Recommend Me a Perfume or Answer my Fragrance Question

Our bi-weekly “Recommend Me a Perfume” returns today.  You can also use this space to ask any fragrance related questions.

Please post your requests or questions as comments here. 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. Then please check the thread to see if there are other requests you can answer.

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

P.S. If you’ve posted towards the bottom of the previous thread and didn’t get enough comments, please feel free to repost your questions. Once the thread goes off the main page, it can become slightly less active, but I still check all threads for your questions and requests.

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  • dibi: Oh, looks like I am the first one to open the dances.. Hello sweet-smelling souls! I am here to ask you the following: I love scent, and the most present name in my small-ish collection is Amouage. I think Jub 25 is very very me. I also own Opus VI, which I love and a couple of others that I wear a lot less. I love scent with a presence and character. Soft skin-like fragrances are lost on me. I feel like they don’t ‘speak out’ enough. I tend to love orientals and avoid the florals with a rare exception of iris and even rare, rose. I love spices and vanilla.Some of my current loves are Evody Ambre Intense, the current Shalimar Ode flanker and the sadly discontinued Eau Legere. Please recommend a scent for me that could keep me company this winter.
    As I said, I love Jub 25 but it just feels ‘too obliging’ for every day. Thank you all in advance. November 30, 2012 at 8:30am Reply

    • Nikki: Have you tried Mauboussin yet, the original one? November 30, 2012 at 10:01am Reply

      • dibi: No, never. I see it mentioned a lot but have not seen it here in Europe. November 30, 2012 at 10:46am Reply

    • Nina Z: Jubilation 25 is a great fragrance! I’m jealous you have a bottle. One fragrance it reminds me of is Rochas Femme. You might experiment with the new version of Femme (post 1989, I believe), which is not as heavy as the Amouage and is somewhat drier. But you might also try to track down some of the original Femme as well. November 30, 2012 at 10:49am Reply

      • dibi: I will seek it out, ty! November 30, 2012 at 11:20am Reply

        • OperaFan: Agree – The re-orchestrated Femme, preferably in edp. In fact, if you have VC&A’s First, spritz a bit of it over the Femme application, and you’ll end up with a fairly close facsimile….
          It’s my cheapskate’s imitation version of J25.
          🙂 November 30, 2012 at 2:56pm Reply

    • D: For an every day vanilla, without heavy florals I would recommend Vanilla Insensee by Atalier Cologne November 30, 2012 at 10:51am Reply

      • Anna Minis: Do you know Ambre Sultan? And, I tell you nothing news, but I say it nevertheless: nothing is better than Shalimar! Perhaps you would like Casmir (Chopard). And Candy (Prada) is funny. November 30, 2012 at 11:02am Reply

        • dibi: I do need to try Casmir.. You are right: Candy is fun but just a tad transparent! November 30, 2012 at 11:19am Reply

        • dibi: Yes, Shalimar rocks! November 30, 2012 at 11:20am Reply

      • dibi: Tried it, but unfortunately it doesn’t work on me.. something turns chalky! November 30, 2012 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Had another idea for you, which is Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. It’s a more sheer and subtle fragrance that seems related to Jub 25 (also a kind of modern chypre, I believe), but is much more wearable. I know what you mean about some fragrances being totally gorgeous but also somewhat “demanding” so you don’t want to wear them daily. November 30, 2012 at 12:44pm Reply

      • dibi: I love Rue Cambon! just went and sprayed from my decant.. This MAY well be the one for everyday )) November 30, 2012 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Asali: Did you try Safran Troublant, L’artisan or Parfum Sacre, Caron? I’m also thinking Nobile 1942 Ambre nobile, which I need to get myself- it’s a great amber. November 30, 2012 at 12:45pm Reply

      • Theresa: Is it just me, or does Safran Troublant smell an awful lot like Bulgari Omnia, which is 1/5th of the price! November 30, 2012 at 3:44pm Reply

      • dibi: I admire Artisan but it’s just wasted on my fume-eating skin.. And I need to test Caron yet, interesting though )) November 30, 2012 at 4:07pm Reply

    • Daisy: You have tried Coromandel, yes? November 30, 2012 at 3:24pm Reply

      • dibi: i admire it but the patch is too harsh for me .. November 30, 2012 at 4:08pm Reply

    • Daisy: Oh! And I just thought of Etat Libre d’Orange’s Rien. That is one that has a lot of character. November 30, 2012 at 3:26pm Reply

      • dibi: Interesting, need to test this! ty November 30, 2012 at 4:09pm Reply

    • solanace: Hi Dibi,

      It seems we have similar tastes… 🙂
      I’m a sucker for Amouage, and if in a post apocaliptic future I had to commit to a single fragrance it would be Shalimar. My suggestions for you:
      Eau de Shalimar (more citrousy, but still Shalimar)
      PdN Vétiver Tonka )just think you are gonna like it. I’m in love)
      PdN Sacrebleu
      P de Rosine Une Folie de Rose (lovely, long lasting rse chypre) December 1, 2012 at 3:41am Reply

      • dibi: Oh, you are right, Eau de Shalimar is amazing!
        And I have to seek out Une Folie de Rose.. Thank you! December 1, 2012 at 9:17am Reply

  • ChrisinNY: I loved and wore Molinard de Molinard for years; also the original Miss Dior. Patou’s Joy also smelIs good on me, if a little powdery (which I don’t mind). I have also liked Guerlain’s Parure which had a bit of spice, as did Maxim’s de Paris, both of which I wore off and on until they were discontinued.

    I am trying hard to find a replacement scent for my long time favorites that have been reformulated out of recognition (the Molinard and Miss Dior). Unfortunately due to weird body chemistry, many scents that are great in the bottle, morph into something very unpalatable on me. My preference is for a bit of floral or on the sweet side with a more interesting dry down; chypres were my go to genre for years and I still enjoy them.. The limitation of oakmoss in scents has hit my favorites hard, but I don’t like a musky component at all.

    Perusing these pages, I got ideas recently and have tried a number of descants. The only true winner has been Fiori di Capri- which comes out of the bottle kind of pedestrian/old lady, but transmutes into something sweet but with a drydown of tang/spice added, and has substantial lasting power. But I don’t want to wear the same thing every day.

    To narrow down the search , I have tried and really liked the following (but they did not last more than an hour on my skin): Serge Lutens A La Nuit (lovely sweetness), Fleurs de Rocaille (the 1930s version, nicely floral on me), Fleurs d’Oranger Eau de Parfum – Serge Lutens (the citrus mixed with sweetness was great- clean yet very feminine on me).

    These scents I tried and also liked, but a bit less so: L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons, Bvlgari Au The Vert, and Piguet Fracas.

    I also tried the following and either did not like them in the bottle, and/ or they were not good with my body chemistry: Cartier Les Heures du Parfum IV L’Heure Fougeuese, Chanel Cristalle, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Ormonde Jayne Sampaquita, Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien, Annick Goutal Eau de Ciel, Annick Goutal Songes, Caron Narcisse Noir (was allergic to this one), Hermes 24 Faubourg , Monyette Paris, Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu (liked this but was way too strong/too much sillage for me), Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman, Guerlain Apres L’ondee, Un Lys Eau de Parfum – Serge Lutens, Carnal Flower, Bois de Violette Eau de Parfum – Serge Lutens, and Nuit de Longchamp.

    So looking for recommendations on any of the following genres: floral, sweet, chypre (with or without a bit of spice), that I can add to my scent wardrobe in addition to Fiori di Capri and Joy. Thanks for any help you can give. November 30, 2012 at 8:43am Reply

    • ChrisinNY: Sorry for such a long comment- I am new here so may have used the wrong words. When I say spice- I think I mean oakmoss, sandalwood or even the spiciness of carnation. November 30, 2012 at 8:54am Reply

    • Cybele: Chanel 31, Rue Cambon or Parfums MDCI Promesse de L’Aube. Try also Prada Infusion Iris Absolue (must be the Absolue version). November 30, 2012 at 9:11am Reply

      • Cybele: just saw it in another comment- you must try Parfum de Therese by Edition Frederic Malle! November 30, 2012 at 10:08am Reply

      • Daisy: I would throw MDCI Chypre Palatin on the pile too! November 30, 2012 at 3:25pm Reply

    • Nikki: Norell and Jean Louis Scherrer are lovely. November 30, 2012 at 10:02am Reply

    • Patt: Since you like orange flower, I would recommend L’Artisan Parfumeur Seville a l’Aube. Just lovely, and on me quite long lasting. November 30, 2012 at 10:12am Reply

    • ChrisinNY: Thank you for all the thoughtful suggestions. I had not heard of most of these scents and when I looked them up, most all of them went on my sample list to try.

      I really like this community of knowledgable people that love scents as much as I do. November 30, 2012 at 4:00pm Reply

    • annemariec: Have you tried any of Andy Tauer’s fragrances? Many of them are very tenacious. I love Une Rose Chypree and love that it references old fashioned chypres without trying to replicate them.

      How are you with green chypres? Niki de Saint Phalle is still wearable, I think, as is Estee Lauder’s Private Collection (the original). December 1, 2012 at 2:20am Reply

      • ChrisinNY: I’ll look into these too. I jave not tried any of Andy Tauer’s fragrances. I’ll have to see if I can get samples from the two places I usually use. Thanks. December 1, 2012 at 12:43pm Reply

    • hongkongmom: Hi there
      Howabout some of the other Carons? Tabac Blonde, bellogia, nocturnes, nuit de noel December 3, 2012 at 7:55am Reply

      • ChrisinNY: Haven’t tried any of these- so I will track down some samples. Thanks. December 3, 2012 at 8:52am Reply

    • Mille Fleurs: You might try Corps et Ames (Parfumerie Generale). It is a beautiful, chypre I don’t hear mentioned a lot. It’s more feminine and gentle than most of the genre. It has a retro quality to it, yet it feels completely modern.

