Top 5 Favorite Fragrances : Poll


Since I posted lists of the top 20 fragrances preferred by US and French women (men’s lists will be coming soon as well) I decided to compile a list of Bois de Jasmin reader favorites. You might recall a post I ran a few weeks ago in which I asked readers for their top five favorite fragrances. While blog readers are not at all representative of the general perfume-wearing population, I thought it would be interesting to see what perfumistas prefer. Moreover, many answers were unusual, with selections that inspired me to explore new lines and new fragrances.

So if you have not had a chance to share your top 5 favorites with me either here or on Facebook, please do. I will include your answers when compiling the Bois de Jasmin list of reader favorites.

Image: Chanel Cuir de Russie, one of my top 5 favorites.



  • Uella: My (current) Top 5 fragrances:

    Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois
    Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle
    Parfum de Nicolai Le Temps d’une Fete
    Guerlain Le Muguet 2011
    Guerlain Apres l’Ondee

    discontinued/vintage top 5:

    Shiseido Feminite du Bois
    Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger (1995-2005)
    Guerlain Apres l’Ondee parfum
    Gobin Daude Seve Exquise
    Gobin Daude Nuit au Desert April 22, 2011 at 4:56am Reply

  • Samarkand: I list mine again…

    Current Top 5 (not in order)

    Le parfum de Thérèse
    Cuir de Russie
    Féminité du Bois (Shiseido & Lutens)
    La Promise (Cartier)
    Gold (Amouage)

    Vintage and dicontinued :

    Mitsouko (edt & extrait)
    Vacances (Patou)
    Jolie Madame (Balmain)
    No 19 (extrait)
    La Nuit (Paco Rabanne)

    Curious too… April 22, 2011 at 6:09am Reply

  • Zazie: As Ines said above, I am so curious to see the results! I’ve played in your previous post already, and of course, as today I must be in a different mood, I am complaining with myself about my previous choices… I would tweak my list here and there, but, for the sake of simplicity, I’ll stick to my desert island selection ;)…
    The truth is that my top two (Shalimar and vintage Mitsouko, in no particular order) are the only fragrances that suit me whatever the mood, weather, or occasion!
    The rest is highly desirable and much appreciated, but somehow replacable… I am wondering why I’ve put chanel n. 5 in my top 5, or how come that love and tears made it to my shortlist… My excuse is that I was having a jasmine craving at the time, while these last couple of weeks I was all about the sinful, joyful comforts of Montale Intense Tiaré and the cushiony oriental fantasy of l’air du desert… Come winter, I’m sure Attrape coeur and some rich sandalwood fragrance would have tossed some of the florals down the pedestal! April 22, 2011 at 6:09am Reply

  • ines: I’m very interested to see the results. 🙂
    I already listed my top 5 so I won’t list them here again. April 22, 2011 at 4:45am Reply

  • Pklagrange: My top 5:
    Serge Lutens Bas de Soie
    L’Artisan D’Zing
    Amouage Epic
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Guerlain Chamade April 22, 2011 at 8:45am Reply

  • Alexandra: -L’Ombre Dans L’Eau Diptyque

    -Heure Exquise Annick Goutal

    -Apres l’Ondee Guerlain

    -Bois Farine L Artisan Parfumeur

    -Eau De Charlotte Annick Goutal

    and Petite Cherie (cheeky 😉 April 22, 2011 at 8:58am Reply

  • Dani: Fun task, and almost impossible. I’m afraid mine are far less niche and a lot more mainstream. Here’s the list, not in order:

    Beyond Paradise
    Ophelia (Heeley) (recent fav)
    Fancy Nights (even a celebrity fragrance! another new fav)

    I’m trying to shoe-horn Parisienne and Paris too in there too, but just ran out of room… April 22, 2011 at 9:12am Reply

  • Suzanna: Of my favorites, these are the ones I wear most.

    Tubereuse Criminelle
    No. 5
    Cuir de Russie
    Bois des Iles
    Gardenia Passion April 22, 2011 at 9:52am Reply

  • top5: Serge Lutens Chêne
    Il Profumo Vanille Bourbon
    Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque
    Monyette Paris
    Serge Lutens: Sarrasins April 22, 2011 at 10:25am Reply

  • Elaine: Serge Lutens Sarrasins
    Guerlain L’Heure Bleue
    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    L’Artisan Dzing!
    Miller Harris L’Air de Rein April 22, 2011 at 10:40am Reply

  • Hilary: I can’t remember what I put last time. Here’s what I think today:

    Bois des Iles
    Cuir de Russie
    OJ Frangipani

    Surprisingly, the list doesn’t even feel that painful. These five are so great! Four classics, and a kick-ass joyous white floral. April 22, 2011 at 10:52am Reply

  • Parfumista: Just FIVE, almost impossible to pick them out but I try. Here they are:

