Recommend Me a Perfume : September

We have our “Recommend Me a Perfume” thread today. 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 thread and always enjoy reading people’s responses.
    Feeling so happy that fall is finally here and I can shower myself with Shalimar.
    I was interested in trying some Tom Ford fragrances- I have never tried any and the display at the department store looks a bit intimating. Let me know if anyone can recommend where to start September 28, 2015 at 7:31am Reply

    • rosarita: I know many will disagree, but I much prefer the Signature line rather than the Private Blends. Black Orchid is a classic and if it is too dark, try Velvet Orchid. White Patchouli is an elegant and refined take on patchouli, Violet Blonde is a fresh view of the leafy side of violet. Don’t discount the men’s side either – Tom Ford edt is my elderly mother’s signature scent (it’s excellent) and I am a big fan of Noir for men. I haven’t had a chance to sample the new Noir for women but I’m looking forward to it! Hope this helps a little, I’m sure someone else can guide you through the Private Blends. 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 8:17am Reply

      • Sandra: I really enjoyed noir for woman. Next I will explore the men’s side like your mom September 29, 2015 at 7:45pm Reply

    • Geraldine: I love Tobacca Vanille by Tom Ford. It is a unisex fragrance and is soft and warm without being overpowering. September 28, 2015 at 8:36am Reply

      • Rosie Jeffery: I second Tobacco Vanille, many find it too thick and linear, but i find it perfect, wish i could afford a bottle..
        My other Private blend recomendation would be Plum Japponaise, again, i don’t know that it gets much love, but i adore it, especially when it starts to get colder, and in the run up to christmas!- spicy, rich, fruity, but dry plum skin, rather than juicy flesh [i think], dark and seductive, and lasts all day and into the night.
        I tried it as an alternative to Feminite du Bois, which i love but is weak on my skin, and i think its perfect! September 28, 2015 at 9:29am Reply

    • Vanie: I haven’t tried the majority of them, but Fleur de Chine is amazing. I also quite liked my sample of Violet Blond, but it has been discontinued. September 28, 2015 at 8:52am Reply

      • Michaela: Already discontinued?! I just tried my Violet Blonde sample and I liked it very much, too. September 28, 2015 at 9:24am Reply

        • rosarita: Between all the new brands, releases, reformulations and discontinued perfumes, it’s really hard to figure out what to try anymore! Sorry about VB, I really like it. September 28, 2015 at 3:07pm Reply

      • Lynley: I’ve read that FdC is also on the chopping block! Shame that, because it’s beautiful. Released in the same collection is Shanghai Lily- a gorgeous spicy lily. I also love Neroli Portofino, but nice neroli’s can be found elsewhere for much less $. I might also add Champaca Absolute and Noir de Noir if they still exist! September 28, 2015 at 10:07am Reply

        • Sandra: Wow- looks like I should get sampling before all the good ones disappear! September 28, 2015 at 10:27am Reply

        • Wendy: I adore Shanghai Lily! As the weather is cooling and I yearn for more “bass” in my scent now….Shanghai Lily is all I want to wear . September 28, 2015 at 10:56am Reply

        • Reg: Shanghai Lily is a must try and Fleur de Chine as well. These are two of the four Atelier d’Orient perfumes (the others being Plum Japonais and Rive d’Ambre) of which only one will be taken in the permanent line (the same happened with the White Musk collection of which only White Suede survived). Tom Ford doesn’t care for his fragrances, he will simply pick the one that sells best. The sales rep at the TF counter told me that it will definitely not be Fleur de Chine and most likely not Shanghai Lily either. So it might be time to stock a bottle or two.. September 30, 2015 at 7:07am Reply

      • Rosie Jeffery: Oh no!, this ones on my sample list, i really love violet in perfume. September 28, 2015 at 11:43am Reply

    • Julie: Hello Sandra, happy hunting with the TF. I have a very limited variety of the TF fragrances where I live, but I’ve fallen in love with this line. They are bold, but wonderfully so. I feel absolutely exquisite everytime I wear them. So far my favorites are the Mandorino Di Amalfi, Noir and Noir Extreme, Venetian Bergamot. I especially love Sahara Noir and Velvet Orchid. September 28, 2015 at 9:30am Reply

    • SophieC: A recent discovery which I love is Fleur de Chine a very beautiful and memorable rich floral but with something very vintage about it yet managing to feel utterly modern too. Café Rose also has something that keeps on drawing me back. I am new to the line but these two stand out so far, I am looking forward to exploring it more. September 28, 2015 at 10:40am Reply

    • Solanace: Thirding Shangai Lilly, such a beautiful perfume. September 28, 2015 at 7:06pm Reply

    • Renske: The Private Blends have a few gems in them, the ones I really like (and wish I could afford 😉 )

      – Tuscan Leather: very rich, decadent Leather. raspberry, saffron and thyme. Hmmm…

      – Noir de Noir: has the same decadent character, but is centred around dark roses. Lovely in cold weather.

      – Moss Breches: Unforgivably discontinued. Oakmossy loveliness, with a rather haunting quality I adore! Rumours are it’s coming back though.

      – The lilies are pretty great: on me Lys Fumee wears better than Shanghai Lily.

      – Fleur de Chine is indeed GORGEOUS!

      – Sahara Noir is a lovely incense, and not a Private Blend. Which it easily could have been. If you enjoy incense, it’s worth a try.

      – Black Orchid: I still haven’t fallen for this, but it’s a bit of a classic and definitely worth a sniff.

      – Tobacco Vanille: To me “the inside of a Laura Ashley Shop. Cloying vanilla, just buy Ambre Narguile!” To others: “The best of the Tom Ford Private Blends”. Up to you to decide! November 1, 2015 at 7:41am Reply

  • Rajni: Hi….I don’t have a signature scent, but if I have to proclaim my love, it will be for Shalimar. I prefer strong fragrances, as my skin just eats perfumes, and whatever I apply fades too soon. So much so that things like TF Black Orchid, Coco Mademoiselle, No 5 becomes just a skin scent in an hour or two, after 10-12 heavy sprays. Can you recommend any?
    PS: Please don’t suggest niche ones, as they are not easily available in India. September 28, 2015 at 7:37am Reply

    • Alexandra: Have you tried Estee Lauder Youth Dew? It is quite polarizing– you either love it or loathe it but I happen to think that it is great. September 28, 2015 at 8:13am Reply

      • kayliz: Seconding Estee Lauder — almost all of her scents have legendary staying power and projection:) September 28, 2015 at 8:31am Reply

        • Anne Sheffield: How about Clinique Aromatic Élixir! It s such a beautiful scent. I wish I could wear it, unfortunately my skin does not seam to tame it. I wish I could. September 28, 2015 at 12:37pm Reply

          • angeldiva: 2nd the Aromatica Elixir. And, it’s beautiful with L’Occitaine Verbena layered over it. September 28, 2015 at 3:07pm Reply

          • rosarita: That’s what came to my mind too, I’ve heard it lasts forever. Sadly, it hates me too although I love the scent on others. It would make a great candle. September 28, 2015 at 3:09pm Reply

      • angeldiva: I concur! I’m going to get a bottle of Youth Dew , and layer Prada Amber over it. September 28, 2015 at 3:06pm Reply

    • Sandra: How about Guerlain Vol de Nuit
      VCA First is nice too.
      Do you have By Killian near you-I know you said no Niche but he is very international.
      I love Cruel Intentions, and Dangerous Liasons-both have serious staying power September 28, 2015 at 8:52am Reply

      • Rosie Jeffery: Seconding Dangerous Liasons, has wonderful projection and staying power, gorgeous! September 28, 2015 at 9:32am Reply

        • Renske: Thirding Liasons Dangereuses: Nobody wants to smell like roses and coconut… At least, so I thought! Shame the whole Kilian-line is expensive. 🙁 November 1, 2015 at 7:45am Reply

    • Celeste Church: I don’t know if you like sweet perfumes, or how readily available this is in your country, but just in terms of staying power the only perfume that lasts well on me…And I mean 24 hours…is Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum. The tenacity of this beauty is astonishing. And like you, my skin absolutely devours perfumes. The only other perfume that comes close in longevity on my skin is vintage Dior Poison. Luckily for me, I adore both of these. I find vintage Poison on eBay at pretty reasonable prices. Good luck, I know how frustrating it is when perfume just evaporates on your skin. September 28, 2015 at 9:22am Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Celeste! September 28, 2015 at 3:09pm Reply

    • Anne Sheffield: How about Mitsouko be guerlain it Aromatic élixir by Clinique. They are 2 perfume i wish i could wear. They are absolutely beautiful but unfortunately my skin doesn t seam to tame them. September 28, 2015 at 9:28am Reply

    • Michaela: I find Kenzo Jungle exceptionally tenacious and easier to wear than many spicy orientals. I have no idea how it works in warm climate. I wear it on chilly days, cold rain or snow. It’s very polarizing.
      For a sweet take on Shalimar, you may try Lalique Le Parfum.
      Rochas Tocade is also very pretty and tenacious.
      Second VCA First, it’s elegant but easy to wear and it lasts very well. September 28, 2015 at 9:35am Reply

    • Aurora: I would suggest you give a try to the current YSL Opium it lasts and projects very well on my skin – but everyone’s skin is different for sure. There is also Angel, of course, legendary sillage but you probably know it already and Kenzo Jungle l’Elephant if it’s available in India. Also Femme by Rochas has great lasting power – but you might find it a tad old fashioned depending on your tastes. Good luck, will you report back when you find your ideal scent? September 28, 2015 at 9:43am Reply

      • Aurora: Hello Michaela! I hadn’t seen you already recommended Jungle l’Elephant, great minds… September 28, 2015 at 9:46am Reply

        • Michaela: Hello Aurora!
          Some coincidence 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 10:18am Reply

          • Rajni: Wow…thanks all for all your suggestions…will get to sampling real soon. I do have a few you recommended, like poison, opium, angel…and jungle l’elephant comes highly recommended, though sadly I haven’t seen any around here, though other offerings from kenzo are available. Also, for vol de nuit and mitsouko, i don’t see at any of the perfume counters in India, where guerlain itself is not that widely available. Will you recommend it for a blind buy online?
            And Aurora i will definitely report back once i find the ONE. September 28, 2015 at 11:35am Reply

            • angeldiva: OMG Try Knize Ten! Steve McQueen wore it! September 28, 2015 at 3:11pm Reply

    • Bea: I don’t know if Robert Piguet is available but their perfumes tend to be powerful. September 28, 2015 at 11:45am Reply

    • Mendokuse: You should try Bulgari Black and Bulgari Jasmin Noir (not Mon Jasmin Noir), which shouldn’t be too hard to find! September 28, 2015 at 10:47pm Reply

  • Alexandra: Does anyone have perfumes that you recommend I try at the store Liberty of London? When last there, I tried the Serge Lutens line for the first time and was surprised at how…overwhelming and overpowering I found many of the scents. I did fall for La Fille de Berlin– gorgeous! Are there any other Lutens or other perfumes that you recommend I try while at Liberty? I currently wear and love Narcisco Rodriguez For Her L’Eau. I’d like to try to more fall and winter-like scents. Thanks! September 28, 2015 at 8:12am Reply

    • Sandra: Daim Blond is nice for Fall weather and wears like a cashmere wrap. Notes are:
      Iris Pallida, apricot kernel, cardamom from Ceylon, musk, heliotrope, hawthorn
      If you like vanilla Un Bois Vanille. Notes
      Black vanilla absolute, licorice, sandalwood, coconut milk, beeswax, caramelized benzoin, bitter almond, Gaiac wood, tonka bean September 28, 2015 at 8:55am Reply

    • kayliz: Alexandra, sorry, my reply is lower down, under Vanie’s question. September 28, 2015 at 9:03am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Second Daim Blond and Un Bois Vanille. I love Lutens, and my fav. are Arabie, Ambre Sultan, Gris Clair.., Bornéo 1834. And Iris Silver Mist, maybe thy carry the black spray.
        But I have the impression that your taste could be different. For advice what to try at one knows better than George! Maybe he will chime in. September 28, 2015 at 9:43am Reply

        • Alexandra: Thanks, Cornelia! I’m intrigued by Iris Silver Mist, as I have often heard it recommended on this website. September 28, 2015 at 6:55pm Reply

          • Angela: Alexandra, if you like NR for her, I would suggest from the Frederic Malle line, Dans de bras; it has Hawthorne, but the dry down, IMO, is a skin scent like NR (I have the NR musc for her oil). if you like SL Fille de Berlin, if that is, as I recall a fruity rose, perhaps in the Malle line, POAL or Une Rose. Re SL, my SLs tend to be big and brash, but there is a skin scent, maybe it’s called Serge? I think the more oriental SLs are more powdery, and I don’t think Fille de berlin is. . . September 29, 2015 at 4:29pm Reply

            • Alexandra: Thanks, Angela! Will have to try Dans Tes Bras, as it keeps popping up in perfume articles. I have been curious about the Nascisco Rodriguez Musc For Her. If you have a minute, could you describe it? I think it has been discontinued, but samples still pop up on Ebay and I’m wondering if it is worth it. I love NR For Her L’eau, but the original NR For Her is fine, but not a personal favorite of mine. September 29, 2015 at 5:32pm Reply

              • Angela: Sorry didn’t see the NR for her Eau. . . Regular NR for her EdT or EdP is not one of my favorites. If I remember correctly from my sample, it was more peach rose. My impression of NR musc oil (I have the vintage new dead stock bottle) is a soft skin scent, a bit of rose and possibly some white flower, but the dry down is similar to SJP lovely or Egyptian musk. Musc oil for her is soft, almost no sillage, but that’s also because you dab it. Dans de bras the first time I tried it was too white musk. A year later, I tried again, and I thought it was warmer and I could detect the Hawthorne. It was less dense and less winter than Eau de hiver. But, I am not really good re notes; I am all about dry down which is probably skin chemistry dependent. hth September 29, 2015 at 5:59pm Reply

                • Angela: I did hear that you were overwhelmed by most of the serge Lutens line. I used to wear a lot of SL, but either grew tired of the oriental base of the ones I picked, or decided that I didn’t need FBs of them. Fumerie Turque, Chergui, MKK, tuberose crim and Fourreau noire and Encens et lavand become too powdery; boxeuses – nice leather iris but not me; Fille et anguilles – pine but kind of meh plus dark liquid made me nervous about applying while wearing white shirts; Jeau de Peux – too sweetened buttered popcorn; Une Bois sepia – too sharp men’s cologne; Bois et fruit – too sweet. I did like Bois de violet and de profundis, but I am not sure worth the price. . . jmo though. . . Dans de bras is not my favorite FM, but it is relatively quiet. September 29, 2015 at 6:08pm Reply

                  • Alexandra: Thanks, this is helpful. If you are able to find NR L’Eau For Her (Maybe the “L'” will make a difference in your search?), I do recommend it. It smells sophisticated and fall-like…perfect for a night out or a day when I want to feel a bit more glam. According to Sephora, these are the notes: Poet’s Jasmine, Cyclamen, Pink Peony, Rose and Lily of the Valley. September 29, 2015 at 6:36pm Reply

                    • Angela: Thank you! I will look for it! September 29, 2015 at 8:08pm

    • Rosie Jeffery: Hi Alexandra, I would recomend trying the Frederick Malle line at Liberty, although many of them are rather polarising, maybe you would like Musc Ravageur or Eau d’Hiver.
      Also at Liberty is Parfums de Rosine, who specialize in rose perfumes. September 28, 2015 at 9:42am Reply

      • Alexandra: Rosie, I will definitely check out the Frederick Malle line. Musc Ravageur is such an evocative name! September 28, 2015 at 6:56pm Reply

        • Rosie Jeffery: It is, isn’t it!, please let me know how you find it. September 29, 2015 at 12:25pm Reply

    • SophieC: Enjoy Liberty, they have so many interesting and different perfumes. Some you might be interested in trying are Le Labo and Byredo, which can be hard to find in the UK. Along with that they have a very good range of Annick Goutal and Divine perfumes – also completely second the suggestion of trying the Frederic Malle line – maybe also think about En Passant from that line, which is so different from so many Lutens. September 28, 2015 at 10:45am Reply

      • Alexandra: Thanks, SophieC. Curious to try En Passant and to see for myself how it differs from the other Lutens. September 28, 2015 at 6:57pm Reply

      • Wendyr: I second En Passant. It is lovely. September 28, 2015 at 8:54pm Reply

      • Renske: If they have Black Saffron by Byredo, sniff it! Gorgeous Saffron, Leather, Raspberry. Could be a girl’s Tuscan Leather.. To me it screams: Christmas Present!! 😉 November 1, 2015 at 7:48am Reply

    • George: Hi Alexandra

      There’s so much to try in Liberty, but I thought I’d knock you up a quick guide according to notes, because I don’t know what your interests are or what your experience of smelling perfume is. Caveats are- the ranges do change, so the perfumes listed are what I’ve seen recently there or what I generally know them to carry; there are ranges I don’t know that much about (example Annick Goutal, for which I would probably have listed more fragrances, esp under rose and white florals, if I knew the fragrances better); there are ranges I don’t know at all, so a range’s non-inclusion is no comment on my part; I don’t know what you have available to you where you are, so haven’t skewed recommendations so that I have given you perfumes you might not smell otherwise; all the perfumes I either love, like or find interesting; I’m obviously not suggesting you smell all these- these are just suggestions if there is one particular note you want to research; and finally, all the Malle range is worth smelling, and be can be recommended on some level, so it might just be worth visiting that and letting the advisor advise. Personally, on my next visit, I’m heading for Florabellio (Diptyque) and the rest of the Lutens gold collection if they have that in (they have the first from that range, which I have tried) Finally, if it were me dragging you as a friend in there and forcing stuff up your nose, it would be the six in capital letters.

