Recommend Me a Perfume : June

This week, 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 used this column 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, poppy



  • ElenavL: Hi all, I have a general question to people with a relatively large perfume wadrobe. How do you use it? I mean, I, for instance, tend to stick with the same 2-3 scents for weeks, and then start wondering whether I completely gone off the rest of them, to the point of forgetting what I have.

    And since I am here, I cannot resist fishing for a recommendation.
    My current favorites are Chanel 22, Chanel 5 (perfume) and Bois de Iles. Anything new you would recommend to try along the lines? June 29, 2015 at 8:57am Reply

    • Susan: I find Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche to be a fantastic warm weather scent. To me, it’s a modern chypre–very green but with depth.
      I have a fairly large fragrance collection and find myself using the same ones again and again unless I force myself to break the habit! D&G Pour Femme is always for bedtime and soft girly days, J’Adore when I want to “sparkle,” Chance Eau Tendre for a sophisticated girly scent, Euphoria and Boyfriend for depth in winter. EL Sensuous Nude and Rhianna Nude for work events, just to name a few. June 29, 2015 at 9:56am Reply

      • ElenavL: That is exaclty how I feel sometimes – forcing myself to switch. Thanks forr tour recommendations! I used to wear Chance years ago until at some point it stopped working for me and I convinced myself that I gree out of it and passed on the bottle to my baby sys 🙂 June 30, 2015 at 10:06am Reply

    • maja: I tend to change my daily fragrance regularly while I stick to a certain perfume for several evenings in a row. I guess my evening choice is more “emotional”. 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 10:08am Reply

      • ElenavL: You mean you wear different parfumes daytime and in the eve the same day? That’s aan idea! June 30, 2015 at 10:07am Reply

        • maja: Yes! I wear something cosier in the evening usually. 🙂 June 30, 2015 at 5:04pm Reply

    • irem: Have you tried La Myrrhe by Serge Lutens ? It is a Chanel under the SL label, quite a surprise. June 29, 2015 at 10:19am Reply

      • Bela: Not sure what you mean by ‘it is a Chanel under the SL label’? It’s a Serge Lutens fragrance, created by Christopher Sheldrake, who joined Chanel a few years ago – long after La Myrrhe was launched. It isn’t a Chanel scent at all. June 29, 2015 at 11:24am Reply

        • Elisa: I think Irem meant “Chanel-esque” — since so many classic Chanels are heavy on the aldehydes. June 29, 2015 at 12:49pm Reply

          • irem: Thank you! That’s exactly what I meant. June 29, 2015 at 2:22pm Reply

            • Bela: Ah, OK. June 30, 2015 at 8:55pm Reply

        • irem: I am sorry if my comment caused confusion or distress. I meant exactly as Elisa nicely put it in words below. June 29, 2015 at 2:21pm Reply

          • Alessandra: don’t worry, I found your words very clear and I agree with them 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 5:45pm Reply

            • irem: Thanks, Alessandra, your comment made me feel better 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 9:50pm Reply

          • Edward: same here, i found your words clear. no worries, irem. 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 7:30pm Reply

            • irem: Thank you, Edward. Your comment made me feel better too 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 9:51pm Reply

        • spe: Um, I don’t think she meant it that literally. June 29, 2015 at 3:46pm Reply

      • George: I knew EXACTLY what you meant. June 30, 2015 at 4:40am Reply

      • Victoria: I was thinking of La Myrrhe too. It’s an heir to Chanel No 5, a blend of aldehydes and floral notes. What makes it different is a huge dose of myrrh. An interesting combination of classical and modern. Elena might enjoy it. June 30, 2015 at 9:31am Reply

        • ElenavL: Hi Victoria, your description emplifies the interest sparked by the initial recommendation.

          Sorry for the offtopic: by any chance you would know what I do wrong w.r.t. receiving the comments email notifications? I have subscribed for the replies to my comments, but fail to receive the notifications, not even into my spam folder. June 30, 2015 at 10:50am Reply

          • Victoria: I’m not sure. I will look into it, though! June 30, 2015 at 12:28pm Reply

            • ElenavL: Whatever you did it worked, yay! June 30, 2015 at 3:03pm Reply

      • ElenavL: I do not think so, thanks for your recommendation, the description sounds very tempting. June 30, 2015 at 10:08am Reply

      • orsetta: spot-on & creative description of La Myrrhe! 🙂 July 2, 2015 at 3:06am Reply

    • Joy: I don’t have a huge collection, but have a quite number of decants which I mostly get from Surrender to Chance. I love Chanel’s Cristalle in the summer especially. I also love Chanel’s 31 Rue Cambon, which is more expensive. Burberry Brit Rhythm dries down to a lovely, warm woody scent and is not expensive. It can be purchased at a Sephora store. June 29, 2015 at 10:34am Reply

      • ElenavL: Oh yes, 31 Rue De Cambon is one of my all time favorites too, how could I forget to mention it! Would not it be magic if Chanel made it in perfume concentration? June 30, 2015 at 10:11am Reply

    • Karen: Hi Elenav – have you tried the questionnaire on the Frederic Malle website? It’s a lot of fun and you get some recommendations and can then purchase samples – three for $20, and the samples are very generous. It’s a good way to explore the line if you aren’t familiar with it.

      If you want to stick with Chanel (since the three you mention are all Chanel), is there a Saks or other high-end department store near you? The Chanel department at Saks in Bethesda, Md has a scent bar where you can smell all of the fragrances in a way that does not wear out your olfactory senses! If you can find one of those, it may give you more Chanel options.

      I’ve got more perfumes than good sense, but love them all. Sometimes I’m a serial monogamist – then other times I switch up during the day. Weather, and my mood influence choices – also memories associated with a fragrance and what I want to evoke for myself. June 29, 2015 at 10:36am Reply

      • ElenavL: The serial monogamist made me chuckle 🙂 And I have a similar feeling about my amounts of good sense and perfume.

        I do not stick to Chanels on principle, it just happened that those are the ones I keep coming back to. I live in the Netherlands, and unfortunately not close enough to fancy Chanel counters. And my hate-to-travel toddler girl changed the status of some destinations from “close to home
        ” to “Do not even think about it” for now 🙂 I will check out the FM questionnaire, it sounds fun! June 30, 2015 at 10:22am Reply

        • Karen: The questionnaire is fun! But I get a kick out of anything that makes me think about what I want from a fragrance and why I wear it. Plus, if you do fill it out, make sure to note what you enjoy wearing so they don’t come up with anything too off base. FM has 10 ml size bottles, which makes purchasing something very affordable if you aren’t sure about getting a 50ml or larger bottle.

          My current FM crush is Une Fleur de Cassie, but it’s very old school Hollywood kind of glamour so not sure if it’s something you’d enjoy, but if you go on a dressed up night out its perfect for that (and may make you think Hey I’m not just a mom – if only briefly!) June 30, 2015 at 2:00pm Reply

    • Wesley Hall Parker: Hi Elena –

      I tend to use my perfume wardrobe the way I would clothes – I pick what I wear by season, occasion (formal/informal) and mood.

      For example, in early spring – I like a lot of fresh green-floral notes, just as the world is beginning to come back alive. Then I wear Lost March Ael-Mat, or if things are feeling a little more formal I’ll wear Les Temps de Une Fete by Parfums d’Nicolai. As late spring really takes hold and the weather warms and everything is blooming one of my faves is Rose Ikebana by Hermes, and then as the weather turns hotter I switch to Neroli by Annick Goutal because it’s more refreshing. And so on… I suppose I get a lot of my inspiration from nature and my garden 🙂 I’m still looking for my ideal Jasmine and Magnolia – but haven’t found any that make me as happy as what grows in my yard 🙂

      In terms of recommendations for you – since you like Chanel – I really think you should check out the Exclusifs line. (I order samples online from the Perfumed Court and Surrender to Chance and Luckyscent since I no longer live in a big city near a good perfume counter.) Since you seem to like a fairly classical structure – I agree with another person’s recommendation to try 31 Rue Cambon. No 5 and No 22 are also HUGE aldehyde bombs. You might also enjoy Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere if you haven’t already tried it – it’s a very fresh and springy little sister to No 5 – and also has the aldehyde zing. June 29, 2015 at 11:35am Reply

      • ElenavL: I like your comparison with the regular wadrobe. It made me smile, because I see the same pattern too. I tend to pick a favorite and wear it out, despite having plenty to chose from 🙂

        Yes, 31 Rue De Cambon is superb!
        I keep postponing trying the sample services, but maybe I should juat try it after all – especially given the poor choices of prefumes stores in my neighbourhood. June 30, 2015 at 10:27am Reply

    • Ariadne: Hi ElenavL, I only display @ 7 different bottles of my perfume at a time, all within grasp on a tray near where I dress. I keep the rest of my collection in a box in my closet. When I feel like ‘shopping’ for a new perfume I open this box and rotate my display. This box also has my huge collection of samples which are in no way organized but I discovered if I just grab a handful and wear a different one each day it is great fun. June 29, 2015 at 12:01pm Reply

      • ElenavL: Great tip to go for the closet when you feel like going perfume shopping! I will remember that! June 30, 2015 at 10:28am Reply

    • Elisa: Clearly you love aldehydes! I recommend trying Champagne de Bois, White Linen, Guerlain Vega, and L’Ame Soeur June 29, 2015 at 12:50pm Reply

      • ElenavL: Thanks a lot! Now taht you said it, yes, it is clear, how could I not see that? And at least one of your list should be available i our local department store. June 30, 2015 at 10:29am Reply

    • Lynda: I don’t have a signature scent because I love discovering new fragrances. My current favorite is Florabellio. Out of my fragrance collection there are 7 fragrances that I wear most frequently…Ombré Rose, Face a Face by Faconnable, Florabotanica, Rosabotanica, Bottega Veneta, Bvlgari’s Au The Rouge & Serendipitous. June 29, 2015 at 1:05pm Reply

      • ElenavL: I like Bottega Veneta, I should definitely try the rest, or at least the ones I can find, thanks! June 30, 2015 at 10:32am Reply

    • kayliz: When I read “Chanel 22, Chanel 5 perfume and Bois des Iles”, I thought “L’Heure Bleue, White Linen, Chamade”.
      (It zoomed me straight back to the wonderful fire brigade roll-call in Trumpton: June 29, 2015 at 5:35pm Reply

      • ElenavL: How interesting! I do own L’Heure Blue, but I never made the connection to the Chanels! I should definitely revisit and compare. And you made me very curious about Chamade, maybe because it is the one of the three that would be tricky to find locally 🙂 June 30, 2015 at 10:34am Reply

        • Karen: L’heure Bleue layers gorgeously with Bois des Iles if you want to give it a different feel – I wore the combo quite a lot last fall. June 30, 2015 at 2:02pm Reply

          • kayliz: Just tried the layering tip, and I’ll admit I was sceptical. But my goodness, it’s beautiful! This rescues for me the “new” L’Heure Bleue (I love it pre 2005ish but wasn’t over-keen on the reformulation). Many thanks, Karen! July 3, 2015 at 2:45pm Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: Some of my friends with large collections have a perfume tray, on which they rotate bottles in and out. So they tend to wear what’s on the tray for a while, then change it up for the next season or month.

      And have you tried Amouage Gold? June 30, 2015 at 6:55pm Reply

      • Nina Zolotow: Also, add another vote for La Myrrhe, just because I love it, but it’s a bit “thicker” than a Chanel. June 30, 2015 at 6:58pm Reply

    • Austenfan: In answer to your first question: Very randomly. It’s one of the few areas in my life where I don’t even want any structure. Just enjoyment.

      In answer to your second: Have you ever tried Amouage Gold? It’s a classic aldehydic floral and very beautiful. July 1, 2015 at 8:58am Reply

      • Nina Z: Thought you might like Gold! July 1, 2015 at 11:47am Reply

      • ElenavL: Hi Austenfan, I am a little pleased about your first answer, it makes me feel better about my own unstructured approach there.

        I have smelled the Amouages a couple of years ago, but tried too many and now can hardly remember it. I note to revisit the gold. July 7, 2015 at 3:01pm Reply

    • rachel: I am looking for something that I can wear everyday. I just bought the Jo Malone sage wood and sea salt, and it really smells like cedar on me and then fades away, I like it but would rather have something that lasts longer with more depth. I like woodsy fresh and with a sexy but subtle dry down. I am so picky but am willing to try anything to find what I love it has been a while! Thanks for your help! August 13, 2015 at 9:49am Reply

  • briony hey: I also have a large perfume wardrobe and have my favourites – including all the Chanels you mention. I tend to ignore some of my others for years, then try them one day and find they’re great – that either my nose has changed in the interim or I notice something in them I hadn’t before. If you like the Chanels, have you tried Agonist’s Arctic Jade? Or de Nicolai’s Sacrebleu? Or some of the Divines? Some of the Hermessences are really beautiful too. These are some of my favourites: Cuir Beluga, Apres l’Ondee, Shalimar, Shem el Neseem, Cuir de Nacre, Seville a l’Aube, Une Rose Chypree and Bulgari Black. All different but very lovely. June 29, 2015 at 9:41am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Hi Elena! I have a very large collection. The perfumes are in their boxes in a cool place, and I take out a few for using and enjoying the bottles. I change very often, sometimes every day another perfume. I know exactly what I have!
      I think you may love classics like Arpège, or First, or Joy. And bright florals, like En Passant.
      Or woody perfumes, sandalwood, like Santal Noble MPG, or Samsara.
      Enjoy your collection! June 29, 2015 at 11:35am Reply

      • ElenavL: Hi Cornelia, you are right about the classics. I do have a bottle of Arpege, and have been planning to get one of First. I only sniffed Joy once, should try to find a way to try it again. I have recently visited Skins in Breda for the FM collection. I have very mixed feelings about Un Passant. From one hand, I have been looking for a nice lilac perfume for years, and this one is very realistic. On another hand, it might be a bit too realistic for my taste – I mean its indolic component might be a bit too string for me (and waaaaay to strong for my husband (*eyeroll)). So I left with a sample and giving it a test drive.

