Recommend Me a Perfume : November

Bois de Jasmin will return on Friday, November 7th. Today we have our “Recommend Me a Perfume” thread. You can use this space to ask any questions about perfume, including fragrance recommendations. If you’ve asked for a recommendation before, we would love to hear how your search went and what you’ve discovered.


How does it work:

1. Please post your requests or questions as comments here. You can also use this space to ask any fragrance related questions. To receive recommendations that are better tailored to your tastes, you can include details on what you like and don’t like, your signature perfumes, and your budget. And please let us know what you end up sampling.

2. Then please check the thread to see if there are other requests you can answer. Your responses are really valuable for navigating the big and sometimes confusing world of perfume, so let’s help each other!

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

Photography by Bois de Jasmin



  • Sandra: Happy Halloweeen everyone. This is my favorite thread!
    I just scored some perfume at the hermes sample sale last week- everything was 50% off! The kelly caleche parfum I bought has a sort of plasticy smell- what am I smelling? It must be a note in there or maybe could be my stuffy nose I have in the morning. Let me know what you think…
    The other perfume I purchased was 24 faubourg- so feminine.
    Have a great day ahead – I will be eating donuts and drinking some apple cider to celebrate Halloween October 31, 2014 at 7:24am Reply

    • Sandra: When this was posted by accident it was Halloween – 🙂 November 3, 2014 at 7:18am Reply

    • Michaela: No problem, happy Halloween to you, too 🙂
      I’m happy for your 24 Faubourg, so feminine, indeed. Enjoy! 🙂 November 3, 2014 at 10:50am Reply

    • monkeytoe: I have not smelled the parfum, but the edp has quite a bit of mimosa that can read plasticky to some and playdoughy to others. November 5, 2014 at 2:23pm Reply

      • Sandra: that is what I am smelling! Mimosa November 5, 2014 at 3:04pm Reply

  • Vanie: Hi everyone!
    I’d like to know your thoughts on Ormonde Jayne Tiare and Frangipani. Aren’t those two names for the same thing (flower soaked in coconut oil)? Which perfume do you like best and why?

    Thanks! November 3, 2014 at 8:37am Reply

    • Cybele: Tiare is Tahitian Gardenia that often is used to infuse coconut oil. Frangipani is a different plant also called Plumeria. I have only tried O.J. Frangipani, it is very nice. Frangipani smells light and delicate compared to other white flowers, not heavy or indolic. It almost has a slight citrus note. Hope that helps. November 3, 2014 at 8:45am Reply

      • Vanie: It does help! Thanks November 3, 2014 at 5:13pm Reply

    • Blinky: As an aside – I think officially, monoi is the term for coconut oil infused with, traditionally, tahitian gardenia. I know Elemis use a tiare-frangipani combo to infuse, but traditionally it’s the former. November 3, 2014 at 9:29am Reply

      • Vanie: Thanks for the clarification November 3, 2014 at 5:15pm Reply

    • Terry: I love Tiare for the greeness of the fragrance. It has a lovely drydown and lingers in the nicest possible way, in my opinion. If you want a creamier, smokier scent, Frangipani would appeal to you a little more. Both of these scents are lovely and complex. November 3, 2014 at 11:40am Reply

      • Vanie: I guess I’ll have to try both! Thanks! November 3, 2014 at 5:16pm Reply

      • Nikki: Yves Rocher has lots of Tiare at a good price and quality. November 3, 2014 at 5:23pm Reply

    • Audrey: Tiare is sharper and more ‘green’, it’s a completely different tiare scent that anything else out there. Frangipani opens with a burst of lime and mellows to a lightly sweet floral. If you can score some of the parfum version, the frangipani burst with tropical beauty and goes through a rich, creamy gardenia-type stage. Both are worth experiencing. November 3, 2014 at 12:12pm Reply

      • Vanie: Your descriptions are lovely! November 3, 2014 at 5:16pm Reply

    • AnnieA: Ormonde Jayne Tiare is very pretty. I confess to being scared to try the other ones in depth, as they all seemed to have some common ingredient I simply did not like, and at least one made me smell like maple syrup. November 3, 2014 at 3:52pm Reply

      • Vanie: Mmmm… Maple syrup! Although I’d rather eat it than smell of it! 😉 November 3, 2014 at 5:17pm Reply

        • Nikki: That is how Sables by Annick Goutal smells…maple syrup and something else, a great fragrance. November 3, 2014 at 5:24pm Reply

  • WJ: I have just tried Palimsest by Mandy Aftel. I half love, half don’t like the fragrance, but it made me curious whether there is something similar out there (maybe not THAT expensive). Thank you :-). November 3, 2014 at 9:07am Reply

    • Nikki: I really don’t like or care for any of Aftel’s scents. I think they are very simple and well, weird, as if somebody started throwing scents together as a puzzle. It sounds like getting a Ph.D. from a mail order college for $1,700, an impostor. Why buy an amateur’s fragrance when you can buy an expert’s fragrance, who was educated, trained and has experience in the industry, i.e. Maurice Roussel or maybe Dominique Ropion’s scents? Doesn’t make scents…sense to me at all. November 3, 2014 at 5:13pm Reply

      • WJ: I wouldn’t necessarily say that only fragrances made by ‘experts’ are good. There are lots of self-taught perfumers out there (Andy Tauer being one of them) who make wonderful perfumes. My decision whether I like a fragrance or not doesn’t really depend on who made it. Even recognized ‘master pieces’ don’t appeal to everyone. I personally like trying creations of independent perfumers, you never know what you may find. November 3, 2014 at 8:15pm Reply

        • Nikki: Andy Tauer and his perfumes are extraordinary, they last and have high quality ingredients. November 3, 2014 at 11:09pm Reply

  • Mara: Thank you for this invitation!
    For her: SAFFRON -Cologne Intense by Jo Malone.

    For him: EAU SAUVAGE by Christian Dior.

    These suggestions could, of course, be interchangeable!
    Happy new winter season! November 3, 2014 at 9:13am Reply

  • silverdust: I have a comment/question for Victoria. I’m shocked at how watered down all scents have become, esp. high-end fragrances like Chanel.

    The unavailability of certain ingredients can’t be to blame for all of it, so what gives? High-dollar ‘fumes might be beautifully crafted, but if they last all of five minutes, why do the perfume houses think anyone will part with the cash?

    The only scent that has remain unchanged and goes from morning to night, unfortunately, isn’t one of my faves, is EL’s Youth Dew.

    So is it just me or does anyone else have this problem as well? If so, what other frags can you recommend that last like Youth Dew but aren’t heavy white florals or fruity?

    If I had a signature scent, it would be Agent Provocateur, which is what I wear most of the time. I loved vintage No. 19 and vintage Rive Gauche and gravitate toward frags containing incense and green, esp. cedar. Breaking the bank with SL or Chanel-type prices is also not a possibility at this time.

    Thanks in advance! November 3, 2014 at 9:27am Reply

    • Sandra: I am not sure where you live-but most Chanel fragrances are made in the USA except a select few November 3, 2014 at 10:01am Reply

    • Michaela: My very long-lasting perfumes which do not break the bank at all and seem similar to your favorites are: Jacomo Silences (green iris), Van Cleef&Arpels First (yes, soft jasmine, but no big white flower, very easy to wear). On the sheer transparent side, you may like Cartier Declaration (for cedarwood note), it lasts all day long.
      I also like Agent Provocateur, I think I would choose it from all more or less similar scents. November 3, 2014 at 10:26am Reply

      • Nikki: I second First, the best of Ellena’s creations. November 3, 2014 at 5:14pm Reply

    • Elisa: Sonoma Scent Studio’s perfumes last all day and are basically parfum strength, but quite affordable. She has lots of woody/incense scents. Strongly recommended! November 3, 2014 at 11:56am Reply

      • Ann: I second the SSS rec! November 3, 2014 at 1:23pm Reply

        • Neisha: I was going to say this too! Also, all of the Lauders, especially the older ones that they keep under the counter like a secret stash seem to last and last. The SAs will warn you about them! Azuree, White Linen and the original Private Collection are great. Clinique Aromatic Elixer is another Lauder with tremendous staying power. And all of these are affordable! November 3, 2014 at 9:03pm Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: Incense, green…maybe Martin Margiela Untitled. You can buy 30 ml for ±€60. November 4, 2014 at 5:38am Reply

    • Bernadette: I am in the process of learning, but what I am gleaning from the few books I am reading, it seems that dilution may be due in part to regulatory constraints i.e. the perfume is only allowed to have __% of an ingredient & in order to comply, we must dilute the whole contents; essentially increasing the cost to the consumer. Also, if top notes sell, maybe they are interested in “capturing the consumer” when they open the bottle at the counter, regardless of the fact that the scent will be fleeting. I am basing these statements on the following:

      (Why Our Perfumes Don’t Smell the Way They Once Did)

      Taken from Chadler Burr’s, The Emperor of Scent:
      “Approximately $20 billion is generated every year by industrially manufactured smells, and virtually all these smells are made by only seven companies, the Big Boys, which spilt the billions among themselves. The Big Boys shroud themselves in secrecy to protect the public brand image of their clients…..The creation of a single commercially successful fragrance molecule represents tens of millions of dollars, and the Big Boys employ an army of chemists tasked with creating them.”

      “Many houses were issuing new editions of their old fragrances. The reissues, which bore the names of their originals but frequently differed molecularly, were in part a matter of cost and in part a matter of law. No one dared use the magnificent ambergris tincture or iris of Florence anymore,as their prices per ounce had rocketed past the possible…..Wonderful molecules called nitro musks–had been used commonly for years, but the Big boys and, more important, their regulators realized they were toxins and replaced them with other molecules, a trade-off that brought safer molecules but fewer smells…..And then there was the adulteration of changing tastes….”.

      Taken from Luca Turin’s, The Secret of Scent:
      “As always, there are economic factors at work: now that much workaday chemistry (the commoditized materials which are out of patent) has moved to countries like China and India, the great fragrance houses make their money from discovering and patenting new molecules. New molecules, are very important in selling fragrance, not least to the brands themselves. Fragrance manufactures have to convince the brands that their product will be different, and the easiest way is to tell them that it will contain a novel “captive” molecule that nobody else has.

      On the cost side, novel materials are increasingly expensive to certify. Regulatory pressure is increasing, especially in the EU, largely because the precautionary principle–the notion that people have to be protected rather than informed–now guides much policy-making. Caveat vendor is the rule, and nobody wants to end up with lawsuits, even if the worst thing that happens is a skin rash.”

      Turin also explains the concept of top, middle & base notes with:
      “Many hundreds of such words make a perfume, the chemical “poem”. Spray a smelling strip with fragrance…and quickly smell it, then come back to it at intervals…What you will notice is that the perfume smells different every time: alcoholic at first, then typically fresh and floral, then the warmer, sweeter notes, then a long-lasting, quite stable heart and finally a “drydown”….What is happening is that the different kinds of molecules are leaving the strip at different rates, small ones bailing out early, large lumbering ones staying put…

      What loosens the molecules from their perch is heat. On warm skin, the molecules are shaken by thermal motion more violently than on a cold surface. If you want to experience a perfume in slow motion, spray it on paper or on the outside of your clothes.”

