Recommend Me a Perfume April 2017

Our April “Recommend Me a Perfume” thread is now open. You can use this space to ask any questions about perfume, including fragrance recommendations, and of course, share your discoveries.

How does it work: 1. Please post your requests or questions as comments here. You can also use this space to ask any fragrance related questions. To receive recommendations that are better tailored to your tastes, you can include details on what you like and don’t like, your signature perfumes, and your budget. And please let us know what you end up sampling. 2. Then please check the thread to see if there are other requests you can answer. Your responses are really valuable for navigating the big and sometimes confusing world of perfume, so let’s help each other!

To make this thread easier to read, when you reply to someone, please click on the blue “reply” link under their comment.

Photography by Bois de Jasmin, Grasse flower picker from the 1960s, taken at Musée International de la Parfumerie, Grasse, France. Isn’t she lovely?

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412 Comments

  • Connie: I’m looking for a garden-fresh green rose but am having so much trouble finding it.
    I’ve tried a lot of fragrances in my time, but so far ones that sounds promising are Rrose Selavy and Rose Trocadero.
    Does anyone have any other suggestions? I would be oh-so-grateful 🙂 April 7, 2017 at 7:04am Reply

    • Elizabeth: You might enjoy Diptyque’s L’Ombre Dans L’Eau! April 7, 2017 at 7:11am Reply

    • limegreen: Hi Connie!
      Is there a list of ones you’ve already tried and found wanting? April 7, 2017 at 7:59am Reply

      • Connie: Yes, here we go!
        Diabolo Rose, Une Rose, Sa Majeste la Rose, l’Ombre Dans l’Eau, Ninfea, L’Eau Rose, LFdB, Eau de Protection, JM Red Roses, Tea Rose, Rose Ikebana, MdO Rose Etoile, Tea Rose, OO Ballets Rouges, Rose 31, Dirty Flower Factory, Voleur de Roses, all the Annick Goutals, Rose Barbare, Electron, Eau Plurielle, Donna by Villoresi, and the SSS roses. 😛
        Whew. April 7, 2017 at 9:35am Reply

        • limegreen: Well, that narrows it down! 🙂
          I was going to recommend the Goutal Rose Absolue but looks like you’ve gone through the Goutals already.
          I don’t know about the green part, but two that are missing from your list (or you forgot to list it!): L’Occitane Roses 4 Reines (an oldie) and MFK A la Rose
          Good luck! April 7, 2017 at 9:51am Reply

          • Connie: I have tried R4R, but I’ll give a try to A la Rose by MFK, I think I’ve only tried it on a strip in the past 🙂 April 7, 2017 at 11:02am Reply

            • Phyllis Iervello: A la Rose is lovely. Another one I can add is Ann Girard’s Rose Cut. April 7, 2017 at 12:18pm Reply

              • Connie: I have tried Rose Cut, it’s a bit more syrupy then garden-y for me, though it is lovely 🙂 April 8, 2017 at 7:33am Reply

                • ariane: Have you tried Spirituelle by Divine? April 8, 2017 at 7:55am Reply

                  • Connie: I haven’t! April 9, 2017 at 8:15am Reply

                    • ariane: Well,if you get a chance to try it,you might like it, it has a classic vibe,is elegant and at the same time fresh and light,I believe Victoria has written a wonderful review of it! April 9, 2017 at 9:02am

                • Gabriela: What about Un Zest de Rose by Parfums de Rosine and Leau de Chloe? April 9, 2017 at 4:36am Reply

                  • Connie: I’ve tried them and didn’t really find them green enough. The tea note in Zeste took over a bit on me 🙂 April 9, 2017 at 8:16am Reply

        • limegreen: I hesitate to recommend Jo Loves White Rose and Lemon Leaves because samples are hard to come by (unless you’re in the UK), but it has that astringent green touch, not citrusy at all. April 7, 2017 at 10:02am Reply

          • Connie: That sounds promising, I’ll see if I can’t hunt some up somewhere 🙂 April 7, 2017 at 11:03am Reply

        • BrittaKatarina: Oh Roses, how wonderful! Nothing more beautiful and springlike than the Fleur de The Rose Bulgare which was one of Ava Gardner’s favorite. It is like smelling a pale pink rose at dawn, very fresh and almost green but then settles down to a comfy body scent that stays for a long time on skin.
          Amouage’s Lyric is a rose dressed in velvet and eating Eastern sweets in a room full of incense and the soft murmuring of a fountain in the background. Quite heavy but magnificent for evening and night.
          Crabtree and Evelyn Rosewater Handcream is a feminine scent and one can use it all day long.
          Francis Kurkdijan’s Lumiere Noire is a dark rose, almost dry without any sweetness, a rose with thorns, the opposite of Lyric, a great daytime perfume.
          Guerlain’s Nahema is a fruity rose, like eating ripe mangos in a garden full of peach colored huge roses, amazing scent but not easy to wear. April 7, 2017 at 10:36am Reply

          • BrittaKatarina: Fleur de The Rose Bulgare is a Creed scent. April 7, 2017 at 11:20am Reply

          • Connie: I’ve tried those and din’t really find them to be roses with the garden included- they felt a bit more oriental. April 9, 2017 at 8:17am Reply

        • Allison C.: Parfums de Nicolai has come out with something called Rose Royale. I can’t remember the notes but it might be worth checking out. April 7, 2017 at 10:42am Reply

          • Connie: Always excited to hear about another Nicolai! April 7, 2017 at 11:03am Reply

            • Notturno7: Connie,
              Hermes Galop has a lovely rose note. I don’t know if it’s green, though.
              Victoria gave it a 4 star review. April 10, 2017 at 3:47am Reply

              • Connie: I’ve tried it, it’s lovely but a bit too watered down and ‘easy’ April 10, 2017 at 8:08am Reply

        • limegreen: It came to me later that one was staring us in the face: the limited Diptyque’s Essences Insensees 2016 is Rose de Mai and it’s the Grasse harvest (I think). It’s dewy fresh, touch of green. April 9, 2017 at 12:19am Reply

          • Connie: That looks nice! April 9, 2017 at 8:19am Reply

        • Danica Radovanov: What do you mean by a green rose? Some middle eastern oils blend their roses with lime and it has a bright green feeling to it, like Zahrat al Khalij by ASAQ. The new Frederic Malle Superstitious is a bright green rose chypre to my nose that reminds me of a more citrusy Knowing and has a gorgeous lily of the valley note that supports it, on the suggestion of an ambery base. Rose de Nuit is also an extremely dry rose chypre that feels very green to me. The original Knowing is a mossy dark rose, haven’t tried the new version. April 9, 2017 at 1:50am Reply

          • Connie: I need to try Superstitious! And I absolutely love Rose de Nuit, but it’s a bit darker/deeper/more oriental than what I’m looking for in this case- a fresh rose with green garden type notes. April 9, 2017 at 8:18am Reply

    • Caroline: Teo Cabanel Early Roses or DSH Rose Vert. April 7, 2017 at 8:00am Reply

      • Connie: Thanks, I haven’t tried those! April 7, 2017 at 11:05am Reply

    • Maria: What about l’Ombre dans l’eau de Diptyque? It’s a beautiful and very green rose April 7, 2017 at 9:23am Reply

      • Connie: That one’s a little too tart for me, but I do really appreciate it (and my Mom loves it) April 7, 2017 at 11:05am Reply

        • Maria: You’re right. I appreciate it intellectually, but I’m unable to wear it. When I was a teenager I wear Agua de Rosas from spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez. It’s a green, fresh, uncomplicated and unexpensive rose, very easy to find in Spain. If someday you could try it, that would be a great option too!! April 7, 2017 at 2:23pm Reply

    • SophieC: Milieu Rosa by Odin is definitely worth a try. April 7, 2017 at 9:56am Reply

      • Connie: Oooh, that looks cool April 7, 2017 at 11:06am Reply

    • Austenfan: Not green but 2 lovely light roses are Ecume de Rose and Un Zest de Rose. Ecume is discontinued but there just might be some stock left somewhere. Zest is still in production. Both are by Les parfums de Rosine.
      Have you tried Une rose splendide by Goutal? April 7, 2017 at 10:06am Reply

      • Connie: I do love Rose Absolue but it isn’t green enough for what I’m looking for. And I remember liking the Rosines- maybe I should try them again and see if they ‘click’ this time 🙂 April 7, 2017 at 11:07am Reply

        • Austenfan: Absolue isn’t green at all, but Splendide is. April 7, 2017 at 11:38am Reply

          • Connie: Is that the one with pear in it? If so I found it rather too fruity. Pear notes can be tough. April 9, 2017 at 8:20am Reply

            • Austenfan: Petite Chérie has a strong pear note, I can’t remember any pear in Splendide April 9, 2017 at 9:25am Reply

              • Cornelia Blimber: I have some samples of Splendide; I love the rose but the pear (rather dominant) spoils it for me. April 9, 2017 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Justine Jones: How about MDCI Rose de Siwa? April 7, 2017 at 10:08am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe Rosa Nobile (Acqua di Parma). April 7, 2017 at 11:02am Reply

        • Connie: I’ll check it out 🙂 April 7, 2017 at 11:08am Reply

      • Connie: I found that one a bit too soapy April 7, 2017 at 11:07am Reply

    • kpaint: Connie, I read through the thread and it looks like you haven’t tried Marni Rose, which I’d describe as a green rose.

      As to revisiting the Rosines, they sell a sample pack on their website that’s worth trying. IIRC it’s 25 euros for 15 samples. Downside: they choose what to send Upside: incredible deal, and you got a lot of wears from the 2 ml dabbers. April 7, 2017 at 12:22pm Reply

      • Lydia: Kpaint, thanks for mentioning the sample pack on the Rosine website! I’ve been craving roses lately (maybe because of spring) and wanting to revisit their scents, but not many sites here (US) carry them.
        If the charges to the US aren’t too high, that might be a great way to go. April 7, 2017 at 7:44pm Reply

      • Connie: That looks promising, especially excited by the mint note! April 9, 2017 at 8:22am Reply

    • KatieAnn: Hi Connie: Have you ever tried any of I Profumi di Firenze’s line? I really like their Rosa di Damasco. It’s fresh and lovely with a bit of green to it. Good luck! April 7, 2017 at 1:41pm Reply

      • Connie: That looks lovely 🙂 April 9, 2017 at 8:23am Reply

    • rainboweyes: Although I’m not a rose enthusiast myself, I’m familiar with a lot of rose-themed scents because my mother loves roses.
      My favourite so far have been Coup de Foudre by Parfums Del Rae (the most realistic rose I’ve smelled so far) and Brecourt Paris Rosa Gallica. April 7, 2017 at 2:35pm Reply

      • claire: I second Coup de Foudre!, there is a strong citrus aspect but it really captures that fresh rose aspect. I had almost forgotten about it even though it’s on my very long wish list. April 7, 2017 at 5:41pm Reply

      • Connie: I need to try Coup de Foudre- especially because I love Amoureuse of PDR. Do you get green notes from Rosa Gallica? April 9, 2017 at 8:25am Reply

    • Bettina: Looking through the threads, I don’t think anyone has mentioned Amouage Opus X yet. It is the greenest rose I have tried. It stays green as well. Good luck with your search. April 7, 2017 at 5:00pm Reply

      • Connie: That looks interesting- have to admit I’m a bit intimidated by the metal and varnish notes. April 9, 2017 at 8:26am Reply

        • Bettina: The metal and varnish are there, but to me the geranium is the second note, after the rose. It is why it stays so ‘green’ I think. Worth a try! April 9, 2017 at 3:12pm Reply

    • claire: Dear Connie, I like fresh roses as well (like David Austin roses in my garden) and especially dislike any dried rose petal aspect. Although I now like many rose fragrances that wouldn’t meet your fresh green description, a very fresh clean but luscious rose I think just might is Frau Tonis No. 39 Rose de France. The notes are Rose de Mai, Eucalyptus, Neroli, but it just comes across as a very bright fresh rose to me. You can order sampler sets and they are very reasonably priced, shipping waived with a minimum. You also might like Teo Cabanal’s Oha, though it might be a stretch. I find it fresh, but it has a bit of added spice (cardamom, clove) nonetheless it doesn’t take it into the Oriental category, and a sweet aspect, but it is still sophisticated, not candied/cloying or fruity. It gets little press, but I often receive compliments when I wear it and the pure perfume is even better. Good Luck! I look forward to hearing the results of your quest. April 7, 2017 at 5:32pm Reply

      • ariane: I agree with everything you said about Oha! April 8, 2017 at 7:58am Reply

        • claire: I love hearing that! I’ve never been mainstream in anything, but confirmation is still gratifying. I have never understood why it receives so little love. Maybe it is just quietly popular, for those so attuned! Now I’m curious to hear about some of your favorite fragrances. April 8, 2017 at 6:17pm Reply

          • ariane: I feel the same!The last time I came across someone who loves it,she had a wonderfully interesting collection,brands like Cerchi nell’acqua,(which I have still not been able to try,very hard to come by,but sounds so good)-so now I am curious about your favourites as well!I love Malle (Carnal,Cassie,Iris Poudre,the new Superstitious),some of the Heures by Cartier,Chanel 31 Rue Cambon and 28 La Pausa,Lumiere Noire,Puredistance Antonia,Slumberhouse,Papillon,Mona di orio -to give you an idea! April 9, 2017 at 9:11am Reply

      • Connie: Noted! April 9, 2017 at 8:27am Reply

    • Tati: Hi Connie,
      The greenest rose I own and love for hot weather is Fresh’s Cannabis Rose. Other favorites that I count as tart roses: Papillon’s Tobacco Rose, Sisley’s Soir de Lune, and Jayne Ormonde’s Ta’if Rose. All are excellent daytime scents. April 7, 2017 at 5:34pm Reply

      • Connie: Cannabis Rose is the only one of those I haven’t tried- I’ll have to check it out 🙂 April 9, 2017 at 8:28am Reply

    • Sapphire: I haven’t tried it, but the Grace Coddington by Comme des Garcins sounds like it would work. Just ordered a sample. April 7, 2017 at 6:08pm Reply

      • Connie: I found that one a bit too shampoo-y, but I hope you like it better! April 9, 2017 at 8:29am Reply

    • mj: my favorite green rose is Coriandre by Jean Couturier. The rose scent is very soft and a bit powdery, retro I’d said. April 8, 2017 at 4:19pm Reply

      • Connie: I’m looking for more green and fresh than dusty/powdery 🙂 April 9, 2017 at 8:30am Reply

        • sylvia: Hi Connie,

          I’ve looked through the thread, & don’t see Le Galion La Rose mentioned.
          To me, it feels like a crunchy green rose when you first put it on, & then peters out with a hint of vanilla & peach.
          It’s great to see so much of an interest in Rose scents! April 12, 2017 at 8:40am Reply

    • SilverMoon: just read all the excellent suggestions and here is one more: FM Une Rose. I think of it as a green rose, even a very earthy (brown?) one. Have you tried it? It’s one of my favourite roses. April 9, 2017 at 4:08am Reply

      • Connie: That’s listed as one of the ones I’ve tried, but I do agree it is lovely. April 9, 2017 at 8:30am Reply

    • Sarah: I’m not certain this suggestion would qualify as a green rose, however, I adore Hermes Rose Amazone. It’s lovely! April 10, 2017 at 6:54pm Reply

    • Amy M.: Hi Connie,
      I also recommend MFK A la Rose, and MDCI’s Rose de Siwa. I like L’Artisan’s Drole de Rose, although, I don’t know if that would be green enough. Good luck! April 12, 2017 at 1:07am Reply

    • Kind Crow: Noble Rose of Afghanistan by The 7 Virtues is garden fresh, natural smelling, and not very expensive. April 14, 2017 at 9:05am Reply

  • Elizabeth: Can any of you lovely people recommend something for a shy, sensitive introvert? Nothing too heavy or sweet, please! April 7, 2017 at 7:10am Reply

    • Hayley: Maybe one of the Hermes scents done by Jean Claude Elena? Or any Jean Claude Elena scent really- they are usually sheer and delicate with barely any sweetness. I bet you would get more detailed recommendations if you can describe or list what scents you like! April 7, 2017 at 12:37pm Reply

      • Katya: Hi Elizabeth

        I don’t know how helpful this is but if you have access to Miller Harris you might like something of theirs? My first tought when I read your post was maybe Eau Magnetique, but then that is more of a marine note.