      White Florals

      FRACAS (Robert Piguet), Carnal Flower (Malle) Gardenia Passion (Annick Goutal) Fleur D’oranger (Serge Lutens) Chasse Aux Papillons (L’artisan Parfumeur) A La Nuit (Serge Lutens) La Religieuse (Lutens) Jour D’hermes Gardenia (Hermes)


      PORTRAIT OF A LADY (Malle) Une Rose (Malle) Lipstick Rose (Malle) La Fille de Berlin (Serge Lutens) Sa Majeste La Rose (Serge Lutens) Rose Anonyme (Atelier Cologne)


      IRIS SILVER MIST (Serge Lutens) Iris 39 (Le Labo) Iris Poudre (Malle) Heure Exquise (Annick Goutal) L’Eau D’hiver (Malle) Iris Nazarena (Aedes de Venusta) Silver Iris (Atelier Cologne)

      Vetiver and Incense

      Vetiver Extraordinaire (Malle), Incense Series Commes Des Garcons- Avignon and Kyoto, Vetiver 46 (Le Labo), Jack (Richard E Grant) Vetiver (Annick Goutal) TIMBUKHTU (L’artisan Parfumeur) Copal Azur (Aedes de Venusta) L’Incendiare (serge Lutens- check the price before smelling)


      MUSC RAVAGEUR (Malle) 1996 Innez and Vinoodh (Byredo) Seven Veils (Byredo), Patchouli 48 (Le Labo) Absolue Pour le Soir (Maison Francis Kurdijian) Ambre Sultan (Serge Luten) Un Bois Vanille (Serge Lutens)


      Santal Majuscule (Serge Lutens) Tam Dao (Diptique) Dries Van Noten (Malle) Jeaux De Peau (Serge Lutens) Santal 33 (Le Labo)

      Cologne and Fougere variants

      EAU DE MAGNOLIA (Malle- this not really a cologne- more a floral chypre but it is very fresh), Geranium Pour Monsieur (Malle) Eau D’Hadrien (Annick Goutal) Angelique Sous La Pluie (Malle) Cologne Indelibile (Malle- p.s. I loathe this, but others seems to love it)
      Caron Pour Un Homme (Caron- not a cologne at all being mainly lavender and vanilla, but still a classic) September 28, 2015 at 1:00pm Reply

      • limegreen: George — I’m not going to Liberty but I really enjoyed your list of recommendations by note! September 28, 2015 at 2:01pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi George,
        Loooved the list! September 28, 2015 at 3:15pm Reply

      • Karen: Just got to say what a great guide (and not just for Liberty)!! September 28, 2015 at 4:36pm Reply

      • Alexandra: George, thank you! This is a wonderful list, and the ranges that you have chosen are not readily available to me so I will have some delightful sniffing in store. I really appreciate the time you took to compose the list. Will report back! September 28, 2015 at 6:54pm Reply

      • Rosie Jeffery: Fantastic list George!- visiting Liberty has just shot to the top of my ‘to do list’ when i’m next in London. September 29, 2015 at 1:53pm Reply

    • Aurora: Already lots of excellent recommendations I will add Comme des Garcons available at Liberty: the incense series Kyoto, Avignon… etc might be nice for fall and winter, providing you like incense in your perfumes. September 28, 2015 at 1:24pm Reply

      • Alexandra: I love (subtle) incense so I will certainly look out for the Comme des Garcons series. September 28, 2015 at 6:57pm Reply

    • Solanace: There are some beautiful lighter Lutens, such as Fleurs de Citronnier, Louve, Gris Clair and Clair de Muscle, but this brand’s overall aesthetics is more assertive. If your tastes lean softer, as it seems to be the case, I’d recommend Dyptique and Atelier Cologne. Both lines have a variety of wonderfully delicate offerings. September 28, 2015 at 7:19pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Solance,
        I, too, adore Citronnier. So, transportive- without smelling like lemon furniture polish. On my list for an FB! September 28, 2015 at 7:38pm Reply

    • anna: I think the Bois de Violette by SL is really lovely (reminds me of some violet flavoured sweets I used to eat when I was a little one) without being to overpowering. Not sure if Liberty carries Miller Harris but they have some less overpowering yet still niche/very interesting and autumn-cosy-vibes type fragrances that you might like? The shop I like to go to is literally down the road in fancy Mayfair if Liberty doesn’t stock them. There is also a Penhaligons that might be worth checking out nearby! 🙂 October 1, 2015 at 7:30am Reply

  • Vanie: I was wearing Cristalle EDP yesterday (from a brand new bottle bought using drugstore points! Ye!) and I was going out in the evening. I would have liked to find something to layer over Cristalle to make it a bit more evening appropriate (maybe a touch of incense? Or a soft leather?) but I couldn’t bring myself to experiment last minute. Do you have some suggestions? September 28, 2015 at 9:00am Reply

    • laurinha: Re: Layers for Cristalle

      For a soft leather, I could think of Cuir de Lancome: a very smooth and elegant take on the accord.

      For some incense, why not try L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer? It is a transparent incense and should mingle well with Cristalle.

      If you do try out some layers, do let us know which one(s) you thing worked best! September 28, 2015 at 9:22am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: I am thinking of Chamade (Guerlain) or Grand Amour (Goutal). Very elegant perfumes for the evening, both with lots of hyacinth, in harmony with the sharp freshness of Cristalle.
        Good luck (don’t br angry when it doesn’t work!) September 28, 2015 at 9:33am Reply

        • Vanie: Thanks! (I promise I won’t! 😉 ) September 29, 2015 at 8:47am Reply

      • rosarita: Passage d’Enfer is a great idea, I wear it layered over Hermes Un Jardin Sur le Nil. September 28, 2015 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Tara C: Have you thought about Le Labo? There’s Cuir which is a pure leather. Or maybe YSL Nobile leather?
      Incense wise perhaps Rundholz Parfums September 21.1966
      I also love Atelier Colognes Vanille Insensee for layering.
      Hope that helps. September 28, 2015 at 10:46am Reply

      • Vanie: Tanks for thé recommendations. I don’t know any of the ones mentioned except for Vanille Insensee, so that gives me new things to sample! September 29, 2015 at 8:47am Reply

  • kayliz: I love Fille de Berlin too. Purely on that tenuous basis, maybe you might like some other faves of mine from among the brands at Liberty’s:
    — SL: Feminite du Bois
    — SL: Tubereuse Criminelle
    — Lab. Olfattivo: Alambar
    — Terry de Gunzburg: Rose Infernale
    — Comme des Garcons: Daphne
    — Keiko Mecheri: Bois de Santal
    — Van Cleef & Arpels: Orchidee Vanille
    — VC & A: Gardenia Petale

    And then there are whole ranges meriting extensive testing, such as Divine, Les Parfums de Rosine, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and I’m sure others too… September 28, 2015 at 9:02am Reply

    • kayliz: Oops, sorry, put this in wrong place. September 28, 2015 at 9:04am Reply

    • Alexandra: Thank you so much! All of these scents are new to me, so it should make for some very happy smelling. 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 9:19am Reply

      • kayliz: Just realized you specifically said fall/winter — the ones I associate most with cold weather are Fem du Bois, Alambar and Kurkdjian’s Cologne pour le Soir (similar to the Absolue but without the cumin). September 28, 2015 at 2:31pm Reply

  • WJ: I just (blind) bought a bottle of L’Artisan Parfumeur – Premier Figuier Extrême and while I really like the beginning, it doesn’t last very long on me. Any recommendations of a stronger/longer lasting fig fragrance? Thank you. September 28, 2015 at 9:19am Reply

    • laurinha: It is strange: I feel that Premier Fiquier has better lasting power than its Extreme flanker, which seems rather counter-intuitive!

      I find Diptyque Philosykos to last quite well for an Eau de Toilette.

      Or for a richer take on the fig, I would recommend Angela Flanders’ Figue Noire: September 28, 2015 at 9:25am Reply

      • WJ: I bought the extreme, because I thought I might as well go all out… Will have to try and get a hold of a Figue Noire sample – Thank you for the recommendation. September 28, 2015 at 7:04pm Reply

    • Mary: Ninfeo Mio by Goutal lasts a long time on me. I love it! September 28, 2015 at 9:41am Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Mary,
        Love Ninfeo Mio! It smells like chilled perfume. Wonderful green notes. September 28, 2015 at 3:18pm Reply

      • WJ: Sound like the perfect fragrance for the coming summer. I will get a sample with my next order. Thank you. September 29, 2015 at 3:28am Reply

    • Tara C: Armani Prive Figuier Eden is amazing and long lasting.
      There’s also Byredo Pulp which is a really fresh juicy fig that lasts forever on my skin. September 28, 2015 at 10:51am Reply

    • rosarita: Imaginary Authors Yesterday Haze is a beautiful fig and lasts forever. They have a website and Parfum1 carries the line too, both carry samples. September 28, 2015 at 3:15pm Reply

    • limegreen: Diptyque Philosykos comes in the EDP that you might want to try. September 28, 2015 at 10:45pm Reply

      • limegreen: A favorite of mine is the Jo Malone Wild Fig and Cassis but it’s being discontinued though there are lots still on the shelves. I love it in the Bath Oil, super long lasting. September 28, 2015 at 10:47pm Reply

      • Renske: Yeah, I instantly thought Philosykos too 🙂

        Definitely worth a sniff, and a pretty good go-to fig! A friend if mine could drain a bottle each summer.. 😉 November 1, 2015 at 7:52am Reply

  • Victoria E: MY favorite this month are several so Wild Fox……I love………just fabulous and La Vie Est Belle…….also Carven and Si. Sorry I had to add all of these but they are each beautiful in their own way. I ask my boyfriend about samples I receive and he says he has noticed women not really wearing fragrance like they used to but he said you always have on something different. I love fragrance, it is an extension of who I am. Blessings to all. September 28, 2015 at 9:35am Reply

  • Heather H: I am going to Rome, Italy. I would like to buy a special Italian perfume. Any suggestions?
    Thanks! September 28, 2015 at 9:38am Reply

    • Victoria E: I don’t have any suggestions but how blessed you are to be going on holiday in Italy. I would so enjoy going. You will find many scents you adore I am confident. September 28, 2015 at 9:47am Reply

      • Lynley: Carthusia, Profumum, Profumi del Forte, Eau d’Italie all make fabulous fragrances! September 28, 2015 at 10:12am Reply

        • limegreen: Carthusia was impossible to find in Rome or Naples! They told me only Capri or the Naples airport. Very frustrating. September 29, 2015 at 11:42am Reply

          • Renske: Roma by Laura Biagiotti is as Italian as Soohia Lauren, sitting in the Trevi Fountain holding oranges!

            No need to buy that in Rome, but a if you stumble upon a decant it will surely help you get in the mood 😉 November 1, 2015 at 7:55am Reply

    • laurinha: Make sure to sample some fragrances by Maria Candida Gentile, for example here:

      So smitten was I with her Sideris that I made it my wedding perfume; quite the compliment from someone who owns hundred of fragrances!

      Buon viaggio ^_^ September 28, 2015 at 9:48am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Lucky you! I have a soft spot for Cavalli. Very Italian. Reminds me of Anna Magnani.
      And what about Etro? they have wonderful perfumes, like Shaal Nur (woody, incense), Palais Jamais, (sharp, green), Messe de Minuit (incense), Patchouly, Dianthus (soft carnation). September 28, 2015 at 9:58am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe one of the Acqua di Parma perfumes, like Iris Nobile, beautiful floral September 28, 2015 at 10:26am Reply

        • AndreaR: Second Iris Nobile. September 28, 2015 at 6:34pm Reply

          • Renske: I own a bottle of Iris Nobile. Very classy, and great performance.

            Their Leather is pretty wonderfull, be it very expensive. Very much along the lines of Tom Ford’s Tuscan Leather.

            It could also be a good place to sample their new Fragrance, the “Club” one in the green bottle. It doesn’t get a lot of love, and I haven’t tried it yet, but where I live the Acqua di Parma counter is pretty generous with samples, so if that’s customer policy all round, you can’t lose! November 1, 2015 at 7:59am Reply

    • MikasMinion: The first thing I thought of was The Party in Manhattan. It’s hard to find outside of Italy and has a bit of a cult following. I don’t know if it’s your kind of scent, but do try it if you stumble across it. I think it would easily qualify as a special Italian find. September 28, 2015 at 11:13am Reply

    • Abby: Profumi del Forte Roma Imperiale is in my top 10 of all time. It’s a soft vanillic oriental. Soft as a kitten September 28, 2015 at 11:43am Reply

    • limegreen: Hi Heather — I had a great perfume experience in Rome and I second the Acqua di Parma suggestion, there’s a AdP shop by the Spanish Steps and they couldn’t have been nicer. I came home with Fico di Amalfi and the Oud (Oud/Bergamot).
      Xerjoff is really expensive but worth smelling!

      You didn’t ask but there’s a great small Italian “chain” of niche perfume shops called Campomarzio 70 — the medium size one on Campomarzio 70 is not far from the Pantheon and I spent 2 hours smelling a lot of the niche lines there, they were really great. The larger one in the Spanish Steps area is like a gallery.
      I only found these shops because of this review:

      Have a great time! September 28, 2015 at 2:14pm Reply

    • Neva: Hi Heather, just recently I’ve tried the line called The Merchant of Venice and I like them very much. Another very nice Italian brand is Lorenzo Villoresi from Florence. I suppose they both have shops in Rome. Maybe you can google it on their homepages. Enjoy your trip! September 28, 2015 at 3:25pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Neva,
        Wow! I’ve been inquiring here for some time about Merchant Of Venice! You are the first person that I have read about to actually try it!
        Care to elaborate? Are the bottles as exquisite IRL, as they are in photos?