    Fracas (Piguet) (will always be in top 5!)
    Cuir d’Iris (PG)
    Epic Woman (Amouage)
    Portrait of A Lady (F.Malle)
    Rose Oud (By Kilian) April 22, 2011 at 7:09am Reply

  • scentsignals: wow, just five? as of today, this morning, this moment…

    cartier l’heure promise (hour one)
    hermes 24 faubourg
    frederic malle une fleur de cassie
    chanel bois des iles
    femme de rochas

    i think you’re right… looking at our lists, we are NOT the typical consumers! will be fun to see how this turns out… it promises to be eclectic from what i’m seeing so far!

    minette April 22, 2011 at 11:36am Reply

  • scentsignals/minette: it’s funny, but i’m loving pretty much everything on everyone’s list! your readership has excellent taste in fragrance!

    minette April 22, 2011 at 11:37am Reply

  • Justine Jones: FM Une Rose
    OJ Frangipani
    Hermes Osmanthus Yunnan
    Joy April 22, 2011 at 11:43am Reply

  • Allison: Hi, my top five are…
    Apres l’Ondee
    L’eau d’hiver
    Vicolo Fiori
    Or et Noir
    Nuit de Noel April 22, 2011 at 12:23pm Reply

  • Brooke: Andy Tauer L’air du Desert Marocain
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    Donna Karan Chaos
    Chanel Coromandel
    Hermes Bel Ami April 22, 2011 at 12:41pm Reply

  • CindyN: Ormonde Woman
    Songes EDP
    10 Corso Como
    Sacrebleu or No. 1 (PdN) can’t choose
    Traversee du Bosphore April 22, 2011 at 12:43pm Reply

  • key change: I’m so glad dani posted a mainstream-esque list before me! 🙂
    1. The original coach perfume
    2. Moonlight path by B and BW (don’t laugh!)
    3. Chanel Chance au tender
    4. NR Essence
    5. Serge Lutins Fleurs de Citronnier.
    Ok, bowing out! April 22, 2011 at 12:55pm Reply

  • Delfina: My top 5 of all times…well, at least of today, is:

    Frédéric Malle Le parfum de Thérèse
    Chanel Coromandel
    Guerlain Attrape-coeur
    Frédéric Malle Musc ravageur
    Vero Profumo Kiki April 22, 2011 at 2:04pm Reply

  • MK: I’m really looking forward to the men’s lists! Here are my top 5, keeping in mind that I have so much more to smell.

    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    By Kilian Straight to Heaven
    Hermès Terre d’Hermès
    Chanel Sycomore April 22, 2011 at 2:05pm Reply

  • Victoria: The results are so interesting! I will post them next week. April 22, 2011 at 10:10am Reply

  • Victoria: Felt like wearing Tubereuse Criminelle today, but was running late and could not find my bottle. I really had a craving for it. April 22, 2011 at 10:12am Reply

  • Victoria: I love these choices, V! I need to revisit Gold. A grand parfum with few rivals. April 22, 2011 at 10:13am Reply

  • Victoria: I smell No 5 on a friend recently, and it was so perfect, so elegant on her. Some fragrances are like that. For me though, Guerlain feel most like me. Apres L'Ondee, Shalimar, L'Heure Bleue, Samsara, Chamade… April 22, 2011 at 10:16am Reply

  • Victoria: Five are tough to pick. Now, looking back at my own, I wish I could have added more! 🙂 April 22, 2011 at 10:17am Reply

  • Victoria: Another vote for Epic! I definitely need to revisit it. April 22, 2011 at 10:17am Reply

  • spooneb: Kouros
    Eau d’Hermes
    Vintage Bandit EDT
    Oud 27
    Bergamotto Marino April 22, 2011 at 10:24am Reply

  • Tara: Great idea, very interesting and fun too! As others have said these are my top 5 as of right now –

    Serge Lutens Sarrasins (nice to see it getting some love here)
    Chanel Bois des Iles
    Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
    Guerlain Shalimar
    Comme des Garcons Kyoto April 22, 2011 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Elise: Bois de Iles
    Muscs Khublai Khan
    Ormonde Jayne Woman
    Amaranthine… April 22, 2011 at 2:57pm Reply

  • Tamara*J: Une Rose Chypree
    OJ Woman
    Montale White Aoud
    vtg. Miss Dior parfum
    Tom Ford Noir de Noir

    Oh my Gaawd that was so hard, bout’ had a conniption fit.
    That was mean. 😉
    I feel drained just picking 5!!!! LOL April 22, 2011 at 3:11pm Reply

  • bloody frida: MH L’air de Rien
    Diptyque L’ombre dans l’eau
    Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie April 22, 2011 at 11:17am Reply

  • dee: Fun!I look forward to seeing the results! 🙂 April 22, 2011 at 11:25am Reply

  • Geordan: 1. Xerjoff Richwood: I would become a fragrance monogomist for this (if forced)
    2. Malle Carnal Flower: Pure, glorious, makes me want to dance on an island somewhere
    3. Spiriteuse Double Vanille: Sexy, boozy, yum
    4. Malle Musc Ravageur: First fragrance that I bought before I got through a sample (not a decant, a sample). Sex-kitten sexy
    5. MKK – “wanna get naughty, baby”?

