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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   01.03.2014 | Miscellaneous

Adaption, aka Olfactory Fatigue

...Thanks for the link Pipette, read through and yes, makes perfect sense. It is something I already knew about, but now it's described how (and why) it happens.
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Decanting techniques

...WolfM:I think I can offer adequate alternative method that may be in handy for someone. Many aerosol sprays are available with the so-called directional tube (usually technical sprays - contact cleaners, fine lubricants, etc.) Something like this:Can be found in any hardware store, or car care, auto parts store etc...Easy to use, simply replace with a new sprayer. Now, there's a catch - size of the output tubes are not standardized and may vary among manufacturers - 3 or 4 may be (I tried what fits in my bottles, of course, before offering it as a working, and this which I have - fits perfectly on around the 1/3 of my miserable collection). The good news is that aerosols also have different sizes and can be found thay you need.I hope for someone, it is useful. :) Have aromatic day!Awesome! As I wrote earlier, the syringue method would not work, not even the narrowest diabetic needles!My husband buys tons of these airdusters and I'll ask him to conserve the cans so it can be used for decanting!
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   27.06.2013 | Miscellaneous

What is the definition of Niche vs. Artisan?

...Enjoyed your article very much SheraPop and yes, esp the discussions. It takes quite a bit time to read though.. PaulKlier, it is not so much that materials are so costly, it is the cost of advertisements (remember the multi-million dollar campaign of Chanel with Brad Pitt?), staff and above all distribution.See for instance for how little money these 3 houses (Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard) offer their fragrances.. and people don't really know where to put them... if mainstream means 'widely available in most perfume stores, then they are niche but if niche means 'expensive' then they certainly won't fit.For me niche is more about 'quaint', 'strange' 'adventurous' than about quality. If someone is an artisanal perfumer (someone who does everything him/herself) then prices can be very low.. sometimes so low that the snobs will distrust it.
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Decanting techniques

...That very same video made me excited enough to buy syringues a few months ago. Alas, that was a big fat fail for the bottles I tried. Not only do some bottles not allow cap removal, like Mauboussin for instance but the syringue needles (even the thinnest diabetic needles!) were too thick for the very thin tube in the bottle.OK, so I didn't try each and every bottle I own, but the ones I tried were a failure.. so it is back to spritzing. Last time I was in a hurry and did it in the bedroom.. it still smells of tht fragrance 2-3 weeks later! :roll:
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   09.03.2013 | Miscellaneous

How many discontinued perfumes do you own?