        :):):) September 28, 2015 at 7:42pm Reply

        • Neva: Sorry angeldiva, I don’t know why I haven’t seen your reply in my mailbox. I discovered it only now so I’m going to answer you 🙂
          No, the bottles are very pale colored and you can hardly see the lovely patterns. I’m talking only about the Murano line, because that’s the only part of the collection I have seen around here.
          Next thing I have noticed – they remind me strongly of some already famous perfumes…for example their Noble Potion is similar to Feminite du Bois (I don’t complain ;-), their Floral Fusion reminds me of the famous Narciso Rodrigues for her. For the other 4 perfumes I could not immediately tell but I suspect that they are close relatives of some other “bestsellers”. Maybe my judgement is unfair, but that’s what I got out of my quick first testing. The prices are very good – 100 ml at ca. EUR 120,- They don’t sell the 50 ml bottles here. October 5, 2015 at 9:42am Reply

          • angeldiva: Thank-you, Neva!
            I enjoyed your descriptions! Did you buy from the shop in Venice, or somewhere else?
            I really don’t know where to smell or buy this perfume house in the US.

            🙂 October 6, 2015 at 3:47am Reply

            • Neva: Hi angeldiva, no I have not bought anything so far. I have just tried them out here in the local Douglas perfumery. The Merchant of Venice have an e-shop but I didn’t notice that they offer samples. Another interesting thing – you can buy perfumer kits with various bases and ingredients to add and mix your own perfume 🙂 October 7, 2015 at 6:10am Reply

    • Heather H: Thanks so much! You guys are awesome! September 28, 2015 at 5:26pm Reply

    • Solanace: If you like amber, Omnia Profumo Ambra is beautiful and does not break the bank. September 28, 2015 at 7:26pm Reply

    • Nina Z: “Sideris” by Maria Candida Gentile is a beautiful, very sheer incense & rock rose fragrance with a high proportion of naturals. It’s very unusual and very lovely. That’s my very favorite Italian fragrance. I also love the discontinued Gucci L’Arte di Gucci, a dramatic dark rose (if you happen to discover any in a dusty old perfume shop). September 28, 2015 at 7:56pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Nina!
        I recently ordered a group of samples that I could probably categorize as, “Dusty Old Perfume Shop!”
        Really, it was just an study in smelling different classics.
        I thought you may appreciate Balmain- Le Dix. I have been curious about this scent, forever! I was just amazed that there was a full bottle give-away, here on BDJ.
        Well, the old girl didn’t disappoint ! Really Haute Couture in a bottle. This must be what a silk Balenciaga ball gown smells like! Just amazing art deco femininity.
        I don’t really have the social life at the moment to support the purchase of a scent like this, but, was gratified to finally smell it!
        The odd part is that long after I sprayed it – what was left smelled quite terrible!!! It may be the age of the bottle it was decanted from.
        Victoria could probably explain it to me! September 28, 2015 at 8:35pm Reply

    • limegreen: I enjoyed browsing two shops that had perfumes and other things made in abbeys and monasteries or at least with old recipes.
      Santa Maria Novella and Ai Monasteri, both on the same street near Piazza Navona. I got a sandalwood perfume at the latter, it’s my Rome perfume momento. It was a gem for 30 euros.
      I discovered that the niche shop SAs I interacted with didn’t have a high opinion of Italian lines, they were more French leaning so it was hard to get a recommendation of something Italian from them. Even the Acqua di Parma SA was more enamored with Tom Ford 🙂
      I got bulgari au the bleu at dutyfree, but maybe it won’t feel exclusive to you. September 29, 2015 at 11:38am Reply

      • limegreen: That’s “memento” of Rome, though it was a great moment , too. 🙂 September 29, 2015 at 12:25pm Reply

    • Angela: Perhaps something from Lorenzo villarossi or Santa Maria novella? Or etro. September 29, 2015 at 4:33pm Reply

  • Mer: I do have a request for a friend. She received a chunk of ambergris and is fascinated by its fragance, in an attractive/repulsive but always irresistible way.

    She’s not into overtly feminine fragrances but rather gravitates towards masculine. A cologne type could do. Something rich in ambergris. She also likes marine and aquatic scents which I suppose is only appropriate.

    I’m also considering finding some natural extract for her, I’m sure I’ve seen it in an online shop before.

    Many thanks! September 28, 2015 at 9:39am Reply

    • Michaela: What about Hermes Eau des Merveilles? It’s a brilliant mix of salt, marine feeling and elegance, it does not scream feminine nor masculine, and it lasts quite well in a rather low key. September 28, 2015 at 9:49am Reply

      • Sandra: Second Hermes! September 28, 2015 at 10:32am Reply

    • laurinha: How about Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambre Precieux? September 28, 2015 at 9:50am Reply

    • angeldiva: A chunk (it’s actually slimy) of raw ambergris could be worth a boatload of money. September 28, 2015 at 3:22pm Reply

    • Mendokuse: She should try Frédéric Malle French Lover (Bois d’Orage in the US) and Géranium Pour Monsieur. I find they work just as well for women as they do for men, particularly the latter. September 28, 2015 at 10:53pm Reply

    • Arianna: Consider also Eau claire des merveilles. September 29, 2015 at 11:03am Reply

    • Angela: I think creed used to be very proud of their ambergris in scents. Don’t know if they use amberlyn synthetic now? I love creed and read the men’s blogging on Basenotes and badger and blade for recommendations. I think basenotes recommended GIT; baie de Genievre; millesme imperial, acier aluminum and for a non creed, a middle eastern scent al rehab. . . October 1, 2015 at 1:47pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Angela!
        I am totally pro-Creed. Partly because Mick Jagger wore it when he courted Jerry Hall!
        I used to love Seringa. There is a scent now called Palm Springs, that I am dying to test. October 6, 2015 at 3:55am Reply

    • Mer: Thanks everyone for your suggestions, I’ll pass them on : ))) October 1, 2015 at 3:57pm Reply

  • Heather H: I will also be in Cannes. any beautiful, french perfume ideas?

    Thanks! September 28, 2015 at 9:39am Reply

    • Malmaison: Go straight to Taizo on the Rue d’Antibes (the main shopping street back from the Croisette) – an absolutely amazing perfume specialty store with more niche perfumes than you can smell in a lifetime! The assistants are also really helpful and know their stuff. Rather than single out a line I would just recommend having a look around the store, the website is if you would like to check before you go. Galeries Lafayette is worth looking at as well for their perfume range, and check out Monoprix for a huge range of amazing cheap French pharmacy brands (ground floor, the general supermarket upstairs if you want to stock up on food basics) Have a great trip! September 28, 2015 at 2:56pm Reply

  • Steph: Anyone know of any great ginger perfumes? September 28, 2015 at 9:42am Reply

    • laurinha: I like the candied ginger note in Serge Lutens Five O’ Clock Au Gingembre.

      Or for a lighter take, try Roger et Gallet’s Eau Fraiche. September 28, 2015 at 9:49am Reply

    • Lynley: Doir Homme Sport (ignore the sport, it’s not as terrible as the word conjures! Lol) has a nice fresh ginger note September 28, 2015 at 10:14am Reply

    • Mariann: Un jardin apres la mousson has a predominant ginger note to me. September 28, 2015 at 11:28am Reply

    • Abby: DSH (Dawn Spencer Hurwitz) makes a wonder Ginger. I think it’s called Gingembre September 28, 2015 at 11:42am Reply

    • kayliz: Seconding Five O’Clock Au Gingembre — goes over-masculine on me but I suspect that’s just me.
      Spritzy-fresh ginger: Donna by Acqua di Portofino. September 28, 2015 at 2:36pm Reply

    • Caroline: The cosmetics co Origins has a nice ginger scent called Ginger Essence. September 28, 2015 at 4:31pm Reply

    • Jessicarus: I really enjoy the ginger in Tilda Swinton’s Like This from Etat Libre d`Orange. September 28, 2015 at 10:28pm Reply

    • limegreen: Jo Malone classic Nutmeg and Ginger
      There’s a spicy ginger in the different company’s bergamotte used to be called divine bergamotte
      (One of Ellena’s early ones ) September 29, 2015 at 11:46am Reply

    • George: Seconding the spritzy gingery fun of the essences. Also try Kouros Body YSL, and Covent Garden by Richard E Grant, for ginger notes. I especially recommend the former. September 29, 2015 at 12:12pm Reply

  • Victoria E: I have to also add by Terry Bleu Paradis is so beautiful along with Dolce by Dolce and Gabana. I love love love ETRO Profumi……Jacquard, Rajasthan ETRO……..these are just simply delicious. Blessings to all. September 28, 2015 at 9:45am Reply

  • Tara C: Hi, Can anyone recommend a realistic freesia scent? I tried Antonia’s flowers edt which went horrible on me, like burning plastic! The edp was better but lacked the light airiness I was looking for.
    I’m thinking of something like En Passant but with freesia instead of violets.
    I’m not really a huge floral fan. I mainly lean to sandalwood and vanilla based scents but I really want something soft and delicate for the days that I don’t want to smell warm & woody.
    Please help. September 28, 2015 at 10:03am Reply

    • Tara C: Correction Lilacs not violets!! Apologies. September 28, 2015 at 10:04am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Me too, being a lover of the freesia, have actually the same question. I know that ”Ofresia” should be a freesia perfume, never smelled it though. This note is not so easy to find. I can smell some freesia in ”Murmure” (van Cleef & Arpels) and in ”Sun Moon Stars” (Lagerfeld).
        I once had MPG ”Freesia d’Or”, lovely, but not really a freesia imo. September 28, 2015 at 11:11am Reply

        • Tara C: I considered Ofresia but it sounded like too much of a concoction for what I was after. I don’t want spicy oriental just a pure light freesia.
          I recently got a sample of Amouage Reflection woman which has freesia in it but it’s lost amongst the huge bouquet of white flowers that accompanies it. Still a lovely scent though.
          Creeds Fleurissimo is heading more in the right direction but still too fussy for my liking.
          I’ve also just tried E Coudray Musc & Freesia but I hated it.
          Who would have thought that a single note scent would be so hard to find!
          Parfums Delrae Wit is closer to where I want to go. It’s not Freesia but it is very beautiful. Well worth a sample!
          I’ve also just blind bought Halloween Freesia which I fear will be too sickly & teenage for my liking but I’m willing to try anything. I’ll let you know if it’s any good. September 28, 2015 at 12:06pm Reply

          • limegreen: Tara — Ofresia isn’t spicy in the least, the pepper just makes it sort of green. On me it’s just a pretty freesia and long lasting. Are you near a dept store that carries Diptyque? They’re great about samples. September 28, 2015 at 2:18pm Reply

            • Tara C: To limegreen, Thanks for the advice. I’m near a Diptyque stockist but they don’t carry Ofresia. I have seen decants available online though.
              I think it’s worth a try as I love En Passant which was also created by Olivia Giacobetti. It’d stand to reason that I might like her version of freesia too.
              Off to go buy some now. Fingers crossed! ? September 28, 2015 at 2:50pm Reply

              • Malmaison: Good luck and if you find the perfect freesia do report back – I’m still looking! Ofresia is the closest I’ve found for sure, still not quite there for me but absolutely lovely. And I also love En Passant! September 28, 2015 at 3:01pm Reply

              • limegreen: You know, I never thought of it in the way you put it, but Ofresia is sort of a freesia version of En Passant. 🙂 Except there isn’t a quirky “wheat” note equivalent. Ofresia lasts a lot longer on me than En Passant!
                And while it isn’t the perfect freesia, it should fill your desire to have something light on those days. September 28, 2015 at 11:00pm Reply

        • Tara C: Ok so today I received a bottle of Bronnley Freesia. I really didn’t have high hopes for this but wanted to sample it anyway. It starts off very fruity and a bit sweet. Becomes more floral on dry down and on me there wasn’t any acrid smell. It’s subtle on the skin but lasts fairly well for such a light floral. All in all I can’t complain for £5!
          Then I went to Crabtree & Evelyn to try their Florentine Freesia I think it’s called. I’d have to say that this smelt pretty realistic to me. The scent comes and goes though. 5mins after application I could hardly smell in but later on I caught slight whifs which were very pleasant. 8hrs later I can still catch a slight hint on my skin if I put my nose in close. The sillage is pretty pathetic but this is the more of what I was going for. I figure that it might last a bit longer if sprayed on clothes and hair. The effect to my nose at least was light and ethereal, just like a freesia. So I think that’s going to be my next purchase. I’m still seeking the ultimate but for now at least this will satisfy my craving. ? September 30, 2015 at 5:28pm Reply

    • rickyrebarco: I tried Ofresia and absolutely hated it. The florals are are very strident and screechy. It smelled to my nose like nails on a blackboard sounds to my ears. Ugh! I recommend sampling first. September 28, 2015 at 2:59pm Reply

      • Tara C: Yikes! This is why I didn’t try before. I’ve only purchased 5ml so it’s not the end of the world if I don’t like it.
        Do you have suggestions for a realistic single note floral that might be better? It doesn’t have to be Freesia. I just want something light, not too sharp or too sweet. Something soft that you want to bury your nose into.
        Any advice will be much appreciated. September 28, 2015 at 3:51pm Reply

        • Cornelia Blimber: Maybe you could like Murmure by Van Cleef & Arpels. It is soft and airy, not sweet. And there is clearly some freesia in it.
          Or maybe
          Ivoire, the current one
          Chant d’Arômes, Guerlain
          FleurS de Rocaille (Not Fleur) Caron September 28, 2015 at 4:32pm Reply

          • Tara C: Thanks for the recommendations. I haven’t heard of either of them so I’ll go do some research and try to order some samples.
            Does anyone know of any sample swop sites? I have so many that are no go’s for me but I’m sure others could make use of them. I hate seeing anything go to waste. September 28, 2015 at 5:21pm Reply

          • Tara C: In response to your freesia hunt I would recommend that you try Antonia’s flowers in the EDP version. So far that’s the closest I’ve come to a true freesia scent that wasn’t overpowered by other flowers. I’m still considering buying a full bottle. Samples seem impossible to get hold of in the uk. Luckily it’s stocked in a shop not far from me.
            It’s def worth a try. So far that’s the one to beat for me. September 28, 2015 at 5:34pm Reply

            • kayliz: Re samples in UK: Roullier White will send reasonably priced samples, even of quite precious things:)
              Am thinking of ordering some Nasomatto samples from them but balking at 20-pound delivery charge to Germany. (I never seem to get my act together and have them sent in time to British people coming over here to visit.) September 29, 2015 at 9:54am Reply

              • Tara C: Hi Kayliz, I found a wonderful site called Parfuma based in Antwerp. They offer a free sample service of any three perfumes or skincare products as long as you cover the postage which is about £8 to uk. The samples are very generous!! 3 to 4ml if not more sometimes. Every now and then they have free postage offers on too. I couldn’t believe that they sent me Amouage, Robert Piquet and Byredo samples for absolutely nothing!! I can’t recommend them highly enough. Whenever I want to buy a full bottle I’ll make sure I get it from them as a means of saying thank you.
                Hope you love the site as much as I do. September 30, 2015 at 5:35pm Reply

                • Tara C: It’s crazy that people can no longer send perfume out of the U.K. Unless it’s through a company. Otherwise I’d have offered to have them sent to me and I’d send them on to you.
                  They should make a special dispensation for the perfume addicted! ? September 30, 2015 at 5:39pm Reply

                • kayliz: Oh wow, Tara, they sound wonderful! I

                  Im also /very/ happy with another NL niche perfume site: parfumaria.