        That aside I have a soft spot for Love Story by Chloe (a soft spot for neroli actually). If the edp is too much the edt is lot lighter and a lot more floral. April 8, 2017 at 2:29am Reply

      • beangrower: I would recommend much of the Diptyque line: Start with Eau Duelle, Eau Moheli (heaven!), Eau Rose. April 20, 2017 at 8:18am Reply

    • SHMW: even if you are completely new to perfumes it would help if you can list what natural smells you like….. April 7, 2017 at 1:24pm Reply

      • Elizabeth: My mistake – I like perfumes such as Narciso EDP, Mugler Cologne, No. 5 L’Eau etc. Quiet and musky mixed with white flowers and woods seem to be my thing 🙂 April 7, 2017 at 2:30pm Reply

        • rainboweyes: Maybe Hermès Eau de Narcisse Bleu? It’s soft, quiet and a bit woodsy… April 7, 2017 at 2:41pm Reply

          • Elizabeth: Oooh, I like the sound of that. I really need to try more of the Hermès range – thank you for the recommendation! April 7, 2017 at 2:57pm Reply

            • Maria: I second Eau de narcisse bleue. I will add l’Eau blanche from Olivia Giacobetti’s line, Iunx. It is an intimate and nice scent April 7, 2017 at 3:46pm Reply

        • Lydia: Hi, Elizabeth. How about L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons?

          I tried it years ago and thought it was quite a pretty white flower scent.
          The L’Artisan website describes it as “Armfuls of white flowers, flooded with sunlight, on a summer’s day.”

          (I wouldn’t get the “extreme” version, though – it’s probably heavier than you’re looking for.) April 7, 2017 at 6:28pm Reply

    • Tati: My favorite skin-but-better scent is Hermes Eau des Merveilles. April 7, 2017 at 5:42pm Reply

    • Dorothy Van Daele: Come des Garçons White or 3 April 7, 2017 at 8:01pm Reply

    • Lydia: Elizabeth, I had another idea for you.

      Have you ever tried Cinq Mondes Eau Egyptienne?
      It’s a lovely spicy-woody floral scent that stays very close to the body. It can be used on the hair as well. I actually thought it smelled like a very sheer version of an early Comme des Garcons perfume (#2, White, or Original) especially in the drydown. I have my eye on a bottle for summer because I think it would be perfect for sweltering days when a strong perfume is too much. April 7, 2017 at 9:01pm Reply

      • Elizabeth: These all sound lovely! Looks like I’m going to spending some time on the Hermès section in town today. Thank you for all of your suggestions ^-^ April 8, 2017 at 4:02am Reply

    • katherine x: Ormonde Jayne Woman comes to mind. April 9, 2017 at 10:48pm Reply

    • Lily: This is a slightly different direction as it’s not a musky white floral, but it is very quiet, pretty, and, for me, introspective: Balenciaga Paris. It’s basically violet over cool leaves and a very gentle vanilla-wood base. It’s one that took me a while to fall in love with (I liked parts of it but took a good year of trying on and off again to like it the whole way through), though I found it beautiful from the first. I find its character to be cool and self-possessed. A wallflower scent but one that is comfortable in that role Bc it knows it is beautiful. The scent itself I don’t find “cool” in the way of vetivers or “aquatic accord” scents, that’s just how it’s mood feels to me.

      I am trying to think if anything else in my wardrobe would suit. An easily encountered musky floral is Lanvin’s Rumeur (the modern version which has no relation to the 1930s version beyond the name); i can wear that one where I can’t wear the Narcisos, though they are definitely in the same vein!

      Chloe l’eau de Chloe might suit. It is a sparkling lemon/rose/clean patchouli (to me really smells like expensive lemon soap), very bright and cheerful and can be either a day or an evening scent depending on what you are wearing clothes-wise. Discontinued but easily found on eBay, etc. I tried a mini bottle first, that was barely more than a decant site sample would have bee .

      I hope that you find something you love in all the suggestions here! Do check back in later and let us know what you thought! April 11, 2017 at 11:23am Reply

    • Anne: Flora Rosa, of the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria line. Fora Rosa is likewise an introvert, shy and sensitive. April 20, 2017 at 8:20am Reply

  • kat: During spring cleaning I came across a couple of vintage perfumes that I once had to buy since they were part of a lot that contained almost a full bottle of Chypre by Coty. I never really cared about those other bottles but now in decluttering mode I decided to at least check them out before sending them on their merry way. Much to my surprise one scent stood really out and sent me on-line to do further research: Dandy by d’Orsay. It’s lush, boozy and fruity (plum and apricot) – a combination I find hard to resist. This seems to be a gentleman’s classic still in production but I find it sweet enough to be also worn by women. I liked it so much that I feel tempted to buy a fresh bottle however I’ve seen mixed reviews of the reformulation. Has anyone here tried it? April 7, 2017 at 8:12am Reply

    • Diana: I am not familiar with it, but have you looked for it on eBay? (search for ‘Vintage’) April 7, 2017 at 11:15am Reply

    • maggiecat: Dandy was actually meant to be a women’s perfume! Not sure about the reformulation, but try it if you like the original. April 11, 2017 at 4:20pm Reply

  • Sandra: Looking for something similar to 31 RC that won’t break the bank April 7, 2017 at 8:13am Reply

    • Elizabeth: Mitsouko! April 7, 2017 at 8:29am Reply

    • Cybele: Cristalle in the EDP April 10, 2017 at 7:43pm Reply

      • Sandra: I have that one and don’t find them similar, but thanks for your suggestion April 10, 2017 at 7:46pm Reply

    • Nina Z: I believe this exact question has come up before! Sadly I don’t think there is anything at all comparable. But many people don’t realize there are smaller bottles that you can buy from the Chanel site (and some stores) and I don’t think they’re ridiculously expensive compared with many other high-end fragrances. Or maybe you can find a split somewhere. If you’re patient and you like vintage Mitsouko (which isn’t that close to 31 Rue Cambon), you may be able to find some inexpensive EdT from back in the day (I found some 1973 for $45!). April 13, 2017 at 8:22pm Reply

  • Biljana: Please recommend me some summer perfume. I love Omnia Crystalline, and I got a lot of compliments when I am wearing it. April 7, 2017 at 9:10am Reply

    • AnnieA: What sort of notes do you like? My favourite summer perfume is Guerlain Vetiver pour Elle, but it is ridiculously priced. April 10, 2017 at 2:06pm Reply

    • Cybele: Bulgari The Blanc, Jour d’Hermes, Commes des Garcons 3 April 10, 2017 at 5:10pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Dobar dan Biljana, 😊
      For me, if you like Bvlgari, Pour la Femme and Amethyste work best but in hot weather I like Cristalle and No 19, No 22, No 5 , Songes, Rive Gauche, Caleche are some that come to mind. April 11, 2017 at 4:15am Reply

  • Amélie: Vetiver Reunion by UrbanScents… I discovered it in GQ and the smell is unique… April 7, 2017 at 10:25am Reply

  • Diana: I am looking for a perfume that has white flower notes, a touch of old roses and some stringency to it. Actually, the scents I like are rose, white musk, peach, muguet, lavender, and sandalwood. I like Ostara, but find that it is a little sweet for me. I wear Paris during the day. I also like a perfume my mother used to wear: le Galion’s Sortilege, but it is better on my mother. (I located an unopened bottle and am giving it to her for Easter…)

    My budget runs to $100 US, though if I fall in love, I tend to splurgeg. Thank you! April 7, 2017 at 11:12am Reply

    • Caroline: Perhaps Sisley’s Eau du Soir, available for a lot less at discounter sites, plus you should be able to test at stores like Saks or N-M. April 8, 2017 at 9:02am Reply

      • Diana: Caroline –
        Thank you! I will look for it! April 11, 2017 at 4:33pm Reply

  • KatieAnn: Hello Everyone,
    I would like to get other people’s opinions about what perfume would capture the atmosphere or style of a particular time period. I am enchanted by the late 18th century and love Mozart and am fascinated by the life of Marie Antoinette. I have read quite a bit on MA and her love of perfume. I know there was a recreation based on Jean-Louis Fargeon’s perfume recipe for the queen. Only a small amount was made and it was very expensive. Does anyone here have a perfume that comes to mind that would bring to mind this time period and all it’s rich style? I would be very interested in hearing others’ opinions. Thanks so much! April 7, 2017 at 11:23am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Lubin has a perfume apparently based on Marie A’s perfume: Black Jade. Anyway, it is a lovely, refined perfume.
      I guess you may like Nuit de Longchamp (Lubin)as well (soft spices, velvet rose). April 7, 2017 at 12:04pm Reply

      • KatieAnn: Thank you, Cornelia. I did order a sample of Black Jade. It’s very pretty indeed, but not something I would wear everyday. I am looking for something a little softer. I will have to look into Nuit de Longchamp. That sounds lovely. Thank you. April 7, 2017 at 1:45pm Reply

    • Hayley: I have no idea what French monarchs and courtiers wore, but the rococo powderiness reminds me of FM Lipstick Rose. I am looking forward to hear other opinions, this is an interesting subject! April 7, 2017 at 12:34pm Reply

      • KatieAnn: Lipstick Rose is one I have yet to try. I think you’re correct about the powderiness aspect. Just imagine the scent of those powdered wigs and faces! I would love to give this particular FM a try. Thanks for the idea! April 7, 2017 at 1:47pm Reply

        • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe Bottega Veneta ? soft, suède, violets. April 7, 2017 at 3:18pm Reply

        • kpaint: My favorite of that genre (violet-rose-powder-cosmetics) is ELdO Putain des Palaces. Lorenzo Villoresi may also be worth checking out – it’s pure powder. April 9, 2017 at 3:32am Reply

          • kpaint: Oops – Villoresi Teint de Niege, that is, which I see below has already been recommended. April 9, 2017 at 3:34am Reply

        • Notturno7: KatieAnn, Misia has powder note and violets. You might like it.
          When I think opulent, queen worthy 😉, I think of Amouage Gold. Victoria wrote a beautiful review and mentioned that it would suit Versailles as much as the Sultan’s palace. April 10, 2017 at 3:59am Reply

          • KatieAnn: Thank you for pointing out Amouage Gold. I must try this one and Victoria’s review makes it sound beautiful. I love opulent perfumes. It crossed my mind to see what it would be like to layer Misia for the powdery makeup atmosphere and then a nice opulent perfume just see how it makes me feel. It would be fun to try! April 11, 2017 at 10:29pm Reply

            • Notturno7: It sounds brave 😉
              Amouage Gold is a powerhouse! But it might work.
              I can’t wait for Misia extrait. I got a FB of EdT I think, but parfum would be incredible. Mmmm I feel I can imagine it! April 12, 2017 at 4:15am Reply

    • Lydia: Hi KatieAnn,

      DSH did a Marie Antoinette series, “The Perfumed Court” a while back. Here are the ones still available (I’m including a link here b/c the page for it is buried rather invisibly in her website):
      http://www.dshperfumes.com/shop/product-category/collection/parfums-des-beaux-arts/the-perfumed-court/

      I tried it when it first came out and thought Eau de Trianon was especially nice. April 7, 2017 at 6:36pm Reply

      • Lydia: P.S. Technically it was a Versailles series, not just a Marie Antoinette series. I always think mostly of her when I think of Versailles, ever since the Sofia Coppola film. April 7, 2017 at 6:39pm Reply

        • KatieAnn: Hi Lydia. I actually do know about this series. I ordered a sample of Eau de Trianon a few months ago and used up almost all of it. It’s an almost 100% botanical perfume (except the ambergris). I found the opening to be absolutely beautiful and thought I was falling in love. Unfortunately, the dry down was all vanilla and what I am guessing is the ambergris. In the end, I was left with a very faint smell of creme brulee. I love creme brulee, but it’s not what I look for in a perfume. Still, it is a fascinating perfume to experience and I’m glad I got to smell it. I would love to try other fragrances in this series. Thanks for your reply! April 8, 2017 at 10:54am Reply

          • Lydia: LOL. I remember how unique desserty perfumes seemed when they first got popular (Chocolate perfume! Tiramisu perfume!) Now a heavy dose of sweet vanilla just seems a bit disappointing.

            Sorry Eau de Trianon didn’t work out.
            I was going to suggest Bal à Versailles, but from what I’ve read, the reformulation is not nice. If you can get your hands on some vintage stuff, that might be worth trying.

