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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   29.01.2014 | Miscellaneous

Marketing Mistakes - arbitrary target group?

...Oh man there's nothing like some casual transmisogyny ja heterosupremacy to spice up a perfectly good thread on how perfume houses assign gender to their products. And by spice up I mean turn to shit.A short PSA:- People identifying outside of the binary are not "confused".- The gender binary is inherently white supremacist and has been imposed to erase non-binary gender identities across the globe through colonization and genocide. (Side note: If you are a white resident in the former or current Euro colonies, this means you are directly implicit in this ongoing erasure.)- Erasure and "misapprehension" as aeo called it has real-life consequences for trans and non-binary people, up to and including extremely high murder rates, unemployment, homelessness. So do not pretend this is just a matter of opinion. By dismissing non-binary identities as make-believe or confusion the people living those identities are discarded into the "lesser" pile and treated as sub-human as a consequence. Do NOT come and claim it's just an opinion.- Communities recognizing more than one gender without a binary structure or obsession with heterosexuality have been surviving and reproducing just fine for millennia. White Westerners seem to have trouble with birth rates, though. Funny, that.If this is how these topics are handled here, I can do just fine somewhere else.
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Chanel Les Exclusifs?

...Fcasimiro:...The other that draws my interest is Bois des Iles. I haven't given my EDT sample a full wearing but I've read it is similar to Egoiste which I love in its dry down. I've read the pure parfum version of Bois des Iles is the ultimate of the three. ...I find "Bois des Îles" pretty different from "Égoïste", especially up top. There is something vintage-like, dark and viscous about BdÎ, while ÉgoÏste is lighter, drier and spicier. BdÎ seems to be marked down as a feminine frag on Parfumo, but wouldn't smell off on a man while Égoïste is more markedly a masculine fragrance. IMHO those two are clearly different perfumes, but noses do differ greatly :)
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   29.01.2014 | Miscellaneous

Perfumes Left Behind Or Not?

...I would pick the ones I was actually using (2 bottles at most) + 3 more for rotation (season/occasion) if at all I could. Some treasured minis. I would want to have the comfort of perfume if I was ever faced with such an extreme situation for any reason.Lmao I shouldn't think abt eventualities like this, it's not good for my fragile psychological balance :D
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Best Smoky Burning Wood Fireside Scents

...An expensive, somewhat colder and more abstract smoky woody frag: "Sycomore"
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Chanel Gardenia EdT?

...Dulcemio:...Even if my beloved Coromandel were offered as pur parfum, I wouldn't care, because the EDT already behaves like an EDP, and a strong one at that! One spray and it projects like crazy all day long. And the Sycomore and Bois des Iles I tried on my arms and on paper lasted until the next day. Good value for the money.Lol, I tested Sycomore the hard way when a sample vial broke (luckily only 1 ml) and after a shower I can still smell it clearly on my forearms. Some Parfumo reviewers gave it less favourable grades when compared to cheaper, similar woods.I just wish that aldehyde-pepper opening would last and last. It's always sad when the opening turns out to be the best part :/
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Reusing empty sample vials?

...It seems that Fragranticans have been talking about this a few times, and I found these two threads with many useful tips:http://www.fragrantica.com/board/viewtopic.php?id=30868http://www.fragrantica.com/board/viewtopic.php?id=72659This could be a job for an otherwise quiet day at home! I do hope someone will make a step-by-step tutorial with pictures though :)
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Do chilled perfumes turn scentless?

...Not yet - and I've just had a few bottles sitting outside in -20°C (-4°F) for a few hours. If you're worried, just give it a few more hours to warm up!I might do an experiment on 'frozen' perfume vs. room temperature stored juice one of these days though! :D
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Scent of the Day

..."Sycomore" - my 1ml vial broke, and I ended up pouring it aaaaall on myself!
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Chanel Gardenia EdT?

...Dulcemio:Oh wait, I just realized you said "parfum version." I wasn't aware that Les Exclusifs came in anything but EDT.They do, at a price. I'm still jealous of the US Chanelites who get to shop for this stuff online.
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   25.01.2014 | Miscellaneous

What do you look for in a perfume?

...I second Hayven -- if there is something about a perfume that is just off-putting, I won't get it.Also I look for perfumes that aren't too similar to the ones I already own, or have some quality about them that makes them stand out from the rest of my collection.
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Reusing empty sample vials?