    Geordan April 22, 2011 at 3:30pm Reply

  • Melina: 5! How very difficult!
    Right now, those 5 would be:

    – Balenciaga Paris
    – Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT
    – SJP Covet
    – Gucci II (and I, if my may)
    – Kenzo Amour Indian Holi

    I feel these may sound very commercial, but I adore them. I’m dying to try so many niche perfumes I can’t get in Argentina: Serge, Tom Ford, Etat Libre D’Orange, Comme Des Garcons, Ormond Jayne, Frederic Malle, les Exclusifs de Chanel, etc! Oh well…hopefully “if the mountain won’t come to Muhammad”… 🙂
    P.S. love your blog and your Orange Blossom article, which I just read! April 22, 2011 at 3:40pm Reply

  • axum: Not sure I am a perfumista, but here goes:

    1. Chanel No 19
    2. EL Private Collection
    3. l’Artisan Tea for Two
    4. YSL Cinema
    5. >Tie<: Bvlgari Rose Essentielle (guilty secret love) + Caron Yatagan (latest weird love) April 22, 2011 at 11:41am Reply

  • axum: …typepad cut off my no. 5 picks – a tie between Bvlgari Rose essentielle (guilty secret love) + Caron Yatagan (latest weird love). April 22, 2011 at 11:43am Reply

  • LadyShine: It is so hard to pinpoint 5 top favourites, but these are the scents I currently grab most often (not in any particular order):

    Jean Patou Sira Des Indes (daytime, Joy at night… sorry for 2)
    Christian Dior Diorissimo
    Tova Signature (original, not the new reformulated scent)
    Jessica McClintock
    Burberry Brit April 22, 2011 at 4:49pm Reply

  • Moochebo: Hard…
    Bois des iles
    L’air du desert moroccan
    L’air de rien
    Heely Cardinal
    SL Bais du Soie
    Mainly because I have been wearing those a lot lately. April 22, 2011 at 5:08pm Reply

  • Anne: Oh nice to see Heure Exquise get a mention. Wish I’d put it on my list now. (Bit what would I remove?) April 22, 2011 at 5:42pm Reply

  • Kit: Current top 5 loves:

    L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer
    Francis Kurkdjian Lumiere Noire
    Serge Lutens Douce Amere
    Tauer Eau d’Epices
    MDCI La Belle Helene April 22, 2011 at 6:13pm Reply

  • Kate: I love these polls! My current favourites are:
    1. L’air du desert marocain (definitely #1)
    2. Dzongkha
    3. L’heure bleue
    4. Apres l’ondee
    5. FM Bois d’orage (like French lover name much better…) April 22, 2011 at 6:17pm Reply

  • Marion: I tried for the last post…but todays made me remember that my perfume loves are arranged in a sort of pyramid…with Mits at the top, and L H Bl and Criminelle on the next tier…after that there would be a couple of dozen or *more* that are sort of ‘equal’ in their indispensability…

    Its torture now to think I might have to choose five! And yet until a few years ago I only had Mits and L H Bl and a few others that I had picked up for whatever reason. April 22, 2011 at 6:23pm Reply

  • Carter: This is just cruel. And I’m basically lying because I could have easily picked a completely different line-up, but here goes:

    IUNX L’Ether
    Carnal Flower
    Iris Silver Mist
    Bois de Violette

    Apres l’Ondee (extrait)
    Bandit (extrait)
    Vent Vert
    ADP Profumo April 22, 2011 at 6:26pm Reply

  • Musette: Griefus! Five, huh? Well, I’ll do like others and list contemp and then vintage, ok? Otherwise it’s a skewed list.

    Current (contemp) top 5 (not in order)

    Cartier Fouguese
    Amouage Jube 25
    Malle Carnal Flower
    Liz Zorn Love Speaks Primeval
    LeLabo Iris 39
    (mind you – this is the list TODAY, based on what I’ve been wearing/loving on a regular basis for the past year)


    great gravy! ONLY FIVE?

    Mitsouko, of course. My favorite edp and a wonderful edt and a parfum (that’s ONE! LOL!)
    Coty Chypre
    Roja Dove Diaghilev (not actually vintage but not available anymore)
    Rochas Femme
    Guerlain Parure

    I can’t wait to read the final list!

    xo April 22, 2011 at 2:27pm Reply

  • Nina Z: It is ridiculously painful to pick, but I feel compelled to contribute since I enjoy reading others’ picks so much.