            I’m fascinated by the 18th C too, so if you find anything that evokes it well, I hope to hear about it in future post comments. 🙂 April 8, 2017 at 11:28am Reply

    • ariane: Very interesting question!I agree that it calls for a powdery scent,Misia by Chanel has that make up powdery vibe and is very high class.Teint de Neige by Villoresi might fit the bill,but you have to really like powder! April 8, 2017 at 8:05am Reply

      • KatieAnn: Misia is nice. I have a sample of this in my drawer. I think I will give it another try. I wasn’t highly enthusiastic about it when I first smelled it. It certainly does have some of the right notes, though. I know MA loved violets and roses. I’ll have to give Teint de Neige a try. I have never smelled it. Beautiful name. Thank you. April 8, 2017 at 10:57am Reply

      • Lily: ELDO Putain des palaces might also suit. It is powdery in a cosmetic powder way, violets, very elegant and a little naughty. It would suit the spirit of her if not exactly the time. April 8, 2017 at 4:47pm Reply

        • KatieAnn: I have heard of this one, but never tried it. I will see if I can locate this one and give it a go. Thanks! April 11, 2017 at 10:30pm Reply

    • KatieAnn: That sounds absolutely beautiful. And it certainly does sound like something Marie Anoinette would love. April 8, 2017 at 10:48am Reply

    • Danica Radovanov: That time period was heavy on notes of Jasmine, Rose, Musk, Ambergris and some spices from what I understand. Rania J Jasmine Kama? A lighter more modern interpretation of this kind of scent might be Divine L’Ame Soeur which is a pale transparent rose and ambergris lifted by aldehydes. Creed Fleur de Bulgarie is an opulent red rose in ambergris and frankincense (to my nose). April 9, 2017 at 2:13am Reply

      • KatieAnn: Thank you, Danica. I remember reading a list of ingredients that Fargeon liked to use in his perfumes. All the ones you mention were included. The Creed Fleur de Bulgarie sounds very nice. I would love to try this. Thank you for the idea. April 11, 2017 at 10:34pm Reply

        • Danica Radovanov: Vintage Fleur de Bulgarie is the best (in the squared off bottles). April 13, 2017 at 12:08am Reply

  • Katie: What fragrances do you recommend for men who have never tried fragrances and have no idea what they like? April 7, 2017 at 11:25am Reply

    • Hayley: What about a fragrance sampler? Sephora usually has a ‘Sephora Favorites’ set that contains a variety of sample vials plus a voucher to redeem a full bottle of the favorite sample. The selection is mainstream, but then someone new to scent probably wouldn’t be drawn to niche stuff. April 7, 2017 at 12:31pm Reply

    • Caroline: Something classic like Eau Sauvage (Dior). April 7, 2017 at 2:01pm Reply

    • Lydia: I like Hayley’s idea of a fragrance sampler.

      I just finished trying the Histories de Parfums Discovery Collection, which I thought leaned masculine. It’s available in several online stores (Luckyscent, TwistedLily, etc.) for a very reasonable 20.00 for 10 scents. There’s quite a bit of variety in the scents, so he can get a good idea of his likes and dislikes.

      LuckyScent also has a “Essential 13 Sample Pack – Masculine” that includes some of the more interesting popular masculine scents – Amouage – Jubilation XXV, Knize – Ten, Parfums de Nicolai – New York, etc. It’s a great way to try some masculine niche scents.

      I also strongly recommend trying Comme des Garcons scents, begining with the original fragrance and the incense scents. I’ve always thought those were exceptionally wonderful on male skin. (They are great on women, too).

      If you don’t think a bit of “homework” would put him off, I’d recommend two really informative and funny essays in Perfumes: The Guide
      – Masculine Elegance and What It Smells Like by Luca Turin and
      – The Wasteland by Tania Sanchez.
      (If nothing else, they could save him lots of money wasted on the hideous, ubiquitous “sport” fragrances.)

      [Note to the moderators: is it OK that I’m mentioning particular perfume shops? I promise I don’t get bonuses from them, and I’m not in their employ. I spend hours finding good samples deals, so it seems nice to pass on the info, but let me know if I shouldn’t.] April 7, 2017 at 7:07pm Reply

    • Steve L.: Well, I started out by purchasing small sample decants online. That seems the most cost-effective way to go about things. Standing at a perfume counter and sniffing away can be confusing, if not overwhelming. Also, it can take a few samplings to really get a handle on a fragrance: sometimes I’ve initially disliked a fragrance that, with a bit more familiarity, became a favorite (and vice versa). Starting with some “classics” (fragrances that have been around for decades) made most sense to me. Eau Sauvage, Habit Rouge, Guerlain Vetiver, Pour un Homme, and le 3e Homme are some of the ones I started out with, and all have become favorites. April 8, 2017 at 1:32pm Reply

    • john: As a man, who only recently fell into this rabbit hole (it’s been a couple of years now), I’d suggest looking at a restrained collection of samples, cross referenced by reading some good but accessible reviews (the ones here are great, and in general I’d say go with blogs you trust rather than the mixed bag of Fragrantica or Basenotes), and maybe googling Leffingwell’s guide for masculines that shows you historical examples of fougeres, orientals, chypres, etc.

      As for samples, I’d start with a classic fresh cologne (Dior Eau Sauvage), an aromatic fougere (Azzaro Pour Homme if he’s middle aged, something like Prada Luna Rossa if he’s teens or twenties), a dark, woodsy leather chypre (the original Polo Green or Chanel Antaeus), and a spicy oriental (L’Occitane’s Eau des Baux, Victor & Rolf’s Spicebomb, or even Old Spice Classic from the drugstore.) These you can all find on a trip to the mall, and are well-constructed enough to give a decent frame of reference.

      Once you’ve stablished some basic reference points (fresh, herbal, sweet, soapy, woodsy, spicy, etc.) you can discuss both his personality and his needs. What makes him feel comfortable? Or is it fantasy that he is looking for? Is this for daily wear or for dates? Does he want a signature only, or does he like the idea of seasonal or occasional wear?

      Afterwards, you could make a return trip for samples of things that might suit different occasions: a work-friendly vetiver (Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver or Terre D’Hermes), a fresh aquatic (Acqua di Gio or L’eau d’Issey), or even a gender-bending luxury scent (Tom Ford Noir, Guerlain Shalimar or YSL Opium), depending, obviously, on his personality and needs. Good luck! This is a fun process, and above all, a social one. April 8, 2017 at 4:17pm Reply

    • AnnieA: Guerlain L’Instant pour Homme: manly, assured, and light-years away from evil sports scents. April 10, 2017 at 1:58pm Reply

    • Cybele: Eau Sauvage Dior, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, L’Instant Guerlain, anything Comme des Garcons April 10, 2017 at 5:19pm Reply

  • Michele: Hi there, the perfume that smelled the very best on me was Dior Le Perfume with the checkered silver ribbon and I can’t find it anymore! Also Cartier Baiser Volé, but only the Eau de Parfum Extrait. Looking for a new signature fragrance. Will try Frederick Malle’s Superstitious when it comes out. Any other ideas? While I tend toward musk and patchouli in theory they don’t always fit me in the end. The Narciso family for example. Best one of all time was one of the Cartier Les Heures Fougouses? Something like that smelled like hay.Thank you! This is awesome! April 7, 2017 at 12:47pm Reply

    • Lynley: Lorenzo Villoresi Yerbamate has a gorgeous hay note, is a bit green and a bit sun-warmed and musky/powdery all at once. Great for all weather too. April 7, 2017 at 1:43pm Reply

    • Sapphire: Sephora still has Miss Dior le Parfum on their website, just not in stores. It is gorgeous! April 7, 2017 at 6:26pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Hi Michele, I like patchouli in Chanel Coromandel. It smells like white chocolate and Luca Turin liked it in The Guide. Too bad Narcisso group doesn’t work for you. The Narcisso in the white cube has a lovely musk gardenia note and I love that one along with Une Voix Noire. April 10, 2017 at 4:07am Reply

  • Laurel: Love the photo.
    I like the idea of perfume in theory, but in practice whatever I put on my skin smells terrible, if not immediately, then after 20 minutes or so. I must have weird skin chemistry. The only exceptions were Dior’s Eau Sauvage before they changed it, and Czech & Speake 88, which I think they’ve also changed (both man’s scents although I am a woman, BTW). So if anyone has any recommendations similar to those long-lost perfumes I would be very interested! April 7, 2017 at 12:51pm Reply

    • spe: Frederick Malle Brigarade Concentree, Cologne Indelible (brighter), maybe Aromatics Elixir or Aramis 900, Annick Goutal Mandragore or Mon Parfum Cherie par Camille. April 9, 2017 at 9:27am Reply

    • Nina Z: It’s hard to guess what it is about your skin that makes it work with only a few perfumes, though I believe you! I find myself that many modern perfumes with synthetic woods and/or strong musks smell really bad on me. I say they “commit suicide” on my skin. So certain lines just don’t work for me (I won’t name them), and I have witnesses! On the other hand, certain lines definitely do. And all most vintage perfumes do. So if I were you, I’d just keep exploring different lines, rather than just trying to find new equivalents to the old things that worked previously.

      For me, most Chanel and Guerlain (both modern and vintage) work well. And DSH Perfumes (which has a huge range) always works well. Dawn uses a low percentage of synthetics so I think that’s why, either that or she understands about skin chemistry. She has a special formula x perfume you can buy that helps you analyze your skin type to learn which notes to wear and which to avoid. A friend and I tested our skin and found it was surprisingly accurate! April 13, 2017 at 8:35pm Reply

  • Jane: I’m looking for a tea perfume with some longevity. The bvlgari tea collection are lovely, with blanc and bleu as my favorites, but the longevity is poor on my skin. I’ve been recommended crabtree and Evelyn Himalayan blue, but it’s discontinued. Also l’occitane the vert and j-lo’s still. I was wondering if you have any advice? Many thanks. April 7, 2017 at 1:29pm Reply

    • Tati: How about L’Artisan’s Tea for Two, or Masque Milano’s Russian Tea. Both have longevity for me. April 7, 2017 at 5:49pm Reply

    • Caroline: Haven’t sampled myself, plus it’s expensive, but Guerlain’s Neroli Outrenoir is said to have a noticeable tea note. April 8, 2017 at 5:26pm Reply

    • limegreen: Possibilities:

      Kilian Imperial Tea (on the expensive side)

      Eau de Gaga (not expensive) April 9, 2017 at 12:54am Reply

    • Morelle: Philtre Ceylan by Ateliers Cologne has excellent staying power on my skin. April 9, 2017 at 7:07pm Reply

    • Amy M.: Hi Jane, I have tried Le Labo’s The Noir 29, and, after just a few sprays it lasted for hours. It smells like black tea, with a bit of wood and musk and fig. I think you could try samples from Lucky Scent. Good Luck! April 12, 2017 at 1:17am Reply

    • Anne: I first learned of Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea here, reviewed, I think, by Andy. It’s a lovely fresh tea scent—-and ridiculously well priced. April 20, 2017 at 8:17am Reply

    • Jane: I have tried Imperial Tea before and thought it quite pleasant, but again the lasting power didn’t seem to quite warrant the price tag for me. Similarly with Arden’s Green Tea, while I adore the scent it lasts mere minutes, but you’re right perhaps at this price just enjoying the scent could be enough.

      I am interested to sample the Atelier Cologne and have heard good things about them particularly the Oolang Infini, so that could well be my next stop. However, finding somewhere to sample them, whilst living in the sticks isn’t as easy.

      I didn’t realise Gaga had a tea scent at all. Despite my impulsive aversion to celeb scents I’m sure at the prices they can’t all be bad, so worth considering.

      Thanks for the suggestions. April 20, 2017 at 9:16am Reply

      • Lillibet: Eau de Gaga is definitely worth sampling. It is a nice tea scent and one of my summer go to scents for the office. I find it lasts through the whole work day. April 23, 2017 at 11:45pm Reply

  • Karsten: Hi all. Thanks for this opportunity of sharing thoughts aboyt perfumes.
    I have recently discovered one of my ideal perfumes. It’s Jean-Louis Scherrer 1, the bitter green chypre. I own a bottle of vintage EdP and I have tried a more recent (but not reformulated) EdT and EdP as well and I love them both. I’ve read it is still in production, but -like many perfumes- went under reformulation. I haven’t still bought a “new” bottle and I would like to know what are your thoughts about it, if some of you have tried it. I would like to know some vintage or modern that is similar to JLS too, I’ll be grateful for all advices. Only one thing in advance: I do not like so much Bandit and Cabochard: their formulas do not agree with my skin, it rids of all florals in them and let both turn very very fast to the dry leathery side that I found too harsh. What I like in JLS are the discreet florals against the bitter, mossy, slightly animalic backdrop.
    Some perfume I like in no particular order:

    Paco Rabanne, La Nuit
    Paloma Picasso Mon Parfum
    Coriandre by Jaqueline and Jean Couturier
    Musc Ravageur by Editions De Parfums
    Dioressence (vintage), a beautiful oriental chypre
    Magie Noire (vintage), not so much the top notes but the drydown is excellent

    P.S. Masculine or feminine scents are both welcome, I think giving perfume a gender is a marketing thing 🙂

    Thank you

    Karsten April 7, 2017 at 2:15pm Reply

    • George: I think you would like Calandre by Paco Rabanne and the pre-“les creations de Monsieur Dior” bottle Diorella. Eau de Magnolia by Malle, too. You should also try Chamade. April 7, 2017 at 4:46pm Reply

      • Karsten: Hi George, thank you for the suggestions. I’ve had already considered Diorella as one of the candidates, your suggestion is very appropriate. April 8, 2017 at 6:40am Reply

        • mj: Jean Louis Scherrer is one of my favorite scents, I love the bitter green note. I’m with George with his suggestions of Chamade, Diorella and Caladre. I love and have worn and enjoyed all of them and I found them similar to JLS. Eau de Soir by Sisley and YSL Rive Gauche could be other things to try. April 8, 2017 at 4:24pm Reply

          • Karsten: Hi, mj! I’ve smelled Rive Gauche loooong time ago and in its original formula. I remember it as a beautiful aldehydic floral with maybe a bit too much of “shine” to match my tastes. Anyway it’s a masterpiece as almost every YSL fragrance. Glad to read you love Scherrer, nowadays where I live it’s almost impossible to find it, but the owners of historical perfume shops remember it very well as one of the most beautiful fragrances they sold during the years. Thank you for the answer! April 10, 2017 at 5:07pm Reply

        • George: Also, aside from what I’ve written above, I think you’d love Aromatics Elixir. April 10, 2017 at 3:37pm Reply

          • Karsten: George, I really love AE. It’s definitely an acquired taste, polarizing and not so easy -at least to me- to appreciate at first sniff. Years ago I found it hideous. Today, I think it’s one of the most beautiful creations in the universe of fragrances. April 10, 2017 at 5:16pm Reply

    • Mer: Some of your favourites are my favourites as well 🙂 I’ve not tried vintage JLS but I’m very happy with the current formulation.

      If you haven’t, you can try some vintage Miss Dior, still easy to find on eBay.

      Others that come to mind: Sisley Eau du soir, Revlon Intimate, and Goutal Món parfum Cheri par Camille.

      Recently, I’ve tried and loved Yatagan, it’s for men but who cares 😉 April 7, 2017 at 6:10pm Reply

      • Karsten: Hi Mer! Which ones are the favourites we share? After your recommendation I have searched some review about Goutal, the notes are appealing, the overall lack of sweetness too, the old-fashioned approach more and more. I’ll try it. Thank you! April 8, 2017 at 6:47am Reply

        • Mer: Vintage Magie Noire is probably my favourite perfume, what’s currently available is just tragic!
          Also JLS and vintage Dioressence.

