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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   03.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

Good-smelling cheapies are hard to find

...I would add to this list:1. "Ellen Tracy"-by Ellen Tracy (massive -well made bottle, gorgeous 3-season scent- very inexpensive).2. "Bal de Clochettes"- by Berdoues (I've hear their whole line is really good for the price) and if you're a violet fan their "Violettes Divine" is apparently awesome.3. "Les Senteurs Gourmandes Vanille Bourbon" Perfume- as well as 4. "Vanille Monoi", 5. "Tendre Madeleine" and 6. "Vanille Noir" by Laurence Dumont
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   28.10.2013 | Perfumes & Brands

What's up with L'Artisan these days?

...WolfM:Things happen fastest in the Facebook these daysYou can ask on their page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/LArtisan-Parfumeur/168787479845980A week ago, have announced a new line... ''Bertrand Duchaufour himself presents the 3 fragrances he has created for our new collection Explosions d'Emotions.''http://www.artisanparfumeur.com/shop/collections/explosions-d-motions/the-perfumer.html...Then - the 21st oct. - a new store in Bangkok...who knows!?Ooooh, these new fragrances all sound very intriguing! Looking forward to testing those!
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   25.10.2013 | Miscellaneous

What Scents Have You Pulled Out For Fall's Cooler Weather?

...Lately, I am out of sorts, because I don't know what I am in the mood to wear when it's still sunny but chilly (denial of pending Winter, I'm not ready for spices yet... I am going to dig deep into my closet and try out Hermes "Hiris" and Lacoste "Pour Femme" again.
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   25.10.2013 | Miscellaneous

What Scents Have You Pulled Out For Fall's Cooler Weather?

...Apicius:I guess I will wear "Minotaure" a few times, and maybe Divine's "L'homme Infini"."Minotaure" is one of my absolute favorite scents on a Man! A friend of mine had this many many years ago and we used to jokingly get about 10+ people to just chase him around our house trying to sniff him at parties!
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smooth, light floral with subtle nuttiness and vanilla?

...Perhaps try Perlier - "White Almond Body Spray" (lighter than a typical EDP, but might have the right vibe). It's a whole line, body wash, lotion, body mist that can be layered.
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Best Smoky Burning Wood Fireside Scents

...Dulcemio:"Les Nombres d'Or - Vanille"I get a huge bonfire experience from this one, though it does begin like an ashtray on me. (I don't smoke.) But of course you must also like vanilla quite a bit.You know, this one is quite peculiar. My knees went weak went I smelled it first. I bought several samples of this and I was sure it would be wonderful. It was just perfect last November, but oddly enough, the one time I wore it out (just a single tiny dab on my wrist) I felt so overwhelmed and awkward (at a rock concert?). It made me very self conscious in such a closed space and I felt like I had lit up a cigar in an elevator or something...so I haven't been back into it in over a year. Yes, it does have a bit of that ashtray!
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   17.10.2013 | Miscellaneous

Living well is the best revenge...

...Currently Bruno Acampora's Musc EDP and Serge Luten's Daim Blonde inspire this feeling of total luxury for me!
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G-man (Eau de Cologne) - Gainsboro / Gainsborough
<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   06.10.2013 | Miscellaneous

Less likely to buy discontinued fragrances?

...Cincy:Flavorite, I snapped to ends off of my Blue Carnation nip yesterday. Wow! Cloves galore. Real.... in your face spicy scent.It's glorious! I have Wichapi to thank (again) for a generous sample. When life really seems like a crapper- I treat myself to a long hot bath with a bar of the Roger & Gallet Carnation Soap and a single spritz of the Blue Carnation...better than therapy!
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G-man (Eau de Cologne) - Gainsboro / Gainsborough
<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   06.10.2013 | Miscellaneous

Less likely to buy discontinued fragrances?

...PBullFriend:I tend to agree with Barolo on this one. If I don't think something is available somewhere (eBay, discounters), then I usually avoid it for fear of having my heart broken. (Yes, I know. I'm such a delicate flower! :lol: )I also am likely not to try a scent that goes for $200 and up per bottle. At that price, I am unlikely to find even a decant I can afford, and there are relatively few parfumistas/os who might be willing to trade me one.Even if I had more money, there's something about $200/bottle that seems like the very far end of my extravagance.I must be a glutton for punishment...usually knowing that I can not have it makes it absolutely irresistible! Thank you "Blue Carnation" by Roger & Gallet I have spent many sleepless nights pining over a discontinued scent that I think I can't live without. Once I figure out how to acquire it and I have it my hand-usually I realize it is so-so- not the ultimate scent- now out of storage space. Or more often I fall victim to the rumors that something is just about to be discontinued...because everything I read on the internet is true, right? LOL! Then magically- 1/10 are actually discontinued...and again I've got a bunch of bottles of easily available back-ups for scents I'm just lukewarm about, I am on to my next obsession. still looking for this one particular scent that was a mystery concoction thrown in a mislabeled bottle from Keiko Mecheri- can't figure out what the notes are and haven't ever encountered anything like it. Ugh...I really just love the torture I think!
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   03.10.2013 | Miscellaneous

I Must Have It!!

...Digindirt:Congrats Flavor for finally taking the route of least resistance. You'll feel better soon.Yep. I went for the mini bottle- which was ridiculously priced, as well. I do feel better. Poor but happy. It put a stopper in my unquenchable hunt for almost a whole week...until I accidentally sprayed my Jo Malone's Lime Basil Mandarin sample on myself and here-we-go-again!
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   03.10.2013 | Miscellaneous

What new perfumes have that 'classic' potential?

