Recommend Me a Perfume : August

I hope that everyone is enjoying these last weeks of summer. This week, we have our “Recommend Me a Perfume” thread. You can use this space to ask any questions about perfume, including fragrance recommendations. Meanwhile, I’m working on some new perfume reviews and stories.


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

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

Photography by Bois de Jasmin



  • Sandra: I love this post!
    I just have a general question if anyone has tried the Shalimar cologne and their thoughts? Or the soufflé flanker as well and their thoughts? August 24, 2015 at 8:11am Reply

    • rosarita: I love Shalimar in many concentrations. On me, the cologne has more lemon and the base notes aren’t as deep but it is longer lasting than you might expect, more like an edt. I often wear it as a bedtime fragrance. August 24, 2015 at 9:14am Reply

      • Sandra: Thank you! August 24, 2015 at 1:10pm Reply

    • maggiecat: I absolutely love Shalimar Souffle’! The original turned a bit skanky (not in a good way) on me after a while, but Souffle’ is perfection for me. I prefer it to all of the other Shalimar flankers, and believe me I’ve tried them all! August 24, 2015 at 4:56pm Reply

      • sandra: HAHA love the use of the word “skanky” and not in a good way! That made my day. I know exactly what you mean by that

        Thanks for your input! August 24, 2015 at 6:25pm Reply

    • Brenna: I simply adore Shalimar (I have a newer formulation of the EdP) and still love Souffle. I love them both enough to justify having both, and find them to be different enough 🙂 August 25, 2015 at 8:29pm Reply

      • Sandra: Thanks for your input!
        And the bottles are just gorgeous August 26, 2015 at 7:19am Reply

    • Marnie: I recently received a wonderful Oeillet Mignardise soap from Paris. I requested this after reading Victoria’s great review of it. What perfume can I buy that has the same or a very similar creamy, soft, spicy, clove carnation smell? January 10, 2016 at 5:32pm Reply

      • Victoria: Caron Bellodgia is close enough. January 11, 2016 at 11:23am Reply

  • Kathy: I love Kenzo’s 7:15 am in Bali,but it disappears in an hour,even when I spray it on my clothes!Is there a similar fragrance out there that lasts longer? August 24, 2015 at 8:43am Reply

    • angeldiva: Hello Kathy,
      Thank-you for mentioning this perfume! I have had wonderful luck with Kenzo Summer, and Kenzo Flower. But, 7:15 am in Bali is one I have never heard of! Can you describe it? I can’t wait to get a sniff. August 27, 2015 at 2:15am Reply

      • Kathy: Some tropical fruit,lots of jasmine,and a rich vanilla-I used my decant up on my late-July birthday,re-applying when it faded.A perfect summer scent.I would love to find a longer-lasting similar fragrance. August 27, 2015 at 8:00am Reply

  • Gretchen: Hello all – I’m hoping to find a fragrance that smells like the forest in upper New England, one not damp with the sea or wet earth. I’ve tried Sonoma Scent Studios Forest Walk, which is lovely, but the scent isn’t the same. If there are layering options to get to the mossy, piney scent without smelling like floor cleaner, I’m eager to find it. August 24, 2015 at 9:45am Reply

    • briony hey: I don’t know how the forest in New England smells, having never been, but Ormonde Woman is a great foresty scent. August 24, 2015 at 9:55am Reply

      • Gretchen: I love, and own a FB, of the Ormonde Jayne. It’s close, but not quite complete forest, as the floral dry down (which is why I own a FB) veers away from its fabulous woodiness. My one foray into Oriza Legrand, through a candle, did not go well. I may try the Goutal. If others have suggestions, let me know!! August 24, 2015 at 1:59pm Reply

    • kayliz: Hi Gretchen, “piney” sent me searching through my notes — here’s what they say for Reve d’Ossian by Oriza L.Legrand: “Woody, incensy, goes warm, piney. Foresty.”
      I remember thinking that Reve d’Ossian put right the things I don’t like about Passage d’Enfer (which reminded me of floor cleaner).
      Oriza L.Legrand do a reasonably priced samples set (and give you a free choice of how to fill it; you don’t have to choose all different scents). August 24, 2015 at 10:19am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe the piney Fille en Aiguilles (Lutens) or Nuit Etoilée (Goutal) ? August 24, 2015 at 10:33am Reply

        • Katherine: Cornelia, Same question for you – any observations on the projection and longevity? Thanks.. August 30, 2015 at 8:37pm Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: I can only speak for my own skin, of course!
            Longevity and projection of the Goutal: satisfying.
            The Lutens has more power and lasts longer. August 31, 2015 at 7:12am Reply

      • Katherine: Kayliz, I’m piggybacking on Gretchen’s query (thanks)… What kind of projection and longevity does it have? August 30, 2015 at 8:34pm Reply

    • Tina: Comme dse Garcons Hinoki always reminds me of my days stomping around the forests of New Brunswick, in the Canadian Maritimes. It might have what you are looking for. August 24, 2015 at 12:51pm Reply

      • Sandra: Aww- my husband is from NB- I have only been there once in the winter August 24, 2015 at 4:27pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Olympic Orchids Olympic Rainforest August 24, 2015 at 2:46pm Reply

    • Katy: This is going to seem like the strangest suggestion but I think a good quality patchouli essential oil smells just like a forest floor, decomposing leaves and all. No carrier oils added, just the patchouli. There is something dry and woody about it as well. Maybe the trick is to find a perfume inspired by this aspect of patchouli….maybe we both need that! August 24, 2015 at 7:51pm Reply

      • Katy: Maybe Pino Sylvestre, in the pinecone bottle, pine and oakmoss, never a bad thing! August 24, 2015 at 7:55pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Katy,
        I don’t think it’s strange at all! lol I have layered patchouli with Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights Perfume.
        The result was my mother’s favorite scent in the world: wet potting soil! August 26, 2015 at 4:11am Reply

    • Cath: I haven’t tried it yet,but just the other day a friend was telling me about Profumum Roma Arso, and it sounds like it might be what you’re looking for. August 24, 2015 at 10:43pm Reply

    • Raisa: Maybe try “Arso” by Profumum Roma?
      My favourite forest-like parfume is Coven by Andrea Maack but it is wet and earthy. August 25, 2015 at 11:02am Reply

      • Raisa: o, sorry, I didn’t notice another reply mentioning Arso 🙂 would be good choice, I suppose August 25, 2015 at 11:04am Reply

    • limegreen: Hi Gretchen, don’t know if you’re still reading but since I first read your post, I knew I had come across such a perfume but I was trying to come up with the name of it and it finally came to me today. I do know that upper New England forest smell, though I lived in Boston and only visited some of those areas.
      It won’t be easy to find anymore, maybe only Diptyque’s boutiques/website, but have you smelled L’eau Trois? It’s not floor cleaner but it does have myrrh, which may spoil the party but the resinous pine feel to it is lovely. My sample is long gone but I don’t recall a sea air touch to it.
      Or try Demeter, like Christmas tree! 🙂 August 25, 2015 at 11:50am Reply

    • Alouetta: I second Fille en Aiguilles. It is delicious. August 29, 2015 at 4:12am Reply

  • Heather H: Hello everyone,

    I am looking for a beautiful floral for fall and my birthday next week. Any suggestions? I can’t believe it’s September next week! Thanks in advance August 24, 2015 at 9:49am Reply

    • Karen: Happy almost birthday! Do you love any particular fragrances already or any specific flower scents (rose, Jasmin, Lily etc)? Let us know some more details (work friendly or old-school glamour, stuff like that). August 24, 2015 at 10:54am Reply

      • Heather H: I love everything rose, jasmine, and lily. I am a stay at home mom so it doesn’t have to be office friendly. But it has to be kid friendly as I have three small children at home. August 24, 2015 at 11:43am Reply

        • Karen: Chant D’aromes by Guerlain is a very very pretty floral – a light spray will make you and kids happy during the day, and a heavier application works well for a dinner out. Une Rose by Frederic Malle is a beautiful rose, the 10ml sizes make FM affordable. Stella by Stella McCarntey is a very pretty, affordable rose.

          Fleur de Chine by Tom Ford is a beauty – again, depending on application can be day or night-out fragrance.

          If you are near a store with a Guerlain and/or Chanel department (Saks or Neiman’s in my area – both also have Tom Ford), you can go and try a few out. Let the SA know you’re looking for a special birthday fragrance – they can be incredibly helpful and make it part of your birthday celebration. August 24, 2015 at 12:13pm Reply

          • Heather H: Thanks so much Karen. Can’t wait to try your perfume suggestions. August 24, 2015 at 12:39pm Reply

        • Michaela: Second Karen’s suggestion for Stella. For a jasmin you may try Van Cleefs and Arpels First, absolutely charming and very wearable jasmin, I imagine this one as child friendly. August 25, 2015 at 4:40am Reply

        • SilverMoon: hello Heather, Byredo’s Flowerhead is a great but soft floral inspired by Indian bridal flowers. A lovely lily is Tom Ford Shanghai Lily or even Malle’s Lys Mediterranee. I second Une Rose or Guerlain Nahema. And for jasmine, maybe Goutal’s Songes. I think kids would love to smell their mum in any of these. It makes me think of the story Roja Dove tells about the inspiration behind his Goodnight Kiss (his mum on nights when she kissed him before going out to a party). August 27, 2015 at 5:15pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: These come to mind Bottega Veneta, Chanel Bois des Isles, Annick Goutal Heure Exquise August 24, 2015 at 2:28pm Reply

      • Claire: I second those three. Child friendly AND sophisticated! August 30, 2015 at 3:27am Reply

    • Cath: Plus 1 on the TF Fleur de Chine. I’m waiting on my bottle to arrive. Also, a very budget friendly slightly powdery floral is Brosseau Ombre d’Or. August 24, 2015 at 10:45pm Reply

    • Arianna: Hi Heather! What about Cartier Baiser volé? It’s all about lilies, creamy and heady lilies! August 27, 2015 at 9:11am Reply

  • CristinaM: Hello everyone
    On an impulse I bought Nicolai Musc Intense in Paris and now I don’t know what to think of it. On the blotter it was soft and sophisticate but on my skin it turns liquer and dark and.. Hardly any musc. Should I spray less/ more or do any trick to recover the magic? Could the heat/ cold weather influence its behavior? Thx in advance August 24, 2015 at 9:52am Reply

    • Karen: Others may have some suggestions, but weather plays a huge role on how fragrances work on me. Also, play around with spray quantities and even try spraying a small amount on your finger to then dab on wrist to see if that makes a difference (unless bottle has the option of spraying or dabbing like the Lutens’ bottles do). August 24, 2015 at 10:58am Reply

      • CristinaM: thanks Karen great ideas August 24, 2015 at 11:08am Reply

        • Karen: I was really surprised at the difference in A la Nuit in the winter and then spring/summer. Winter it didn’t really work at all, yet in the warm weather it sparkles! If weather and application make no difference, you can try layering it with something (which I know isn’t the point since you fell in love with it smelling a certain way, but it just gives you some options). August 24, 2015 at 11:17am Reply

          • Joy: This is so true! When I go to Tucson, AZ in winter, the dry warm air really changes my perfume. L’Ombre dans L’eau smells really awful there. I was quite surprised by the affect. Also the hard water leaves mineral residue on skin after showers which also has a negative affect on fragrance. August 24, 2015 at 3:39pm Reply

          • Michaela: Thank you, Karen, for mentioning this. I’ve tried A la Jasmine in winter and I felt so sorry I couldn’t wear it at all. August 25, 2015 at 4:42am Reply

          • limegreen: Karen — it is really amazing that A la Nuit would not work for you in colder weather. I love it in the cooler weather where it is a toned down version but still very nice (but I don’t have freezing temps here very often). I know that the heavy hitters like Feminite du Bois definitely changes with weather.
            Once again, it’s a marvel the complex interplay of weather, skin chemistry, nose preferences, etc. 🙂
            A dept SA once asked me if I was taking any medications because it would affect how a perfume would smell on my skin. I was unhappily scrubbing off the perfume she just sprayed on me. I think it was the perfume, a Bond no. 9 bomb, but it did get me to thinking about vitamin supplements that I take that would seep into my skin, I suppose. I know that certain foods like copious amounts of garlic can really emanate through the skin pores!
            Food for thought at least. Maybe someone has done research on this? August 25, 2015 at 10:13am Reply

            • Karen: Hi Limegreen! It was in coooold winter that I tried it, so will definitely keep wearing it through autumn. And it is so fascinating all of the things that can impact how a fragrance will smell on a person! August 25, 2015 at 11:28am Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi ChristinaM,
      Have you considered layering it over a good quality musk oil or perfume? August 26, 2015 at 4:16am Reply

      • CristinaM: Thanks for tHe suggestion angeldiva
        Do you have one to recommend? August 28, 2015 at 2:54am Reply

        • angeldiva: L’artisan- Mure et Musk August 29, 2015 at 2:00pm Reply

  • Candace: Hello all. I love this column! I am looking for an everyday perfume. I live in Southern California so a warm weather fragrance is most appropriate. Most scents do not work on me but some of the ones I love are Guerlain’s Sous le Vent and Derby (my current favorite). On occasion I wear Carnal Flower . In the 60’s I fell in love with Youth Dew but it was too mature scent for a teenager. Revlon’s Intimate was all the rage and I wore that for a while. Then 40 years ago I wore Emeraude and it was crazy good on me – people often guessed that it was Shalimar (which I couldn’t quite wear). But, of course, Emeraude changed significantly. I have a very vintage tiny bottle from EBay which I sniff once in a while. My next was L’Air du Temps until it was re formulated. After the bottle bought in the 1980’s was gone I searched for something that was as beautiful but have never had a signature everyday perfume since. (Since they are no longer available I use Sous le Vent and Derby sparingly.) After going through a shoebox full of samples from Luckyscent and Perfumed Court I’m still searching. The selection at the department stores and sephors is so vast it makes me dizzy. Any suggestions? August 24, 2015 at 10:00am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Has Derby been discontinued as well?! May the gods punish the House of Guerlain.
      Since you love dry chypres, you may like Y (YSL). Very elegant and wearable.
      Or Mille (Patou).
      Maybe Féminité du Bois could be your every day scent. Or Dune.
      Or maybe Or des Indes (Maître Parfumeur)
      Could you tell us more of the samples you tried? August 24, 2015 at 10:47am Reply

    • Karen: What about La Panthere by Cartier? Not a dry chypre, as Cornelia was able to identify as a common thread for the fragrances you listed, but a beautiful elegant scent.

