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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   27.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

I Must Have It!!

Re: I'm being Haunted
...Digindirt:Sherapop:Digindirt:I had heard so many positive things about this fragrance but I never felt the impulse to rush out and try it. While out yesterday, I stopped at Nordstoms and tried the beautiful L'Ambre des Merveilles by Hermes. I have been completely swept off my feet! I brought home two samples but I just can't get it off my mind. I'm going to hold out though, I don't NEED anything at the moment. The bottle is pretty too.Like Dlane1953, I got a bottle of this lovely perfume last Christmas. No guilt here, though... :PThis sounds like some sort of laid back enabling to me. Thank You!My pleasure. Carpe Diem! :D
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   27.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

I Must Have It!!

Re: I'm being Haunted
...Digindirt:I had heard so many positive things about this fragrance but I never felt the impulse to rush out and try it. While out yesterday, I stopped at Nordstoms and tried the beautiful L'Ambre des Merveilles by Hermes. I have been completely swept off my feet! I brought home two samples but I just can't get it off my mind. I'm going to hold out though, I don't NEED anything at the moment. The bottle is pretty too.Like Dlane1953, I got a bottle of this lovely perfume last Christmas. No guilt here, though... :P
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Cardamom!

...The ultimate in minimalist cardamom colognes:"1902 Eau de Cologne Premium Collection - Cardamomum Vegetalis by Berdoues"I cannot think of cardamom as a perfume note without thinking of "Kenzo Jungle"and"Chinatown"! 8)
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   22.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

I Must Have It!!

...Flavorite:Le Labo Musc 25 has just about given me a nervous breakdown! I've gone through4 samples, but I just can't justify the ridiculous price of a full bottle...outrageous and too exclusive! Yet it won't let me sleep at night and I am buying all sorts of other substitute fragrances that are not cutting it, and by now probably almost total the amount of a full bottle of Musc 25...it is very vexing, indeed. It's a loosing battle I know, I should just admit defeat now and sign my contract with the devil... :twisted:
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   21.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

I Must Have It!!

...Dlane1953:I'm ashamed to say I lack self-discipline. I'm too greedy. So I go on binges. :oops:Carpe Diem! :D
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   21.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

I Must Have It!!

...Cryptic:I went berserk a few months back and bought about 20 bottles. That cured the itch for a time, thankfully. :oops:That's basically my modus operandi. Hold out for a while and then go crazy. :shock:
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Lyric Rain - Strange Invisible Perfumes
<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   21.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

Random blabbering in defense of natural ingredients

...So is it fair to say that you all believe in the IFRA-aromachemical company conspiracy? :lol:
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   21.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

eBay's picture requirements

...Dulcemio:WolfM,You make a very good point. Ebay has to be extra-vigilant of customers' rights in order to counteract the potenital for distrust already built in to this process of strangers buying from strangers.+1Also excellent is Wolf's point about sellers guarding their reputation. From my limited experience, I am guessing that complete refunds wipe the slate clean, preventing a disgruntled customer from sullying the seller's reputation. I haven't tried to rate the above seller, but I'm not sure that I even can, because when I clicked on the ebay-generated link indicating that I had received a full refund, I was taken to a place which simply states that the problem has been fully resolved. It looks as though full refunds wipe out the transaction as though it never transpired. Which is fine, of course. No one should be complaining after that sort of response!By the way, I just completed another satisfactory transaction, procuring a new tester of "Elixir des Merveilles" at a great price and with no problems whatsoever. Proving yet again that ebay has figured out how to play this game and to defeat the negative perspective which some of us bring to their site. Over the course of a handful of experiences, they amazingly managed to completely reverse my former opinion of complete suspicion and distrust of the very idea of buying anything there. I still would not go vintage hunting, but that's because I have a degree in chemistry and know what happens to substances over time. :lol:
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   20.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

eBay's picture requirements

...Dulcemio:Seller's message:"Sorry you weren't satisfied with the Tester. But to respond to what you wrote item has NEVER been used. I inspect all merchandise prior to deliver so the bottle was NOT missing 2ML it was the full 3.4 ML so in conclusion I BELIEVE your trying to take the perfume I sent you and exchange it with a old one you have at home. " Yeah, you will get this sort of attitude from sellers from time to time because you're dealing with a random person, not a company, and said person obviously doesn't know the first thing about customer relations and repeat business.But out of the many Ebay purchases I've made I've had only one instance where I had to open a case. The seller became extremely immature and unprofessional when I told him there was a problem, and Ebay sided with me. You're right, Ebay will not tolerate crap from sellers."Customer is Queen/King" is a sound business strategy, in the end, at least if I'm any indication of consumer behavior. I buy nearly everything under the sun from Amazon because of their excellent customer service. In stark contrast, another company a while back gave me grief when one of their products was defective, and I never shopped there again! 8)
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   17.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