      Unfortunately, as I went to order a bottle, I see there is an additional new version ‘eau Appraisante” recently added which I have not tried. The original is still available, though and you might try both. It sounds like it might be what you’re looking for. December 23, 2012 at 9:31am Reply

  • Cybele: Hi there, I am looking for a perfume for my favorite aunt, she is a truly elegant woman of great taste and with lot’s of warmth. Her signiture for the longest time was Scherrer II, if anybody remembers this oriental chypre. She also loved KL by Lagerfeld (including bottle design), which was an elegant orange oriental. She never wore neither Chanel nor Guerlain- it’s simply not her (Chanel too prim, Guerlain too old fashioned). She seems to enjoy scents that are well blended, possess a certain depth and balance between deliciousness and austerity. I cannot think of anything that would really grab her (Ormond Jayne Woman did not work)- any ideas? November 30, 2012 at 8:58am Reply

    • Cybele: I should add that she liked the original Feminite du Bois November 30, 2012 at 9:04am Reply

    • ChrisinNY: Sacrebleu Parfums de Nicolaï for women
      I really liked this scent, which I got a decant of, as did my college age daughter- so it appeals to multiple ages. It was too strong for me (no matter how little I put on) and so I flashbacked to the 1980s when people seemed to bathe in strong scents like Youth Dew, etc. My daughter suggested I dilute with alcohol but it was too much trouble. November 30, 2012 at 9:47am Reply

      • ChrisinNY: I just realized I tried Sacrebleu because Victoria referred to it as “dreamy darkness”. It is more complex than sweet. November 30, 2012 at 10:49am Reply

        • Cybele: that sounds delicious! November 30, 2012 at 7:23pm Reply

    • Nikki: KL was a great fragrance! Anne Pliska may be something to try. Eau des Merveilles by Cartier? November 30, 2012 at 10:04am Reply

      • Daisy: Even L’Ambre des Merveilles for an orange oriental. November 30, 2012 at 3:27pm Reply

    • Patt: Hi Cybele, How nice of you to look for a perfume for your aunt! I think that she would like either Iris Nobile EDP or Profumo, both from Acqua di Parma. I also wore Scherrer 2 back in the day and feel that these two suggestions have the same kind of elegance and warmth. Good luck in your search 🙂 November 30, 2012 at 10:22am Reply

      • Cybele: great idea to try Aqua di Parma, thanks! November 30, 2012 at 6:26pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Someone gave me a bottle of KL, and it’s a great fragrance. For that preference, have her try Frederic Malle Noir Epices, which is a spicy orange oriental (without vanilla, I believe). It is very unisex, and more “austere” than most orientals. Frederic Malle is always a good line for well blended and depth! November 30, 2012 at 10:54am Reply

    • George: I second Noir Epices, but also add Visa, Baghari and Chinatown. You sure there is nothing in the Chanel range (prim to me might apply to 5, 19, and Cristalle, but not a lot of the others) – there is some variety there- and deliciousness and austerity seems to be the hallmark of a lot of them (esp. among the fruity/ oriental types). Also, the Serge Lutens range, with all its various takes on warm woody orientals (bois de violette, FdeB, and so on and so on) might well be a good shopping place (and related scents like Jungle and Dolce Vita). She might like Dior Homme too, which is definitely delicious and austere (fruit and iris), but don’t know how you could present that as a present. November 30, 2012 at 11:19am Reply

    • Elisa: “Orange oriental” made me think of Baghari. Sacrebleu is a great suggestion too. November 30, 2012 at 11:38am Reply

      • Cybele: thank you all for your thoughtful suggestions so far! Noir Epice and Chinatown were on my mind for her for some time, I need to smell them again. George, you are right about Chanel (and I am a Chanel-girl myself), I am sure she would enjoy Rue Cambon a lot but I suspect it would not fully capture her heart. She really has great taste implying she would wear what ever she pleases (masculine or feminine). Nikki, Anne Pliska seems a too linear amber to me but it resembles KL for the orange note- I will sniff it again. And I will consider all of the other recs! Thanks!
        What would you guys think of Tolu or Jubilation 25??? I am asking because I am not closely familiar with either of them. November 30, 2012 at 12:53pm Reply

        • Annikky: I believe Tolu is worth considering – it is rich, well blended and balanced, but not heavy or overpowering. However, there are similarities in the base to OJ Woman, so your aunt definitely needs to try it first. Jubilation 25 is a great scent, too, but it is quite powerful. November 30, 2012 at 1:46pm Reply

        • Nina Z: Tolu is just plain great! But more a sensuous, slightly herbal amber (with more sheerness than some of the kick-ass ambers out there). I love Jubilation 25, but it is hardly austere. It is very dramatic and over the top. November 30, 2012 at 7:14pm Reply

    • Nina Z: This one is more of a long shot, but I was thinking of Diptyque Eau Lente, which is a beautiful spicy scent that I find oddly comforting. It is more in your face than the Noir Epices, however. November 30, 2012 at 12:46pm Reply

      • Cybele: will try Eau Lente and thank you Nina Z and Annikky for describing Tolu and Jubilation 25! November 30, 2012 at 7:22pm Reply

  • Anne Sheffield: OHHHH hello! I have been waiting for this. So here I am. I am looking for a powdery flower scent. I actually absolutely love Idylle by guerlain ( must be one of the only one), but it disappear to quickly on me. So I am looking for that powdery flower and I don t know where to look. And one last little precision, I don’t want something with too much rose in it. So here I am. Recommend me something pleaaaaase. Thank you. November 30, 2012 at 9:17am Reply

    • Mihaela: You could try:
      1. Flower Tag, Kenzo
      2. Indian Holi, Kenzo
      3. Shalimar Initial, Guerlain

      All of them are both flowery/powdery, not rosy, great sillage&longevity.

      Personally, the best powdery fragrance I’ve experienced is BLV, Bvlgari, but it’s mostly woody, not exactly what I’d call a flowery fragrance. November 30, 2012 at 9:30am Reply

      • Elisa: I recommend trying the original Flower by Kenzo. More powdery than Flower Tag and it has a really beautiful long, woody vanillic drydown. November 30, 2012 at 11:39am Reply

    • ChrisinNY: Hmm- Joy by Patou is my standard floral powdery scent. I know it has a fair bit of rose in it, but I don’t find it overwhelming. YMMV. November 30, 2012 at 9:56am Reply

      • solanace: Seconding Joy. So good. December 1, 2012 at 3:51am Reply

    • Alityke: Try Chantilly ideally the Houbigant vintage which is still easy to pick up on eBay. Lyn Harris for Marks & Spencer La Poudree is my new favourite floral, powder scent and available from M&S online.
      Villorissi Teint de Neige is a floral, powder reference scent.
      Also try Dior Homme, iris heaven and not at all masculine.
      Also try Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau. Which is even more powdery than Parfum Initial and the opening is far less harsh. November 30, 2012 at 12:19pm Reply

    • rosarita: Donna Karan Cashmere Mist edt (the bottle is frosted) is a lovely powdery floral. You might also like an older classic, Rive Gauche. It’s been reformulated of course, but retains it’s powdery floral feel. Estee Lauder is also worth exploring; you might like Sensuous, Pleasures or one of their flankers. November 30, 2012 at 1:27pm Reply

    • dibi: Profumi del Forte By Night White may be gorgeous on you. Pricetag’s steep, beware November 30, 2012 at 4:11pm Reply

    • maja: Love Chloe is a very elegant powdery floral. I second Shalimar Parfum initial, it is lovely. November 30, 2012 at 4:58pm Reply

    • Patt: It’s quite sweet, but I think you would like Keiko Mecheri’s Loukhoum Eau Poudree, a delicious Oriental Vanilla. November 30, 2012 at 6:53pm Reply

    • Rowanhill: Frédéric Malle Iris Poudre perhaps. December 1, 2012 at 5:27am Reply

    • Parvathy Anil: Cartier Baiser Vole is the most elegant powdery floral perfume December 2, 2012 at 1:27am Reply

  • Andrea: My husband and I moved to Portland, OR a few years ago from CA. We love it here, but I need a daytime fragrance for our rainy winter. My favorite summer perfume is Annick Goutal’s Eau du Sud. When I was working I wore Hris and my dress up perfume is Serge Luten Bois et Musc. November 30, 2012 at 9:47am Reply

    • ChrisinNY: Fleurs d’Oranger Serge Lutens for women
      This is a little sweeter/heavier, which could overwhelm in summer but do well in winter. November 30, 2012 at 9:59am Reply

    • Nikki: Frederic Malle’s Dans tes bras or le Parfum de Therese are very unique (parfum de therese has a bit of melon in it). November 30, 2012 at 10:06am Reply

      • Daisy: I would add Une Fleur de Cassie too.

        Maybe Le Labo Iris 39 would work for you too. November 30, 2012 at 3:29pm Reply

    • Cybele: If you like musc maybe Musc Nomade:
      Hermes Voyage Parfum (black bottle) gave me good company during a rainy winter.
      I am very curious about Bois de Musc, would you mind describing how it smells to you? November 30, 2012 at 10:06am Reply

      • Andrea: I’m afraid I’m not very good at describing perfume notes. I can just say that I love this from the moment I put it on. It doesn’t shout, but envelopes me gently. I’d wear it more frequently, but it’s from the non-export line and I have a few precious drops left. November 30, 2012 at 10:31am Reply

        • Cybele: thank you! sound like I might like it. I will sample it- usually I have a hard time with Serge Lutens and always search for exceptions that work for me (like Bois de Violette). November 30, 2012 at 12:56pm Reply

    • NeenaJ: For cold & rainy, I always think of a warm blanket to snuggle with. How about Serge Lutens Daim Blonde? Apricot to remind you of warmer weather on the horizon and lovely sueded leather to keep you cozy in the meantime. November 30, 2012 at 10:31am Reply

      • Cybele: and Bottega Veneta could be nice. November 30, 2012 at 3:19pm Reply

    • Theresa: welcome to Portland, Andrea! I moved here 17 years ago from Michigan, so the weather seems balmy to me! it is all a matter of perspective! I do not have any specific recommendation to make, except to go The Perfume House, which is a treasure trove. November 30, 2012 at 3:56pm Reply

      • Andrea: It is indeed a treasure and I need to keep working with them. Last year they guided me to L’Artisan’s Premier’s Figuier Extreme which i just love, but not for this season. November 30, 2012 at 5:26pm Reply

      • Andrea: I have my list and I’ll be off to The Perfume House next week. Thanks. December 1, 2012 at 12:18pm Reply

    • Nina Z: I have been thinking about this all day because it’s cold rainy day here in Northern California. Spicy scents, like Noir Epices, Eau Lente, always brighten things up for me. Today I’m wearing Tauer’s L’Air du desert marocain, which is very dry and warming (yes, like a desert wind). Another fun idea is Le Labo Patchouli 24, which smells like a smoky and sweet wood fire (not patchouli). I also really like Annayke Miyako, a subtle, warm incense fragrance. November 30, 2012 at 7:20pm Reply

      • Annikky: Speaking about warm, subtle incense – what about Passage d’Enfer? To me it seams really easy to wear and a great antidote for cold rain. And it has become a tradition of mine to recommend Lumiere Blanche by Olfactive Studio. If you like cardamom and sandalwood, it could work – it is great for day and definitely warming and comforting. December 1, 2012 at 7:03am Reply

      • Andrea: All these sound especially intriguing. Hope you’re safe and sound and not getting battered by this winter storm. December 1, 2012 at 12:18pm Reply

    • Andrea: A huge THANK YOU to all of you who responded to my question. Your suggestions have been duly noted and I know I’ll enjoy the hunt of finding a wonderful perfume.
      Here’s a fun link from Paris Breakfast on The Art of Scent. December 1, 2012 at 12:16pm Reply

      • ChrisinNY: I live upstate- but my daughter and I usually make a holiday trip to NYC. Thanks for posting this link, it is something I think we’d both enjoy. December 3, 2012 at 9:06am Reply

  • Carolina: Hello noses. This is my first time commenting on this beautiful blog. Hi!