                  They send multiples of 5 samples (of anything, including quite exclusive perfumes) for 15 euros incl postage, and give a discount voucher for future purchases. October 1, 2015 at 6:41pm Reply

    • Caroline: Crabtree & Evelyn carries a freesia scent by the name of Florentine Freesia Flower Water. Never tried it, their stores don’t seem to be in my area any longer. September 28, 2015 at 4:42pm Reply

      • Tara C: I nearly purchase a vintage c&e just called Freesia but the seller said she thought it was sickly sweet which put me off. I adore C&E vintage Mysore sandalwood though so I’m still curious.
        There’s a C&E store very close to me so I’ll go and investigate.
        Thanks for the recommendation! ? September 28, 2015 at 5:24pm Reply

      • Tara C: Thanks for the recommendation Carolyn. I tried it today and although it’s a very light scent it does actually smell of Freesia! Hurrah! I don’t mind that it’s a fleeting scent as this is really a perfume just for me to smell. A bit like a refreshing comfort blanket of flowers.
        A fb will definitely be purchased next week. September 30, 2015 at 5:42pm Reply

    • Jessicarus: Have you tried Chanel’s Beige? It isn’t purely freesia, but on me the freesia note was quite pronounced. I found it very pretty and easy to wear– neither warm nor woody to my nose. September 28, 2015 at 10:35pm Reply

      • Tara C: Scent samples has run out just now. ? I’m not near a les exclusives shop either. I’ll keep it on my list though.
        Thanks! ? September 30, 2015 at 5:45pm Reply

  • cassieflower: I know this is slightly off topic, (but there is still an element of recommendation). I’ve seen L’artisan Tea for Two at a very good price, but it would be a blind buy. It sounds as if it would be something I’d like, but the only other L’artisan I’ve tried is Ananas Fizz and it lasts mere minutes on me, probably ten, if I am to be generous. I’ve got that scent-eating skin. There isn’t a tester available to try so if anyone can chime in here I would be grateful. September 28, 2015 at 10:04am Reply

    • Lynley: Ananas Fizz doesnt last long on me either, but T42 does. That is only my experience though! September 28, 2015 at 10:15am Reply

      • cassieflower: Thank you. Will maybe consider it. . . September 28, 2015 at 11:20am Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Lynley,
        I have just had a similar experience with a sample of Chanel – Beige. Where was it? I really could barely get any notes.
        But, my curiosity is satisfied. 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

    • Solanace: Same for me, while Ananas Fizz died in a few minutes, Tea for Two is the kind of perfume that lasts and lasts. Delicious stuff in my opinion, warm yet not overwhelming, like black tea, and the spices are nicely blended. September 28, 2015 at 7:33pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Thanks, I don’t feel so bad… I mean it was my first real exposure to the Exclusives of Chanel, and , I swear it didn’t smell any more exclusive (or, elusive) than using the Jennifer Anniston tester at Kohls!!! LOL
        I really wonder about samples, sometimes… What happens if it’s a juice that needs much saturation? And, I only have a little vial? September 28, 2015 at 7:49pm Reply

        • Karen: Hey Angeldiva! I’ve come to view samples as more of a reference point for a fragrance. It gives me a pretty good idea if I will love it (or not), and also a hint of its longevity. And for some lines a sample can make you realize why their prices are so high (instant “feel” of high quality ingredients – Stephan Humbert 777) or simply satisfy my curiosity. September 29, 2015 at 5:42am Reply

          • limegreen: Hey angeldiva and Karen,
            Lol at the reaction to Beige! I had the same response and had to spray more from my sample. I do get more of an idea from spraying rather than dabbing. Unless it’s super concentrated or high quality ingredients as you say, Karen. I recently had this experience with puredistance Opardu, gorgeous white floral, and a little goes a long way sample will last a long time which is just as well. September 29, 2015 at 12:35pm Reply

            • Karen: Like my “large” sample of Ambre Sultan! The advantage of samples is even the empty bottle is alike a reference book at the library – information. September 29, 2015 at 2:35pm Reply

              • limegreen: I used to keep the empties for reference and they started to breed and multiply like rabbits! 🙂
                I decided I didn’t need to be a curator and tossed them. (Consistent with Kondo-ing my collection!) September 29, 2015 at 8:23pm Reply

                • Tara C: This may be really cheeky but I clean my empty sample vials with alcohol and carry one in my handbag. If I smell a scent I like and the sales assistant says she doesn’t have any samples I ask if I could have a few squirts in my little vial. No-one has said no yet. ? September 30, 2015 at 5:50pm Reply

                  • limegreen: 🙂 Not cheeky at all, very clever and resourceful! October 1, 2015 at 7:16am Reply

                    • angeldiva: Hi Everyone,
                      Loved your stories, and am learning about the pleasures, and pifalls of samples! October 1, 2015 at 8:30pm

    • Nina Z: I’d say Tea for Two is a stronger scent, and wouldn’t disappear quickly. But I wouldn’t blind buy it. It’s kind of smoky and spicy (like chai) rather than just a tea scent, so who knows if you’d like it. I’m just against blind buying in general, unless it’s an awesome deal on a vintage or discontinued fragrance that you could easily resell. September 28, 2015 at 7:59pm Reply

      • cassieflower: Thank you for that. I am going to consider it, and then leave it to fate. . . If it’s still in the shop next week then I just might give it a go. And if it’s gone, then it wasn’t meant to be. Though I need to branch out and get a little more spice in my life, as most of my perfume collection seems to be of the BWF variety, or floral orientals. September 29, 2015 at 4:49am Reply

        • Angela: IMO, T4T is almost boozy with a sweetened edge, and a bit too gourmand for me. Although it’s l’artesan, and by giacobetti, I found it had staying power on the skin. (For reference, my favorite l’artesan was the old Voleur de roses, which I think is not typical of l’artesan. . . September 29, 2015 at 4:39pm Reply

  • Lynley: Ok, I dont usually ask about because I do get to smell quite a few new things, but I am really into a ‘sweet green’ phase, and I’d like to know if there are some new or secret niche ones keeping under my radar.
    Ideally, I’d love something to smell like Lush Grass shower gel that’s discontinued. I love Eau d’Italie Jardin du Poete, have some herbals like Virgilio, some vetivers, some darker greens like Silences, galbanum based greens like no19, and odd green/floral combo’s like Mito VdE. But Id like to try some more compositions along the lines of Jardin du Poete, that arent heavy on one note like galbanum/iris/vetiver etc. any ideas? 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 10:22am Reply

    • Tara C: Hi, Have you tried Byredo’s La Tullipe? You can get 3 samples from a website called Parfuma if you pay for shipping.
      Illuminee by Parfums Delrae has a beautiful green grassy note too.
      On the warmer end of the spectrum I love the grass smell in Ormonde Woman.
      I’m not familiar with the perfumes you described so I’m just guessing with my recommendations. Good luck! September 28, 2015 at 10:32am Reply

      • Lynley: Hi Tara, thanks for your suggestions!
        Ive tried the Byredo but from memory that one is a bit harsh. I do have some Green, but its more soapy than sweet.
        Illuminee I’ll add to my list, as I do like most of the DelRaes Ive tried. OJ too I like, but how would I put it? Maybe balsamic rather than spring/summer- which I realise I didnt specify at all! September 28, 2015 at 11:14am Reply

        • Tara C: I know exactly what you mean. Finding the right balance can be so hard. Especially when you have a very clear idea of what it is you’re looking for.
          Out of curiosity have you tried the Infusions de Prada Vetiver? I’m not much of a Vetiver fan but this one is superb. The top notes are all fresh sweet lime. Not harsh or bitter. The dry down remains very fresh/green with no dryness usually associated with Vetiver. I think you might like it. September 28, 2015 at 12:13pm Reply

    • Sandra: Hmm.. This one is challenging. Have your tried the Jardin series from Hermes? Sounds like JCE would do up a perfume to fit your description. September 28, 2015 at 10:35am Reply

      • Lynley: Sandra, it is rather isnt it? So many types of green! 🙂
        Ummm, I have to confess I have all 5 of the Jardins.. lol.. and they all have their place. Now if only JCE had been given a brief to make sweet grass! 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 11:18am Reply

    • Wesley Hall Parker: Have you tried Chanel’s Bel Respiro? It’s very sweet and very green. It has a bit of that formal Chanel feel – kind of classicallly “perfumey” – but definitely a sweet green! September 28, 2015 at 12:15pm Reply

      • Sandra: Second Bel Respiro. Have you tried 28 La Pausa? September 28, 2015 at 1:16pm Reply

      • Lynley: I actually do like both of these- just not their longevity vs price scale results!! I might acquire a couple of bigger decants though so I can spritz more lavishly 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 9:46pm Reply

      • limegreen: The drydown of Bel Respiro is all Cristalle eau verte for me so I get my sweet green fix with this, longer lasting and half the price! September 29, 2015 at 11:51am Reply

    • Hamamelis: Hi Lynley, have you tried Puredistance’s Antonia? And just to be sure…AG Eau de Camille? September 28, 2015 at 12:37pm Reply

      • Lynley: Hamamelis, thanks. I havent tried Antonia, add to the list. I think the price has scared me off so far! And im not sure Ive tried that Goutal, so will give that a go too! September 28, 2015 at 9:49pm Reply

    • rosarita: Gres Cabotine is an oldie but goodie. Here in the US I see bottles and giftsets at TJ Maxx & Marshalls sometimes and it’s super cheap at online discounters. September 28, 2015 at 3:22pm Reply

      • Lynley: I cant remember trying this, so will add to my list. Thanks! 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 9:51pm Reply

        • Rosie Jeffery: Hi lynley, just thought i’d add my 2 pence worth- Givenchy 111, nice complex, very green and earthy old school chypre, i’ve only tried vintage, but Luca Turin really rates the reformulated one, and in the same vain, Estee Lauder Private collection, both good value for money too! September 29, 2015 at 3:12pm Reply

    • Neva: Hi Lynley, my favourite green scent (and it has a sweet note next to the herbal) is Wrappings by Clinique. If you haven’t tried it, I can really really recommend it! It’s my favourite scent in the whole world. September 28, 2015 at 3:30pm Reply

      • Lynley: Neva, ive heard so many good things about Wrappings, but it doesnt EVER appear in Australia, and I dont know where Id find it (exchange rates are pretty flinch-worthy atm 🙁 ) It is definitely on my to-try list! Glad to have another positive review 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 9:53pm Reply

        • WJ: Isn’t it just awful (the exchange rate). Shopping has just about died around here. I love Wrappings as well, but I only have an older bottle from when it first came out. Oh, and I am in Perth as well :-). September 29, 2015 at 3:38am Reply

        • Neva: The vintages are probably all gone, but they Clinique still does limited editions (25 ml perfume + body lotion) and I think it’s available at their homepage. The price for the set was usually around 50 EURO. I wish you luck with finding it! September 29, 2015 at 7:30am Reply

        • angeldiva: Hi Lynley!
          Wrappings is a cult classic, which makes me even prouder that I love it so much. The green note is Christmas Douglas Fir Tree green. I can only seem to enjoy this over the Holidays. This is also the only time that Estee Lauder sells it! Their website , and service are excellent! I would recommend the perfume + lotion set. It’s not expensive, and layering it is sublime.
          You should be able to buy it on the website very soon.
          If you want to take the chance of bypassing US postal rules- you can send your mailing address to me via Victoria.
          I will be happy to send you a small sample decanted from my FB. I read about a seller on ebay who simply tells the post office that they are sending, “Cosmetic Samples…” I don’t think I can see the harm in one small sample.
          After all, we are in the BDJ family, and a sample of Wrappings is like finding a Unicorn! LOL October 6, 2015 at 4:13am Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Lynley,
      Oh! I really had the same yen, about 2 RMAP cycles, ago.
      The obvious for me:

      Balmain- Vent Vert

      * I also have FB’s of Silences and Y, but, they don’t satisfy me so much.

      Some not so obvious choices:
      Annick Goutal- Ninfeo Mio
      Kate Moss- Spring Meadows
      24 Faubourg

      Since becoming a layering queen, I recently layered two samples:
      Estee Lauder – Private Collection with
      Estee Lauder – Modern Muse over it
      I smelled like I just walked out of the Luckyscent Bar in Beverly Hills. Great smell!
      I also, bought an FB of Demeter- Grass.
      A desperate attempt to recapture the nostalgia of Jovan -Grass Oil. But, unfortunately, it didn’t smell good at all…

      Good Luck! September 28, 2015 at 3:44pm Reply

      • Lynley: Angeldiva, thanks for the recs!
        Love Ninfeo Mio!
        I was given an old bottle of Vent Vert, the ‘good’ old reform i think, but I also think it’s a bit off, so Ill have to see if i can find a good, cheap version to try.
        24 FB and I are not friends, but the Spring Meadows sounds promising by name alone! I will add to my list. Demeter Grass sounds like it should be nice in theory? 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 9:58pm Reply

        • Tomate Farcie: my response to you is in wrong place so look below September 28, 2015 at 11:03pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: Hi! I’m a perfume newbie but I have tried Decou-Vert by Laboratorio Olfattivo; it is a sweet green floral and I REALLY like it. Top notes are lily-of-the-valley and green leaves; middle notes are magnolia, lilac and jasmine; base notes are water notes, musk and oakmoss. And to pick up on another thread here, I think it is available at Liberty of London. September 28, 2015 at 10:18pm Reply

      • Lynley: That sounds really nice- thanks for the suggestion! Im in Aus, so will have to find another way to try it, but will definitely add it to my list! September 29, 2015 at 8:37am Reply

    • Mendokuse: Prada Infusion d’Iris. September 28, 2015 at 10:55pm Reply

    • Mendokuse: And for grass, try Guerlain Herba Fresca. September 28, 2015 at 10:56pm Reply

      • angeldiva: I have Herba Fresca. I ADORE Herba Fresca. But, until your post- I had no idea that it had a grass note! Thank-you, Mendokuse!

        🙂 October 3, 2015 at 7:23pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: I love Jardin du Poete!! maybe Parfums de Nicolai Le Temps d’une Fete or Chamade, but maybe greener than you want September 28, 2015 at 11:00pm Reply

    • Sílvia: On the “sweet green” front, I find Bel Respiro by Chanel to be a very nice, up lifting fragrance. Less sweet but definitely green, there is Eau de Campagne, by Sisley, which is also very good 🙂 September 29, 2015 at 3:13am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: thought of Olfactive Studio Panorama, getting great reviews September 29, 2015 at 2:07pm Reply

    • Annikky: Lynley, not very sweet but something you maybe haven’t tried: Soft Lawn by Imaginary Authors. And Olfactive Studio Panorama has a similar vibe to Grass, I think. It’s in any case worth trying, if you haven’t. September 29, 2015 at 3:30pm Reply

    • Angela: I have not tried lush, but have you tried Andy Tauers green scents, e.g., penta verdant or carillon de la ange. They are bright green, with a bit of sweet, and not galbanum (not like historic chypre) September 29, 2015 at 4:42pm Reply

    • Katherine: Hi Lynley,
      You have lots of recommendations – but I’ll throw mine into the ring as well. I’ll second Angela’s recommendation for Andy Tauer’s “Carillon pour un Ange” – very green and floral (big sillage and great longevity on me). I’ll second Silvia’s suggestion of “Eau de Campagne” by Sisley. Lastly – there’s CB I Hate Perfume “Memory of Kindness.” A great name for a unique and beautiful perfume that’s dominated by tomato leaf – but sweet/floral? at the same time. Suzanne did a piece on tomato leaf scents – something you may enjoy. On my skin the Campagne and Memory of Kindness don’t show up with any sillage to speak of, and both, especially the Campagne dissipate quickly. October 3, 2015 at 11:28pm Reply

      • Katherine: I should mention that my skin is a “sink” for fragrance and only a handful of scents last long on me. So the Campagne and Memory of Kindness could work for others! October 3, 2015 at 11:31pm Reply

  • Abby: I have a few questions and would love the expertise of others!
    1. Is there anything similar to SL Santal Blanc. Now that it’s a non-expert I won’t be getting it in a bell jar (like to spray) I already have Diptyque Tam Dao and 10 Corso Como but Santal Blanc was special and I can’t find anything like it
    2. YSL Nu (edp) is the reform in the white squatty bottle as good as it used to be?
    3. I’ve heard Fendi Theorema is still available in Italy – true or myth? September 28, 2015 at 11:04am Reply

    • Lynley: Not sure on 1&3, but re:Nu. No. Im not sure if you smelled the original in both edt and edp? The edt (tall blue bottle) smelled like Nu but was lighter, fresher, and lacked that incensy richness of the edp (in the hockey puck disk) that made it so special. The new one is totally de-fanged. It is recognisable as Nu, and if you had never tried the original it’s nice, but it is not the same at all. It lacks depth and richness. Ditto their remake of Yvresse. September 28, 2015 at 11:24am Reply

      • Abby: Lynley: Thanks so much. Now I won’t bother. I loved the richness of the original Nu edp, and if it’s been defanged I wouldn’t like it. Thank you! September 28, 2015 at 11:40am Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Lynley,
        I wanted to add my observation that all this searching and recommending reinforces my theory that there is indeed, a hole in the perfume market for the type of sweet, green, tree , mountain scent that you and I are hunting for.