    OJ Woman
    OJ Tolu
    Chanel Coromandel
    Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum
    Parfum Sacre

    (really, I wanted to add OJ Champaca and put Parfum Sacre under vintage–that’s what I actually have–but three from OJ seems over the top)


    Bellodgia (extrait)
    L’Heure Bleue April 22, 2011 at 6:48pm Reply

  • caro78: Where did my previous post go?

    Anyway, my top 5 already changed since last time I posted

    Carnal Flower
    Saks for Her
    Havana Vanille
    La chasse aux papillons

    Narciso Rodriguez EDT
    J´adore pre- reformulation
    Rochas Poupee
    Light Blue
    O de Lancome April 22, 2011 at 7:07pm Reply

  • caro78: ok, I trade La chasse for Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia 🙂
    I will. stop. now. April 22, 2011 at 7:17pm Reply

  • Lavanya: My favorites:

    SL Tubereuse Criminelle
    Caron Poivre (might be the older version)
    Amouage Epic though I loved Jub XXV too (which has a saltiness that reminds me of Bond no. 9 silver factory which I also love..arghhh- this is too hard)

    FM Iris Poudre/SL Un Lys (my ‘pretty’ perfume choices)
    Montale Black Oud/ White Oud/Oud Rose petals (They all serve the same ‘olfactory function’ for me- so can’t choose one)
    I am tempted to include the JARS even though I’ll probably never buy them- they are soo lovely!! April 22, 2011 at 3:34pm Reply

  • Aimiliona: At the moment, the list is:

    Après l’Ondée
    Lolita Lempicka (might as well have one you can get at Marshall’s) April 22, 2011 at 7:41pm Reply

  • Victoria: I love all of your choices, mainstream, niche–none of it matters, only what makes us feel great is of any value! Amour Indian Holi is my own recent discovery, very beautiful sparkling rose on an oriental base. April 22, 2011 at 3:50pm Reply

  • Anita: Puredistance 1; Sarrasins; Joy; l’Heure Bleue; Jicky; April 22, 2011 at 10:12pm Reply

  • Victoria: Dani, non-niche choices are great too! A perfume lover cannot live by niche alone. Plus, I do not know what I would do without Hermes 24, Faubourg, No 5, Prada Infusion d’Iris, Dior J’Adore and Kenzo Flower–all of which can be easily found at Sephora. And they are fantastic! April 22, 2011 at 6:29pm Reply

  • Lavanya: ooh- sparkling rose on oriental base!- I need to try!! April 22, 2011 at 6:32pm Reply

  • Victoria: While the original Amour is more unique, Indian Holi is simply lovely. If you like the combination of rose and rhubarb (Rose Ikebana, YSL In Love Again, etc.,) you will enjoy it. April 22, 2011 at 6:38pm Reply

  • EponyMowse: Etienne Aigner – Black for Women
    Tokyo Milk – Let Them Eat Cake
    Thierry Mugler – Angel

    and that’s it … no fourth or fifth. April 22, 2011 at 7:12pm Reply

  • Janice: Le Labo Vanille 44
    Amouage Lyric Woman
    Miller Harris L’Air de Rien
    Guerlain Bois d’Armenie
    Chanel Bois des Iles April 23, 2011 at 1:06am Reply

  • k-amber: My favorites (seasonal):

    L’Artisan Traversee du Besphore
    By Kilian A Taste of Heaven (green!)
    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale (a bit sweet for my taste..)
    Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
    CD Mitzah
    I guess I need something greener for this season…

    Kaori April 22, 2011 at 9:10pm Reply

  • Juno: Fracas
    l’air du desert marocain
    black cashmere
    sel de vetiver
    lyric woman

    Diorella, black tourmaline, Fendi, Nu all make the Top 5 too. It’s an EXPANSIVE five. April 22, 2011 at 9:48pm Reply

  • Madelyn E: Hi Victoria, What a difficult task ….

    Here Goes ~
    Vintage :Farouche – Nina Ricci Now: Eau De Circe – Parf. Generale
    Miss Dior Chanel No. 22 extrait
    Diorissimo Bois Des Iles
    Calandre Opium
    Norell FM – Musc Ravageur

    So hard to choose. Also doesn’t it make you realize how mant of our precious fragrances are no longer ? April 23, 2011 at 1:55am Reply

  • Natalia: thinking too hard wont help this,
    so off the top of my head 5 i cant live without

    – AP Passage d’Enfer
    – FM Carnal Flower
    – Puredictance Antonia
    – Frapin l’Humaniste
    – Gucci Envy April 23, 2011 at 2:48am Reply

  • steff: Eau d’Italie – Paestum Rose
    Creed – Bois du Portugal
    Arabian Oud – Mokhalat Ghoroob
    Acqua di Genova – Colonia
    Diptyque – Philosykos April 23, 2011 at 3:00am Reply