        I actually have a sealed in a box bottle of Samsara which I bought blind on some clearance sale on holidays in Madrid. Its description as oriental has been stopping be from opening it, maybe I should after all. Given all that, I am looking forward checking out the unfamiliar to me scents you have mentioned. June 30, 2015 at 10:46am Reply

    • ElenavL: I am only familiar with Sacrebleu, and it is lovely. I am looking forward to check out the rest in your list. June 30, 2015 at 10:36am Reply

  • Miriam Carothers: Hello!

    I have been obsessed with agnés b. le b. since I was 12 in 1992- it’s no longer available and seem to have hunted down every last bottle of it on eBay including sample size bottles! What to do….
    I also snapped up discontinued Laura Mercier Violette on eBay-
    Can anybody recommend some similar replacement perfumes please? Thank you so much!
    Miriam Carothers June 29, 2015 at 9:43am Reply

  • maja: Hello everyone, my question this time is sort of general. What recent mainstream launches do you find worthy? Thanks 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 10:03am Reply

    • Francesca: I was pleasantly surprised when I got a sample of Thierry Muegler’s Angel Eau Sucrèe, a limited edition.

      So well impressed I got a bottle today, which is a total surprise because I cannot stand the original Angel.

      This one is not loud and in your face like Angel, it is really fresh, lots of berries (particularly in the top and heart notes).

      Francesca June 29, 2015 at 10:18am Reply

    • Lynley: To be honest I cant think of many I’ve tried, but I was pleasantly surprised by Narciso, especially the edp in the white bottle.
      Hermes I always have time for, and although Monsieur Li isnt as interesting as the earlier Jardins I still enjoyed it. June 29, 2015 at 11:43am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: I like Botega Veneta, the original – I haven’t tried Knot June 29, 2015 at 11:49am Reply

      • Floragal: 2nd BV scents. June 29, 2015 at 10:29pm Reply

      • Cate: I have a decant of Knot from Perfumed Court and find it lovely — one of those scents that has me discreetly sniffing my own wrist throughout the day. Eau Legere is another favorite. June 30, 2015 at 3:23am Reply

    • Elisa: I’ve given second and third sniffs to Tom Ford Noir Extreme and Stella EDT. And I’m planning to buy a bottle of L’Occitane Arlesienne. 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 12:52pm Reply

      • Petunia: My friend gifted me with the Ariesienne scented soap It really is very pretty. June 29, 2015 at 8:37pm Reply

    • Aisha: Stella and Cartier’s La Panthere. Got both of them earlier this year (I buy the smallest bottles), and wear them regularly. 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 1:19pm Reply

    • Tati: Third vote for the BV line. June 30, 2015 at 12:31am Reply

      • Raisa: One more vote for Bottega Veneta. I love all of them (Knot the least and original BV the most). July 1, 2015 at 11:26am Reply

    • maja: Thank you all! Really appreciate it. I will have to try Knot, Monsieur Li and Arlesienne for sure.
      Narciso is a great perfume, well made but it was headache-inducing while that Angel Eau Sucree has been calling my name for the past months. 😉 I really liked my sample. I was about to buy BV but that bit of leather in it bothered me so I decided against. It is very elegant though.
      Thanks again! June 30, 2015 at 5:11pm Reply

  • Penelope: Any recommendations please for a light summery green tea scent, but with some longevity. I love Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan, but hesitate about buying a bottle as it is so fleeting and elusive on my skin. I would also welcome any suggestions for increasing the lasting power of perfumes generally. June 29, 2015 at 10:14am Reply

    • Natalia: I would recommend Teazzurra by Guerlain. A very nice tea scent with decent longvelity. June 29, 2015 at 10:50am Reply

    • Irina: I second Eau Parfumee au The Vert by Bulgari. It’s light and refreshing like a whiff of green tea, and it’s present for hours without being obnoxious. June 29, 2015 at 10:55am Reply

    • Alicia: I have the same problem with Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan, which is delicious but so fleeting. I enjoy very much Bvlgari Eau Perfumée au Thé Vert. June 29, 2015 at 11:43am Reply

    • Elisa: I have found that using Vanicream to moisturize helps my perfumes last much longer — I believe it’s because this brand doesn’t include any scent-masking agents. I also apply perfume to the outsides of my arms instead of the inside — it clings better to hair than skin. June 29, 2015 at 12:55pm Reply

      • kayliz: Elisa, thanks for this tip! Sounds logical, must try it out. June 29, 2015 at 5:40pm Reply

        • Hamamelis: Second Elisa’s suggestions, this is what I do exactly (moisturize, outer arm application). I also often spray on whatever I am wearing, if it is stain resistant. I think Victoria also suggested somewhere on BdJ to spray just before where you are, and to walk through it. In summer that is also refreshing! June 30, 2015 at 9:10am Reply

    • Chloé: You might try Ange Ou Demon Le Secret Givenchy for women. I have a sample that is just lovely. Citrus and tea is not my style, so I am going to send it to a friend that loves tea scents. I can’t speak to the longevity, but it looks like they are rating it “moderate” (3-6 hours) on Fragrantica. June 29, 2015 at 6:22pm Reply

    • Katherine: Penelope,
      I often spray my clothes with perfume to make the scent last longer. I figure it’s healthier too. You didn’t ask, but Eau de Magnolia (Frederic Malle) lasts a super long time and smells fabulous over time. June 29, 2015 at 8:31pm Reply

    • Floragal: I really like Osmanthus Interdite by PdE. Lasts much longer than the Hermes and I find it to be much more interesting. June 29, 2015 at 10:31pm Reply

    • Sofie: Hi Penelope, I have much trouble with perfume lasting on me as well. However, since falling down this rabbit hole and trying out a few scents, I discovered a few things new to me. Hope it’s helpful for you too: I haven’t found a body cream that really helps, that said, I’m generally too lazy to put one on. Every perfume is different, I have found quite a few that work well for me now (‘well’ meaning to have lasting power for at least 4-5h). Play around with how much and where you apply (some ‘fumes rise nicely, so put them on your midriff or even calves) For instance: for me Shalimar edp needs one spray on the chest and one for both wrists. Anything more and it becomes cloying. Diorissimo is gone on me after 15-20’ or so, but it performs nicely on clothes and it’s lovely to catch a whiff of it on your scarf (I love wearing it in winter). Now, that all sounds reasonable, so, brace yourself: Sycomore Chanel needs a spray on the inside of each underarm, a spray on the outside of each underarm, a spray on each side of the neck, one or two on my chest and one or two on my clothes for good measure. Crazy, I know, but this way it gives me a lovely sillage (the only perfume that consistently garners compliments) and longevity for most of the day. Anything less and I’m frustrated for the entire wear. Of course, the bottom of that bottle is coming close at an alarming rate and I’m already experiencing withdrawal symptoms :). Bottom line: play around a bit, see what works for each perfume. June 30, 2015 at 1:32am Reply

      • Karen: Great idea about underarm area, Sophie! I will give it a try – seems that we all wish (most of) our perfumes lasted a little longer. I’ve taken to carrying sample sized sprays with me if I am going to be out and about for long. June 30, 2015 at 7:43am Reply

      • Penelope: Thank you so much, Sofie, for these tips. I will certainly try these. I find most of the Chanel perfumes have good longevity – my favourites are 31 Rue Cambon and Cuir de Russie, but these are autumn/winter perfumes, I think. I will try your methods with some of the lighter perfumes in my collection. June 30, 2015 at 8:46am Reply

    • George: I generally always spray on fabric. It can alter the balance of the notes though, because of the way the top, middle and bottom notes evaporate at different rates to how they do on skin: usually the opening of the perfume is extended for example. Overall though, the temperature of the fabric is generally less than your skin so the perfume evaporates at a slower rate. June 30, 2015 at 4:47am Reply

    • Penelope: Thank you to everyone for the perfume suggestions. I am certainly going to try The vert di Bulgari.Teazzurra sounds interesting too. June 30, 2015 at 8:49am Reply

    • Clover: Hi Penelope- Have you tried Tommy Girl? Luca Turin rates it a masterpiece and it should be obtainable at a reasonable price (gets extra points in my book). I don’t own it and cannot speak to longevity, but a sample should be easy to obtain. The name & marketing throw me, but this is a scent I have been meaning to explore myself due to Mr. Turin’s very positive review. July 1, 2015 at 5:38pm Reply

  • Anne Sheffield: Hello. Have you tried The vert by bulgari? June 29, 2015 at 10:17am Reply

  • Lynda: limegreen: Thank you very much for your suggestion of “the new diptyque fragrance” when I was looking for a fragrance that smelled like apple blossoms last month. I am in love with Florabellio. On my skin it smells like a salty breeze blowing through a field of apple blossoms. I wish diptyque made this fragrance in a shower gel, body lotion and a solid fragrance that I could keep in my purse. June 29, 2015 at 10:19am Reply

    • Irina: Oh, someone else who loves Florabellio! I’m blown away by it. Sea and apples, and so much wind in it. June 29, 2015 at 10:57am Reply

      • Lynda: I agree Irina. Florabellio is a gorgeous scent. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read the notes: salty sea spray, sea fennel, apple blossom, osmanthus, coffee and toasted sesame but it was exactly what I was looking for. On my skin the apple blossom is intensified by the other notes in the fragrance not swallowed up by them. I wish diptyque would create an entire Florabellio body line so I could bathe myself in it. A candle would be nice too. 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 12:37pm Reply

      • Danica Radovanov: Florabellio smells kind of like an espresso vodka martini to me drunk outside in summer. July 2, 2015 at 12:58am Reply

    • limegreen: So glad it was glorious! 🙂 June 30, 2015 at 5:35pm Reply

    • limegreen: I’m so glad it worked out for you! I love the coffee note myself. July 1, 2015 at 10:43am Reply

  • Erica W: Hi All!
    I’ve been exploring the world of perfume more and more. I have quite a few samples and a nice small collection going right now. I’m always looking for more to try!

    My top favorites are Sur le Nil, Brigarde Concentree, and Eau de Magnolia, in that order. Sometimes Sur le Nil and Eau de Magnolia flip flop.

    On the contrary my absolute least fave is Lancome La Vie est Belle. Within 10 minutes I felt like I was going to throw up. I also don’t like patchouli much, and Chanel Eau Premiere smells like baby powder to me (I don’t like the baby powder smell).

    I’ve had Orange Sanguine and Pomelo Paradis. Orange Sanguine starts smelling like soap to me but I love that initial citrus burst. Pomelo Paradis is nice, but not complex enough. Again, love that burst of pomelo at the beginning. I’m also a fan of Une Rose, but don’t particularly like Portrait of a Lady.

    Some fun facts that might also help are I’m not a dessert person. My diet consists of mainly spicy food and salads. I’ve found that I like hints of pepper in my fragrances as well.

    I hope I’m not narrowing things down too much! I do like experimenting and going out of my comfort zone. I tend to gravitate towards citrus, so feel free to suggest things outside of the citrus family (or do suggest citrus! I can’t get enough).

    Thank you! June 29, 2015 at 11:01am Reply

    • Wesley Hall Parker: Hi Erica – it makes perfect sense that you would hate La Vie est Belle if you are not a dessert person! 🙂 That perfume is extremely sweet and a bit gourmand-y. Sounds like you should stay away from sugary gourmands.

      The perfumes you mention loving are citrus-fruity, spicy, and woody. Sometimes with a bit of floral thrown in, but not dominantly floral.

      I don’t know if this will work for you, but this immediately made me think of a couple of things:

      Nuit de Tuberose by Bertrand Duchaufour – it’s an oddball tuberose – very spicy, woody, and structured! Not a creamy floral at all. Interesting in summer. I think of this as sexy in a spice market sort of way.

      Also immediately thought of Etat Libre d’Orange Fils de Dieu – which is an exotic citrus/rice/spices – very unique and wonderful!

      That said – your tastes also seem to land squarely in the “Cologne” category. So perhaps what I’m rec’ing – which are interesting citrus/spice combos -might be too much for you.

      If you love colognes, I’d recommend exploring Annick Goutal’s offerings – she does all sorts of wonderful things with Citrus. I’d check out Eau Hadrien or possibly Mandragore – which is light and ethereal and sparkly and spicy. If you like Hermes – definitely check out all of their cologne offerings – you might even find you like their Hermenessences which are very simple and unfussy. June 29, 2015 at 11:22am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: You may like ;
        O de Lancome
        Orange Star (Andy Tauer).
        Eau de Rochas
        Eau Sauvage
        Eau d’Orange Verte June 29, 2015 at 11:41am Reply

        • Alicia: I second Cornelia’s suggestions, and add Tauer, L’Air du Desert Marocain. June 29, 2015 at 11:53am Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: Hi Alicia, Isn’t it wonderful! I fell in love with Andy Tauer perfumes recently. June 29, 2015 at 1:01pm Reply

            • Alicia: Oh, yes, Cornelia. So have I . His roses are fantastic. Phi: une rose de Kandahar is exquisite. June 29, 2015 at 1:35pm Reply

        • Cheryl: Dear Cornelia
          You obviously know your way around perfume
          So I am going to ask what to you is a very stupid question!
          When a perfume is described as belonging to the white flower group what do they mean?
          Is this certain white flowers or just a generic term for a certain smell?
          New to this ,but loving the website. June 29, 2015 at 1:09pm Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: Dear Cheryl, thank you for your nice words! I am not a specialist, but as far as I know: white flowers mean: tuberose and jasmine, or a bouquet with these flowers dominating.
            Gardenia is a white flower, but a gardenia perfume is labelled ”gardenia”, same for white roses.
            Maybe others can jump in, I could be wrong!
            And there are no ”stupid questions”! June 29, 2015 at 1:20pm Reply

            • Alicia: Indeed, Cornelia, tuberose and jasmine are white flowers, and so is
              orange blossom. Three very indolic flowers.
              Lily of the valley-muguet and hyacinth, irrespective of their color, are considered green flowers (because of their green smell) June 30, 2015 at 3:00am Reply

          • Karen: Hi Cheryl – white flower perfumes can be made up of the heavy hitting scents such as Jasmin, tuberose, gardenia. Fracas, Carnal Flower, Tuberouse Criminelle are examples. June 29, 2015 at 1:23pm Reply

            • Cornelia Blimber: Good definition, good examples, all with tuberose in the leading part.
              Other examples: J’Adore, Jardins de Bagatelle. June 29, 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

              • Cheryl: Thank you Cornelia and Karen
                Delighted to get a response!
                just got in from watering and gathering my sweet peas, so enjoy the fragrance in the home, we have summer at last in UK! June 29, 2015 at 4:42pm Reply

              • Karen: too funny Cornelia – I think this is yet another time we were both typing at the exact same time! June 29, 2015 at 4:54pm Reply

                • Cornelia Blimber: We were connected somehow! June 30, 2015 at 12:41am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: I’ll mention a citrus Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier – lemon blossom, neroli, tuberose, musk. You might want to try the Guerlain Aqua Allegorias like Herba Fresca, Pamplelune June 29, 2015 at 12:22pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Tomate!
        You must be my perfume doppleganger! July 5, 2015 at 10:22pm Reply

    • Figuier: Your top three are among my very favourites! And I’m also “allergic” to heavy powder notes in perfume. Hope these are useful:

      In the same ball-park as your current favourites: you’ll see this recommended a lot, but have you tried Cristalle yet? The edp and edt are quite different, so it’s also worth testing both; another one I like a lot & also mention constantly is one discovered on this blog – Hermes Eau de Narcisse Bleu, which is green and clean, rather than citrussy, but has a similar aura. And L’artisan parfumeur is a perfect stylized jasmine & green tea combo.; a (slightly) cheaper version is L’Occitane’s Jasmin & Bergamote.