eBay's picture requirements

...Hayven:eBay does tip in favor to the buyers. It's bad service for a seller to make that assumption though. I have sold perfumes on eBay, and one person said a package never arrived. I looked at the tracking info, and it showed the package as delivered. I told him what I saw, and I asked him to maybe look next to his door or maybe a neighbor picked it up. Turns out it was left on his stoop. Never accused him of a false claim though.That was the problem in this case. Whoever this person is, wherever she got the bottle, she must acknowledge that unless she was there at the end of the production line, then she cannot know that the bottle was never sprayed--except of course by spraying it! Obviously, if I were just trying to rip her off, I would have made a much more serious complaint--said that the bottle arrived empty or something along those lines. But ebay knows that I have bought other items without any problems or complaints, so obviously I am not some sort of shyster. What she should have done was said something to the effect that, "I am sorry that the bottle had already been sprayed; I thought that it had not." Had she done that, I would have accepted her apology and been on my merry way. Instead, she attacked me, so ebay resolved the problem in my favor, by forcing a full refund.From this case, it is obvious that ebay has the same "zero tolerance" toward shady vendors as does Amazon, which is a great policy, in my opinion, and as evidenced by the fact that I go back to Amazon again and again, knowing that their vendors have been vetted, so to speak, and also that in the event that there is a problem, it will be addressed in a professional and competent way.There probably are people who try to take advantage of these policies, but I'm sure that ebay and Amazon can figure out who they are by examining their track record and the nature of their complaints. 8)
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   16.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

eBay's picture requirements

Update: Change in View about ebay!!!!
...I feel that I must report this story to you, as I have expressed a lot of skepticism about ebay in the past. It turns out that their customer service is as good as Amazon's!I have ordered from ebay only a handful of times. I wanted to test the Van Cleef & Arpel Collection Extraordinaire perfumes, but was unable to procure manufacturer-carded samples anywhere else. I was disappointed to find that one of the vials was only half full, but I decided not to complain, because at least it meant that the seller had not filled it with water--I knew that it was authentic!Since then, I ordered two different cellophane-wrapped Lolita Lempicka limited edition bottles and a sample pack of ten Jo Malone vials, all at excellent prices, shipped free, with no problems whatsoever.I also ordered a bottle of Coach Iris Splash. The sprayer was not only broken, but also had liquid inside, so I opened a case alleging that the item was not as described, as it clearly was not new. Within a day, my entire purchase price was refunded. This gave me the confidence to try again (plus now I had a Paypal credit to use). I ordered a 100ml bottle of Prada Infusion d'Iris Absolue (the only one I'm missing), which was advertised as a new tester. When it arrived, the volume seemed a bit low (maybe 2ml short), but I was ready to give the seller the benefit of the doubt--until I sprayed.As we all know, a new, never-been-sprayed bottle requires a couple of extra pumps before it will spritz out perfume. This bottle sprayed perfume with the first press, so I knew that it had been sprayed and that the apparently short volume was due to the fact that the bottle was not in fact new.I debated with myself about what to do. On the one hand, it was still a great deal. On the other hand, I asked myself whether I would have purchased the bottle had it been listed as "used". The answer was "no". I decided to open a case just to put the seller on notice that people do not appreciate this sort of misrepresentation. My hope was to prevent the seller from doing the same again. What I was expecting in response to my complaint was an apology, and maybe an offer of a $5 credit.Instead, to my shock, I received a nasty and accusatory response from the seller. Here is what it said:Seller's message:"Sorry you weren't satisfied with the Tester. But to respond to what you wrote item has NEVER been used. I inspect all merchandise prior to deliver so the bottle was NOT missing 2ML it was the full 3.4 ML so in conclusion I BELIEVE your trying to take the perfume I sent you and exchange it with a old one you have at home. "Needless to say, I was taken aback. However, exactly two minutes later, I received another email, this one from ebay, stating that my entire purchase price had been refunded.My conclusion: ebay does not tolerate any nonsense whatsoever from sellers. Good work, ebay: you have earned my confidence.I wanted to share this story because everyone should know that if there is anything wrong with their purchase, ebay clearly believes that customer is queen/king, so you can shop safely there. :D
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   06.08.2013 | Perfume Discussions