    I’ve had samples fever for a few months, ever since my boyfriend admitted he didn’t like my everyday perfume (Piment Brulant), but it wasn’t till I sniffed Lumiere Blanche, which I first read about here, that a sample enchanted me. I fell hard for its creamy wood and cardamom, its slightly sweet warm veil–heaven. The second time I tested it, I applied 2 sprays to my chest from the tiny sample vial and went to work. Two hours later I smelled a harsh industrial detergent wafting in the air. I work in a vintage furniture store, so I assumed my boss was using a solvent or chemical in the back room. Just to be sure it wasn’t emanating from me, I sniffed inside my sweater; LB still smelled delicious. But the odor was persistent, and finally I had to admit that creamy, spicy, woody LB was somehow off-gassing a chemical cleanser smell around me.

    Is this what people mean when they say a perfume “turns” on their skin–even though LB continued to smell good nose-to-flesh? And if so, why didn’t I get this off-gassing phenomenon the first time I tested it? I haven’t worn it since, but now I get ghost whiffs of the harsh smell, with the sample vial on my nightstand…when I sniff the vial itself, it smells luscious as ever. How do I get over the heartbreak?! November 30, 2012 at 10:47am Reply

    • George: spray it on a scarf, the lapels of your coat, or the crux of your arm (on fabric). If it still smells bad, it’s the fragrance and nothing to do you with your skin chemistry, and simply part of the perfume’s progression. However, spraying on fabric will slow the progression down, so it will be a longer time before these notes appear. Also, if it is to do with your skin’s chemistry, they won’t appear, and the problem will have been eradicated. November 30, 2012 at 11:05am Reply

      • Carolina: This is a great idea, thank you. November 30, 2012 at 11:14am Reply

    • Carolina: And if anyone has a recommendation for a perfume with a similar vibe, I’d love to hear that, too! November 30, 2012 at 11:16am Reply

      • Elisa: There may be some synthetic material like a musk or woody amber that you got sensitized too so it jumped out more in later wearings. This has happened to me before.

        If you like cardamom, try YSL Nu or Ormonde Jayne Woman. November 30, 2012 at 11:42am Reply

        • Carolina: Ooh, I’ll have to try Nu, thanks! I’m actually waiting for a sample of OJ Woman to arrive, now I’m even more eager to try it. November 30, 2012 at 12:31pm Reply

        • Carolina: Elisa, I have a question for you. Nu’s notes sound blind-buy-worthy. But it seems Nu was reformulated and I wonder if you’ve compared the older version (in a disk-shaped bottle) with the newer version, which is available on the YSL website. A review there says the reformulation only lasts an hour. But the new bottle is much prettier! November 30, 2012 at 1:00pm Reply

          • Elisa: The top notes for both I know are similar, but I haven’t tried the reformulation on skin. If you can find the old bottle in the EDP, it lasts a long time! And the drydown is beautiful. November 30, 2012 at 1:27pm Reply

      • Carolina: I just wanted to share that in doing some sleuthing for Nu, I found that the US YSL website has a promo (today is the last day): 20% off all beauty/frag, free shipping, and 6 samples of your choice at checkout.

        I hope someone finds this helpful! A sample makes a good stocking stuffer… November 30, 2012 at 1:53pm Reply

      • dibi: Tom Ford Santal Blush swoooooon November 30, 2012 at 4:13pm Reply

        • Carolina: I like swooooning! Santal Blush added to sniff list. Thanks, dibi. December 1, 2012 at 9:36am Reply

      • Annikky: Hi, Carolina!

        I am a fellow Lumiere Blanche lover, so sorry to hear it doesn’t behave on you skin. It is not excactly the same territory, but I suggest you try Neela Vermeire’s Trayee. As in LB, there is cardamom, other spices and woods, but Trayee ads herbs and white flowers to the mix. It is more complex and maybe a bit more challenging than LB, but I find it gorgeous and the two fragrances have a smilar effect on me. Trayee is not cheap, but I ordered the 3-sample-set from Neela and it is worth it. December 1, 2012 at 3:43am Reply

        • Carolina: Hi, Annikky! I was home alone last night so I gave LB another try, and this time, no gas effect! Huh?! So I have a bit of hope that my heartbreak won’t be permanent.

          Trayee does sound intriguing! I’ve never heard of it, but I will investigate.

          I’m learning so much here, from Victoria and from all of the commenters. Thank you. December 1, 2012 at 9:50am Reply

          • Annikky: Oh, I really hope it works out between you two:)! But in any case, I highly recommend checking out Neela’s web site. Suzanna has reviewed one of her three scents, Mohur, on this very blog and given it five stars, not a common occurrence… December 2, 2012 at 5:16am Reply

  • Jessica: Hello Ladies,
    I am a pale and rosy brunette with pale green eyes. I have a figure that gets noticed and I tend to wear jewel tones with charcoals or black. My jewelry and makeup are usually understated.
    I currently wear Versace Bright Crystal, which makes me feel sexy and empowered; Coco Mlle, which I wear casually and am always complemented on; and YSL Cinema, which smells amazing on me but I feel is too powerful to wear anytime except Winter. I used to wear the Ralph Lauren perfume in the red bottle when I was younger and even now the smell makes me happy, although I won’t wear it anymore.
    My favorite natural scents are citrus blossoms, coconut (this scent reminds me of childhood), bergamont, and sandalwood.
    I truly detest Eternity, Poison, and patchouli. I prefer an intimate sillage that extends no more than about a foot from me. My chemistry is highly acidic.
    I have no idea what any of this means, but I want to become more knowledgable and worldly about perfume. Please help me find my next favorite! November 30, 2012 at 11:00am Reply

    • Anna Minis: You may like Santal Majuscule. November 30, 2012 at 11:12am Reply

    • Elisa: Hi there! Coco Mlle is actually a patchouli scent, so you may not detest it as much as you think! CM contains a cleaned up and sweetened version of it.

      You might like Serge Lutens Datura Noir, a floral with a coconut note. Or, for sandalwood, Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois or Chanel Bois des Iles. November 30, 2012 at 11:48am Reply

    • Cybele: For coconut, sandelwood and bergamot: Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder, and for woods and coconut: Santal Massoia in the Hermessence line of Hermes.
      Try also Dolce Gabbana Light Blue, see Victorias review here:
      Good luck! November 30, 2012 at 9:45pm Reply

  • key change: Hello everyone, I’m hoping some of you can chime in with a recommendation for me. I tend to gravitate toward a combination of citris and green florals, but am also looking for something a bit different. I’ll tell you what I currently wear/love, and then perhaps you can suggest something that will make me smell “like a rich person”. I’m currently wearing Chloe EDP (the 2008 version), have enjoyed Coach’s original scent, the body shop’s white musk, Prada Candy, Chanel’s Chance au tender, etc. Smells that I really like that aren’t necessarily perfume include: vanilla, cinamon, apple, clean leather (think new car/leather handbag), and almonds. Smells I can’t stand: a strong pachouli note, or too much amber. I’m looking for a fragrance with presence, longevity, and also one that is fairly accessible to someone who hasn’t dabbled too much in the niche market (although I did win a bottle of Tauer’s zeta and loved it!). Thank you so much in advance, guys. November 30, 2012 at 11:09am Reply

    • key change: Oh, I should probably also add that I’m a slimmish person of Pakistani background, with black hair and blue eyes. I’m also almost completely blind, which makes the world of fragrance that much more fun! (though my guide dog and I don’t appreciate the same smells, haha). November 30, 2012 at 11:13am Reply

      • silverdust: When you said “rich,” I immediately thought of La Perla. The first time I smelled it, I thought it must be like the waft that would hit you when you opened the clothes closets of Princess Grace or Lauren Bacall. Very elegant and reeking of $$ as well as class! December 1, 2012 at 9:43am Reply

    • Anna Minis: Maybe Hypnotic Poison. November 30, 2012 at 11:15am Reply

      • Victoria: 2nd Hypnotic Poison! November 30, 2012 at 3:46pm Reply

    • Elisa: I think you’d like Bottega Veneta or YSL Cinema. November 30, 2012 at 11:50am Reply

    • Desirae: Cuir de Lancome might be another one to try, if you can find it. I think of it as cosmetic leather – it smells of sweet powder and handbag leather. November 30, 2012 at 1:04pm Reply

      • Anna Minis: Gomma (etro) is soft, flowery and leather. Very easy to wear. Not sharp on the nose of your dog. November 30, 2012 at 2:31pm Reply

    • Victoria: Have you tried Coco Noir? I think that it’s really well done, and it’s a great blend of Chance like floral oriental and musk.

      Hermes Kelly Caleche is a fragrance I recommend trying for a sheer leather. You can find it at Sephora. November 30, 2012 at 3:45pm Reply

    • George: Key change, i can’t think of a fragrance that is exactly vanilla, cinnamon, apple, leather and almonds, but there damn well should be. It sounds great. Dzing is a vanilla/leather to all reports. Daim Blond a fruity/suede leather. One you might also enjoy is Musc Ravageur (though is scores only on the vanilla and cinnamon notes), and that’s a great fragrance. November 30, 2012 at 3:52pm Reply

    • Nina Z: I’m just going to go in intuitive here and say that if you want to smell like a “rich person” and you like Prada Candy, you should try Tolu by Ormonde Jayne. But that can be a little hard to obtain–depends on where you live. It might be worth your while to get her sample set–a lot of people have a great time exploring her whole line. November 30, 2012 at 7:29pm Reply

    • Cybele: Chanel Cuir de Russie November 30, 2012 at 7:41pm Reply

    • Gina: Maybe L’Artisan Traversee du Bosphore: leather, apple and vanilla notes. December 13, 2012 at 1:15am Reply

  • Claire: Hello,
    I’ve been in the hunt for a personal perfume/scent. In the past, I’ve enjoyed Eden by Cacharel ca 1994, and Miracle by Lancome ca 2000. I don’t know why I love those two fragrances, but they appeal to me or if they share similar notes that appeal to me. Other perfumes that I love are Jo Malone Grapefruit and Nutmeg & Ginger, Eau d’Hiver by Frederic Malle, and Love by Killian. I would like something that I can wear daily that reflects my preferences with these fragrances. Thank you for your help!