      Others worth trying:

      Chanel no 18 – ambrette, apple & rose, bright but faintly boozy; see also Malle’s Angeliques sous la Pluie for a drier version

      My favourite rich rose is By Kilian Rose Oud, which is basically candied rose with saffron, cardamom and woods, but if you like Une Rose you could also test Lutens’ wonderful Fille de Berlin and Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses. I tried Clinique’s Beyond Rose the other day, & it’s worth adding to your test list if you like earthy rose.

      Also AP: Traversee du Bosphore – turkish delight in veil form
      Vetivers might appeal if you like citrus – Guerlain Vetiver & Lalique Encre Noire are both widely available and gorgeous.
      Florals: neroli is a good starting place for citrus lovers; I like Goutal’s, but Elisa mentioned the Yves Rocher version in her post last week, & reminded me how good this (cheap!) alternative is. There are also some lovely rich but luminous and easy-to-wear jasmines such as By Kilian’s Love and Tears and J’adore (L’Absolu is the version I prefer).

      Lastly, for something a bit different but that overlaps a little with Jardin sur le Nil, Neela Vermeire’s super-bright mango fantasia Bombay Bling is worth a try, not least for its heavenly musky-wood drydown. June 29, 2015 at 1:00pm Reply

      • Jehanne Dubrow: Figuier, I think we might be scent twins. I particularly adore Rose Oud and keep debating with myself when to take the plunge on Bombay Bing. July 12, 2015 at 12:50pm Reply

    • Karen: Frederic Malle’s Cologne Indelible is gorgeous and definitely worth trying. June 29, 2015 at 1:25pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Erica: there have been some excellent suggestions already, I would recommend you tried Hermes Eau des Merveilles, it has the citrus you like on a wonderful salty base, Elixir des Merveilles is stronger but beautiful too, Ambre des Merveilles very good too with its ambery base but perhaps more autumnal, also Jardin sur le Nil with its green mango, very refreshing, and for a light spicy scent Voyage d’Hermes with a note of cardamom. None of them is anything resembling La Vie Est Belle! June 29, 2015 at 2:40pm Reply

      • Aurora: Sorry to have listed Sur Le Nil, I see you are a fan already (I wore it all of last summer). June 29, 2015 at 2:45pm Reply

    • Hamamelis: One more suggestion is Annick Goutal’s Eau du Sud. June 29, 2015 at 4:05pm Reply

    • Erica W: Wow! I come back after work to a large list! I’m so excited to try these fragrances! Thank you everyone!! June 29, 2015 at 8:22pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Erica W.
      Call me old fashioned, but Creed- Silver mountain water smells amazing. It’s citrusy on me, and I wish I could splurge on a full bottle!
      Also, like others have mentioned: Serge Lutens- Citronner.
      Oh! I Loooooove This! So lemon/sophisticate!
      🙂 June 29, 2015 at 9:33pm Reply

    • rainboweyes: I’d add Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche and Atelier Cologne Vetiver Fatal to the suggestions. June 30, 2015 at 4:31am Reply

  • Anne Sheffield: Hello,
    What is your favourite soft musky / woody/ vanilla ( skin scent type) perfume?
    An easy to wear scent, all year round, and that gets complimented on. Many thanks! June 29, 2015 at 11:08am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Diptyque Eau Duelle comes to mind. For me it’s Annick Goutal Musc Nomade, but no vanilla June 29, 2015 at 12:09pm Reply

    • JoDee: I recently tried Annick Goutal’s Vanille Exquise and I think it fits your description of easy to wear, vanilla/wood skin scent. My husband loved it! June 29, 2015 at 3:31pm Reply

    • Aurora: Un Bois Vanille by Serge Lutens ticks all the boxes but it does have coconut as well. June 29, 2015 at 3:49pm Reply

    • Cybele: Jicky, Acca Kappa White Moss, Bulgari The Blanc June 29, 2015 at 4:07pm Reply

    • Karen: Guerlain’s Cuir Beluga and Gourmand Couquin are both warm, vanilla and beautiful. Not 100% sure if you will find them easy, but definitely worth trying. June 29, 2015 at 5:00pm Reply

      • Karen: Will add Tauer’s L’air du désert marocain. July 1, 2015 at 12:16pm Reply

    • Wendy: For me, Prada Candy is what I reach for when I want something like this. June 29, 2015 at 11:28pm Reply

    • Tati: I just got Andy Tauer’s Vanilla Flash and love it! Also love L’artisan Vanille Absolument. Frederic Malle’s Musc Ravageur. All beautiful, deep vanilla without too much sweetness. June 30, 2015 at 12:45am Reply

    • elisa p: Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue which is iris-centric with a cozy, soft, delicious vanilla drydown. It can be year round but I love it with sweaters. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur or the similar, but much cheaper, L’Erbolario Meharees. Both spicy and musky but more cool weather. Worth Courtesan has a beautiful soft musky creamy drydown that lasts forever and I’ve worn it in the heat. Les Couvent de Minimes Eau de Missions Cologne is an inexpensive light vanilla with a hint of incense. Not too sweet. July 1, 2015 at 9:03pm Reply

    • Danica Radovanov: Dior’s new Feve Delicieuse is one of the best vanilla/ tonka scents I have tried. July 2, 2015 at 1:07am Reply

  • Julie: I am looking for a summer scent that will just take me away to a “summer place” full of nostalgia, fun and romance.
    Something light and airy….like summer should be. June 29, 2015 at 11:25am Reply

    • Alicia: You might want to try Chant d’Aromes by Guerlain. June 29, 2015 at 12:01pm Reply

      • Julie: Thanks for the tips. I am new to some of these names, except Guerlain and Burberry. Any others that you can recommend. I always liked the scents from the 70’s and 80’s… best summers. June 29, 2015 at 7:48pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: something quirky that I love is
      Smell Bent St Tropez Dispenser – how you smell after the beach coconut, aloe Vera, jasmine. On the more serious side – By Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad Splash of Neroli June 29, 2015 at 12:43pm Reply

    • Elisa: California Reverie! June 29, 2015 at 12:57pm Reply

      • Julie: Thanks for the help…can you give me some idea about Reverie please. June 29, 2015 at 7:49pm Reply

    • Aurora: Burberry Brit Rythm is very pretty. June 29, 2015 at 3:31pm Reply

      • Aurora: Oops Rhythm not rythm June 29, 2015 at 3:34pm Reply

    • Hamamelis: Parfums Nicolai Weekend (a Deauville), it has a salty note for fun and Lily of the Valley for romance.
      And maybe Hiris for nostalgia? June 29, 2015 at 4:09pm Reply

      • Danaki: I just bought that on Saturday. Lovely!! June 29, 2015 at 6:31pm Reply

    • Clover: I recently explored some of the Estée Lauder classics and was taken with two in particular that I think are great for summer. One is Tuscany Per Donna- to me hay and wild flowers with a touch of spice wafting on a warm breeze; the other is Beyond Paradise- a beautiful, clean and lush floral. I find both light and airy, but in different ways. Good luck with your search & hope you find just what you are looking for! July 1, 2015 at 6:39pm Reply

    • elisa p: I just got the Annick Goutal Songes body oil. Hawaii (or Tahiti) in a bottle. Loving it! It didn’t quite work for me but many seem to love Kerosene Unforsaken: a beachy tropical orange blossom. ELauder Bronze Goddess is a similar beachy one. I find that Olympic Orchids Golden Cattleya is sunshine in a bottle: honey and yellow flowers. July 1, 2015 at 8:48pm Reply

  • Alicia: You love the classics. So do I . Lanvin, Arpege might be a good companion in your shelf with Chanel #5, Guerlain Apres L’Ondée is marvelous when you are not wearing Chanel#22, and Sisheido (Serge Lutens) Feminité du Bois a perfect woods to extend your Bois des Iles. For the summer I also love Chanel Cristalle. June 29, 2015 at 11:30am Reply

    • Alicia: The above answer is for the first poster, ElenavL. June 29, 2015 at 11:56am Reply

  • Ariadne: I need help/instructions on what to do with a spray bottle of perfume that is full but the sprayer is ‘dead’ and will not pump anymore. I believe the bottle is black glass. The scent is Jacamo Silences. June 29, 2015 at 12:05pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Ariadne: how frustrating! I pulled out my bottle of Jacomo Silences and noticed that the sprayer/nozzle is sealed inside the black pebble, otherwise you could tried to fit a nozzle from another bottle. Perhaps you could return it as it is a fault. June 29, 2015 at 12:54pm Reply

    • Karen: Could it be that the opening is clogged? Hot water and a needle may help if that’s the problem. June 29, 2015 at 5:01pm Reply

  • Nancy A.: Depending on mood, occasion, seasonal time of year I love to explore different avenues of scent. Often I’ll venture away from my love of classics: Bois de Iles, Iris Pausa, many of the tried and true of Guerlain, 31 rue Cambon and recommend Van Cleef and Arpel’s FIRST, which never fails to “move me” . Rediscovering Goutal’s newest L’ile au the, and A Vent de Folie, high-spirited, bright and coquette. On the flip side Nuit Etoilee and Un Matin d’orage works for me as well, Hadrian and Hadrian Nights on a hot day. Today, waking to a cool 63 degrees F. in NY I’m sampling Do Son (Diptique). Enjoy! June 29, 2015 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Aurora: This is to thank Michaela who guided me in my first steps to discover attars. I followed her advice to look for Al Haramain and I have been sampling Gold which contains cardamom, it is spicy fresh and leans masculine; it comes into its own in the heat of summer. I am only beginning to explore but am already hooked and that was a great recommendation, all my thanks again. June 29, 2015 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Michaela: You are welcome, Aurora! I’m so happy you like it! And thank you for letting me know about Gold 🙂 July 3, 2015 at 2:00am Reply

  • JoDee: Hello wonderful community of perfume lovers. I am curious about your favorite scented lotions and bath products. I have a jar of Santa Maria Novella bath salts that I indulge in once a week. They scent my entire bathroom and I imagine I am Renaissance royalty when I use them. What are your favorites? Which lotions, bath salts, etc. carry you away to a luxurious retreat or help you just feel fabulous? June 29, 2015 at 4:20pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi JoDee!
      Love this question. I scored a bottle of Gucci Eau de Parfum shower gel at my discounter for about $22. US
      It’s decadent, and so potent. I have the perfume, too. So, I get out of the shower smelling like a cat house, albeit an expensive one.
      Also, was delighted to find a gift tube filled with Oscar de La Renta soaps (3) and 1/8 ounce of PERFUME! This perfume is hard to find, and expensive. They don’t even sell it on the ODLR website. Onle the EDT… But, I got two of these gift tubes for about $25.US June 29, 2015 at 9:19pm Reply

      • angeldiva: * The Gucci is the discontinued one… June 29, 2015 at 9:21pm Reply

      • JoDee: Hi Angeldiva,

        It sounds like you discovered some great treasures for a great price! I looked up the contents of Oscar de La Renta soaps and saw that they contain Sandalwood. That is one of my favorite notes. I will have to try some of them myself! Thanks! June 30, 2015 at 12:42pm Reply

        • elisa p: Hi JoDee. I use Mysore Sandalwood soap from the Indian grocery store. If you like sandalwood, this is nothing but. And it’s like $4.00. And it scents the bathroom when I use it. Also Lush Lady Godiva solid shampoo is a jasmine bomb which I love along with the “Yessss” massage bar which I use post shower (also jasmine and sandalwood). July 1, 2015 at 9:19pm Reply

          • JoDee: Ooh these all sound great, especially the Lady Godive shampoo. Thanks Elisa! July 2, 2015 at 1:01pm Reply

    • Aurora: Roger & Gallet products are very highly scented and won’t break the bank. Hope you can get them where you live. June 30, 2015 at 6:36am Reply

      • JoDee: Thank you! I live in a place that has limited scent options, but there is a tiny store down the street that sells specialty soaps. I will see if they have these! July 2, 2015 at 10:07am Reply

    • Karen: Lush bath bombs are great – fizzy, make the bath pretty colors, smell good – anything with rose oil I especially recommend (providing you like rose!), as they purchase from small rose growers in Turkey. June 30, 2015 at 7:49am Reply

      • JoDee: Rose is a scent I do love, although I have yet to pinpoint my favorite rose. Thanks for the tip! July 2, 2015 at 10:10am Reply

        • Karen: You are in good company! There are so many rose options and the exploration of finding some favorites is great fun. July 3, 2015 at 5:42am Reply

    • Hamamelis: For summer I recommend Eau Dynamisante shower mousse. There is also a lovely article here on BdJ on monoi oils, very recommended, and on Mysore Sandalwood soap. I bought that soap after reading V’s article, months ago, and it still scents our bathroom. It is very inexpensive. June 30, 2015 at 9:14am Reply

      • JoDee: Hamamelis, Thanks for reminding me of these great articles. I did buy the monoi oil and enjoy its tropical vibe very much; it carries me away to Hawaii. The Mysore Sandalwood soap seems worth the search. We have one Indian grocery store here in town and while I have only noticed food there, I am going to revisit it to see if they carry other products. I feel like I’m on a treasure hunt! 🙂 July 2, 2015 at 10:17am Reply

        • Hamamelis: It’s worth the hunt! July 2, 2015 at 4:51pm Reply

      • Austenfan: Did you find it in the Netherlands? And if so where? ( may I ask 🙂 ) July 2, 2015 at 5:24pm Reply

        • Hamamelis: Austenfan did you ask after the Mysore soap or Shower Mousse? Just to be sure I answer both:
          Shower Mousse on line, douglas or parfumcenter (=cheapest).
          Mysore soap on the UK Amazon site, I often buy books there, and they ship the soap. I just did an extra google and saw it in an online Dutch yoga shop (I have never ordered anything there, not being a yoga practioner anymore) for 3 euros!
          Now if I may…I saw on NST you wore a Delrae perfume, did you buy that in the Netherlands? 😉
          Best wishes! July 3, 2015 at 3:29am Reply

          • Austenfan: I got my Delrae’s partly at Ausliebezumduft partly from ebay. But I think I purchased my last one over 2 years ago. ALzD no longer carries the line, in fact you can’t buy Delrae’s anymore in Europe. I remember mailing with ALzD about it and being informed that there was no longer an agent or distributor or whatever so they weren’t capable of carrying the line any longer. Come to think of it I bought my first Delrae at Parfumerie Celeste in Den Haag.
            I think your best bet is ebay. I’m still dithering about ordering a sample of Wit from Luckyscent. I know I’ll never pay the amount needed to get a bottle and do I want to sniff an unobtainable bottle?