      And no idea whether it would be your cup of tea (so to speak), but Une Fleur de Cassie by Frederic Malle is a gorgeous, what I call old-school glamour type of perfume. Not something others are wearing, and it may work well on you. August 24, 2015 at 11:33am Reply

      • SilverMoon: I would like to second both of Karen’s suggestions. Le Fleur de Cassis was the first niche perfume I ever bought. Still love its elegance, even though I have smelled so many others now. August 27, 2015 at 5:26pm Reply

        • Karen: It’s such an elegant perfume, isn’t it! Just have to give it a few minutes for that initial what-the-heck-is-that to subside. Then it’s just so different and beautiful. August 27, 2015 at 5:30pm Reply

    • Mendokuse: You should try Guerlain’s Après l’Ondée. It would be wonderful in LA weather. August 25, 2015 at 2:27am Reply

    • AndreaR: Ah, Youth Dew. I remember dabbing on the oil from a friend’s tiny bottle when I was in junior high in hot, sunny southern California. The poor teachers:-) I’d like to share a few fragrances that I now enjoy:
      Robert Piguet, Bandit
      Acqua di Parma, Iris Nobile
      ELDO, Rossy di Palma
      Houbigant, Oranges en Fleurs
      L’Artisan, La Chasse aux Papillon
      L’Artisan, Premiere Figuier
      Not sure about Bandit in your hot climate, but the others should work well. They’re certainly worth a few spritz. August 25, 2015 at 1:41pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Candace,
      You probably have Cliniques Aromatics Elixir! It layers well with l’Occitane Verbena. These two provide me with many layering options. Like Giorgio with Verbena over it. I live in So Cal, too. There really is a scent culture here.
      If your budget allows I would sample all the Keiko Mecheri scents as well. August 26, 2015 at 4:22am Reply

  • Candace: Forgot to mention Rive Gauche which I adore but only wear in cooler weather. August 24, 2015 at 10:01am Reply

    • kayliz: That last comment on Rive Gauche makes me think of Encens Mythique d’Orient: a beautifully smooth and elegantly understated rose. The drawback is that it’s difficult to come by and expensive, but I strongly recommend sampling it if you can. August 24, 2015 at 10:27am Reply

  • silverdust: I (unfortunately) discovered EL’s Aliage and loved it — only to find that it has been replaced by a watered-down version that lasts barely five minutes on my fragrance-eating skin.

    Can anyone recommend something similar and in the EL price range that has some staying power? August 24, 2015 at 10:23am Reply

    • Alicia: You may try Lauder, Private Collection (I love it), and perhaps Chanel, Cristalle. August 24, 2015 at 11:22am Reply

      • Joy: i love Private Collection and Cristalle both. In my mind they are quite different with Private Collection being rich a floral and Cristalle being woody, green, and crisp. August 24, 2015 at 3:43pm Reply

    • maggiecat: Hove Parfumeurs in New Orleans has a scent called Rue Royale which is a beautiful and lasting green floral with a musk base. Check out their website: I also loved Aliage and this is the closest I’ve found to the original. August 24, 2015 at 5:00pm Reply

    • leathermountain: Hi silverdust, I recently learned that Aramis Devin is the counterpart to Aliage. I don’t know Aliage, but I love Devin! It might be worth a try. August 25, 2015 at 4:27pm Reply

  • Mara: L’Heure Bleue is pretty much my holy grail fragrance and I’d wear it every day if I could, but I live in tropical Queensland where summer temperatures regularly pass 40C. In that kind of weather it just gives me migraines. Could someone recommend something similar that will hold up in the heat and humidity? August 24, 2015 at 11:04am Reply

    • Alicia: Nothing I know is really similar to LHB, but what I wear in warmer weather, and love it, is another Guerlain, completely different, but a masterpiece, Chamade. Insolence has some similarities to LHB, but I don’t think it will work in hot days. August 24, 2015 at 11:30am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe Après l’ Ondée?
        Or maybe Knot (Bottega Veneta), another elegant neroli. August 24, 2015 at 11:57am Reply

    • Karen: A very generous BdJ commenter recently gifted me with some fragrances that she was ready to part with, including Seville a L’Aube by L’Artisan Perfumeur. For some unknown reason, on me it evokes the feel of L’heure Bleue – almost like a cousin of LB. However, it is gorgeous in the heat (although I’ve also been wearing LB lately). Perhaps it will have the same effect – there really is no reason for this sensation – notes aren’t similar – but if you can try a sample I’d be curious if it works for you. August 24, 2015 at 11:52am Reply

    • DaveStPaul: I just saw on another site someone say Oscar by Oscar de la Renta is “like a sunny, more cheerful L’Heure Bleue.”

      I have to admit I haven’t smelled Oscar =:o) but anyone else have thoughts on that? August 24, 2015 at 12:10pm Reply

      • Teeny: To me L’Heure Bleue has a medicinal edge to it whereas Oscar has a sweeter edge. Of the two, I prefer Oscar. August 24, 2015 at 2:48pm Reply

      • Bastet: Esprit d’Oscar (a flanker) is similar in some ways to LB, and in my opinion is better than the current Oscar. August 25, 2015 at 8:07am Reply

        • spe: Yes, it is the Esprit d’ Oscar, not the regular Oscar, that smells similar to L Heure Bleue. August 25, 2015 at 9:12am Reply

          • leathermountain: I think the regular Oscar gets compared to Opium, is that right? August 25, 2015 at 4:28pm Reply

            • Tourmaline: Hi Leathermountain,

              Oh no, not to my nose. Oscar is a classic floral oriental that was released in 1976, whereas Opium is a classic soft oriental that was released the following year. Oscar has been in my fragrance wardrobe and a favourite of mine for 30 years now, and while Opium is there in the wardrobe as well, it doesn’t get used as often. When I smell Oscar, I think of a church flower garden with a touch of myrrh, whereas when I smell Opium, I think of spice routes and the Orient.

              The inexpensive Vanderbilt, from 1982, is the scent that is most similar to Oscar, in my view, and they are both related to the wonderful L’Heure Bleue, being from the same fragrance family. August 25, 2015 at 6:52pm Reply

              • angeldiva: Hi Tourmaline!
                Oh! My goodness, I am sooo late to this post. But, I must make a note of my love for the original Oscar. It sort taught me what Womanhood was going to mean! lol
                A post above talked about layering- well I have been doing something similar with Oscar Parfum, layered over Oscar EDT. It almost smells like the original Oscar Parfum. Heaven! And, so nostalgic! I mean they got the FIFI award for it.
                The Oscar Parfum is hard to find , here, and really expensive. It’s not even offered on the ODLR website. But… I FOUND IT! I can get an 1/8 oz. bottle and 3 flower soaps on for under $13. US
                🙂 August 27, 2015 at 2:31am Reply

                • Karen: I, too, remember the original Oscar – what a beautiful fragrance! August 27, 2015 at 7:17am Reply

            • spe: Cinnabar, by ester lauder, gets compared to opium frequently. August 26, 2015 at 12:50am Reply

              • leathermountain: Hi Tourmaline and spe, thanks for clearing that up for me! August 26, 2015 at 9:00pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi DaveStPaul!
        I love Oscar, and E’Spirit D Oscar! IMHO I don’t think his scents get the proper recognition that they deserve in todays market.
        I do own both of the perfumes mentioned, and I have never before made a parallel comparison of the two. But, I believe that you are correct- they have a similar smell. This is really gratifying to discover! August 27, 2015 at 2:24am Reply

        • DaveStPaul: I really only read someone else’s comparison elsewhere, then happened to see Mara’s request here. Which was like, “Whoa, I was *just* reading about this!” =:0) I’m really glad so many people helped out with specifics. August 27, 2015 at 2:14pm Reply

          • angeldiva: Anytime! August 27, 2015 at 9:54pm Reply

    • Mendokuse: My favorite fragrance for sweltering, hot days is Hermès Jardin en Méditerranée. Never fails to combat the oppressing atmosphere of humidity + heat! August 25, 2015 at 3:45pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Mara,
      I don’t know if this will help you. But, I layer L’Heure Belue with Yardley Iris.
      It’s really beautiful, and although I’ve never sniffed Apres L’Ondee by Guerlain, but, it is supposed to smell similar. August 26, 2015 at 4:28am Reply

    • solanace: État Libre dOrange Fils de Dieu du Riz et des agrumes is cologne-like, thus great for warm weather, but has a persistent – and now famous – steamed rice note in the base that has a sophisticated kind of yummyness that might appeal to you. August 26, 2015 at 5:32pm Reply

    • Alouetta: Hi Mara, I live in Qld too and know what you mean! While I can’t recommend anything like L’Heure Bleue, I will second two of the other suggestions made here: Hermès Jardin en Méditerranée (my go to in warm weather) and État Libre dOrange Fils de Dieu du Riz, which really comes into it’s own when it’s steamy. Plus the latter has Shalimar overtones, but is much more edible. The projection and lasting power of Fils beats JdM hands down, but JdM has the ability to make me feel happy and breezy, so I keep coming back to it despite its abysmal staying power (better on fabric). August 29, 2015 at 4:20am Reply

  • Gabriela: Hi everyone.
    I have been dreaming of buying Channel 19 but can’t decide whether to buy EDT or EDP. What’s your experience with this perfume? August 24, 2015 at 11:14am Reply

    • Alicia: Well, every autumn I wear Chanel#19, EDP. I have no experience with the EDT. I suspect you can’t go wronng with either, but this is a fragrance I wouldn’t buy blind. Try both of them, and then decide. August 24, 2015 at 11:25am Reply

      • Gabriela: Thanks Alicia! I have tried both of them, just can’t decide which is best! August 24, 2015 at 11:32am Reply

      • Heather H: Edp for fall August 24, 2015 at 1:05pm Reply

      • Rose: I’ve always liked Chanel 19 so I’ve tried all versions. My favourites are the EDT and Parfum (the parfum is pricy but I bought mine in an Ebay auction for half price!). The EDT is driest, very refreshing, slightly metallic and I’d say it feels more contemporary than the others somehow. The EDP is softer, more rosy, even with a touch of sweetness. When I smell it on others I notice the dewy rose de Mai the most.
        The parfum is the most intense as you’d expect, it’s very expensive smelling somehow, more iris/orris and I notice narcissus. August 24, 2015 at 5:05pm Reply

      • angeliki: The EDP becomes very floral, sweet and rosey in te heart, and it somehow makes me melancholic and sad. The EDT, however, is a great love of mine. I love that the galbanum lives throughout the scent, and not just at the top, and the crisp, green, clean feeling it gives is gorgeous. August 25, 2015 at 1:42am Reply

    • Andrea: Please help, I am thinking about this as well. I am so tempted to get all the concentrations including the 30ml parfum! I get varying reviews for the various versions and can’t decide which I prefer or if I like them all well enough.
      I already have the 30ml parfum versions of Gardenia, Cuir de Russie and No 5. August 24, 2015 at 11:26am Reply

      • limegreen: I only have a sample of the parfum, and it’s gorgeous. But I find it wears close to the skin, whereas the EDT projects really well and on me, has good lasting power. Once I layered the two and zowie, it was beautiful.
        (I think the parfum comes in small sizes, 7.5 and 15 ml. 30 ml would be huge$$$) August 24, 2015 at 12:15pm Reply

        • Andrea: Thank you you are right, I have the 15ml bottles in my collection. These comments are really helpful, many thanks. Off to try again and buy! August 24, 2015 at 7:19pm Reply

          • limegreen: Lucky you, happy sniffing and shopping! 🙂 August 24, 2015 at 11:00pm Reply

        • Bastet: My favorites are the parfum and the EDT, and I also like to layer them. August 25, 2015 at 8:09am Reply

          • limegreen: (hand raised for high five!)
            It feels so decadent to layer a parfum, but the no. 19 combo is so amazing. August 25, 2015 at 10:17am Reply

      • Danaki: I find the EDP a bit rosier, if that makes sense. My own preference is the parfum as it is the iris and the greenness that I adore. I have yet to buy the EDT and I feel that the EDP is powdery and floral on me.