    Claire November 30, 2012 at 11:12am Reply

    • Victoria: Have you tried Prada Candy? It’s warmer than some of the fragrances you mentioned, but it’s a sheer fragrance with notes of caramel and amber (a bit of an abstract gourmand like some of your favorites), so it might be an interesting fragrance to sample.

      For a juicy citrus, I would recommend Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine or Guerlain Pamplelune. The latter is particularly distinctive, but it’s a “smell before buying perfume.” On some people it smells like a cinnamon dusted grapefruit, but on others it has a strong sulphuric edge. November 30, 2012 at 3:52pm Reply

      • Claire: Victoria, Thank you for the suggestions above! I didn’t realize I have preference of gourmand scents until you mentioned it. Many of the gourmand perfumes (such as Aquolina Pink Sugar, or Angel) make me nauseous & too cloying sweet for my taste. I’m looking forward to try Prada Candy after reading your review, also the Guerlain Pamplelune.

        Claire November 30, 2012 at 11:22pm Reply

        • Victoria: You like perfumes with a delicate gourmand twist like caramel and honey in L’Eau d’Hiver or meringue in Love. I wouldn’t peg you as an Angel wearer though!

          Maybe, also try Serge Lutens Mandarin Mandarine, if you can find it. It is a sweet citrus on a rich woody-spicy base. December 1, 2012 at 2:57am Reply

          • Claire: Spot-on analysis, Victoria! Thanks again. I’ll hunt for Lutens Mandarin Mandarine. I also fancy the Bois de Vanille, thus a bit of the gourmand & woody base, like you mentioned. December 1, 2012 at 10:58am Reply

    • kaori: Hello, Claire. Oh~, I have a similar feeling to Eden. I did’nt (still don’t ) why I was attracted by it, like opening a box I was told not to! I just let you know…. December 1, 2012 at 4:32am Reply

      • Claire: It was instant love with Eden for me! So sad that it is not readily available anymore. December 1, 2012 at 10:58am Reply

  • Lucas: Hello dear Bois-de-Jasminers!

    Does anyone of you know an iris perfume that smells similar to discontinued L’Artisan Parfumeur Iris Pallida? I got a tiny sample from a friend and got totally hooked! Then I got a 10ml decant in a swap but that’s all I have and I would like to have more.

    I’m thinking Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue is a little bit similar but would love to hear your recommendations.

    Hoping someone would suggest a perfume even closer to Iris Pallida. November 30, 2012 at 11:27am Reply

    • Victoria: Chanel 28 La Pausa, Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist (for a most intense iris). Iris Pallida was interesting, because it was a very particular batch of iris essence. It’s hard to match that exactly. November 30, 2012 at 3:38pm Reply

    • George: I haven’t tried Iris Pallida, but apart from those two recommended by Victoria, my other recommendation would be mon numero 8 from the l’artisan range- a very carroty iris backed up by musks. It’s lovely. November 30, 2012 at 4:35pm Reply

      • George: Would be interested to know your thoughts on mon Numero 8, as well, Victoria? November 30, 2012 at 4:37pm Reply

  • Desirae: Hi all! I’m actually looking for something on behalf of my sister. She has a set of household products – I can’t recall the brand, sorry – that is neroli and pomelo scented. She fell in love with it and asked me to find her a perfume that smells like that. Does anyone know of any neroli (or orange blossom, that might work too) and citrus perfumes out there? Thanks! November 30, 2012 at 1:26pm Reply

    • Lucas: Desirae, you might want to try Serge Lutens Fleur d’Oranger or Fleurs de Citronnier. I like the Citronnier better.
      You can also try Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli or Tom Ford Neroli Portofino (expensive stuff)
      Also do try JO LOVES… Pomelo November 30, 2012 at 2:00pm Reply

    • Anne Sheffield: May be try Jo Malone Orange Blossom? November 30, 2012 at 3:17pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Pacifica has what I consider to be a very nice (and inexpensive) Neroli called Nerola Orange Blossom. Unlike like the Serge Luten orange blossom scent mentioned above, this is more light and sheer. You could splurge and get that with the body butter, etc. The Jo Malone is an excellent suggestion, too. It’s really pretty. November 30, 2012 at 7:38pm Reply

  • E. Lime: This comment is just a thank you. I’ve learned a lot from reading everyone’s comments and suggestions over the last few of these posts, and they’ve helped me figure out what I do and what I don’t like. Surprisingly, one of the things I do like is consistently wearing the same perfumes. I’ve discovered a no-fail winter wardrobe of Coromandel (for more buttoned-up events when I want to feel confident and sophisticated) and Rossy de Palma (for every other occasion, as it makes me feel like a badass). I’ve also discovered that I tend to get more compliments when I wear one perfume consistently, rather than when I switch around a lot. Now that the Rossy de Palma has latched onto my coat and some of my sweaters, I think it takes on a whole new life, and I’ve gotten several compliments on how good I smell (which has never happened before). November 30, 2012 at 2:04pm Reply

    • Victoria: Glad that you found it helpful! It’s true, perfume wears really well on clothes, and some scents have even more sillage when worn on fabric. I also love wearing the same perfume for several days in a row, because it’s the best way to learn what exactly you love about it. November 30, 2012 at 3:40pm Reply

    • annemariec: There is a lot in what you say about just sticking to a few fragrances. I love the way you express that ‘new life’ thought. It’s smart thinking to invest in a small number of really great fragrances and get to know them well. December 1, 2012 at 2:56am Reply

  • Elizabeth: Any recommndations for a replacement for Ormonde Jayne Tolu? I have been waiting (first patiently, now quite impatiently) for my bottle to arrive for 25 days now and have resigned myself to the fact that I may never get it. :-*(

    I have never found anything else to replicate its perfect balance of herbs, flowers, and amber. Is there anything that comes close? November 30, 2012 at 2:55pm Reply

    • Victoria: Oh, that sounds way too long? Why, Elizabeth? Did they give you an explanation?

      Anyway, if you want another rich, balsamic fragrance, you might want to try Guerlain Tonka Imperiale, Le Labo Labdanum or Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan. Tolu is special, because it’s a rich oriental, but it’s also quite radiant. Hermessence Ambre Narguile or Santal Massoia have this quality (they don’t smell like Tolu though). November 30, 2012 at 3:42pm Reply

      • Elizabeth: It’s a long story. After the first two weeks, I emailed them to find out if something was wrong. It turns out they hadn’t shipped my order at all! They are in the middle of a move, and apparently my order was lost in the confusion. They shipped it for real nearly two weeks ago, but I still haven’t received anything. The tracking number is not much help.

        I think it’s time to try Ambre Sultan again! November 30, 2012 at 3:57pm Reply

        • Victoria: It will get to you! I haven’t ordered from them in a while, but I know that everything always turned up. I ordered something from the UK recently, and it took 10 day to get here (and I’m only 2-2.5 hours away by train!) November 30, 2012 at 4:30pm Reply

      • dibi: These are wonderful suggestions! Love Labdanum.. November 30, 2012 at 4:16pm Reply

    • Nina Z: The Different Company Oriental Lounge has is a sheer amber with an herbal twist in the curry leaf. It’s softer than Tolu. Personally I think you should just hold out for the Tolu, maybe even stockpile a little. They had some deal recently where you got a free Tolu extrait if you ordered a certain amount of products from the site. November 30, 2012 at 8:29pm Reply

    • annemariec: I feel for you! But I’m sure it will turn up. I’m in Australia and no perfume order ever takes less that two weeks to arrive, usually three. Would it be worth getting a little decant of Tolu to tie you over? May be throwing good money after bad, I know, but at least you will have a travel size quantity, which is handy even if you do have a FB. December 1, 2012 at 2:48am Reply

      • Elizabeth: I have a decant, but it’s almost empty! I’m wondering if I should just get another one. December 1, 2012 at 10:44am Reply

        • Victoria: If they shipped it two weeks ago, your bottle should arrive soon. Just send them an email to follow up.

          Honestly, if you are in love with Tolu, you will find it hard to settle down for something similar. Not because it’s irreplaceable, but because you have a very distinctive scent in your mind. It’s very difficult to match that. December 1, 2012 at 11:24am Reply

          • Elizabeth: Too true, alas, too true! I will just wait and (try to) be patient. At least I will be getting a free Tolu Shower Creme, which Ormomde Jayne graciously added for my trouble! December 1, 2012 at 11:50am Reply

  • Linda: A question that may lead to a recommendation request: Why does Hermes Hiris read as repulsive spray deodorant/Lysol on me? I read your wonderful descriptions and lament when I don’t love them the way I would expect. I have tried this one a couple of times, but it always reads this way. I don’t think the problem is aldehydes since I love Chanel No. 5, but those who are experienced, what do you think? November 30, 2012 at 3:39pm Reply

    • Linda: I should add that I love 28 La Pausa, which lasts about 45 minutes on my skin! November 30, 2012 at 3:41pm Reply

    • Victoria: It’s hard to pinpoint exactly without smelling it on your skin, but personal chemistry can make a big difference. There are some fresh citrus notes in Hiris, and if your skin pushes them up, they can read as sharp. November 30, 2012 at 3:54pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Some of us are also hyper-nosmic to certain synthetic ingredients. My scientist husband confirms this theory. I have this problem. Sometimes it’s like the Emperor’s New Clothes for me where people say they are smelling all kinds of beautiful notes in a fragrance and all I get is some unpleasant synthetic blast, even with some expensive lines (like By Killian). Fortunately there is still a lot out there to love! November 30, 2012 at 7:42pm Reply

      • Linda: Thank you Nina and Victoria. Sometimes I think I’m either nuts or unsophisticated, so I’m glad to know that both chemistry and perception might be at play. I’m still searching, but I probably have some highly sought after samples that need new homes! November 30, 2012 at 8:06pm Reply

  • Shiloh: I am fairly new to the vast world of perfume beyond the walls of your local department store or friendly neighborhood Sephora. I am looking for a sultry scent that is at once interesting and comfortable.

    I love my Shalimar and it’s lovely, but not always sultry. I like and dislike my Angel depending upon the way the wind blows. I like Flowerbomb, but find it predictable. I love my Lolita Lempicka but I find it predictable like Flowerbomb.