            Thanks for the Mysore tip, I’ll look into it. July 3, 2015 at 6:08am Reply

  • Ellen: I would like to hear yoir opinion on Roja Dove Vetiver. June 29, 2015 at 4:25pm Reply

  • angeldiva: Hello!
    I am looking to layer a lavender scent. My NOW solutions natural progesterone skin cream is lavender scented. So, something with a lavender note- very sexy, and not too expensive would be great.
    Also, is there anything that smells like California Reverie (haven’t smelled it), that is le$$.
    I can highly recommend Modern Muse by Estee Lauder (the original as opposed to the Chic and Rouge flankers) -I’m having a love affair with this.
    Any recommendations for very expensive smelling perfumes that are not expensive would be appreciated, too!
    Thanks! June 29, 2015 at 5:33pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: for layering
      Caron Pour Un Homme lavender/vanilla
      Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely

      for other inexpensive
      Madonna Naked
      Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights
      Jacomo Silences
      Couvent des Minimes, citrus one and a vanilla one, also Yves Rocher has some nice ones June 29, 2015 at 6:13pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Greetings Tomate,
        Thank-you for your recommends, I think our tastes are somewhat similar because I have 3 out of the 7 of your list! I MUST try the Yves Rocher!
        Today I made tall lilly flower arrangements from my gardens. They smell so much like Donna Karan -Gold. And, look like my beautiful late mother.
        🙂 June 29, 2015 at 9:07pm Reply

        • Tomate Farcie: Oh I love Gold! Another one I like is
          Jil Sander Sun, discontinued but you can sometimes find it! The Yves Rocher soliflores are especially nice, Fleur d’Oranger, Lilas.
          have fun! June 29, 2015 at 10:54pm Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: Caldey Island Lavendar. June 30, 2015 at 7:00pm Reply

    • Elisa P: L’Erbolario Meharees (spicy oriental) is a great winter scent. Some of the (reformulated ) classics can be had for under $50 at online discounters. July 1, 2015 at 10:15pm Reply

    • Courant: I know I’m late to the party but Victoria did a lovely review of Burberry Brit Rhythm that is a killer price at the online discounters. July 5, 2015 at 12:32am Reply

  • Chloé: I would love a recommendation for an inexpensive lavender cologne, or mist. By inexpensive, I mean something I can spray on myself or my pillow and feel good about it.

    Can anyone tell me why aromatic fragrances are generally associated with men’s perfumery? Not that I would let that stop me from wearing a fragrance, but I just find it odd. There is nothing about the scent of lavender or rosemary that screams masculine to me- they just seem like lovely unisex notes that could be used for either. June 29, 2015 at 6:53pm Reply

    • Alessandra: Hello Chloé! I adore lavender, even though finding a good lavender cologne or perfume is, to my nose at least, actually pretty rare. Even more rare is finding a cheap one, as cheap lavender colognes generally smell synthetic – to me anyway.

      So, I am afraid my fave lavender is pricey and it’s Chanel’s Jersey – the parfum contains more lavender – but it’s worth every penny, as it’s a stunning fragrance. Serge Lutens’ Encens et Lavande is special, too. On largerly cheaper notes, we have état libre d’orange’s Antihéros, qhich is really good in its own right, and the other lutens, Gris Clair. These are perfumes anyway, not colognes / mists. I would say the best quality option for a lavender cologne that I know of is L’Occitane’s lavender. Pretty cheap and great. Hope this can be of any help 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 7:52pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Alessandra,
        This is such great info! I think you are so right. Now, I want to try Jersey!!! It sounds like exactly what I’m looking for.
        Thanks June 29, 2015 at 9:11pm Reply

      • Katherine: I’ll second the gorgeous Jersey as well – both the perfume and EDT. I love it and the toilette has good lasting power on me. Victoria reviewed both I think. The EDT was panned by some. June 29, 2015 at 9:37pm Reply

      • Chloé: Thanks for the recommendations! I’ll have to sample Jersey. If I like it, it will be the first Chanel I get along with. 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 11:30pm Reply

      • Annikky: I second L’Occitane for a cheap one and they now do a relaxing Pillow Mist as well that is quite lavender-heavy. But one of the best lavenders ever, Caron pour un Homme can also be had for a very good price. June 30, 2015 at 11:47am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Roger & Gallet Lavande Royale
      Caldey Island Lavender Water
      Caron Pour in Homme June 29, 2015 at 7:54pm Reply

      • Chloé: Thanks! Caron Pour un Homme is on my buy list. June 29, 2015 at 11:31pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Chloe,
      I know that Yardley has a Lavender. It may be wonderful for use on linens.
      I’m learning more about the Lavender I’m looking for thru these smart recommendations! June 29, 2015 at 9:09pm Reply

      • Chloé: Thanks! I remember Yardley from when I was a kid. I’ll see if I can find a bottle. June 29, 2015 at 11:32pm Reply

        • angeldiva: has it! June 29, 2015 at 11:38pm Reply

    • Austenfan: A nice cheap lavender is the one by Fragonard. Not a masterpiece but it works well as a room scent. I use it a lot to spray my pillows with. June 30, 2015 at 12:29pm Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: Caldey Island Lavendar. June 30, 2015 at 7:00pm Reply

    • limegreen: Hi Chloe, don’t know if you are still reading, but if you want all lavender, as in essential oil quality, I love Aura Cacia lavender mist spray. It is great for pillows and oneself, and as a room spray, too, does not break the bank. 5oz for less than $10. July 3, 2015 at 1:32am Reply

      • limegreen: Sorry that’s 2oz not 5. July 3, 2015 at 3:50am Reply

  • Annie: Hi all you fragrance lovers from the bottom of the world (New Zealand). I love this website and reading all the perfume reviews. However I get overwhelmed with all the information and am stuck with what to buy next and hoping you can help me.

    I am looking for a new scent that I can make my own. And please excuse the basic comprehension of fragrance that I have.

    For the last two years I have been wearing Boudoir (Vivienne Westwood), but it’s not amazeballs enough to re-purchase. What I DO like about it is it’s a little dirtyish, a bit skanky, or animalic (is that the term?). I like it because it’s not a pretty uncomplicated girly cent. So it’s close but no cigar.

    I bought a bottle of Dior’s Addict recently and I ended up re-selling it. It didn’t have the depth I was after. I enjoyed testing Narciso (Narciso Rodriguez) but slightly too cloying and not kinda dirty enough. I’ve just tried Shalimar Parfum Initial, Guerlain’s L’Instant Magic, and Chanel Eau Premiere. No, No, No and No. What the hell was I thinking?! I can’t do the intensity of say Luten’s Chergui. It’s just too much sweet tobacco and spices.

    I guess I’m in Oriental/Musk land, with a little bit of Skank. However I don’t want anything too sickly sweet, or overbearingly vanilla or gourmand. Although I’ve never owned a green fragrance, however they do intrigue me, so I could potentially go in that direction. Just fyi, I love Fahrenheit for men but couldn’t go there personally.

    Any recommendations? Thank you in advance 🙂 June 29, 2015 at 7:49pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Penhaligon Amaranthine, Bal a Versailes, Miller Harris L’Air de Rien, Musc Ravageur,
      Jubilation 25, Ce Soir ou Jamais, Dzing

      These all depend on your skankometer! June 29, 2015 at 11:59pm Reply

      • Annie: Thank you for these suggestions 🙂 June 30, 2015 at 5:02am Reply

      • Figuier: Like Tomate says, skank is a very personal thing, so hard to calibrate recommendations, but you might like to try Theo Fennell’s Scent, which is available steeply discounted on quite a few sites. The skank is definitely there, from the cumin & saffron, but it’s also a bit floral so maybe not quite what you’re looking for. There are lots of online reviews/comments around so maybe that’ll help! June 30, 2015 at 5:06am Reply

        • Figuier: Oh, and looking at your list of favourites, maybe CDG Daphne is worth a try – a weird, rich perfumed cacophany that is somehow very compelling! June 30, 2015 at 5:13am Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: Second Bal à Versailles.
            Reading your text I thought of Orlando, from the range of Jardins d’Ecrivains. (woody with a hint of clove) or George ( George Sand, tobacco: after the cigar smoking mistress of Chopin).
            Maybe Jardins d’Ecrivains is not available in New Zealand. June 30, 2015 at 3:17pm Reply

        • Katherine: Figuier, can you share the sites where I can find it discounted? Thanks June 30, 2015 at 11:23pm Reply

          • Figuier: Umm, it’s no longer available at the site where I bought it last year, fragrancedirect – sorry. So ebay is probably your best bet – you’ll want to check out the UK sellers (starting at $47 or £24), as the US ones seem to overprice it massively. July 1, 2015 at 12:19pm Reply

            • Katherine: Super helpful. Thanks. July 2, 2015 at 8:22pm Reply

      • Nina Z: Good list! I was going to say Musc Ravageur myself. Jubilation 25 is more of a chypre. If you’re interested in going in that direction, try Rochas Femme, both old and new formulations. June 30, 2015 at 10:53pm Reply

      • Courant: Endorse L’Air de Rien July 5, 2015 at 5:00pm Reply

    • Karen: True Lust by ELdO, perhaps? Bogue Maai, not high on the skank factor but beautiful, different and interesting. July 1, 2015 at 7:05am Reply

    • Clover: I adore Paloma Picasso which is a complex floral with a touch of the animalic. I own a decant of the vintage which I bought blind on a recommendation. I don’t know how it compares to what’s in stores now, but might be worth a sniff if you can find it where you are. You say you don’t care for gourmands, but I wanted to suggest Tom Ford Noir de Noir and Frederic Malle Une Rose. Both have a noticeable note of truffle (as in fungus, not chocolate, a savory gourmand) which adds an earthy, dirty “funk” to these fragrances. July 1, 2015 at 8:18pm Reply

    • elisa p: Hi Annie,
      If you can find some (might find it on EBay or decants from sample sites) Diptyque Virgilio is a lovely herbal green with a hint of sweetness and a not-so-clean drydown. Also Etat Libre D’Orange’s Putain de Palaces a powdery, hint of sweat and leather scent. Malle Un Fleur de Cassie is a golden, aldehydic floral with a cumin-y buzz. One if my faves. July 1, 2015 at 9:32pm Reply

  • Katherine: I’m looking for a big sillage scent that is rich in cumin/curry without roses. I adore the L’Wren Scott (Barney’s) chypre which has this note plus absinthe, floral et. al. but it doesn’t have enough sillage and is too fleeting (except on my clothes where it lingers.) Current favorites are: Carnal Flower, Eau De Magnolia, Eclat Jasmin (Armani Prive), Chanel 5, Sycomore, Beige, Jersey – in case that helps. June 29, 2015 at 9:22pm Reply

    • Caroline: Haven’t tried it, but Jungle L’Elephant by Kenzo is famous for its big sillage & features cumin. The fact that it’s a Ropion creation makes me want to give it a shot as well. June 29, 2015 at 10:15pm Reply

      • Katherine: Thank you Caroline. I think I should try it too – though I’ve hesitated so far because of Victoria’s mention of fruit notes in it. June 29, 2015 at 11:13pm Reply

        • Nina Zolotow: l’Elephant is plummy and more cardamom than cumin. It is dry, not see, so you still might want to check it out, though. June 30, 2015 at 7:02pm Reply

          • Katherine: Your description as dry – not sweet – gets me off the fence. It’s on my try list now. June 30, 2015 at 11:25pm Reply

      • Tomate Farcie: some to try

        Vero Profumo Rubj
        Serge Lutens Arabie
        Jovoy Les Jeux Sont Faits
        Teo Cabanel Barkhane June 29, 2015 at 11:20pm Reply

    • Figuier: I just commented above to suggest Theo Fenell’s Scent – its cumin is noticeable…Also Bigarade Concentree, which has cumin and cardamom. June 30, 2015 at 5:07am Reply

    • Aurora: Also, Rien by Etat Libre d’Orange has cumin and has great projection. June 30, 2015 at 6:46am Reply

    • Katherine: Thanks for your recommendations – truly helpful! This is a great start – I will look for samples. Bois de Jasmin readers are the best… And I mean that sincerely. I’ll keep checking back in case another reader adds his/her recc. June 30, 2015 at 7:44am Reply