        I have a 7ml vintage parfum and find that a little goes quite a long way. August 24, 2015 at 3:21pm Reply

        • Rose: That’s what I experience too! August 24, 2015 at 5:06pm Reply

    • limegreen: I love the EDT for year round. I find the EDP very nice but much woodier and less effervescent, if that makes sense, so I don’t reach for it as often. August 24, 2015 at 12:10pm Reply

      • annemarie: Yes, that males sense. The EDT has more sparkle. I prefer it to the EDF. August 24, 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Cynthia Neal: I have forgotten what comes first, when layering.
    I use 4711 for a base, and then add the stronger scent.
    The stronger scent is almost always a Tuberose scent.
    And are there any up and coming Tuberose scents on the radar ?
    Thank you, Cindya August 24, 2015 at 1:27pm Reply

    • Gabriela: Have you tried Moon Bloom? August 24, 2015 at 1:32pm Reply

      • Cynthia Neal: I have never heard of this scent … Can you tell me a bit about it, And, should I get sample from Lucky scent ?
        Than,s! August 24, 2015 at 2:12pm Reply

        • Gabriela: It s by Hiram Green, I got my sample from The perfumed court. So lovely! August 24, 2015 at 2:16pm Reply

        • Rose: It is beautiful! the most real, natural, lush tuberose! My absolute favorite! August 24, 2015 at 5:57pm Reply

          • Cynthia Neal: Wow ! A new contender … Cannot wait to try this scent ~ Thank you Rose, Cindy August 24, 2015 at 10:24pm Reply

      • Cynthia Neal: No, but I will now. Thanks August 24, 2015 at 10:20pm Reply

    • leathermountain: Hi Cindy,
      It’s not new but might be under the radar: Tuberosa from La Via del Profumo. My favorite tuberose by miles and miles. Opens with a gentle edge of menthol alienness, then melts right into my skin like butter. Actually it smells a bit like butter, and bubblegum, and yet as strange as all that sounds, it becomes part of my scent rather than ‘sitting on top’. Must try! August 25, 2015 at 4:33pm Reply

      • Cynthia Neal: Hello ~ thanks, I have just added it to my Tuberose list. I am very appreciative of all the suggestions. Cindy August 25, 2015 at 10:07pm Reply

  • Cynthia Neal: An addition/ to my comments …my name is spelled Cindy
    Thanks August 24, 2015 at 1:29pm Reply

  • Julie: I wish someone could recommend a nice scent for fall, not winter-like it’s too soon for that….but something mellow and not too overwhelming, maybe nostalgic that has a feel of Indian Summer and leftover summer romance. Any ideas….all are welcome! August 24, 2015 at 3:40pm Reply

    • Princess Tonk: Eau des Merveilles, Jour d’Hermes, Fleurs d’Oranger SL, Bois de Violette SL, Penhaligon Amaranthine…may fit your wish. August 24, 2015 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Sandra: Have you tried Terracotta by Guerlain? August 24, 2015 at 4:08pm Reply

      • Julie: Hi Sandra, I have not tried Terracotta…..what’s it like?? August 24, 2015 at 6:45pm Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe Songes (Goutal). August 24, 2015 at 4:21pm Reply

      • Julie: Thanks Cornelia,
        I have often thought of Songes…but have no idea of the fragrance family or notes, but I’ll get a sample. August 24, 2015 at 6:47pm Reply

        • Petunia: I have Songes EDT Julie if you want to try mine. I like it. August 25, 2015 at 10:01pm Reply

    • Rose: I like Havana Vanille for late summer/early autumn. Also Shangai Lily by Tom Ford has a late summer feel, it’s very sultry though. Infusion d’Iris edp Absolue has a nostalgic romantic feel I think, very elegant August 24, 2015 at 5:11pm Reply

    • Karen: Well I had fun going through my samples to come up with a few suggestions! Safran Troublant because saffron is harvested in the fall from fall-blooming crocus and it’s a beautiful spicy elegant fragrance, Serge Lutens Féminité du Bois and Ambre Sultan (yummmm), Andy Tauer’s L’airdu Désert Marocain – a woody, warm scent that I get some cedar from (and cedar=pencils, starting back to school in my fragrance memory), Chanel Bois des Iles – again a warm, inviting scent and maybe #5 Eau Premier cause fall also =opening nights, getting dressed up and it’s a nice, dressy fragrance that works just as well for everyday.

      And of course since my roses are giving their fall show, a dark warm rose is always good – La Fille de Berlin from SL! August 24, 2015 at 5:16pm Reply

      • Julie: Karen,
        Thanks for all the ideas….back to school strikes a huge nostalgic chord with me as well. Sweet fall memories! August 24, 2015 at 6:46pm Reply

    • kayliz: I find Vaara by Penhaligons especially suited to sunny autumn days. August 24, 2015 at 5:42pm Reply

    • Julie: Thanks for all the great ideas for a lovely nostalgic fall scent……I used to like Woodhue but that’s an oldie but goody…like me. Thanks again girls. August 24, 2015 at 6:49pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: I think Botega Veneta is a nice fall scent. I also like Ann Gerard Perle de Mousse or Cuir de Nacre. Carner Tardes and for a tuberose Hiram Green Moon Bloom. And for the best dry downs Chanel Coromandel and Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur! August 24, 2015 at 8:00pm Reply

    • Vanie: I second Bottega Venetta (I prefer the Eau Légère version) and Bois des Îles. I would also add Jo Malone Enlgish Pear & Freesia. August 25, 2015 at 8:40am Reply

    • Mariann: I was going to ask something very similar, what a great list for me too 🙂 August 25, 2015 at 4:30pm Reply

    • leathermountain: Hi Julie and Mariann,
      FWIW there’s a scent called Été Indien. It’s from a house called Histoires d’Eaux, which I know is sold at Osswald. I’ve only smelled it briefly, but of the listed notes I remember noticing elemi, clary sage, geranium, patchouli, tolu balm, labdanum. It was interesting and caught my attention. August 25, 2015 at 4:38pm Reply

      • Petunia: Wow, that sounds so pretty…. August 25, 2015 at 10:04pm Reply

      • Mariann: Thanks leathermountain that doea sound interesting and I’ve been itching for an excuse to go to Osswalds here in Zurich! August 27, 2015 at 4:24pm Reply

    • AnnieA: Le Labo Patchouli 24 reminds me of burning leaves… August 25, 2015 at 5:07pm Reply

      • leathermountain: Ah yes, and then there’s Burning Leaves, from CB I Hate Perfume. They’re maple leaves, with a bit of maple syrup in the mix. August 26, 2015 at 9:02pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Julie,
      I can confidently recommend- Ferragamo- TUSCAN SOUL -edt.
      It’s an Italian Orange. Then depending on the heat, I will spray my handy L’occitane Verbena over it.
      The Italian Orange versus the French Lemon!!! lol
      A truly gorgeous combo, and the men at church linger longer when we chat…
      Booyah! August 27, 2015 at 2:40am Reply

    • Arianna: Hi julie, try Rajasthan by Etro ! Indian Roses, spices and musc. For me a must have ! August 27, 2015 at 9:19am Reply

    • Morelle: ‘Like This’ by Etat Libre d’Orange might be worth a try. It has a distinct pumpkin note, and what could be more autumnal? It feels warm and sunny to me, like a beautiful September afternoon. August 29, 2015 at 7:21pm Reply

  • girasole: I’m not looking for a perfume, exactly, but trying to identify one. I found a little bottle marked ‘Parfums de Naudet #25’ in an antique shop and bought it for pennies. From what I can tell, the fragrances in this line were copycats of popular scents and were made by a New York shop called Essential Products (all I know I learned here: ), but I’m curious as to what scent my little bottle is supposedly copying. Is anyone more familiar with Parfums de Naudet? August 24, 2015 at 5:09pm Reply

  • Rose: Hello! I love your site! I do have a request, I am looking for a very plush, lush, Creamy sweet, photorealistic Gardenia! Without the other notes like musk. For reference I have Kai but find it shrill & Isabey. I do not like EL Tub & Gard, or the soapy style either. Am I seeking the impossible!? Hope it exits! Thank you for your expertise! Xxx August 24, 2015 at 5:55pm Reply

    • sandra: Have you tried Robert Piguet Gardenia. Its sweet on me August 24, 2015 at 6:28pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petal, for fun-
      Pilar and Lucy To Twirl All Girly, inexpensive and always gets the compliments! Maybe this is too green, Ineke Hothouse Flower, Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia, Tocca Florence August 24, 2015 at 7:49pm Reply

      • limegreen: Second the Van Cleef and Arpels GP suggestion, fortunately it also comes in a smaller 1.5 oz bottle so you don’t have to get the huge 2.5 size. I’ve also been on a gardenia quest of sorts and agree with you about Kai. (How nice to meet another gardenia lover! 🙂 )
        Unless you live in the UK, it’s not easy to get but have you tried Jo Loves Gardenia? It’s pretty nice, not as “smooth” as the VC&A, but nicer than Kai and not as coconutty as Isobey.
        The really nicest smelling gardenia (without all the other things like musk) I’ve experienced is a home fragrance — Frederic Malle Gardenia a la Nuit. The perfume gun room spray is amazing but very pricey. I think the candle is also nice but I don’t know how it burns. August 24, 2015 at 9:07pm Reply

    • Malmaison: I’m another gardenia obsessive too – the huge bush in my garden is one of the reasons I bought my house! I do like Kai, but can understand it is not for you, and (along with everyone else) would recommend Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petals.

      I’d also have a go at Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs – his original perfume. It has a lovely watery quality to it, rather than the soapy or musky aspects you don’t want, and reminds me of gardenia blooms floating in a bowl of water. Finding the photorealistic gardenia is really hard but this is the one that comes closest to satisfying my gardenia craving. Good luck! August 25, 2015 at 1:54am Reply

      • limegreen: The best gardenia is the flower itself, and in one’s garden! Lucky lucky you!

        Rose — Speaking of Kai, my sister gave me the Kai dry body spray and it’s not as sharp as the perfume, but it’s not strong sillage and slightly more of the coconut aspects come through. A nice change of pace scent for layering. August 25, 2015 at 10:24am Reply

    • Princess Tonk: Scented Salamander recommended thigardenia (with no musk) last week and it costs under $5… August 25, 2015 at 2:40pm Reply

    • Petunia: Olivine’s Gardenia is pretty good. She has her own website, Olivine Atelier. It isn’t shrill,or super expensive, plus she sells samples. Other than that, I second the VC & A Gardenia Petals. Very pretty. August 25, 2015 at 10:10pm Reply

    • CristinaM: Annick Goutal’s Gardenia Passion…it’s as photorealistic as it gets, IMHO
      thanks for all the other gardenia references! I’m a fan too August 26, 2015 at 7:34am Reply

    • Bettina: Rose – this is a great discussion isn’t it? My suggestion if you are looking for a gardenia perfume is Creed Fleurs de Gardenia. I was given a sample to try and although it is not my thing, I was reminded of a dear friend and work colleague who brought a gardenia flower for her desk every day August 28, 2015 at 11:56pm Reply

  • Tourmaline: Hi Victoria,

    I just have a question about a missing blog post from your archive, one that I never read when I first received the link via email, but would love to read. It is the one titled “My Perfume Timeline” from 14 May 2013.

    I still have the email where I was sent the beginning of the blog post, but when I click on the title, I only get a message: “404 – Page not found”. Even when I search the website for the post within the May 2013 entries, it is absent.

    Is there some reason why this post is no longer available? From the opening, it sounds as though both your essay and all the comments would be very interesting to read. Were there so many replies that the post self-destructed or something?! More importantly, is there any way that the post and comments can be restored? I would be most appreciative if this were the case.

    I’m sorry if someone has asked about this before and you have already replied. August 24, 2015 at 5:56pm Reply

  • Reg: I am looking for one or two distinctive “modern classics”. Some examples for me would be

    F. Malle Une Fleur de Cassie
    F. Malle Lipstick Rose
    Chanel Bois des Iles
    Guerlain Apres l’Ondee

    Although the notes are different, for me they have a certain ambiguity in common, a sensibility and aloofness at the same time. I consider them all to be very elegant.