    I just received a sample of Lostmarc’h Ael-Mat and fell instantly in love! I love the salty sea air quality that mixes with a creamy jasmine accord. Unfortunately, it lasts all of 3 hours on me. And, it’s not sultry. I do love the Hermes Jardin Series and Tocca’s Stella, but again they’re everyday numbers and not sultry.

    I like lavender, patchouli, amber, jasmine, citrus, vanilla and spices. I do not like fruity scents (think melons and berries). I do like cucumber and citrus, but the rest is simply too much.

    Thank you! November 30, 2012 at 5:53pm Reply

    • Cybele: Chanel Coromandel or Agent Provocateur L’Agent? November 30, 2012 at 6:34pm Reply

      • Shiloh: I haven’t sniffed either! I have tried the original Agent Provocateur and I wasn’t a fan, it was too (forgive me because I’m just learning the terms) sharp? I don’t know what causes that woody sharpness that just smells like PERFUME to me. One day I will know, but right now, it’s just that sharp perfume smell! November 30, 2012 at 6:40pm Reply

        • Cybele: the original is a rose chypre and it is probably the green-bitter chypre notes you dislike. L’Agent is different. Can you describe a little bit what you exactly mean by sultry? So many “sultry” scents come to mind! November 30, 2012 at 7:10pm Reply

          • Shiloh: Chypre! That makes sense! Thanks!

            When I say “sultry” I recognize that I am not giving a specific type of ” sultry”. I kinda did that on purpose because I’m rather curious to see true perfumistas interpret that and in turn shake up my perception of ” sultry” .

            It’s easy for me to say the classic gourmands and orientals as sultry. I can also see the big white flower fragrances also falling in that category.

            I guess what I’m looking for, is a fragrance that smells like a memory you wish you had of dancing a tango with a perfect stranger,on a misty evening in a foreign land. It at once is enticing, odd and so familiar it makes the heart pound a little more.

            I am looking for that feeling of unexpected delight.

            Probably not very helpful, but ther you go! December 1, 2012 at 1:28am Reply

            • Anna Minis: If you like cucumber, you may like Tom Ford Black Orchid. December 1, 2012 at 4:24am Reply

              • Shiloh: There’s cucumber in that? I’m checking it ou! Thank you so much! December 1, 2012 at 9:49am Reply

            • Cybele: wow, that sounds so beautiful, I am glad I asked. And I am sticking with my suggestions, all of them would fit there, in that moment and place you describe.

              Just as information, for white florals Rubij is supposed to be very sultry but I have never smelled it, and KIKI, also Vero Profumo could interest you for lavender. Take a look also at Manoumalia, the most beautiful and soft tropical floral (no coconut), very sultry indeed. December 1, 2012 at 10:39am Reply

              • Shiloh: Ooo, a tropical with no floral! I am getting a long list of samples to try! Thank you!! December 1, 2012 at 12:06pm Reply

    • Nina Z: To me, Frederic Malle Carnal Flower is beautiful and sultry, but I can’t wear it (it goes too sweet on me). My husband finds Tolu by Ormonde Jayne and Jubiliation 25 by Amouage sultry on ME. I find Feminite du Bois (original) sultry on myself. Then, of course, there is always Musc Ravageur for the ultimate in sultry. Actually, some people compare Musc Ravageur to Shalimar, which you love. (It really depends, however, on which kind of notes make you feel sultry–this varies from person to person. November 30, 2012 at 8:39pm Reply

      • Cybele: I totally agree with Carnal Flower and Musc Ravageur. Also would like to add Geisha Noir by Aroma M November 30, 2012 at 8:45pm Reply

      • Shiloh: Thank you for your suggestions! I have a sample of Carnal Flower in the mail and I definitely want to check out the others. I’ve only heard intriguing things about Musc Ravaguer and I definitely want to check it out! Thank you! December 1, 2012 at 1:31am Reply

    • Elisa: I’m not sure if you’d find it sultry, but Belle en Rykiel has a lot of the notes you’re looking for (lavender, patchouli, amber, vanilla) and it’s really great. November 30, 2012 at 11:34pm Reply

      • Shiloh: Ooh! It has all of those? I’m DEFINITELY checking it out! Thank you! December 1, 2012 at 1:32am Reply

    • mitford: What about the original Dolce Gabbana with the red top for sultry? December 1, 2012 at 2:38pm Reply

      • Shiloh: I’ve never sniffed it! Such a newbie! I will check it out. Thank you! December 1, 2012 at 3:03pm Reply

      • Victoria: Unfortunately, it has been discontinued this year and replaced with a new Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme, a totally different floral gourmand fragrance. December 1, 2012 at 3:07pm Reply

        • mitford: bummer! thanks for the mention, I wouln’t have known otherwise – off to stock up…. December 1, 2012 at 3:49pm Reply

        • Shiloh: Well bummer! December 1, 2012 at 4:16pm Reply

  • Jessica: Hello Ladies!

    I’m trying to expand my fragrance sophistication and need direction. My favorite natural scents are citrus blossoms, coconut, bergamot, and sandalwood. Drink obscene amounts of Lady Grey tea.
    I am not a fan of anything that would knock someone down 4ft ahead of me. I prefer an intimate sillage that extends no more than about a foot from me. My chemistry is highly acidic.
    I would love to become more knowledgable and worldly about perfume.

    As a second question: I have been trying out a sample of Chanel Chance and although it is not for me, it starts off strangely sweet and then my chemistry swallows it whole within an hour, there is a faint hint of something that I Want (!) after it has mellowed. After 3 hours or so it turns into a slight hint of minty floral with a fragrance that I can’t put my finger on except that it reminds me of wet South Florida soil after a heavy rain. Can you recommend me something like that? It’s the wet earthiness, fresh roots, grass and moisture loving flowers (ginger?, halanconia?) that I loved.
    Thank you! November 30, 2012 at 5:57pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Be brave and check out Black March by CB I Hate Perfume. It is wet earth, sweet spring bulbs, grass, etc. It might blow your mind. They sell tiny 2 ml vials on the web site. November 30, 2012 at 8:44pm Reply

      • Jessica: Nina,
        Thank you for the recommendation! I’ve been reading reviews and this sounds perfect! I am buying a small spray. 🙂 I’m also going on an expedition tomorrow in search of some of the other recommendations that look tantalizing. Thank you so much ladies. November 30, 2012 at 10:53pm Reply

        • Jessica: Nina,
          I finally got my vial of Black March today. It is magnificent! The scent is truly sublime, like ancient woods, rich loam, and water lilies. It is rich and deep, without being sweet or imposing. I am totally in love! Thank you for the perfect recommendation.

          I am delighted to say that L’Ombre dans L’Eau will also be joining my wardrobe. It is a beautiful scent and definitely better suited for “date nights”. I feel as though I have been dosed in Champagne. 🙂 and you’re totally right, I’m starting to realize I probably do like patchouli and I’ve just been horribly wrong all this time. I can’t stop smelling myself, this is gorgeous. December 13, 2012 at 9:49pm Reply

    • Elisa: I wonder if it’s patchouli you’re smelling? Patchouli can have an earthy smell like soil/dirt.

      I think you’d like L’Ombre dans L’Eau — very green and grassy at first, then turns into a fruity but restrained rose, definitely on the subtle side. November 30, 2012 at 11:38pm Reply

      • Jessica: Ladies,
        I’m rather giddy and a bit embarrassed to say that I have ordered samples of the two above mentioned fragrances, and sample sets of Chanel, Serge Lutens, Jo Malone, and Etat Libre d’Orange Fils De Dieu and Secretions Manufique. I may go back for a set of “Winter” fragrances too, as I adore fir and cinnamon scents. Thank you for opening my mind to the realization that perfume is not something one wears for the pleasure of others, but something to wear for one’s own pleasure. I can’t wait to explore some of the darker fragrances in particular! December 1, 2012 at 3:26am Reply

        • ChrisinNY: Jessica- That realization was just strengthened for me, too! I am seeking more scents are particularly pleasing to me- of course hoping that they are not objectionable to others thought. December 1, 2012 at 12:58pm Reply

          • Jessica: 🙂 I think more than anything I’m eager to envelope myself in more masculine scents, like Fir and Sandalwood. Scent is so personal, and I used to be so concerned that what I was wearing would not appeal to everyone around me! It’s exciting to let that go and read all of the knowledgable opinions on this site encouraging woody, animal, and spicy smells for ladies, with details that are both clinical and artistic critiques. December 2, 2012 at 12:04am Reply

  • Lexi: Hi Perfumistas, Can you help me? I have so many scents perfect for winter but as the hot Australian summer is fast approaching I’m stumped, I’ve sampled and sampled but no success.

    I have a few particular requests in a perfume, firstly and secondly that it has an intimate sillage and is inoffensive as I work with patients with lung diseases.
    Secondly, I have never enjoyed smelling like a bouquet of flowers i’m more of an oriental/non-sickly gourmand lover. Singular florals such as Rose, and Tuberose are fine, but some Jasmines I have found lead to a headache.
    And thirdly, citrus scents do not like me.

    Any help greatly appreciated, Thanks! November 30, 2012 at 11:06pm Reply

    • annemariec: Hmmm … that’s a hard one. So many summer-worthy fragrances are dominated by citrus. Would Chanel No 5 eau Premiere be too citrusy in its opening? It has a brief lemony top note. A few non-citrus fragrances I wear in the summer are Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea (orange blossom and honey); EL’s Pleasures and White Linen (may be a bit strong for you); Parfum de Nicolai’s Le Temps d’Une Fete; Parfum d’Empire’s Eau Suave; Guerlain’s Chamade; Chanel No 19 Poudre; Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. The last two are iris fragrances – perhaps iris would be a good alternative to citrus? Prada’s Infusion d’Iris is light and spacious. I don’t wear it myself, but it has many admirers.