Re: What new perfumes have that 'classic' potential?
...This Jo Malone "Lime Basil Mandarin" is blowing my mind! I think it could become a classic in the light fresh green citrus chypre realm.
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The animalic bad girls

...Lancôme's "Magie Noire" and Nasomatto's "Silver Musk". Plus all of Narciso Rodriguez's Egyptian musk parade... they are all like a zoo of stinky sexy beasts to me.
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   01.10.2013 | Perfumes & Brands

What is Your Favorite Le Labo, Which are you curious About?

Re: Iris on the bus
...Omni:Big fan of Iris 39. Was on holiday in San Francisco. Spent some time at their Fillmore St shop. Caught a bus wearing Iris 39, which didn't wow me at the outset, but I fell in love with it as it developed.Oh, I am going to have to try that one again. I love Iris.. Well the City Exclusive sale ends in 2 hours for the next two years and I made it through- almost unscathed- with only purchasing a 15 ml bottle of Musc 25- love it!!! So now it's back to the non-exclusive offerings for all of us and back into Niche obscurity for Le Labo, I suspect. I think they will need to come up with a more feel good way of differentiating their brand other than making it impossible to acquire unless you're in their boutique in London, NYC, LA, San Fran, Dubai, Chicago, Tokyo...that has gotten pretty old pretty fast...Anyone else get caught up in the madness?
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   28.09.2013 | Miscellaneous

Which perfume will be your next buy ?

...In search of paper, smoke and woods- I'm contemplating "Paper Passion" Steidl, "Arso"Eau de Parfum by Profumum, "Blue Encens" or "Wonderwood" by CdG and "Le Boise" Ginestet.
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Best Smoky Burning Wood Fireside Scents

...Epimedes:Sorry, didn't read the original post carefully :? I personally never get the "sausage" feel from the Burning Leaves, but the dogs must know better!If you also don't want any kind of incense, that's a real tough one...Have you tried birch tar-based scents to see if they could fit the bill? "Eau du Fier" by Goutal maybe?Actually, I am getting more keen on the idea of a mixture of smoky incense and smoky burnt wood together... I suspect the "sausage/bacon" issue has to do with the linear (albeit well done) smokehouse woodiness and my skin chemistry. Perhaps I need yo graduate to something as little more complex. I will check "Eau du Fier". Great suggestion, Thanks!
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Best Smoky Burning Wood Fireside Scents

..."Burning Leaves"- I want to love this- but I feel that it makes me smell like bacon...not really a problem, but the dogs can be rather annoying, trying to nibble on me all night long and my husband is vegan. I'm not ready to give up on it quite yet...layering suggestions, Anyone?
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Champaca Absolute - Tom Ford
<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   25.09.2013 | Perfumes & Brands

Tom Ford's Champaca Absolute

Re: Champaca Absolute
...Omni:I was given two generous samples by a SA at Nieman Marcus, one of these was Champaca Absolute and the other was Arabian Wood. The SA told me that her husband, tired of perfume, preferred it when she didn't wear any, but that she wore CA on her wedding day and that he loved it on her. We were in Hawaii at the time and I can imagine that it developed beautifully in a hot humid climate. When I returned home, to winter, Champaca seemed like an imposter, a wannabe and just too sweet for me.That is fascinating...I just had an initial impression that it was a little high pitched...but my first impressions of fragrances are sometimes wrong, especially when I'm on a fragrance testing bender. But it seems like this is a common feeling...too sweet and trying too hard....hmmm
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   25.09.2013 | Miscellaneous

Score! Your best deals in men's cologne?

...Another crazy (accidental) Score... I asked for a bottle of Jo Malone's Café Vetyver for an Anniversary gift, figuring it's great on Men and women alike and it really smells better on the fellas in my book, but still I wanted it in my collection. The place I purchased from accidently sent me the tester with no box, when I called to ask them about this and said how embarrassed my husband was to present this to me (that part I embellished a bit...he couldn't care less about the box)...they said return it- no problem...then they sent me a brand new full bottle of Rosewater & Vanilla, plus another brand new full bottle of Café Vetyver plus a travel bottle of Lime, Mandarin Basil- also smells better on the fellas, IMHO... and a weird mirror covered velvet lined watch/jewelry box (?!). When I called they said, no just keep it all with our apologies. Score!!! My Fragrance Karma is improving.
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   24.09.2013 | Miscellaneous

Comments on perfumes: compliments and insults

...Flavorite:I recently applied a dab of Philosophy's "Amazing Grace" after a shower and right before bed and my husband- who rarely notices any of my fragrances, woke up out of sound sleep yelling that he thought perhaps one of the "Box Elder Bugs"/"stinkbugs" we saw earlier in our yard had gotten inside the bed room and gotten angry (they release a horrid smelling defense substance when attacked- like skunks, only more like herbal grassy garbage). Then I said smell my arm and he said "Yes, that's what I smell. You'd better get out right now and shower again!:cac2e3d15c]Wow, that's strong. Hope you haven-t bought a full bottle of the juice.Of course I have! A fool is a fool above all else! It is hiding in my closet with all the other rejects!
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<mark>Flavorite</mark>Flavorite   22.09.2013 | Miscellaneous

What perfume have you bought recently?

...It's been a rough couple of weeks! I bought bottles of:Le Labo- Musc 25Bruno Acampora- Musc (Eau de Bruno)Jo Malone Rosewater & VanillaAcqua Di Parma ColoniaHelmut Lang (deeply discounted/discontinued)Yes, I think I'm done for the year, holy cow! I was really just looking for something to replace the bottle of Five O'clock aux Gingembre I gave away to hubby and get a L'artisan bottle for my collection---didn't accomplish that either...next year!
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