        I wore it as a child. It was called, “Mountain Greenery,” by Yardley. But, alas, it is long gone with the wind… October 6, 2015 at 4:21am Reply

    • Tara C: I saw a full bottle of santal blanc on eBay last week. It may still be available?? September 28, 2015 at 12:23pm Reply

      • Tara C: Item no 321870666313
        🙂 September 28, 2015 at 12:25pm Reply

        • Abby: enabler! Thanks! September 28, 2015 at 2:25pm Reply

    • Nina Z: If you love Santal Blanc, get the bell jar and decant some into a spray bottle. Then spritz away! (I don’t really see how to find a fragrance that’s just like Santal Blanc but is in a different type of bottle.)

      But have you tried Chanel Bois des Iles? That’s my beautiful sandalwood (especially the vintage, though the modern is lovely, too)l September 28, 2015 at 8:05pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: don’t know about Therema in Italy but there’s quite a few on eBay, also just bought Cavalli’s Oro for $12 and it’s pretty darn close September 28, 2015 at 11:13pm Reply

  • Nancy A.: I would recommend Kilian’s newest: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi. White flowers, notes of vanilla, sandalwood left a lasting impression on me on first sniff. Consequently, there was barely a drop left in the tester bottle and they could not provide a sample (ugh). But when you mention price points — this presents a problem when the EDT goes for $280.00 a bottle! That said, is there any reliable sites to purchase samples or slightly used bottles ? September 28, 2015 at 11:15am Reply

    • Abby: Hi Nancy,
      Are you recommending the Kilian as a replacement for SL Santal Blanc? Just checking to be sure. THANKS! September 28, 2015 at 11:39am Reply

    • Sandra: Aedes usually have samples of By Killian but you have to pay for a bundle September 28, 2015 at 1:21pm Reply

  • Dominique: I recently tried and adore eau de merveilles edt but find that it does not last more than a couple of hours on my skin even when I layer it with the lait underneath. Any ideas on how to make it last longer or amplify the ambergris note that I love so much? September 28, 2015 at 11:31am Reply

    • Abby: Get Parfum des Merveilles and wear them together! September 28, 2015 at 11:41am Reply

      • Dominique: Good idea Abby thank you. Will try September 29, 2015 at 3:55am Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: I wonder if you applied Madini ambergris perfume oil first, might help September 28, 2015 at 11:06pm Reply

      • Dominique: I would love to try the idea of applying an oil first. I have never heard of the ambergris oil. Where do you get it from? September 29, 2015 at 4:01am Reply

        • Tomate Farcie: The brand is Madini, look at their website, September 29, 2015 at 12:48pm Reply

    • Arianna: Try to mix it with Erbario Toscano Dust of Siena ! September 29, 2015 at 11:05am Reply

  • Nicole – paleandfreckled: I have been wondering about what note I’m picking up in a fragrance lately, and what to look for in other fragrances for something similar. It’s Taylor Swift Wonderstruck (no judgment, right :)). I get a little fruity sweetness at first but really the only thing that sticks with me and lingers all day (sometimes longer in my hair) is the smell of an old fire in the woods. Any ideas what it is that I’m smelling? I bought a full size because I like it so much, but would like to find something with a little more to it than just the smoke. 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 11:38am Reply

    • DaveStPaul: No judgment at all! You’re amongst friends here. Or, at least, similarly odd fragrance people who you can count on for empathy. =:o)

      I think what you’re smelling is the green tea. Next time you’re out, try sniffing the most famous (and I think the first) green tea fragrance: Bulgari’s EAU PARFUMEE AU THE VERT. Or if there’s a L’Occitane store, try their THE VERT & BIGARADE. Good luck. September 29, 2015 at 1:31pm Reply

  • Nancy A.: Hi Abby,

    No, not familiar with Santal Blanc. That’s going to create further research on my part. So many fragrances do not impress me of late but Kilians had me at first sniff. September 28, 2015 at 11:48am Reply

  • Wesley Hall Parker: Hi all! September is always the hardest month for me, perfume-wise, because of the climate in Louisiana. I would love a recommendation for this weather! Summer has ended but fall has not yet begun. It is still very hot and there is a drought. All the plants are wilted and longing for rain, the ground is parched. And though it seems like it should be cooling off, most days it still reaches 90 degrees F.

    So there is this tension in the air, a longing for coolness and rain. A desperation – summer has ended but the sweet release of fall has not yet come.

    What kind of perfume do you wear for relief from that? 🙂 It’s too soon for the rich autumnal scents, and the lush happy summer fruity-florals no longer seem appropriate.

    ONE scent that has always worked for me this time of year is Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan. The tea olives (Osmanthus) are in bloom here, right now, and smell wonderful. But it is so fleeting on me!

    Any other ideas? September 28, 2015 at 12:24pm Reply

    • Tara C: Have you tried Nu_Be 1H? It’s like a burst of refreshment that dries down to a soft vanilla.
      It reminds me of a Gin & tonic. Sparkling and refreshing. Immediately uplifting but not sharp at all. A wonderful transitional fragrance for fall. September 28, 2015 at 12:29pm Reply

    • Hamamelis: Hi Wesley, it may be too much in the same vein, but have you tried Ormonde Jayne’s Osmanthus? It is very “OJ” like, so you need to be oke with that, but I wore it the other day after some time and was struck by its loveliness. And…it also comes in gorgeous bath oil! September 28, 2015 at 12:42pm Reply

    • Karen: Only because it’s my latest perfume crush, and although it’s not in the 90’s, it’s too warm for real fall weather yet summer is Done (with a capital D), but recently I bought Coromandel by Chanel – it’s patchouli, but since it’s Chanel it’s oh-so-elegant. Hits the longing for autumn with the patchouli, but doesn’t overwhelm. September 28, 2015 at 1:44pm Reply

      • Claire: Interesting, I remember trying Coromandal and Sycamore when they were launched and finding them too dry and woody for my liking. But tastes evolve, and yesterday I found the vial of Sycamore and reconsidered. Indeed I really do love so many Chanel’s. They are elegant and rarely overdone. I went to sleep smelling Sycamore and decided to give it and Coromandel another try. Both seem particularly good for early Autumn. September 28, 2015 at 7:35pm Reply

        • Karen: It’s funny because pure patchouli oil makes me a bit queasy, so I was surprised at how much I loved Coromandel. The SA at Saks gave me a beautiful miniature sample (looks just like a regular bottle), and it just hit all the right notes. And you’re right, Sycomore is also perfect for autumn. I really had not been drawn to any Chanels, beyond #5 parfum, but that may have been because of not trying the right ones for me – 31 Rue Cambon is another that smells beautiful. September 29, 2015 at 5:58am Reply

        • Theresa: I have FBs of both Sycomore and Coromandel, and love them to pieces! I think Sycomore is good at any time of the year, with the crisp vetiver note. These are amongst my favorite of all fragrances – excellent tenacity and very distinctive. I would recommend them both highly! I have been severely tempted by Bel Respiro and La Pausa – but these just don’t last very long and it is hard to justify the expense. September 29, 2015 at 3:19pm Reply

    • Malmaison: Eau des Merveilles or perhaps Elixir des Merveilles? Clear and with a certain freshness, yet salty and orange like a Mediterranean breeze lifting the oppressive heat. I do find the Merveilles to be my all-purpose perfumes so am constantly recommending them! September 28, 2015 at 3:06pm Reply

    • Sandra: Terrcotta September 28, 2015 at 5:46pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Sandra!
        I would love, love, love to hear what your experience with Terracotta is!
        I got a sample, and maybe my skin threw this popular perfume in a strange direction. Or, I got many off samples!
        It was just a faint, watery, raisin-like smell on me. I just don’t think it smelled like anyone’s description of it. Because people really love it, and search it out . Like I searched for Bronze Goddess. My Summer Hit! September 28, 2015 at 8:44pm Reply

    • Claire: I would love to know that as well. I adore freesia, but generally dislike freesia notes in perfumes. I didn’t have a negative reaction to Antonia’s Flowers freesia, but it wasn’t freesia to me. Same with English eau de toilettes like Yardley. My experience of freesia in perfumes is that it is often composed with an aquatic/cool aspect which is not at all what the fresh flower is to my nose, and one I don’t care for, but it would be wonderful to know there might be some out there. September 28, 2015 at 5:48pm Reply

      • Claire: Sorry, this was meant for the freesia thread (Tara C.) September 28, 2015 at 8:08pm Reply

    • Claire: How about Bottega Veneta, Burburry Brit Rhythm for Her or Penhaligon’s Lily and Spice (if it can be found). The latter is a lighter lily plus spice fragrance. it doesn’t feel heavy, but has staying power just the same. Maybe Cartier’s La Panthere, or Marni/Marni Rose. The Marni is spicy crisp, and I like it in Spring and Fall. September 28, 2015 at 6:06pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Apres L’Ondee is a beautiful cooling scent. I love wearing it in hot dry weather. It has a reputation for being wistful or something, but I just find it intriguing, refreshing and even a bit uplifting. I wore the heck out of it this summer. September 28, 2015 at 8:08pm Reply

    • Claire: Maybe L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Oeillet Sauvage. Another spicy lily, but also more of a veil, not a lush heavy floral. September 28, 2015 at 8:34pm Reply

    • Lynley: That sounds like Perth in February/march, when everything is dry and shrivelled, it’s still humid and everyone just wants rain!
      What I wear: vetivers. Lots of vetivers- Guerlain, Sel de Vetiver, Encre Noire, Nasomatto Absinth, MJ Bang.
      Hermes Jardins- at this time of year when there is no freshness left in the air I can only really handle Apres la Mousson and Sur le Nil. I also wear Terre and Voyage.
      Sultry white florals. If you cant beat it, join it. Manoumalia, Olene, Lush Lust. At night though usually.
      I enjoy citrus early on in summer but I find by this time they can be a bit cloying, but if that’s not an issue for you, citrussy florals may do the trick too 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 9:42pm Reply

    • limegreen: How about Malle Eau de Magnolia? It’s surprisingly lovely in the weather you’re describing, and longer lasting than a summer cologne. It’s refreshing and yet has a woodsy drydown. Really wonderful. September 29, 2015 at 12:37am Reply

      • Katherine: I’ll second, third and fourth Limegreen’s suggestion! Love love this scent! Another candidate is “Florabotanica” by Balenciaga – it’s a floral with woodiness and other perfume/soap elements mixed in. Paris by Balenciaga is delicious as well – violet leaf has a leading role – very elegant. Lastly – I’ll second all the commenters who suggested Sycomore (Chanel Exclusifs) – I think this vetiver would work anytime of year! Frederic Malle also has a wonderful vetiver that would work anytime of year as well. October 3, 2015 at 11:55pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: in the same boat in SoCal…I love anything vetiver, Eau d’Hiver and orange blossom, not too original I know. I also like musk..Annick Goutal Musc Nomade or Musc Ravageur September 29, 2015 at 1:19am Reply

    • limegreen: You didn’t mention a price range but your tea olive comment got me thinking about how nice Memo Inle and Amouage Journey Woman would be in the in between kind of weather. Both are beautiful osmanthus perfumes. I love osmanthe yunnan, too. I am lucky that it’s not as fleeting on me. September 29, 2015 at 12:42pm Reply

    • Angela: Iris silver mist, vintage Chanel 19 EdT, Chanel Cristalle, or pour Monsieur (not concentree) or vintage vent vert for a sense of coolness;

      For green tea refreshment, Bulgari au the vert

      L’artesan fou de absinthe, Timbuktu

      Bois Portugal (creed) and 4711. October 1, 2015 at 2:03pm Reply

  • Brock: I would love, love, love to get your take on Caron’s Yatagan as I am always interested in your take on polarizing fragrances.

    As for newer scents, have you tried the Narcisco perfume in the white cube bottle? Would love to get your thoughts on that one, too. Thanks. September 28, 2015 at 12:42pm 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 also affordable.

    Any ideas would be welcome. September 28, 2015 at 1:43pm Reply

    • rickyrebarco: Amandiere by James Heeley? It’s a very “real smelling” floral. It’s a good one to test for sure. It has almond, apricot blossom, heliotrope and maybe a fruit? Can’ recall exactly. But it smells like I thought that scene from the book would smell! September 28, 2015 at 3:03pm Reply

      • Domestic Goblin: Thank you for the suggestion, I will see if I can purchase a sample size… September 30, 2015 at 2:11am Reply

  • Judy: I have a hard time getting a true test from a small tester vial, so I’d love to hear opinions about which of these Vero Profumo ones to buy. I already have and really like Rozy Voile D’Extrait. Now I want to try either Onda or Rubj. Who likes what? Also, please add whether you like the EDP, Extrait, or Voile D’Extrait. My usual favorites have tobacco, vanilla, amber, and/or leather notes. THANKS so very much. September 28, 2015 at 1:57pm Reply

    • kayliz: Hi Judy,
      As someone who has & loves Rozy Voile d’Extrait too…
      If you like cumin, I’d definitely go for Rubj EdP. I can’t stand cumin and have the Voile d’Extrait, but it does have a sweet berry thing going on that is wonderfully offset by the cumin in the EdP… if only I could cope with the cumin.
      Onda — similar thing here except more so. I found the EdP unpleasantly dirty-animalic. Even the Voile d’Extrait is not for the fainthearted imho. I find it tarry and (no laughing please) don’t wear it in public.
      Are you in Europe? Would a 5ml decant of Rubj Vd’E be any help? September 28, 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

      • kayliz: – and I don’t wear it in public –

        P.S. Tobacco, leather, amber: sounding more like Onda might be the thing. Can’t help out there, only have a bit of the extrait. Rubj offer still stands:) September 28, 2015 at 2:57pm Reply

      • Judy: I’m in South Carolina in the U.S., but thanks so much for the offer. I wonder if Onda is anything like Bandit…which I like, but am hesitant to wear in public. September 28, 2015 at 3:17pm Reply

        • kayliz: I don’t think it smells like Bandit (which is more classic-perfumey, I think). But I’m glad I’m not alone in keeping some things for home!
          Pity about the Atlantic. September 28, 2015 at 7:01pm Reply

    • Snowyowl: I have all the vero profumos and wear them as a shield almost, a drop so special, it fills my day with joy.

      Almost like choosing which child you like best, impossible to say btwn onda or rubj. I also have the rozy that you have and absolutely love it.

      so, rubj I tend to wear on days I feel sexy, flirty, excited, am wearing a dress, or if it is sunny I out. I have the extrait and consider it an investment, as all her work is for me.

      Onda, is probably more of a soul scent for me, based on your preferences you might like it more than rubj. I have it in both extrait and in edp. I have been using it more over the past month, it feels pure, right, deep and very serene, contemplative for me. I’m saddened to hear people wouldn’t wear this masterpiece in public, it is so incredibly lovely.