      • Hamamelis: Hi Katherine, What about Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger? Lots of cumin, orangeblossom, jasmin, tuberose and nutmeg. June 30, 2015 at 11:17am Reply

        • Katherine: Mmmm. Sounds good. June 30, 2015 at 10:46pm Reply

    • George: Absolue pour le Soir has rose and incense at the beginning but then gets skanky and cuminy. I”m not an expert on Immortelle- the flower (I think I only smelled it one in a Dior perfume) but I seem to remember it was a bit cuminy, and I know it has a relationship to curry. So I would maybe investigate fragrances that list that as a note, such Blanche Immortelle, El Attarine and Like This Tilda Swinton (I have only tried the latter). I especially second the recommendation of Theo Fenell’s scent (I think this is discontinued) and also Bigarade Concentree. June 30, 2015 at 11:13am Reply

    • Annikky: Amouage Jubilation 25 has quite a lot of cumin and is a great scent. Also, Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger is a cumin bomb for some people, on me it’s just gorgeous (I think). June 30, 2015 at 11:37am Reply

    • Austenfan: Déclaration Cartier. Not a big hitter but not one of Ellena’s most timid scents either. June 30, 2015 at 12:28pm Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: Amouage Jubilation 25 is a big, gorgeous scent that is a chypre with lots of cumin. It reminds me a bit of the old Rochas Femme. Very beautiful & sexy. June 30, 2015 at 1:07pm Reply

      • Karen: Just got out my sample of Jubilation to put some on after a very long break from it, and your description is spot on! July 1, 2015 at 8:06pm Reply

    • maja: L’Air du Desert Marocain, Aziyade, Rubj and Fleur d’Oranger. 🙂 June 30, 2015 at 5:25pm Reply

    • Katherine: Thanks for all of your wonderful recommendations. Notes taken – will start sampling soon! George, you’ve piqued my interest in imortelle – I hadn’t really noticed it as an ingredient before. Now that you’ve drawn my attention – I’ll see it everywhere. I just noticed it’s an ingredient in Afternoon of the Faun (Etat Libre..) which intrigues me (on paper anyway). Thanks again to the rocking BdJ community of readers/commenters and of course Victoria and her contributing writers)> You’re a wonderful breath of fresh air (perfumed of course). June 30, 2015 at 10:39pm Reply

      • Victoria: 🙂 Thank you for your nice words. Enjoy your discoveries. July 1, 2015 at 2:36am Reply

    • Nina Z: Another cumin idea: new version of Rochas Femme. June 30, 2015 at 10:54pm Reply

    • Nina Z: I totally forgot that the most “curry” fragrance I’ve ever smelled is Santal de Mysore by Serge Lutens. So it’s a sandalwood with curry spices. July 1, 2015 at 11:51am Reply

      • Katherine: Nina, Thanks for all your recommendations. I’ll be putting that on my list. (And don’t ask me why this yearning for curry/cumin scents… I have no idea where it’s coming from). July 1, 2015 at 10:12pm Reply

    • elisa p: As I recommended above to Annie: Malle’s Une Fleur de Cassie. It lasts a long time, especially on clothing. Im a light applied but I imagine a heavier hand will get more projection. Also, Sonoma Scent Studio’s Champagne de Bois is sandalwood heavy, spicy, jasmin. Lasts forever and good sillage. July 1, 2015 at 9:39pm Reply

      • Elisa P: Also Etat Libre d’Orange Like This has a curry, ginger thing going on. The curry comes from the immortelle. It didn’t work for me but has many fans. Also Olympic Orchids Gujarat supposedly smells like India (I’ve never been). Like a more difficult version of Tauer LD Desert Moroccain.I couldn’t wear it but worth sniffing anyway. July 1, 2015 at 10:22pm Reply

  • Floragal: I know this is a long shot but any recs for a scent similar to Neela Vermeire’s Mohur Extrait? Thanks! June 29, 2015 at 10:37pm Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: That stuff is amazing! But what in particular about it do you like? Because I’m pretty sure it has no twin. Is it the rose? The creamy almond quality? June 30, 2015 at 7:04pm Reply

      • Floragal: I thinks the sandalwood; it’s perfect. I’m not a rose lover but in this it works to create gorgeousness. June 30, 2015 at 7:21pm Reply

        • Nina Z: To be honest, I think there is zero hope of finding a cheap version of Mohur extrait. But for creamy sandalwood, you can go back in time. A dab of vintage Samsara will get you a jasmine/sandalwood combination. It’s super powerful stuff, so I bet you could have fun with just a mini of that. I tried the vintage extrait and that was gorgeous, and I’m sure that is cheaper than the Mohur. And how about some vintage Bois des Iles for gorgeous sandalwood? June 30, 2015 at 10:59pm Reply

          • Victoria: I agree, Nina. It’s like looking for a cheap version of foie gras. Chicken liver won’t do it. Mohur is not a terribly innovative fragrance, but it’s made with such expensive ingredients that few other incense-woods-roses can compete. It’s beautiful. I would simply look in the general sandalwood and rose direction as you suggested. I’m reluctant to suggest by Terry’s Rose Infernale, because it’s also expensive. July 1, 2015 at 2:34am Reply

          • Julie: I have the Bois des Iles extrait and it’s probably my favorite perfume I own.
            I will have to try Samsara – vintage and I’m curious about the perfume too.
            Thanks! July 1, 2015 at 9:36am Reply

        • Nina Z: And I’m going to say something really strange here–just being intuitive–but Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum has a similar creamy almond-y quality to Mohur.

          Mohur is not only a beautiful creation but it has very expensive ingredients, as I understand it, and I swooned the first time I smelled the extrait, which is, sadly, so much better than the EdP. June 30, 2015 at 11:02pm Reply

          • Julie: Thanks, Nina Z. I’ve seen this SL come up before.. think it is time to give it a try. July 1, 2015 at 9:37am Reply

        • Tomate Farcie: These are by no means Mohur Extrait but maybe you’ll find something you enjoy–
          Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule
          Guerlain Samsara
          Amouage Lyric Woman June 30, 2015 at 11:04pm Reply

          • Julie: Thanks! July 1, 2015 at 9:37am Reply

        • Figuier: Floragal, I don’t know if you’ve tried the other Vermeires? I’m not familiar with Mohur in extrait (the edp is great), but I find both Bombay Bling and especially Ashoka have a lovely milky-sweet sandalwood base that reminds me of sandalwood notes in 90s perfumes. Probably not at the same concentration as the extrait, but maybe worth testing as an alternative? July 1, 2015 at 4:03am Reply

          • Julie: You’re right, I do need to give these others a try. Thanks for chiming in! July 1, 2015 at 9:38am Reply

    • Hamamelis: Floragal, you could try Ormonde Jayne’s Ta’if. No sandalwood but it has to my nose a almond like quality. Not cheap though, but she sells travel sprays that are affordable. July 1, 2015 at 5:18am Reply

      • Julie: Another one I’ve heard a ton about but haven’t tried.. thank you! July 1, 2015 at 9:38am Reply

    • Nina Z: Just came up with another idea for you: Safran Troublant by L’Artisan. It’s a saffron, vanilla, and rose scent, and the saffron creates a creamy quality that you might like. It’s very unique, and quite intriguing. Not expensive.

      And whoever said Lyric above, I second that one. July 4, 2015 at 7:54pm Reply

      • Floragal: Oh, good! I’ll add this to the list. Thank you!! July 4, 2015 at 10:43pm Reply

  • Canadianpetite: I will be visiting New York in August. Other than Holt Renfrew here in Canada (almost an hour drive), there is nothing nearby I can easily go to for a sniffing spree for brands like Serge Lutens, Diptyque, Tom Ford, Chanel and other brands often mentioned in this blog. Could someone suggest places in New York that are 1)must experience even if high end, 2)friendly boutiques or 3)affordable places ($100 to $150)? Also does anyone know where I might find L.T. Piver scents?

    Thank you for your time. June 30, 2015 at 12:49am Reply

    • Karen: Frederic Malle on Park Avenue. Anthony, one of the Sales Associates has been incredibly helpful, generous, and wonderful – although I’m sure other SAs there are equally helpful as well – he replied to my online questionnaire and has been helping me navigate through the FM line.

      You can call ahead and let them know when you are stopping by. Plus you can walk to the Met from the shop! June 30, 2015 at 7:58am Reply

      • Canadianpetite: Thank you Karen! FM has at least two I’m so curious about and the Met is on our must see list. July 1, 2015 at 3:10am Reply

        • Karen: I’ve fallen down the (incredibly beautiful and fragrant) FM rabbit hole, so I hope you have fun! The 10ml bottles make buying very affordable before committing to a larger bottle. Plus, I have sentimental ties to several of their perfumes from travel and helping me through a challenging time. July 1, 2015 at 7:10am Reply

    • Caroline: Most of the brands you mention may be sampled at Bergdorf Goodman. Plus it’s also home to the exclusive JAR perfume atelier. Despite the astronomical prices, the JAR experience is described as low-key and no pressure. June 30, 2015 at 9:15am Reply

      • Canadianpetite: Caroline: JAR is new to me so thank you for the recommendation. July 1, 2015 at 3:15am Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: New York is full of exciting perfume boutiques, especially lower Manhattan (Greenwich Village, Soho, etc.). Aedes de Venustas has a large collection of high end (check their web site), including Serge Lutens, as does Osswald in Soho and MiN in Nolita. Bleeker Street has Diptyque, Annick Goutal, and Bond No. 9 all right near each other. Also LAFCO in Nolita (near MiN) has all Italian fragrance lines in a really nice atmosphere.

      Actually this can be overwhelming. You might go out with a list of things you want to try to help you focus. You can look on the web sites of these places to see what lines they carry.

      A unique experience can be had at the Caron boutique in mid-town, where they have all the urn fragrances. June 30, 2015 at 1:22pm Reply

      • Canadianpetite: Hi Nina: Thank you for helping me fill my list! Will definitely have to do research to define my list. July 1, 2015 at 3:19am Reply

      • elisa p: Gosh, we’re pretty lucky here in NYC! Also, MIN NY will give you 1-2 free samples to try but you have to ask. They didn’t offer. July 1, 2015 at 9:54pm Reply

        • Elisa P: Nina’s list is great! There’re also a couple of nice pharmacies that carry perfume with testers with little doting or pressure. Clydes on Madison Ave uptown (near Malle) and CO Bigelow on 6th Ave downtown. They also carry oil blends and nice skin care products. I believe MIN is the only place in Manhattan that has the Tauer perfumes if you’re looking for those. July 1, 2015 at 11:21pm Reply

          • Canadianpetite: Thanks, Elisa, for the pharmacy tips. Those will go on my list too! July 5, 2015 at 1:34am Reply

    • Laura: I highly recommend Barney’s and second Bergdorf’s. Barney’s has almost all of what you listed. What you can’t find there, you will find at Bergdorf’s which is about three blocks away. Be prepared to spend hours in each store. It can be a bit overwhelming, but fabulous! And the Bleeker area is a good choice too. Have a wonderful time! June 30, 2015 at 3:50pm Reply

      • Canadianpetite: Hi Laura: Thank you! Will have to convince my family to visit Barney’s and Bergdorf’s. Heard about Bleeker but will look into it more. July 1, 2015 at 3:23am Reply

  • Malmaison: First of all, thanks to the B de J community who helped me out with my previous search for a sandalwood fragrance (Santal 33: acquired! Dries Van Noten: sample being eked out while I make up my mind about FB or not FB!). Now I am coming back for more.

    Having been seduced against my will by first TF Shanghai Lily and then TF Sahara Noir, I’m now going full tilt after something incensey and spicy, with maybe some wood notes or smoke in the picture. Rather as if I’m snuggled up by a smoking bonfire that has burnt low, drinking clove-laden mulled wine, with incense burning close by. Or even just a perfect incense perfume, perhaps one with a touch of sweetness and not too austere.

    PS and thanks also to B de J commenters for the great suggestions on where to go in London. I went, I saw, I bought perfume! June 30, 2015 at 2:48am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Malmaison: How nice of you to report back!

      Neela Vermeire Trayee fits the description of what you are looking for. It’s quite expensive but really special. June 30, 2015 at 6:50am Reply

      • Aurora: Also Comme des Garcons Incense series: Kyoto, Avignon, Ouarzazate… etc; Encens Flamboyant by Annick Goutal (discontinued though with its frankincense smells exactly like a church, Etro Messe de Minuit is also very good. June 30, 2015 at 7:00am Reply

        • Malmaison: Thank you, those all sound like great suggestions – I’ve ordered a sample of Avignon already but had not thought of trying the Etro or Vermeire so will absolutely give them a go. June 30, 2015 at 3:14pm Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: I was thinking of Serge Noire (Lutens), but it may be too austere.
            Anyhow worth trying! June 30, 2015 at 3:21pm Reply

            • Malmaison: Definitely, and Lutens fragrances generally suit me very well so I will check it out. Thanks! July 1, 2015 at 5:34am Reply

    • Karen: If you are in love with Sahara Noir, stock up – I read the other day that it is being discontinued. Not sure if that is an ongoing rumor or not, but just a heads up. June 30, 2015 at 8:01am Reply

      • Malmaison: Eek – thanks for the tip. I’ve become completely obsessed with it, and just yesterday my sister informed me it was her favourite of all the perfumes I wore. So I shall bear that in mind. June 30, 2015 at 3:16pm Reply

        • Karen: It may be one of those recurring rumors, but if it’s something you love love love, having a back-up bottle might be a good idea. July 1, 2015 at 7:13am Reply

    • maja: If you can find the old version of Nu, that would be a great option. Otherwise Etro Shaal Nur, Silver Factory by Bond 9 and Trayee. June 30, 2015 at 5:20pm Reply

      • Malmaison: Sounds great, adding them to the ‘must sample’ list! July 1, 2015 at 5:38am Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Malmaison!
      So wonderful to learn of your follow-up acquisitions. A wonderful woman, here, sent me a sample of the very expensive Amouage- Epic. Maybe, after trying a sample- this may fit your bill.
      You want incense? Honey, it has HEMLOCK!!! LOL June 30, 2015 at 8:17pm Reply

      • Malmaison: HEMLOCK?! I am soooooo there! July 1, 2015 at 5:38am Reply

    • Nina Z: Perfect incense perfume that has a touch of sweetness is Maria Candida Gentile’s Sideris. This one is sheer, so I like it in the summer. Also, a sweeter incense is Miyako by Annayake, which although it is hard to find, it is not that expensive. I think it is easier to find in Europe (I know I saw it in ordinary perfume shops in Germany). This is richer than Sideris, but more on the subtle side.