  • DianaWR: Top 5, wow:

    Guerlain Shamilar
    Robert Piguet Fracas
    Chanel No. 5 EDT
    Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    Annick Goutal Songes

    THIS WAS SO HARD! And it could be an entirely different list tomorrow. April 23, 2011 at 2:18am Reply

  • Sherri: Lady Primrose Tryst
    Lady Primrose Royal Extract
    Guerlain Iris Ganache
    Guerlain Cuir Beluga
    Jubilation 25


    Balmain Jolie Madame
    Balmain Vent Vert
    Miss Balmain
    Vol de Nuit April 23, 2011 at 7:17am Reply

  • hongkongmom: i am going to try to do this!
    Vintage Bellodgia extrait
    Vintage Shalimar extrait and edt
    Vintage L’heure bleue extrait and edp
    Vintage no 5
    vintage chamade

    Champagne de bois
    attrape coer
    fumerie turque(and all serges fro artistic neccesity)
    jubilation 25…oh no what about bois de isle, and all my other chanels and guerlains and hermes and… April 23, 2011 at 8:40am Reply

  • Christine Lee: FM Une Rose
    Stella McCartney Stella
    Tocca Stella
    Feu d’Issy light
    Hermes Eau d’mervilles April 23, 2011 at 9:22am Reply

  • Bora: These type of lists always seem to be agony at first, to limit a choice from hundreds (actually thousands!) into only five. However I rise to the challence and say…
    -Fracas (Robert Piguet)
    -Iris Silver Mist (Serge Lutens)
    -Aromatics Elixir (Clinique)
    -Musc Ravageur (Frederic Malles)
    -Songes (Annick Goutal) April 23, 2011 at 5:28am Reply

  • Adrienne Wilson: Perfume to me is one of the garments I put on every day, as I have for the last 42 years!! An oldie but a goodie.! A mainstream list, partly due to geography.
    Caron ‘Bellodgia’ bury me in carnations and send me to heaven
    Rochas ‘Femme’ like a midnight dance in a Persian market
    Dior ‘Diorissimo’ Spring all year round
    Thierry Mugler ‘A Men’ a step away from my usual
    Lagerfeld ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ light, but like a Spring morning April 23, 2011 at 9:31am Reply

  • Nicolibba: Attrape coeur
    Parfum de Therese
    Bois de paradis
    En passant
    Alahine April 23, 2011 at 10:38am Reply

  • Alice C: My list is forever changing, but if I’m pinned down right now…here it is:
    Ambre Sultan
    24 Faubourg
    Lonestar Memories
    Alahine (Teo Cabanel)
    Chergui April 23, 2011 at 10:41am Reply

  • london: I can’t remember if I posted my choices before but if not they are:

    1. Vol de Nuit
    2. Iris Nobile
    3. Baghari
    4. 31, Rue Cambon
    5. Promesse de l’Aube

    I had expected some of these, particularly Cambon, to be much more popular. April 23, 2011 at 10:42am Reply

  • Furriner: Not in any order…..

    Zino Davidoff — Davidoff
    Eau d’Hermes — Hermes
    Muscs Koublai Khan — Serge Lutens
    Dzongkha — L’Artisan Parfumeur
    Idole — Lubin April 23, 2011 at 7:38am Reply

  • Mila K: My current top5s are:
    Hermes – Un Jardin Sur Le Nil
    Shiseido- Feminite du Bois
    TDC – Bois d’Iris
    Penhaligon’s – Amaranthine
    L’Artisan – Traversee du Bosphore April 23, 2011 at 1:06pm Reply

  • Skilletlicker: Frederic Malle – Lys Mediterranee
    L’Artisan – Dzongkha
    Bond #9 – Chinatown
    Issey Miyake – L’eau D’Issey
    L’Artisan – Timbuktu April 23, 2011 at 1:41pm Reply

  • mary ter heege: bois blond – Parfumerie Generale
    extreme figuier – l’artisan Parfumeur
    chembur – Byredo
    Musc – Mona di orio
    hesperia – Sigilli April 23, 2011 at 3:40pm Reply

  • Ann C: La Belle Helene is one of my new loves. I think DH needs to give this to me for our next anniversary. It’s extravagant, but after all, it’s a 30th anniversary. Of course, to keep him from complete sticker shock, I might have to buy it myself. 🙂 April 23, 2011 at 3:49pm Reply

  • Vinery: Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu
    Caron Infini
    Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque
    Divine L’ eternel feminin
    POTL Luctor et Emergo

    For discontinued scents Balenciaga Le Dix April 23, 2011 at 6:54pm Reply

  • Kit: I know! I once told myself with great superiority that I would never spend that much on a perfume. I am now sorely tempted . . . April 23, 2011 at 7:25pm Reply