      So, depends on you, your mood, the season. I love both for different reasons. Luckyscent has samples, they are great. September 28, 2015 at 11:13pm Reply

      • Judy: Thanks, Snowyowl. I do have the testers from Luckyscent, but never get what I believe to be a true test. I think I’ll try Onda again. Do you like the extrait or EDP better? Have you smelled the Voile? With so much money at stake, I want to choose wisely. Or I might just go with Tom Ford in either Tobacco Vanille or Tuscan Leather, loving both as I do. But I’ve heard so much about Rubj and Onda being ever so different and incredible, I thought I’d get opinions. The reason I hesitate to wear Bandit in public is because it smells exactly like what it is supposed to smell like on me with only a little variation! September 29, 2015 at 3:09pm Reply

        • Snowyowl: I have been looking back at this. It is just my opinion, but I have a love affair w vero’s work. I own the full bottles of onda extrait and edp, have sampled the voile. My favorite is the extrait, but I got the edp as it was lighter and nicer throughout the summer, I became addicted to it.
          The voile is steadier, drier, more leather.
          The edp has the brightness of the passion fruit,, if you favor sweeter formulas, it might be better for you.
          The extrait just feels so regal and personal, like why mess with anything else? For me.

          Cheers and good luck! I would love to see what you find works for you. September 30, 2015 at 12:13pm Reply

  • Claire: Looking for some additional iris fragrances. I love and wear both the Hermes and Prada versions. I’m just longing for something a little…unexpected. I love leather, pepper, tobacco – would be up for any combinations or suggestions. September 28, 2015 at 2:10pm Reply

    • Danaki: A nice iris and leather is Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre, which I love. September 28, 2015 at 2:39pm Reply

      • Tomate Farcie: I love this too! Kelly & Jones have a wonderful perfume called Notes of Cabernet…pink peppercorn, cherry, tobacco, leather and it’s US$50 September 28, 2015 at 11:20pm Reply

        • Tomate Farcie: Sorry I didn’t see iris…Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris, Van Clerf & Arpels Bois d’Iris, Annick Goutal Heure Exquise, Parfums DelRae Mythique September 29, 2015 at 12:46am Reply

    • rickyrebarco: Iris, now we’re talking! My favorites are Heeley’s Iris de Nuit, a very unisex iris and violet. Then there is iris with ylang in Monegal’s Impossible Iris. It’s an unexpected and beautiful scent. Also you may want to try Viktoria Minya’s Hedonist Iris, a real beauty! Iris, sweetness, musk and chocolate. Sounds strange but it’s really lovely and different. September 28, 2015 at 3:06pm Reply

      • limegreen: rickyrebarco — I’ve recently sampled all of these that you mentioned! 🙂
        There’s a new iris coming out — Naomi Goodsir Iris Cendre that I’m very curious about, have you tried it?

        Claire — Have you tried Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena? Iris and incense, but sort of hard to pinpoint as “just” an iris and incense perfume.
        (You didn’t mention a price range.) September 28, 2015 at 11:33pm Reply

      • limegreen: I’ve recently become attached to Le Labo Iris 39, can’t stop smelling my wrists! September 28, 2015 at 11:55pm Reply

    • angeldiva: I guess I’m a cheap date, but, I love my Yardley -Iris.
      Layers over L’Heure Bleue, and smells like Apres Londee!

      I swear! September 28, 2015 at 3:54pm Reply

      • Claire: Hi angeladiva,
        I want to thank you for turning me on to L’Heure Bleue. Your sample, which disappeared quickly, lead me to the a purchase of a larger decant. ( I only wish I had experienced the vintage!) And thanks again for Ma Griffe. I love it, so different than I had expected, and it definitely reminds me of my mother. All your samples made me look at “green” fragrances in a new way, and open me to new discoveries.:) September 28, 2015 at 5:56pm Reply

        • angeldiva: WoW! Claire!
          That makes me so happy! Pick up bottle of Yardley Iris on
          Layering it is AMAZING! I read your thank-you letter everyday for a two weeks!

          *This has helped me to take my mind off the two dental surgeries I’m having tomorrow , and Wednesday.

          Sometimes, there isn’t a bottle of perfume big enough!!! LOL September 28, 2015 at 8:02pm Reply

          • Claire: Do you like Crabtree & Evelyn Iris? I have an almost FB, and I think it has been discontinued. Dental work is the worst. Not during…after. Be well,and surround yourself with good scents! September 28, 2015 at 8:12pm Reply

            • angeldiva: 🙂 I haven’t tried that Iris, but would experiment! September 28, 2015 at 8:21pm Reply

          • Karen: Take care with your dental surgeries! Give yourself lots of recovery time. September 29, 2015 at 6:06am Reply

            • angeldiva: Hi Doll,
              Well, thank-you! I’m recovering. It was much more time consuming than anyone thought. All this from eating a shish kabob with a small bone in it.
              So, I suffered an an acute tooth fracture. But, I so grateful that I found the right dental professionals. But, now I don’t know what perfume to wear! October 1, 2015 at 8:36pm Reply

              • Karen: Eek! Well glad you are on the mend! I, too, had a dental emergency two weeks ago so can sympathize (and empathize)! We are finally getting rain here – thanks to the hurricane – which has washed away much of the pollens from all the grasses, a huge help for allergies. And, it’s cooler, so sweaters can be worn with sweater-weather perfumes! October 2, 2015 at 5:36am Reply

                • angeldiva: Hi Karen,
                  Oh, my goodness, get well soon! Tooth pain is a really rare experience for me. October 3, 2015 at 7:30pm Reply

                • angeldiva: Karen,
                  I discovered my dental convalescence perfume:
                  Chanel- Eau Primiere !!!
                  Big guns for big pain!

                  Two days without heavy painkillers. 🙂 October 6, 2015 at 4:30am Reply

    • Sandra: Chanel No 19 Poudre
      28 La Pausa too September 28, 2015 at 5:39pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Frederic Malle’s Iris Poudre has that delicious makeup smell. I also love Annick Goutal L’Heure Exquise, which is iris, galbanum and rose, similar to Chanel No. 19 but warmer and softer. Of course if you haven’t tried Lutens Iris Silver Mist, you should at least check that out! September 28, 2015 at 8:12pm Reply

    • Tara C: Unexpected. It has to be Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist. It’s completely bewitching.
      There’s damp soil. A cold metallic and rising above it all a beautiful Iris.
      I find that his perfume has all the mystery of a rich Amber or Oud fragrance but is clean and sophisticated. It’s the most unusual smell but one that I can’t stop sniffing. A must try for any Iris lover. September 29, 2015 at 7:28am Reply

    • George: Cuir de Russie by Chanel. It’s close to Cuir de Nacre. September 29, 2015 at 12:08pm Reply

  • Mariann: It’s too early for me to dive back into ambers and other heavier scents. So my question is are there any vetivers and lighter florals go well with a crisp fall day? September 28, 2015 at 2:29pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Woods Of Windsor- Bergamot and Neroli
      Clinique- Aromatics Elixir

      MODERN MUSE!!!! September 28, 2015 at 3:56pm Reply

    • Michaela: I find Lalique Encre Noir for Him a perfect every day vetiver for cold autumn days, wet or dry. September 29, 2015 at 4:46am Reply

    • Eva: Sycomore, Chanel Les Exclusifs.

      Ou bien Vetiver Tonka Hermessences…. September 29, 2015 at 5:03am Reply

    • DaveStPaul: Another Yes for VETIVER TONKA!

      Also: I think “crisp” is a great way to describe Diptyque’s VETYVERIO. My wife wore that to an event just this Saturday, and it worked really well. September 29, 2015 at 1:37pm Reply

    • Annikky: Sycomore, Une Nuit a Bali Mr Vetiver, TDC Sel de Vetiver (which I suspect you wear already), JM Mimosa & Cardamom, Cristalle, TF Fleur de Chine. September 29, 2015 at 3:38pm Reply

    • Mariann: Thank you everyone, can’t wait to try these!! September 30, 2015 at 2:39pm Reply

  • Theresa: I am looking for another perfume to add to my small but growing collection of perfumes. What I am looking for is a very dark fragrance, heavy on patchouli and woods, maybe leather. I also love incense in a fragrance. Due to past experiences, I fear oak moss turns me off on a fragrance, so preferably not too much of that. I regard a fragrance easily as too sweet which turns me off.
    Here I list some of the perfumes I have tried with a short explanation.
    Unpleasant: Dior Addict (makes my nose itch), EL Knowing, Guerlain Chamade, Hermes Terre d’Hermes and Robert Piguet (no idea which supposed to have leather and blackcurrent, but it’s not Bandit) all have what I presume to be oakmoss in them. To me this leaves a sticky sweet, not quite liquorice/inky sensation which is very dark but weirdly sweet and unpleasant on my skin. Aramis 900 has a top note which reminded me of the drydown of the Robert Piguet. Both were too masculine for my taste. A Chloé (probably See by Chloé) and Lolita Lempicka (probably Fleur Defendue) have an unpleasant sour/alcohol like sensation on my skin. EL Private collection is also somewhat sour, but in combination with the flowers it is a bearable sensation. Dolce & Gabanna Intenso and Guerlain Samsara are too sweet for my taste in different ways.
    Neutral: Not interesting, but not bad; Dior Miss Dior (green bottle), EL Cinnabar and CK Obsession (soapy sensation). Bottega Veneta edp has something sweet/haylike that turns me off, Clinique Aromatics Elixir was intriguing for a day, but not more. Dior Dune was unpleasant at first, disappeared for a few hours before coming back as something rather pleasant. Cartier La panthere and Trussardi My name, both very soft, not lingering, but a pleasant warmth while it lasts.
    Pleasant: Guerlain Shalimar; I love the incense, but after 30 minutes that’s all that’s left. Chanel 19 was pleasant, I would have to go back to that. Pleasant, but lacking in longevity are Jill Sander no. 4, Boucheron Boucheron, Lancome Magie Noire edt (new).
    What I own: EL Youth Dew edp, Tom Ford Black Orchid edp, Etro Patchouly edt, Etro Sandalo edt (I use the Etro’s together, or separate. Pity is I get 4-6 hours out of it, then almost no trace left on my skin), The Body Shop Smoky Rose (used to layer with either of the Etro’s, I barely ever use it alone, due to the sweet, heavy roses).
    Given my preferences, I was wondering whether it would be worth the quest to look for Kenzo Jungle Elephant. I have read very good reviews of this, making me think this is something I might like, but where I live this perfume is very hard to find. The same regarding the Lalique line (perles, le parfum, encre noir) Bvlgari Black, Robert Piguet Bandit and Guerlain Mitsouko (all contemporary).
    I also consider acquiring samples of some more hard to find brands, so I wonder if you have any recommendations on brands such as aforementioned Guerlain and Robert Piguet, but also Annick Goutal, Caron, L’artisan Parfumeur, Serge Lutens, Diptique, Il Profumo, Atelier Cologne, Lorenzo Villoresi, Les Néréides, Perris Monte Carlo, Histoires de Parfum, Hermes, Divine, Comme des Garçons, Jo Malone, those would be very welcome.
    I don’t want to go to the bother of looking for a vintage bottle, I don’t mind a venture to the mens’ side, and I am willing to pay for a big bottle (around 100 ml) up to about 120 EURO. September 28, 2015 at 2:47pm Reply

    • Hamamelis: Hi Theresa, you could try Mon Parfum Cherie par Camille by Annick Goutal. It has a lot of patchouli, but also a gorgeous iris note. It is one of my favourites. Victoria wrote a lovely review here on BdJ. September 28, 2015 at 4:46pm Reply

      • Theresa: The review sounds heavenly. Would you recommend the EDP or the EDT concentration? September 28, 2015 at 4:54pm Reply

        • Hamamelis: I have and love both…but I would chose the EdP if I had to! It is a gem. September 28, 2015 at 4:57pm Reply

    • Tara C: Chanel les exclusives- Coromandel. It has everything you described that you were looking for. I also love Chanel Cuir de Russie which is heavier on the leather notes.
      I think you’d also like Armani Prive Ambre Orient. It has been discontinued but you can pick up bottles on eBay for half the price right now! September 28, 2015 at 7:06pm Reply

      • Theresa: These sound really nice, but are a bit harder for me to find. They will go on my wishlist. Thank you 🙂 September 29, 2015 at 6:06am Reply

        • Angela: I second coromandel (the patchouli dry down is chocolates); I find CdR more floral sandalwood; you could also try Guerlain samsara EdP (straightforward sandalwood with ylang); body shop sandalwood (slightly hippie); Avon Persian wood (vintage only). For leather, i also like Knize ten; Avon leather (vintage 1960s) and rose chypres with a bit of leather (there I cheap out and there are zillions). If you can order samples from a decant company, that might be an easy way to try before buying. Bandit et al don’t always work for me because of skin chemistry issues with green leather chypre. SL boxeuses has a nice leather. . . And, I think someone already mentioned Bulgari black, which on my skin is a bit rubbery. September 29, 2015 at 4:53pm Reply

          • Theresa: Thank you for the recommendations! September 30, 2015 at 11:42am Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Theresa,
      Maybe Habit Rouge? You can read V’s amazing review.
      I would start with a sample of Jungle Elephant. It is truly one of the most unusual scents I have ever smelled. I can’t wear it, but, I can appreciate that it is a brilliant perfume. September 28, 2015 at 8:07pm Reply

      • Snowyowl: Along this vein, habit rouge Dress code was just released as a 50th anniversary salute to HR. It is fantastic, leather, woods, earthy. I like it and you might also. September 28, 2015 at 11:30pm Reply

        • Theresa: It sounds really interesting, I just found a shop where I can get a sample, so it’s going on my wishlist. Thank you for the recommendation! September 29, 2015 at 6:10am Reply

      • Theresa: I have a local shop who holds a concentration of Habit Rouge. I haven’t gone beyond testing it on a blotter, but I will give it a serious try soon.
        What about Jungle makes you not being able to wear it? September 29, 2015 at 6:08am Reply

        • angeldiva: Hi Theresa,
          What a great question. Jungle Elephant reminds me a little bit of Gucci- Envy. I can’t wear that either. I think it’s a combo of green notes, metallic, and there is a medicinal note in JE, that I can’t wear.
          I don’t own Habit Rouge , yet. But, it’s on a list. October 1, 2015 at 8:40pm Reply

    • Nina Z: If you like patchouli, you really need to try Coromandel by Chanel, which you can find at any Chanel boutique and some high-end department stores. It’s a gorgeous dark fragrance, a little chocolatey even. Can be found online in smaller bottles (after you’ve tested it in person, of course) so it fits in your price requirements. Also try their Cuir de Russie for leather. And how about Serge Lutens Borneo? That’s an intense dark patchouli. Comme des Garcons has the ultimate dark incense fragrance in Avignon. Try the rest of their incense fragrances as well, but Avignon is the darkest.

      Not sure why you think you’d like Jungle L’Elephant. It’s a cardamom plum scent. Not dark, exactly, though certainly very strong. I wouldn’t blind buy it, that ‘s for sure. And I can’t imagine Jo Malone would have anything up your alley, as that’s all lighter stuff.

      If you don’t like oakmoss, I think it’s unlikely you’ll like Mitsouko as that’s a chypre. Maybe try the men’s Habit Rouge (though I wouldn’t call that dark).

