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Please advise on L'Eau d'Ambre

...Hey, Cryptic! I'm happy to see you too! Thank you so much for your input! I believe you are right about JCE and Pierre Montale. I'm inclined to pull the trigger anyway though. I need something safe for work. Besides, there are about three fragrances in the whole L'Artisan lineup that I really don't care for, otherwise their offerings have concsistently been in my top ten for years. I will try the Alien though. There's no such thing as too many winter perfumes in this climate. :lol:
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Please advise on L'Eau d'Ambre

...Humbly seeking advice from my fragrant people :-)Someone is offering a partial of L'Artisan "L'Eau D'Ambre", and I'm contemplating a blind buy. I really crave a warm blanket type of scent for this autumn. However, I'm not the biggest fan of ambers and haven't sniffed them all by any means. I do really like Montale Blue Amber though, and it shares some of L'Eau D'Ambre's notes. Are the two similar? If not, how do they differ? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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<mark>ChapeauClack</mark>ChapeauClack   05.06.2014 | Miscellaneous

Most beautiful flacon(s) in your collection?

...Can't really pick one! I love L'Artisan flacons, esp the 3.4 oz ones, now there's heft.Adore "Shalimar" and pretty much all Caron extraits: I'm honored to have "Narcisse Noir" extrait in my humble collection, and I'm pining for an old "Nuit de Noel" in her flapper attire.On the other hand, Cristian Lacroix "Tumulte" is such a lovely xmas tree bauble, too bad the scent isn't really my cuppa.
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<mark>ChapeauClack</mark>ChapeauClack   22.05.2014 | Miscellaneous

Do our perfume choices influence our other choices?

...I just realized the funniest thing. Not long ago I was browsing the web for some home remodeling ideas and fell in love with one certain green leather sofa. I've been thinking about it a lot. Then it struck me. Green. Leather. Clearly I couldn't help loving it, it's a furniture incarnation of "Bandit"! :lol: And it wasn't just one instance. Right now I'm planning a big event and to ease the process I decided to first choose my scent for that day. I thought of a perfect combination of notes and stopped at lavender and vanilla. Et Voila! the color scheme of the whole thing dawned on me: lavender and vanilla hues will look stunning together be it the flower arrangements, the tables, or anything else.So, has your perfume addiction fuelled your choices or likes/dislikes in other areas?
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light florientals, please?

...Many of the L'Artisan offerings spring to mind. They have this watercolor texture that makes even the oriental-most of them feel light and breezy. I'm currently in love with "Dzongkha", which has peony for its floral note and looks like no citrus notes whatsoever. It does feature a big helping of cardamom though that may give a slightly citrusy impression, but honestly pretty much any of B.Duchaufour's creations for the brand might fit the light floriental bill.
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Something along the lines of Lubin Gin Fizz please

...Hello all! As usual I come bearing questions!My hubby took a liking to Lubin's Gin Fizz and since it's going to be his birthday soon, it seems like an obvious choice for a fragrant gift. Unfortunately there's a note in GF that annoys the hell out of yours truly. Can't quite place the rogue component but there it is. So I guess I'm looking for something similarly hesperidic and aromatic, but essentially... better. Sans the metallic screech that kills Lubin's offering for me. To be honest I also wouldn't mind for it to be somewhat richer and more complex. This genre is really not something I usually look into, so I'm truly lost here and will appreciate any suggestions.
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<mark>ChapeauClack</mark>ChapeauClack   06.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

EU amendment to sharpen restrictions on fragrance allergens

...Maybe we should just sign a collective petition instead of sending individual letters that are easily ignored?I'm not sure about the EU and US, but in my country if a petition is signed by a minimum of 100'000 people, it's mandatory for the parliament to at least consider it. Surely there are more than a hundred thousand people across the fragrance boards who are against this massacre of perfumery.Change.org seems to be a good platform to start, what do you think?
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<mark>ChapeauClack</mark>ChapeauClack   27.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

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

...I pulled out my Shalimar Fourreau du Soir for the first time this year. Should've waited till Dec, 1, as I only wear this version of Shalimar in December and January, but the weather just suddenly took such a drastic turn for the worse that I couldn't cope without my furry friend anymore. :lol:
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Batch code on Lancome La Collection Cuir

...Thanks, Foustie. It does help a lot! :D
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Chinese fragrances - any recommendations?