          I would place vintage Miss Dior above Dioressence, though.
          Another vintage favourite of mine is the original Montana. These last two are perhaps more animalic and less elegant than JLS.

          Oh! Another one comes to mind. Jacomo Silences 🙂 April 8, 2017 at 6:53am Reply

          • Karsten: I have a soft spot for the loud early 80s perfumes too: Montana is already in my “to do list”. What makes me hesitate is the presence of fruity notes. April 8, 2017 at 7:31am Reply

            • Mer: I discovered I can do plum (the Goutal I mentioned), peach, and fig in moderation; citrus doesn’t count, does it 😉

              Are you also averse to gourmands? That’s certainly my last frontier… April 8, 2017 at 11:07am Reply

              • Karsten: Unfortunately gourmands are a big Grumpy Cat “no” for me 😀
                Well, I must admit there are masterpieces in this category too, but I prefer “inedibles” April 8, 2017 at 12:56pm Reply

          • Lily: Silences came immediately to my mind! It is a very bitter herby green with a little floral and warm musk to temper the green. Not easy to sample but can usually be found to blind buy for under $15 online April 8, 2017 at 4:54pm Reply

            • Karsten: Hi Lily, thank you for the recommendation. I’ve read that Silences is often compared to N.19 which I have in vintage EdP mini. I like the latter, even though I haven’t wore it often because of the small amount 🙂 April 9, 2017 at 7:47am Reply

              • Lily: I actually don’t find them particularly similar. They do both fit the green chypre style but for my nose the resemblance ends there. No.19 (at least the version I have tried) is a smooth but chilly scent. It feels aloof, and carries an aura that says “this is a perfume.” I don’t know how else to phrase it, just something in it makes clear it’s not a natural (occurring on its own vs constructed) scent you just happen to smell like. I find it beautiful but abrasive. I can’t wear it.

                Silences, on the other hand, is like sticking your face deep into a patch of weeds on a summer day after a rain when the sun is steaming off the water, in a good way. It is a raspy, rough green, and has this musty warmth beneath it. It does not carry the same constructed “perfume” vibe to me. It also took me several tries to appreciate. I found it more fascinating than beautiful at first (whereas 19 is a beauty from the first encounter).

                Silences was my make or break try on green perfumes. I thought they would be my digs when I was first sampling around, and instead they made me realize I need a perfume to have either warmth or sweetness in order for my skin to relate to it. Silences has warmth, and it is one of my 10 desert-island scents Bc it’s just so different from the other things I have.

                So I don’t know if one can say “if you like 19 you will like Silences” Bc the reverse is certainly not true for me. I think it depends on what your nose homes in on with 19 and what it is you are seeking. April 9, 2017 at 8:24am Reply

                • Lily: I will add, your comment about JLs being “discreet florals over animalic warmth” is also true of Silences. Victoria has a review up. JLS was actually one I considered trying but Silences was either easier to find, significantly cheaper to dona blind buy to try, or had been said to survive the moss restrictions better. So obviously my brain read something that made me put them in the same theoretical box, but since I love Silences I never went back to try JLS. April 9, 2017 at 8:31am Reply

                  • Karsten: Thank you for the beautiful description of both Chanel’s and Jacomo’s perfumes. I agree with you: even in the coolest or bitterest perfume I look for a warm vibe in the background. This is why I like Scherrer, it has a certain “lived-in” identity (maybe it’s the civet or the costus) that I hardly find in other green perfumes. April 9, 2017 at 2:14pm Reply

                    • Lily: If I get an opportunity to sniff Scherrer I will take it, after hearing that! April 9, 2017 at 10:26pm

      • Karsten: Hi, Mer! I have tried the Goutal. I had great expectations but I must say that my skin does not collaborates with fruity notes 🙁 Mon Parfum Chéri Par Camille on me is a sour plum liqueur and the combo with patchouli conjures up the image of booze spilled on an old wood tavern table full of scratches and scribbles whom texture is imbued with ages of spilled wine or alcoholic beverages. That sounds quite funny and evocative, but on me it’s a mess. So is definitive that I shall not mess with peach or plum notes. How does it works on your skin? April 13, 2017 at 1:18pm Reply

        • Mer: Oh no! That’s sad. Fortunately I don’t get any booze, on me it’s like fresh earth after the rain. April 14, 2017 at 4:57pm Reply

          • Karsten: You are lucky! I know this Goutal actually is not easy to wear for many people, a lot have troubles with it. Unfortunately, I get only the booze and when the drydown is complete I detect something like a sweaty note.
            But I must admit that despite the bad reaction between this perfume and my skin, it has a wonderful sillage: the clothes where it has been sprayed filled the room with beautiful wafts of old-fashioned, chypre-ish patchouli that reminded me the first edition of Magie Noire. To me, a true beauty to behold only: our relationship will be platonic. April 14, 2017 at 8:04pm Reply

    • ariane: Hi Karsten,the original Scherrer was my signature scent-the current formulation is not bad,it is at least recognisable ,but has lost depth,it is a bit flat.Current ones that could interest you are the new Malle Superstitious,I tried it yesterday and it reminded me a bit of it,and if I want green I go to Chanel’s Bel Respire-Mind you,I don’t know the new edp version… April 8, 2017 at 8:12am Reply

      • Karsten: Hi, Ariane. I’ll try both of them, I have read about the new Malle and I am very curious about it. Thanks! April 8, 2017 at 1:00pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Karsten, I agree with other suggestions, they are great. You might also like EL Private Collection, green and floral but really well balanced and not harsh at all. April 10, 2017 at 4:12am Reply

      • Karsten: Hi, Notturno7. EL PC is among the fragrances I put on my “test list” when I began to explore the perfumes akin to JLS. Thanks for having confirmed! April 10, 2017 at 5:27pm Reply

    • Neva: Hi Karsten, I am familiar with both the vintage JLS and the current formulation. My mother used to wear it so I had to buy it for her all the time. The vintage has better longevity and depth, definitely. A lovely dry green is also Weekend/Weekend a Deauville/Weekend in Normandy from Patricia de Nicolai. Don’t be confused with the various names, they had to change them for some reasons but it’s one perfume. April 10, 2017 at 9:20am Reply

      • spe: Eau de Campagne by Sisley is a light green / herbal floral. April 10, 2017 at 9:36am Reply

        • Karsten: Hi, spe. I’ve read many reviews about Eau De Campagne, I have no doubts about its beauty but I think it stands on the brighter side of the green fragrance spectrum, so I am not sure it will match my tastes. But I’ll try it the same so I’ll realize if it will confirm or otherwise my impressions. Thank you for the suggestion! April 10, 2017 at 5:24pm Reply

      • Karsten: Hi, Neva. Thank you for your answer! May I ask which formula your mother used then and uses now? EdT or EdP? I’m using the vintage EdP but I like a lot also the vintage EdT. I have read the article about JLS on this blog and learned that the new EdP is better than the new EdT and more close to the original.
        I should try the Patricia De Nicolai you suggest me, I know her more for the home fragrances than for the perfume collection. Her Fou d’Ambre for catalytic lamps is beautiful. April 10, 2017 at 5:43pm Reply

      • Karsten: Hi, Neva. Thank you for your answer! May I ask which formula your mother used then and uses now? EdT or EdP? I’m using the vintage EdP but I like a lot also the vintage EdT. I have read the article about JLS on this blog and learned that the new EdP is better than the new EdT and more close to the original.
        I should try the Patricia De Nicolai you suggest me, I know her more for the home fragrances than for the perfume collection. Her Fou d’Ambre for catalytic lamps is beautiful. April 10, 2017 at 5:44pm Reply

        • Neva: Hi Karsten, my mother uses the EdP, earlier and today.
          Yes PdN has lovely home scents. I often buy her candles. Please let us know after you have tried the recommendations, if there was anything you liked. April 12, 2017 at 3:05am Reply

    • Mia: Dear Karsten,

      As far as I know, I have tested the new formula edp, and I really like it a lot. But: I do not have tested the older ones, so I cannot compare it to anything. To me, it reminds a lot Vent Vert edt, the 1990s formula. Good luck! Btw. Available at least in Aus Liebe zum Duft, First in Fragrance online. April 14, 2017 at 10:18am Reply

      • Karsten: Thank you for the message, Mia. I own a mini of Vent Vert, so I can make a comparison. I just have to check if it is the 90s formula or the newer one that seems to be very very different. April 14, 2017 at 7:47pm Reply

      • Karsten: And good luck to you too! April 14, 2017 at 7:49pm Reply

  • Maria: Hi everyone! I have a question related with scents and gardening, not with parfum, but I think you could probably help me. I’m trying to create a perfumed garden. I don’t have too much space and I would like to plant things that will grow and smell good really fast, because the project will involve kids. The project is in Montréal, but I grow in LatinAmerica and I don’t know what to plant here (weather is not really the same :-)). Any suggestions about plants, books, blogs or anything are welcomed. Thanks a lot!! April 7, 2017 at 2:31pm Reply

    • Safran: Sorry, I don’t know much about botanics, but garden heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) is definetely a beautifully smelling plant. It has a kind of vanilla smell, children would like I assume. And it’s originally from Peru (Wikipedia). Maybe you can find out more about growing conditions.
      Good luck with your project, it sounds beautiful. One other thing, what about lavender?
      Cheers
      Safran April 7, 2017 at 4:12pm Reply

      • Maria: Thanks a lot Safran!! I will search more about garden heliotrope :-). I know lavender is a bit tricky here, but I’ve already included it, as well as thyme and rosemary. April 7, 2017 at 4:22pm Reply

        • Mer: I have a similar project in my garden, but I think your zone is colder. That might be challenging since most aromatic herbs are Mediterranean. If lavender is tricky… Thyme is quite hardy but rosemary might have to overwinter indoors. If you’ve grown in Latin America perhaps you know Verbena which smells amazing, but it only stands light frost so it would have to overwinter indoors, bit doesn’t seem to like being in a pot.

          Perhaps lilacs, violets, some fragrant bulbs? Hyacinths, paperwhites.
          Some brooms are very fragrant, may be hardy. And roses also.

          I recommend you go to the plant finder in the royal horticultural society’s website and do a filtered search. There are checkboxes for hardiness and also for fragrance. April 7, 2017 at 6:19pm Reply

          • Maria: Thank you Mer! I will consult the royal horticulture society, and you’re right bulbs are the easier option. I’ve seen a lot of sauvage roses even norther than here, but I’m sure it is a specific variety. I will check for that and for the verbena. April 8, 2017 at 10:18am Reply

            • Mer: Oh, the roses are possibly Rosa rugosa 🙂 you can also consult the David Austin website, they have a selection of more ancient roses if I remember correctly.

              Another plant that came to mind is honeysuckle, great for kids since you can pluck a fragrant flower and do a trick that gets you one drop of nectar that you can lick 🙂 April 8, 2017 at 11:14am Reply

              • Maria: Honeysuckle sounds lovely as Austin’s site!! Thanks April 9, 2017 at 10:34am Reply

      • Heather H: Gardenia, lavender, mint , pink Jasmine, herbs, scented geraniums-chocolate mint, apple, thornless old garden roses like zephrin drouphin April 15, 2017 at 9:21am Reply

    • Carlisle: Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) – the licorice scented leaves remind children of black jellybeans 🙂 April 7, 2017 at 7:17pm Reply

      • Maria: Good idea!! Thanks Carlisle! April 8, 2017 at 10:20am Reply

    • Kari: I have NO idea if it’s easy to grow or not, but recently in AZ I came across the Texas Mountain Laurel, which has gorgeous grape-like fragrant purple blossoms. I couldn’t get enough of it. In my fantasy fragranced garden, I’d definitely include it.

      Lilac, too. (But might be too big for the space you have.) April 8, 2017 at 1:10pm Reply

      • Maria: I’ll check the laurel! Lilacs grow well here, as linden, but the espace is too small. Thank you! April 9, 2017 at 10:25am Reply

    • rainboweyes: I second garden heliotrope as recommended by Safran. Also phloxes and lilies of the valley should work in your climate. And of course fragrant bearded irises. April 8, 2017 at 5:16pm Reply

      • Maria: Yes, iris is the national flower of the province!:-) April 9, 2017 at 10:22am Reply

    • Kind Crow: Scented geraniums! April 14, 2017 at 8:51am Reply

      • Maria: Yes! April 24, 2017 at 4:34pm Reply

    • Kyla: I grow Matthiola (also known as Night Scented Stock) for the scent. It’s a somewhat sad looking plant in the day, as it tends to flop and the little pink flowers are closed all day, but after sundown it’s a pile of lovely pink flowers with a sweet perfume that is very noticeable.

      I also have a Japanese lilac. It only flowers for about two weeks a year, so it’s not space-efficient, but you can smell it down the block! April 24, 2017 at 12:27am Reply

      • Maria: I will look for Matthiola! It could be nice to do something like “The night garden” with the kids :-). I just hope the snow will be completely melted this weekend! April 24, 2017 at 4:41pm Reply

  • Michele: Just came across this. Has anyone heard reviews or smelled it? Joyeuse Tubéreuse belongs to Guerlain’s Exclusives collections. April 7, 2017 at 3:00pm Reply

  • Alexandra Fraser: Bulgari black- I love love this straight away. All tar and smoke – I recall childhood walking home in the heat the tar melting onto our feet ( we never wore shoes) then held close by my smoky tea grandmother as she tried to clean us up-
    But then alas this beautiful complex interesting smell vanishes and I am walking around vanilla vanilla all day
    Is there something else with tar smoke but less vanilla that I could try? Thanks April 7, 2017 at 5:13pm Reply

    • Sapphire: Mona Di Orio’s vanilla is very smoky and not over-sweet. April 7, 2017 at 6:28pm Reply

      • Alexandra Fraser: Thank you. I’ll check it out April 8, 2017 at 3:51am Reply

    • Lydia: Alexandra, I love the memory you shared.

      I’m not sure this would work, but I just smelled the most intensely smoky perfume I’ve ever experienced – Anubis by Papillon Perfumes. It may be more of a burnt wood scent than you’re looking for, though. It’s quite strong, and more of an experience than a perfume, in my opinion. Definitely distinctive.