...DutchSniffer:Thanks, that will go faster.BTW, a mini of Balenciaga Rumba is coming my way in a few days. One of the many (?) said to be still in production.edit.. indeed it was faster than feared for, but there must be more as we already know about a few to be said in production that aren't. I'd ordered mine from new to old, but a lot were w/o a year . About 20 samples from discontinued fragrances, 10-11 miniatures and 10 full bottles (starting at 15ml)Samples/decants1 Tom Ford Moss Breches2 Tom Ford Japon Noir3 Paul Smith Story4 Mugler Rose Angel5 Mugler Pivoine Angel6 Guerlain Attrape coeur7 Paul Smith Floral8 Cartier Baiser du Dragon9 Georgi Armani Sensi10 Guerlain Mahora11 Balenciaga Cristobal12Iceberb Universe13 Coty Universo14 Van Cleef & Arpels Gem15 L'artisan Parfumeur Vanilia16 {Galimard Printemps Japonais?}17 Balenciaga Quadrille18 Balmain Vent vert19 Robert Piguet Bandit20 Wiener Bouquet Petit Pointmini1 YSL Opium secret de parfum2 Boucheron Jaipur Saphir3 Boucheron Jaipur 4 Cartier Must II5 YR Rose Ispahan6? Givenchy Le Dé ?..........to arrive....7 Dior Dior Dior (not in database)8 Krizia Krazy9 Shiseido Féminité du Bois10 Sonia Bogner NOW11? Balenciaga Rumba?full bottles1-4 [YR Pur Desir line: Pivoine, Mimosa, Fleur d'Oranger, Lilas]5 [YR Rose Absolue]6 [YR Neonatura]7 [Mauboussin?]8 YR Ming Shu Fleur Rare9 [YR Nature]10 Dior Tendre PoisonThere were 20 more I'd missed , since not all samples from a large batch were entered. Nearly all of them fairly mainstream and some really obscure. Das Markenteam??? still weren't entered21 Coty Universo22 Laura Ashley Dilys23 Laura Biagiotti Tempore Donna24 Morano Eau de Morano25 Kiton Donna26 Burberry Society27 Calvin Klein Crave28 Castelbajac Castelbajac 29 Chopard Pure wish30 Courrèges Eau de Courrèges31 Das Marken Team Body Guard32 Davidoff Good Life for men33 Dolce & Gabbana By Man34 Dolce & Gabbana Feminine35 Dolce & Gabbana Masculine36 Escada Acte 237 Escada Jardin de Soleil38 Jil sander Jil39 Joop! Nuit d'été40 Valentino Very ValentinoThat makes a total of 60 out of approx. 500 different scents (12%).PS1: Indeed I had no explicit intention to collect vintage fragrances, though I must say to be in a hurry collecting miniatures now because of all the reformulations.PS2: obviously am more talented in creating spreadsheets than doing fingernails, painted them for first time in many years and made a total mess of it! :roll:EDIT: plus 3 more 41 Rochas Femme vintage pdt , thought to have the recent official reformulation.. never mind, the newer one is also discontinued along with all other Rochas scents.42 Rochas Byzance and mini 12 Rochas Tocade
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   07.03.2013 | Miscellaneous

How many discontinued perfumes do you own?

...Thanks, that will go faster.BTW, a mini of Balenciaga Rumba is coming my way in a few days. One of the many (?) said to be still in production.edit.. indeed it was faster than feared for, but there must be more as we already know about a few to be said in production that aren't. I'd ordered mine from new to old, but a lot were w/o a year . About 20 samples from discontinued fragrances, 10-11 miniatures and 10 full bottles (starting at 15ml)Samples/decants1 Tom Ford Moss Breches2 Tom Ford Japon Noir3 Paul Smith Story4 Mugler Rose Angel5 Mugler Pivoine Angel6 Guerlain Attrape coeur7 Paul Smith Floral8 Cartier Baiser du Dragon9 Georgi Armani Sensi10 Guerlain Mahora11 Balenciaga Cristobal12Iceberb Universe13 Coty Universo14 Van Cleef & Arpels Gem15 L'artisan Parfumeur Vanilia16 {Galimard Printemps Japonais?}17 Balenciaga Quadrille18 Balmain Vent vert19 Robert Piguet Bandit20 Wiener Bouquet Petit Pointmini1 YSL Opium secret de parfum2 Boucheron Jaipur Saphir3 Boucheron Jaipur 4 Cartier Must II5 YR Rose Ispahan6? Givenchy Le Dé ?..........to arrive....7 Dior Dior Dior (not in database)8 Krizia Krazy9 Shiseido Féminité du Bois10 Sonia Bogner NOW11? Balenciaga Rumba?full bottles1-4 [YR Pur Desir line: Pivoine, Mimosa, Fleur d'Oranger, Lilas]5 [YR Rose Absolue]6 [YR Neonatura]7 [Mauboussin?]8 YR Ming Shu Fleur Rare9 [YR Nature]10 Dior Tendre Poison
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   07.03.2013 | Miscellaneous

How many discontinued perfumes do you own?

...Seatonica , when I have a bit of free time, I'm going to see which ones of the full bottles/samples/miniatures are discontinued, at least according to Profumo's database. Your question made me want to add yet another tidbit of info to a huge spreadsheet :)Or is there a way to do a quick search in the database?
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   06.03.2013 | Miscellaneous

How many discontinued perfumes do you own?