    Which ones stand out for you that could fit the same category? August 24, 2015 at 7:27pm Reply

    • limegreen: Hi Reg! I adore 3 of those on your list (have not tested Bois d’Iles) and wear those perfumes for different reasons and occasions! I wonder if you tried Malle Dans tes Bras? It is unique to my nose and stands apart from what I have. It shares the powder of Lipstick Rose without being all about powder and the elusive floral quality of Une Fleur de Cassie. Try Dans tes Bras in the body butter just to luxuriate in it. Reading the notes don’t approach how special the fragrance is (I don’t think of it as violets anymore than Une Fleur is just about mimosa.) August 24, 2015 at 11:16pm Reply

      • Reg: Thank you very much! Dans tes Bras has been on my list of perfumes to try so I will now put it right at the top. Your descriptions sound as if I might like it. August 25, 2015 at 8:59am Reply

        • Reg: Please try Bois des Iles! August 25, 2015 at 9:07am Reply

          • limegreen: I don’t live near a Chanel shop so Bois des Iles is harder for me to test, and I don’t think of it when I do order samples.
            The last time I was in a Chanel shop, it was super busy with people buying purses and the Exclusifs were out of reach in a corner so I couldn’t test it myself and had to wait for an unbusy SA to hand me a blotter, which meant it took half an hour to just test 2 perfumes. I got to testing Cuir de Russie and 31 Rue Cambon before I gave up and left.
            I’m not a lover of sandalwood in heavy doses, but since it’s on your list with the other 3 that I love, maybe I’ll put Bois des Iles higher up on my list. Thanks! August 25, 2015 at 10:32am Reply

            • Reg: Yes it would be better to have a sample at home and to test Bois des Iles in a more quiet surrounding. Somebody once described the scent as a second skin made of porcellain which I found quite appropriate. It’s a rather abstract sandalwood, not a heavy oriental, a Chanel after all 🙂 August 25, 2015 at 4:15pm Reply

              • limegreen: I like abstract sandalwood!
                And the description of porcelain on skin seems intriguing! but clearly this lightweight sillage is typical for an Exclusifs?
                I did get around to sampling Misia and after Lipstick Rose, I sort of found it wanting.

                You should still try Venetian Bergamot, see if it works on your skin. For me, the floral notes in VB seemed borrowed from the other recent release, Fleurs de Portofino.
                And I can’t get the tail association out of mind so I wouldn’t be able to go near the bottle for a long time. August 25, 2015 at 5:25pm Reply

        • limegreen: I didn’t care for DtB the first time I tried it. It was a sample that I got with another Malle favorite, Noir Epices. If you’re testing the Malle line, you might give this a spritz. Again, the notes do not tell the whole story.
          But glad I tried it again! If you haven’t run away from the curious papermill note of Une Fleur de Cassie, then DtB won’t scare you away at first. August 25, 2015 at 10:50am Reply

          • Reg: Love the papermill note! Just one more reason.. August 25, 2015 at 4:17pm Reply

    • limegreen: An elegant and ethereal perfume is the first Diptyque Essences Insensees (was limited release but still around) which I think of as a green mimosa counterpart to Apres l’Ondee’s iris. August 24, 2015 at 11:20pm Reply

      • Reg: I haven’t hear of the fragrance before, so I will definitely try to get my hands on it. Thanks! August 25, 2015 at 9:01am Reply

        • limegreen: I think you are the same Reg from another thread who tried to test the Tom Ford Venetian Bergamot? I, too, was eager to try this as I love bergamot but this was nothing special.
          (I am spoiled by Acqua di Parma Oud which has a sparkling bergamot.)

          If you haven’t already, take a look at the review on Venetian Bergamot on Now Smell This — it’s pretty funny, especially the image of the civet tail tacked on by the reviewer onto a bottle of VB. 🙂 August 25, 2015 at 10:41am Reply

          • Reg: Yes that was me. I had to laugh reading the article, it’s hilarious! I have read similar negative comments on the new TF so I’m taken aback indeed. Especially because they’re taking out Fleur de Chine in turn which is another one of my favourites. Thanks for the heads-up… August 25, 2015 at 4:25pm Reply

        • limegreen: There’s a second Essence Insensee coming out or is out that is jasmine centered so be sure to ask for the first one that came out last year. August 25, 2015 at 12:07pm Reply

          • Reg: Yes I saw that when I looked up the fragrance. Totally different ingredients, what a strange idea. August 25, 2015 at 4:18pm Reply

            • limegreen: Don’t know why Diptyque did it this way, so confusing. The mimosa one is pale yellow in color; the new one about to launch is much darker, like a dark ale. August 25, 2015 at 5:28pm Reply

    • Karen: Since the two FM’s on your list are favorites of mine and I love Bois des Iles, even though you did not specify a dark rose, Guerlain’s Une Rose Nacree du Desert is an elegant stunning take on a rose oud perfume and is my latest favorite (Victoria has a review that may convince you to give it a try!). Have you tried any of the Amouage line, Gold Woman is gorgeous. Luckyscent has samples, although aloof isn’t an adjective that jumps to my mind for the ones I’ve tried. August 25, 2015 at 6:01am Reply

      • Reg: Thank you for the recommendations. Gold Woman was not my favourite of the Amouage line, although I can’t remember what it smells like at the moment. Une Rose Nacree has been on and off my list to try (I thought it might be too sweet and sticky for me) but it’s now back on! It seems to be a polarizing fragrance, which can be a good thing. August 25, 2015 at 9:06am Reply

    • Austenfan: I know I sound like a broken record on this line but you may want to order Divine’s sample pack. It’s a small French niche line that started as early as 1986. What they do well is make elegant perfumes with a classical feel. They are not innovative like Lutens was, but they still contribute their own voice to this crowded market. Plus they are still very affordable. If you google Divine parfum you willl find them very easily. August 25, 2015 at 10:37am Reply

      • limegreen: Hi Austenfan — some goofy things come up here in the US when one googles the Divine partum line (Victoria’s Secret, for one). Which sample pack is this, is it direct from Divine’s site? August 25, 2015 at 10:55am Reply

        • Austenfan:

          Go to order online; and then select samples collection. It’s 25 € for 12 samples. The site works both in English and French. I don’t know what they charge for shipping the samples. If that would be steep I think in the US Luckyscent carries the line and I think they have an excellent sample service as well. So that might be a cheaper option. August 25, 2015 at 11:26am Reply

          • limegreen: Luckyscent is definitely a cheaper option but I couldn’t find the sample set for Divine parfum on Luckyscent so it must just be a Divine custom set.
            thanks! August 25, 2015 at 12:11pm Reply

          • limegreen: This perfume hobby has improved my French tremendously. 🙂

            Do you have favorites from the Divine line? August 25, 2015 at 12:16pm Reply

            • Austenfan: Yes! The original Divine on the women’s side and L’Homme de Cœur for the male scents. I haven’t yet tried their latest for men: L’homme infini. They are all good though.

              With Luckyscent you have to order individual samples I suppose but it’s still not very expensive. August 25, 2015 at 12:29pm Reply

              • Reg: Thanks Austenfan, I should order the French set (being in Europe) which is not overly expensive. I have only tried Spirituelle from the line so far. August 25, 2015 at 4:29pm Reply

              • limegreen: Ooohhh, thanks for the recommendations! 🙂
                I know I can order them separately, but I have a thing about sampler sets, wish more houses would do them.
                (With the 20euros shipping from France for the Divine sampler, I could order most of the samples from Luckyscent!) August 25, 2015 at 4:38pm Reply

                • Austenfan: It’s a pity that shipping to the US is so expensive as Divine has great customer service and their sample set is very pretty to look at!
                  I would recommend just reading reviews and order based on those. BdJ has a review on L’homme de cœur, L’ame sœur and Spirituelle, NST covers L’Inspiratrice, L’homme sage, L’homme de cœur and Spirituelle, while Grain de Musc has reviews on both the Etre aimé’s and on Eau Divine. August 26, 2015 at 12:18pm Reply

                  • limegreen: Very comprehensive, thanks, Austenfan!
                    In some cases the shipping offsets the cost without a VAT. I’m excited to try a line new for me! 🙂 August 26, 2015 at 12:34pm Reply

            • Karen: L’ame Soeur is very lovely and I have kept my empty sample of Divine because it is just so divine! August 26, 2015 at 6:56am Reply

  • Sofie: Hello everyone,

    I have tested Jo Malone Incense & Cédrat recently and loved what I smelled! Great opening, lasted reasonably and had a fair projection, but I found it quite linear or non-developing (not sure how to put it) and that disappointed me somewhat. Looking up notes, I’m starting to think what I like about it so much is benzoin. I see it listed in other favourites of mine (Rose Nacrée du Desert, Coromandel) or other perfumes that I like (Dune, wouldn’t mind a small bottle, but don’t love it enough to put it on my buy list).
    Any recommendations?
    I like: dry scents, rose, herbs, gourmands, green scents, a dash of iris, patchouli, vetiver, incense (not the church-like), a little bit of spice, woods, colognes. I don’t mind unisex and masculines.
    I don’t like: white flowers or fruit front and center, too much vanilla, salty notes, marine notes, musk.
    I hope this helps.

    On a different note, my Sycomore is almost empty and I’m at a stage that when I put it on I can hardly smell it on me. Others still can though. It is so immensely frustrating and angering even! Honestly, it breaks my heart! I’ve even decided not to replace it. Any thoughts on why it is I can hardly smell it anymore? I don’t wear it every day, or even every week at this stage, so I didn’t think ‘getting used to it’ was an issue. August 24, 2015 at 8:23pm Reply

    • Danica Radovanov: I have Incense and Cedrat as well, and find it a little boring. Try Andy Tauer Incense Extreme, it is a clean gorgeous frankincense with cardamom note that makes it feel very fresh. If you like benzoin then Costes 2 is gorgeous pale rose and benzoin duo that is a dream. August 25, 2015 at 12:49am Reply

    • angeliki: I think you would love Infusion d’ Iris. It’s pleasantly woody (vetiver) and powdery, and there’s a hefty dose of benzoin in the drydown. A modern classic, I think. August 25, 2015 at 1:46am Reply

    • leathermountain: If you love benzoin, you will love Papier d’Armenie, which is a room scent in the form of little strips of paper that you burn to release the scent. Victoria has a wonderful post about making some from scratch! But you can also buy it online. August 25, 2015 at 4:43pm Reply

    • AnnieA: Guerlain’s Incens Mythique is beautiful if expensive and a friend really likes their Bois d’Armenie which is eqully expensive. August 25, 2015 at 5:02pm Reply

  • Liz: I am looking for a salty – marine note that lasts. I have found something of that in Margot Elena’s Eau de sel marine in the Tokyo Milk range but it’s so weak and barely lasts half an hour. I live in the Mediterranean just by the sea and love the freshness of salty – green notes even when I travel abroad. I just need something that develops, has more sillage and depth to it and can stand the heat and humidity. Ideas anyone? August 25, 2015 at 5:49am Reply

    • Michaela: Have you tried Eau des Merveilles? on my skin it lasts and lasts, even in the heat. The sillage is very nice. August 25, 2015 at 7:04am Reply

    • Glannys: Try James Heeley Sel Marin. August 25, 2015 at 9:42am Reply

    • Armistead: Seconding Eau des Merveilles edt, which I belatedly discovered and bought a few months ago. I live on the ocean also, have citrus trees in my garden, and this fragrance evokes home for me in such a beautiful, idealized way. Very long lasting as well and suited to year-round wear. August 25, 2015 at 11:55am Reply

    • Mariann: Thirding Eau de Merveilles and what about Sel de Vetiver from The Different Company, last quite well and has a salty note to me. August 25, 2015 at 4:42pm Reply

    • leathermountain: Week-End a Deauville = salty lily of the valley August 25, 2015 at 4:44pm Reply

    • AnnieA: Re marine scents, MH Fleurs de Sel and VCA Midnight in Paris (at discounters?) are pretty nice. August 25, 2015 at 5:00pm Reply

      • Danica Radovanov: I second Fleurs de Sel. Also Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company has a lovely persistent salt note and the vetiver makes it so elegant. August 27, 2015 at 2:27am Reply

    • Mer: You may want to test Acqua di sale by Profumum Roma. I find it almost too realistic. August 26, 2015 at 4:09am Reply

      • Liz: Mer, and all the commenters above. What a fantastic list for me to research and try. So thankful to you all for your time and comments. Love the community here and the post idea from BoisdeJ! August 26, 2015 at 7:36am Reply

        • MaggieS: Gabriella Chieffo Acquasala August 26, 2015 at 7:41pm Reply

  • MB: I’m looking to upgrade my mother and grandmothers’ signature scents (since they’ve been reformulated and aren’t great anymore). I’m struggling to find something similar enough to feel “them” but much better quality.
    Grandmother – Chantilly
    Mother – Estee Lauder Beautiful August 25, 2015 at 11:59am Reply

