may I ask you?

...Scent Fan,Thank you for those great suggestions. I know you're on the right track, because I am familiar with all but two of those, and own a bottle of Chergui. Haha! :-)Cryptic,Your wonderful description has increased my anticipation tenfold. It sounds like a perfume addict's dream! Woot woot!
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Lucky Scent devotees: may I ask you?

...I plan to be in LA in the Spring and will visit the Scent Bar. Based on the fact a couple of my staples are "Volutes (Eau de Toilette)" and "Ambre Precieux", what would you suggest I sample at the Bar?
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Powerhouses: do you prefer them sweet or not?

...Richly sweet, but balanced, like original formula Samsara.On men, I like ones with just a hint of sweet spice. But warm and oriental all the way. I don't dig fresh and cool.
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<mark>Dulcemio</mark>Dulcemio   15.10.2015 | Miscellaneous

Fugliest Bottles

...Cryptic:DorothyGrace, have you seen the Minajesty commercial? It's about a Disney Princess who desperately chases her prince (apparently, a horse) through the forest. She loses her gown in a briar patch and arrives at the castle in her underwear.Classy.
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sinus friendly fragrances?

...I must report back that I have found a natural cosmetics company that sells natural-ish dupes based in oil, called Face n Earth, LLC. Sold on amazon. I've tried several and they vary in their similarity to the original, but all are lovely in their own right, they last for many hours, and very inexpensive. Some of their dupes that I have tried so far:Addict: Very similar to original, the main notes are there in correct proportion, it's just calmer, for lack of a better word, than the original.Obsession: Almost right on the money, just smoother and more delicate than the original.Chanel No. 19: It takes a while to develop, but even then, the similarity to the original is minimal. If taking a blind smell test, I wouldn't have made the connection, but it's still lovely.Morphine: I've never tried the original, but this is nice. It's got a sort of tartness to it, layered over some pleasant oriental notes
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<mark>Dulcemio</mark>Dulcemio   14.10.2015 | Miscellaneous

What makes a perfume more suitable for young people?

...DorothyGrace:I am reasonably certain that the classification of perfume as being for the young or for the mature is a modern phenomenon.Seems that way to me too, DorothyGrace.And my own personal history with perfume supports what Cryptic brought up about the appetite for sweets waning in adolescence. I came of age on Chanel No. 19 and Paco Rabanne Eau de Calandre. Oakmoss and aldehydes. No sugar there.It was only in middle age that I opened my mind to sweet orientals. And now I'm hooked.However, I think marketing has played the biggest role in our perception of what we should wear, BUT, only in tandem with what's in fashion, ie, what has been available to consumers at any given time. For example, as a pre-adolescent in the 70's, there were no fabulous, sweet perfumes even available to me. At least not by today's standard of sweet. Back then, sweetness usually signified inexpensive (Heaven Scent comes to mind). But then again, sweet back then was nothing like the ubiquitous candy notes we have today.Jumbotron, if you love how that stuff smells on you, wear it. If it turns out in my old age I develop a taste for "Sweet Delicious Creamy Meringue" I'm just gonna go ahead and wear that shizz. ;-)(By the way, the great thing about being a perfume hobbyist is that we are exploring the ones no longer available at Macys and appreciating perfume the same way we appreciate music, art and literature. No one would ever tell you you're wrong for listening to music that came out 50 years ago, right?)
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<mark>Dulcemio</mark>Dulcemio   10.10.2015 | Miscellaneous

What makes a perfume more suitable for young people?

...I know I speak for many here when I say that age-related qualifiers are simply to be ignored by anyone with a mind of their own. It's a bit like saying "only people over 60 should listen to the Beatles." :D
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Suggestions for a patchouli-centric fragrance

...Just curious, Greysolon, if you've ever tried wearing "White Patchouli"?
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sinus friendly fragrances?

...Briarthorn, I wish that were the case. But most of my faves don't have either of those and some that do are the lesser offenders. :cry:
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sinus friendly fragrances?