...It seems like most of you don't count samples? I'm counting each and evrery single drop (even when it was only 1/4ml to begin with) and yet had not looked it up.But just today I realized there must be lots of them as the SOTD was already discontinued a few months after buying it at 50% discount .. not unusual at Yves Rocher: YR Pur Désir de Lilas.That's already 4 for the Désir line alone (Mimosa, Lilas, Fleur d'Oranger and Pivoine) and like was said before, it is wrongly listaed as still being in production, e.g. for Mimosa 'Released in the year 2005, apparently still in production.'
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   05.03.2013 | Miscellaneous

How many discontinued perfumes do you own?

...Frankly, have no idea, since I'm rarely buying full bottles or look it up. It only crossed my mind when checking here on parfumo as it is indicated. The only one I know for sure and have a bottle from,is Tendre Poison !
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Fragrances suitable for sports

...For swimming it indeed doesn't make sense. Not that I specifically apply before working out, but I don't let it intervene with what I'd planned to wear: mostly 2 scents. However I will reverse order if that seems more convenient and either apply earlier or postpone application, but the postponing has more to do with longevity the earlier SOTD: when it is still going strong it doesn't make sense to put on a different scent already.Perhaps it also depends on how much someone sweats? It used to be that I could wear office clothes and cycle at full speed and still not break a sweat. Makes a difference I'd guess. I just was puzzled to not see sports coming up with the new Parfumo assistant. Only indirectly, hovering over each fragrance will give an indication.
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Fragrances suitable for sports

...Nobody? This was more meant as a discussion than as a 'tell me what I should wear'.
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Fragrances suitable for sports

...A question that popped up (and is both suitable for this subforum or for the IT-people here) was after classifying fragrances that I am wearing for occasions. Among the occasions 'sport' is listed.Yet, with the new parfumo assistant, when one can be given a suggestion for what fragrance to pick, sports is not among them.I figured this option has only been added a short time ago and not many people deliberately choose a different fragrance for sports. Or maybe you don't wear any fragrance?Most of the time I will have applied another fragrance approx. 1-2 hrs before unless the SOTD has such a crazy longevity it lasts for 12 hrs. Most days I go 2030-22hrs due to a combination of work hours and having to pay for parking until 2200hr. Applying after 22hr (more likely 2245hr when done with dinner) feels like a waste of time with just 1 hr to go. Applying right before can be a challenge with a heavy hitter. But sofar I've not let my decision what to wear be influenced by sports, just on how much to apply.So, please tell me what is your favourite scent to wear when exercising either moderately or vigorously?Or do you pick a different time to apply and/or different amount of sprays/dabs?
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   20.02.2013 | Miscellaneous

What makes a scent smell "expensive" ?

...No, don't stop... you have good observations!I wished to have found what is fitting and what is not.Maybe others can smell it better than I do. But that is why I am not on this perfume journey, it is to smell interesting things. An interesting fragrance can be horrible on my skin, yet be so totally intrigueing I keep sniffing at it. And vice versa, something very fitting may be booooring. My (former) signature was/is Green Tea by Elisabeth Arden.. boooooooooring , but I think it fits me very well. An expression I read the other day was "the Abyss of Nice' (smelling fragrances). You could also say 'abyss of meh'.
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   20.02.2013 | Miscellaneous

What makes a scent smell "expensive" ?