    • spe: Perhaps the Chanel exclusive line? Chantilly and Chanel 22 and EL and 1932? August 25, 2015 at 12:10pm Reply

    • Bastet: Chanel No. 19 has some similarities to Beautiful – maybe the No. 19 EDP would be closest (more floral), although I prefer the EDT. You may also want to consider EL Private Collection, which in my opinion is still very good in the current formulation and reminds me a bit of Beautiful. August 25, 2015 at 1:11pm Reply

  • Seda: I’m curious to know how you approach someone who jokes about your beloved perfumes. The other day my husband said to me after I put on my Iris Silver Mist, “I could’ve chopped you some carrots, why did you spend so much on this hahhah” Well, I don’t expect everyone to appreciate scents, but this is not a funny joke to me. What do/would you do in this situation? Smile and move on or try to explain. August 25, 2015 at 1:09pm Reply

    • spe: Explain why you like it and offer some to him for wearing.
      I wore Hiris for years, so obviously I like the”chopped carrot” smell! August 25, 2015 at 1:56pm Reply

    • Glannys: Since this is your husband, if I were you, I would be as straightforward as possible. Why not tell him that you are serious about your perfume hobbie and are unhappy when it is made fun of? Be sincere. Emphasize that it hurts your feelings.
      Secondly, it could be his (bad) way to let you know that he does not like some of your scents. Then I would ask him just to tell you which ones he does not like and consider a solution (for example, you do not wear Iris Silver Mist around him or do not wear it often or promise to wear one his favorites next day).
      Good luck! August 25, 2015 at 4:33pm Reply

      • limegreen: That was my thought, that your husband is trying to tell you he doesn’t like a particular scent. I agree with Glannys, maybe not wear it around him? Or not wear as much (light hand)?
        My husband is much more straightforward in tone of voice with his comments so it’s obvious which perfumes I should not wear around him. It hurts a little because we love our perfumes unconditionally, sort of like having someone say to your face your child (hypothetical in my case) is not smart or pretty. I’m not easily defeated, and definitely not giving up any perfumes! 🙂 I also make sure to not be too lavish in spraying certain scents he remarks on.
        Some of his pointed comments:
        Ambre Sultan — Is that VANILLA?! (loud aghast tone)
        Bigarade Concentree — Oh, that must be Eau de Bathroom! (light joking tone)

        So I would take carrots comments anyday! I’m impressed that your husband picked out that particular note from ISM! August 25, 2015 at 4:51pm Reply

    • Julie: Hi Seda…Sometimes easier to move on, but my thoughts are the love of scents is a passion, a feeling, a mood, and a great change for the seasons. I often compare my loves with another’s interests or passions…such as golf, fishing, etc…then it’s something they can relate to…or if not, it’s their loss. August 25, 2015 at 4:51pm Reply

    • George: Fake misunderstanding his joke for his expressing an interest in perfume and talk about it until his head hurts………. August 26, 2015 at 5:52am Reply

      • Julie: Morning George…there’s nothing more romantic than your mate buying a scent that he finds perfect for you alone. Some of my favorite scents have been purchased for me ….when I never would have thought of that particular one…..made wonderful scent memories as well. August 26, 2015 at 9:24am Reply

        • George: I wouldn’t find that romantic at all. I’d rather go on a whale watching trip. August 26, 2015 at 11:45am Reply

          • Julie: Whale watching can be romantic as well…..have a good time with that. August 26, 2015 at 12:33pm Reply

      • Michaela: Good idea! 🙂 August 27, 2015 at 4:11am Reply

  • Jill S.: I am turning 60 in 9 days and am looking for that special perfume. I find that it is harder for me to smell notes, especially musk, as i get older,nwhich is upsetting. I feel like I’m in a perfume rut of citrussy, fresh florals. Recently bought Burberry Rhythm Floral, but it’s hard to smell. I like Sandalwood, mandarin, lily of the valley, leather. I find Jasmine often too strong. Any ideas? August 25, 2015 at 2:01pm Reply

    • Steph K: I turned 58 last week. 🙂 I noticed my tastes changed towards woods over the past few years and I don’t like fresh florals as much. I just bought Diptyque Tam Dao, cedar + sandalwood and Estee Lauder Sensuous. I recommend both. August 25, 2015 at 4:01pm Reply

      • Jill S.: Thanks, Steph. I like Tam Dao. I have Sensuous Nude but don’t like the beachy note, so I will revisit Sensuous. August 25, 2015 at 4:23pm Reply

    • spe: Cuir pleine fleur by Heeley or the cuir angel by Hermes? August 25, 2015 at 4:05pm Reply

      • Jill S.: Thanks, Spe. Are they available in the U.S.? August 25, 2015 at 4:21pm Reply

        • leathermountain: Yes. I’ve seen Cuir Pleine Fleur at MiN NY, and Cuir d’Ange at the Hermes boutique on Madison. I’m guessing both also sell online and/or over the phone. August 25, 2015 at 4:47pm Reply

    • Christy: Tauer’s Carillon Pour un Ange is a gorgeous Lily of the Valley, and I recall folks say it has a leather note, though I don’t pick that up. I love Tam Dao for sandalwood. August 25, 2015 at 7:12pm Reply

      • Jill S.: Thanks. August 25, 2015 at 7:18pm Reply

    • Karen: It’s been mentioned in other comments on this post, but Bois des Iles is a beautiful fragrance that may work for you, especially if you are in a place that will get cooler in the autumn months. August 26, 2015 at 7:03am Reply

      • Jill S.: Thanks, Karen. August 26, 2015 at 9:56am Reply

        • Karen: Another option is amber based fragrances. Not sure if that is a note you like, but if you aren’t familiar with any perfumes where it is a prominent feature, you might enjoy trying some. Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens is gorgeous and samples are available through Luckyscent. I jsut saw that Tom Ford’s Amber Absolute has been rereleased – if you are near a shop that carries TF you could give that a try. August 26, 2015 at 11:00am Reply

          • Jill S.: Thanks. August 26, 2015 at 11:04am Reply

            • Jill S.: Thanks, Karen. I’m going to order some samples! August 29, 2015 at 2:25pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Jill S,
      Many happy returns on your birthday! I haven’t sniffed it , yet. But, you may want to read Victorias review of Guerlains Habit Rouge EDT. This is technically the mens version, but has universal popularity.
      I have my eye on an affordable bottle at my discounter, But, I’m in a quandary! I’m moving, and anything I buy- I have to move! Or, put in storage!
      I think I have a Lady Of Privilege Problem! lol August 27, 2015 at 2:52am Reply

      • Jill S.: Thanks, angeldiva. I’ll look into H. R. August 27, 2015 at 7:14pm Reply

    • SilverMoon: I would like to second both of Karen’s suggestions. Le Fleur de Cassis was the first niche perfume I ever bought. Still love its elegance, even though I have smelled so many others now. August 27, 2015 at 5:47pm Reply

    • SilverMoon: Happy Birthday, Jill. Given what you say you like, how about Chanel Bois des Iles? Absolutely beautiful sandalwood and jasmine, but all very delicate. Or a leather like Cuir de Russie or something smoky like Bulgari Black? The latter has a burnt tyre smell to start and then becomes a really soft floral with a twist. August 27, 2015 at 5:55pm Reply

      • Jill S.: Thanks, Silvermoon. I will definitely try un fleur… And bois des iles. I do have a Lancome cuir but it is too much right now. August 27, 2015 at 7:19pm Reply

        • SilverMoon: Hi Jill, oh I meant the Chanel Cuir, which I think is softer. Sorry I was not clear. Hope all the ideas in this great August post scent your birthday. 🙂 August 28, 2015 at 1:09pm Reply

    • Alouetta: I don’t know why I’m suggesting this, because it has none of the scents you’re mentioning, but have you tried Sycamore? It is divine, striking and sophisticated and about as far from a citrusy floral as you can get. August 29, 2015 at 4:27am Reply

    • Karen: Not sure why I did not think of it sooner, but Lutens’ Féminité du Bois might be something you’d enjoy. In general, cedar is not a note I’d run to – but in this perfume it is so beautiful. August 29, 2015 at 2:05pm Reply

  • Moki: Long time reader (and admirer of Bois de Jasmin and it’s lovely community) and first time commenter. I am looking for a warm rose perfume for fall/winter. Rossy de Palma is almost what I am looking for, but I am not totally comfortable with the sour/metallic top notes. Other rose perfumes I enjoy are Une Rose Chypre (Tauer) and Safran Troublant (L’artisan parfumeur).
    I generally like woods, iris, benzoin, tonka and vanilla (if not too sweet) but I am not that fond of oud, leather or very sharp cedar notes.
    Any suggestions? August 25, 2015 at 2:06pm Reply

    • Austenfan: It seems like you are looking for a dark rose:

      In a similar vein: La Fille de Berlin – Lutens, Rose de Nuit- Lutens, Une Rose Poivrée – The Different Company, Une Rose – Malle, Portrait of a Lady – Malle, Voleur de Roses – L’Artisan Parfumeur. I’m sure there are tons of others. Using this blog with “rose” as a tag will give you all perfumes with a prominent rose note. August 25, 2015 at 3:12pm Reply

      • Moki: Thanks Austenfan, I really need to investigate those Lutens a bit more (only sniffed briefly when abroad)! August 26, 2015 at 1:22pm Reply

    • leathermountain: Hi Moki, and welcome to commenting!
      You do have a lot of choices. I suggest starting with Lyric Woman from Amouage. August 25, 2015 at 4:48pm Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Second Une Rose (FMalle).
        Nahéma (Guerlain) is a beautiful, slightly fruity but still dark rose.
        Knowing (Lauder) is a dark, mossy rose
        La Rose de Rosine is a dark rose (many other roses in the Rosine collection).
        And my favourite, cheap but lovely dark rose: Cabaret (Grès).
        Good luck! August 25, 2015 at 5:25pm Reply

        • Moki: I just ordered the Rosine sample set, and am looking forward to test the Rose de Rosine (and the others). Thanks Cornelia! August 26, 2015 at 1:28pm Reply

        • solanace: Hey Cornelia. Reading Augustus – and I totally have a crush on him right now, I mean, imperator – and thinking of you. Hope you are doing fine. August 26, 2015 at 6:40pm Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: Hi Solanace! How sweet of you to think of me!
            I looked into my Oxford Dict. : ”to have a crush on”-”-to be in love with”….with Augustus? Are you?…well, give me Julius Caesar to have a crush on..but Augustus…anyhow, interesting man, interesting book.
            I have one of my guilty pleasures these days, a book on Athanasius Kircher.
            Have a nice end of the summer! August 27, 2015 at 10:42am Reply

            • solanace: LOL… He looks very hot in that Prima Porta statue, nice pecs and abs. You too, have a nice end of summer. I thought I would go to amsterdam this august, then I´d have invited you for some perfume sniffing… but all money has to go to the banks, that´s the thing these days, so nope, maybe next year… O tempore. August 27, 2015 at 2:20pm Reply

              • Cornelia Blimber: Well, maybe next year….

                (hearing the beautiful voice of Cleo Laine). August 29, 2015 at 8:26am Reply

                • solanace: googling right now. August 30, 2015 at 1:44pm Reply

                  • Cornelia Blimber: From a song by Cleo Laine, ”Send in the clowns” (from the seventies I believe). August 30, 2015 at 5:29pm Reply

                    • Karen: I used to love Cleo Lane’s music so much! Saw her live twice – you’ve inspired me to listen to her once again, thanks! (and funny enough, what I remember about one of her concerts was wearing #5 parfum, an incredible indulgence for me back in the early 80’s! August 31, 2015 at 7:10am

      • Moki: Great suggestion (only hope I don’t love it, due to the price ;-)) August 26, 2015 at 1:23pm Reply

        • Moki: … referring to the recommendation of Lyric above (by leather mountain). August 26, 2015 at 1:32pm Reply

          • leathermountain: You’re right, the price is awful, really bad. August 26, 2015 at 9:04pm Reply

        • Morelle: You could also try Lyric Man, it is definitely unisex, and very beautiful. Alas, the price is just as excruciating. August 30, 2015 at 5:33pm Reply

      • Moki: Thanks! August 26, 2015 at 1:34pm Reply

    • Christy: Ormonde Jayne’s Ta’if is a fantastic warm rose–rose, saffron, broom. It’s one of my favorite fall scents. I also love Vero Profumo Rozy edp and Tauer Incense Rose. Olympic Orchids has a _gorgeous_ rose chypre called Ballet Rouges, with real oakmoss. SL La Fille de Berlin is another I love. August 25, 2015 at 7:18pm Reply

      • Moki: I haven’t tested Rozy or the Olympic Orchids one, those go on the list. Thanks! August 26, 2015 at 1:25pm Reply

    • Figuier: Rossy de Palma is great, both outrageously candied and fun and yet smouldering, but then I’ve never worn on skin so haven’t got as far as noticing nuances that might make it less than perfect.