      Tania Sanchez, from “Perfumes, the A-Z Guide” (with Luca Turin):
      “Unfortunately for the profits, perfume really is an art, not a science….the perfume industry…has done everything it can to avoid viewing its work as art. Perfume companies do not generally keep archives. They change formulas without telling customers. They discontinue their classics. They lie about contents. They hide the perfumers and art directors responsible. They shill shameless copies of great ides and hope no one notices.” November 3, 2014 at 12:07pm Reply

    • solanace: Parfums de Nicolai are very high quality and long lasting, and the prices are quite friendly, especially for the 30 ml bottles. Odalisque and Le Temps d’Une Fête are two gems that might appeal to you. November 3, 2014 at 4:15pm Reply

      • Nikki: yes, and she is a professional!!! November 3, 2014 at 5:14pm Reply

    • SOTRIS: Totally agree!! Have the same feeling (watered) about my summer frag Chanel Allure Homme sport cologne!!
      Any suggestions for a winter woody office scent?? I really liked Diptyque Tam Dao EDP
      and Wonderwood by Comme de Garcons!
      Opinions?? November 6, 2014 at 5:00am Reply

  • Hannah: I used up my sample of Cuir Ottoman years ago but I recently decided it would be my next purchase. I tried it on skin today and I don’t like it anymore! My next addition will be Fille en Aiguilles, which is to be a birthday gift. I didn’t used to like Serge Lutens but now its like I don’t want anything but Serge Lutens.
    I bought Mariage Freres tea today–Rouge Sahara (rooibos with mint and rose). November 3, 2014 at 9:30am Reply

    • Polly: I was recently in Paris and excited to go to the SL boutique in Palais Royale. The staff there were so disdainful and arrogant, I have lost a lot of enthusiasm for the line. I know it was not just bad day because reviews for that boutique consistently mention this problem. I do not require groveling service but this was quite unusual even for a high end store. November 3, 2014 at 9:45am Reply

      • Hannah: I get my Serge Lutens perfumes from Galeries Lafayette Berlin. November 3, 2014 at 9:50am Reply

        • Polly: Yes, many commenters recommend Galeries Lafayette over the flagship store. However, for me the experience of fragrance, is more than just the act itself. It is about anticipation, a little planning, a little impulse and lots of passion. The SL boutique was like going on a much anticipated date with a truly beautiful and admirable celebrity only to find that they treat the waiters poorly. Hard to have quite the same enthusiasm after. But I recognize that I should get a life and just enjoy the perfume without all the silliness. November 3, 2014 at 11:13am Reply

          • Awfulknitter: What a shame to read this! I will be in Paris this weekend and was planning to go to the SL boutique – if I could get up the courage, as expensive shops always intimidate me, particularly when I’m not so good with the language. I presumd the Galleries Lafayette don’t have the Exclusifs? November 3, 2014 at 3:41pm Reply

            • Gigi: If you’ll be in the neighborhood, for a great perfume shopping experience, stop by Jovoy. Not only was it the most enjoyable perfume shopping experience ever, it was pretty much the #1 highlight of my trip to Paris. Perfume wonderland, and they are so sweet! No SL but so much to test and enjoy. November 4, 2014 at 9:27pm Reply

            • Lynley: I feel like that sometimes, but then I remember it’s just a shop, these people are just salespeople and as such have no real justification for snobbery, and the products are there for you to peruse, and/or buy. 🙂 November 5, 2014 at 12:02am Reply

            • Polly: Well, I am not sure, to be honest. Perhaps you should try the boutique anyway and, forewarned, enjoy the silly snobbery! If I had been prepared, I think I could have dealt with it. This being said, the French reviews speak well of the Galeries Lafayette team. Why not do both? November 5, 2014 at 1:34pm Reply

      • Nikki: well, one has to speak French, that is the secret… November 3, 2014 at 5:26pm Reply

        • Victoria: I don’t think that it is necessary. My mom doesn’t speak French and she is always happy with the service there. My advice is to greet the staff as soon as you enter the boutique (French rules of politeness are quite formal) and ask them to show you things rather than touc the bottles yourself. This is true for most stores over there, not just Lutens’s. But I know that everyone has different expectations of customer service and the French model is very different from what’s common in the States. November 3, 2014 at 6:05pm Reply

          • Nikki: Absolutely. I was there two weeks ago and one had to ring the bell to be let in and the sales person greeted us at the door immediately. Greeting the sales people upon entering or at least acknowledging them is a must in France as well as other European countries and does show respect which seems to be lacking when one just walks in, therefore one gets no service or bad service. Well said, V! November 3, 2014 at 11:14pm Reply

          • Alessandra: I agree with these rules. I never had a problem with Serge Lutens Palais Royale people, then again I do exactly all of this, most of the time, and I don’t touch the bottles without asking whether I can or not. Given it is not a place like Galeries Lafayette or Selfridges, I suppose it is only natural. I don’t even think that this etiquette is insane, or nonsense. Instead, I find myself often surrounded by tourists who are pretty rude in these places and pretend to be treated nicely – not talking about any of you, here, of course! Just talking in general, not making accusations -, which I think is crazy. Niceness is a two-way process, to me. When we read reviews, we also have to bear this in mind, I think. Who knows how the people who went there behaved, before writing their comments. Tht said, it is entirely possible that, like everyone else, shop assistants had a particularly bad day and acted non-nicely. Who knows. In my experience, if you say hello and ask before touching, or ask to be assisted, nothing goes wrong. In Paris, some are entirely OK with you touching things on your own, but exclusive places are not. Not even Lutens counters at Printemps let you do that, they get pretty annoyed when you do. November 4, 2014 at 6:33am Reply

            • Hannah: I don’t think you’re supposed to touch the bottles at the SL counter at Galeries Lafayette Berlin. An SA usually speaks to me if I glance at the bottles too long, so now I just wait for an SA to return if one isn’t there instead of trying things on my own. They’ve always been nice and helpful in my experience. I even got free macarons once. I don’t know if I’ll ever visit Paris so the boutique isn’t something I think about. November 4, 2014 at 7:52am Reply

              • Alessandra: they let you touch in Paris but usually they preceed you, haha.

                At Printemps Haussmann, it’s absolutely forbidden. I noticed the girls there reprimand on customers more than once. November 6, 2014 at 10:49am Reply

          • Awfulknitter: I can understand that! As a shy person, though, I usually prefer to be left to my own devices. Oh well, I should be brave! So where should I start? I had a bottle of SL Jeux de Peau and really liked it – I’m hoping to find another winter fragrance. My tastes are reasonably varied (if a bit uninformed, being a bit of a newbie), but I tend to like woody and spicy scents, nothing too powdery or too floral. My other two winter scents are DK Black Cashmere and FM Eau d’Hiver.

            Oh, and I’m thinking about a visit to Guerlain too – mostly lured in by the review of the Hiver en Russie candle! – so any suggestions for their scents would be gratefully received too. I have been having a nice time browsing the review archives to see what I might come across… November 4, 2014 at 11:44am Reply

            • Victoria: At Lutens I’d recommend Santal Majuscule, Santal de Mysore (but it has some cumin), Santal Blanc (no cumin) and Bois Oriental (woods and spices). Those might be a good start.

              At Guerlain’s boutique on Champs Élysées you can smell on your own. When I was there yesterday, I noticed that it was pretty relaxed and people just browsed on their own. Try Bois d’Armenie and maybe Samsara if you don’t mind something a little classical. November 4, 2014 at 2:25pm Reply

              • Hannah: Fille en Aiguilles is also a woody winter fragrance, with some spice. The fruit is very sweet, but the frankincense, dry woods, and fir basalm prevent the entire composition from being too sweet.
                I would be most interested in trying Un Bois Sepia! But I haven’t trued it yet so I don’t know if I recommend it. November 4, 2014 at 2:45pm Reply

              • Awfulknitter: Thanks – I’m looking forwards to my trip even more now! Samsara was actually the first perfume I chose for myself, maybe unconsciously linked to having an old sandalwood fan with some sentimental value. November 4, 2014 at 5:14pm Reply

              • Lynley: ‘when I was there yesterday’ she said casually…. sigh! 😉 November 5, 2014 at 12:06am Reply

                • Mezzogiorno: Ha ha, I noticed that as well, with an envious pang! 🙂 November 6, 2014 at 6:55pm Reply

              • Alessandra: Yes! Much more relaxed chez Guerlain, they actually *want* you to do on your own, as the new salon upstairs is somehow conceived as a gigantic salle de parfum inside somebody’s house, at least that’s thei mpression that I got of it 🙂

                As for SL, I think Bis de Violette and Un Bis Vanille, too, are a great start… together with the immortal Ambre Sultan 🙂 November 6, 2014 at 10:47am Reply

          • Polly: Indeed, but I am actually French and well aware of these rules of politeness, so I was quite taken aback. November 5, 2014 at 1:35pm Reply

            • Bela: May I ask where in France you’re from? November 6, 2014 at 12:15pm Reply

              • Cornelia Blimber: I have a question for you Françaises. The substantive ”lys” is masculin, and yet the perfume is called ”Lys Méditerranée”. Is it a joke, or a pun?
                And ”Iris Poudre” also makes me wonder: two substantives at a row, in stead of substantive + adjective?

                I know there are cases like Poême or Tocade, but the names of the Malles are in a different category (so it seems to me).
                Thank you in advance. November 6, 2014 at 12:43pm Reply

                • Polly: Hi Cornelia,

                  This is not my area of expertise but I know an academic who may be better informed. I’ll post a response here in the next day or so if I can track my friend down. Unless someone else posts first. November 6, 2014 at 2:31pm Reply

                  • Cornelia Blimber: Thank you, Polly!

                    xx November 6, 2014 at 4:24pm Reply

                • kayliz: Hi Cornelia,
                  I’m not French so I can’t say what the effect if this construction is on native-speaker sensibilities, but Lys Mediterranee is a noun phrase made up of two nouns, not noun + adjective. (The adjective would be “mediterraneen”.) It’s just like Iris Poudre, in other words. November 8, 2014 at 6:57am Reply

                  • Cornelia Blimber: hi Kayliz!
                    Yes, I think you are right, two nouns (the adjective should be ”méditerrané” or ”méditerranéen”–the two exist, according to le Petit Robert).
                    Also two nouns , like Iris Poudre, is strange, one expects noun+ adjective.

                    Anyway, thank you! November 8, 2014 at 8:34am Reply

              • Polly: Hi Bela,

                This may not show up as by Polly as in my previous posts. I am at another computer and it won’t let me sign in the usual way ;(

                I grew up in the Paris region and moved to Paris proper as an adult (11ieme and 13ieme arrondissements) and then later to the French alps where I raised my children. November 6, 2014 at 1:50pm Reply

      • Austenfan: I’ve visited the Palais Royal shop twice and have twice had excellent service. The second time the SA helping me even went out of her way to find another fragrance blog for me. Which I thought was very kind of her. November 4, 2014 at 7:20am Reply

      • Polly: I see that many people have had a better experiences than I did, which is good to hear. Everyone can have a bad day and the restoration project in Palais Royale is undoubtedly wearisome for the personnel as it makes the store very gloomy. Certainly, everywhere else, even the rue Cambon Chanel boutique, the service was wonderful and thoughtful. In fact, I have several students who were breathing on the windows at Louboutin and were invited in. These students explained that they could not purchase anything and the SA told them they should try on a few pairs anyway, just to see what it feels like. Great experience for the students who may, hopefully, one day treat themselves to a pair. November 6, 2014 at 1:58pm Reply

        • Victoria: I hope that the next time you visit, the experience will be much better. And that the Palais Royale construction project or whatever it is at this point will be done at long last. November 6, 2014 at 4:43pm Reply

        • Alessandra: great!!!! November 7, 2014 at 7:06am Reply

  • Reg: Hi fellows,
    I have only started to seriously explore the perfume world last year when I discovered some niche scents which I really liked. Before that I stayed away from perfume shops as I have always felt somehow repelled by most mainstream fragrances which didn’t make me want to look any further. Since then I have tried to sample everything I could get my hands on and educate myself, but I might still be a bit clumsy in my descriptions. I found out that I often fall for Chypre scents – they tend to have a complex character and are the most surprising and unique to me. If they’re also well balanced then they’re definitely good candidates for a buy. Can anyone recommend a modern Chypre fragrance or anything else that comes to your mind from the following descriptions? I tend to like Iris, Ylang Ylang, Citrus, small amounts of spices and natural flowers. I usually stay away from leather, scents that are too sweet, too bitter, contain too much aldehydes, too much rose, red berries and oriental spice bombs. Some of my favourite perfumes are Keiko Mecheri Iris d’Argent, Le Labo Ylang 49, Tauer Une Rose Chypree, Balenciaga Paris and Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (I have my problems with other Guerlain classics). November 3, 2014 at 9:45am Reply

    • Lynley: Maybe Agent Provocateur or Oriza L. Legrand Chypre Mousse? November 3, 2014 at 9:56am Reply

      • Reg: Thank you Lynley, I will try and get my hands on both of them! Would you consider Chypre Mousse a “wearable” fragrance? The descriptions sound a little spooky, which makes me curious, but it might be a little too extreme for me. November 3, 2014 at 10:20am Reply

        • Lynley: I’m generally a bit scared of chypres to be honest Reg, the oakmoss can be too bitter and swampy for me. Chypre Mousse I’ve only sampled, and was quite pleasantly surprised. It is a chypre, but it has a lightness to it that for me makes it wearable. November 3, 2014 at 1:06pm Reply

        • Audrey: Bois 1920 vento di fiore, ormonde Jayne tiare, Roma imperiale by profumi del forte, chanel bel respiro, and Cristalle edt, Goutal Eau de Sud, Guerlain Tokyo, all beautiful scents that seem like things you would like…. November 3, 2014 at 1:07pm Reply

          • Reg: Lynley: sounds good, I also prefer chypres which are neither bitter nor swampy!