      I’m in Australia too. The last few days and nights have been stinking hot and my Jardin sur le Nil is getting plenty of use (it is grapefruity so may not suit you). We will get some relief from the high temps in the next few days. December 1, 2012 at 3:32am Reply

      • annemariec: Oh, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely. A celebrity scent, yes, but really very well done. December 1, 2012 at 3:44am Reply

        • Lexi: Its starting to cool off now! it’s been unbareable the last few days, and I hate when the nights are hot too :(. I know an Anne-Marie C, wonder if you are her, that would be a strange coincidence!
          Thanks for the help, I haven’t gone near too many Iris fragrances because they are usually paired with other notes that put me off, but I will try some asap! Also Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea sounds intriguing, I do like orange blossom. December 1, 2012 at 4:16am Reply

          • Annikky: Lexi, if iris is not a deal-breaker for you, I recommend Bois d’Iris by Van Cleef & Arpels. It is a beautiful, subtle iris on a dry wood base, and I don’t smell any citrus. I desperately want it to be stronger, but it might be just right for you. December 1, 2012 at 7:30am Reply

          • annemariec: I’m in the ACT … 🙂 December 1, 2012 at 3:25pm Reply

            • Lexi: I’m in Melb. would have been very strange if you were the AMC I know. Gorgeous weekend weather here! sunny and high 20’s, perfect. I’ve been wearing Annick Goutal la Violette for the weekend, giving it a test drive. Its a bit strong but very pretty.
              I’ve read up on some Iris fumes and I’m heading out tomorrow to go on a smelling binge 🙂 December 2, 2012 at 1:13am Reply

              • annemariec: Lucky you – you have lots of great places to sniff perfume in Melbourne! December 2, 2012 at 1:56pm Reply

                • Lexi: There are so many great perfume shops around, and I went to hunt down some recommended fragrances today. Still no luck. I tried Chanel no 19 poudre, Chanel 31 Rue Cambon, Prada Infusion D’Iris and I’ve come to the conclusion I don’t like Iris… something about it doesn’t click with me, I just couldn’t bring myself to spray them on my skin after smelling them on the blotters. 🙁
                  I basically went around the department stores smelling everything, I went along the lines of Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, the more common brands. Then I headed to niche perfume stores and sniffed and sniffed.
                  I’m thinking summer and me are just not meant to be together. I hate the hot weather. I don’t like the beach. I hate the sun. Maybe I dont like fresh summer scents either. I’m made to be at home, in front of an open fire, wrapped in a blanket, drinking a hot drink and wearing my lovely spicy fragrances.
                  The closest scent I’ve come to like and feel isn’t too strong for summer is Le Petit by TokyoMilk… and I’ve had many compliments on it, but it’s just not yet a loving relationship yet. December 3, 2012 at 6:38am Reply

    • Nina Z: I like Musc Nomade by Annick Goutal in the summer. Also Chanel No 22, which is an incense-white flower scent, more abstract than a bouquet of flowers (I don’t normally do white flowers). December 1, 2012 at 5:11pm Reply

      • Lexi: Thanks for the suggestions, I tried Chanel 22 today and found it to be a bit too powdery for my tastes. and I think it has Vetiver in it which I’ve always wanted to love but never have found the right balance within a perfume.
        I will definitely try Musc Nomade soon though. I’ve always found Annick Goutal to have a nice range of “softer” fragrances but its a hit and miss with longevity for them. December 3, 2012 at 8:23am Reply

    • Cybele: I think Osmanthe Yunnan would be great December 1, 2012 at 7:17pm Reply

      • Lexi: Hmmm, an Hermes suggestion! Yay! (secretly I’ve always wanted an excuse to wander to that part of my local department store :p)
        I shall go for a tester asap! December 3, 2012 at 8:25am Reply

      • Lexi: I already want to love this perfume because it was created after visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing, Which is absolutely stunning I could have spent days in there. December 3, 2012 at 8:27am Reply

    • E. Lime: My suggestion, Yuzu Rouge, does have citrus in the form of yuzu of course, but on me, the citrus fades very quickly, and it instead becomes a kind of delicious, sparkling zesty tea and roses kind of scent. It is certainly not strong or offensive, and if the yuzu fades similarly on you, it could be a nice refreshing summer scent. December 2, 2012 at 1:42pm Reply

      • Lexi: I’m intrigued. Although I’ve never seen this in store, so it may take some hunting down. I’m up for the challenge! December 3, 2012 at 8:29am Reply

  • Jillie: Could anyone recommend an alternative to Juliet, by Juliet Stewart? I am a fan, but it is expensive; then add to that the shipping costs to the UK and the huge customs tax, and buying it makes it prohibitive.

    It has some bergamot/orange notes at first (but is not a citrus perfume), and it dries down to a vanilla/wood. It is soft and cosy, and long-lasting. Somehow it is almost old-fashioned but is also luxurious! December 1, 2012 at 5:27am Reply

    • Heather: I haven’t actually smelled this one but the orange/vanilla/wood combo reminds me of Organza or Fan di Fendi. I may be way off though. December 1, 2012 at 5:33am Reply

      • Jillie: Thank you, Heather. I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t tried these two, but will certainly do so now! December 2, 2012 at 6:31am Reply

    • Victoria: Jillie, have you tried the new Hermes L’Ambre des Merveilles? I’m not familiar with Juliet, but L’Ambre might be a good one to consider. December 1, 2012 at 7:23am Reply

      • Jillie: Thanks, V. I am going to try this too! I wish that more people knew Juliet because not only does it smell good, but Juliet Stewart herself seems to be a wonderful person with a great moral compass! December 2, 2012 at 6:33am Reply

  • Heather: Oh I am late to the party, but I have really enjoyed reading through all of the other comments and have already made some sampling notes. In addition however, I am looking for fragrances that “wear like silk brocade gowns”, inspired by Victoria’s article on building a fragrance wardrobe in Red (quote from the article). I loved this description but once I started grouping my fragrances realised I don’t have any I could put in this category, which is probably why I always have trouble choosing something for a special occasion. I have two stipulations: I would like something modern and different, no Shalimar please, and I would like it to be abstract and non-linear. Thanks in advance for any replies so late in this thread. December 1, 2012 at 5:42am Reply

    • Victoria: Not late at all! These threads are so popular that I’ve set aside three days for them.

      As for my perfumes that wear like brocade gowns, I would mention Ormonde Jayne Woman, Kenzo Jungle, by Kilian Back to Black, Serge Lutens pretty much anything apart from the the sheerest scents, and Frederic Malle Iris Poudre. A mix of opulent florals and rich woods (and some orientals) is how I personally see that category. December 1, 2012 at 6:15am Reply

      • Heather: Three days! I hadn’t realised. What fun!! Thanks for the recommendations as well. I will keep in mind ‘opulent florals and rich woods’ as buzzwords now. December 1, 2012 at 9:08am Reply

    • Jessica R: I was recently looking for something similar, something that would be non-linear and modern. I like when a perfume develops on my skin, but I don’t like many classics for some reason. Anyhow, I picked up Etat Libre d’Orange Rossy de Palma based some blog reviews and it’s a love at first sniff. I used to wear Tom Ford Black Orchid and White Patchouli and got lots of compliments on them. December 2, 2012 at 10:50am Reply

      • Heather: Thank you. I actually have Rossy de Palma but tend to wear it during the day. I will have to give it a try for a night out. I’ve also never tried any Tom Fords! I don’t know why. I will have to try these soon. In the meantime Songes has just joined my collection and will be put to good use as Christmas party season is fast approaching. December 3, 2012 at 11:38am Reply

    • Gina: Chanel 31 Rue Cambon December 13, 2012 at 1:21am Reply

  • solanace: Dear Fumeheads,

    I’d like to ask you for some advice because my baby is almost there and I was thinking that, after the first few months of perfume abstinence, I can’t go straight back to my usual gigantic scents of choice (such as Shalimar), for the tiny little nose’s sake. A nice transition would be in order, so I was thinking abou getting some decants of colognes, light roses and other sheer stuff. What do you recommend?

    Have a nice weekend, y’all! December 1, 2012 at 6:33am Reply

    • Victoria: Almost there! 🙂 I cannot wait to hear stories about the little one when she comes. Even infants have specific scent preferences, from what I read.

      My close friend was in a similar situation as you, and she ended up wearing Frederic Malle Cologne Bigarade and Demeter Gin and Tonic a lot. A sheer rose like Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme might work for you, because it is like a sheeted out take on Amouage’s roses. Have you tried it? December 1, 2012 at 7:21am Reply

      • solanace: Hi V.,

        Thank’s! I haven’t tried any of these yet, and they sound great, specially that Rose Anonyme one!

        You know, I’m so hooked on this idea of developing the baby’s nose, I must share a former discovery of mine, for those who have babies close by: French books on baby food. These are wonderful, and a great gift, and they convey the idea that baby food should exhibit different colours and flavours, because if you prepare everyday the same bland light brown mix, even if it is nutritionally balanced, the kid will grow to like bland light brown food as an adult, which is usually fast food. When my boy started eating purée, I would add a little thyme, or a basil leaf, or even the tiniest pinch of curry, of garam masala, or garlic… Today the 3 years old boy likes everything, even his Japanese grandmother is impressed! (Totally off-topic, of course!) December 1, 2012 at 10:04am Reply

        • annemariec: Well that’s interesting! I did exactly the same thing with my kids when they were tiny, although without having quite thought out the reason nearly as precisely as you put it . It was just a kind of instinct. Today, when they are aged 14 and 10, there is very little they won’t eat, or at least try. December 1, 2012 at 3:31pm Reply

        • Victoria: This makes perfect sense! It also reminded me of a friend’s story. When she first moved to Japan with her little son, the main complaint at school was not his behavior (not that great by Japanese standards), but the fact that he wouldn’t eat his lunch. She was mildly scolded for giving him uninspiring lunch boxes and identical food every single time. The teachers gave her magazines and books that explained how to make lunch boxes and how to present food so that it looks appetizing. Today J. (who is already a big boy) is quite a foodie, and there is hardly anything that he wouldn’t eat. December 1, 2012 at 3:53pm Reply

    • Heather: Many of the Goutal fragrances would seem to fit the bill – Eau d’Hadrien, Eau du Sud, Quel Amour!, Rose Splendide to start. The Guerlain colognes are also nice and Eau de Guerlain is actually an EDT so lasts well. V has already recommended my absolute favourite, Cologne Bigarade, and there are the other two by JCE in the FM line – L’Eau d’Hiver and Angeliques sous La Pluie. I hope all goes well for you! December 1, 2012 at 9:06am Reply

      • solanace: Thank’s, Heather!