...Still thinking about a good answer to your question.$$$$/€€€€ =/= expensive smelling. It is a combination of everything: a very cheap fragrance, as good as it may be , will not convey that luxury feeling an expensive fragrance does, so the manufacturers that sell cheaply, may be short-selling themselves.. or not. The vast majority of buyers prefer cheaper fragrances. It is the snobs with money that will overlook great fragrances because they are too cheap. Did Amouage not raise their prices greatly in order to attract more rich customers?So price definitely is part of it and a nice looking bottle is the same. For me, things are different since I don't want a small collection but a hyooge one and don't mind having samples. The most expensive one (per ml) sofar was a sample of vintage Vol de Nuit. Yet, that isn't the one that 'smells expensive' to me. It is 24, Faubourg . "24 Faubourg: this perfume of light, composed by Maurice Roucel in 1995, is a Hermès signature right down to its bottle – the square glass is gently curved with a sense of movement, like a breeze blowing through silk. 24 Faubourg is an invitation on a journey where the sun is the destination.Top notes of brilliant white flowers, matched by a floral heart, are enveloped in iris,wood and mystery. Vanilla and ambergris lend the tone to its afternote. " Accords: chypre floral: white floral - citrus - floral - sweet - powderyI'd say: expensive is white flowers, powdery , chypre. That and the original bottle that I imagine to have but don't.
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   09.02.2013 | Miscellaneous

Article: Preference for Perfume Correlates w/Genotype

...Did anyone read the booklet by Turin , called "The science of scent". It took me a long time to get through and didn't understand everything, despite a (bio)chemistry background .. Anyhow Turin has a very interesting hypothesis about how the nose detects scents.. it is worthwhile reading it when you don't mind the science details.
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   05.02.2013 | Miscellaneous

What perfume have you bought recently?

...2 days apart: no less than over a hundred of manufactured carded samples ranging from nobody every heard of this (probably crap quality like Miss Etam, Markenteam?) to very good/cherished names : Opium and Poisonincluding 3 miniaturesYves Rocher Rose IspahanDolce & Gabbana Light BlueIceberg Universethe second day another 10 miniaturesKenzo Jungle OlifantBalmain Ivoire de BalmainLanvin ArpègeNina Ricci L'Air du tempsWeil Secret de VenusRalph Lauren Safari Calvin Klein ObsessionVivienne Westwood BoudoirChopard CasmirGuerlain Jardins de BagatelleDana tabu
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Scent of the Day

...A new scent that I sniffed for the first time exactly 2 months ago on a meeting with the nose in the perfume store where they carry his scents. Using the listed accords (over at F) it just so happened that Feb 2 became the day to wear it... and what coincidence that this day was the 2nd time of going to the same type of meeting.A scent that made a big impression both times and yet, it is so simple in its composition when you read the notes. http://www.parfumo.net/Perfumes/Magnetic_Scent/Untitled_2
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   31.01.2013 | Miscellaneous

The classiest scent in your wardrobe

...Hmm, the one I got a decant from for my 25th university reunion was 24, rue Faubourg :)As Njdeb wrote in her review The definition of elegance and classEdit, there are many other scents .. I'd consider Chamade as well, which I now also have as a miniature .
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Scent of the Day

...SOTD : Femme Jolie by SSS . A kind parfumista gifted me a sample of it!Unfortunately it is discontinued nor does it show up in this database or at Fragrantica! Information can only be found at Basenotes or at some blogs. It is a wonderful spicy woody scent, reminiscent of (according to reviewers) Kenzo Jungle l'Elephant and Feminité du Bois.SOTN will be Fragonard Arielle.
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<mark>DutchSniffer</mark>DutchSniffer   30.01.2013 | Miscellaneous

The social ambiguities of fragrance

...Another reason for the diverse reactions may be that scent works on the primitive brain (limbic system), while at the same time smell is the least understood of our senses.So it brings up more emotions we can't channel as well into formalities. From all the answers I think Dlane1953 explained it best. In the US but also in my country (NL) fragrance is indeed seen as a frivolous expense, only to be worn on very special occasions and not as casual as we here do! Apparently , the country that is most crazy about perfume is Brazil, when it comes to seeing nearly 99% of the population wear something most of the time. That is what I learnt from watching the BBC documentary on perfume.
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