      What is a perfect (not so dark) ‘dark rose’, for me, is By Killian’s Rose Oud. I know you’re not keen on strong oud, but the oud is actually barely noticeable and instead what comes out is saffron and cardamom when you first spray, then on top of that a layer a rich candied rose which is like a slightly plusher version of the one in Rossy de Palma. I also love Safran Troublant, and although it’s more saturated, richer, Rose Oud is in the same family.

      RO is outrageously expensive, but DH bought me the 50ml refill, which comes with a decanting funnel and travel-sized atomiser, and is slightly more reasonable. August 26, 2015 at 4:38am Reply

      • Moki: Oh, that RO sounds like what I am looking for, I would never have thought of that one due to the “Oud” in the name. Thanks! August 26, 2015 at 1:27pm Reply

    • Karen: If you’ve been reading BdJ for a while, my love of La Fille and Portrait of a Lady may sound like a broken record! They are both exquisite – La Fille may be an “easier” wear. You can get samples of La Fille from Luckyscent and order samples of PoaL from a FM shop, there is a charge but well worth it. August 26, 2015 at 7:08am Reply

      • Moki: PoaL and La Fille de Berlin seems to get many recommendations! I need to revisit the PoaL (I was a bit overwhelmed when I tested it, maybe I need to be careful not to overspray 😉 August 26, 2015 at 1:31pm Reply

        • Karen: Some people find it overwhelming – and some of us find it perfect! But La Fille is a drop-dead gorgeous rose. August 26, 2015 at 3:31pm Reply

          • SilverMoon: Hi Karen, just reading all the posts today made me think that we must be scent twins. So many overlaps in preferences, including the many roses. Have you tried the newish Jo Malone Velvet Rose and Oud? August 27, 2015 at 6:02pm Reply

            • Karen: Oh how fun! I’m very happy to have a scent twin! I have a bottle of Velvet Rose and Oud – had tried it and loved it – finally got a bottle last spring. It was an anchor of beauty in a challenging time for me. I put some on last night and loved it even more!

              If you are in the US, I’d be happy to share some samples/decants with you and we can broaden our perfume horizons! Limegreen very (very very!!) generously shared samples, decants and some perfumes that no longer worked for her and it has been really fun exploring fragrances that I have read about but not smelled. August 28, 2015 at 7:25am Reply

              • SilverMoon: Hello Karen, Thanks for your very kind offer, but it is not going to be possible. I live in the UK. Next weekend I am signed up to attend a perfume worksop in York organised by the Perfume Society. It will be lovely to meet other perfume lovers.
                I have been meaning to buy Velvet Rose and Oud, and I think it is going to be my next one. I recently got distracted and got the SL Fille de Berlin. August 28, 2015 at 1:48pm Reply

                • Karen: Have a wonderful time at the workshop! And hoping you love Velvet Rose – it has great lasting power, unusual for Jo Mallone fragrances. August 29, 2015 at 2:07pm Reply

              • angeldiva: Way to go! Limegreen! September 3, 2015 at 1:53am Reply

    • Michaela: Have you tried Rochas Tocade? Not a dark rose, but a delightful one, with vanilla; very warm, beautiful feminine perfume, with noticeable sillage and very long lasting. Not for hot summer days. Not expensive. August 26, 2015 at 7:23am Reply

      • Moki: Hi Michaela, I haven’t tried Tocade, but it sounds lovely (and “not expensive” is always a plus!). Thanks! August 26, 2015 at 1:34pm Reply

    • solanace: Have you tried Mohur? It is a beautiful, complex, high quality dark rose. August 26, 2015 at 6:44pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Moki!
      Welcome! The Balmain line comes to my mind, here. The Ambergris is sublime, and Vent Vert is the first perfume that Victoria turned me on to. Bridgitte Bardot wore it! August 27, 2015 at 2:57am Reply

  • Joy: I am going to be in Paris in about ten days. I know that Victoria has perfume boutiques listed on this blog. I love many Diptique fragrances. I am wondering what other boutiques and stores would be good to visit. I wear a lot of Chanel, but a previous comment described a long wait at the Chanel store. I won’t have a lot of time as I am traveling with my husband and two others who have no interest in perfume. I thought I would sneak away for a few hours. Shops that are close together would be best. August 25, 2015 at 2:55pm Reply

    • Becky: I used Victoria’s suggestions when I planned my trip.

      If you have little time, go to Galeries Lafayette (sp ?). They have many brands including Chanel and Diptyque, niche and everything else. My hotel gave me a 10% discount card for the store. August 25, 2015 at 3:37pm Reply

    • Mendokuse: I would go to the main Frédéric Malle store in Paris, and also take the opportunity to go to l’Osmothèque! August 25, 2015 at 3:50pm Reply

      • AndreaR: Don’t miss Frederic Malle. It’s a memorable experience and the sales associates are delightful. Also, do try the Patricia De Nicolai boutiques.Oh, and Etat Libre d’Orange in the Marais. Such a funky salon and home to my beloved Rossy de Palma. August 25, 2015 at 10:17pm Reply

    • Mendokuse: Also the historic 31 Rue Cambon, which used to be Coco Chanel’s home! August 25, 2015 at 3:52pm Reply

      • Becky: Yes, a must visit! August 25, 2015 at 3:57pm Reply

    • Mendokuse: Oh, and I nearly forgot: make sure to stop by Guerlain as well! August 25, 2015 at 4:01pm Reply

    • limegreen: Joy, How exciting!
      Look at Victoria’s recommendations for Paris pharmacy finds! There are so many pharmacies, every other corner, so easy to pop into one and look.
      I really loved my experience in the Malle boutiques, especially since I don’t have access to one here. It tends to be not as busy, and the SAs are really nice.
      I would probably skip the Diptyque store if you don’t have time, as Nordstrom and others carry everything the Paris store does.
      On the Left Bank in the St. Germain neighborhood, you can hit the original Malle boutique (Rue de Grenelle), Citi Pharmacy (can be crowded) and if you are interested, one of the Annick Goutal boutiques. the links both Victoria (and the others above) give you a nice idea of the proximity of the shops.
      I wish I made it to the Palais Royal myself but don’t know if you like Lutens.
      You can also get to a Chanel shop in dutyfree at the airport, but it won’t be the same as going to the Paris shop. I myself can’t stand crowds but you may get lucky as high tourist season is sort of passing.
      (Mariage Freres is a nice stop, if you like tea, and everyone in your group will enjoy it.)
      Have a great trip! August 25, 2015 at 5:08pm Reply

      • Joy: Thank you for your thoughtful answers to my question. I am making notes of all the suggestions and am very excited to go on my perfume walking tour of Paris. August 25, 2015 at 5:54pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: I’d add Jovoy Paris (niche brands)
      4 rue de Castiglione, 75001
      great store!!

      IUNX at Hotel Costes (these aren’t in U.S.)
      Olivia Giacobetti perfumer

      Oriza L. Legrand
      18 rue St-Augustin, 75002 August 25, 2015 at 6:01pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Oh! Hi Tomate!
        I am once again enjoying your encyclopedic knowledge of the world of perfumes! Keep up the good recommendations!
        Angeladiva August 27, 2015 at 3:00am Reply

    • Michaela: Enjoy! 🙂 August 26, 2015 at 7:24am Reply

  • Jennifer: Hello, all! Hope I’m not too late to the conversation. I’ve recently fallen for SL Gris Clair. I love the type of lavender used in it and love the coolness of the scent (I guess the incense?). However, the beautiful lavender scent fades so quickly on me. Any recommendations for a longer lasting lavender? I have tried Caron’s Pour un Homme, and it smells very strange/metallic/medicinal on me. Also, I’m not generally a fan of white florals, aldehydes or patchouli (I swear I’m trying to expand my tastes, though!). Thanks! Jennifer August 25, 2015 at 5:49pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Have you tried Guerlain Jicky? or maybe Hermes Brin de Réglisse August 25, 2015 at 6:22pm Reply

      • Jennifer: I haven’t gotten a chance to try Jicky yet, though it’s high on my list! Do you have a preferred concentration? I have tried Brin de Reglisse, but I don’t care for the licorice combo. August 25, 2015 at 10:52pm Reply

        • Tomate Farcie: I think you have to get a sample of both! August 26, 2015 at 12:00pm Reply

        • leathermountain: I hear the parfum is heavy on the civet note. Dunno if that’s a plus or a minus for you, Jennifer. August 26, 2015 at 9:06pm Reply

    • Katy: Maybe a sample of SL Encens et Lavande. I like it better than Gris Clair which has an annoying sweetness for me and no longevity. August 25, 2015 at 9:14pm Reply

    • limegreen: Tom Ford Lavender Palm? It’s discontinued but you can still get a sample or decant. Now and then it seems to appear online (I saw it at an Estee Lauder outlet!)

      You might try L’Occitane’s lavender edt, it’s usually with the “mens” type of things in the shop. August 25, 2015 at 10:57pm Reply

    • Heather H: I love Chanel Jersey pure parfum for lavender. In my humble opinion it is my favorite lavender-love, love, love!!! August 25, 2015 at 11:05pm Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe A Taste Of Heaven (By Kilian). Expensive, but longlasting (on my skin). August 26, 2015 at 4:01am Reply

      • Julie: Second Jersey pure parfum.. it’s a gorgeous lavender and longevity is good. August 26, 2015 at 3:07pm Reply

        • leathermountain: Longevity is good, but for me it’s a short-lived lavender over a long-lasting standard iris Chanel juice. August 26, 2015 at 9:08pm Reply

    • George: Caldey Island Lavender is lovely, but not that long lasting, but it is 1/6 of the price of some lavender scents, so you can regularly spritz. I would also recommend the new Bulgari The Bleu, which I believe is a lavender and iris twist on a tea fragrance. I would also suggest a spritz of Egoiste Platinum, just to find out if a modern masculine approach to lavender might work for you. And seconding Jicky and Jersey recommendations. Plus maybe try the above edt.s on fabric. August 26, 2015 at 5:35am Reply

      • leathermountain: I’m told the Caldey Lavender in oil (the only one they’ll ship abroad anyway) is stronger. As an oil, I’d guess it would last longer, too. August 26, 2015 at 9:08pm Reply

    • Michaela: I like Gris Clair, too.
      Interesting recommendations! I’d try all of them.
      For an easy to wear lavender, I love Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her very much. Lavender is beautiful here, not too obvious, but it feels even at the end of the day. Good sillage, too. August 26, 2015 at 7:31am Reply

      • Jennifer: I agree that Brit Rhythm lasts beautifully throughout the day. I barely pick up any lavender, just lots of orange blossom. It is a lovely scent, though! September 7, 2015 at 12:48am Reply

  • Angela: I’ve recently become obsessed with fragrance and am currently in the process of curating my collection. My tastes tend towards the more masculine and unisex, and I generally don’t like anything too sweet, fruity and/or floral. I’m also not looking for anything fresh or aquatic at this point.

    Bottles I own include Serge Lutens Gris Clair, Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee (EDP), Lalique Encre Noir, Atelier Cologne Vanille Incensee (of those I’ve sniffed, I also like Atelier Cologne’s Rose Anonyme, Vetiver Fatal, and Mistral Patchouli), and Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris. I am now seeking my perfect “witch” fragrance. I have a very small sample of Amouage Memoir Woman and am thinking something along those lines might fit the bill. I don’t have a strict budget, although I am in Canada so access to some niche brands can be an issue. Any and all suggestions are welcome! August 25, 2015 at 8:58pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Angela,
      Have you tried Lady Gaga Eau De Gaga? I know, I know she’s an eyeful!
      But, this scent really smells nice. August 26, 2015 at 4:35am Reply

      • Angela: I have not sniffed any of Lady Gaga’s scents and they’re likely not something I would have tried of my own accord, but I have seen plenty of favourable reviews! I will keep an eye out for this one — thank you! August 26, 2015 at 9:16am Reply

        • angeldiva: Hi Angela!
          You are so welcome! So, it’s not the Fame in the black bottle. (*that received unsatisfactory reviews…) It’s the Eau de Gaga. If you live in the us- you can get a bottle at Khols, and usually use a $10. discount coupon that they send in the mail.
          Personally, I don’t care if a perfume is inexpensive. When it smells good, it just smells good! August 27, 2015 at 3:07am Reply

        • Michaela: I bought a full bottle of Eau de Gaga and I’m enjoying it very much. Try it on your own skin, though. August 27, 2015 at 4:17am Reply

          • angeldiva: Hi Michaela!
            I’m so glad it worked for you! August 27, 2015 at 10:48pm Reply

    • Mer: Your description of what you like sound very much like me, too. I haven’t tried Amouage Memoir Woman, but reading the notes it sounds awesome, if out of my price range. I have now added Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee (EDP) to my to test list.