      For your fireplace experience, try Patchouli 25 by Le Labo (it’s very smoky fragrance that is also sweet–NOT patchouli).

      At the moment I can’t think of anything that combines spices with incense and smoke all at the same time. June 30, 2015 at 11:06pm Reply

      • Malmaison: They all sound like lovely suggestions, thanks so much – I will definitely be following those up. July 1, 2015 at 5:47am Reply

    • Tati: Hi Malmaison, When I read you describe what you were looking for I almost yelled out at the screen, “L’air du Desert Marocain!” by Andy Tauer. It sounds exactly what you are looking for. July 1, 2015 at 3:03am Reply

      • Malmaison: You know, I’ve been reading about that for years going “hey, that sounds great” – why have I never tried it until now? (Possibly because I’ve only just developed this rabid need for smoky incense). I think that’s going top of the list for my next sample order. Thanks for the nudge! July 1, 2015 at 5:46am Reply

    • Katherine: Malmaison, you mention incense. How about Bois d’encens or Satin Encens (Armani Prive)? I very much like the Bois which smells mainly of incense. The Satin has some woodiness to it. Victoria has written positively about Bois D’encens. Based on this blog – the other incense I’d like to try is Avignon – Comme De Garcon. July 1, 2015 at 8:52am Reply

      • Katherine: Malmaison – the incenses I just mentioned aren’t very smoky – they’re rather sweet – so perhaps they aren’t what you’re looking for after all… July 1, 2015 at 8:54am Reply

        • Malmaison: No they sound lovely and I am adding them to the constantly growing sample list. Thank you for the suggestions! July 5, 2015 at 1:20am Reply

    • kayliz: Incense, cloves, woodsmoke: that to me is a description of Donna Karan’s Black Cashmere. July 1, 2015 at 1:26pm Reply

      • Malmaison: You are so right. I do actually own and love this, but am rationing my bottle as I thought it had been discontinued? July 9, 2015 at 12:33am Reply

        • kayliz: Hi,
          I bought mine in April from Escentual in the UK, and they still have it in stock — ? July 12, 2015 at 6:28am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: maybe Christopher Street Charenton Macerations is one to sniff July 1, 2015 at 2:37pm Reply

      • Malmaison: That sounds like an interesting one. I don’t know the line at all and will be checking it out, thanks! July 5, 2015 at 1:21am Reply

    • Elisa P: I’m a fan of Sonoma Scent Studio’s Ambre Noir. Fairly linear but fits your description and smells very natural, reasonably priced. It has a port wine feel with the oak barrel, incense, labdanum, and a bit of rose. I think it might work if you like Sahara Noir. July 1, 2015 at 11:27pm Reply

      • Malmaison: Lovely, I shall try it. I’ve looked in the past and am not sure whether they ship to NZ but I haven’t checked their site for ages. Thank you! July 5, 2015 at 1:22am Reply

    • Karen: Regina Harris’ Frankincense Myrrh Rose Maroc is a rich, intense incense – a sample will last you quite a while. Geisha Noir by Aroma M – I have the oil, not the EDP so can only speak of it – is a sensuous complex fragrance that might be up your alley.

      Both of these are beautiful on their own and also work well combined. July 6, 2015 at 7:11am Reply

      • Malmaison: Frankincense and myrrh AND ROSE? Sold! Sounds great, I will try both your suggestions! July 9, 2015 at 12:32am Reply

        • Karen: I had not worn either for quite a while, and was blown away by the Frankincense Myrhh Rose one. During the winter I wore both to create kind of a meditative atmosphere, but honestly FMR was just gorgeous in the heat. Luckyscent does samples of both, so it’s a great, affordable way to check them out. July 9, 2015 at 5:43am Reply

  • Brainfodder: Hello all,

    I’m being greedy – I have three questions!

    I finally bought a 75ml bottle of 31 Rue Cambon – it’s so beautiful, it feels just right, and its garnered more compliments than any other perfume I’ve worn. It’s also three quarters empty after just 5 weeks! 🙁 And so it becomes a glorious habit I just can’t afford to maintain. Any suggestions for something similar but perhaps more enduring or less expensive?

    And a second question, does anyone have Oeillet Bengale, and if so, how do you find its lasting power/longevity?

    And finally, please could you share your favourite Guerlain cologne and why. I ADORE the first 5 minutes of the Chanel cologne – but after that, it’s pretty much gone!

    Many thanks in advance! June 30, 2015 at 5:06am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: I love Oeillet Bengale! On me it’s got good staying power. I also love 31 Rue Cambon. My favorite Guerlain is vintage Jicky, aromatic and a little dirty June 30, 2015 at 1:50pm Reply

    • Lindsay: Ps. Sorry Brainfodder, think I messed up the “reply” option and made a new post in error, but see below on question #3 re Eau de Guerlain! June 30, 2015 at 4:01pm Reply

    • maja: I can only answer the third: it’s Imperiale. I find it amazing. Cologne du 68 is great, too, very relaxing but far from traditional citrusy cologne. 🙂 June 30, 2015 at 5:14pm Reply

    • Annabel Farrell: Oeillet Bengale is gorgeous and seems to last pretty well. Delighed to find this line in a dear little shop in Melbourne, probably the only stockist in Oz of AV. July 1, 2015 at 12:04am Reply

    • Brainfodder: Thanks everyone for your great responses! I shall definitely be trying the Eau de Guerlain and the Guerlain Imperiale 🙂

      I’ve dug out my sample of Ylang 49 – its good and has character, but not as perfect as 31RC… oh dear, I think I know where this quest is heading!

      Oeillet Bengale – positive feedback on longevity – yeah! July 2, 2015 at 7:16am Reply

  • Aurora: Hi Brainfodder: For question No 1 according to Fragrances of the World Le Labo, Ylang 49, Gris Montaigne, Dior and Enchanted Golden Absolute, Chopard resemble 31 rue Cambon.

    I have never tried Oeillet Bengale but I think Victoria must have and would be able to advise you on longevity.

    My favorite Guerlain Cologne is Eau de Cologne Imperiale. June 30, 2015 at 7:16am Reply

    • angeldiva: Long live Guerlain- Imperiale!!! June 30, 2015 at 8:20pm Reply

  • Lindsay: Hi Brainfodder,
    On question #3 I love Eau de Guerlain, as it has the freshness of a cologne but the staying power of an EdT. (Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat sounds wonderful, I have yet to try it, but it seems as though it may have the same fleeting eaux effect!) June 30, 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Paulina: Hello,
    I am searching for quite a long time for a ‘day’ perfume, something sophisticated and elegant, accesible in UK. It is hard to make a choice as I tend to like quite strong scents which don’t make me feel comfortable to wear during the day (Casmir-Chopard, Essence Pure – ST Dupont, Hot Couture – Givenchy,Dolce Vita -Dior; I even have Opium in my collection – i rarely find an occasion to it…).Years ago I used to love Very Irresistible but now i just find it pretty, but not for me.
    I thought I found what I wanted in Balenciaga Paris, i love this scent but it seems to just dissapear within a few minutes.I have recetly purchased Love,Chloe – not bad at all, although it gives me a feeling as if I’m chewing tin foil. Tried Jasmin Noir-Bvlgari today, not sure it’s ‘the one’, will have to revisit…
    If you have any suggestion I would be happy to try! Thank you! June 30, 2015 at 3:52pm Reply

    • Nina Z: I’m pretty sure almost everything is accessible in the UK. But how about exploring the Chanel exclusives (which now come in smaller sizes, making them affordable)? Most of these are elegant and sophisticated, while also appropriate for the day (except perhaps Coromandel, which I adore). Personally, I love Chanel 22, 31 Rue Cambon, and Bois des Iles, all of which would be appropriate for office & day. Bois des Iles is a tiny bit spicy, so you might like it if you like Opium. But there are many others in that line, so go sniff and have fun! (Offhand, I don’t know where in the UK carries these, but for sure someone does!)

      You might also explore Hermes scents, both the regular (Sephora has them) and exclusives (at the boutiques). I’m not a fan myself as they smell synthetic to me, but many people love them for exactly the purpose you are describing (sheer, crisp, elegant). June 30, 2015 at 11:15pm Reply

      • Paulina: went out to London, didn’t find the exclusive Chanels (but I’ve been told I will find them in Harrods , my kids were too tired to drag them there). Managed only to try Bottega Veneta recommended by my best friend (my verdict was yuk! , she is much more sophisticated than me so it must be my unrefined nose…). Someone else suggested Hermes too so planning to look into that! July 1, 2015 at 1:01pm Reply

        • Karen: It’s probably a fragrance that just doesn’t work for you – nothing to do with levels of sophistication! July 2, 2015 at 4:28am Reply

    • Hamamelis: Hi Paulina, What about Hermes Hiris? Very elegant, and should be accesible. Or Annick Goutal Heure Exquise? Sophisticated with a lovely sandalwood drydown you may love. Have you tried any of de Ormonde Jayne’s? Maybe her Woman? They sell a very good sample box of all their fragrances, and it is an English company. Lastly you may explore some of the Lutens’s, Feminite du Bois as you like Dolce Vita, or even A La Nuit, which is very big white flowery in the beginning, but the drydown is cool and lovely. Hope we hear back from you! July 1, 2015 at 5:13am Reply

      • Paulina: Hi – thank you-I was super close to Ormonde Jayne’s parfume shop today but foud out only after I got home. I’m intrigued by your suggestions so will give them a try! July 1, 2015 at 1:31pm Reply

        • George: If you were near Bond Street you were also near a Chanel Boutique for les exclusifs. July 1, 2015 at 2:57pm Reply

      • kayliz: Seconding Heure Exquise and Feminite du Bois! July 1, 2015 at 2:17pm Reply

    • Karen: I’ve suggested it to a couple other comments, but FM’s Fleur de Cassie is elegant, beautiful old school. And broken record, but Guerlain’s Rose Nacree du Desert has gotten me more compliments than any other perfume – other than La Fille de Berlin – but both are rose perfumes, so will only work if you love rose.

      Neither of these are light fragrances, but for me they work in the day as well as night.

      ST DuPont’s Signature is very lovely – I wear it infrequently, but it’s a good daytime fragrance. July 1, 2015 at 7:21am Reply

      • Paulina: Rose Nacree du Desert has a lovely description, looks like a must try 🙂 oh, and i looove receiving compliments 😉 thank you! July 1, 2015 at 3:46pm Reply

        • Karen: I hope it works for you! A woman was so enthusiastic about my perfume the other day that I gave her my sample bottle that I had in my purse. It’s not on the radar for non-perfumistas so perhaps she will join us on BdJ soon! July 1, 2015 at 8:10pm Reply

          • angeldiva: Hi Doll,
            What was the perfume? July 4, 2015 at 11:00pm Reply

            • Karen: Rose Nacree du Desert! Another woman complimented it and was impressed I could remember the long name. It’s another gorgeous darker rose with saffron. Was fun to smell some saffron and then immediately recognize it in the perfume. July 5, 2015 at 12:10pm Reply

              • angeldiva: Hi Karen,
                If that happened to me -it would make my day! I know how you love your rose perfumes! Isn’t it just the greatest feeling to make someone happy? July 5, 2015 at 10:08pm Reply

                • Karen: Yup! It’s a good reason to carry a sample of whatever I am wearing. Sharing perfume with an appreciatve person is very satisfying. Especially if it is something not easily found. And yup, I do love my roses! July 6, 2015 at 7:15am Reply

  • Irina: Hello all 🙂

    With the summer heat, I’ve discovered that I can wear and love vetiver. The bigger the heat wave, the more refreshing it is! I have Vetiver Tonka and Encre Noire pour Hommes, but I’d love some suggestions for vetiver+citrus or any surprising vetiver combinations.

    Thank you in advance 🙂 June 30, 2015 at 6:34pm Reply

    • Nina Zolotow: See if you can find some Guerlain Vetiver pour Elle, a beautiful floral vetiver. June 30, 2015 at 6:53pm Reply

      • Irina: Thank you so much, it sounds perfect! June 30, 2015 at 10:47pm Reply

        • Nina Z: It’s hard to find but gorgeous! I should have said it combines jasmine with the vetiver. But it still has that brisk, refreshing quality. June 30, 2015 at 11:07pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: i Profume di Firenze Fresco di Vetiver
      The Different Company Sel de Vetiver
      Vero Profumo Onda
      Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
      Her essence Vetiver Tonka June 30, 2015 at 11:20pm Reply

      • Hamamelis: Second Vetiver Extraordinaire, perfect anytime but especially in hot weather. I am wearing it now. July 1, 2015 at 5:08am Reply

      • Irina: I love Malle. Thank you 🙂

        You have a delicious name! Stuffed tomatoes were my childhood treat. July 1, 2015 at 11:36am Reply

        • Katherine: I’m a novice here – but side by side I find Sycomore (Chanel Exclusifs) very similar to FM Vetiver. For me Sycomore lasted longer or projected more (I can’t recall which), and it’s more affordable. July 3, 2015 at 9:15pm Reply

    • Patricia: I find Diptyque Vetyverio to be very wearable in the summer. Also second Vetiver Pour Elle if you can find any! July 1, 2015 at 10:04am Reply

      • Irina: I’m seeing it on the decant sites, so I’m definitely grabbing a sample! Thank you 🙂 July 1, 2015 at 11:34am Reply

    • orsetta: hi Irina,
      for summer i could also recommend Comme des Garcons Vettiveru from Series 4 – it’s really affordable and is a lovely take on cologne-type vetiver (and has a very decent staying power) July 2, 2015 at 3:17am Reply

    • angeldiva: Woods Of Windsor- Bergamot & Neroli July 4, 2015 at 11:01pm Reply

  • Gabrielle: Hi all! I’m looking for something super fresh and pretty that’s wearable in 110+ temperatures, so preferably light and not too musky or spicy – I’ve recently owned and loved Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey, and Marc Jacobs Daisy Sorbet (the 2015 limited edition). I also like Chanel Chance Eau Tendre (although I find it slightly too sweet) and Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino, and I love the soapy opening of Dolce by Dolce and Gabbana. Thanks in advance if anyone has any suggestions! June 30, 2015 at 8:36pm Reply

    • Kirstyn: If you like soapy openings, you may enjoy Chanel No. 5, Eau Premiere. I find it really pretty, and a citrusy/soapy/powdery floral. My complaint with it is that it isn’t musky/spicy enough. So, that may be perfect for you! July 1, 2015 at 3:09pm Reply

      • Gabrielle: Citrusy soapy floral is exactly what I’m looking for – will check this one out for sure. Thank you! July 3, 2015 at 4:00am Reply

    • angeldiva: Dear Gabrielle,
      You may enjoy: Lancome- O de Lancome ETD.