  • Megan: Diorissimo
    L’Heure Bleue
    Prada- L’infusion d’iris
    Shalimar April 23, 2011 at 10:46pm Reply

  • Thierry: I’m a little bit late… but here’s mine :

    Vétiver Extraordinaire (Frédéric Malle)
    L’Heure Fougueuse (Cartier) : a “new classic” for me
    JIcky (Guerlain)
    Mitsouko (Guerlain) of course, I prefer the “vintage” formula
    Habit rouge (Guerlain) April 24, 2011 at 3:36am Reply

  • Arianna: 31,Rue Cambon
    Carnal Flower
    Roja Dove Diaghilev
    Shalimar April 24, 2011 at 4:54am Reply

  • Bulldoggirl: Only five is tough, but here goes:

    Balenciaga Michelle
    Chanel No. 19
    Aqua di Parma Iris Nobile
    Parfums de Nicholai No. One
    Caron Tabac Blond April 24, 2011 at 10:03am Reply

  • Anita: Guerlain Shalimar
    Chanel Bois des isle
    Amouage Lyric
    L’artisan Parfumer Traversee du bosphore
    Penhaligans Amaranthine April 24, 2011 at 10:25am Reply

  • Parfymerad: I’m sure I posted on the top-5 list the other week, but can’t find it now – in no particular order

    AG Songes
    Chanel Coromandel
    Chanel Sycomore
    Diptyque Philosykos
    Cuir de Lancome April 24, 2011 at 10:32am Reply

  • LS: That’s mine for now …
    Guerlain Cruel Gardenia
    Montale Full Jasmine
    SL Tubereuse Criminelle
    Rochas Mystery (old version in parfum)
    A.Goutal Songes April 24, 2011 at 6:45pm Reply

  • Dain: If I’m not too late to play:
    1. Mitsouko
    2. any great tuberose, as I love its fragrance, and cannot contemplate it intellectually as I might other soliflores: I’m hoarding some Tubereuse Criminelle
    3. the original Private Collection, still pristine, still mean green, aggressive aldehydes, and snowy flowers
    4. Apres L’Ondee
    5. Whatever bottle obsesses me at the moment: it’s so easy to confuse something I love with something I’ll love forever. At the moment, it’s Dior Eau de Cologne Fraiche, the one that’s mandarins on a chypre base, in that beautiful picnic-basket bottle. April 24, 2011 at 10:16pm Reply

  • Mapelina: This is so difficult, Victoria–what a cruel choice we have to make! Interesting priorities you set–scents that would hold your interest, as well as make you feel wonderful; I think I rather than remain interesting, I would say that they never annoy me or seem wrong. I have many perfumes that hit the spot every now and then and are exactly what I want, but seem wrong the rest of the time. And others that are the reverse, perhaps like one’s best friends–sometimes, you just need a change, something totally different and perhaps not really “you” to experience, like an outfit/look that works every few months, but is dynamite when it does. I don’t have the answer, but it’s a great challenge! (And I loved the Orange Blossom article–have to try the Hermes again.)

    Dyptique Olene
    A la Nuit
    Tubereuse Criminelle/PG Tubereuse Couture (#17)/Fracas/Beyond Love (I’m cheating a bit here, but I love my tuberose)
    FM Musc Ravageur
    Bond No. 9, Nuits de Noho (Chergui? Back to Black?)

    And fighting to get on are the happy scents: La Chasse aux Papillons; Trish McEvoy #4 Gardenia Sexy; Lipstick Rose, Love (By Killian); Hermes Eau d’Orange Verte.

    And now there are so many more on my to-try list, from all the great lists above! April 25, 2011 at 2:53am Reply

  • Mapelina: This comment got a bit mangled, as I am an electronic moron, but the idea was that sometimes I need to smell scents that are not really me, but that are so compelling, which I prefer to wear at home (or out walking my dog, so I smell them in fresh air), but they do not represent me as the list above does. The top five-ish just sort of mix with my skin and feel wonderful and natural, albeit in different ways.

    This was a great idea–makes one think, and as you say, one could easily swap lists or make up new ones right away–just what the college admissions people say they could do with all the fabulous applicants! April 25, 2011 at 3:09am Reply

  • sara: I will be very curious to see the poll’s results! Here are my top 5 (for today anyway)

    Chergui, Mitsouko, L’Heure Bleue, Cuir de Russie, Shalimar April 25, 2011 at 7:32am Reply

  • Isa: This is really difficult!
    My current favorites without special order are:

    – Lancôme Miracle (I own several bottles of it)
    – Diptyque Tam Dao (I own full bottle of it)
    – Lorenzo Villoresi Teint de Neige (I don’t own it, but I wear its twin brother L’Erbolario Iris)
    – By Kilian Back to Black (It’s on my “to buy list”. I only have a vial).
    – État libre d’Orange Nombril Immense (I own a full bottle).