        I haven’t explored the Goutal line yet, sounds like the time has finally come. Cologne bigarade is definetly on my list, and the same goes for the Guerlain cologne range, I like that house so much, but due to my perverse tastes have always gone for the patisserie ones! 😉 December 1, 2012 at 10:08am Reply

    • maja: I don’t think babies dislike Shalimar&Co, it’s actually the change that confuses them. They want their mother to always smell the same from what I’ve learned 🙂 And yes, they are most likely to be super excited about the mother’s milk smell 🙂 December 1, 2012 at 9:13am Reply

      • solanace: Yep, during the hardcore breastfeeding time of 6 months or so, I’ll stay clear. I agree with you on Shalimar, it is quite ‘baby powdery’, and softer than a lot of things people put on babies. But it will be summer solstice here, so I’ve been thinking it will be a good opportunity to try something new! December 1, 2012 at 10:11am Reply

        • Anna Minis: Johnson’s babytalc and babysoap is nice together with Shalimar. December 1, 2012 at 11:37am Reply

          • Anna Minis: Shalimar must also wait until fall or winter. In the meantime, what about Cartier de Lune? And it may not be a first rate perfume, but still Hypnôse (lancôme) has a soft vanilla, I like it in summer Perhaps Dutch summers are cooler than yours!) December 1, 2012 at 12:27pm Reply

            • solanace: I’m pretty sure your summers are cooler, since I live in Brazil, lol. Today it is like hell, sooo hot (which did not shy me away from wearing Amouage Honour, so you can bet I’ll check your suggestions even if they are a bit unorthodox for summer 🙂 )

              And the idea of layering Shalimar with Johnsons’ seems super sexy. Thank’s, Anna!! December 1, 2012 at 1:52pm Reply

              • Anna Minis: LOL! You need something refreshing, like Eau de Rochas, or ô de Lancôme, but the little one is almost there, and these perfumes are too harsh on his (her) nose. What about Petit Guerlain Eau de Senteur for the baby, and Petit Guerlain for you? is that available in Brasil? A ver fresh and soft rose is Rose Muskissime (maître parfumeur et gantier). December 1, 2012 at 4:11pm Reply

  • Wendyr: I LOVE AG Songes, my all time favorite. My next loves are: OJ Tolu, FM En Passant and Carnal Flower. Tried FM Une Rose and Lipstick Rose, but cannot decide if I love or like. More ideas please? December 1, 2012 at 2:15pm Reply

    • Victoria: We have many favorites in common. I would recommend by Kilian Love and Tears, Serge Lutens A La Nuit, if you want to explore more white florals (and jasmine in particular).

      When you decide to experiment, go in the opposite direction and explore woods and incense like Serge Lutens Bois de Violette and Feminite bu Bois, L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer, Comme des Garcons Kyoto (there are so many, but these are the ones I’ve been wearing a lot lately, so they are on my mind). As a white floral lover myself, I found that woods and incense had a certain understated elegance that made them a perfect counterpoint to the lush florals in my perfume wardrobe. December 1, 2012 at 2:48pm Reply

      • Wendyr: I will try the opposite direction and explore your suggestions. I did a search on them and am leaning to SL Bois de Violette. I do not have any CdG in my perfume drawer so that might be a nice option. Any ideas for a beautiful rose? Barney’s here I come! December 1, 2012 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Wendyr: Thank you so much Victoria. Just as an FYI – I do have a jasmine(sambac) plant that is used in perfume. The flowers are very potent and there is nothing better than to sit out early in the morning or late at night with my nose in the bush. I bring it in in winter and it sits in my hallway just waiting for next summer. Such a simple pleasure for a perfume woman! December 1, 2012 at 3:44pm Reply

  • shaney: Hello fragrance friends! I am wondering if you could recommend a sandalwood for me. I LOVE sandalwood, and when younger, I was very into the Indi Sandalwood perfume oil that I bought at a local bath shop…I like the real rich, creamy, and almost dirty-smelling sandalwood. I have Guerlain Samsara, which I like, but it’s a bit sweet. I have L’aP Bois Farine, and the sandalwood in the drydown is of the most beautiful I’ve smell, so creamy and pretty….and that is what I would love to be the heart of the perfume that I’m searching for. Suggestions? December 1, 2012 at 4:37pm Reply

    • Patricia R.: Creamy one is Santalrosa by Space NK. December 1, 2012 at 6:01pm Reply

    • Jessica R: You should try Diptyque Tam Dao. December 2, 2012 at 10:51am Reply

    • Elisa: You can find good sandalwood in some of Laurie Erickson’s (Sonoma Scent Studios) and Andy Tauer’s perfumes. A mainstream option would be Chanel Egoiste. December 3, 2012 at 10:20am Reply

    • shaney: Thank you for your suggestions! December 3, 2012 at 12:17pm Reply

  • Karen: If I’m not too late, I would really appreciate advice on finding a perfume that smells like SL Un Bois Vanille does in the dry down – but minus what on me is a very cloying opening! I love how it smells after a couple of hours but can’t bear the start. Possibly it’s the licorice? Anyway, Amy thoughts gratefully accepted! December 1, 2012 at 7:42pm Reply

    • sara: Maybe, Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise? December 2, 2012 at 10:52am Reply

    • Elisa: I think Boyfriend smells a lot like UBV in the drydown, and not quite as sweet with vanilla initially. As a bonus it’s much cheaper! December 3, 2012 at 10:21am Reply

      • Karen: Many thanks, I’ll look forward to giving both of those a try! December 4, 2012 at 1:51am Reply

  • Dorothy: Hello all, I am still very new to building my collection and was wondering if anyone had recommendations on sampler sets? I would love a set with the classics, or even sets categorized by family or house. Anything to start me off really. I know i can get samples at some stores, but often feel uncomfortable asking for samples if i’m not making a purchase (a fear i will probably need to get over) Any help is much appreciated! December 2, 2012 at 3:17am Reply

    • sara: Surrender to Chance has sampler sets. They have a ton of choices. December 2, 2012 at 10:53am Reply

      • Jessica: I recently ordered a ton of samples from Surrender to Chance, they have so much selection!
        I have been on hiatus with my perfume hobby for the past years, but used to have a great relationship with someone at my local Bloomingdale’s.
        When you visit your favorite high end department store try to make friends with someone at the perfume counter. Build a relationship with that person and only make in store purchases with her. Let her help you find something you like and ask her to set samples aside for you. Before you know it, she’ll know what you like, what you like on your husband, and probably what you should get your friends and sisters better than you would know yourself! That person will want to sell to you, and she’ll want to make you happy so you’ll buy more. 🙂 December 2, 2012 at 4:26pm Reply

    • annemariec: Ditto The Perfumed Court. December 2, 2012 at 1:59pm Reply

    • Ann-Sofie: I am still kind of a newbie, but been in this fragrance whirlwind for a year now. Confusing and amazing. I started with a house: Guerlain- mainly the classics like Mitsouko, L’Heure bleu etc, then moved into the better mainstream and some niche like Serge Lutens and Chanel Les Excusifs. For me, and still feeling like a rookie, it took (takes, really – as I am still at it!) a long time to learn to discriminate between different notes and accords, as well as to understand which ones´ I really liked and suited me. Today, I am glad I started with Guerlain, not the least because of the history of the house – a century or more of making georgeous fragrance! To me my interest in Guerlain gave me context and understanding for the history of modern fragrance. And what this strange thing the parfumistas called chypre really is (Mitsouko became my beloved reference). Musing about it – Guerlains classics taught me my firts things about structure in perfumes. And Rive Gauche from YSL taught me about the absence of structure.

      On YouTube you can find a very interesting BBC documentary in three parts (1 hour each) about the fragrance industry, the second part focus on Guerlain. If you google youtube+bbc documentary+fragrance I think you will find it. Recommended for learning, and for the joy of it!

      And I am shamelessly e-mailing perfume companies asking for samples – Serge Lutens are very generous, for example. And in the end – you will end up with a full bottle or two from those who nicely send you some samples. I did….. December 2, 2012 at 4:49pm Reply

  • stella: I recently came across Geranium essential oil and found that I love this green/spicy scent. Surprisingly, I’ve not found many perfumes that make geranium a central character: Frederic Malle’s Geranium Pour Monsieur sounds like it’s as much mint as geranium, and Miller Harris’ Geranium Bourbon is far too sweet and rosy for my taste. I’d love something that played up the spiciness of the geranium, maybe with woodsy notes? Does such a scent exist? December 2, 2012 at 11:54am Reply

    • Victoria: There is a fragrance I love with geranium, but it’s all about rose petals–Annick Goutal Quel Amour. It uses an exceptional grade of geranium in the context of a sheer, fruity rose, but the result is surprising.

      Geranium Pour Monsieur is definitely geranium. Mint is there, but in geranium, minty notes are usually front and center anyway. I recommend trying it. December 2, 2012 at 2:38pm Reply

      • stella: Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll have to try to get a sample of the Frederic Malle. December 2, 2012 at 3:26pm Reply

    • Rowanhill: The Different Company’s Bois d’Iris has geranium with the iris. It would be one of my deserted island fragrances. December 3, 2012 at 6:23am Reply

    • Elisa: I love Geranium Bourbon myself, but if that’s not to your taste, maybe try Agent Provocateur, which has a lot of geranium as well. December 3, 2012 at 10:22am Reply

    • Gina: Comptoir Sud Pacifique Aouda comes to mind. Interesting fragrance with top notes of geranium and rose on a tolu, patch and oud base. December 13, 2012 at 1:27am Reply

  • Fleurdelis: Looking for some suggestions. I like Seville a L’aube, but it settles into something too sweet. I like rosé and florals, but no patchouli. Any incense/floral suggestions? Thanks. December 2, 2012 at 3:02pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Chanel No 22 is a great incense floral much less sweet than the Seville a L’aube. December 2, 2012 at 9:35pm Reply

    • Victoria: I like very much by Kilian Sweet Redemption, but I suspect that it might also be sweet. Still, worth smelling. December 4, 2012 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Anna Minis: Wow! Snow in Amsterdam! Time to buy a new bottle of my all time snow-perfume, Fahrenheit 32. Or is there an even more exciting perfume with that unique combination of freshness and softness, like softly falling snow? December 3, 2012 at 4:52am Reply

    • Victoria: Whenever I think of fresh and soft, I think of Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche or Paul & Joe Blanc, but I might be swayed by the color references in the names. Still, they are wonderful perfumes. Oh, and Guerlain Apres L’Ondee and Frederic Malle L’Eau d’Hiver too. December 3, 2012 at 4:53pm Reply

  • Helen: Hello. The worst thing….my perfume is no longer available.
    For years I’ve worn Truth by Calvin Klein. Please help me and suggest
    what might replace it. Now down to my
    last 5ml!!! Thanking you all in advance December 4, 2012 at 4:47am Reply

    • Victoria: I was thinking about your question, and you know, Truth might be hard to match exactly. It was a very unusual blend. But try Calvin Klein Euphoria, which has a similar vivid green top note. Yves Saint Laurent Cinema (created by the same perfumer as Truth, Jacques Cavallier) is worth smelling too. December 4, 2012 at 3:19pm Reply

      • Helen: Hi Victoria, thanks for the advice. Am wearing YSL Cinema as I type and love it. Did a bit of research into Jaques Cavallier and interestingly, my perfume history is:
        Jean Paul Gaultier, Poeme, Stella and Truth, fragrances all developed by him! Hx December 13, 2012 at 3:08am Reply