Information wanted re this Oscar de la Renta set

...Older is better in this case, as "Oscar" has been reformulated to a shadow of its former self. If it's the real deal and has not turned, consider yourself lucky! 8)
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   06.08.2013 | Miscellaneous

The Parfumo Travel Guide!

...PBullFriend:Did you ever go to the Thymes Warehouse Sale in the fall? Sadly for us/good for them, they stopped holding those a couple of years ago. Their inventory control has improved to where they don't have enough overstock to hold a sale any more.Coincidentally, an ad came up for Thymes while I was over at Fragrantica, and I clicked on it and found ... a sale! It's not huge, but they have some candles and other stuff at more than half off... :)
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   02.08.2013 | Perfumes & Brands

A question for L'Artisan lovers.

...My memory of these two is that "Timbuktu" is like sweaty incense, while "Dzongkha" has a very clear leather note along with the incense, and is also more spicy. I have a purse spray of Timbuktu, but I'll see if I can find the remnants of a Dzongkha sample vial so that I can do a side-by-side...
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   11.07.2013 | Miscellaneous

The most beautiful and well-crafted Flacons

...I forgot to mention the equally gorgeous clear version of the Keiko Mecheri bottle:"Taormine"
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   25.06.2013 | Miscellaneous

What is the definition of Niche vs. Artisan?

...Pipette:Sherapop:Here's a discussion of this topic at the salon de parfum. :) ***Thank you.***Tomorrow I will read it at great length, but perusing it I can already tell that it will give me some answers. And, especially, in the last paragraph ... that we perfumistas continuously look for more scents, everywhere, and there is so much.You are most welcome. Don't skip the comments--they're the best part! Lots of knowledgeable people weighed in on the question... :)
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What are your favorite Rose perfumes?

...Coutureguru:Apicius:May I also add a warning? Never ever wear Cartier's "Declaration d'un Soir" together with clothes that are difficult to wash!This perfume contains what we will be getting in the future once the IFRA succeeds with their plans to prohibit natural rose oil.Yes, you are right Apicius :) ... but this is one of the facets of d'un Soir that I really like ... it hangs out forever on my clothes and projects beautifully. I've had so many compliments while wearing it and it is another favorite Rose for me ... but I agree that it should preferably be worn with the same outfit ... teehee ...Now my interest is piqued--I believe that there is a sample of this in my queue. I'll have to try it!All of this discussion about rose and IFRA is making me wonder what power they have over stuff like rose absolute/essential oil. They cannot outlaw that, can they? Maybe the solution is to go natural, using essential oils and reminiscing on "the old days" when perfume was perfume? :roll: By the way, another suggestion for the list, for anyone looking for JUST rose:"Demeter Naturals Rose" 8)
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   24.06.2013 | Perfume Discussions

Coppertone Suntan Lotion?

...Dolby:Sherapop:I had no idea that Coppertone was considered a perfume.Shera, by "perfume" I think they are talking about the scent of their products, not a perfume that you can spray and use as a fragrance per say. :wink:I realize that, but their comparison to Chanel no 5 is amazing! :roll:
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<mark>Sherapop</mark>Sherapop   24.06.2013 | Perfume Discussions

Coppertone Suntan Lotion?

...Wow, Pipette, you just had this at your fingertips? I'm impressed.I had no idea that Coppertone was considered a perfume. I like how they compare the five versions to Chanel no 5. :PHere's the pyramid, in case anyone wants to discuss Coppertone #6:------------------------------Top Note: Green Crushed Leaves (Orange Tree Leaves) Middle Note: Floral (Lilac, Lavender, Orange Blossom,Jasmine, Rose, Lilly Of The Valley, YlangYlang) - Spicy - Herbal Bottom Note: Musky - Balsamic - Woody -------------------------------Hmmm... those must be some VERY abstract flowers!!!!
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What are your favorite Rose perfumes?

...Couture Guru is right: "Rose Barbare" deserves special mention! :) :) :)
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