    I’m looking forward to knowing the results of the poll 🙂 April 25, 2011 at 8:08am Reply

  • Denise: I have trouble picking a Top Ten, so a Top Five was even harder. Here goes (though this is the list today; it could easily change by tomorrow!):

    Chanel Coromandel
    Tauer L’air du Desert Marocain
    PdE Ambre Russe
    Rochas Femme
    PdN Le Temps d’une Fete April 25, 2011 at 11:59am Reply

  • Fernando: Hmmm. Really, only five?

    Ambre Sultan
    L’Air du Desert Marrocain
    Black Aoud

    Not that any of them has much chance of competing against all the women’s perfumes… April 25, 2011 at 11:59am Reply

  • Carla: Right now, I would say my top five are: Sarrasins, Knize Ten, Jubilation 25, Bois de Violette and, for a fun cheap one that I’ve always loved, Loulou. Or maybe I should be serious and say Mitsouko instead of Loulou. April 25, 2011 at 1:06pm Reply

  • karin: My current top 5:

    Attrape Coeur
    Eau de Sisley 3
    Love and Tears April 25, 2011 at 4:47pm Reply

  • jirish: My top five (at the moment) include:

    Lutens’ Chergui, Tauer’s Incense Rose, Miller & Bertaux’ Green, green, green & green, Sonoma Scent Studio’s Fireside Intense, and Parfum d’Empire’s Cuir Ottoman. April 25, 2011 at 4:56pm Reply

  • CC: Thank you for conducting this poll – I’m really looking forward to the results! Is a consensus possible among the online crowd?

    My top 5:
    Chanel Sycomore
    L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two
    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
    Diptyque Tam Dao
    Guerlain Mitsouko April 25, 2011 at 7:13pm Reply

  • Lynn Morgan: Only Five! LOL! I am endlessly fascinated to read what hardcore perfume connoisseurs love, as opposed to the mass market; we really are a breed apart.

    My fave five (at the moment) and not in any particular order:

    Serge Lutens’ A la Nuit
    Frederic Malle’s Musc Ravageur and Carnal Flower
    Jean-Carles Brousseau’s Ombre Rose (which may be my all-time favorite perfume, and it is terribly hard to find)
    Annick Goutal’s Heure Exquise

    Honorable mentions to Oscar de la Renta (always and forever the scent of young love to me, for better or for worse… mostly worse), Kate Spade (can’t get enough white floral bouquets),Sage’s Moonstone (for my boho moments), Hermes’ 24 Faubourg and Kelly Caleche,the soft nostaligia of L’heure Bleu, the grown-up sexiness of Grand Amour,the dark glamour of Loree Rodkin’s Gothic II, Tom Ford in all his nasty Black orchid glory and Le Labo’s Musc 25, which contains something so naughty I shouldn’t even cop to wearing it. And a special tip of my hat to the original Marcj Jacobs… all those lovely, watery gardenias make me feel like Gigi, and that is a very good thing.

    Do you think I might be a little obsessed? Cheers! April 25, 2011 at 7:17pm Reply

  • Lynn Morgan: Now I am feeling guilty that I left off Tom Ford’s Velvet Gardenia- I want to start a movement to revive it! And show some love to all iris scents like Prada’s Infusion d’Iris and Iris Nobile, and its twin Magnolia Nobile, and has anybody else ever heard of Gem by Van Cleef and Arpels? Hard to find in the US. And I am still searching for a (reasonably priced) bottle of Kif by Lamborghini (vroom, vromm! I wore my very last drops to my ill-fated book launching party and I’d love to get some more!) April 25, 2011 at 7:26pm Reply

  • Mapelina: Lynn, I feel the same way about Velvet Gardenia–I was so sad when I went to buy a second FB and found it had been discontinued. (Coincidentally, I’m wearing it right now!) The ladies at Bergdorfs generously gave me a mini-bottle from their sample, but I am hoping it will come back! Two of my top fives are also in yours, and I also miss the original MJ–and adored Ombre Rose, but unless you have a different formulation in mind, I think it is easy to find on line. I looked recently, and there were several discounters selling different size bottles at really good prices. Your wonderful description has made me want to try the Labo Musc 25 right away! April 25, 2011 at 10:33pm Reply

  • novicesniffer: Just wonderful to read everyone’s choices. I’m not well versed in many niche, and definitely (sadly) not vintage. If I had to pick my most beloved from what I know well – and know that I can wear well – I think these might be the top for me:

    Jean Patou Joy; La Rose de Rosine; Profumi di Pantelleria Dammuso; Chanel Sycomore; L’Artisan Tea for Two.