            Audrey: Thank you for the many suggestions, as I very much like Eau de Sud there might well be something in there for me. November 3, 2014 at 1:12pm Reply

          • Lynley: Roma Imperiale is a fabulous scent! Very well made, interesting yet not at all difficult, and appropriate for all seasons and occasions. Good suggestion. November 5, 2014 at 12:09am Reply

        • Courant: I don’t consider Chypre Mousse an easy wear, however the company sells a sample pack of six or seven fragrances and the experience of trying them all is a perfume highlight. They aren’t very expensive at all and are lovingly parceled up. Highly recommended November 3, 2014 at 4:38pm Reply

          • Reg: Thanks for the hint Courant, 7 samples for 9 Euro is indeed very cheap. I will give it a go. November 4, 2014 at 7:34am Reply

    • Ann: Not so new, but readily available and surprisingly modern… EL’s Knowing–florals, some fruit, a little spice…a chypre… November 3, 2014 at 1:29pm Reply

    • Alicia: Scherrer#1
      Chanel, 31 Rue Cambon November 3, 2014 at 1:46pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Chypre Mousse was difficult for me. Take a look at the Chanel Les Exclusifs line and the Hermessence line November 3, 2014 at 4:00pm Reply

    • George: Eau de Magnolia by Malle is superb. November 3, 2014 at 5:52pm Reply

      • Reg: Thank you guys, will try them all. Funny enough I just happened to sample 31 Rue Cambon yesterday and it is the first Chanel I truly like. I had difficulties with Hermes fragrances so far, but perhaps there will also be a surprise in there for me. November 4, 2014 at 7:49am Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: Chanel 31 Rue Cambon is a very beautiful chypre. It is not so expensive now as you can buy a smaller size from the web site. I also love Amouage Jubilation 25, which is bit like Femme. November 6, 2014 at 1:21pm Reply

      • Reg: I will try and find a sample of it, although I’m not sure I’m an Amouage person. The scents I’ve tried so far are so flamboyant (yet well made fragrances no doubt). When I sniff a perfume I somehow like the impression of little particles reaching my nose – I don’t know how to otherwise describe this – instead of wafting through a heavy cloud. The chypres I’m looking for should be rich yet defined and somehow… precise. November 6, 2014 at 6:33pm Reply

  • Connie: Hello!What are your favorite fragrances from DSH? Why? Which from the line do you most recommend trying?
    I’m also interested in hearing about your favorite Arabian oils and favorites from BPAL. November 3, 2014 at 9:52am Reply

    • Therése: I haven’t tried a lot of the BPAL scents, but one I really like is Schrodinger’s cat:

      (tangerine, sugared lime, pink grapefruit, oakmoss, lavender, zdravetz, and chocolate peppermint.) November 3, 2014 at 10:22am Reply

      • Lynn Morgan: I wanted to be a fan of BPAL- I am very goth at heart, and I adore their website; it’s so literary and Art Nouveau. However, after sampling over a dozen of their oils (“imp’s ears” are a brilliant idea), I found every one of them too sweet, almost cloying, fruity and child-like, as if they had all been formulated for an exceptionally brainy 14 year old who is destined to ace AP English and graduate at 16. Even the scents that had overtly provocative names like “Bordello” didn’t live up to the exotic, decadent and above all, womanly expectations the descriptions led me to anticipate. Still, there are hundreds of scents on their website, and I haven’t tried them all, so maybe I’ll find a BPAL oil that is as dark and scary as I am. I haven’t given up hope, yet, but so far they have been more reflective of my pretentious 10th grade self than my current, pretentious post-graduate self. And memo to the lady who hates on Mandy Aftel- if you don’t like her work, don’t wear her perfumes. There is no need to be so unnecessarily nasty about it. November 3, 2014 at 6:30pm Reply

        • Therése: I agree, most of the BPALs I’ve tested aren’t as dark and mysterious as I expected them to be. November 4, 2014 at 4:20am Reply

    • Elisa: From DSH, I love La Vie en Rose (rose and violet, an interpretation of YSL Paris), Pretty & Pink (a fruity gourmand), Mahjoun (an exotic gourmand) and Tubereuse. November 3, 2014 at 11:59am Reply

      • Nikki: see above above Aftel’s perfumes. Why
        spend that kind of money on oils one can put together oneself? I really think and I have tried almost all of them, that they are pure amateur, and mainly boring. Why not try to mix scents oneself? It is like preferring a half baked bread from the local market because it was made in town instead of a croissant made by a well educated and licensed baker? Why not go for the best? I do and that excludes locally made little fragrances by the above mentioned. As much as I would like to sustain and help other women in the business, one should do it as Annick Goutal did, get a PROFESSIONAL perfumer and create that way. November 3, 2014 at 5:20pm Reply

        • Lynn Morgan: Not understanding your attempts at snobbery- is English your second or third language or something? I know Victoria has a wide international readership. In any case, I am not aware that baker’s are “licensed”…perhaps you meant “trained pastry chef.” Either way, your criticism didn’t make a lot of sense: what does a perfumer’s sex have to do with anything, barring the fact that women have a more acute sense of small, for some Darwinian reason,explaining why we tend to buy more perfumes, etc. It makes sense then, that many perfumers would be women. Asfar as only liking “the best” is concerned, that is always highly subjective. To me, something produced locally, in small batches with a high level of artisanship is “the best” and superior to anything mass-produced for a commercial audience, Annick Goutal lost a lot of their cool factor for me when it turned up in Macy’s! The early scents like Eau Charlotte, Heure Exquise, Grand Amour, Gardenia Passion, Sables and Eau de Sud are all gorgeous, but the recent additions have all seemed kind of under-thought and anemic. There are a lot of well-known scents I like- Tom Ford has several lovely scents; Heremes, especially 24 Faubourg, Must de Cartier, Coco Noir from Chanel,Carven, Elie Saab, many of Serge Lutens scents, Agent Provocateur, the new Diana Vreeland Absolutely Marvelous, the Bulgari “tea” scents, but ultimately, the most satisfying perfume is the one that hardly anyone else has heard of, created in small quantities by a dedicated artisan (who is often a woman, but the dude behind Smell Bent in West Hollywood has some super cool scents, too) . People who are just impressed by big “names” (or closet misogynists) end up wearing hideous reeks from Viktor+Rolf,, Alexander McQueen or Badgley-Mishka because they are “important designers (and guys!) but their perfumes are ghastly. Snobbery and connoisseurship are not the same thing, honey. November 6, 2014 at 4:18am Reply

          • Hannah: Not everyone thinks the perfumes from Viktor and Rolf, Alexander McQueen or Badgley-Mishka are “hideous reeks” and not everyone wears their perfumes because they’re important designers. November 6, 2014 at 9:00pm Reply

  • Esme: I love a fragrance called Hinoki by Monocle, made actually by Comme des Garçons. What else comes close to this? November 3, 2014 at 10:19am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: maybe something from the CdG Insence Series Kyoto comes to mind or L’Artisan Parfumeur Fou de Absinthe, Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles November 3, 2014 at 9:29pm Reply

    • Cybele: you should try Timbuktu L’Artisan and L’Eau Neuve by Lubin and other Comme des Garcons November 4, 2014 at 12:59pm Reply

  • Therése: I asked for recommendations in the september thread and was recommended La Fille de Berlin, which is a little too sweet on my skin. I was also recommended Songes so I bought a sample of that and it is on it’s way to me as we speak. Exciting! November 3, 2014 at 10:27am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: maybe Neeal Vermeire Mohur for rose? November 3, 2014 at 3:07pm Reply

      • Therése: I will add it to my “to try”-list. Thank you! November 4, 2014 at 2:32am Reply

        • Malmaison: If La Fille de Berlin is a little too sweet, what about Rossy de Palma from Etat Libre d’Orange? I really like this dark red, gothic – but not overpowering – rose. November 7, 2014 at 2:05pm Reply

  • Anne: Hello everybody. I am looking for a soft woody (not too sweet ) fragrance. I once smelled on a women Gaia Tokyo from Le labo, I thought it was so soft, lovely and intimate. But of course it is near impossible to get and even sample.
    So a suggestion would be great. I am discovering that I am an anti-fragrance person locked in the body of perfum lover. By this I mean that I adore ADORE perfume, and have an extensive collection, but I can hardly wear them as they all feel too imposing, too dictating on me. So I would want something definitely not too strong, not too sweet, not too spicy, but yet that smelled lovely. Any recommendation? November 3, 2014 at 10:43am Reply

    • Danaki: for soft woody, I would go for Bois Blonds by Atelier Cologne. I tend to find woody scents on the harsh side and this one so isn’t. Eau d’Italie Bois d’Ombrie is pillowy and velvety without veering into synthetic land. I’m guessing you should err more on the side of ambers and vanilla woods and away from cedar and patchouli, which can be strong.

      Another thing we seem to have in common is the anti-fragrance/perfume lover contradiction. Aren’t we all full of contradictions! My advice would be to try perfumes that sit close to the skin with low to moderate sillage – these are personal and intimate perfumes. For example, today I’m wearing Serge Lutens Daim Blonde and I’m the only one smelling it, but whenever I do I feel I’m harbouring a little secret. November 3, 2014 at 11:31am Reply

    • Reg: Escentric Molecules 01 comes to mind. November 3, 2014 at 12:37pm Reply

    • Cybele: try van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris, Corso Como and Voyage d’Hermes both original and perfume (black bottle). Also worth checking out various Comme des Garcons. November 3, 2014 at 2:44pm Reply

    • Annikky: Olfactive Studio’s Lumière Blanche is a lovely creamy and slightly spicy woody perfume. November 3, 2014 at 2:51pm Reply

      • Lynley: this is what I was thinking..
        in a similar vein, maybe Thé Blanc by Bvlgari November 5, 2014 at 12:13am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Chanel Coromandel November 3, 2014 at 4:02pm Reply

    • solanace: Cartier Déclaration might fit the bill. November 3, 2014 at 4:19pm Reply

      • Nikki: great fragrance, also by Ellena! November 3, 2014 at 5:27pm Reply

    • Courant: I recommend buying Annick Goutal’s Musc Nomade Body Cream which it at a special price on SNet as I write. If you love it, and I fell for it big time in spite of being a perfume hobbyist, then you can spring for the perfume. November 3, 2014 at 4:42pm Reply

    • Patricia: I’d recommend Equistrius by Parfum d’Empire, a violet, sandalwood, and amber fragrance that sits close to the skin. November 3, 2014 at 4:50pm Reply

    • Figuier: How about the other ‘Bois Blond’ (singular, not plural) by Parfumerie Generale? It’s a cross between wood and hay, very low-key and natural-feeling, with very little sweetness. November 4, 2014 at 5:53am Reply

      • Danaki: Good idea, I like their ‘Coze’ and would give this a try too. November 4, 2014 at 10:16am Reply

  • Polly: My newest acquisition is a mini of Badgley parfum Mischka. I bought it because of The Guide hype, prepared to be interested but not enchanted (because fruitchoulis, amirite?) but it is gorgeous. It’s very cheap and easy to find on ebay. November 3, 2014 at 11:17am Reply

  • Cass S.: Well, we’re full swing into the bitter days of autumn-going-into-winter where I live, and lately I’ve been craving something sumptuous and woodsy. As a result I’ve been diving back into my Amouage samples from yesteryear (Lyric, Epic, and Gold). But as much as the drydowns of frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, incense, amber and the like put me in my happy place, getting a full bottle of any of them to last me through the winter months is far beyond my fiscal reach.

    Anyone know of any budget-friendly recommendations that are out there? Or just as well, recommend me a fragrance with a drydown you find absolutely stellar. 🙂 November 3, 2014 at 11:19am Reply

    • Ann: Sorry for the broken record thing… but Sonoma Scent Studio’s Champagne de Bois–I find the drydown absolutely stellar! November 3, 2014 at 1:32pm Reply

      • Neisha: Also SSS Incense Pure is a lovely and affordable incense that lasts and lasts. Spray some on your scarf and it will be there all winter! Yum. She’s working on an Amber Incense that should be out soon and which I have not tried as yet. November 3, 2014 at 9:10pm Reply

    • AnnieA: How about something lasting 24 hours? Rien by ELO lasts and lasts. It supposedly has incense and patchouli in it, although I mainly notice the leather. While Amouage is Rich Lady, Rien is Well-Paid Executive Lady. Pretty good price too… November 3, 2014 at 4:06pm Reply

    • AnnieA: P.S. Nombril Immense doesn’t last as long as Rien, but it’s a nice, non-hippie patchouli. November 3, 2014 at 4:08pm Reply

    • Courant: Le Parfum by Lailique is crazy price at online discounters. Victoria did a review, so that’s a good start. My top three cheapies are Balmain Ivoire (new) Couture by Azzaro and Cabaret by Gres November 3, 2014 at 4:46pm Reply

      • Walford: Thanks for the cheapies! They look great. Know of anything warm and comforting that would be good on a man in winter? November 5, 2014 at 8:57pm Reply

        • Courant: M Generation by Mauboussin is a favourite of my husband’s in winter. Also Quazar by Del Pozo, composed by Christopher Sheldrake. Hope this helps November 5, 2014 at 9:23pm Reply

    • Nikki: Your best bet is to go to a discounter like TJMaxx or buy from e-bay: a perfume made by a perfumer like Christine Nagel’s Mauboussin, the first one, which is amazing and sells for $30 for 100ml as it is unknown, or First by van clef, or any of the older fragrances made by perfume greats like Ellena, Roucel, Ropion. Look up their scents on fragrantica… November 3, 2014 at 5:45pm Reply

  • spe: What would you recommend for someone who wants a fragrance that would smell like a slightly more floral caleche?

    thank you in advance! November 3, 2014 at 1:02pm Reply

    • Sandra: Nothing comes to mind (sorry!) but I do love Caleche! I remember the first time I smelled it-a friend recommended it to me and I thought it was a little too lady like-but then-it changed on my skin and became so beautiful.
      Both the orginal and Kelly Caleche I adore!. November 3, 2014 at 2:19pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: that’s a tough one, maybe Marni but might be too fruity/spicy. Songes, but might be too powdery. November 4, 2014 at 2:29pm Reply