      I haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s on my list, and the reviews look like it might work for you: Mississippi Medicine by D.S. & Durga. Birch tar, black pine, cypress root, incense, etc. (And no vanilla.) April 7, 2017 at 7:27pm Reply

      • Alexandra Fraser: Two very interesting suggestions. Definitely sounds what I might like. Thank you April 8, 2017 at 3:53am Reply

    • Lynley: Le Labo Patchouli 24 is gorgeously smokey. Also Tauer’s Lonestar Memories April 8, 2017 at 12:20am Reply

      • Alexandra Fraser: Thank you – and I love patchouli too so this sounds perfect April 8, 2017 at 3:53am Reply

        • katherine x: Very similar to Le Labo’s Patchouli is Cartier L’Heure Treizieme XIII. You can find it at Saks and Cartier – ebay too. I love the Les Heures line – though many are indifferent to it. April 9, 2017 at 10:58pm Reply

          • Alexandra Fraser: Excellent – thanks Might be easier to track down April 10, 2017 at 3:37am Reply

      • George: I was going to suggest Patchouli 24 too: they (it and Bulgari Black) are both by Annick Menardo, and I see P24 as a more hardcore version of BB. April 8, 2017 at 10:56am Reply

        • Alexandra Fraser: Thanks. I will definitely try this April 9, 2017 at 4:24am Reply

    • Karsten: I think you should try Dzing! by L’Artisan Parfumeurs. It’s not about smoke or tar, it’s more leather centered, but very similar to Bulgari Black.
      Another one could be Tea For Two, from the same house, a woody, dusty, bitter (at least to me) lapsang souchong tea.
      What about Gomma by Etro? April 8, 2017 at 6:55am Reply

      • Alexandra Fraser: Three new ones to think about – to smell- thanks so much April 9, 2017 at 4:27am Reply

      • Mia: Seconding Tea for Two! April 14, 2017 at 10:24am Reply

    • Danica Radovanov: Nostalgie by Santa Maria Novella feels very similar to Bulgari Black in concept but has more gasoline smoke and rubber on top with vanilla a supporting player. On my skin the gasoline and smoke are accented by the vanilla even in the drydown, so it never loses that edgy beginning. DS & Durga’s Burning Barbershop is very smoky and tarry with a great lavender and vanilla underpinning with some green accents, and it also stays smoky until the end. I love it. April 9, 2017 at 2:29am Reply

      • Alexandra Fraser: Smoky till the end sounds great! And I am fascinated by the idea of a bit of green in there. Really appreciate your thoughtful comment April 9, 2017 at 4:26am Reply

        • spe: Bandit and Cuir de Russie are the two perfumes that came to mind with your memory (loved reading that) and Ciur d’ Ange, albeit a much softer and elegant approach. April 9, 2017 at 9:41am Reply

          • Alexandra Fraser: Two more to find and try – lovely! Thank you April 9, 2017 at 2:13pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Hi Alexandra, did you try vintage Black? I hear it’s been reformulated. I have an older one and don’t get a strong vanilla at all. April 10, 2017 at 2:22pm Reply

      • Alexandra Fraser: Ah interesting – mine is def new – I had thought it just my skin somehow not hanging on to anything but vanilla. Will have to see if I can find some vintage – thanks April 10, 2017 at 4:21pm Reply

        • Karsten: Hi, Alexandra. I agree with Nocturno7, I own a vintage Bulgari Black and I can’t detect vanilla in it. Wishing you the best for your new fragrant discoveries. April 10, 2017 at 5:56pm Reply

          • Alexandra Fraser: Thank you April 11, 2017 at 7:06pm Reply

        • Notturno7: Good luck with your perfume adventures 😊 April 11, 2017 at 3:37am Reply

          • Alexandra Fraser: Thank you April 11, 2017 at 7:06pm Reply

  • Liliane: Daar KatieAnn, Harley and Cornelia Blimer

    Also me I have been thinking what Marie-Antoinette had wear in that time. And Yes I ‘m also very interest in the period from the late 18 siècle!!!!!
    I was in June 2015 in place royal in the garden the tuileries in Paris And visit the boutique from Serge Lutens.
    But I think Maybe something like Juliette has a gun :
    Citizen queen whit some gouttes from the bottle Serge Lutens vitriool d’ ouillettes, or maybe some think like rose de nuit from Serge Lutens.
    Or do maybe juist some musk.
    But I think something whit labdanum…. maybe White Aoud from Monthale April 7, 2017 at 5:17pm Reply

  • Tati: Hi All,
    Looking to fill a hole in my collection — lavender. I don’t want to smell like essential oil but to have it part of a composition. I like the astringency but I want it combined with something else to make it richer. Thanks in advance to all the incredibly knowledgable noses here! 🙂 April 7, 2017 at 5:59pm Reply

    • Sapphire: Bvlgari Eau The Bleu might work. April 7, 2017 at 6:29pm Reply

    • Hayley: It is dry/smoky rather than rich, but I love Serge Lutens Gris Clair.

      I haven’t tried them, but Guerlain Jicky and L’Artisan Parfumeur Bucoliques de Provence are scents with prominent lavender notes on my to-sample list. April 7, 2017 at 9:28pm Reply

      • Tati: These all sound good! Will sample, especially the L’Artisan. Thanks! April 8, 2017 at 11:51am Reply

      • Danica Radovanov: Encens et Lavande by Lutens, classic incense perfume given a floral twist with lavender. By Kilian A Taste of Heaven–absolutely gorgeous absinthe, lavender, vanilla, modern take on Jicky. Arome 3 by D’Orsay esp vintage, a forest with lavender accents in a bottle. April 9, 2017 at 2:33am Reply

      • rosarita: Another vote for Gris Clair, it’s gorgeous and kind of shifts from cool to warm and back. One of my favorite perfumes. April 12, 2017 at 8:26am Reply

    • Lynley: Kilian A Taste of Heaven I think is the most beautiful.
      Caron pour un homme or Belles Plus Lavandes are lavender & vanilla April 8, 2017 at 12:23am Reply

    • Robin W: Hi Tati,

      Jersey from the Chanel Les Exclusifs collection is beautiful! Lavender with white musks. April 8, 2017 at 2:16am Reply

    • Katya: My mum asked me to check out the new “Mon Guerlain” at the airport recently and I was dully impressed. It is a very sweet lavender though. If you ever smelled Lush’s Twilight shower gel/bath bomb there is some of that in there. (I should point out – my nose is probably not that knowledgeable, but I usually dislike lavender and both the Lush and the Guerlain offerings are such that I kept going back to smell again.) April 8, 2017 at 2:41am Reply

    • George: Lavender is such a major part of a fougere that you could try lots of them- Boy Chanel for a unisex radiant one, Azzaro pour Homme or Yohji Homme for an aromatic version, or Chanel Egoiste Platinum for a steelier masculine fougere, or cool water for men for the synthetic oceanic version. For lavender and vanilla, there’s Caron Pour Homme (creamy vanilla and stubbly lavender), Jersey (the dieted and shaved version) and Jicky (the dirty version). Mon Guerlain offers lavender with a gourmand twist (you WILL be told that is inspired by Angelina Jolie when you go to the counter). Plus there’s Gris Clair by Serge Lutens for a drier iris and lavender. April 8, 2017 at 11:05am Reply

    • Tati: Wonderful suggestions! I will be sampling and report back next month! April 8, 2017 at 11:52am Reply

    • Lydia: Tati,

      Have you ever tried Cuir de L’Aigle Russe by Oriza L. Legrand? Lavender is one of the most prominent notes in it.
      It starts off very bitter with a strong alcohol note on me, but an hour later it turned into a sweet-dark leathery cinnamon-cloves with a distinct lavender note.

      (I find Legrand scents to be unbearable strong when they first go on, but if I give them time, they change quite a bit for the better.) April 8, 2017 at 5:10pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: A great lavendar and not expensive is Caron Pour Un Homme April 8, 2017 at 5:32pm Reply

    • kpaint: Chanel Boy might be worth trying. It’s a lavender fougere/barbershop style that’s very elegant and smooth. April 9, 2017 at 3:46am Reply

    • Michaela: Another enthusiastic recommendation for Caron Pour un Homme!
      Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her has a very nice and feminine lavender. April 10, 2017 at 9:08am Reply

    • SophieC: If you want something tough and aloof how about Knowing? (I also love the Chanels and this has a different edge). April 10, 2017 at 11:16am Reply

    • Mia: Definitely Vero Profumo Kiki is worth a try. A lovely scent celebrating lavender! April 14, 2017 at 10:29am Reply

  • Sarah marie: I am new to commenting on this site, but I have been reading for awhile. My question is this, I would to find a perfume that evokes a real strength or toughness, the kind of scent that projects maturity and a certain aloofness. I have a large collection of perfume, but much of it is pretty and floral, or oriental and spicy. I admit, sometimes I just want to smell intimidating, not girly. At the moment I love Dolce, Armani Si, Cinnabar…my education on perfume is still developing but I also appreciate the classic Guerlain like L’heure Bleu. Any suggestions you could share? Thank you! April 7, 2017 at 6:52pm Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: Vintage Chanel No 19: no messing around with that! (You can easily find the vintage stuff on Ebay.) and you could think about leather-themed perfumes: Cuir de Russie by Chanel? April 8, 2017 at 12:05pm Reply

    • Lydia: Sarah Marie, have you ever tried Estee Lauder’s Azuree (the original, basic one – not a flanker)? I tried it a few years ago and it fit all the words you used – strong, tough, mature, aloof. It gave me an image of the kind of woman they used to describe as having “a history.” Someone who had seen the world and wouldn’t take anything from anyone.

      I think dry feminine leather fragrances are especially good for evoking toughness and aloofness.

      Noir Patchouli by Histoires de Parfums is a spicier, sweeter dark leather that might also be worth trying. April 8, 2017 at 12:21pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: here’s some that come to my mind Bvlgari Black, Lalique Encre Noire, Caron Pour Un Home, Serge Lutens Boxeuses, Serge Lutens Daim Blonde, Ormonde Woman, Ormonde Man, Guerlain Vetiver Ineke Field Notes, Comme des Garcons Kyoto, Bottega Veneta, LAP Traversée du Bosphore, Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours April 8, 2017 at 5:48pm Reply

      • Sarah marie: Thank you for these suggestions. The chanel and azuree were on my list to try, as I suspected from my reading might be what I was looking for. But all the other suggestions are great and I look forward to trying them I have bulgari black, and do like it, but it does start to read pretty vanilla after awhile on me. Not bad, but maybe too soft sometimes. April 8, 2017 at 7:10pm Reply

    • Gail: Hi Sarah marie, Chanel No.19 has been my favourite perfume forever, since I was about 22 (now 53) because I felt it had that strength and aloofness that I wanted from scent. It has been with me through many of the ups and downs that life gives and if I am ever in doubt with what fragrance to wear this gem is it. Now, I think of it more as a comfort scent, but still love that aloofness and strength which still resonates with me today just as much, if not more so than when I was younger.

      My second choice would be Guerlain’s L’heure Bleue, for the same reason as above, but when I want something different to the Chanel. April 8, 2017 at 6:45pm Reply

      • Sarah marie: Is the current chanel no. 19 anywhere near as good as the vintage? Also, does it only come in edt? I’m really leaning towards this one! April 9, 2017 at 5:16am Reply

        • OnWingsofSaffron: May I suggest you read Victoria’s excellent review with reference to the vintage bottles. Also, the perfume blog “The Black Narcissus” goes into detail re: No. 19. April 9, 2017 at 12:40pm Reply

        • Gail: I have the edp, edt and pure parfum. My most used is the edp. This is a sharp blast of green drying to a powdery iris and oakmoss.

          The edt I purchased about 8-10 months ago so is new and is also lovely. It is lighter, fresher, less dry and powdery and slightly more floral but not overly so. It still holds that greenness. I like this on days when I don’t want that intense sharpness. It has been so long since I smelt the 80’s edt that I can’t compare them. I do love them all – what can I say, I am a sucker for this fragrance.

          The pure parfum is a 70’s vintage ebay purchase and to me this represents the spirit, essence and true heart of No.19, it is just divine.

          Longevity is very good from all of them. This is a fragrance that always fascinates and amazes me and I truly never tire of it.

          Go to your Chanel counter and try the different formulations on you and let them dry down and see which one resonates with you. Please let me know if you purchase one. April 9, 2017 at 6:18pm Reply

          • Sarah marie: Gail,
            I don’t live close enough to a chanel counter with a full range. They only stock no. 5 and the current popular stuff like coco mademoiselle. I opted to order a sample from the perfumed court of the edt. But if I do get to a decent counter with more selection I plan to try as much as I can! Thank you for your advice! April 9, 2017 at 7:11pm Reply

    • Meems: Caron Yatagan and Bruno Fazzolari Room 237 are the two perfumes that I reach to fit my “aloof” needs. They’re both heavy on the herbs: Yatagan is an absolutely uncompromising herbal leather, and Room 237 is a weird herbal-musky that straddles the line of soapy-clean and dirty. April 9, 2017 at 12:26pm Reply

      • Sarah marie: Thank you so much for all of these suggestions. As I’ve started to read up on these perfumes they all sound so lovely. I’m looking forward to sampling next! April 9, 2017 at 6:16pm Reply

      • spe: Yatagan and Azuree are great suggestions. Perhaps Bandit or Cabochard? Also the Hermes men’s scents Bel Ami and Equipage.

        The references to Chanel 19 being tough confound me – it is a soft green floral with optimistic aldehydes. In any formulation, No. 19 can read as soft, clean, and grandmotherly / classic – not a criticism – most of my favorites are in this category. April 10, 2017 at 10:07am Reply

    • Michaela: Very rarely, I wore Etat Libre d’Orange Rien to feel strong and intimidating. A complete disguise for I am rather shy. The scent is memorable, and it’s worth sampling, even it won’t be your favorite. April 10, 2017 at 9:17am Reply

    • Karsten: Hi, Sarah Marie. I would recommend for sure vintage Magie Noire by Lancome and Jaqueline and Jean Couturier’s Coriandre. Both wonderful, both “grown up” and somewhat intimidating without being harsh or aggressive. They confer a certain “aloof” aura, but made more of introspection than coolness. April 10, 2017 at 6:13pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Hi Sarah Marie,
      Luca Turin describes Van Cleef & Arpels First as intimidating. It’s a wonderful floral with a strong back bone and I wear it sometimes when I feel I need extra support at work, during a challenging day. V gave it 5 star review. I find it mature but not aloof.
      I also second Cuir de Russie.
      31 Rue Cambon is definitely not girly but in my opinion projects maturity and strength.
      Hope this helps 😊 April 11, 2017 at 3:48am Reply

    • Solanace: Guérlain Vétiver, a delicious masculine that is not hair chested at all and Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. These are my favorites perfumes for work related situations when I want to smell like I’m the boss. Also seconding Chanel 19, especially vintage. April 11, 2017 at 3:13pm Reply

      • Sarah marie: Again, thank you all for the suggestions! I am making a list and plan to get to as many of these as I can. You’ve all been so helpful in your comments! April 11, 2017 at 4:50pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Mitsouko is definitely challenging and aloof as well as beautiful. Maybe also Apres L’Ondee as it is very cool. April 13, 2017 at 8:47pm Reply

      • Nina Z: I saw 31 Rue Cambon listed above and wanted to second that. Chanel No 19 is always listed as an aloof perfume, but I don’t find it so. April 13, 2017 at 8:48pm Reply

    • Anne: Estee Lauder ‘Private Collection’ perfume. April 20, 2017 at 8:27am Reply

  • Gisele: For the love of God It indicates to me a perfume oléo sexy and innocent, retro and modern, very seductive, atalcado, Very feminine. To use love. Pardon my English April 7, 2017 at 11:00pm Reply

  • Gisele: Love teint de neige, troucher boucheron, private klub, bvlgari noir. I have many, I love perfumes. For God’s sake, tell me a perfume of oil that is super sexy and innocent at the same time, retro and modern, very seductive, warm, very feminine. To use with the love of life, to seduce, charming, dreamy, sexy, boudoir. Forgive my English. April 7, 2017 at 11:29pm Reply

  • Gisele: Love teint de neige, troucher boucheron, private klub, bvlgari noir. I have many, I love perfumes. For God’s sake, tell me a perfume of oil that is super sexy and innocent at the same time, retro and modern, very seductive, warm, very feminine. To use with the love of life, to seduce, charming, dreamy, sexy, bourdoir. Forgive my English. April 7, 2017 at 11:35pm Reply

    • Lydia: Gisele, I’ve been trying to find a perfume that comes close to what you’re describing, and I was surprised at how hard it is to find a feminine perfume that is truly sexy and sultry, not “clean and fresh.”