      Maybe I’ll think of more later. September 28, 2015 at 8:27pm Reply

      • Nina Z: Haha, I just saw some other people had similar recommendations to mine. So, yes, definitely get yourself to a Chanel boutique, if possible. Or call a boutique and ask them to send you samples. September 28, 2015 at 8:29pm Reply

      • Theresa: Thank you for the feedback on my questions, I appreciate it.
        The exclusives line of Chanel I can only track to a chanel boutique, department stores don’t cary it here, so I will have to plan a visit, but I certainly wil!
        There are so many intriguing sounding Serge Lutens perfumes, but I will get me a sample of Borneo. The comme des garçons will go on my wishlist for now.
        I mainly though of Jo Malone as they apparently have a “patchouli and amber” which sounded interesting, but other lines may offer me more in that department.
        I will scratch Mitsouko of my list then, and Habit Rouge will go higher 😀
        Thank you again! September 29, 2015 at 6:25am Reply

    • Mendokuse: Dark, patchouli and incense make me think immediately of Portrait of a Lady. September 28, 2015 at 11:00pm Reply

      • Theresa: Thank you for the recommendation! September 29, 2015 at 6:25am Reply

    • Jessicarus: You didn’t voice an interest in Frederic Malle’s line, but Portrait of a Lady came to mind immediately– it is a a heavy hitter. Lots of dark patchouli and sandalwood, with some frankincense and benzoin in the mix as well. September 28, 2015 at 11:08pm Reply

      • Theresa: I mainly didn’t mention it because I had a hard time finding samples of this line for decent shipping costs, so far on the Frederic Malle website, shipping in the EU is 17 Euro, which is a bit high for only a few samples, as for example First in Fragrance offers different lines for half the shipping costs, but that doesn’t carry this line.
        I will consider trying this perfume if an opportunity offers, thank you! September 29, 2015 at 6:28am Reply

        • Tara C: Hi Theresa, re the shipping with Frederic Malle. What they send you is 3 bottles of 3.5ml presented in beautiful little boxes. When you work it out per ml it’s actually very reasonable. I promise you won’t be disappointed. ? September 29, 2015 at 7:34am Reply

          • Theresa: Maybe it is worth it then 😀 Do you know any other in this line which may be worth the effort for me? I’m looking at the website now and Noir Epices sounds amazing as well. Do you have pleasant experiences with others in this line yourself? September 29, 2015 at 8:16am Reply

            • limegreen: I adore Noir Epices, definitely worth sampling though it does not have your leather or patchouli. It’s perfect for autumn or winter though I wear it yearround except when it’s super hot.
              My favorite is probably Dans tes Bras but it is an acquired taste.

              Diptyque Volutes Edp might be worth sampling. September 29, 2015 at 12:07pm Reply

              • Theresa: After a little more browsing the web, I found a local shop which holds the full Frederic Malle line so it will be easier to try out 😀 I will try these you mentioned, I hope I will manage this Friday. I’ll let you know what I think. Thank you so much for your help! September 30, 2015 at 11:48am Reply

                • limegreen: Have fun with the line, Theresa! Ask for samples because it’s a line that you have to live with for a bit to get a sense of how it works on your skin, not on paper, or the first hour on skin! September 30, 2015 at 2:27pm Reply

            • limegreen: Since you like Shalimar, Musc Ravageur may be worth testing.
              Volutes edp is tobacco and iris not as heavy as shalimar. September 29, 2015 at 12:47pm Reply

              • Theresa: Musc Ravageur sounds intriguing, I will give it a try.
                Volutes edp may be interesting also. How do you recon it is not as heavy as shalimar? Less heavy on the flower or the incense/smoky sensation? September 30, 2015 at 11:51am Reply

                • limegreen: Good question! Volutes has a beautiful tobacco smoky, but not as heavy on the vanilla that’s in Shalimar. I get more iris out of Volutes and it’s not syrupy on my skin like Shalimar, guess that’s what I meant. Victoria’s review is much more expert!
         September 30, 2015 at 2:25pm Reply

            • Tati: Hi Theresa, I love incense and pachouli scents also so maybe we might like the same things. From the notes I had great hopes for POAL but on my skin it had an off smell. What I did just buy — and am wild about — is Fleur de Cassie. I am also wild about Une Rose, which is a heavy rose with that wonderful truffle note. September 29, 2015 at 4:06pm Reply

              • Angela: Agree with Tati above re UFdC and Une Rose but I also think POAL is worth a try. And if POAL doesn’t work, possibly the more bargain perles de Lalique or cabaret. September 29, 2015 at 5:11pm Reply

                • Theresa: Would you say POAL and Perles de Lalique somewhat similar? The price differs a lot indeed 🙂 September 30, 2015 at 11:54am Reply

                  • Angela: To my amateur nose, and for my skin chemistry, I get a sense of cedar rose from both POAL and Perles. If you have access to a sampling program like Surrender to Chance or APC, a decant might be the way to experiment. POAL does have added richness of course and I prefer POAL, but I cannot say it’s worth the price differential if this fragrance category is not your favorite. For either, you have to be comfy with the patchouli. Perles has also been criticized for the amount of iso E, if that matters to you. . . September 30, 2015 at 3:39pm Reply

              • Theresa: Fleur de cassie sounds very heavy on the flowers, but Une Rose sounds very intriguing. I’ll give that one a try 🙂 September 30, 2015 at 11:53am Reply

                • Angela: Une Fleur de Cassie doesn’t read as an uber floral on my skin chemistry, but it’s very skin chemistry dependent (the reviews on MUA make it sound like ELdO’s magnificent secretions :). Rather it reads as a modern rendition of Caron Farnesiana extrait. But it’s not at all gourmand, and I think of Farnesiana as almost a precursor to gourmand. September 30, 2015 at 3:42pm Reply

    • Dominique: Hi Theresa. Just got a bottle of jungle d’elephant from amazon based on Victoria’s review. It’s amazing…sweet but not overly sweet, exotic, dark and mysterious. The cardamon smell was strange at first but wonderfully addictive once you get used to it. Great lasting power and very sexy. I ordered another 2 bottles of fear of ever running out. September 29, 2015 at 6:14am Reply

      • Theresa: Thank you for this description of this perfume. I will track it down to try it out for myself.
        Do you think the sweet and exotic sensation is fruity or flowery? September 29, 2015 at 6:30am Reply

      • Michaela: Another fan of Jungle here! Enjoy your perfume, Dominique!
        Theresa, I think it’s worth trying. There are no flowers for me here, and don’t imagine a fruit syrup either. Spicy, intriguing, ravishing, hot. September 29, 2015 at 7:08am Reply

    • spe: The darkest fragrance I know is De Profundus by Serge Lutens. September 29, 2015 at 10:15am Reply

      • George: That’s one I really want to try….. September 29, 2015 at 12:05pm Reply

      • Theresa: I can only find very expensive “bell form” bottless. Do you know whether it is still available for a reasonable price? September 30, 2015 at 11:32am Reply

    • George: Slumberhouse has the darkest perfume range I know of, and a patchouli one called Ore. You might also like Patchouli Patch (L’artisan Parfumeur), Patchouli 24 (Le Labo) and Borneo 18whateveryearitisIcan’tremember (Serge Lutens). Coromandel is interpreted as dark by a lot of people (i.e. not by myself). I think you might also like Aromatics Elixir (Clinique) and Tobacco Rose by Papillon. I’d also suggest you might like to try Aramis, Aramis 900 and Dior Homme. September 29, 2015 at 11:55am Reply

      • George: Regarding the brands you mention- Jo Malone is probably to light and simple in style for you, latter-day Hermes the same. Some of the Annick Goutal range might work for you. However, I think you’d be better off exploring classical Guerlains and Chanels, and the heavier florals and chypres and orientals of the Malle range, and the woods and orientals of the Lutens ranges, and re-orchestrated classics of the Piguet range. September 29, 2015 at 12:05pm Reply

        • Theresa: Thank you for your extensive feedback!
          Slumberhouse does sound intriguing, but expensive. I’m not sure if I understood correctly, but 160 dollars for 30 ml is out of by budget.
          The other patchouli’s will go on my must try list 🙂
          I once tried Clinique, and though it is very intriguing and weird, I didn’t think it was something I would wear regularly.
          I have a mini of Aramis 900 and though the first 2-3 hours is very citrussy and manly, I do love the drydown. I will give the other Aramis a try as well!
          About Dior homme, is there a concentration you regard best? So far I see an EDP, Parfum and intense EPD.
          There has been an annick goutal recommendation, so I’ll see whether I like that one.
          I have tried by Guerlain Samsara, Shalimar, and on a blotter Habit Rouge and Insolence for her and for him. Is there something else you would recommend?
          By Serge Lutens and Frederic Malle there have been a few recommendations, but what would you suggest by Robert Piguet? September 30, 2015 at 12:13pm Reply

          • George: I’ve just re-read your initial post and noted that you have tried Aramis 900 and Aromatics Elixir already. Apologies! Dior Homme I haven’t smelled for a long time, but I know the EDT was good: I would aim to sample that. In general, Robert Piguet fragrances separate in to two type- ones based or part based, or which have just taken the name of those created way back in the 50’s; and those which have recently been released by the company. The older fragrances (and the ones that are generally most recommended) are Fracas, Bandit, Calypso, Futur, Baghari, Cravache and Visa. None of these fits the mould of dark patchouli. fragrance. Cravache does not fit your remit- being a traditional masculine. The others in the list, it is probably best to read up about, and see what take your fancy. None of them leaps out as being for you (and as it looks like you might not like chypres, Bandit may well not be for you); and with something like Fracas (an archetypal tuberose), there’s no way of guessing whether you will like it or not from your preferences, but it would generally be recommended as a “must-try” for anyone seeking to learn or discover more about perfume. I’d recommend Mitsouko from the Guerlain line, but as it’s a chypre it again might not work, but again it’s a “must try”. It’s great that you have a Malle range nearby, because overall it greatly represents virtually every type of perfume. I’d suggest you perhaps look at what they offer and try them all! September 30, 2015 at 3:16pm Reply

  • Joy: Has anyone used Quelques Fleur by Houbigant recently. I loved this fragrance in the 90’s and have recently been enjoying the fragrance in a tester. I see that Nordstrom’s still sells it. Any opinions?

    Love all of the suggestions and comments! September 28, 2015 at 2:57pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Joy!
      I have the same question! September 28, 2015 at 3:57pm Reply

    • Sandra: I use to have a sample of that a few years ago-but I didn’t fall in love. September 28, 2015 at 5:40pm Reply

    • Jessicarus: I have a small bottle from which I enjoy a spritz every now and again. I enjoy classical florals, and I particularly enjoy the hyacinth in this one. I think it is very traditionally feminine, elegant and versatile in much the same way as Chanel No 5. Great sillage and longevity. The only reason I don’t wear it more often is that it was popular in the (19)80s when I was in high school so it sends me places that I don’t necessarily want to go again 🙂 September 28, 2015 at 11:20pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Thanks! October 3, 2015 at 7:36pm Reply

  • Indigo: I’ve had a couple of great recommendations here and my heart stoppers are Portrait of a Lady (which I love for evenings) and Après l’Ondée (despite it being so fleeting). They both have a cool distance to them that belies their warm, spicy dry down.
    Anyway, I’m going for promotion at work soon and I’m hoping to start sending some subliminal messages of my efficiency and intelligence!! Don’t worry – it’s not an office space, so feel free to suggest any power scent!
    Ideally something with a cool, spicy theme in the vein of my two favourites.
    (This is essentially just an excuse to buy myself a new perfume…) September 28, 2015 at 4:43pm Reply

    • kayliz: Cool and spicy and elegant AND it’s a rose: Encens Mythique d’Orient. Just beautiful. September 28, 2015 at 7:07pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Parfums DelRae Bois de Paradis, Charenton Macerations Christopher Street, Amouage Lyric Woman, Neela Vermeire Creations Mohur, Trayee, Bombay Bling September 29, 2015 at 12:53am Reply

      • Indigo: Kayliz and tomate farcie: you speak to the heart! These have all been on my radar, looking at the notes and reviews. I just don’t know how I’d get samples where I live. I could blind buy I suppose… But then which one?
        How do you feel about sillage and longevity? September 29, 2015 at 2:38am Reply

        • kayliz: The only two of these I actually wear are Encens Mythique and Mohur: I find EM to have good longevity and big sillage, while Mohur is more of a skin scent on me but lasts and lasts and lasts. September 29, 2015 at 5:46am Reply

        • Tomate Farcie: for samples, where are you? NVC has a discovery set 8 ml of four perfumes 125€ ships to US and Europe. I get avg longevity and sillage from all of these. Christopher Street is a powerhouse and not for everyone. Bois de Paradis (at the moment) will be my Christmas gift to myself. September 29, 2015 at 1:11pm Reply

          • Indigo: You are right that I can get the Neela Vermeire samples but unfortunately I cannot see a way to get a sample of Bois de Paradis, which is a shame – it sounds lovely.
            I remember reading somewhere that there is another Duchaufour scent (Penhaligon’s? l’Artisan parfumeur?) that was like one of his Neela Vermeire creations, but I can’t remember which it was… Anyone remember? September 30, 2015 at 12:36pm Reply

            • Mariann: I think it was an article on Olfactorias Travels and likely Vaara. But have a look (not sure if I am allowed to post a link) September 30, 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

              • Victoria: Of course, do post it. I’m curious, do other bloggers not allow links posted in the comments? The only links I’ve removed in the past were spammy or promotional ones. But if someone wants to post a link to a post on a blog they read that’s relevant to a discussion, it’s fine. September 30, 2015 at 3:19pm Reply

              • Mariann: Ok great! Here’s the link to the article I was thinking about October 1, 2015 at 2:11am Reply

                • Indigo: Thanks for the link – that was really interesting! Part of me is tempted by Duchaufour’s creations – the cool incense and with a fruity twist appeal – but I worry that I’d find the sillage and longevity too low after wearing the likes of POAL, Insolence EDP and Lutens frags… October 1, 2015 at 3:58pm Reply

                  • kayliz: It must be Vaara, I think. Vaara is often put down as a “thin” version of Mohur. I see the resemblance but to me they’re simply different perfumes, each valid on its own terms. I think the view of Vaara as an inferior Mohur misses the point from the wearer’s perspective — in summer, for example, it’s Vaara I reach for, not Mohur. October 1, 2015 at 6:51pm Reply

  • Rhiane: I’m lucky enough to have quite a collection of exclusive Serge Lutens and even luckier to have a friend in Paris this week. Was hoping to add another. I have rose de nuit, rousse, fumerie, Rahat loukoum, mandarine, sandal de Mysore, and I own iris silver mist and de profundis out of curiosity but they are not my normal go to. I’m not a white flower scent lover normally. What could I add?? Chene? Vetiver? September 28, 2015 at 5:15pm Reply

    • Sandra: My favorite is La Fille de Berlin if you like rose September 28, 2015 at 5:41pm Reply

    • Nina Z: La Myrrhe! It’s just so gorgeous and unusual. Hot & cold at the same time. Diamonds & fire! (I just made that up.) September 28, 2015 at 8:30pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Boxeuses..plum leather Or Santal Majuscule..rose and sandalwood or Santal Blanc September 28, 2015 at 11:27pm Reply

    • Annikky: Second both La Myrrhe and Boxeuses. I bought the latter last time and La Myrrhe was the runner-up. September 29, 2015 at 3:41pm Reply

    • Angela: Perhaps a Bois. . . .

      Either Feminitie de Bois, although I prefer the original Shiseido version

      Or Bois et Violette. . . (Trying to remember if Bois et Violette is similar to de profundis. . .)

      I used to be a fan of Borneo, pre reformulation

      For vetivers, I turn to a different house,I.e., FM Vetiver Extraordinairre (bright vetiver) or encre noire (incense smoke Vetiver) September 30, 2015 at 5:26pm Reply

  • Malmaison: I’m looking for a new fragrance for my sister. She’s more faithful than me (I share my love with so many fragrances) and stays with one or two favorites. It used to be Boudoir, pre-reformulation, so more recently I’ve got her hooked on La Fille de Berlin as what is now her ideal rose perfume.