...Is it doable, or does the perfume stick to it for all eternity? I have a few refillable, now empty sample sprays that I'd like to reuse.
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Celebrity perfumes: A thread

...Yup, and it's not like designer scents aren't just as formulaic as their celebrity fragrance contemporaries. IMHO the classics of the past decades are not a useful comparison to contemporary celeb perfumes, or to any other perfume of a vastly different era and culture.The one thing I most like about celebrity scents is that they are often adequate interpretations of the themes popular in their time, and often also cheaper and more widely available at discounters.
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   25.01.2014 | Miscellaneous

Do you keep your samples?

...I keep them, unless I have several of the same scent and/or a full bottle - then I swap them, or gift to swap partners. I find it useful to be able to go back to a perfume later because especially with the extreme difference between summer and winter here, it's just not possible to get the whole picture of a perfume in the wrong season (especially so-called summer scents). And also tastes evolve, so something I don't like right now might turn out to be a future favourite :)
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Best web shops for samples

...eBay has been a good place to hunt for samples that might not be otherwise available, but I have since learned to scour the perfume houses' websites for samples or sample packs, even. They are often cheaper that way, for instance a whole sample pack from Atelier Cologne cost only 15€ (or $20 in the US) and contains 13 perfumes as of now. (Sadly no "Cédrat Enivrant" :()I just recently placed an order with http://surrendertochance.com/, they seem to have a good selection. Don't know yet what else to think until I receive my order. I have been looking at stuff from Lucky Scent (AFAIK they still ship samples to Finland) but haven't yet tried anything...I have also gotten a lot of samples from generous swappers and individual perfume sellers. :)There is also a place called fragrancenetsamples.com and a) it doesn't seem to have anything to do with FragranceNet and b) it took them six weeks to ship my order. I have never had to wait for a sample order from the US for longer than two weeks and I am pretty patient w shipping. Buy at your own risk.
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   21.01.2014 | Miscellaneous

Perfumes named after house HQ/flagship street address

...This originated as a blog post but I thought it would be funny to mine the community's knowledge on this... I got snickering the other night thinking of the many fragrances named after the perfume/design house's hq/flagship street address, and wondered if there is a rule about or something? Here's what I currently have:"31 Rue Cambon" by Chanel (thanks Dulcemio!)"Montaigne" by Caron (thanks Pipette!)"Place Vendôme" by Boucheron"Archives 69" by ELdO"34 Boulevard Saint-Germain" by Diptyque"Champs-Elysées" by Guerlain""24, Faubourg" by Hermès"5th Avenue" and "Red Door" by Elizabeth ArdenThe entire brand of Bond N.9Do you know any others? Add them!
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   20.01.2014 | Miscellaneous

Are there perfumes not suitable for you?

..."L'Heure Bleue" And "Après l'Ondée" are musty and old-fashioned on me. My nose just refuses to work with those two classics, and judging by the comments on many fora about how these too have been watered down over the years I don't even want to get close to the originals, except maybe for science. "Une Fleur de Cassie" has a similar vibe, but I am not yet sure what I actually think about it."Scent" is okay but there is something plastic about it to my nose that is keeping me from just liking it.And almost every perfume with prominent rose notes/accords is dreadful to me, not just unpleasant but horrifying and I can't get most of them off my skin quickly enough. Sigh, I so wanted to love "Portrait of a Lady" but it was not to be.Musks I have talked about before, but one notable scent ruined for me by musk is "Mûre et Musc".I always find it sad when I can't seem to like a perfume (unless it is objectively awful), but that's just the way it is. Souks and swap lists are about to be updated :p
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   20.01.2014 | Miscellaneous

Olfactorama - the alternative awards

...This seems really cool! I will be interested to see which will be the winners and why :)
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   19.01.2014 | Miscellaneous

Favorite house ( Designer & Niche )

...+1 to Thierry Mugler.
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Scent of the Day

...Sampling "Hannele", a rarity in that it is made for and sold by a Finnish brand.
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Celebrity perfumes: A thread

...There's a lot of juice, both good and bad, being pumped and marketed in the names of various celebrities, now more than ever. I have already talked about my love for all things Rihanna and my obsession with "Rogue", and now I have my eyes on Beyoncé's "Rise" while I wait for my first Elizabeth Taylor scent ("Passion") to be shipped.What are you favourites, and would you recommend any? Why? Let's talk about the good ones, now, we can bash the bad stuff in other threads ;)
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