      Or Chanel- Cristalle
      Annick Goutal- Le Chevrefeuille
      Balmain- Vent Vert

      *I used to live in the desert!
      🙂 July 1, 2015 at 5:26pm Reply

      • Gabrielle: Thank you for the recommendations! They all sound great, especially Le Chevrefeuille as I absolutely love honeysuckle:) I will definitely try these! July 3, 2015 at 3:48am Reply

    • Erry: Annick Goutal Neroli
      L’artisan Perfumeur La Chasse aux Papillon
      Serge Lutens Fleur de Citronnier –> very soapy, at least on my skin
      Jo Malone French Lime Blossom or Orange Blossom

      There are many, but these are all I can think of for now July 7, 2015 at 1:40pm Reply

  • Ana: Hello!

    I adore this particular perfume (I can go that far and say it is my signature scent) that happens to be all natural and it doesn’t last on the skin at all and recently discovered that it’s no longer stocked anywhere in the country where I live. The name of this perfume is GENUINE PATCHOULI (EDT) from MELVITA.
    This is the description of the product: Melvita Organic Genuine Patchouli Eau de Toilette is a smooth, deeply layered aroma of genuine essence of Patchouli Leaves blended with sophisticated Lignum Vitae and Cedar Wood Essences. The fragrance is refined with Wild Rockrose and Coriander. This sensual, authentic eau de toilette is resolutely original and full of contrasts.
    Head Notes: Cistus, Coriander
    Heart Notes: Geranium
    Base Notes: Patchouli, Cedar Wood
    The name would immediately have you think of that strong classic patchouli scent punching at first, you don’t get that at all but the earthy quality is kept so I would describe it as a wet and sweet mud scent. It is very well loved by everybody that smelled it, always got compliments on it.
    I don’t like any perfumes that you can find in big department stores(you know, the classics…) and I am more attracted to unisex scents.
    I hope this helps and if you have any recommandations for a similar scent but with the lasting power, please tell me, it would be very much appreciated. July 1, 2015 at 8:11am Reply

    • George: None of there have are REALLY noticeably patchouli scents, but I think you might like Geranium pour Monsieur by Malle, Fougere Royale by Houbigant and the original Chanel Egoiste. I think I once tried this scent (I once tried a Melvita scent and it was very light) and that it had the same sort of vibe as these scents. July 1, 2015 at 10:43am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: I Profumo di Firenze Dolce Patchouly July 1, 2015 at 1:20pm Reply

    • Tati: Hi Ana, I’m wild about patchouli and have tried almost everything. Based on the reviews for the Melvita one, you might like Reminiscence, which is one of my all time favorites. If you want to get a more sophisticated, less old school one, I’d suggest Etro Patchouli, L’artisan Patchouli Patch, Patchouli Nobile, or Profumum Patchouli. These are more blended, less harsh. July 1, 2015 at 3:16pm Reply

    • limegreen: Don’t know if you want to try a natural oil type of fragrance: Sunshine Spa patchouli perfume oil
      (Stocked by most natural foods and product places and online, less than $7)
      It’s not pure patchouli and very nice, lightly earthy and has that mud smell you mentioned, might be worth a try. Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu is smoother than SS but also $200 more. July 2, 2015 at 11:16am Reply

    • TheFrenchMistress: You might like to try Terra Rossa by Salvatore Ferragamo (from the newish Tuscan Soul collection). Warm, rich patchouli lifted by citrus and geranium, and a touch of earthiness in the background. July 5, 2015 at 4:08pm Reply

  • Eleonoor: Hi all! First of all, i am a great fan of your blog, Victoria! If i want to get away from work for a little while, i visit your blog 😉
    For me, there’s one perfume where i can smell summer and beach in a bottle, and that is Laguna, Salvador Dali. I can’t get over it how beautifully strange and sunny this smells! It doesn’t smell like anything else i know. In the Netherlands, where I live, they don’t sell it in stores but online it’s available and also ver cheap, as a matter of fact.
    I have a big perfumecollection but Laguna is my summertime-love ♥ July 1, 2015 at 9:45am Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Eleonoor!
      Thanks to all of the folks here, with their fabulous knowledge of perfume- I, too, am a new fan of Laguna. Long live the School Of Mermaids!!! July 4, 2015 at 11:05pm Reply

  • Patricia: I’m hoping to spend a few days in Montreal this summer and wondered if anyone could recommend any must-visit local perfume shops. Thanks! July 1, 2015 at 10:07am Reply

    • Austenfan: No tips as I’ve never been there but I have heard that they have an interesting music scene. It’s a bilingual city I believe? Anyway, hope you have a great time. July 4, 2015 at 7:27am Reply

    • AnnieA: Patricia, it’s been a while, but Ogilvy’s downtown had a pretty good selection of perfumes. July 21, 2015 at 4:52pm Reply

  • Kirstyn: Hi!

    I need help finding a spring/summer version of some of my favorite fall/winter fragrances. I don’t have anything adequate, but my searching hasn’t yielded anything great.

    I would prefer that it was a little woodsy, spicy, or ambery. I would like it to have some vanilla going on, or something sweet. Other notes are welcome, but I dislike red fruits and florals without some kind of deeper base note.

    Some things I like that are too heavy for this time of year: Hermes L’Ambre de Merveilles, and Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille.

    I like Diptyque’s Eau Duelle, but I find its longevity on me disappointing.

    Essentially, I am looking for something for warmer months that won’t feel like too much of a departure from what I wear during the colder times of the year. I want it to last a long time without being overpowering, so that I can wear it at work.

    Thank you! July 1, 2015 at 2:56pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Jo Malone Vanille Insensée
      Shalimar Initial
      Parfum de Nicolai Vanille Tonka
      Hermessence Vanille Galante July 1, 2015 at 9:21pm Reply

      • Tomate Farcie: That’s Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise
        Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée July 1, 2015 at 9:23pm Reply

    • Caroline: Have you tried Teo Cabanel’s Alahine? It starts off big, but quickly calms to a delicious, non-overwhelming ambery rose & ylang. July 2, 2015 at 7:48am Reply

    • Figuier: Incense might be a good alternative – woody but not too much – the Comme Des Garcons has some lovely ones, my favourite being Kyoto; or Annick Goutal’s Encens Flamboyant might be good, since if I recall it has an edge of sweetness to it.

      I also often wear Traversee du Bosphore, which is sweet and a little ambery, thanks to the leather, but transparent enough to wear in hot weather. My staple though is discontinued, but if you come across the old version of Guerlain’s Terracotta (full title Terracotta Voile d’Ete), it might be what you’re looking for – it starts out with a lily-carnation vibe but is basically a light spicy-ambery-vanilla which lasts for ages and really suits hot weather. Happy hunting! July 3, 2015 at 9:08am Reply

    • Nina Z: A very soft amber that might work for you is Oriental Lounge by The Different Company. It’s much more sheer than most ambers so I can imagine wearing it in the summer. July 4, 2015 at 7:57pm Reply

      • AnnieA: Oriental Lounge is nice for summer, as is Kenzo Flower Oriental, which should still be found at discounters. July 21, 2015 at 4:54pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Kirstyn,
      I think your search is so imaginative! It has motivated me to really reflect on some suggestions for you!
      Firstly, have you considered mixing your target off- season scents with non-scented lotion. That may lighten things up for you, until you find what you desire. There is a great article here on layering, too. That rocked my perspective, and was so much fun!
      My List:
      All: L’Artisan
      L’eau D’Ambre
      Mure et Musk ( a highlight of this line)
      throwing in:
      Seville A l’Aaube
      La Chasse aux Papllons (both because they just smell so good)
      *at Christmastime- I purchased the L’Artisan Sampler with 10 vials for $20. US and free shipping on their website
      Prada- Amber Pour Homme *yes, the men’s version. You can pick up the .33 oz for a song
      Serge Lutens- Ambre Sultan , I’ve called this,”Campfire Orgy- in a bottle ,” and so far no one has called me a perv! LOL It’s just such a world class perfume, and you can wear 2 drops of it on a hot summer night
      Oscar de la Renta- Oscar ESPIRIT D’OSCAR, this is spicy, and his scents don’t get the credit they deserve!
      Amouage-Epic , This is IT, honey! It’s so expensive, but you could get (or buy) a sample
      Annick Goutal – Myrrhe Ardente
      Diptyque-L’Eau de Tarocco – it’s sensitive-try before buy!
      Pacifica- Sandalwood (has tangerine, and sweet orange notes- I love the roll on)
      Decennial Lys du Desert
      Gucci- Eau de Parfum- discontinued, but, you can buy it on right now
      I’m also including some classic heavies:
      Schiapparelli- Shocking
      Jean Paul Gaultier- Classique

      Happy Hunting! July 4, 2015 at 11:36pm Reply

  • Orange_cat: What a fun website! I will detail my perfume journey as some of the posters have done before me. My very first perfume was some “no name” Arabic perfume from Yemen delivered by a family friend. You can imagine it was quite potent and long-lasting. Later I moved on to Poeme by Lancome, Champs Elysee by Guerlin, Jean Paul Gautier Classique, Insolence and L’Insant de Guelin, and Mademoiselle by Chanel and Shalimar. Recently I went to Florabotanica by Balenciaga.

    I am looking for something not so mainstream, some less known names or fragrances. Not particularly fond of blatant food fragrances. Would like both something lighter for the day/hotter weather and heavier for the night. I am also not quite sure what my general preferences are – oriental florals? Thank you so much for your time and effort! July 2, 2015 at 2:20pm Reply

    • Aurora: I think I will list some general ‘nichey’ names and let you explore their perfumes: One loved on this blog is Annick Goutal for its flower offerings, Songes for eg is very beautiful, but especially their eaux for summer; Parfums de Nicolai is very good too and since you already have experience with the Guerlains several have a Guerlain vibe; Parfumerie Generale (I love their Cadjmere); Atelier Cologne for summer; l’Artisan Parfumeur, long list of perfumes, one of the first niche line; Serge Lutens has a long and generally very good line of perfumes (they tend to be ‘rich’ perfumes); Tom Ford is very trendy (they tend to be pricey) and Amouage (idem). Good luck! July 3, 2015 at 7:56am Reply

      • Orange_cat: Thank you SO much, Aurora, for giving me a new direction in my exploration of perfume. For several years I tried to break away from the “ordinary” with not much luck. Now I have something new to try and experience. I will keep you posted on my trials. July 3, 2015 at 9:13am Reply

    • Morelle: Some of the niche lines offer excellent sample sets, e.g. Etat Libre d’Orange, Atelier Cologne and Ormonde Jayne. You can order them on their websites. July 3, 2015 at 8:06pm Reply

      • Orange_cat: Thank you for the helpful tip! Ordering a set definitely cuts down on agonizing decision making upfront on what to try. Will update in the upcoming months. July 7, 2015 at 11:45am Reply

    • Clover: The Frederic Malle line is a must try. FM has wonderful fragrances for any time of year. You will have a great time exploring these famed perfumes. July 4, 2015 at 8:24am Reply

      • Orange_cat: Hey Clover, thanks for the suggestion! I noticed they have a questionnaire on their website that may help me as well. Good to know concrete names of brands to pursue as well. July 7, 2015 at 11:44am Reply

    • Karen: Luckyscent has samples at very good prices, an easy way to try lots of new fragrances. Not sure if you’ve read Victoria’s post on Five Star Perfumes, but that may give you some ideas of what to try – and then help you figure out what you like and don’t like.

      Also, read the posts on the perfumes you like (love), which can lead you to posts on similar fragrances or particular notes.

      It’s very easy to accumulate tons of samples – but these can be shared with friends, relatives or used to scent your laundry/sheets. Also, having samples is a great way to reference fragrances, and see how your tastes change over time. July 6, 2015 at 7:25am Reply

      • Orange_cat: Hi Karen, thank you for all the tips! Will try all the suggestions and let you know what happened in the next few months. July 7, 2015 at 11:42am Reply

  • elisa p: Hi all,
    I bought a sample of Robert Piguet Bandit from an online site. I’m very perplexed because it doesn’t smell like any of the descriptions I’ve read. I get a lot of powder and it seems to have more in common with Bal a Versailles of which I also have a sample. I haven’t seen anyone describe it as powdery. In the vial it smells like a slightly green floral and on skin is the same initially and then turns to a lightly sweet powder with hints of green. Although I haven’t tried it, it smells more like descriptions of Baghari. Any one try both and have thoughts on this? Possibly they sent Baghari by mistake? July 3, 2015 at 11:10am Reply

    • angeldiva: Elisa,
      Compassion! I feel your pain…. July 4, 2015 at 11:40pm Reply

  • Connie: I have a limited amount to spend and found Hanae Mori (pink butterflies on cartoon) for $30 @ TJ Maxx is it worth it? July 3, 2015 at 3:29pm Reply

    • elisa p: Hi Connie,
      What I have found is that buying something you haven’t smelled before is a gamble: if you buy it and love it than it was a good deal. If you don’t like it and won’t use it, you’ve wasted $30. Your best bet is to go to a dept store with testers or Sephora who will give you samples and try it on your skin and wear it for a while and wait before buying. If you’ve found something you love, you can usually find it for less $ from online discounters if it’s a fairly mainstream fragrance. There are also sites where for a few dollars you can buy samples of perfume. Even if a fragrance has positive reviews, it doesn’t mean you will like it. Angel is one of the best-selling fragrances of all time and has many fans but I’m not one of them. So it’s good to read reviews to see what’s out there, but still should sample for yourself as everyone has different perceptions and tastes. Hope this helps! July 4, 2015 at 2:05pm Reply

      • Connie: Yes, thank you! 🙂

        I decided to get it and I do like it – phew lol! 😉 July 7, 2015 at 1:25pm Reply

        • elisa p: Ha! Glad you like it. I also went through a bottle years back and liked it as well. July 7, 2015 at 2:05pm Reply

    • Karen: Not sure if it was the pink butterfly version, but Hanae Mori was the first perfume I went through three bottles of! This was quite a few years ago and it was carried exclusively at Nordstrom. If $30 is not a hardship, should you not like it I’m sure you can find someone to pass it on to who will love it.