      I wonder if you would like Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady. To me it smelled like really lush rose scent, juicy and velvety, with lots of silage.
      If you like tuberose, Malle’s Carnal Flower or Michelle Bergman’s Black Gardenia might be worth trying. April 8, 2017 at 11:55am Reply

      • Notturno7: Hi Gisele and Lydia, for sexy and sultry, I wear Fracas, Carnal Flower, Une Fleur de Cassie, La Fille de Berlin, Tubereuse Criminelle, Sarrasins, vintage Shalimar, Attrape- Coeur, Coco , Nahema or Samsara perfume, Coromandel, Angel, Songes, Shanghai Lily….. I’m sure I’m forgetting something but the list is long enough 😉
        Hope this helps 🌸 April 11, 2017 at 4:05am Reply

        • Lydia: Thanks, Notturno7. That’s an interesting looking list.

          I seem to be the only person who perceived La Fille de Berlin as a crisp, transparent rose with a mint note. I would read descriptions about it’s lush, vintage scent and wish I was smelling it that way.

          I also wish I didn’t give away my vintage Shalimar miniature years ago. I think I’m finally ready to appreciate it.

          I really want to try Nahema. April 11, 2017 at 11:12pm Reply

      • Gisele: Hi Lydia, help!! Do you think any of these seems minja description Auric Blends Egyptian Goddess, Attar Bazaar,Kuumba Made Persian,Sarah Horowitz’s,
        Montale’s musc 25 WhiteAva Luxe’s ,Kiehl’s Original Musk,Annick Goutal’s Musc Nomade,The Body Shop White Musk, April 15, 2017 at 6:49pm Reply

        • Lydia: Hi Gisele,
          Sadly, I haven’t smelled any of those. I hope someone else reading the comments can weigh in about them.

          I suspect this isn’t it either, but have you smelled Monyette Paris? It comes in oil form as well as spray. I think it’s probably not complex enough to be your long lost scent, but it does remind me of your description “super sexy and innocent at the same time.”

          Whatever your scent is, I am really hoping that in some future post I see your words: “I found it!” 🙂 April 19, 2017 at 2:48pm Reply

        • Lydia: Gisele, I just looked at your earlier post and saw that the perfume that came closest to it was Teint de Neige, so it doesn’t sound like Monyette Paris (no powder).

          Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum is powdery and has been around since before 2011. The sample I tried years ago had an oil consistency (although it may have been thinned out since then).

          I think The Afternoon by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has been around since before 2011 as well, and it’s also a powdery floral.

          “Sensuality and innocence” are such subjective qualities that you’re probably better off looking for it by fragrance notes. If you keep looking for powdery florals – heliotrope (and maybe orris root), but with some deeper notes – you may find it.

          Here’s a Fragrantica post about favorite powdery florals. Lots of people like Teint de Neige, so maybe one of them mentioned your favorite scent here as well.
          https://www.fragrantica.com/news/Best-in-Show-Powdery-Perfumes-2016–8013.html April 19, 2017 at 3:50pm Reply

    • Lydia: Another lush feminine scent that worth trying is L`Artisan Parfumeur’s Seville a l’Aube. It’s actually based on a writer’s memory of a youthful affair in Spain that was filled with beauty and sensuality. April 8, 2017 at 12:30pm Reply

      • Notturno7: That sounds wonderful. I never tried Seville a l’Aube. And I like Duchaufour! April 12, 2017 at 3:55am Reply

        • Lydia: I also very much recommend the book, The Perfume Lover by Denyse Beaulieu. A lot of it is about the author’s perfume creation discussions with Betrand Duchaufour. April 12, 2017 at 10:50pm Reply

          • Notturno7: Thank you so much, Lydia 😊 April 13, 2017 at 3:25am Reply

          • Gisele: Lydia, thank you !!!!!! Honey, you! I’ll test everything indicated by you. Yes, remember the teint, but it’s much sexier, feminine, and more seductive, more vivid than I’d say. You know the Bride’s Veil, can you say it’s talcum? April 24, 2017 at 10:30pm Reply

    • spe: One of the Ava Luxe musk oils? April 10, 2017 at 12:59am Reply

      • Gisele: Oh, I took a look at the comments, it could be from the descriptions. Thank! April 10, 2017 at 8:13am Reply

        • spe: Also, Musc Ravageur oil from F. Malle (not the edp), Barbara Bui musk (not sure if available as an oil), China Rain / China Lily oil, Egyptian Musk oil. These last three available at headshops. Please let us know what you find! April 10, 2017 at 10:19am Reply

    • Michaela: This could be Kenzo Flower if you like powdery perfumes. April 10, 2017 at 9:21am Reply

      • Gisele: Hi, Michaela,It is not. That smells good, fresh, for the day one day, but what I look for is not day one day or summer job. It’s bourdoir, for dinner with love.
        Thank you. Have a nice day April 10, 2017 at 9:56am Reply

    • Solanace: Neela Vermeire Mohur, Chanel 19 Poudré. April 11, 2017 at 3:15pm Reply

      • Solanace: Lush Lust is beautiful. The solid comes in a cute tin and is not expensive. April 11, 2017 at 3:17pm Reply

        • Gisele: Oh, I do not know him, I smell him. thanks April 11, 2017 at 9:07pm Reply

      • Gisele: It ‘s not chanel I use to work like. What I look for is more bourdoir, seductive skin. Thank you dear! Hugs to you! April 11, 2017 at 7:39pm Reply

  • Katya: Hello lovely people,

    I just got Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel and Diptyque Do Son so I should probably lay off on the perfumes for now. But…

    Can you recommend anything similar to Guerlain’s Rose Nacree du Desert? I smelled it once and now I cannot get it out of my head (or get over the price tag).

    Also on an unrelated note, regarding the reformulated Chanel Les Exclusifs, is it worth to get Bois des Iles in edp or should I just save for the pure perfume?

    Thank you! April 8, 2017 at 2:34am Reply

    • AnnieA: Maybe try Grace Coddington’s perfume? April 10, 2017 at 2:03pm Reply

      • Katya: Looks interesting. I don’t live near a stockist but I will put it on my list. April 11, 2017 at 4:19pm Reply

    • Solanace: Amouage Epic is similar and maybe even better, and you can find it at discounters if you persist. Fora a real steal, Yves Rovher Rose Oud. April 11, 2017 at 3:19pm Reply

      • Katya: Ooh, Yves Rocher sounds exciting! Thank you so much. April 11, 2017 at 3:25pm Reply

      • Lydia: Solanace, I’ve been wondering about Yves Rocher’s Rose Oud. I wish they offered a travel size so I could sample it.
        What does it smell like to you? April 11, 2017 at 7:00pm Reply

    • kayliz: Hi Katya, I’ve just tried the Bois des Iles EdP and would say hold out for the perfume. I can’t believe how soapy the EdP is, am really disappointed. April 11, 2017 at 3:49pm Reply

      • Katya: Yeah, I actually got a chance to smell it today, too. Ummmm… smells nice-ish. But on me it just went weird, and then a few hours later it was gone. By comparison, I sprayed some Diptyque “L’Ombre dans L’eau” (edt, no less) and it’s going strong hours later. April 11, 2017 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Katya: I tried some of Byredo’s Baudelaire today and I swear it smelled so similar to that Guerlain one… at least in the opening. It seems so bizarre! (Then again, I suppose frankincense is a fairly common ingredient. Does anybody else get that?) April 11, 2017 at 4:21pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Hi Katya,
      I have Bois des Iles in EdT and parfum. Parfum is amazing. But I think EdT has more sillage. Sometimes I just want that ‘splash’ of EdT during day and I tend to wear the extrait at night because it stays closer to the skin and doesn’t interfere with aromas of food if we’re out for dinner. And sometimes I layer both! Hope this isn’t confusing 😉 April 12, 2017 at 4:04am Reply

      • Katya: If only you could still get the EdT *sighs* The EdP did not impress me at all. I guess saving up for the perfume it is. April 12, 2017 at 4:41am Reply

        • Notturno7: Hi Katya, I’m sorry to hear that! I was hoping new Chanel EdP would be stronger and longer lasting than EdT version. I thought the whole point was to improve on what they had!!! April 14, 2017 at 5:02am Reply

  • Maryjane: I hope I am not being too silly, but I would like to outline a vignette, and request your ideas about which perfumes these women might be wearing :

    Picture a sunny sitting room on a weekday morning. Eight women, aged in the 40’s and 50’s gather for their weekly stitching or hand-quilting session. They are bourgeois, well-heeled, well educated wives of doctor’s and lawyers. Each had their own career whilst raising children before segueing to an early “retirement”. Their children are all privately educated. They dress casually but expensively. Discussion revolves around the children, decorating plans and holiday destinations. Jokes occasionally become a little risque, but only a very little. They are kind-hearted and generous women, and do not hesitate to contribute to worthy causes or fund raise actively. Steaming cups of tea are served from a Spode teaset, and cinnamon teacake slices are passed around. How are they scented? Does it matter if they are blonde or brunette, tall or short? If it were the 80’s I might start with Estee Lauder’s White Linen…..

    I would love your thoughts! April 8, 2017 at 4:30am Reply

    • Katya: I’m thinking No5 would be making an appearamce. Maybe the Eau Premiere since it is softer and earmer, to go with the tea and cakes. Also maybe something like white florals – Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranee? Or possibly En Passant.

      There was a perfume by Chloe, See Eau Fraiche, that took me straight back to childhood soapy scents. I was sure my mum’s friends wore something similar. If one of these ladies has a garden, Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau – maybe she took her kids to pick blackberries for the tea, or brougt flowers for the table. April 8, 2017 at 4:50am Reply

      • Maryjane: Gorgeous scents you have identified here Katya! Elegant and lovely! April 8, 2017 at 5:40am Reply

        • Cornelia Blimber: Your description of these women gave me an irrestistible association with Estee Lauder. Alliage, Private Collection, White linen come to mind. Knowing for special occasions.
          Or Chanel:
          Some of the young ones (aged around 40) could prefer Coco Mademoiselle or Allure. April 8, 2017 at 6:18am Reply

          • Gisele: There is a certain talc in this Estee Lauder? April 8, 2017 at 7:52am Reply

            • Anne: The Estee Lauder Private Collection talc (long since discontined) was sooooo beautiful in both scent and presentation. It originally came in a square box made of thick paper, slightly padded, with an interior square puff and sifter screen. Later it was packaged in a round, dome-topped, plastic container. Either way the talc was gorgeous, with a slight golden shimmer effect perfect for the disco era. April 20, 2017 at 8:37am Reply

              • Gisele: Thank you, Anne. Hugs April 24, 2017 at 10:33pm Reply

          • Maryjane: Ah yes, Estee Lauder’s scents were my thoughts as well. Many thanks for your feedback 🙂 April 9, 2017 at 7:27am Reply

    • Michaela: Estee Lauder and Chanels are perfectly credible choices.
      Maybe Bulgari The Vert and Van Cleefs and Arpels First would also do. Effortless elegance. April 10, 2017 at 9:32am Reply

    • SophieC: If now maybe a Tom Ford such as Jasmin Rouge? Or Cristalle for a more professional memory? April 10, 2017 at 11:19am Reply

    • AnnieA: Cuir de Lancôme for the handbag smell? April 10, 2017 at 2:04pm Reply

    • spe: If they don’t have an interest in fragrance, today they’d be wearing Chloe, La Vie est Belle, and Coco Noir, maybe No. 5 L’Eau. If wearing Lauder, it would be something introduced in the last few years. April 11, 2017 at 9:47am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Hi Spe! I think they are modern quality ladies who care about quality perfumes.

        As for Coco Noir, La Vie est Belle: I have a young pupil (25) who is really interested in perfume. I let her sniff the perfumes I thought fit for her ( Pleasures; In Love Again, J’Adore )…. but no! not interested. She wears Parisienne, La Vie est Belle, Black Opium, Candy,
        Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming.
        And guess what… all of them, La Vie est Belle included, smell great on her!
        I have a bottle of Coco Noir and wear it with pleasure. April 11, 2017 at 12:01pm Reply

        • Katya: I agree, sometimes modern perfumes smell strange to some, but absolutely amazing to others, and vice versa. Whenever I ask my mum to smell No 19 or Christalle, she seems put off. She also never wears her number 5 (Eau Premiere, which I steal from her liberally) despite choosing it for herself. When I talked to her about the heritage of Number 19 (thanks to my reading on this site, full disclosure) she said it’s lovely, but she still doesn’t like it. She is now considering “Mon Guerlain”.

          So, regarding the vignette, I’m thinking these ladies would be wearing, first and foremost, something they like, not something they got as a present or bought for the status (maybe they might display them but if you’ve got money why should you wear something on your skin that you dislike?) If anything, if you have a perfume you like, and it works with your body chemistry in a way that constantly rakes in the compliments, then it makes sense to wear it more. (From my understanding, Do Son by Diptyque is not a fragrance that impresses people, yet I’ve lost count on how many people complimented me when I wear it.) April 11, 2017 at 4:35pm Reply

  • Katya: Oh, also, can you recommend something similar to Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fragile? It was my mother’s fave and she hates that they discontinued it. April 8, 2017 at 4:44am Reply

    • Gisele: Katya, I have read that the Prada La Femme Prada reminds Fragile de Jean Paul April 8, 2017 at 10:18am Reply

    • Gisele: Katia,I have read that the Prada La Femme Prada reminds April 8, 2017 at 10:21am Reply

  • Gisele: Help, I’m crazy looking for a perfume oil, I already felt, but I do not know the name. My “friend” does not say the name. She said it was perfume oil. I have already bought many and many in the search and not the encounter. It smells like: super sexy and innocent at the same time, retro and modern, very seductive, hot, the most feminine I have ever felt. To use with love of life, to seduce, charming, dreamy, sexy, bourdoir, intimate Forgive my English. April 8, 2017 at 10:31am Reply

    • Danica Radovanov: Narciso for Her Musc oil? April 9, 2017 at 2:37am Reply

      • Gisele: No, Danica!Narciso my sister uses it to work.thanks. Hugs April 10, 2017 at 7:57am Reply

    • George: Bruno Acampora musc? April 9, 2017 at 11:39am Reply

  • Jane: Bikini Questa Sera by Christian Louboutin is my new favorite perfume. It is sultry without being too sweet or overpowering and it lasts a long time on my skin. The description meant ions Jasmine and Tuberose though I don’t detect the tuberose myself. It is costs more than I would like to spend and hope someone has a recommendation. I wear Beach by Bobbi Brown in the summer for fun on weekends and my long time go to perfumes is Paloma. I also love the scent of Jasmin by Soap and Paper Factory if that helps at all. Basically a very sophisticated “beachy” scent perhaps? April 8, 2017 at 11:45am Reply

    • Lydia: I love Monyette Paris. To me it’s the ultimate beachy floral. It reminds me of a young Brigitte Bardot.