      I think Mon parfum chéri par Camille (what a dreadful name… I call it Mon chéri, like the bonbons) by Annick Goutal may be close to what you are looking for, and also Brun Sicilien by Scent on canvas if you like leather. If you’re willing to try vintage, Miss Dior and Magie Noire (this one would fit the bill to perfection) are amazing, but the current versions are unfortunately worthless 🙁 August 26, 2015 at 4:51am Reply

      • Angela: I love finding people with similar tastes in scent, because it gives me confidence to try things that I was otherwise on the fence on — like Mon parfum cheri par Camille! I had actually read a bunch about it but was very apprehensive based on some of the strong reactions it seemed to engender. Now I am going to give it a go. I may even see if I can sniff a current version of Magie Noire just to see what it’s like.

        Definitely do try Nuit Etoilee (EDP version!) if you can get it, especially if you like Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles. Initially I was disappointed in how zesty it opened up, because I was looking for something darker foresty, but I love it now. August 26, 2015 at 9:20am Reply

        • Mer: I adore MpcpC (jeez), but I’ve had a horrified woman cover her nose and then switch seats in the train when I sat next to her, so be warned, yes, it can certainly engender strong reactions 😀 I can’t fathom why, to me it smells of rich, wet soil. Maybe that screams “graveyard”!? haha. I can send you a sample if you like.

          I found the current version of Magie Noire actually repulsive, with some dreadful vanilla in it. There, another strong reaction! very sad, the old version is probably my absolute favorite.

          Love Fille en Aguilles, it is in my wishlist 🙂 in the dark foresty category there are some great oils by BPAL I can recommend, if you’re into that sort of thing.

          I love zest as well, lemons being one of my favourite things in the world, so I most certainly have to try Nuit etoilée. There is a shop in Brussels. I’ll make sure it is the EDP. August 26, 2015 at 9:58am Reply

          • Angela: You are lovely to offer to send a sample, but I actually already have some coming my way :). I have high hopes that I will enjoy it as opposed to being repulsed.

            I have spent several hours browsing BPAL’s site (there are many that strike me as the potentially perfect “witch” frag), but the sheer volume of their offerings make it difficult to narrow things down. Your suggestions would be appreciated! August 26, 2015 at 2:14pm Reply

            • Mer: BPAL is so overwhelming! A lot of people order sampler (“imps”) packs based on some theme to narrow the choice down. There’s an existing one, Imp Pack Conifer, which would go with the forest theme we were talking about: Black Forest, Loup Garou, Jabberwocky, Jersey Devil, Thanatopsis, Troll.

              Troll’s over the top! My selection would be:

              Odin, Yggdrasil, Black Forest, Loup Garou, Druid, and to round it up, one of these:

              Hades or Wings of Azrael if you like incense.
              Death Cap is very interesting, if you don’t mind vanilla.

              Around valentine’s day they do a seasonal edition, in it, Luperci is spectacular. There’s no samples for the limited editions. August 26, 2015 at 3:03pm Reply

            • Mer: Oh, and how could I forget this? You definitely need to add L’Artisan Parfumeur – Timbuktu to your list. August 27, 2015 at 4:16am Reply

              • Angela: Ha! I actually recently purchased a sample of Timbuktu. I haven’t been enraptured by it one or two times I’ve worn it, but I’m going to keep trying. Was it love at first sniff for you? I feel like I actually end up liking a frag more if it takes some time to grow on me.

                As far as BPAL goes, imps seem like the way to go for a first-timer. So many of their descriptions sound enticing! August 27, 2015 at 7:17am Reply

                • Mer: First sniff, I knew I’d love it 🙂 fragances do not tend to grow on me, much the opposite. Timbuktu I still love.

                  Yeah, imps are a must, and, mostly also enough 🙂 August 27, 2015 at 12:03pm Reply

    • Moki: Hi Angela!

      I am not familiar with the Amouage, however I have read some reviews describing Ormonde Woman as “witchy”. It is quite woody, and not too feminine/sweet. August 26, 2015 at 1:42pm Reply

      • Angela: I have both Ormonde Man and Woman on my list of things to try, but haven’t easily been able to track this particular brand down. I hope to be able to sniff them sometime soon! Thank you for your suggestion 🙂 August 26, 2015 at 2:11pm Reply

    • Tati: I love the idea of a “witch” fragrance! 🙂 One of my new favorites for dark, spicy rose is Rossy de Palma Eau de Protection by Etat Libre d’Orange. Victoria’s description includes “rose, patchouli, incense, and blood accord.” I think that qualifies as witchy! August 28, 2015 at 9:02pm Reply

      • Angela: This sounds FANTASTIC. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention! August 30, 2015 at 8:22am Reply

    • spe: Frederic Malle Noir Epices. August 29, 2015 at 2:38pm Reply

    • Nina Z: My idea of a witch fragrance is Ormonde Jayne Woman, a forest-y fragrance with a black hemlock note. You would probably have to order this online. But try to get a sample first, of course. August 31, 2015 at 11:06pm Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: Witch fragrance? Serge Noire! (Lutens).
    You might like:
    Bandit, Piguet
    Yatagan, Caron
    Gomma, Etro
    Colonia Intensa, Acqua di Parma
    Rive Gauche for men, YSL
    Yvresse, YSL
    Private Collection Jasmine White Moss (sharp, mossy, not flowery)(Lauder)
    White Linen (Lauder)
    J.L. Scherrer
    Cuir Fétiche Maître Parfumeur (if you can find it)

    Happy sniffing! August 26, 2015 at 5:34am Reply

    • Mer: And these will go in my list as well 🙂 Bandit is already in my wishlist, and Jasmine White Moss is nice but a bit flowery in my skin. August 26, 2015 at 5:39am Reply

    • Angela: What a wonderful list – thank you for all of your thoughtful suggestions. My local Sephora carries a selection of Serge Lutens and I hope they have Serge Noir in stock, because it definitely seems like a try-before-you-buy type of frag. Based on the notes, it seems very promising, if it works on my skin. August 26, 2015 at 9:23am Reply

      • angeldiva: Oh, Angela,
        Definitely, Estee Lauders -Bronze Goddess!!!
        Sublime, and erotic. August 27, 2015 at 3:16am Reply

        • Mer: I love it too. It puzzled me why, but I just read here at BdJ that there’s a little myrrh in it. That may be it! August 27, 2015 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Mer: Ok, my turn, I may be a bit late 🙂

    It seems I’m fated to fall in love with vintage fragances. There is just something missing in nearly all newer perfumes, perhaps I just need to leave them in a cupboard for 20 years?? Or perhaps I am just a child of the 80’s.

    So now to my favourites Miss Dior and Magie Noire I have to add the original Montana (my older cousin had all these minis in the 80’s, perhaps this is the root of my “problem” 😉 ). I got a tiny sample bottle of Montana, in which there is no mention of “Parfum de Peau” at all, and it is glorious. 3 tiny drops and I’m in heaven (my skin tends to swallow perfume up, and my nose is not very perspicacious either). Please help! Am I fated to eBay for the rest of my life? 😀 should I just be happy that this is still cheaper than niche fragances?

    I love the peach in Montana (there’s plenty in my mini) although for sure that’s not the whole story.
    Mitsouko? I have only tried the EDT, the only sampler available locally, and my skin swallowed it up, and it was a bit shrill. Should I try EDP ot P? I am generally not a fan of fruit (perhaps except plum, and in a different category altogether, citrus).

    Newer stuff I like: Annick Goutal – Mon parfum chéri and Un matin d’orage, Scent on canvas – Brun Sicilien and Ocre doré, Estée Lauder – Bronze Goddess (for some reason), Serge Lutens – Ambre sultan and Fille en aguilles, Nobile 1942 – Anonimo Veneziano (this is as sweet and feminine as I can go, something in this reminds me strongly of vintage Magie Noire). Other oldies I like: Jacomo – Silences, Balmain – Vent vert.

    Any other recommendations? thanks! August 26, 2015 at 5:35am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe you like the peach in Femme (Rochas)?

      Another Piguet you might like; Futur. August 26, 2015 at 5:56am Reply

      • Mer: Femme is in my to try list 🙂 I was wondering if I should try to find vintage, but that would certainly not solve my problem, would it? 😉

        I can try Futur locally, so I’ll certainly do that!

        Thanks for the recommendations 🙂 August 26, 2015 at 9:22am Reply

        • leathermountain: If Rochas Femme sounds intriguing, and contemporary Mitsouko sounded good but smelled a bit shrill, then you probably should try to get a sample of Shangri-La by Hiram Green. August 26, 2015 at 9:14pm Reply

          • Mer: Ouch the price! but it sounds too good to pass. They have samples in First in Fragance, so I will have to try it, thanks :)) August 27, 2015 at 4:12am Reply

    • kayliz: It sounds as if the Divine samples pack could be right up your street — Austenfan mentions it above. I really must order one too:) August 26, 2015 at 6:33am Reply

      • Mer: The one that sounds best to me is Divine par Divine (and l’Homme Sage!), I should try at least those two 🙂 August 26, 2015 at 9:24am Reply

    • Karen: I recommended Une Fleure de Cassie by Malle above, but it’s got that great old-school perfume quality. Will second Kayliz’s recommendation for Divine’s line. And you can try some Amouage samples, sumptuous perfumes!

      Try Mitsouko in EDP or even parfum, decants available from Surrender to Chance and The Perfumed Court, there may be others those are the two I know. Huge difference between EdT and other forms.

      If you live near a store with a full Guerlain section (all fragrances, not just a few Shalimar flankers), go and talk with the SA, or better yet see if there’s a less busy time to go in and have a perfume consultation. Same for the Chanel department. Knowledgeable SAs are a great resource and are (usually) excited when a person is interested in fragrances. August 26, 2015 at 7:21am Reply

      • Mer: Adding these to the list! I’ve been trying to steer clear of Amouage due to the prices, though. Bit too much.

        I live in Belgium, and a visit to Place Vendôme is long overdue 🙂 I’ve already enlisted a friend for this adventure. There I’ll probably be able to test Mitsouko in any concentration.

        There’s a Chanel store in Brussels, been there once, found the SAs a little snobbish, to be honest, and they pretty much ignored us. In contrast, they were super nice at the Hermès store just next door, they sat us at a sofa, and gave us lots of samples. I ended up purchasing even though I probably shouldn’t have – Osmanthe Yunnan lasts about 3 seconds on my skin.

        Thanks a lot for your tips! August 26, 2015 at 9:43am Reply

        • MaggieS: For what it’s worth, the current version of Mitsouko in parfum strength (released in 2013, I think) is said to be the best it’s been for many years. If you have access to that, I’d say don’t miss it. August 26, 2015 at 8:06pm Reply

        • MaggieS: FYI; I looked up the reference, and this is what Grain de Musc said in her Best of 2013 post:

          “Our verdict: we are very happy indeed with Thierry Wasser’s restorations, especially Mitsouko (no need to hoard the vintage stuff anymore) and Chamade. It’s been years since I’ve smelled it so good – apparently it’s to do with the new grade of galbanum. The top notes crackle like Pop Rocks caught in a spring-green resin, alive as though it were 1969 all over again.” August 26, 2015 at 8:55pm Reply

          • Mer: Excellent, thank you 🙂 August 27, 2015 at 4:27am Reply

    • leathermountain: Hi Mer, it sounds like you like a good strong green presence in your perfumes. So do I! I wonder what you would make of Aliage or its sibling, Devin. August 26, 2015 at 9:19pm Reply

      • Mer: I most definitely do! Thank you for these more affordable recommendations 🙂 they sound great.

        Love your username btw 😉 August 27, 2015 at 4:32am Reply

        • leathermountain: Thank you, I like your username, too! August 28, 2015 at 11:28am Reply

    • Angela: Have you tried La Panthere by Cartier? It’s definitely not something I would usually go for, but a sales associate introduced it to me and it actually surprised me (still not something I would wear regularly).