    Oh, now I want to add VC&A Bois d’Iris, too – the only iris so far that loves me back, and how beautiful it is! April 26, 2011 at 12:27am Reply

  • bee: whew, this is tough, so here it goes
    31, r. Cambon
    Bulgari Black
    a lily, probably Lys med
    a tuberose, maybe beyond love
    ormonde jayne woman April 26, 2011 at 7:56am Reply

  • Adrienne Wilson: My brain hasn’t stopped trying to sort our my faves. Today they are: Jacomo — ‘Silences’
    Kenzo — ‘Jungle le Tigre’
    Kenzo — Parfumd^ete
    Chanel — ‘No5’
    Chanel — ‘Coco’ April 26, 2011 at 10:12am Reply

  • sisty: Chanel No. 19
    Chanel No. 22
    Lutens Miel de Bois
    Dior Diorella
    YSL Opium April 26, 2011 at 1:53pm Reply

  • Erin T: And you picked six! Imagine how draining 5 would be – LOL 😉 April 27, 2011 at 10:49am Reply

  • Erin T: Blurg! This is tough – but thanks, and hope it won’t be too much trouble for you to tabulate. (Ask Patty and the ones who handled it at MUA – not easy, I think.) It’ll be interesting, anyway. I’m going to cut out all the vintages – Bye, Femme Rochas and Patou Moment Supreme! You are already missed – and do the list quickly, like a bandaid, so it doesn’t hurt too much.

    1. Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
    2. Guerlain Apres L’Ondee (wish there was still parfum – so almost put on either Jicky or l’Heure Bleue instead)
    3. Parfums de Nicolai Odalisque (or PdN Pour Homme? Help!)
    4. Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan
    5. Caron Pour Un Homme (need a lavender on there – tempted by Eau Noire, but must go classic)

    No Ubar? No OJs? Bois des Iles? Christophe Laudamiel creations? I hate desert islands. I wasn’t meant to be a castaway, I guess. 😉 April 27, 2011 at 12:04pm Reply

  • Flora: Impossible but I will try!


    Serge Lutens Un Lys
    Tauer Perfumes L’Air du Desert Marocain
    Balmain Jolie Madame, current & vintage versions – ALL versions!
    Lelong pour Femme
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower


    Jean Patou Vacances
    Jean Patou Colony
    Caron Parfum Sacre original formula
    Amouage Ubar original formula
    Jean-Louis Scherrer original formula April 27, 2011 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Henriette Murray: Dominated by the thought of summer, favorites are:

    Hermes Vanille Galante (this one is an addiction)
    Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan
    L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer
    Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle
    Invasion Barbare by Parfums MDCI (steal it from my boyfriend) April 28, 2011 at 7:47am Reply

  • [email protected]: Top 5? Can’t do it. So the 5 below are in my Top 20 but either I would like to endorse what others have chosen or mention a couple of omissions
    Kiki (extrait only)
    Bulgari Black
    L’Air de Rien/Un Petit Rien (what? Oh come on! the Petit is the same only summer/office friendly)
    Carnal Flower

    And I can’t believe I left out Bois des Iles and Jubiliation 25.
    Nicola April 28, 2011 at 9:24am Reply

  • simon: right now:

    L´Heure Fougueuse
    Puredistance M
    Geranium pour Monsieur
    … and Mitsouko! April 28, 2011 at 11:28am Reply

  • Myra: I know its a little late but I had to share anyway. Picking is hard but here goes:
    In no particular order (they are all favorites :))
    Frapin 1697
    Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
    Guerlain SDV
    bK Incense Oud
    Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage

    Can’t wait to see the results V! April 30, 2011 at 9:47pm Reply

  • LuxuryObsessed: Carnal Flower
    Eau Sauvage
    Cuir de Russie
    Sycomore May 2, 2011 at 10:37pm Reply

  • Gala: Some great choices here!
    Loved reading them, mine:
    Ortigia Fico D’India
    Creed Love in White
    Pecksniffs Teal
    Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel
    Rose Oud

    x May 8, 2011 at 6:59am Reply

  • schagris: It’s late, I know, but I would really like to share mine as well)

    Aromatics Elixir
    Philtre d’Amour
    31 Rue Cambon
    Chanel 5 December 26, 2012 at 5:14am Reply

  • Sandra: Thank you!?
    I love reading this, the old and new posts.
    You inspired me to get a Chanel Misia! I loved your review❤️. It’s so nice to be among other perfume lovers.
    I have so many, it’s hard to choose.
    At the moment: Carnal Flower, No 22, Misia, Bois des Iles, Mitsuko…. And just because it’s close to Christmas- Nuit de Noel ?
    I’m looking for vintage Madame Jolie in pure perfume. Any websites aside from eBay? Any advice?! December 17, 2015 at 5:21am Reply

    • Victoria: Wonderful choices, Sandra! 🙂
      Nuit de Noel is also one of my favorites around this time for the reason you mentioned.

      As for vintage perfumes, I’m afraid Ebay is the only one I know. December 17, 2015 at 8:39am Reply

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