    • Rowanhill: Chanel 19? November 9, 2014 at 5:11am Reply

    • Rowanhill: Kelly Caleche? November 9, 2014 at 5:15am Reply

  • E.lime: I love l’air de rien, but ever since my second pregnancy, it has gained a sort of super synthetic smell in the top notes. I’ve noticed a similar smell in Avignon. Does anyone know what this might be? I’m hoping it will disappear in a few more months and I can enjoy my favorite perfume again, especially since I haven’t come across anything that smells like l’air. November 3, 2014 at 1:52pm Reply

    • solanace: Hey,

      I know what you mean. Heck, it took me a while to be able to eat fish again. But in my experience, after a while our body relaxes a little from this ultra protective state, and we go back to normal. Good luck! November 3, 2014 at 4:26pm Reply

    • Courant: This could be ISO E Super, or Molecule 01, if you want to pay big dollars for it.
      Some say that L’Air de Rien is like Bal a Versailles and whilst I don’t agree I have a long established soft spot for BAV. If you could find a good vintage bottle you may love it November 3, 2014 at 8:27pm Reply

  • Lindsey: Hi everyone! I am just beginning my journey into leather fragrances. I have a sample of Chanel Cuir de Russie on the way, but I was wondering other great leathers to try? Maybe even a floral leather combo idea? November 3, 2014 at 4:26pm Reply

    • Audrey: Mon Cuir by Ramon Monegal, Cuir Ottoman, Cuir Beluga, daim Blond, and Cuir D’Ange are all great for soft leather. November 3, 2014 at 4:52pm Reply

      • Audrey: Sorry…..all of those are floral leathers except cuir beluga. All beautiful!! November 3, 2014 at 4:53pm Reply

    • Patricia: My favorite floral/leather combo is Cuir de Lancome. It is discontinued but still available at the discounters. November 3, 2014 at 4:55pm Reply

      • Nikki: I second that one! November 3, 2014 at 5:21pm Reply

      • Michaela: How does Cuir de Lancome compare to Bottega Veneta, please? I couldn’t find a Lancome sample and I know and like Bottega Veneta. November 5, 2014 at 8:06am Reply

        • Malmaison: I have and absolutely love both – they fill the same spot in my heart. If you love Bottega Veneta, I think you’ll definitely like Cuir de Lancôme. November 7, 2014 at 2:14pm Reply

          • Michaela: Thank you very much! November 10, 2014 at 4:30am Reply

    • Sandra: Kelly Caleche November 3, 2014 at 5:20pm Reply

      • Nikki: There is a new Cuir by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier which is magnificent. November 3, 2014 at 5:22pm Reply

        • Lynley: Cuir Fetiche by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier is a great floral leather.
          I haven’t tried it but apparently Demarsant is a lilac leather, and Atelier Cologne Sur le Toit de Paris is a light violet leather November 5, 2014 at 12:17am Reply

    • Courant: Bandit? November 3, 2014 at 8:43pm Reply

    • Neisha: Azuree! November 3, 2014 at 9:11pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: My favorite leather is Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre and I also love Bottega Veneta, very easy to wear November 3, 2014 at 9:20pm Reply

    • Elena: Also Bottega Veneta, Chanel no. 19, and very enthusiastically Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre. It might take a little more effort to find, but I LOVE it. November 3, 2014 at 9:31pm Reply

    • Vanie: I second Bottega Veneta, although I prefer the Eau Légère version. I also enjoy Cabochard.. November 3, 2014 at 9:48pm Reply

    • Reg: Bottega Veneta might be worth trying if you’re into leather flowers. November 4, 2014 at 8:33am Reply

      • Reg: oops, sorry — I didn’t read the last few recommendations. I think you have to try it then 😉 November 4, 2014 at 8:35am Reply

    • spe: Heeley cuir pleine fleur November 4, 2014 at 10:39am Reply

    • spe: Heeley cuir pleine fleur November 4, 2014 at 10:39am Reply

    • Lindsey: Thank you all! November 4, 2014 at 11:28am Reply

    • Iris: How about Bullion by Byredo? It’s a rich leather and incense scent, softened with osmanthus and plum. I’ve been enjoying the perfume oil version lately. November 4, 2014 at 8:26pm Reply

  • Courant: I am fascinated with Gandini’s Blue Musk. Who can tell me more about this line that everybody speaks of with such admiration when they have been initiated. It is supposedly better than Jo Malone but in that vein. Comments? November 3, 2014 at 5:41pm Reply

  • bilanxa: I love Armani Éclat de Jasmin, but I cannot justify the price. Can someone recommend a fragrance similar? Thanks in advance! November 3, 2014 at 6:01pm Reply

    • Courant: Hi Bilanxa, I have been through three bottles of it and am now hoarding the last of the refill bottles I bought at discounted prices when it went out of circulation for a while. I know it so well, I will wrack my brains and try to come back with a suggestion but it is, to my nose, rather special November 3, 2014 at 6:14pm Reply

      • bilanxa: Thanks Courant! I am hoping you can come up with a suitable alternative. I love this scent. Doesn’t get much love, but it speaks to me. November 4, 2014 at 10:39pm Reply

        • Courant: It wasn’t well received but I love it. Wearing Le Jasmin by Annick Goutal today. I am assuming you have tried A La Nuit by Serge Lutens, the reference Jasmine. Annick Goutal’s Songes is a beautiful Jasmine but it is tropical with Tiare in the mix. Worth a try. Still thinkin’ November 4, 2014 at 11:14pm Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: Love and Tears by Kilian is a beautiful but pricy jasmine. November 5, 2014 at 8:19am Reply

      • Courant: I hope/think you may enjoy Aerin Lauder’s Private Collection Jasmine White Moss. November 9, 2014 at 11:23pm Reply

  • carole macleod: I have a question for all you knowledgeable perfume peoples-
    i am rereading Chandler Burr’s The Perfect Scent. On page 249 he says “Miss Dior smells like the armpit of a woman who has not bathed in a week. Now Categorically unworkable except by the French”. Mine is probably not truly vintage but the address on the bottle and the serial number indicate year 2000 vintage. All I smell is this gorgeous complex gardenia chypre. It reminds me of all the positive aspects of my maternal grandmother. I don’t ever remember seeing it at her house, and it certainly would have been a costly luxury and hard for her to get. But every time I wear it I am so strongly reminded of her. All that is missing is the faint odour of cigarettes. Is Miss Dior still acceptable to wear in public? I hope so-it’s so beautiful and complex. Sorry for the long thread and TIA for any advice you may have. November 3, 2014 at 6:45pm Reply

    • Nikki: That is still a great scent and absolutely wearable. It is quite sexy and used sparingly behind your knees so the scent wafts and lingers up your body, it should be fine in any place, other than places where perfume is a no-no, and there are many of those now. I like your association with cigarette smoke. Frederic Malle has one candle that was designed as a memory of a boy after guests leave his house, all perfume and cigarette smoke after an enjoyable evening, probably in the 50s or 60s. November 3, 2014 at 11:23pm Reply

      • carole macleod: I so appreciate your opinion-I find it really beautiful, and could not understand why he said it was unwearable. I know sometimes my love for classics probably makes my rase seem a bit dated-but the classics are a classic for a reason. November 4, 2014 at 6:33pm Reply

    • George: I wouldn’t take any notice of Chandler Burr if I were you. As much I enjoyed the documentary like parts of The Perfect Scent, as a perfume critic his writing is execrable; if you’re enjoying what’s in your bottle, that’s reason enough for you to wear it. November 4, 2014 at 8:20am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: I agree wholeheartedly. One has to trust one’s own nose only.
        Let not your pleasure be spoiled by perfume critic X or Y. November 4, 2014 at 8:44am Reply

      • carole macleod: I totally agree with you! And I am not just saying that because of his Miss Dior remarks. November 4, 2014 at 6:35pm Reply

  • carole macleod: ugh-autocorrect-that should read UNWEARABLE not unworkable. November 3, 2014 at 6:54pm Reply

  • Pamela: Good morning All, This is my 1st post to this list. I would like a recommendation of a current perfume that would be similar to Jean d’Albret’s Casaque from 1957. This perfume was my favorite in the 60’s. To me it is a bold floral. Top: hyacinth, nasturtium, lemon, bergamot. Heart: jasmine, lily of the valley, carnation, orange blossom and roses. Base: musk and sandalwood. I have the Long Lost Perfume version and although very similar it does not have the punch and depth of the original. One site mentioned it was a very blue retro floral. I managed to buy a vintage fully sealed box on e-bay and it does have the depth and boldness but I think the top notes may have faded. November 3, 2014 at 7:06pm Reply

    • Courant: I don’t know if you can get hold of a vintage Niki Saint Phalle, it has that nasturtium thing going on. Passion by Annick Goutal may capture the mood if not the notes, Hope this helps November 4, 2014 at 3:46am Reply

      • Pamela: Thank you Courant. I will check out your suggestions – much appreciated. I think perhaps the nasturtium could be the note that made Casaque so unique as it does not seem to be used too often. I don’t think Casaque was available here in Australia, no one I know was aware of it. I bought my 1st bottle in New Caledonia and the rest I had friends bring back from France when they were on holidays. I went through about 5 bottles. November 4, 2014 at 6:34pm Reply

        • Courant: I remember Le Train Bleu, bought for me in New Caladonia by my Uncle (yes, a real one, haha) in the sixties. I took my moniker from the Helena Rubenstein perfume ‘Courant’ from the seventies. It is sad when we lose our faves. Do try Passion (EDP is best) It dries down into a totally unique perfume. All the best November 4, 2014 at 7:35pm Reply

  • LP: Hi- I was looking for any new recommendations of a vanilla Play-Dough scent- without too much cherry. I’ve tried the usual suspects and I was looking for something new. Highbrow or lowbrow is fine.
    Thanks! November 3, 2014 at 7:47pm Reply

    • Courant: I have heard Cuir Amethyste by Giorgio Armani (Prive range) described as vanilla vinyl play dough. It’s a matter of taste, presumably I share a little of Giorgio’s, and who’s to argue with that LOL. Some people just hate the violet in it, I think it’s a masterpiece November 3, 2014 at 8:32pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: I’m not sure of the “usuals”. Here’s a few that come to mind, Carner Barcelona Tardes, Etro Heliotrope, Luctor et Emergo November 3, 2014 at 9:41pm Reply

      • Hannah: I love Etro Heliotrope despite it being so different from my usual tastes. November 4, 2014 at 9:29am Reply

      • lp: I’ve tried the Etro and and Luctor et Emergo, but the Tardes is a new one for me and it sounds delicious. Thanks! November 4, 2014 at 11:19am Reply

    • Natalie: Not a fragrance, but I’ve found two body lotions that have amazing play-dough scents. Who knew it would be so awesome? The first is Korres Vanilla Guava and the second is Ellovi. November 5, 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

  • Walford: I’m a newbie guy on a budget 🙁
    Looking for a warm comforting winter scent under 60 dollars US. Big on tobacco, coffee, chocolate and maybe leather, but nothing harsh. Not afraid of feminines; love chypres and fougeres. Help me out? November 3, 2014 at 10:15pm Reply

    • Nikki: Here are some to consider with price in mind: Estee Lauder’s Knowing, a chypre and Azuree, a wonderful leather. Ciara by Revson, sweet oriental, Aramis,, Exclamation, powdery. Grey Flannel by Beene is one really great scent and so cheap, a wonderful fougere with violet leaf. Both Tabu and Old Spice are okay orientals for the price to try out. Good Luck! November 3, 2014 at 11:56pm Reply

      • Walford: Thanks! Will try the Lauders. Have been meaning to.
        Bought some Grey Flannel at Marshall’s and hated it, but maybe fake? Smelled nothing like what I remember from the seventies (which was lovely and austere), very ‘Aqua Velva’.
        Will look into your other suggestions too. November 4, 2014 at 2:29pm Reply

        • Lynley: Probably not fake- just reformulated 🙁 November 5, 2014 at 12:25am Reply

    • Courant: Try Habanita by Molinard, that would be my pick November 4, 2014 at 3:41am Reply

      • Walford: Wow, this is a great suggestion. Completely off my radar. Thanks! Do you like the current Eau de Parfum? November 4, 2014 at 2:23pm Reply

        • Courant: I only have Esprit Habanita at this time. It is to my current taste as I found the tobacco and coffee quite powerful in the original. Molinard II is a great frag and they are reasonably priced. November 4, 2014 at 3:34pm Reply

          • Walford: Good to know. Thanks. November 4, 2014 at 8:54pm Reply

    • limegreen: Don’t know if it would interest you but I recently took advantage of purchasing generous sampler sets (free shipping, direct from the perfume house website) from Atelier Colognes ($25) and L’Artisan ($20) that were great for me as I had no exposure to either house and no opportunity to test in person. These are for the most part relatively lighter so may not fit your winter needs, but they are not “harsh” — I’ve really been enjoying the L’Artisan set.
      Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao is right at $60, and worth a sniff for the chocolate note, nice sillage. (As a newbie, it was nice for me when JM SA’s would load me up with samples to try.) November 4, 2014 at 11:21am Reply