...Cryptic: Seems it's just not the thing in your country. :(Yeah... Add to that some pretty unbelievable customs fees for imported goods, and there's hardly any way it can ever become a thing here. :roll: As for the scare mongering, I came to a conclusion that it actually has its merit. I mean, decent fragrances are out of reach of almost everybody anyway, so little harm done. But those "affordable" ones I see in supermarkets do look and smell like they should come with a hazmat label.
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Mitsouko (Eau de Toilette) - Guerlain

Decisions, decisions... this time it's about Mitsouko

...Gold: It's sooo tellling the man is named "Wasser" = water in German. "Watering down" fragrances is his task, although I think he's not guilty, the poor chap.Ahahaha I've been chuckling about that too, ever since I sampled enough of his creations. I can't bring myself to liking his style either, too much candy and all too watery for my tastes.He does a lot of good though, what with the restoring of rose plantations in Bulgaria and giving people in Mysore jobs growing sandalwood etc. My theory is that maybe this is more important for Guerlain at the moment, after all JP Guerlain did choose Wasser to be his heir, he must have had good reason for that. Maybe a true visionary parfumeur worthy of the House will emerge later, when all this regrowing and giving back has been done by this man.Still, Nahema is going to be a huge loss. Where ever am I going to find enough money to try everything I want before it's all ruined? :cry:
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Scent of the Day

...Caron Narcisse Noir in a not-so-new eau de toilette for the day and planning to add some vintage NN cologne by night. Yummm!!!
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<mark>ChapeauClack</mark>ChapeauClack   13.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

Which perfume will be your next buy ?

...I've been on a perfume diet for too long - no Fbs for more than a year! So now that I'm off the leash, my next ones will be "Bandit", because I found I can't live without this juice, Serge Lutens "Douce Amere", because it's discontinued and I need one, and Histoires de Parfums "1889 Moulin Rouge". That is if I don't get distracted again by some fabulous vintage Guerlain beckoning me!
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Chinese fragrances - any recommendations?

...If this is of any help, taobao (the local online emporium) yilded three more or less credible Shanghai manufacturers that don't look like knockoffs of Western stuff.One is Shanghai Vivi, a luxury cosmetics firm, it produces three varieties of a fragrance called Vive which costs about $100 per 1.7 oz flacon, but it says the fragrance itself is mixed in France.The other one is Hsiang Hai and I only found one perfume by it, simply called Flowers, this one is $2 per oz. And there's something called Voila Paris, apparently the formula was bought off L'Oreal in the 70's. A splash bottle costs about $5.I haven't tried any of them, so can't vouch for quality or anything.
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Mitsouko (Eau de Toilette) - Guerlain

Decisions, decisions... this time it's about Mitsouko

...Gold, you mean Nahema will get the Wasser treatment? UGH!!! Gee, don't you ever get a feeling that you're trying to catch something that's running away much faster than you can ever catch up? So frustrating! :evil:
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Mitsouko (Eau de Toilette) - Guerlain

Decisions, decisions... this time it's about Mitsouko

...Well then, the set it is! Thank you, ladies!I talked to the seller and she seems to be genuinely passionate about perfume. I still can't believe I stumbled upon this shop. It was quite serendipitous actually, I had just called off my order of Bandit and Cuir de Lancome that was already paid for but one of them turned out to be unavailable, and I was waiting for the money to make its way back to my account and browsing unsuspectingly when suddenly I saw this alibaba's cave of wonders! I guess Bandit will have to wait until later. It's the new version anyway, hopefully not going anywhere for a while.As for Mitsouko, all I ever tried so far is the new EdT from 2005 I think, and unfortunately I can't wear it at all. Maybe it was stored badly or it's just a bad batch, I heard there were a couple of extremely unfortunate batches in the recent years... Anyway, it has a huge oily note in it that gives me gag reflex big time, I can literally feel the oil in my throat. I feel so sad for that unloved bottle of mine... I'll share my impressions of the older Mitsouko as soon as this baby is mine! Shouldn't take long since the seller is in the same city.
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Chinese fragrances - any recommendations?

...I can't really be of any help here, sorry. All I've met aside from the usual Sephora wares, are extremely cheap chemical nothings in tacky flacons. The Liushen floral waters mentioned above are just that - functional floral waters with little to no staying power and no scent development whatsoever. This probably has to do with economics more than anything, even perfumes that we consider drugstore are way beyond what average Chinese can afford to spend on something so unnecessary. Thus there's little hope that making quality perfumes with good ingredients will be interesting to anyone here anytime soon, if ever.
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Decisions, decisions... this time it's about Mitsouko

...So I'm at it again. I still haven't bought that bottle of Bandit and I've been distracted by these two beauties in the pictures.Unfortunately I can't date them since access to all the blogs with any info on that is restricted in my neck of the woods. But even if I could I'd still have no idea which is preferable (the parfum kinda tips the scale in favor of the set for me, but who knows???)I'm counting on you, my pretties, to help me decide, as usual.
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Batch code on Lancome La Collection Cuir

...I believe there are some people here who own the Collection version of Cuir de Lancome.Please, what does the batch code on the bottom of the box look like? Would be even better if you could attach a picture of the bottom of your box.
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