      (I don’t recommend Monyette’s coquette Tropique, though – it smelled plastic-y to me. But the original Monyette scent is lovely.) April 8, 2017 at 12:01pm Reply

      • Jane: Thank you Lydia! Even if Monterey Paris doesn’t smell similar to Bikini it seems I will really love it after further research on it! I am eager to try it out! April 8, 2017 at 12:45pm Reply

      • Gisele: Hi Lydia, thank you very much for the return !! The smell I’m looking for is clean! You believe that I bought to deliver the hotel in NY, where my sister was hosted all Fredeic Malle perfumes 10ml and carnal body butter, because here in Brazil does not sell Frederic, to check if it could be, I bought initial Shalimar, Choe , Javan Musc. It does not look like any of these. I do not like Frederic Malle, he smelled of medicine, not even the shalimar, the carnal gave me a headache. What I’m looking for reminds me a bit of teint de neige, but it’s sexier than teint, more alive. It is very seductive, but it has a certain innocence, it has something retro, but it is modern. Not for use at work. It’s for dinner, maybe late, to use in bed, for sure. Seductively charming, subtly tells what came, seems to lead to another place or time, but the scent is too seductive to go elsewhere. In the search I bought all the line of teint of neige, the body cream smells good good. But what I’m looking for is unforgettable. The woman who has this knows that it’s a letter up her sleeve. It’s that every woman needs to seduce in a lovely way. April 8, 2017 at 5:53pm Reply

      • Gisele: Ah, Lydia! It was released before 2011 because it had promised it once I felt it was in early 2011 and now again in 2017. Inesquecível April 8, 2017 at 5:59pm Reply

        • Lydia: Gisele,

          Any chance it’s Clair de Musc by Serge Lutens?

          It sounds fascinating. I hope you find it! April 8, 2017 at 6:55pm Reply

          • Gisele: This is not it, Lydia! Thank you! April 8, 2017 at 8:02pm Reply

    • Danica Radovanov: Vintage Mahora by Guerlain. Usually available on Ebay for not much. April 9, 2017 at 2:39am Reply

      • Gisele: Is not it, Danica. I’m looking for oil that is talc, but living talc, access, seductive. Thank you. Have a nice day! April 9, 2017 at 9:04am Reply

        • spe: Musc Ravageur oil by Frederick Malle? How about that Egyptian musk oil or China Rain oil? Barbara Bui Musc? April 10, 2017 at 12:37am Reply

  • Kari: So I very recently tried some Nuit de Noel parfum, and Coromandel EDP. I love both. I know the EDT is easier to find, but I tend to shy away from the brightness of EDT formulations in many fragrances (like Guerlains) that seem to lose the rich, intense warmth from the EDP or parfum formulation.
    Would anyone be able to speak to the EDT in one or both of these fragrances, and how it compares? April 8, 2017 at 1:01pm Reply

    • Mia: Hi Kari, lovely scents! About Nuit de Noel: I have both edt and parfum and have to say your fear for edt brigthness is justified. Nowadays I lean towards the parfum just because edt is kind of “too much”. Even though I think the scent is marvelous, it might offend others easily, unlike the parfum. April 14, 2017 at 10:52am Reply

  • Steve L.: Any unisex (but masculine-leaning) carnation-centric fragrances to be recommended? Love the aroma of the flowers and would like to check out something in that vein. April 8, 2017 at 1:42pm Reply

    • George: Knize ten is a leather with a lot of carnation. Also, try Vitriol d’oeillet by Serge Lutens and Derby by Guerlain (if you can get hold of it) You might like Noir Epices by Malle, which doesn’t have a named carnation note, but does have rose, geranium and spices. I think of it as a Tudor perfume, and it definitely skews masculine. Another fragrance that is not strictly carnation but which might work for you is women’s Opium by YSL. April 8, 2017 at 2:36pm Reply

      • spe: Nice suggestions, George. Is Derby currently difficult to find? April 9, 2017 at 12:14pm Reply

        • George: Not for me, but I live in London. I think it probably depends on where you are. April 9, 2017 at 5:08pm Reply

    • limegreen: Aedes de Venustas Oeillet Bengale? April 9, 2017 at 12:36am Reply

  • Graz: Hi,

    I love L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing and Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque because they have some weird turpentine smell.

    I also love Atelier Cologne Silver Iris because of it’s burnt amber/sugar smell.

    Any recommendations? April 8, 2017 at 3:30pm Reply

    • Cybele: Bulgari Black, ELO Rien, Comme des Garcons Black April 10, 2017 at 5:31pm Reply

    • limegreen: Don’t know how much you like the turpentine smell but Smell Bent’s Artist Studio is supposed to be about paint thinner/turpentine! April 11, 2017 at 3:22pm Reply

    • rosarita: Imaginary Authors A City on Fire has a burnt match note that’s very cool. April 12, 2017 at 8:22am Reply

    • AnnieA: Graz, ELO’s Vierges et Toreros smells even more machinelike than the don’t-mess-with-me Rien! April 12, 2017 at 9:53am Reply

  • Alexa: Hello, I’m looking for a new signature scent appropriate for office and daytime. I’m in my late 20s and I want something a little more warm and sophisticated than my crisp go-to scents: Nina by Nina Ricci and Miss Dior Cherie (L’eau). Strong “femme fatale” scents don’t suit my personality, I don’t like sweet perfumes that make me feel like a walking cupcake (e.g. strong vanilla or coconut) and harsh floral/rose scents make me sneeze.
    After trying a few random scents, I’m surprised that I’ve lingered on Michael Kors’ Wonderlust and Viva la Juicy – not for their more strident top notes, but that warm, milky gourmand base. What makes me want to hug my own wrist? I am starting to think it is sandalwood!
    I’ve also enjoyed wearing Gucci Bamboo EDT for long periods of time because it’s clean and feminine, but fear it’s TOO nondescript.
    Help? April 9, 2017 at 3:33pm Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe Chanel Coco Noir can make you happy! it has a nice sandalwood drydown.

      Speaking of Dior: Miss Dior Le Parfum is warmer than Chérie. (I love it).

      You could like Kelly Calèche.

      Or the new Mon Guerlain. April 9, 2017 at 4:40pm Reply

      • Hayley: I second Kelly Caleche. It is polished and the sheer but warm suede is wonderful. April 12, 2017 at 9:16am Reply

      • Alexa: Thank you, those sound promising!
        I’ve been meaning to sniff some Chanel and Hermes fragrances. I’ll probably revisit Miss Dior as well, since I can’t remember whether I thought it too strong. April 12, 2017 at 3:53pm Reply

    • Cybele: Kenzo Flower April 10, 2017 at 5:34pm Reply

      • Alexa: My mom has Kenzo Flower, and while I think it’s lovely and subtly distinctive, I don’t quite identify with it.. maybe because it makes me think my mom is wearing it and standing close to me? 🙂 April 12, 2017 at 3:55pm Reply

        • Cybele: well, it’s just a very personal thing with scent…Bottega Veneta the original and Eau Legere are warm, distinct and wear close to the body. For milky try Santal Massoia (Hermessence) April 12, 2017 at 4:39pm Reply

          • Cybele: and try also Osmanthe Yunnan in the Hermessence line, this is very tender and very hug my wrist. It is not very lasting but this never bothered me, it’s one of my favourites. April 12, 2017 at 4:58pm Reply

    • Katya: Hi, have you tried Chanel’s Number 5 in the Eau Premiere version? On me it doesn’t last very long, and the top notes may be a little sharp, but the drydown is very warm and comforting to me. There is rose, but also jasmine and vanilla as well as the aldehydes that you find in most Chanel fragrances. April 11, 2017 at 4:42pm Reply

      • Alexa: I haven’t explored Chanel enough, so I’ll definitely try it out. The notes look good, and reviews on Fragrantica say it’s not too rose-y, but fresh and clean. April 12, 2017 at 4:00pm Reply

    • AnnieA: Alexa, it’s a bit of a long shot, but how about Premier Figuier by L`Artisan Parfumeur or other figgy fragrance? For some reason fig reads as creamy to me. April 12, 2017 at 9:52am Reply

      • Alexa: I would never have thought of figs, but I do love their smell (and taste), so thanks! I’m intrigued by the almond milk and sandalwood that Premier Figuier supposed too have – do you find the coconut smell very dominant? April 12, 2017 at 4:03pm Reply

        • AnnieA: No, and in fact I didn’t know there was any coconut at all… April 12, 2017 at 7:13pm Reply

  • Addie: I am enjoying Zoologist’s Nightingale. It is such a lovely fragrance. Can anyone recommend another fragrance with plum blossom? April 9, 2017 at 7:24pm Reply

    • Jennifer: Have you tried Ineke’s Evening Edged in Gold or Keiko Mecheri’s Ume? I like plum blossom also. April 11, 2017 at 12:42am Reply

      • Addie: Thanks for these recommendations! I will certainly try both. April 11, 2017 at 1:05am Reply

    • katherine x: Not plum blossom – just plum: Parfumerie Generale’s 05 L’Eau de Circé. Gorgeous! April 12, 2017 at 9:34pm Reply

      • Addie: Adding this to my list. Thanks!! April 12, 2017 at 11:33pm Reply

  • Jennifer: Hello! I am looking for a new scent to add to my scent wardrobe. I would like something with maybe green chypre/green floral, galbanum and leather. I tend to shy away from strong white florals. I also prefer scents with good lasting power and moderate to high sillage, nothing too fleeting. Any recommendations? Thank you!!! April 10, 2017 at 5:12pm Reply

    • Lydia: Jennifer,
      I’m just trying Ineke’s Hothouse Flower this evening, and I wonder if you’d like it.
      No leather or chypre moss, but it is definitely a green floral. I smell the “green foliage and gardenia” of the official notes, and it says it has galbanum as well. (I don’t know what galbanum smells like, so I can’t confirm that.)

      All the Ineke scents I’ve tried are decidedly clean and modern, and often dry down to ozone/clean musk bases, so if that’s something you like, you might enjoy this. It has good siliage – I have no trouble smelling it on my arm, but it isn’t overpowering, either. April 11, 2017 at 7:25pm Reply

      • Jennifer: Thank you for the suggestion! I have the sample and will have to go hunt for it! April 12, 2017 at 11:33pm Reply

    • rosarita: I am a big fan of En Voyage perfumes and Zelda sounds like just the thing. It has the chypre greenness and the sillage is lovely, it’s like wearing a gauze cloud that I catch whiffs of all day. It lasts a long time, samples available. Another couple En Voyage’s you might like are Go Ask Alice & Tagetes Femme. April 12, 2017 at 8:16am Reply

      • Jennifer: Thank you – these sounds great. I’m ordering samples!!! April 12, 2017 at 11:33pm Reply

    • Hayley: I wonder if you would like Diptyque 34 Boulevard St Germain? It has lots of things going on, but there’s lots of green chypre and wood/iris notes that remind me of leather, along with other floral notes. It stays a while too. April 12, 2017 at 9:20am Reply

      • Jennifer: Sounds perfect, thank you for the suggestion, I will definitely be ordering a sample! April 12, 2017 at 11:35pm Reply

    • katherine x: Your description – absent the leather – sounds like Chanel Cristalle! April 12, 2017 at 9:38pm Reply

    • aurora: Hello Jennifer: good recommendations already but I was just wondering have you tried also Chanel No 19 in edt and edp (the former greener, the latter more rose floral) they fit your description. And maybe Jacomo Silences (so green) and Balmain Vent Vert for its overdose of galbanum.

      Good luck in your search! April 13, 2017 at 5:54am Reply

    • Nina Z: Annick Goutal L’Heure Exquise is a green floral that combines galbanum, rose, and iris. Very lovely for spring! (It’s similar to Chanel No. 19 but is warmer and a bit softer.)

      All my other ideas are vintage green chypres from the sixties and seventies because that was the fashion back then. April 13, 2017 at 8:58pm Reply

    • Ninon: No leather, but Puredistance Antonia ticks many of these boxes and is magical. April 18, 2017 at 9:10pm Reply

      • Jennifer: Thank you all for the suggestions! Excited to try some samples! April 18, 2017 at 11:26pm Reply

  • Cybele: I’m curious about your experiences with Luten’s A la Nuit? Is it pleasant to you or too linear floral? I’m tempted by a jasmin but hardly ever wear soliflores . April 10, 2017 at 5:37pm Reply

    • rosarita: I read a comment online somewhere that called A la Nuit “death by jasmine” and I could relate. I am not a fan of big white florals but I like jasmine…..still, for me this was like a big jasmine feather pillow. Gorgeous if you are a big jasmine fan, I’m sure. It stays linear. April 12, 2017 at 8:20am Reply

    • katherine x: I find it very linear – in composition and how it unfolds over time. April 12, 2017 at 9:48pm Reply

  • Tamara: Hello all! First time poster long time reader.
    I am looking for a new perfume but am a very difficult person – most perfumes with musk give me a raging headache and anything too animalic/leathery makes me dizzy… Despite reading and admiring from afar, lately have not purchased anything other than Jo Malone. Used to wear the Jasmine & Mint – now headachy, so have moved to English Pear and Freesia. I like white florals, a bit of earthiness / moss, but nothing too sweet (any rose turns to candy on me) or “direct” (like cardamom, incense, anise)
    I prefer scents with good lasting power where possible.
    Tempted by Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia but not quite ready to pay the £155 yet :S
    Any and all pointers will be taken with gratitude! 🙂 April 11, 2017 at 12:58pm Reply

    • kayliz: Yves Rocher have a lovely fresh, light jasmine in their Secrets d’Essences line: Tendre Jasmin. Or maybe something by Aerin (testable at John Lewis)? Their Iris Meadow has musk listed, but Gardenia Rattan and a few others don’t. Good luck! April 11, 2017 at 3:42pm Reply

      • Tamara: Thank you for the recommendations! I did use Yves Rocher Lilac some years ago, have not tried the Jasmin so far. Will definitely explore Aerin as well post Easter break and report back. April 12, 2017 at 10:17am Reply

    • Katya: How do you feel about Diptyque fragrances? I have Do Son (white floral, I smell tuberose the most on myself) and I’m lusting after Vetyverio and L’Ombre dans L’Eau, both very green/mossy fragrances (the latter does have rose in it but I can never smell it on me.)