      • Walford: Thanks for the Jo Malone suggestion. Have bought a lot of samples in the past and fallen in love with things way out of my reach. Hoping for something comfy I can wear a lot. November 4, 2014 at 2:32pm Reply

        • limegreen: Have you tried any of the Parfums de Nicolai perfumes? Some of them are quite nice, and I’ve enjoyed large size bottles (100 ml) of some of them at under $50 and have used them with abandon as a result! The more winter-friendly scents are probably not in this category but the lighter colognes are something to keep in mind for spring/summer. Even the small bottles are quite reasonable.
          I want to second the Volutes suggestion and the 50 ml bottle lasts. (The diptyque range has gone up in price recently, unfortunately.) November 5, 2014 at 9:45am Reply

          • Walford: Will look for those. Thanks! November 5, 2014 at 9:03pm Reply

    • Figuier: I feel mean for suggesting something over-budget, but Volutes edt ($90 for 50ml) is a slightly sweet tobacco that’s brilliant on guys; my DH wears it to the office & says it’s perfect. In the same line, Tam Dao is a lovely unisex smoky cedar/sandalwood, and it’s sold as a set of travel spray refills ($60) November 4, 2014 at 2:58pm Reply

      • Walford: Thanks. Those sound great. November 4, 2014 at 8:49pm Reply

    • Iris: Maybe Fresh’s Cannabis Santal would work? A blend of chocolate, plum, vetiver and patchouli, among other notes, and widely available through Sephora, for (hopefully) easy testing. I think a one ounce bottle is around fifty dollars (US). November 4, 2014 at 8:31pm Reply

      • Walford: Yum. Thanks! November 5, 2014 at 9:03pm Reply

  • Sofie: Hi everyone, I smell a licorice note in Shalimar Parfum Initial, and in Chanel Egoiste. It is not listed in the notes or descriptions and at first I thought I was mistaken, but I get it every time (top notes). Anybody any idea about what combination it is that I am taking for licorice/anise? November 3, 2014 at 10:55pm Reply

    • George: Egoiste used to be really cinnamon, but is much less so now, probably because of IFRA regulations. I think that Chanel might have used a combination of related molecules to give a similar effect. A lot of those pleasant food molecules are also very highly related: have a look at them on wikipeadia to see how close their structure are, or that they share the same carbon ring at the centre and then have add-on components: try cinnamal aldehyde (cinnamon), eugenol (cloves), anethole (liquorice), vanillin (vanilla), safrenol (sassafras) and piperonal (heliotropin). As eugenol and cinnamal are now heavily restricted, I think there is a likelihood that as much as possible might used in some fragrances to keep the perfume close to the original formula but that other related molecules like anethol (liquorice) are added to make up for what they now lack, and that indeed is probably what you are smelling. November 4, 2014 at 4:10am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: I am curious about Rousse (Lutens). I once enjoyed a sample and remember lots of cinnamon.
        Now it is in the excl. line, out of my radar. November 4, 2014 at 8:48am Reply

        • George: I liked Rousse too. I imagine it’s what Hot Tamales taste like (I have never tried), and too drew a comparison in my head between it and “vintage” Egoiste when I tried it about five years back. I, too, wonder what shape it is in now. November 4, 2014 at 9:54am Reply

      • Sofie: Very interesting, thank you George. November 5, 2014 at 4:53am Reply

  • Nesh: I have just tried Laetitia Millesime by Rance 1795. I love it,
    It is simply divine. Perfect for autumn or winter because it’s so warm and cozy. I might buy it! it made me curious whether there is something similar out there (maybe not THAT expensive). Thank you! November 3, 2014 at 11:52pm Reply

  • allgirlmafia: Jo Malone Orange Blossom-I’ve never explored colognes but I received this one in a recent swap and I love it! To me it is bitter and refreshing and smells slightly like jasmine tea.

    Can anyone recommend a similar fragrance? Thank you! November 4, 2014 at 8:06am Reply

    • Hamamelis: I have not smelled Jo Malone’s OB but a green and dry OB, which someone recommended to me in a previous thread, is Frederic Fekkai’s Femme Fekkai Sensuelle. It has slightly bitter notes to my nose, and is very refreshing, lovely. It also has a (green) jasmine note. It is discontinued, but, at least in Europe, easily and often cheaply available on line. I also like O de l’Orangerie (Lancome), long lasting and also has a bitter note, and jasmine. November 4, 2014 at 8:42am Reply

      • allgirlmafia: I appreciate the suggestions, Thank you! November 4, 2014 at 9:54am Reply

    • limegreen: One of my best friends is a JM OB devotee and she has yet to find another fragrance like it. She’s tried other neroli/orange blossom perfumes and comes back to JM. It’s all she wears. The body lotions are quite nice and are a better deal than the small bottles, if price is a consideration. $55 for 8.5 oz vs. $60 for 1 oz. Longer lasting fragrance on the skin, too. November 4, 2014 at 10:51am Reply

    • Figuier: It’s not quite the same, but is also a very lovely orange blossom (and *much* better value!): Yves Rocher Neroli, in their ‘Secrets d’Essences’ line. It’s maybe a little drier than the Malone, if I remember correctly, but definitely worth trying. November 4, 2014 at 2:52pm Reply

      • allgirlmafia: Limegreen and figuer, thank you both, I appreciate your suggestions. November 4, 2014 at 10:11pm Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: Annick Goutal Neroli is a beautiful greenish, super refreshing and uplifting orange blossom. November 6, 2014 at 1:25pm Reply

      • allgirlmafia: I love just about everything Goutal does. I will likely enjoy the Neroli as well, I’ll have to order some samples. Thank you! November 7, 2014 at 10:02am Reply

  • Therése: Last night I tried the Rossy de Palma fragrance and there is something in it that I really dislike. It is the same body odour note that I recognise from Frederic Malles Bigarade concentree and which I dislike with a vengeance. It makes my stomach turn. What is it? Can somebody tell me what it is so that I can avoid it in the future? November 4, 2014 at 8:50am Reply

    • Victoria: Sounds like cumin! November 4, 2014 at 9:21am Reply

      • Therése: Oh! I’ve read a lot on perfume blogs on cumin being a great divider, either you love it or hate it. I didn’t know it was cumin I was smelling (and disliking) in RdP and Bigarade Concentree. Thank you! November 4, 2014 at 9:42am Reply

        • Hannah: Cumin is one of my favorite notes but it seems most people don’t like it (it’s definitely not a 50/50 thing from my observations). Actually body odor doesn’t bother me either, not if the person showers regularly.
          I tried Rossy de Palma yesterday, too, but only on paper. I think I’ll get a sample soon. November 4, 2014 at 9:49am Reply

          • Cybele: Hi Hannah, what are your favorite perfumes featuring cumin? Mine would be Eau d’Hermes. November 4, 2014 at 10:20am Reply

            • Hannah: Alexander McQueen Kingdom would be my favorite. That’s also the only perfume that I have that really features it.
              Cumin is one of my favorite ingredients, too. I dump it in practically everything XD November 4, 2014 at 10:36am Reply

              • Awfulknitter: I would second that! I love Kingdom, it’s such a shame they discontinued it. And I’m a serial cumin user – I love the smell from my mortar and pestle when I open the spice cupboard. I wonder whether associating it with food helped me avoid the body odour associations? But then I’m reasonably fond of an animalic waft anyway. November 4, 2014 at 11:36am Reply

                • Lorena: Do you recommend any perfumes that are similar to Kingdom. I love the stuff, but the prices have gotten crazy! December 3, 2014 at 1:19pm Reply

              • Lorena: Any chance you may have any suggestions as to a good alternative to Kingdom? I love the stuff, and I am almost out of mine. I don’t want to pay $150 per bottle though…
                Thanks! December 3, 2014 at 1:21pm Reply

          • Therése: The cumin in Rossy de Palma isn’t as pervasive as in Bigarade Concentree, I think I notice it a lot since I don’t like it. But still, you should definetly try it! November 4, 2014 at 10:26am Reply

          • limegreen: Hannah, You must love diptyque L’Autre then! November 4, 2014 at 11:38am Reply

            • kayliz: I’m not a cumin fan but distinctly remember a gorgeous rose with lots of cumin in 1876 Mata Hari by Histoires de Parfums. HdP will ship samples that are then refundable if you buy a bottle from them. November 5, 2014 at 4:08am Reply

    • limegreen: Not all cumin notes are created equal though. I was worried about it in Lutens Fleur d’Oranger and to my regret, took a long time before testing it. I love FdO and the cumin note does not have that same effect on my nose or skin as in other perfumes, so it all depends. Maybe it will turn you off as well, but just wanted to share my own experience. November 4, 2014 at 10:59am Reply

  • Cybele: Can anybody recommend a substitute for Very Valentino? It was a powdery, tender, almondy floral. November 4, 2014 at 10:24am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: I never smelled Very Valentino, but your description reminds me of Cinéma YstL. November 4, 2014 at 5:04pm Reply

      • Cybele: Thank you, Cornelia! I will ty Cinema again. November 4, 2014 at 9:22pm Reply

    • spe: Esprit d’ Oscar might be worth a try. It’s a beautiful designer scent that deserves more attention! November 5, 2014 at 9:30am Reply

      • Cybele: thank you! November 5, 2014 at 10:41am Reply

  • Sebastian: My girlfriend had a chance to smell Roja Dove Scandal and she loved it. The price is insane and I was wondering if there is something similar. I’ve read here and there that Fracas by Piguet might be on the same alley? Is it worth a blind buy or they are too different? Any other opinions? November 4, 2014 at 1:20pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: The thing about perfume is it’s personal and chemistry. I don’t know what part of Scandal she is responding to-the tuberose, the citrus, the sandalwood base. I’m not a fan of Fracas so I’m not a good one to ask. Maybe you and your fiancé can spend an afternoon hunting together. She has great taste! November 5, 2014 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Annette: Dear fragrant people, in the last installation of Recommend Me a Perfume I asked for suggestions of scents associated with Scotland. So today – as promised – I come with my report.

    I have managed to sample Ormonde Jayne Woman (thanks, Hamamelis!) and all the five scents form Hylnds (thanks, George!). Right now I have two favourites: Isle Ryder and Spirit of the Glen (as I write this I keep smelling my right and left arm in quick succession). They are really lovely – the scents I mean 🙂 – but I want to give myself more time for exploration.

    If you have any more recommendations for Scotland-inspired perfume, I would be very grateful. And let me thank all the lovely people who responed to my question in September. You are so kind and helpful. November 4, 2014 at 2:20pm Reply

    • Hamamelis: Hi Annette, great to hear you found two favourites in your Scotland inspired perfume quest. Some time ago I came across Union Fragrance on a perfume blog, they carry four fragrances ‘inspired by the botany of Britain’, and I thought of you! I have not smelled them but they may be interesting to have a look at, they are available on line via Selfridges. The website is unionfragrance com
      I hope you can sample them! November 4, 2014 at 4:02pm Reply

      • Annette: Hamamelis, thank you for remembering me:) I looked at the Union fragrances, in fact George recommended them to me in September. Alas, they only ship within the UK. So unless I go there myself or find a mule:), I guess I will have no experience of them. Sigh. But I must add that OJ Woman was really interesting but I got just a dab of it from a friendly SA who had her private sample set and was willing to share. November 5, 2014 at 3:57am Reply

        • Hamamelis: I don’t live in the UK either, if I would I would happily provide mule services…Hope Penhaligon works out, LP 9 sounds lovely, I think I will try to sample that as well…hillsides covered with Scottish heather is such a lovely image! November 5, 2014 at 6:26am Reply

          • Annette: Yes, this image speaks to me, too! I will report my impressions when I have sampled the perfume. November 5, 2014 at 7:37am Reply

        • George: I know Roullier White does shipping of them, but- MY GOD- the cost! (at no fault of the retailer, but rather the Civil Aviation Authority): you can get a flight for that cost. If you like I can pop in and smell Holy Thistle sometime and let you know what it’s like, and maybe suggest some similar smelling scents that might be available to you. November 5, 2014 at 6:50am Reply

          • Annette: Oh, George, would you do that? It would be wonderful! I could knight you for your kindness. Nay, I could crown you! 🙂
            And I think I might have my mules after all, since my brother and sister-in-law are planning to visit London in February. So things are looking up! November 5, 2014 at 7:43am Reply

            • George: The write up on it promises bracken, pine resin and thistle, which made me think it was going to be quite masculine, but it’s more of a soft shampoo like fragrance, with a sweet grass like element. Initially it reminded me of a muted version of Le Male, and there is definitely a fougere like element to it. The heart reminds me more of a lesser version of Bel Respiro, in terms of its level of greenness. There is a pine like element, but it is not anywhere near as overt or demanding as something like Noorne by Slumberhouse. There is also no real ruggedness or woodiness, so it doesn’t really bare comparison with something like Equipage. Overall, it’s a pleasant herbal green scent, but more like something that should be used to scent something else, rather than worn as perfume- also because there is quite a lot of soapy musk in it. It isn’t bad and there is certainly nothing unpleasant to it, but it sort of says “sachet” to me, and doesn’t really conjure up a person or a place. November 5, 2014 at 9:53am Reply

              • Annette: Oh, George, you did do it!! Thank you! You are really a knight in shining fragrance to me 🙂
                As for the perfume, it seems it would be a disappointment to me too. As much as I love the smell of pine I would not be able to wear it as perfume – too many associations with bath salts, shampoo, air fresheners etc. But I did sample Norne some time ago and found it quite interesting – wild and primeval. I must try it again because I smelled it only on a blotter.