    • Ann-Sofie: I have a 50 ml bottle of Truth, sprayed twice, bought this autumn. It do not suit me well at all, and I would gladly send it to you in exchange for shipping fee, as I know and deeply sympathize with the very bad feeling of never ever sniffing the Good Thing again. I live in Sweden and my e-mail address is: annso-b at hotmail dot com. December 4, 2012 at 5:51pm Reply

      • Ann-Sofie: Truth EDP it is. Not EDT. Sorry. December 4, 2012 at 5:53pm Reply

        • Ann-Sofie: Ahhh, sorry for splitting this message in several parts – in exchange for shipping fee means if the fee is quite high, like 10 euro. Otherwise it is on me and I am only glad that my unloved bottle will find a good home and a happy owner. It is a great fragrance, but green notes, as well as I admire them on others, they do not agree with me. December 4, 2012 at 6:03pm Reply

          • Helen: Hi Ann-Sophie, that’s so kind of you. I’ll email you direct. Hx December 5, 2012 at 6:51am Reply

  • Clematis: Please recommend a perfume. In the past I have worn Mitsuko & Bal a Versailles. My mother started wearing them, which was fine, but I needed something different. Have been wearing Samsara for years but eventually couldn’t notice it on myself. I’m at a loss. The perfume counter intimidates me. Any ideas? Thank you. Clematis December 4, 2012 at 4:49am Reply

    • Beatrice: I love Mitsouko on others but on me it turns musty and sour. You should try Rochas Femme. If you want a modern perfume that smells classical, try Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. Luca Turin gives it 5 stars. December 4, 2012 at 8:25am Reply

    • Ann-Sofie: It seems like we have some fragrance preferences in common – I also love Mitsouko, and used to adore Samsara, but got a bit tired of it, sadly. It is a beatiful fragrance. I recommend you to try Bois de feminité by Serge Lutens (sultry wood), Coromandel by Chanel, Les Exlusifs line (my favourite, outstanding profound patchouli – as good as it gets) and a lovely warm iris for softer, everyday wear – Ferré by Giancomo Ferré. A really great rose chypre at a really great price is Agent Provocateur (the original). And lately, because the cold weather seem to bring out the very best of it – Insolence eau de parfum – violets in vanilla (please observe, the EDP is so much better than the EDT, and sillage is beyond recognition). And yes, the perfume counter can be intimidating (gah!), but when you start a conversation with them you will probably see that you know more than them about fragrance, and that they are very bored and unfortunately do not have the manners to hide it, neither the wits to get unbored, a.k.a taking an interest in the business they signed up for. Some perfume counters are indeed a pleasure to visit, as well! I still linger a couple of meters in front of the counter, checking out the action, before I decide if it is worthwile or not to make the dive 😉 December 4, 2012 at 5:39pm Reply

      • Clematis: Thank you Beatrice & Ann-Sofie. I might add I love the fragrance of the David Austin climbing rose Cressida. It’s called myrrh in catalogs. December 6, 2012 at 12:41pm Reply

  • Hilda: I’m in the search for a perfume to curl up with this winter, would love some recommendations! I’m looking for something quite deep, oriental and spicy (maybe with cocoa notes/saffron/ cinnamon..). Warm and not too sweet.
    Today I mostly wear Prada l’eau ambrée. I’m also fond of infusion d’iris, for a casual day – and chanel no 19 when I’m in need of something more complicated. Also love powdery vintage scents like lanvin arpège.
    Any suggestions? December 5, 2012 at 4:36am Reply

    • Anna Minis: warm, deep, oriental, winter? That’s Borneo 1834! (Lutens). Or Ambre Sultan (Lutens). Or Opium (I like the reformulation better than the original–brighter, less heavy, to my nose with more myrrhe ). For a comforting chocolat: Angel Le Goût du Parfum. Have a nice, cosy winter! December 5, 2012 at 7:20am Reply

  • Merickel: My signature perfume has been Flower by Kenzo for some time now. I love its light, sensual and powdery fragrance which is not over powering in any way. Budget is not an issue and people are asking what to get me for Christmas. I read that someone else had recommended Guerlain L’Heure Bleue as similar to Flower by Kenzo but appreciate any and all suggestions. I’m no expert at all when it comes to perfume; frankly it overwhelms me. Twenty years ago I was into Annick Goutal (can’t remember which) and L’ Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc but I have liked nothing as much as Flower by Kenzo yet still want to broaden my horizons and not get locked into one scent.


    Molly December 6, 2012 at 6:03am Reply

    • Victoria: I would recommend for you to try Parfums de Nicolai Kiss Me Tender and L’Artisan Traversee du Bosphore. They have a softness that you might enjoy, but also different effects. Kiss Me Tender is sweet and coquettish. Traversee du Bosphore has a woody, delicately smoky drydown.

      I hope that these lines are easy enough for you to find. If not, please let me know, and I will think of other suggestions. December 8, 2012 at 2:37pm Reply

  • Debbie: I have worn Vera Wang’s Bouquet for the past couple of years. Twenty years ago, when I was younger I worn Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps and Chloe. I like a light floral and citrus fragrance. Any recommendations?
    Thanks December 12, 2012 at 12:09am Reply

  • JulienFromDijon: Guerlain – “Habit rouge” EXTRAIT
    After bad mouthing Guerlain, I recommend you this.
    It’s very good, and made by Thierry Wasser. I love the true to life liquorice root -réglisse- in it.
    It stands, almost forgotten, in any parisian boutique (bon marché and printemps included), in the same bottle but with “extrait” on it.

    Patou – “ma collection” 12 old edt
    Many old patou have a wonderfull clove & horsey amber & santal base.

    Cartier – XII “l’heure mystérieuse” AGAIN, for the jasmine.
    Spray it, and get the jasmine in the sillage. From afar is truly the best distance to catch the alluring sense of this perfume.

    Amouage extrait and attar.
    Try “tribute” attar of Amouage, and extrait of the regular perfume -they do exist- : jubilation 25 -truly chypre, with much more iris and better jasmine-, lyric woman, and maybe gold -which makes way more sense than the edp, the rose makes the whole less flat aldehydic-.

    JAR boutique
    To see the progress you made since last visit. If your taste changed. And try on skin, a thing that we rarely do since during parisian pilgrimage there’s often no skin place left.
    I always miss the boutique, so tiny, number 14 I guess. December 15, 2012 at 10:52am Reply

  • Heidi: I wore Calamity Jane by Juliette Has A Gun last winter and then could not stop until I used the very last drop. Try it!! It is wonderful but I am now looking for something new. Warm, woody, strong……???? December 17, 2012 at 9:59pm Reply

  • sabine: I have been looking for a new perfume for long… without success so far! So I’d like to know what you would recommend.
    The perfumes I have been wearing with pleasure are : Flora Nerolia (Guerlain), A la nuit (Serge Lutens), Quel amour! (Annick Goutal) and also Bois d’orange (Roger&Gallet). The one I prefered was Flora Nerolia but it’s no longer avilable!
    It’s difficult for me in English, so in French (as you read Marie-Claire in French! ;-)) : je cherche un parfum féminin mais pas sucré, peut-être même avec une note masculine, mais néanmoins doux. J’aime les notes de jasmin, bergamote, néroli… If this evokes something to you, thank you for your suggestions! December 19, 2012 at 12:39pm Reply

    • Sabine: (I just wanted to add that it’s a delight to read the reviews on this blog, always very fair. I don’t know much about perfume but I like scents… and I am happy to discover that, being a woman, it’s ok to wear Terre d’Hermès or Eau Sauvage. It’s amazing to read the right words translating the feeling and the atmosphere conveyed by a perfume.) December 21, 2012 at 6:13am Reply

    • Victoria: Sabine, I’ve moved your comment to this new thread: December 21, 2012 at 9:44am Reply

  • Diana: I`m Looking for a perfume like Black Orchid tom ford but just for men!
    please help me Victoria 🙂

    thnx April 27, 2013 at 6:54am Reply

  • Maureen: I am traveling in October to the Greek Isles and I would love to find a perfume that I can’t find in U S. What would you suggest? May 28, 2013 at 7:09pm Reply

    • Victoria: Maureen, how exciting! Greek islands in the fall are beautiful, and I know you will have a great time.
      I would recommend exploring the pharmacies, because that’s where you will find the most interesting products and local lines not available elsewhere. Korres products are sold in the States too, but in Greece you will find more variety. Their soaps and shower gels are richly scents and moisturizing. I also love Papoutsanis olive oil soap, which is a very basic, inexpensive soap, but if you have dry or sensitive skin, it’s fantastic. May 29, 2013 at 6:09am Reply

      • Maureen: I think I will be bringing these soaps back for my friends. Thank you.

        What a great idea.

        Thank you. May 29, 2013 at 8:26am Reply

        • Victoria: If you find anything else interesting during your trip, please let us know! I love hearing about travel stories and discoveries. 🙂 May 29, 2013 at 10:43am Reply

  • Joan Goddard: Victoria -your writing is exquisite! The perfumes come alive, almost as though I can smell them. So many to choose from. Currently I wear Bulgari pour Femme, 24 Faubourg, Creed 2000 Fleurs. I wore Shalimar for a long time, also Nahema and Chamade. I purchased John Christian-3 small bottles, red green and gold. A bit too much. Annick Goutal each one I tried did not last. I’m winging my way to Paris in September and would like to find some new fragrances. Any suggestions? Lutens A La Nuit? L’Artisan Parfumeur? Definitely plan on visiting Guerlain! Thank you so much for all you write! August 7, 2013 at 1:39pm Reply

    • Victoria: Joan, thank you for your nice words. It sounds like you love big, opulent florals, but also nothing too sweet (or at least, to have sweetness balanced out by something else like citrus in Shalimar). If you’re going to be in Paris, try Lutens’ De Profundis as well as Fleurs de Citronnier (it’s fresher, more cologne like, but it’s interesting). Fleur d’Oranger is another Lutens beauty, but it’s sweet, so I would get a sample to live with it.

      Among the new launches, Hermes Jour d’Hermes is a delicate floral that nevertheless has a beautiful presence. L’Artisan’s La Chasse aux Papillons and Seville a l’Aube are my favorite florals from the house (also Nuit de Tubereuse). I think that you might enjoy trying them.

      At Guerlain, you could explore L’Heure de Nuit, although none of the newer releases match your current Guerlain favorites. Please let me know how it goes! August 11, 2013 at 2:32pm Reply

  • Astrid: Which Annick Goutal perfume is identical/similar to Bvlgari Omnia? Thanks July 30, 2016 at 5:58am Reply

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