      Speaking of Jo Malone, I know it’s not a white floral but how do you feel about English Bluebell? On me it lasts pretty well.

      Regarding Frederic Malle, I’m not sure if you can find a sample of that particular perfume on a place like luckyscent or scentsamples or ebay, but recently I’ve taken to checking these places out in case there is an expensive perfume there that I want to try before taking an expensive plunge. (That’s what happened with me and Coco. I got a sample, sprayed with abandon, and then I decided I would hold off on it for now. You may find this helpful.) April 11, 2017 at 4:54pm Reply

      • Tamara: Thank you, Katya, for the ideas.
        I found Wild Bluebell very feminine, gentle, and fresh but on me it is gone in no time.
        I snuck off to a nearby Diptyque today. Do Son was lovely but a bit too heady for me, I liked L’Ombre as a “story” – it felt like being in a lovely garden with some tomato vines around… but some hesitation still. I am currently enjoying the spritz of Vetyverio and it’s making me feel both calm and exhilarated at the same time – will wait to see how it dries down + peruse the sample but really love it so far! April 12, 2017 at 11:44am Reply

        • Katya: Yay! I’m so glad you like Vetyverio so far. I never would have thought to smell it before – it just never was on my radar – until a sales associate at a big department store talked to me and spritzed some on my skin. I was not sure with the opening but as the day wore on the more I enjoyed it. So I hope the drydown is good for you. Was it the EdP or the EdT that you tried? April 12, 2017 at 12:02pm Reply

          • Tamara: It was the EDT. I found it quite creamy, with some apricot, geranium and something which is like really watered down bay leaves? Slightly powdery but not enough to be unpleasant – in fact it just felt very cozy. At some point towards the end found it was similar (on me) to the Chanel No.5 L’Eau, just nicer / more interesting! April 13, 2017 at 6:49am Reply

          • Tamara: Hi Katya, wanted to say thank you again for the recommendations! In the end I somehow ended up in love with Dyptique’s Ofresia, while Vetyverio is going on the wishlist for a possible later time, but would never have even gone to their shop were it not for your note – so thank you 🙂 August 3, 2017 at 10:26am Reply

            • Katya: Oh wow, that’s fantastic! I never smelled Offresia but I am so glad you found a perfume that you loved! Diptyque is such a wonderful brand and deserves all of the kudos it gets. Enjoy! August 3, 2017 at 11:18am Reply

    • katherine x: I love Eau de Magnolia. If you can get to a Le Labo store/counter you might try Iris edp and Jasmin edp. They’re interesting and fresh – medium bodied and long-lasting. Van Cleef’s Gardenia Extraordinaire, Cartier’s Baiser Vole (lily) and Chanel exclusif’s Beige are all beautiful florals – are easy to wear, gorgeous! More descriptive information is here in the reviews and with a search you can find comments as well. Good luck! April 12, 2017 at 9:31pm Reply

      • Tamara: Thank you Katherine! Chanel exclusif Beige sounds lovely, I love freesia so will be curious to try it. I will try to track down Le Labo as well – I have searched and if not maybe for me, their Ylang 49 sounds like a potential perfect present for my mother – so thank you! April 13, 2017 at 7:39am Reply

        • katherine x: You are welcome Tamara. Ylang was my first love in the Le Labo line. Its top notes are stronger than Iris 39, which which I fell for soon after. I “fell” for Le Labo rather slowly – not overnight. And today it has most of my favorite and “go to” scents. April 13, 2017 at 12:11pm Reply

  • ana: Friends, BdJ-nites, perfume lovers, lend me your noses! And your wisdom 🙂 I’m stuck in a perfume rut and sadly can’t find my way out. For years, Light Blue has served me exceedingly well, but I would like to move on to something more sophisticated – that exudes more confidence (=iris?) – and something I would actually be able to smell … The challenge is that I get headaches from most perfumes I encounter – sadly can’t stand the smell of gourmands, or anything vaguely edible (except citrus), and have difficulty getting over the cloying sweetness of most of (the admittedly not very well selected) scents I’ve been trying. In other scented products (shampoos, etc.) I have had good experiences with green (e.g. verbena), citrusy and white musk scents. Orientals tend to be too heavy for me, and after reading BdJ voraciously, I thought I was looking for a green chypre, but honestly, I don’t know. Have been trying Chanel no. 19, unfortunately only the edt, and only the current version – must be doing something wrong, but was really disappointed each time so far, becase all I got was a slightly watered down version of No. 5 that was strangely harmless and sweet. I have read Victoria’s wonderful guides (and the discussions of the No. 19 reformulations) and will try to get my hands on an older version — but maybe I need to train my nose before I can appreciate it. I really liked L’Occitane’s Verveine on a friend, but the edt had no staying power on me and I’m afraid my budget is still very much edt oriented … Sorry for this mess of a post, but I’d be really, truly, deeply grateful for any recommendations! April 13, 2017 at 4:14pm Reply

    • katherine x: Hi Ana, Without regard to budget – perfumes that come to mind are Cartier L’Heure Promise (petitgrain/iris), Frederic Malle Iris Poudre (Iris) or Lys Mediterranee (beachy watery lily), Le Labo Jasmin (watery woody jasmin) and Neroli . Pamplelune (Guerlain’s aqua allegoria line – grapefruit plus) is well priced. Costume National “Scent” (not the flankers) is very pretty too – and low key. April 14, 2017 at 8:47pm Reply

      • ana: Hi Katherine, oh thank you, those do sound promising! Was able to give Pamplelune a sniff today, (had previsously gone for Herba Fresca, which disappeared on me) and I do like the drydown – which is usually the tricky part for me. Following your and Cornelia’s recommendations is such a treat, thank you! April 15, 2017 at 5:29pm Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: Dear Ana, don’t dispair! There is a perfume for you somewhere, for sure.
    I guess it must be not too strong, not too sweet, not too sharp, not too expensive.
    What about:
    Infusion d’Iris, Prada
    Bottega Veneta (Soft suède, violets, very sophistcated, 30 ml. ± € 60)
    Ô de lancôme (Chypre/citrus)
    Colonia Acqua di Parma has a wonderful Verveîne note, amazing staying power, but that one is rather expensive
    Silences, Jacomo (green)
    Ninfeo Mio (Goutal) (± € 100) Wonderful green fig)
    Y (YstL) dry, green chypre, very elegant
    Gin Fizz (Lubin) (± € 195)

    Happy sniffing! April 13, 2017 at 5:14pm Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Gin Fizz: ± € 95. April 13, 2017 at 5:16pm Reply

      • ana: Oh Cornelia, thank you so much, they all sound divine! This is exactly what I needed to get started – and according to the descriptions (and my impressions of Infusion d’Iris and Ô de Lancôme so far) I think you’ve recognized my tastes better than I would have even been able to! Can’t wait to get busy with this lovely ‘to sniff list’! Most gratefully, a. April 14, 2017 at 8:22pm Reply

        • George: It’s a great selection from Cornelia. I would add Eau de Hadrien by Goutal, and Eau de Guerlain, both verbenary colognes.Also, try Pour Monsieur by Chanel, which I think is one of the greatest bargains around. April 16, 2017 at 11:51am Reply

          • ana: Hi George, sorry for the late answer, but thank you so much – those three sound great! Had been wondering about Eau de Hadrien when looked at Ninfeo Mio – and Eau de Guerlain sounds enticing. I’m really excited about trying Pour Monsieur – it sounds divine (and supposedly has quite an illustrious cinematic history), so I’m doubly intrigued. Thank you! April 19, 2017 at 6:51am Reply

            • George: That’s great. And as an aside from what you have you said you like, and budgetary considerations, I think you might like Vetiver Extraordinaire- a wearable wearable wearable vetiver. If it’s hard to get hold of, maybe give Annick Goutals vetiver a go when you are at that counter, and Guerlains Vetiver when you come across that, too. April 22, 2017 at 10:06am Reply

              • ana: Oh, thank you, the vetivers sound very, very good — I’m going to have to find myself a better-paying job soon! 🙂 April 27, 2017 at 4:00pm Reply

  • Shelly: Hi all,

    I’m looking for a new scent to add to my collection. My go-to favorites include: Carven le parfum, Shiseido Zen, Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint, and Giorgio Armani Si (original).

    I like white floral and musk scents. Nothing too citrusy or green/sharp, but I’m not opposed to a tinge of sour note (such as the blackcurrant that’s in Armani’s Si)

    Thanks! April 13, 2017 at 8:11pm Reply

    • aurora: Hello Shelly: Sorry that nobody answered you sooner, perhaps Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDP (the one in the white cube bottle) might work for you, also, have you tried Chanel Chance, EDT and EDP? I don’t wear it myself but it might suit you. For the warm season have you tested Chanel No5 l’Eau? It’s a citrus/floral/musk, on me it lasts ages (I understand that it’s not the case for everyone) and is on my to buy list. I was also thinking of Guerlain Idylle EDP for you. Do you know it? Good luck! April 21, 2017 at 7:57am Reply

      • Shelly: Hi Aurora,
        Thanks so much for all the recommendations! I’ve tried the Narcisco EDP (in the white cube bottle) a long time ago but forgot how much I loved it, thanks for reminding me! And I’ll check all the other ones you’ve recommended to me! Just in time for the Sephora spring sale! 🙂 Thanks again!
        Have a nice day! April 21, 2017 at 11:03am Reply

  • Um Enis: I’m a Miami “expat” settled much further north than my hometown and find myself often homesick for the smells of home. As such, I’ve been looking for perfumes that capture that true living, “on the plant” scent of two particular flowers: gardenia and night blooming jasmine. Gardenia was one of my favorite flowers growing up, and the gardenia “bushes” in Miami really are the size of trees. I’ve read that Tim Ford’s velvet gardenia is the most similar to the flower “in the flesh”, but I’m honestly not interested in falling in love with a discontinued perfume.

    Night blooming jasmine is another scent I long for, though I have recently discovered that it is not a true jasmine after all (which probably explains why the jasmine scents I’ve tried do not hit that spot). Natural jasmine, such as the one jasmine dominant perfume I’ve tried from via di profuma, also tends to turn somewhat sour on my skin.

    For what it’s worth, my tolerance for perfumes with strong personality is rather high. I love tuberose scents and am trying to decide between Beyond Love and Profuma Tuberisa, which is the only reason I haven’t decided to sample Tuberose Gardenia. My current rotation includes Angel, Muscs Koublai Khan, Black Orchid, Montale’s white oud, Kenzo Flower, J’adore, and ex idolo’s thirty three. I’m about ready to buy a bottle of Gothic I. April 19, 2017 at 6:41pm Reply

    • Um Enis: Excuse the typing errors. Little ones bumping into my already clumsy fingers. I meant Profumum Tuberosa and Via del Profumo April 19, 2017 at 6:44pm Reply

  • Giovanna: Following a suggestion on the previous request, I tried Adolfo Dominguez’s “Agua fresca de rosas” and “Agua frescas de rosas blancas” and loved the latter very much. It is an EDT, though.
    On the quest of finding my new signature scent, am now trying to decide between “Agua fresca de rosas blancas” and Prada’s “Infusion d’iris”. Any comments, comparisons, pointers? I prefer green/white flowers to sweet/oriental, love scents that evolve unexpectedly. When I was younger my “one” was Chanel 19, which I adore, but a) never lasted on me, b) I want a new scent for a different phase of my life (btw, tried Dunes, but was unimpressed). I stopped a woman on the street to ask for her perfume, turned out to be Aromatrix which I like, but is not “the one”.
    Thank you very much in advance April 22, 2017 at 8:07am Reply

    • Giovanna: I said “Dunes” but was meaning to say “Silences”, sorry… April 26, 2017 at 1:50pm Reply

  • Dee: The wonderful folks on BdJ led me through a raft of jasmine to find one I love: Serge Lutens A La Nuit.

    Now on the verge of a major milestone birthday, I’m ready for something a little “more” in the way of sex appeal, sophistication, and mystery.

    Normally, I wear “A La Nuit,” Jo Malone “Orange Blossom” or Fragonard “Frivole.” …I love sweet jasmine and light white florals, but could stand something a shade more intriguing (and adult-rated).

    The catch is: I am not usually a fan of rose, herbaceous, leather, powder, or heavy patchouli scents…and I’m petrified of overwhelming the people on the train and the elevator with a cloying or unsubtle battering ram of scent.

    I’d love something mysterious that makes you want to lean in for a little more of that “je ne sais quoi.” …but that doesn’t give the aroma of a grande dame or an incense-burning yoga studio.

    The experts here have such a good sense for balance and nuance–hoping someone might be nodding knowingly out there with just the right suggestion for a classed-up femme fatale that doesn’t stray into the cliché or vulgar. April 30, 2017 at 10:08pm Reply

  • Ugo: Hello there. Could someone recommend me a bold statement scent? Me: male / 35 / latino. Your help would be very appreaciated. I’m still looking for a fragrance with a certain WOW effect for a special occassion like a very elegant party, an opera opening night, a ball, etc. What I’m looking for should be unique, manly, sexy, with a sort of a dramatic vibe, not “mainstream” if possible.

    Fragrances that I own until now:
    *L’eau d’Issey: my signature scent for daily use, a total compliment getter
    *L’eau d’Issey Intense: for the winter / compliment getter as well
    *Grey Vetiver Tom Ford – still not so sure about it, sometimes love it but sometimes it’s just too grey and serious…
    *APOM homme by Francis Kurkdjian – absolutely LOVE this fragrance and the way it makes me feel (super adorable haha) but again more of a daytime casual fragrance I think

    Fragrances I have tested lately on this search:
    *Black Orchid Tom Ford: find it very unique, bold and a great scent, just not so sure if it’s a bit too sweet on the drydown or too feminine for my taste
    *Leather Oud Dior: the first time I tried it found it quite disgusting but the second time I did get an odd sexy unique feeling while waering it.
    *Lumiere Noire Kurkdjian: a very interesting fragrance but not my cup of tea
    *Absolue pour le Soir Kurkdjian: again an interesting fragrance a little bit similar to Leather Oud with the “dirty” note but more feminine and intimate for my taste
    *Declaration Cartier: now this has a “dirty” (armpit fresh sweat note´, cumin?) that I really enjoy. A fragrance that I will certainly buy in the future but again more for the daytime I think.

    Many thanks in advance for your suggestions! May 4, 2017 at 9:57am Reply

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