                Thank you again for testing the Union fragrance for me and writing about it. I do hope the experience was worthy in itself for you! November 5, 2014 at 10:32am Reply

                • George: Absolute pleasure! Plus I got a sample of Lubin Korrigan. Buttery caramel woodsy gourmande, with additional tangy, pickly elements and leather. Like a blonder version of Patchouli 24. But even though it apparently has a whiskey accord, I can’t shoehorn it into your Scots theme, as much I would love to recommend it! November 5, 2014 at 11:18am Reply

                  • Cornelia Blimber: Lubin’s perfumers seem to love noble liquors like whisky (Korrigan) and Idole (rhum). November 5, 2014 at 12:28pm Reply

                    • Cornelia Blimber: …whisky (Korrigan) and rhum (Idole) I mean…(not under the influence of a noble liquor). November 5, 2014 at 12:35pm

                    • Annette: 🙂 November 5, 2014 at 1:44pm

                  • Annette: Wonderful! It just shows that good things happen to good people 🙂
                    As for whiskey, the whole idea behind the Spirit of the Glen is… well, the spirit. And come to think of it, they do drink a lot in the Lymond Chronicles 🙂 November 5, 2014 at 1:41pm Reply

                    • Cornelia Blimber: I don’t blame them, I appreciate a good glass of Laphroaigh myself. November 5, 2014 at 4:06pm

    • Courant: I recommend buying a sample set of Penhaligons perfumes. Artemesia is their No 1 seller but Bluebell was a favourite of Princess Diana. I love their LP no 9 and wear it often. For whatever reason, when I wear it, I think of the hillsides covered in Scottish heather. I have grown lots of different heaths, heathers and calluna in the past and just adore their fragrance. November 4, 2014 at 4:18pm Reply

      • Annette: Courant, thank you for your recommendation! I only know one od their fragrances but I will definitely explore more. Bluebell sounds interesting. November 5, 2014 at 4:01am Reply

      • Annette: Oh, and LP no 9 is very intriguing since you associate it with Scotland. It goes on my “priority” list to try. Bluebell has a nice colour which reminds me of the cornflower eyes of D. Dunnett’s Lymond character 🙂 November 5, 2014 at 6:00am Reply

  • Eva: Hi all- it is coming into Summer in Australia and I am looking for new perfume. I adore Chanel 19, Calandre and Chamade. A recent favourite is Diva. I am looking for something unique -cost is not a factor. I am in my early 50’s working in a corporate environment so suggeststions for both night and day are welcome. November 4, 2014 at 6:30pm Reply

    • Courant: If you like Chamade then it’s likely you will also enjoy ‘Grand Amour’ by Annick Goutal.
      Heure Exquise ( AG) is similar to No 19.
      Victoria recommends (maybe she suggests, implies) that the EDPs are the way to go but I only have EDT in Grand Amour; Jumping Jehozophat, it’s good. It’s the end of an Annick Goutal collection phase for me, going out on a high November 5, 2014 at 4:34am Reply

      • Eva: I love Eud De Sud so Grand Amour will be on the list! November 5, 2014 at 5:41pm Reply

        • Courant: Eau du Sud was my introduction to Annick Goutal. Grand Amour will be the other bookshelf marker, so to speak. Appropriate. November 5, 2014 at 6:43pm Reply

    • limegreen: Hi Eva — Have you tried the Malle line?
      I love Eau de Magnolia for the summer/fall. It has been compared to Cristalle but I think it’s quite distinct. But since you love no 19 you may really love EdM. Carnal Flower is beautiful. too. For something unique, but maybe too quirky for your skin, but I love Dans tes Bras and it wears well in all kinds of temps. It’s a non-powdery violet and woody, hard to describe.
      Something really special is Une Fleur de Cassie — you can read Victoria’s reviews on most of these Malles. She calls this one “challenging” and it took me a few tests of my sample before it “took” and I am hooked now.
      Enjoy your summer! November 5, 2014 at 9:55am Reply

      • limegreen: You seem to like hyacinth and there’s a beautiful hyacinth note in Malle L’eau d’Hiver. This would be a light sillage for work (as would the EdM). November 5, 2014 at 10:36am Reply

      • limegreen: Speaking of Une Fleur de Cassie reminded me that there’s a less challenging mimosa out.
        The new limited edition diptyque Essences Insensees is beautiful, much nicer for warmer weather, though it can be nice for fall. It is a beautiful green mimosa and a wonderful almond drydown. I ended up getting the perfume solid as diptyque solids are long lasting and beautiful little compacts. November 5, 2014 at 11:22am Reply

      • Eva: Thanks for the suggestion – i did find Carnal Flower a bit heady thought- will try the Malles for sure!! November 5, 2014 at 5:37pm Reply

        • limegreen: EdM and L’eau d’Hiver are not heady like Carnal Flower. Would love to hear what you think! November 5, 2014 at 11:16pm Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: hi Eva,
            When you are at the corner of Malle, please try En Passant! Such a radiant lilac, not heady at all. November 6, 2014 at 4:31pm Reply

          • Eva: I agree – very different! Will be trying the Malles this weekend with the husband – Birthday coming up!! November 9, 2014 at 4:47pm Reply

  • Floragal: I would love to full in love with a fruity scent, but right now I have none in my collection. Any good recommendations for a fruity beginners scent?
    I tend to gravitate towards tobacco, leather, spices, and I like florals but not as a dominate note.
    There are fruits in scents I own but I want a real fruit category scent.
    Thanks! November 4, 2014 at 6:35pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: fruit is a big category!
      for mango NVC Bombay Bling
      Red spicy Parfums delRae Bois de Paradis
      Apricots and suede, SL Daim Blond
      Peach Malle Le Parfum de Therese, Mitsouko

      SL Feminité du Bois and Bois et Fruits November 4, 2014 at 7:26pm Reply

      • Floragal: I’ve wondered about these, thanks for confirming they’d be a good place to start. November 5, 2014 at 5:47pm Reply

    • Audrey: Peau de peche, keiko mecheru (an under appreciated gem!) peche cardinal, mdci; fraiche passiflora, maitre parfumeur et gantier….I find Guerlain’s London to be a nice fruity tea scent. November 5, 2014 at 9:24am Reply

      • Audrey: Um that’s mecheri….. November 5, 2014 at 9:25am Reply

      • Floragal: Hey, thanks for recs! November 5, 2014 at 5:46pm Reply

    • Courant: On this blog Victoria defines Amor Amor by Cacharel as her favourite floral fruity. It is mentioned by Chris Sheldrake in an interview with Grant Osbourne of Basenotes as a perfume he admires (in its category I’m sure)
      Quel Amour by Annick Goutal is also a contender, it being a little tart, as opposed to tarty, which it is not, haha. It may be a bit too potpourris’ for you though and Amor Amor is great! November 6, 2014 at 3:19pm Reply

      • Julie: I saw this recently at TJ Maxx at a great price but I couldn’t remember what was in it. Thank you! November 7, 2014 at 9:12am Reply

  • Katherine: I’m addicted to Givenchy’s Eaudemoiselle. Does anyone know what the best place to get it would be in New York? I’m wary of watery-down versions. November 4, 2014 at 9:02pm Reply

    • Victoria: If you can’t find it at a regular department store, you can look at the perfumeries near the Penn Station. I used to buy discontinued perfumes there. Or Ebay! The benefit of it is that in case you receive a bad product, you can easily get a refund. November 5, 2014 at 12:21pm Reply

  • lnhb: Hi, I’m looking for a floral perfume that screams purity. Serge Lutens Un Lys and Byredo Blanche give me this fresh and feminine feeling without dark, sexy or sultry side. Songes Annick Goutal is one of these too. Any ideas ? A realistic soliflore could also fit this category. November 5, 2014 at 8:21am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe En Passant (Malle) or Lys Mediterranee (malle). November 5, 2014 at 9:03am Reply

    • lou: Inhb, Gardenia by Chanel, and Gardenia Petale by Van Cleef & Arpels would fit the bill. You might also consider Dior’s Diorissimo, Madame Rochas and KenzoFlower (eau de toilette). Mimosa Pour Moi by L’Artisan and – I’d put this high up on the list – Debut by Delrae. November 5, 2014 at 9:17am Reply

      • limegreen: I love Van Cleef and Arpels Gardenia Petale — it’s fresh off the shrub gardenia, but it’s also more fleeting on my skin than other gardenia scents.

        Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan is beautiful and Ellena ethereal (no darkness!), albeit not a soliflore. November 5, 2014 at 11:25am Reply

    • spe: The “new” Le De by Givenchy. November 5, 2014 at 9:37am Reply

    • Audrey: Le Labo Jasmin 17, Puredistance Antonia, Chanel Beige, Aerin Lilac Path, I second Gardenia Petale…..AA Angelique Lilas, D’Orsay Tilleul. November 5, 2014 at 9:51am Reply

      • Audrey: And Byredo Tulipe!!! B November 5, 2014 at 3:27pm Reply

    • Cybele: Stella MCCartney Lily, Jour d’Hermes, Baiser Vole Cartier. November 5, 2014 at 10:37am Reply

      • Cybele: and don’t miss Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia November 5, 2014 at 10:43am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Second Lily, it is lovely November 5, 2014 at 4:08pm Reply

    • Reg: Un Coeur en Mai by Parfums MDCI is impeccable. Unfortunately a bit on the steep side.. November 5, 2014 at 6:56pm Reply

  • lnhb: Looking for L’Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine dupe … November 5, 2014 at 8:23am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: not dupes but the neighborhood, Lumière Blanche, Santal Massoïa, Malle for Dries Van Noten, Parfumerie Generale Cadjmere November 5, 2014 at 5:28pm Reply

  • Polinia: Hi, any suggestions for replacement of E.Arden Green Tea? I would like to introduce one friend of mine to a niche perfumery. It should be close enough to attract her. November 5, 2014 at 11:13am Reply

    • audrey: Don’t know how close it is, but how about L’Artisan The Pour Un Ete? lovely jasmine/lemon/green tea combo….. And maybe this is obvious, but how about Bulgari The Vert? November 5, 2014 at 11:35pm Reply

  • Amanda: Hello all! This is less of a request for a recommendation and more to do with risking the purchase of a fragrance without sampling it. Specifically, Tom Ford Fleur de Chine.

    I absolutely adore TF Shanghai Lily, Cafe Rose, Mandarino di Amalfi, and Jasmin Rouge. I suppose you can say that line hasn’t done me wrong yet which is why I’m considering taking such a huge risk. (That plus the glowing review on this site.)

    I live in a town that doesn’t have any stores that stock Fleur de Chine (or much of TF’s Private Blend fragrances) and I’m a little loathe to request a decant or sample. I did get a sample of the Cafe Rose before I ordered it and I find it was markedly different than the bottle I received. I’m not sure if it has to do with the application method or the age of the sample. I’m certainly not disappointed as they’re both totally lovely renditions and they both have the same heart but they feel very different.

    As such, I’m not putting a lot of stock in the idea of a sample sent by mail telling me what I need to know. I’d prefer to walk in to a store and try it out. I suppose my question to you is whether my list of favorites (above) suggests I will also love Fleur de Chine. My other option is to wait until I’m in a city large enough so that I can try it in person. I’m a bit impatient and don’t know when that would occur.