      But, $30 will also buy you a lot of samples or decants and that might be a fun way to expand your perfume wardrobe! July 6, 2015 at 7:31am Reply

      • Connie: Thank you! 🙂 July 7, 2015 at 1:23pm Reply

  • Lisa B: Since I’ve started cutting down on sugar in my diet, I find myself craving sweet, custardy, pastry-like, perfumes.

    Does anyone have recommendations for a summer gormand? I’m hoping for something that’s creamy and indulgent but still light.

    Thanks! July 4, 2015 at 6:30pm Reply

    • kayliz: I recently discovered a sweet but sheer creme caramel: Brume de Vanille by Jean d’Aveze. Comes (only, I think) in a 100ml body spray. July 5, 2015 at 6:16am Reply

      • Lisa: Thanks, kayliz! That sounds lovely. July 5, 2015 at 1:56pm Reply

    • Karen: From Guerlain:
      Gourmand Coquin, Cuir Beluga, and Eau de Cashmere EdT are beautiful gourmands. Light may be a matter of application, but all three will satisfy your cravings!

      Also, although I am not familiar with any of the Shalimar flankers (but love the extrait) – Shalimar is the ultimate in yummy vanilla richness, so perhaps try one of offspring or Shalimar in the EdT form. July 6, 2015 at 7:41am Reply

      • Lisa: Thanks, Karen!

        I’ve been hoping to explore more from Guerlain and these recommendations seem like a great place to start.

        I received a sample of Bois d’Armenie last fall and loved it, so I’ve been excited to try more from that collection, especially Cuir Beluga.

        Shalimar EDT for summer sounds like a great idea as well. July 6, 2015 at 7:49pm Reply

        • Karen: Have fun exploring! July 7, 2015 at 4:19am Reply

  • angeldiva: ********A Discontinued Perfume **********

    Gucci- Envy
    I know many of you have missed this! It’s available for sale right now on: (


    🙂 July 5, 2015 at 10:34pm Reply

  • Ginni: I have not used this site before but have found the content and commentary to be very insightful. With that in mind I have a request for assistance. My favourite perfume was Guerlain Parure which has been discontinued. I really want to find a scent of similar nature. My obsession with this has been years but no joy! Any advice would be most appreciated.
    Ginni July 6, 2015 at 7:47am Reply

    • Victoria: Ginni, I recommend looking for a rose or fruity chypre. For instance, L’Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses, Agent Procateur Eau de Parfum, Sisley Soir de Lune. They might fill the same niche Parure used to cover. July 6, 2015 at 2:27pm Reply

  • erry: A couple of months ago I asked for sandalwood perfume recommendations. I want my sandalwood smells like mysore/bee and flower soap; Victoria recommended the three Serge Lutens sandalwood.

    I just acquire a small vial of Santal Majuscule and solid perfume samples of Santal Blanc and Santal Mysore. While I love all of them, my favourite is Santal Mysore; on my skin, it’s very close to the smell of bee and flower sandalwood soap. However, since my sample for Santal Mysore is solid perfume, I’m worried that it only reflects the base notes. I read a lot of references to curry, turmeric and cumin in top and middle notes.

    Does anyone have experience trying out SL’s solid perfume samples? Are they really different from the “real” perfume, or are they the same?
    I just want to reflect on perfume as a hobby. I sometimes think that it is a lonely hobby. Most of people around me don’t like perfume, some even hate it. When I mention the word perfume, these are the comments I usually get:
    – They are nauseating.
    – Makes me dizzy and crave for fresh air.
    – Why would people need perfume? They should be contented with their natural body scent.
    – I only collect the cute bottles. I don’t care about the juice.
    – etc.

    Therefore, it is not surprising that I don’t really have someone (in my vicinity) that shares my love for perfume. I usually go perfume/scent hunting alone. It gives me freedom to smell and sniff anything that I want; flowers, spices, leaves, food, the air. However, it is unavoidable that there are times when you only have a chance to do perfume hunting with people that do not share your interest in perfumes, like when you’re visiting unfamiliar city/place for a short time. It’s not enjoyable for me and for the other people. They think that I take too much time sniffing perfumes and what-not therefore I only try and sniff maximum 4 perfumes. Not enough when there are rows and shelves of perfume I seldom encounter in the place where I live.

    Just last Saturday I went to Paris with my friends. Being my third time in Paris, I initially wanted to go on a scented journey: visiting perfume boutiques and try and sniff them to my heart content. The previous two visits to Paris didn’t give me a chance to do it. However, my friends wanted me to guide them to Paris’ landmarks. So, instead of a day of scented journey (I know, one day is not enough), I only have one hour when I could be by myself and went to perfume boutiques. I chose to go to SL Palais Royal since it was the nearest from Louvre.

    I have tried to share my perfume hobby but most of the time I failed. And then, I end up (again) in the lonely world of (my) perfume hobby. July 6, 2015 at 5:44pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Dear Erry,
      Rock On! Just go on being your own sweet smelling self!
      Like my dear late mother would say about the opinions of others, “You Just Don’t Pay Them No Nevermind!”
      Being able to smell, and your interest in perfumes is a great pleasure in this world. I have often thought how great it would be to meet other Bois de Jasmin fans in my area. I imagine moving to my new location, and hosting a brunch where a little group could sit outside, and eat, drink and share perfume samples! 🙂
      There are really some wonderful, cultured, polite people on this site!
      So, while my fantasy gathering is still in the fantasy phase- it would appear to me that this is truly the place for you to make acquaintances with people who share your true interest!
      For many people facing huge jobs, and deadlines like myself , a perfuming sampling trip to Paris would be a dream!
      I also feel that enjoying something on my own is preferable to being around the: buzz- kill, stick -in -the -mud, kill-joy, cadaver-like, persons who simply can’t stop and smell the ROSES!!!
      My 2 cents…
      Good Luck To You! July 6, 2015 at 9:53pm Reply

    • Karen: Hi Erry! I will second all of Angeldiva’s sentiments and add that if possible, maybe leave non-perfume living friends at home and go by yourself when exploring perfumes. I’m not sure how it is in other places, but at a couple of the shops that I buy from the Sales Associates have been wonderful fun – excited about sharing goodies with someone interested in fragrance.

      If possible visit during a non-busy time, perhaps even calling ahead to schedule a time with a Sales Associate you’ve gotten to know. Of course at some point you will need to purchase a bottle, but if the SA is a perfume lover they most likely will be happy to help you explore their line(s).

      As for rude or thoughtless comments about an interest/passion of yours, if you feel up to it, perhaps you could explain why you love the world of perfume – sometimes people just have narrow viewpoints because no one has taken the time to share information. It’s easy to have knee-jerk reactions to activities we don’t know much about or have negative associations with (perfume inserts in magazines that don’t smell that great, ads that can be sexist or dumb, thinking that luxury items such as perfume are reminders of a tight budget).

      It’s also a good way for you to articulate why you enjoy perfumes, and in so doing will expand your world. It’s a fun way to think about memories or scent associations.

      Of course your friends may still not be fragrance fans, but who knows – you may create some converts! July 7, 2015 at 4:36am Reply

    • erry: angeldiva and Karen, thank you for your encouraging and uplifting comments.
      Of course I don’t feel lonely here in BdJ (thank you Victoria, Elisa, Suzanna, Andy, and all of you here). I guess I just need to be more patient with people around me. No, I won’t stop sniffing stuffs around. Who knows someday I will meet my “sniff-partner”. Come to think of it, my husband and my daughter don’t mind me a bit on my perfume hobby while my mother and my aunt always welcome a perfume present from me. July 7, 2015 at 6:58pm Reply

    • Victoria: We’re here to be your perfume buddies. And who knows, perhaps, you’ll meet some of the people you interact with here in person. I know I have, and in all cases, it turned out to be a wonderful experience. Perfume lovers are a fun and eclectic bunch! 🙂

      If your family supports your interest, it’s already good. Little by little, they too might be tempted to try more and experiment. July 8, 2015 at 1:53am Reply

      • angeldiva: Well Said! July 9, 2015 at 5:55am Reply

  • Eliana: Hey all! I’ve been searching for a new perfume for over a month now since I finished Narciso Rodriguez for her EDT. I absolutely loved it but I would like a change. The only fragrance which I have absolutely loved is the Jo Malone WoodSage and Seasalt, however- I’m very hesitant to buy it because of all the reviews I keep reading that state it’s very short lasting power. Are there any similar fragrances anyone recommends? I’m looking for a signature fragrance- I love musky scents (falling in line with NR)- nothing too powdery or thick- thank you! July 6, 2015 at 11:40pm Reply

    • Victoria: Have you tried the new Narciso? It’s wonderful, soft, musky, with a floral hint. July 8, 2015 at 2:04am Reply

  • rachel: I’m a little late here but anyway: I love the top notes of Citta di Kyoto by Santa Maria Novella but not the drydown, which is on me a little too powdery. Does anyone know a perfume that is much like the start of Citta? Just an extra info: I’m not a fan of vanilla or anything too sweet. What I like about Citta is that it is a dry iris and incense. Thank you! July 12, 2015 at 3:34pm Reply

    • Victoria: If you like dry iris and incense, how about Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena? Have you tried it? It’s great, but it is on the expensive side. July 13, 2015 at 3:37pm Reply

      • Rachel: I haven’t tried it but the Barney’s here may have it. It sounds wonderful! One of the other things I liked about Citta was it’s simplicity and softness. It struck me as calming yet light, like blond wood. Not that they are the same, but, I liked Mythique also -for it’s subtle richness -but, it doesn’t last on me at all -at least from a sample vial. Somehow, I need the gentle perfumes right now. Thank you! July 14, 2015 at 12:38am Reply

        • Victoria: Iris Nazarena is probably not that soft, but it’s also not powdery.

          Mythique started with a bang, but on me it’s also fleeting. July 14, 2015 at 8:48am Reply

  • Shelby: Hi all,

    I’ve been a big fan of this website for a long time, but I’ve not been pressed to post until now. I’m currently doing a summer internship near Geneva, and was hoping to bring a bottle of Seville a L’Aube by L’Artisan Parfumeur back with me since I knew it was a lovely feminine lavender orange blossom scent. Unfortunately the Sephoria I went to did not carry it, and I can’t find a carrier anywhere near Geneva (the closest I’ve found is Lyon). The Sephora nearest me did however have Serge Lutens and Hermes, which are brands I do not see often, and a bottle of YSL Paris which I got to try for the first time today. I’m torn between YSL Paris EDT, Jour d’Hermes EDT (also tried today), or getting something else entirely that is only available in Europe. Given that, I’d love any recommendations for a feminine floral which is okay in moderate heat/ when exercising, and preferably has lavender or violet notes in it. Thanks! July 24, 2015 at 4:14pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Shelby: Hope you will read this as it is a late answer. First congratulations on your excellent taste YSL Paris and Jour d’Hermes are so excellent and different from each other.

      Maybe Caron Pour Un Homme for a beautiful lavender that behaves well in the heat, don’t be put off that it is for men; also if you can find also a straight-up lavender water in the genre of Yardley or Crabtree and Evelyn, in Geneva, I am French by birth and Bien-Etre is a very good supermarket line which has a Lavender Eau, perhaps you can find it and it would be a good everyday option when it’s hot, Serge Lutens which you are exploring has Bois de Violette, very good, and Balenciaga Paris is a shy violette that would not be overpowering.

      While you are in Europe, if you have a chance look up Annick Goutal, a French niche brand, their florals are very good and behave well in warm weather: I love their Mimosa; they have colognes too: Neroli is good, and several Eaux: Eau du Sud, very good for the heat, Eau d’Hadrien which is citrusy and fresh spicy; they also have a perfume called La Violette which I haven’t tried, Un Matin d’Orage (gardenia/jasmine) would also suit I think.

      In conclusion if you have the opportunity, try the Jardins series from Hermes: Un Jardin en Mediterranee (a beautiful fig), Un Jardin sur le Nil (my favorite: mango and woods terrific in the heat), Apres la Mousson (melon and spice can be tricky but blooms in the heat) and Sur le Toit (tomato leaf). Also what about the Eau de The Perfumes series from Bulgari: Eau Parfumee au The Vert (a great classic: green tea), au The Rouge (fig and walnut), au The Blanc (orange blossom and herbs) and the new au The Bleu (lavender and iris) Victoria wrote a great review of it recently, have a look. Follow your nose, and best of luck with the internship!

      Oh and one cheap thrill: Eau de Gaga, in the same vein as Au The Vert, a very wearable eau if you go pass the silly name – Victoria likes it too. August 11, 2015 at 8:41am Reply

      • Aurora: Two more to discover while you are in Europe if you have a chance to find them in Geneva: Parfums de Nicolai, there are several eaux made by that house, and Atelier Cologne which makes concentrated eaux de Cologne: Orange sanguine is very popular on this blog but there are plenty to explore. August 11, 2015 at 8:58am Reply

        • Aurora: And Diptyque is a very good classic, niche house with several ‘hot weather’ fragrances: l’Ombre dans l’Eau in eau de parfum or eau de toilette, they are quite different from each other, their beautiful fig Philosykos, l’Eau Rose…etc. Well, I’ll stop now and maybe there will be more ideas coming from others. August 11, 2015 at 9:08am Reply

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