      It comes across as quite “old school”, very elegant, and it’s very strong. One of the few scents that lasts all day on me. August 27, 2015 at 7:24am Reply

      • Mer: I think I have spritzed it at a store, but I don’t recall it. I’ll revisit next time I see it. August 27, 2015 at 12:04pm Reply

  • spe: A couple of newer fragrances that seem vintage to me: Tom Ford Fleur de Chene, Fleur de Cassie, Cuir d’Ange, 31 Rue Cambon. August 26, 2015 at 9:12am Reply

    • Mer: Thanks! second mention of Fleur de Cassie, seems a must! Adding them to my list 🙂 August 26, 2015 at 9:44am Reply

      • Karen: Just give it a while to develop – or put on 10 minutes or so before going out as it takes a while before it blossoms. August 26, 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

  • sis: Hai there, I have been using ‘for her’ EDT Narcisso for many years. But now I want to change to another perfume. I have tried Tom Ford Tuscan Leather and Santal Blush in a sample. But neither my nose neither I can’t decide… August 26, 2015 at 12:22pm Reply

    • DaveStPaul: I don’t know if you’re looking for something in the same neighborhood or not, but if you are, one of the perfumers for Narciso — Francis Kurkdjian — has done other really nice perfumes you might like, like Elie Saab Le Parfum, and Carven Le Parfum. August 27, 2015 at 2:49pm Reply

      • sis: Thanks for the advice! I’ll give them a try. September 2, 2015 at 2:05am Reply

    • irem: I am not familiar with the Tom Ford, but if you love NR For her, I would recommend you give Martin Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning a try. It has a comparable radiance with a beautiful sillage. I highly recommend you read Victoria’s beautiful review: August 28, 2015 at 9:53pm Reply

      • sis: I saw that there will be a new NR for her l’ Absolut… I’m going to wait for that one too. And try the Martin Margiela Lazy Sunday off course. The name sounds already nice to me… September 2, 2015 at 2:09am Reply

  • angeldiva: Hello!
    Has anyone tried: Coach- Poppy Citrine Blossom Edp?
    Or, Hiram Green – Moon Bloom?
    Thanks! August 27, 2015 at 3:15am Reply

    • Karen: Moon Bloom is beautiful. There are comments above to a question about a gardenia fragrance. Very well made. August 27, 2015 at 5:47pm Reply

  • spe: Any decent substitute recommendations for the older Trussardi for women in the white pebbled bottle?

    Thank you! August 27, 2015 at 9:10am Reply

    • Victoria: What does it smell like? I’m not sure I recall this one. August 27, 2015 at 9:16am Reply

      • spe: Chypre. The first few minutes are a cross between Nikki St Phalle and the old Deneuve.

        I’d like any recommendations for a fragrance that has elements of both green/herbal woodsy and traditional chypre.

        Thank you! August 29, 2015 at 2:47pm Reply

        • Julie: I would love to find something that is similar to the old Deneuve…. that was such a unique classy fragrance. I miss it. August 29, 2015 at 7:22pm Reply

        • Arianna: Maybe Knowing by Estèe Lauder? August 30, 2015 at 10:26am Reply

          • Julie: Thanks Arianna, I will definitely give Knowing a try…..hopefully it’s divine just like Deneuve was. August 31, 2015 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Arianna: Hi everyone !
    This post is always so inspiring!
    I would Like to Thank you all with a little advice : for whom Who has never tried it, I recommend Tete à tete by Novaya Zarya. For me, the smell of air after it rains. Please sorry for my English, I m italian ! August 28, 2015 at 8:15am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Arianna, perfect English-wish I could do the same in Italian!! Thanks for the recommendation! August 28, 2015 at 2:12pm Reply

    • Victoria: Sounds so good! It’s one of my favorite smells, and the one I’m always looking for in perfumes. August 29, 2015 at 1:50am Reply

  • E.v.S.: Hello Bois De Jasmin,

    I recently tried Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Promenade in the Gardens and I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t responding to other perfumes in the store, but I felt that it stood out amongst the others in the Replica series as having some lovely “layers” to it.

    I am curious to know your thoughts on it.

    It was fairly floral to my nose, though I felt that it went through some lovely stages that were thought provoking and inspired mental imagery.

    Thank you! August 28, 2015 at 1:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: I’ve smelled it only briefly, so I don’t remember it well, but now after your comment, I really want to try it again. It sounds lovely! August 29, 2015 at 1:49am Reply

  • Alouetta: If I’m not too late to the party I’d love some advice. I’m after a scent to ‘get the job’. Something that smells professional and sharp without being too conservative or power-dressy. My tastes run to ambers, woods, incense, leather and green cut stems. I can handle florals when they are given something to ground them. I love gourmands. It’s warm where I live so something that can cope with the heat is a plus.
    Thank you!
    ps. I already have Bandit 🙂 August 29, 2015 at 4:42am Reply

    • Natalia: Anything with vetiver as the main note does the job wonderfully. How about Vetiver Extraordinaire or Sycomore? August 29, 2015 at 11:10am Reply

      • Alouetta: I haven’t tried Vetiver Extraordinaire (will change that), but I love Sycamore and have a tiny sample. Thanks! August 29, 2015 at 7:23pm Reply

    • Karen: In response to a comment above for a fall fragrance, I added Lutens’ Féminité du Bois and I will also recommend it to you given your love of woods and enjoyment of florals. In a review on Luckyscent, one person wrote that her mother wore it to work, and that made me think of what you are looking for. Also by Lutens is Ambre Sultan – a beautiful Amber.

      It’s warm where I live and I’ve been wearing my samples of both (not at the same time), just using a small amount which is not my usual MO – and they have both worn beautifully. August 29, 2015 at 2:16pm Reply

      • Alouetta: Ambre Sultan sadly turns to musk lollies on my skin, but I’ll give FdB a go. I sounds like it will be up my alley. Thanks! August 29, 2015 at 7:29pm Reply

    • Arianna: Have you already smelled eau claire des merveilles? August 30, 2015 at 10:29am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Second Féminité du Bois.
        Agree with Natalia: Vetiver is elegant and refreshing. Try Encre Noire. There is a new vetiver by Le Galion: read about it on Chemist in the Bottle (prize: € 140). Seems to be wonderful. I love Racine by Maître Parfumeur.
        You could also try Sel de Vetiver (The Different Company).
        As for leather, nothing beats Cuir de Russie. Maybe fleety, but oh so good! and agreeable in hot weather.
        Florals: Private Collection Jasmine White Moss: sharp, not sweet. Or the lavender of Jicky (Guerlain), Eau de Parfum has more longevity than Eau de Toilette.
        Héritage by Guerlain has a very aromatic lavender note.
        A modern chypre: Chloe, the bottle with the green bow. Mossy.
        Maybe you like the bitter leather note in Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa.
        For the fresh cut grass: Untitled (Margiela) or Marc Jacobs Daisy.
        Incense: Bois d’Encens, Armani (very expensive but worth your money), peppery, good for hot weather
        Shaal Nur by Etro

        Good luck! August 30, 2015 at 12:16pm Reply

        • Alouetta: Oops, the other response was for Arianna. Cornelia, thanks so much for the list! I better get sniffing. Have tried Encre Noire and it is stunning. Sel de Vetiver disappears on me but it might be because I am dabbing from a very small container. I will investigate. Cuir de Russie is beautiful, but again, my skin turns it into musc lollies in no time. I think I will go down the vetiver road as it is reaaaallly good in this weather. Much thanks! August 31, 2015 at 3:24am Reply

      • Alouetta: No – not yet! I will put it on the list. Thanks. August 31, 2015 at 3:20am Reply

  • Alice: Hello Bois De Jasmin!

    So glad to have stumbled upon this thread! I hope I’m not too late for suggestions!

    I am looking for a scent to welcome a new decade (30s!) and a new beginning in my life–something feminine but not too girly, confident and elegant, sexy in a classy way.

    I am always drawn to lily and jasmine notes, and increasingly I enjoy more complex spice/smoke elements in fragrances. I also like a touch of bergamot (Earl Grey tea fan) I’m not so keen on powder, patchouli, vanilla or coconut notes.

    I’d love to read your suggestions!
    Thanks for your help! August 29, 2015 at 3:45pm Reply

    • Arianna: What about Estèe Lauder Pleasures? Not smoky in any Way but I find it classy and Very feminine! August 30, 2015 at 10:34am Reply

    • DaveStPaul: I’d say try Dior’s Pure Poison. Nice white flowers (including jasmine), nice citrus (including bergamot) — for sure a nice confident, feminine feel — sort of a good mid-point between classic and modern styles. Worth a try. =:o) August 30, 2015 at 3:09pm Reply

    • SilverMoon: Hello Alice, here are some suggestion keeping in mind we are going into autumn (at least here in the UK). For smoky, how about Seville a l’Aube (one of my favourites, it is lily and incense) or Robert Piguet Casbah or Molinard Habanita? All are very different. I also think Reminiscence Amber (its like what it says) or Miller Harris Terre d’Iris or The Different Company Sublime Balkiss are interesting options. A jasmine I really like is Goutal’s Songes (it gets many compliments). August 30, 2015 at 5:41pm Reply

  • Betsy: Is there any viable substitute for L’Artisan Vanilia? Or is it decants and ebay for me? September 1, 2015 at 9:34am Reply

    • Victoria: Have you tried Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille? September 1, 2015 at 10:34am Reply

      • Betsy: Oh that’s a great idea! September 1, 2015 at 11:04am Reply

  • Aurora: This is just to say, Victoria, your ‘nature morte’ photo is absolutely wonderful! September 13, 2015 at 1:08pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! September 14, 2015 at 11:54am Reply

  • Dana Blatt: Hi, my favorite perfume is METAL by Paco Rabanne….What in your opinion comes closest to this?
    Thanks and look forward to hearing from you. September 14, 2015 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: Calandre by Paco Rabanne is very close. You should also try Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. September 15, 2015 at 4:55am Reply

      • Dana: Thank you for your reply….I guess my nose is pretty good….I have both of them (Calandre & Rive Gauche). I was looking for a newer one if that even exists. September 15, 2015 at 9:45am Reply

        • Victoria: You also might like Cacharel Noa. September 15, 2015 at 11:32am Reply

  • Ariadna: I recently fell in love with Bulgari’s Jasmin Noir L’eau Exquise. It took me by surprise because I tend to shy away from brighter florals. I stumbled over it, or my hand did, on its way to the bottle of Eau Parfumee au The Vert. 🙂

    Victoria, what are your thoughts on L’eau Exquise. You have excellent taste. September 17, 2015 at 3:21am Reply

    • Victoria: I haven’t yet tried it, Ariadna, but if you like it, I should look for a tester. It sounds very pretty. September 17, 2015 at 2:56pm Reply

      • Ariadna: it’s very pretty and not in a forgettable way. 🙂 September 17, 2015 at 5:05pm Reply

        • Victoria: Yes, very charming and memorable too. September 18, 2015 at 1:46pm Reply

          • Ariadna: really glad you liked it. 🙂 I’m currently trying to make my bottle stretch as much as possible. September 23, 2015 at 2:16am Reply

  • Domestic Goblin: I am looking for a fragrance that evokes the scent description given in the book ‘Perfume – The Story of a Murderer’ by Patrick Suskind when Grenouille encounters the red-headed girl cleaning yellow plums. The description includes: sea breeze, nut oil, water lilies and apricot blossoms.

    I know that a limited edition Le Parfum Coffret by Thierry Mugler was created back in 2006/2007 but I wanted a more readily available fragrance that is affordable.

    Any ideas would be welcome. September 21, 2015 at 4:35pm Reply

    • Victoria: This thread is pretty much closed, so you won’t get many responses at this point. It’s best to repost your question when we run the Recommend me a Perfume feature next week. Meanwhile, I will think of some recommendations. September 22, 2015 at 4:17am Reply

      • Domestic Goblin: Thanks Victoria, I was a bit late in the game! Will re-post in the September one. September 22, 2015 at 2:09pm Reply

  • Poppyeyebright: New here but have been devouring your blog and nst. Having had a 15yr break from perfumes due to allergies, I hardly knpw where to start sampling. Your incredible reviews have been excellent and I love swooning around our improvished department stores in Australia trying to locate little gems. Pen in hand and double bagging my samples for later study over coffee I’m enjoying trying to identify various notes and accords. I have a question or two though..any tips on purchasing vintage perfumes? ..I recently came across a ‘vintage’ Rive Gauche parfum. Is there such a thing? I usually only see the iconic blue black bottle edt but this was so different. Your descriptions of the vintage versions of so many perfumes leaves me wondering the best way to get my hands on samples of these. Thank you. September 24, 2015 at 8:01am Reply

    • Poppyeyebright: Sorry just saw the previous comment to repost ndxt month. September 24, 2015 at 8:02am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! 🙂 Yes, please repost your question next week, but in general, it depends on the perfume. Rive Gauche before the reformulation was packaged differently, which you can see in the older ads. If your bottle looks like that, then chances are you’re scoring the real thing. But it’s always a risk to buy perfume that’s somewhat older. You never know how it was stored and whether it might still smell good. I would look for a reliable seller with many positive feedbacks. September 24, 2015 at 10:13am Reply

  • Thabile Zwane: Help me out I want a cologne that matches a personality of people(Man) born in August. I don’t want to go wrong so please help out. June 20, 2016 at 10:18am Reply

  • Chantale: Hello,

    I just stumbled apon your site and I am very pleased to have found this place. I am wandering if perhaps you would have some perfume suggestions for someone who loves both Voleur de roses from l’Artisan Parfumeur and Berlin by Gallivant. I do not enjoy when perfume are too sweet, nor when they smell of Iris, tubéreuse or violet. And I dislike the smell of powder. April 29, 2019 at 11:55pm Reply

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