    I’m very new to fragrances (8 months since I bought my first) so forgive the lack of eloquence! November 5, 2014 at 12:32pm Reply

    • spe: Highly recommend waiting to try this in person. Individual chemistry makes a dramatic difference with this one. It is a favorite of mine and I’m not crazy about the other TF’s you enjoy. Not that it’s impossible for us both to love it and to have it work for us, but our fragrance preferences “on paper” are quite different, for whatever that’s worth. November 5, 2014 at 1:22pm Reply

    • George: From what I understand from Victoria’s review of Fleur de Chine is that it is a classical French Chypre. I also understand that none of the other Tom Ford perfumes you favour are of that type. As such, I would suggest that you maybe see what perfumes are easily available to you in that category, and check them out, and then get an idea of whether Fleur de Chine might work for you. If you are a relative newcomer, you are also likely experience a lot of great perfumes. If you search under notes for chypre on this blog, a huge range of perfumes should come up- from easy to access brands like Estee lauder, YSL and department store Chanel, to much more difficult to access niche brands. By experiencing these perfumes you might be sufficiently entertained until such time as you do get to smell Fleur de Chine, or get a better idea of whether it is going to suit if you are going to blind buy. I wouldn’t recommend a blind buy on this one, but I wouldn’t recommend a blind buy in general, and in this case I think the risk is increased because you aren’t listing any classical chypres in your previous perfume history. So go have some fun with what is available to you is what I’m saying, but maybe with an eye on a future purchase of Fleur de Chine, when you are able to smell it in person. November 5, 2014 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Hannah: I recommend waiting to try it in person. Taking a risk and buying blind can be fun, but it costs so much that I think the risk is too high.
      And it is impossible to say that you’ll like it based on your tastes. It’s not even just an issue of skin chemistry. There will never be a guarantee that you’ll like how a perfume comes together, even if it seemef like it was made for you when you read about it. That’s happened to me with Chergui and OJ Woman, and others. November 5, 2014 at 3:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: Amanda, I don’t recommend any blind purchases, and that of Fleur de Chine especially. Nothing among your favorites is remotely like it, not even in the same ballpark. Why not order a sample first? Luckyscent and Surrendertochance carr it. November 6, 2014 at 1:20pm Reply

      • Amanda: Thanks to all of you for your words of wisdom. It is a very risky (expensive) blind purchase and it’s helpful to know that it sufficiently different from my current loves that I should give it a try. I’ll look into a sample first! November 6, 2014 at 3:21pm Reply

  • Natalie: I’m a little late to this thread but hoping you’re all still reading! I’m looking for a new fragrance for everyday use. My go tos now are Prada Infusion D’Iris, Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio and Demeter Tomato Leaf (but the longevity is abismal). I really like green notes, leather, and some light florals. Can’t stand sweet, too powdery or heavy. I tried some of the Chanel greenary (no 19, Cristalle) but I guess I just don’t get them. Any thoughts?? November 5, 2014 at 6:11pm Reply

    • audrey: Have you tried Bel Respiro? It’s a Chanel that is a lighter, sweeter green with a bit more floral in it…..less ‘sharp’ than the other two. November 5, 2014 at 7:10pm Reply

      • Natalie: I haven’t! Can I find that in most places where Chanel is sold? I don’t think I’ve seen it in Nordstroms… November 5, 2014 at 7:16pm Reply

        • audrey: I’ve never seen it at my only local store….but most of my fragrance purchases have to be done online as I don’t live near almost anything….I really like it, it’s worth purchasing a small decant to test. I would get a spray instead of a splash. November 5, 2014 at 11:37pm Reply

    • Reg: Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil could work if your into greens esp. tomato leaf. November 5, 2014 at 7:12pm Reply

      • Natalie: Hmm, I never gave it a chance. Is it very aquatic? November 5, 2014 at 7:19pm Reply

        • Reg: I don’t find it an aquatic scent, it is pretty green to my nose. It has a slight bitterness to it (the tomato leaf?) which I’m not particularly fond of, but others consider it easy to wear. November 6, 2014 at 7:05pm Reply

      • Figuier: Following Reg’s train of thought, have you tried Un Jardin en Mediterranee: a lovely tomato leaf note in the opening before it segues to green fig; not too sweet at all, November 6, 2014 at 7:00am Reply

    • Nemo: Also maybe Eau d’Ete from Parfums d’Nicolai? It is a lovely, green and light floral…and Silences by Jacomo. November 5, 2014 at 9:32pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau (try both edT and edp)’ Guerlain Vetiver, Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman, Balmain Vent Vert November 5, 2014 at 9:59pm Reply

      • limegreen: Second the L’Ombre Dans L’eau! The green tomato leaf note is my favorite part of this fragrance. November 5, 2014 at 11:34pm Reply

        • Natalie: I’ve never tried any of these, thanks for the recommendations! I have lots of sniffing to do. November 6, 2014 at 8:27am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Just thought of Ann Gerard Perle de Mousse and Parfums de Nicolai Le Temps d’une Fête November 5, 2014 at 10:17pm Reply

    • lnhb: Sisley Eau de Campagne ! November 6, 2014 at 2:49am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Here I am again with Martin Margiela Untitled!
        Green, fresh, elegant. November 6, 2014 at 6:10am Reply

        • Natalie: I do love that one! So you guys are totally on the right track. The only downside to it, is that of all the perfumes I’ve ever tried, my boyfriend thinks it’s a little weird for him. November 6, 2014 at 8:28am Reply

    • Cybele: Hi, I have similar taste and recommend you Chanel 28 La Pausa (doesn’t last long but it is so beautiful that it is worth reapplying), Stella McCartney Lily, and Bottega Veneta Eau Legere for a light leather. And maybe you could get your hands on Gucci Envy (discontinued), which is just the best green floral ever. November 6, 2014 at 10:42am Reply

      • Natalie: Does Envy have any similarities to the Envy Me series by Gucci? Envy Me 2 was one of my earliest perfume buys right after Tommy Girl 🙂 November 6, 2014 at 12:13pm Reply

        • Cybele: I don’t think so but I haven’t tried EnvyMe. The original Envy is very distinctive and I suppose much more green than the other versions. It is almost metallic but still floral and extremely well composed. It smells very clean like fresh plant sap but not too vegetal either. Some people find it boardes on soapy but I do not find that describes it well. It is very sexy and while not sweet at all, more feminine than Untitled for example. Its just great! November 6, 2014 at 1:35pm Reply

          • Cybele: sorry borders on soapy… November 6, 2014 at 1:36pm Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: Annick Goutal L’Heure Exquise is very beautiful with a combination of green with iris and rose (since you like green and iris). It’s more accessible than Chanel No. 19, as it is a bit warmer and softer. November 6, 2014 at 1:30pm Reply

      • Natalie: Will definitely look into it, thanks! November 6, 2014 at 10:53pm Reply

  • Jehane: Salut – I wonder if anyone could kindly recommend a muguet perfume? One which does not veer off too much into galbanum (which I experience as ’round and thick’ whereas I am looking for ‘starry and bell-like’)? My skin tends to devour scent quickly and also to accentuate sweet notes…
    Thank you! November 6, 2014 at 8:58am Reply

    • limegreen: Gather you’ve already tried Diorssimo and found it wanting?
      Don’t know if you tried Coty Muguet des bois and if it is too thick and round for you but it is pretty nice and at bargain prices for a large size that one can respray often, if you have a scent devouring skin. I find that it stays on my skin for 4-5 hours. (You might put lotion on first and then spray.)
      I love the Yves Rocher Lily of the Valley (even more of a bargain price) and it has a lighter ethereal touch than either Dior or Coty. But it has less longevity, 2-3 hours. I carry the little 20 ml bottle (and respray).
      I love the Van Cleef and Arpels Gardenia Petale for its lightness and freshness and noticed that in that same collection there is also a Muguet Blanc and wonder if it is similarly a light rendition of muguet. It does not have galbanum. Would like to know if you have smelled this one as I am curious about it.
      The Jo Loves Muguet and Cedar is really ethereal and beautiful (can’t smell the cedar) but it is fleeting (less than an hour) on my skin and the SA offered to spray it on my scarf, probably knowing it was otherwise going to disappear. But it is really really nice. November 6, 2014 at 10:04am Reply

    • Courant: Fleur de Cristal by Lalique is lovely. If you like LOV it’s a winner for sure. Jessica McClintock is supposedly an LOV fragrance that has a following. I have Fleur de Cristal and Annick Goutal’s Le Muguet, the latter has a vegetal opening requiring about seven minutes of confusion before the true scent appears and then it is Lily of the Valley, true. I always try to suggest affordable fragrances, but there are several amazing niche ones that others will recommend. For your skin type the Lalique may be best. Cheers my dear November 6, 2014 at 3:10pm Reply

    • Michaela: I can see Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs as innocent and feminine, without being thick at all… if you haven’t tried it yet. November 7, 2014 at 9:34am Reply

    • Francesca: I second the Anais Anais suggestion. It is a lovely fragrance. November 7, 2014 at 2:05pm Reply

  • marlene: I am in love with Chanel 19,it is not the same almost masculine scent as the bottle I bought circa 1977, alas. Nevertheless,it still charms me. Too bad it does not last too long. Wearing it now,feels autumnal somehow. November 6, 2014 at 1:45pm Reply

    • Courant: I remember my Chanel No 5 EDT from the seventies with fondness, the jasmine I guess. I came to No 19 much later and developed a passion for iris inspired perfumes. Wearing a lovely scarf with perfume lingering in it is worth the drop is temperature I think. Oakmoss won’t return to perfumery but we still have beautiful autumnal trees and the scents of nature. November 6, 2014 at 4:21pm Reply

    • kayliz: Ah, I’m so glad you made the comment about No19 not being as masculine as it was back in the day — I had exactly that thought when I came to it last year after a 30-year break.
      I wonder how much of this impression is because of reformulation and how much because of our changing perceptiins/tastes? It would be interesting to do a side-by-side testing. November 7, 2014 at 2:53am Reply

  • Wendyr: Would love a suggestion for a jasmine and soft wood/amber scent. I adore Carnal Flower and Songes. Today wearing Sonoma Scent Studio Forest Walk but would like more jasmine/floral. Thoughts? November 7, 2014 at 12:04pm Reply

    • Courant: Aerin Lauder completed an old formulation of Estee’s and created Jasmine White Moss. It’s the Private Collection one, so a little bit more expensive but you don’t use as much. I bought it to wear to my daughter’s wedding and I am very fond of it November 9, 2014 at 11:19pm Reply

      • Wendyr: Thank you. I will try to get a decant:). November 15, 2014 at 5:11pm Reply

  • Francesca: What would you recommend for someone who is a migraineur and cannot cope with white flowers or gourmand fragrances?

    I know she loves fragrances such as Terre d’Hermes, Paestum Rose, the Comme des Garçons Incense series and was devastated when Armani White was discontinued. I was thinking of Chanel 19 but am not sure.

    Any ideas/suggestions will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance. November 7, 2014 at 1:00pm Reply

    • Hannah: So she likes cooler fragrances, and I also find TdH, Paestum Rose, and some of the CdG incense fragrances to be vegetal. I think many of Bertrand Duchaufour’s fragrances are like that.
      What is her price range? She may like Bois d’Encens (Armani Prive), but it is very expensive. November 7, 2014 at 1:15pm Reply

    • Hamamelis: Hi Francesca, I am a migraineur and (newbie) perfumista, and although white flowers/gourmand don’t induce an immediate migraine I can’t wear them on the days I feel that I am migraine prone (as I get older increasingly less of them fortunately). Interestingly enough the only perfume I can wear when I have or am developing a migraine is Terre d’Hermes Eau très fraîche. I don’t know if it is different enough to the original Terre to be a good choice for your friend. Second one I can almost always wear is Chanel 5 Eau Premiere. Third is Cristalle. Fourth is Frederic Fekkai Sensuelle. Best of luck to your friend, hope this helps. November 7, 2014 at 2:10pm Reply

    • Cybele: Hi Francesca, although green, Chanel 19 might still be too classical perfumy for a person with migraines. I suggest you to try Lime Basil Mandarin by Jo Malone, Bel Respiro and 28, La Pausa Chanel (exclusive line), Bulgari Eau Parfumee The Vert and The Blanc. November 7, 2014 at 5:47pm Reply

      • Francesca: Thank you Hamamelis and Cybele, will definitely visit the Chanel counter to check your suggestions, thanks! November 7, 2014 at 6:13pm Reply

    • limegreen: How about Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay? And a really light ethereal fragrance is diptyque Eau de Lierre. November 7, 2014 at 6:54pm Reply

  • Francesca: Thanks Hanna. Unfortunately, Armani Prive will be a bit too much price wise. I’d say 100 Euros is the limit. November 7, 2014 at 2:03pm Reply

  • Michael: I have a question for those of you who are particularly interested in iris perfumes. I was browsing at the Frederic Malle counter today and decided to test Iris Poudre on my skin. I was not quite prepared for how luscious, elegant and radiant it smelled! The dry down is warm, sweet and predictably floral on me. However, I already own the EDP version of Volutes, 28 La Pausa whilst beautiful is incredibly fleeting in terms of longevity and Chanel No. 19 doesn’t work on me. How does Iris Poudre compare to the other iris “greats”? Is it worth splurging £££ for a full bottle? Are there any other fragrances I should consider, like Acqua di Parma’s Iris Nobile? November 8, 2014 at 7:25pm Reply

    • Courant: Iris Nobile is also luscious, elegant and radiant, the dry down being warm, sweet and floral. I sound like I’m being a terrible tease. I prefer the FM but the longevity of Iris Nobile is good to very good and I don’t remember how the FM went. The Exclusifs are too fleeting on me. One to try, woody as it us, is Bois d’Iris by the Different Company. Iris Bleu Gris by MPG is a must try for Iris lovers. Others will chime in I’m sure November 9, 2014 at 11:15pm Reply

  • Rose: Dear Victoria,

    I had a question regarding Chanel 5 EdP newest version. Do you happen to know if this version has been reformulated recently? I happened to smell it at airport in France and it smells nothing like before, in a good way. The heavy incense note is gone and it reminds more the EdT now. Thank you. November 9, 2014 at 3:45am Reply

  • Ari: Hello all. I’m new to this fantastic blog and I need a bit of help. 🙂

    I’ve been taking scent allot more seriously of late – and with this change in perspective I feel a bit lost in Wonderland.

    I am looking for a perfume that has good or very good silage.