...My passion for fragrance has waned recently because I have confirmed through much trial and error that most of my fragrances give me a sinus headache to one degree or another. What a clusterf**k, right? Considering I now have more bottles than I'll use in my lifetime.With a couple exceptions:"Ambre Precieux" - sprayed on my back, doesn't bother me much, plus I LOVE it."Coromandel" - again, on my back, bothers me a little more than Ambre Precieux, but still no major sinus drama. And I LORRRVE it.I've had good luck with natural and semi-natural oils, such as Kuumba Made. Which, if you like oriental bases, you can have a field day mixing together sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, amber, etc., in different proportions. Kuumba Made even makes a great Opium oil.Anyone else out there found some sinus-friendlies?
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<mark>Dulcemio</mark>Dulcemio   24.01.2015 | Miscellaneous

What is your "Holy Grail" of perfume?

...Sleuth, the term "holy grail" indicates to me a feeling of satisfaction to the point you feel there's little use in searching further. As much as I love "Samsara" original formula, I can only apply the holy grail distinction to "Coromandel" at this point.
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I want something that smells heavenly, mild & sweet.

...From the very affordable to the very expensive, these are three of my faves that I would describe that way. Mind you, I don't own the third one, but hope to someday. ;-)"Grain de Soleil""Vanille Exquise""Lyric Woman"
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rose orientals, please!

...PontNeuf and Sleuth,Thanks for reviving the topic. Both of those suggestions sound good.
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Suggestions for a patchouli-centric fragrance

...Oddly enough, I would suggest "Fancy Nights" , which is one of the drier, less in-your-face patchouli's I've come across. Forget about Jessica Simpson, and just look at that understated, genderless green bottle.Oops, wait, there's sandalwood in the base. I bet it will be difficult to find something patchouli-centric without at least a little sandalwood in it.
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<mark>Dulcemio</mark>Dulcemio   06.01.2015 | Perfume Discussions

phthalate-free brands?

...Epimedes:In IFRA we trust (don't we?)http://www.ifrana.org/issues-policy/safety/phthalatesFor all we know, the very point for IFRA to exist is to protect big companies from being sued by consumers. If there was any evidence from scientific studies that the fixative in question (DEP) posed any risks to human health, they would have restricted it.There is a much higher chance to get exposed to phthalates known to be harmful from cosmetics such as hair sprays or gels, nail polish, and even some skin lotions. Not to mention chemicals leaching from plastic packaging, doesn't matter if the stuff inside is natural and organic. It all comes down to personal choice, I guess. One more reason for me not to use any make-up :lol:If only I had faith in that assumption. Like the FDA* (which supposedly exists to protect consumers, not companies), I'm sure IFRA's main concern is "will this kill anyone or make them seriously ill immediately?" Unfortunately, it's the long-term and cumulative effects of things that we should be most concerned with.*which, of course, has a very spotty track record of predicting the long-term effect of approved substances.
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<mark>Dulcemio</mark>Dulcemio   04.01.2015 | Perfume Discussions

phthalate-free brands?

...Sleuth, thank you, I appreciate the info!My understanding is that phthalates are protected by the proprietary 'fragrance' designation within a list of ingredients, and so I suspect that if the extra effort has been taken to exclude them, it will be made known to consumers. I often feel so overwhelmed by all the potential dangers, to humans and other animals, inherent in modern perfumery, that I'm right on the verge of putting all my perfume energy into acquiring natural oils and chucking the rest (or perhaps let them collect dust in a dark cupboard). ;)
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<mark>Dulcemio</mark>Dulcemio   01.01.2015 | Perfume Discussions

phthalate-free brands?

...I've googled a little, but can't find a comprehensive list anywhere. Particularly wondering if any mainstream brands are phthalate-free.Looking for more info.Here are a few brands I've never heard of:https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/7-amazing-all-natural-phthalate-free-perfumes-92849210984.html
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