    To give you an idea, I like Atelier Cologne Silver Iris and Carmin Santal, Aerin Evening Rose and Amber. Main stream: Miss Dior and Hermes eau de Mandarine Ambre (which is AMAZING, but does not last long on my skin). I think I tend toward orientals (especially this time of year).

    I used to wear Elie Saab, but I am saturated with it. I gravitate toward more unisex scents now. 🙂 November 9, 2014 at 12:52pm Reply

    • Courant: Eau Narcisse Bleu by Hermes, beautifully reviewed by Victoria, is not only unisex but is the polar opposite of Elie Saab. It doesn’t last as long as I would wish though, but it stays as a skin scent, so I shouldn’t B, itch November 9, 2014 at 11:34pm Reply

      • Ari: I think Eau Narcisse Bleu is nice, but I ended up owning Eau de Mandarine Ambre, which was instant love. I guess I’m looking for something along those lines, with a better silage.

        I’m considering Chanel Bois des Iles and Guerlain L’Heure Bleue. If anyone wore either, which one made you keep on wanting to smell yourself through out the day?

        I like amber, incense, orange blossom and iris as notes.. November 10, 2014 at 12:25am Reply

      • Ari: Actually, after doing some quick research, I think I’m generally looking for a chypre fragrance. Maybe something like Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. How does that compare with Hermes Perfume des Merveilles and Miss Dior?

        I understand that all these question are quite complex and the answers mostly subjective. 🙂 November 10, 2014 at 12:44am Reply

        • Victoria: 31 Rue Cambon is a good intro chypre, mostly because it is not too dark, dry or mossy. Miss Dior is the most classical out of the three. It’s a green chypre with lots of leather. Parfum des Merveilles is also quite modern, but it is woody, earthy, rich. All three are very different from each other. November 10, 2014 at 7:22am Reply

  • Nati: Dear friends Id love it if you could recommend me the perfumes you remember as being the most powdery ever. Also Id like it to have a very big sillage.
    I prefer sweet but Im open to ideas. Thank you very much. November 10, 2014 at 6:14pm Reply

    • Courant: Nati, Bal a Versailles vintage is my most loved powder. It has great silage and projection too.
      I think Je Reviens was a great powdery scent in its day but Anais Anais, original is a great perfume at a great price. November 10, 2014 at 8:04pm Reply

      • Nati: Thank you Courant! I remember my grandmother used Je Reviens! I love it, and had forgotten about it!
        Anais Anais was my first perfume and I still wear it sometimes! I can see you were right on track so I will surely go after Bal a Versailles now!
        Thank you very much! November 11, 2014 at 11:32am Reply

    • Victoria: Love Chloe is one of my favorite powdery perfumes. And it has a lovely sillage. November 11, 2014 at 11:59am Reply

      • Courant: Thanks Victoria. I have shied away from Chloe because of all of the flankers, which is silly, because I try to negotiate all the Narciso’s into order. Here in New Zealand our Mayor got into terrible trouble buying his mistress a bottle of Love Chloe on the public purse, amongst other things. I guess that’s the thing that put me off trying it. Strange but true November 11, 2014 at 2:36pm Reply

        • Victoria: Your mayor has questionable ethics, but a good perfume taste. 🙂 November 11, 2014 at 2:41pm Reply

        • Nati: Courant, what did you mean with “negotiate the Narcisos”? I was curious…. November 11, 2014 at 9:03pm Reply

      • Nati: Thank you dear Victoria I will try Love on thursday! November 11, 2014 at 8:53pm Reply

  • Rebecca: Just stumbled across this site yesterday; what fun! I am quite the neophyte when it comes to the perfume world, but was delighted to see this particular column. My favorite perfume, Y, by Yves St Laurent is no longer available, so yes, I am eking out my last bottle. I would like to know what are the scents used in it…what am I looking for as I try to replace it? Thanks for any insights! November 12, 2014 at 9:13pm Reply

    • Victoria: Welcome, Rebecca! We have just been talking about Y, so your question is timely. Since it belongs with other fruity (peach accented) mossy perfumes, you might like to try Guerlain Mitsouko, Rochas Femme, Guerlain Chant d’Arômes, Jean Patou Enjoy, and even Guerlain Idylle. Idylle is the least like Y, but it’s a modern twist on a mossy chypre, and it’s nicely done. If you like the peachy part of Y, then you might enjoy Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey. It’s a light cologne-like fragrance, but it’s fun. November 13, 2014 at 9:12am Reply

      • Rebecca: This sounds like it could be the beginning of a beautiful journey! Thanks so much, I’m on my way! November 14, 2014 at 3:51pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Rebecca,
      You can purchase Y at
      The price is excellent!
      Peace November 14, 2014 at 1:37am Reply

  • anastasia: hi there, hoping I can get some help finding my new signature scent. For the last few years was wearing Hypnotic Poison. On my skin it was not sweet but more musky smelling with a hint of vanilla very very sexy scent. However i have found with all Dior perfumes now that the longevity is not what it was and Hypnotic Poison is now super sweet on me and I’m lucky if the scent stays longer than 20 minutes. Lolita Lempicka although a gourmand it’s not cloying or sweet on me the way but very dark and seductive. Gucci Eau de Parfum (the brown juice now discontinued) again spicy and sexy.

    Coco Chanel LOVE !!!!! its definitely a front runner in my quest….I’ve tried Shalimar and it dries down to baby powder on me Tom Ford Black Orchid smells good on paper not on me same with Cartier La Panthere….Soooo what I’m looking for is something sexy, yet dark and seductive a bombshell perfume with lotsa sillage….was thinking maybe Kenzo jungle elephant but don’t want to do a blind buy Many thanks in advance!

    ps. What a fabulous blog!!! December 6, 2014 at 4:16pm Reply

    • Victoria: Anastasia, a great question! This thread is already quiet, but we will have a new one in a week or so. I recommend reposting this question there. Meanwhile, I will think of some ideas. December 7, 2014 at 12:57pm Reply

      • anastasia: awesome Thank you so much for your reply!

        I have to say your blog has reignited my passion for perfume. I’ve spent the weekend reading through your blog and ran to Sephora to try Tuberose Criminalle. What a beautiful beautiful Tuberose, a work of sensory art I had to go and smell my bottle of Chloe(before 2008 reformulation) Chloe is definitely her older sister…Both beautiful Tuberose!

        Will definitely keep my eyes open for the post! December 7, 2014 at 8:14pm Reply

        • Hannah: Anastasia, do you live in the US? I ask because I didn’t know Serge Lutens was at Sephora at all and I noticed Tubereuse Criminelle isn’t in the spray bottles part of the SL website anymore and it isn’t at Luckyscent so I thought it is a Paris exclusive now, which is very inconvenient for me because I decided it is my signature perfume (although I think I’m stretching the meaning of signature, since I have 5 other full bottles that I wear often). December 7, 2014 at 10:22pm Reply

          • Hannah: I think I should clarify that it is on the US Serge Lutens site, but not on the German site. December 7, 2014 at 10:28pm Reply

            • Cornelia Blimber: Hi Anastasia!
              Maybe Byzance (Rochas) is a good perfume for you. December 8, 2014 at 4:20am Reply

              • anastasia: H Cornelia thanks for the suggestion! Where can I smell this? December 8, 2014 at 7:47pm Reply

                • Cornelia Blimber: That depends on where you live! It will not be easy to find it, it is an old one, but certainly worth seeking. December 9, 2014 at 4:50am Reply

                  • Cornelia Blimber: Ah, Canada! I have no idea then, I live in Amsterdam! December 9, 2014 at 4:51am Reply

            • anastasia: Hi Hannah,
              I live in Canada. SL just appeared this month in my local Sephora. Apparently only select Sephoras’ carry the line. The brand isn’t even listed on the Sephora website so who knows maybe they are just testing the market? Are you in the US, you could try calling your local Sephora and asking them which stores carry it. It’s such a same when one of your favourite scents is no longer available…hope this helps! December 8, 2014 at 7:46pm Reply

              • Karen: After reading about TC no longer being offered on Luckyscent and only in the bell jar on SL site, I found some on Amazon and ordered a bottle. So, there is that option – but it did look like limited numbers are available… It feels a bit like emergency buying, and trying to save pennies for a bottle of Carnal Flower before cost increase or reformulation. December 9, 2014 at 5:19am Reply

        • Victoria: Anastasia, have you tried L’Artisan Tubereuse de Nuit? It’s another interesting tuberose, and it could be an interesting perfume for you to try. And also, in a totally different vein, have you tried Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto? It’s a gourmand (patchouli, fruit notes, vanilla) + jasmine tea. December 8, 2014 at 8:04am Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: Knowing (Estee Lauder) is a dark, mossy rose! December 8, 2014 at 4:14pm Reply

            • anastasia: Hi Cornelia, I will give that a go as well, I had a look at the notes and it looks like something I should definitely try! It sounds sultry!! Thank you for the suggestions! December 8, 2014 at 7:57pm Reply

          • anastasia: Hi Victoria, Manifesto on paper I loved but when I tried it hated on my skin, I smelled like a fruit that was drenched in a sugar syrup and covered in icing sugar that was left in a summer garden at high noon.
            L’Artisan Tuberose I’m going to have to revisit I remember trying it this summer and yes another great scent I remember thing how beautiful the rose smelled in this…i will try again this weekend and get sample. December 8, 2014 at 7:53pm Reply

  • Captain Leo: I have been tasked with choosing a fragrance for my lovely girlfriend for Christmas. This is a very big responsibility so I would appreciate some help!!

    I’ve been told to pick from one of the following categories:
    warm, spicy, musky
    crisp, kinda floral

    I know shes a fan of nag champa

    I’d like to go for a newer hip choice. I’m beyond my depth! Please help me bois de jasmin, you’re my only hope. December 8, 2014 at 9:57pm Reply

    • anastasia: Hi Captain Leo
      For warm & spicy etc. you might like Coco Chanel, Serge Lutens Chergui , Estee
      Lauder Sensous noir, Guerlain Samsara and a cheapie option but still very nice Voile de Ambre by Yves Rocher (the dry down to this is very warm but it’s more of a skin scent not big on sillage) Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum also nice.

      Good Luck in your search! December 9, 2014 at 11:20am Reply

      • Captain Leo: you rule Anastasia!!! thank you!! December 9, 2014 at 5:47pm Reply

  • Captain Leo: addendum:

    she also will wear Egyptian Goddess December 8, 2014 at 10:00pm Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Not so new and hip, but very good:
      Baghari, Piguet (warm, spicy, Christmas)
      Clair de Musc , Lutens (musky, bright, flowery)
      Idylle Eau Sublime, Guerlain (lovely, flowery)

      Good luck! December 9, 2014 at 4:58am Reply

      • Captain Leo: awesome! thank you Cornelia Blimber! December 9, 2014 at 5:47pm Reply

  • Karen: Regina Harris’ Frankincense Myrrh Rose Maroc is warm and interesting. Comes in a stunning bottle. Christian Dior’s Oud Ispahan is a warm beautiful scent that costs a fortune…. Jo Malone’s Rose Oud is another warm beautiful fragrance that is easy to find and lasts.

    Si by Giorgio Armani is a crisp floral – although not as crisp as they come. Parfums Delrae’s Wit is a sparkling pretty perfume that was reviewed here recently.

    And while not crisp, you can read up on Vero Profumo’s line to see if any of her perfumes resonate. Serge Lutens is another line to investigate.

    You can order samples from Luckyscent – in my experience they arrive in 2 or 3 days. If you order today or tomorrow that gives you time to test them out and order a full bottle. Ask some of her friends and see which one you like. Then afterwords you can give her the samples and let her list her favorites for future gifts! December 9, 2014 at 7:07am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Wise words. When I give perfume as a present, I ask the SA to make a sample. They have tiny vials for that purpose. Then I give the perfume and the sample, to try first and than accept the present (or not). As long as the bottle is wrapped up, you can return it without problems. December 9, 2014 at 4:55pm Reply

  • kokkuri-san: My Chanel no 5 is running out and I’m thinking of switching to a new signature scent. I tried samples of Coco Mademoiselle and Guerlain Mitsouko. I liked to former but found it a tad to sweet if that makes sense, the latter seems like a scent i could use everyday. Problem is I’m looking for a vegetarian scent. Does Mitsouko still use ambergris, if so, could anyone recommend something similar? Is finding a nice vegetarian perfume at all possible? December 12, 2014 at 3:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: By a vegetarian perfume do you mean one without natural animalic ingredients? No big brand you’d find at a department store uses those. They are either banned or too expensive to be commercially viable. December 12, 2014 at 3:50pm Reply

  • kokkuri-san: Thanks for you response Victoria, that is indeed what I mean. I did not know that, so a brand like Guerlain would be safe in that case? Are there any smaller brands I should avoid? December 12, 2014 at 4:02pm Reply

    • Victoria: Technically, getting ambergris doesn’t involve harming a whale in any way, because whales spit out this substance, and it is found as big lumps floating in the ocean and then washed upon the shores. As you can imagine, if a brand decided to use such a precious material, they wouldn’t hide it. December 12, 2014 at 4:18pm Reply

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