    But her absolute favorite was Fresh’s Violet Moss, a beautiful green violet that was discontinued. I then found her L’Artisan’s Verte Violette, which she loved even more; but now that has been discontinued too. Both have become impossible/prohibitively expensive to find on line.
    So my question is, can anyone recommend a violet perfume that reminds them of the previous two? Not violet candy but a true violet flower with a hint of green violet leaf or wet plant. She has Borsari Violette de Parma but it doesn’t give her the same feeling. Although she’s not a perfumista as such, she is VERY particular about fragrance – I’m careful what I wear around her – and anything with a laundry musk in it will turn her right off.

    Any helpful suggestions will be most appreciated by both of us, I consider it my mission to bring great perfume to her life! September 28, 2015 at 5:55pm Reply

    • Caroline: A mainstream and an indie spring to mind: Balenciaga Paris and DSH’s Scent of Hope are violet-dominated, but not sweet. September 28, 2015 at 7:59pm Reply

      • Malmaison: Thank you, I will try both those! October 2, 2015 at 2:36pm Reply

    • angeldiva: You are a great sister… September 28, 2015 at 8:11pm Reply

    • Jessicarus: Violet is my favorite, and for quite some time I have been looking for a bright, green violet myself. They are rare, but here is what I have found thus far…Sonoma Scent Studio’s Voile de Violette is not as bright as those your sister has liked; it’s a darker mossy green with violet. It is a little sweet, but realistic and lovely, so might be worth trying anyway. Le Nez Unicorn Spell is a green violet that a lot of people really like– it wasn’t right for me, but it does have a nice greenness to it and it is not sweet. Many, many people love Ormande Jayne’s Woman. My skin destroyed all but the grass note in it, but that note was really nice! There is always Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene– it is traditionally masculine, but it is a wonderful green violet that actually reminds me of L’Artisans VV. I love it. September 28, 2015 at 11:45pm Reply

      • Malmaison: SSS is really hard if you’re not in the States alas but there is always Surrender to Chance to at least try it. Grey Flannel, what a good idea! October 2, 2015 at 2:37pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: Serge Lutens Bois de Violette, Berdoues Violettes de Toulouse, Molinard Violette September 29, 2015 at 12:57am Reply

      • Malmaison: Thanks, all good suggestions, I’m very fond of a Serge Lutens and would love to try Bois de Violette for myself as well! October 2, 2015 at 2:38pm Reply

    • Domestic Goblin: Have you tried Violetta by Penhaligon’s? September 29, 2015 at 2:49am Reply

      • Morelle: I second Violetta, it’s really beautiful, and not sweet at all. If you want an ultragreen violet try The Unicorn Spell by Les Nez. September 30, 2015 at 6:33pm Reply

      • Malmaison: No and I’m in London at the minute with a Penhaligon’s just round the corner – will definitely try that, thanks! October 2, 2015 at 2:40pm Reply

    • rainboweyes: I loved Verte Violette too, it’s so sad they axed it 🙁
      My other favourites include Atelier Cologne Sous Le Toit de Paris and Oriza L. Legrand Violettes du Czar. September 29, 2015 at 7:01am Reply

      • Malmaison: Lovely, thanks so much – the Oriza L Legrand range sounds so interesting! October 2, 2015 at 2:40pm Reply

    • Tara C: Have you looked at Borsari, Violetta di Parma.
      It’s currently available on scent from 1ml to 10ml.
      Worth trying. An essence of the flower and its leaves. September 29, 2015 at 7:38am Reply

    • George: Haven’t smelled it, but Lush has fragrance called Kerbside Violet. Dans Tes Bras has both violet and the wet concrete mushroominess of cashmeran: it’s a very strange scent overall, but might do the trick. I think En Passant has a wetness behind the lilacs: it might be different enough from Violet Moss to not invite comparison but similar enough to fill the void. September 29, 2015 at 12:20pm Reply

      • Malmaison: En Passant is one of my personal favorites George, I just adore it. I’ve never got my head around Dans Tes Bras but I think if I keep trying often enough, I will. As always, I appreciate your suggestions! October 2, 2015 at 2:42pm Reply

  • Joy: Does anyone very familiar with Paris niche perfume shops know of the small shop in Pl. des Voges. It is on the east side of the complex. I stopped in there on my recent trip to Paris. The owner sprayed a couple of sample cards for me. He also sprayed me with a gorgeous scent. I took his card which had his website. I cannot find that nor the sample cards. I intended to go back, but time was too fleeting. September 28, 2015 at 6:01pm Reply

    • kayliz: Hi Joy,
      I don’t know it and am not in Paris but there was an “s” missing … googling “Place des Vosges” throws up this perfumery: September 28, 2015 at 7:16pm Reply

      • Joy: Thank you! This is the shop. September 28, 2015 at 8:59pm Reply

        • kayliz: Ah, great! September 28, 2015 at 10:25pm Reply

    • limegreen: Hi Joy , Did you get to experience lots of perfume smelling in Paris after all? September 29, 2015 at 9:43am Reply

      • Joy: I did. It was a great experience, not enough, though! You were quite right about the pharmacy stores carrying a lot of perfumes, soaps, and perfumes. I did visit Guerlain, and Chanel, but did not get to F. Malle. Something for next time. I was also distracted by lovely art supply stores. I spent the better part of a day on my own visiting shops. September 29, 2015 at 1:11pm Reply

        • limegreen: Sounds like a successful trip! I love the street with all the shops with different kinds of paper! September 29, 2015 at 7:30pm Reply

  • Claire: I am new to appreciating L’Heure Bleue, and wonder if anyone can recommend some contemporary perfumes (but not other vintage perfumes like Apres L’Ondee) that might be similar. September 28, 2015 at 6:26pm Reply

    • Solanace: Patricia de Nicolai’s Sacrebleu is an homage to it, and very beautiful on its own right. I’d also recommend Tom Ford’s Shangai Lilly, because while it is completely different, I think it somehow has a similar vibe. September 28, 2015 at 7:43pm Reply

      • Claire: I love Shanghai Lily (most spicy lilies, truth be told)! I love these threads and the mysterious ways these scents reference our preferences. September 28, 2015 at 8:20pm Reply

    • Nina Z: I second Sacrebleu. It’s beautiful. It’s more fruity & less quirky than L’Heure Bleue, but definitely gorgeous. But the modern version of Apres L’Ondee is also beautiful, and you should check it out. I don’t know where you are, but in the US it is at Saks. And it isn’t that expensive. September 28, 2015 at 8:40pm Reply

      • Nina Z: I just remembered reading something by Victoria–where was that?–in which she said that Flower by Kenzo was related to L’Heure Bleue. I happened to have a sample of that on hand and so I tested it, but it didn’t move me. Still, you might check it out as she recommends it. In fact, she gives it 5 stars! She also mentions a few other related fragrances. See: September 29, 2015 at 12:07am Reply

    • Bastet: I love Esprit d’Oscar, and I’ve seen it compared to L’Heure Bleue. September 28, 2015 at 9:10pm Reply

    • Jessicarus: I would call Guerlain’s Insolence edp a great granddaughter of L’Heure Bleue. Victoria wrote a review of Insolence edp in which she mentions that it was inspired by Apres L’Ondee, but actually smells more like L’Heure Bleue. I completely agree. September 28, 2015 at 11:56pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Claire: Infusion d’Iris EDP Absolue smells pretty close to l’Heure Bleue while being modern, also I have read that Esprit d’Oscar by Oscar de la Renta is reminiscent of l’HB (but I haven’t smelled that one so can’t confirm), recent (from 2011) and widely available for a good price so you might want to give it a try too. L’Heure Bleue happens to be one of my favorites (I received a bottle of it as a teenager) I prefer the vintage version but the modern one is quite good too. September 29, 2015 at 6:18am Reply

      • Aurora: Sorry, hadn’t seen Bastet’s comment, there must be something in the HB Esprit d’Oscar connection though since both of us mention it. September 29, 2015 at 7:15am Reply

    • Indigo: This was my first perfume and I have worn bottles of it, in EDT (my favourite) and EDP. It went a bit funny after 2010 so I moved on, but a recent re-visit at the Guerlain counter impressed me, so perhaps they have re-reformulated it for the better.
      – Esprit d’Oscar is similar – a sunnier, fluffier version with more focus on the florals than the spices. I missed the melancholy and mystery.
      – Insolence is a modern interpretation and actually I love the EDP. It is strong and bold but has a nice cool, inky side along with the mega floral powdery blast.
      – Lolita Lempicka is also in the same vein for me, with green notes, anise, similar florals and a gourmand dry down. It is a bit mysterious but it is much sweeter and more gourmand than l’HB. September 30, 2015 at 12:44pm Reply

  • Megan: I’m looking to break out of my fragrance comfort zone. Traditionally, I’ve stuck to white florals: Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia is my absolute favorite, and I have several other Aerin Lauder scents (Lilac Path, Ikat Jasime), as well. The trouble is that I now have a very monochromatic fragrance wardrobe.

    I generally don’t care for fruity/sugary/gourmand-type fragrances (e.g., Jessica Simpson’s Fancy and pretty much anything in Bath & Body Works aren’t for me).

    I feel like something woody or green would be a big departure for me, but I can’t help thinking i will smell masculine (my husband wears Creed’s Green Irish Tweed, so I associate green scents with men). Do you have any recommendations of feminine fragrances in this area? September 28, 2015 at 6:47pm Reply

    • Michaela: I believe that Estee Lauder Private Collection and Vero Profumo Mito are 2 great green feminines worth sampling.
      About iris… Do you find Chanel 19 masculine? You may sample Silences, I find it easier to wear. September 29, 2015 at 5:01am Reply

    • Karen: Coromandel by Chanel has been mentioned above by me and others, it may work for you. Feminite du Bois by Lutens, Bois des Iles another Chanel, as is Sycomore – a very elegant vetiver. I’m not much in to green fragrances, so can’t help you in that category.

      What about a dark rose to shake things up? There are lots and lots of extraordinary perfumes in this category. September 29, 2015 at 6:22am Reply

      • limegreen: Do have rose perfume recommendations, Karen? 🙂 (smiling at your rose suggestion for Megan) September 29, 2015 at 12:21pm Reply

        • Karen: Ha ha ha – why yes I do! La Fille de Berlin, Portrait of a Lady, Noir de Noir (thank you Limegreen!), Guerlain’s Rose Nacree du Desert – made up a sample for a friend, and she told me today she has received so many compliments on it. By Killian’s Rose Oud, Stephane Humbert Lucas 777’s Rose de Petra.
          Not necessarily dark, but very beautiful: Keiko Mecheri Attar de Roses. Viktoria Minya’s Hedonist Rose.

          What about Tauer’s L’air du desert marocain for spicy-goodness? Or Tom Ford’s Noir Extreme?

          Samples for most of the above can be had through Luckyscent, The Perfumed Court, or Surrender to Chance. Breaking out of any rut is a fun thing to do, so enjoy yourself and please be sure to let us know what you found that works! September 29, 2015 at 2:55pm Reply

          • limegreen: You are such a lover of roses, Karen!
            How’s the Hedonist Rose? I recently sampled Hedonist Iris. September 29, 2015 at 7:32pm Reply

            • Karen: Hmmm, I’m not getting notifications about comments and just saw this last night, but thought you’d asked about Rose Anonyme which I reallyreally like a lot – a lot….. I don’t know why Atelier has not been on my radar screen. I appreciate that they have a variety of sizes, not just for cost but also because 100ml is a lot to get through, at least for me.

              What I should do is keep a fragrance diary or notes so I can recall beyond Oh I loved it or Not quite for me – which seems to be my usual MO. October 1, 2015 at 6:17am Reply

          • angeldiva: Karen,
            You are simply a bouquet of lovely roses! October 3, 2015 at 7:40pm Reply

            • Karen: Awwww, thanks Angeldiva! (and totally recovered from my tooth problem and hoping you are as well!) October 4, 2015 at 4:25pm Reply

              • angeldiva: Well, I’m working on that recovery part! Taking less pain meds each day. But, honey this soft foods diet is fattening!!! October 4, 2015 at 11:58pm Reply

      • Annikky: I very much second FdB. September 29, 2015 at 3:45pm Reply

    • Angela: Alpona extrait by Caron would be my luxury pick. Also second EL private collection. Carillon pour Une ange or penta verdant by Andy tauer (generous samples can be ordered on his site ) for a niche green pick that is both original and modern. September 29, 2015 at 5:22pm Reply

  • Eva: I would love suggestions for a new perfume. I am in my early 50’s and am looking for something not so mainstream. My all time favourite is Chanel 19 but I also love Balmain de Balmain, Chamade and Givenchy 111. Recently I tested Maai and loved it but is may be a bit too much for a daytime everyday fragrance. I live in Australia and we are coming to Summer so suggestions for warmer weather would be great! September 28, 2015 at 7:10pm Reply

    • kayliz: Maybe Chant d’Aromes by Guerlain:) September 28, 2015 at 7:14pm Reply

      • Eva: Thanks for that recommendation – I have tried most of the Guerlain perfumes but not that one. September 28, 2015 at 8:54pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Eva,
      BRONZE GODDESS!!!!! I was just on the Estee Lauder website, and the full bottle is gone for the year. But, they have a limited rollerball for $25.00 US + free shipping
      It’s the greatest, and I’m your senior!

      Enjoy!!!!!! September 28, 2015 at 8:14pm Reply

      • Eva: wow – I would never have thought of that one – will certainly give it a go! September 28, 2015 at 8:52pm Reply

    • Nina Z: You seem like you love green fragrances. Do you want to branch out into another genre? Or stick to green?

      For green, maybe try Chanel Bel Respiro (which would be good in summer and day time). Annick Goutal L’Heure Exquise is similar to 19 but warmer and softer. Very beautiful! Martin Margiela Untitled is another offbeat green. Chant d’Aromes mentioned above is a green floral, so that might be good. It has a retro 60s feel to me (when greens were the youthful scent).

      I think you should be brave and go in a new direction. What if you tried something like Diptyque Philosykos, which is an unusual and lovely green fig fragrance? It has fig leaf as well as fig in it. For winter, maybe check out Ormonde Jayne Woman, which is very forest-y with black hemlock. Or maybe even something like Amouage Epic Woman which has a forest-y feeling as well that comes from the bay leaf in it. September 29, 2015 at 12:20am Reply

      • Eva: I am finding that the green fragrances I tend to wear are a bit uninspring – tastes do change as you get older .I love Dia so will certainly test Epic. Philosykos is a bit sweet for my tastes but agree it is lovely.Thanks for the recommendations!! September 29, 2015 at 1:58am Reply

        • spe: Bas de Soie by Lutens. Keeps you in the green category. 31 Rue Cambon for a sophisticated chypre to branch out. September 29, 2015 at 10:12am Reply

          • Tomate Farcie: oh yes!! And adding Eau d’Itale Poete du Jardin, Parfums de Nicolai Le Temps d’une Fete, Hermes Un Jardin Sur le Nil, Chanel Sycomore September 29, 2015 at 2:22pm Reply

        • Nina Z: Looking at the other recommendations of 31 Rue Cambon (beautiful and unusual) and Sycomore (vetiver fragrance), it sounds like you should head for the nearest Chanel boutique. It is possible to order smaller bottles of the exclusives online, so you don’t need to buy the giant vats they have in the shop. Check out Bois des Iles (a lighter sandalwood scent) while you are at it.

          I think it’s great to branch out. It might not be getting older that makes your taste change, it might just be that fragrance fashions change just like clothing. The problem is, I have no idea what direction you want to go in. Something spicy? Something oriental? Something woody? Something citrusy? What does your gut say? September 29, 2015 at 7:43pm Reply

          • Eva: My gut says something chypre – thanks so much for the recommendations!! September 30, 2015 at 7:12pm Reply

            • Nina Zolotow: I second this! It is very smoky and a little sweet, and not about patchouli at all. It is quite delicious!

              Also, CB I Hate Perfume has a fragrance called Burning Leaves, which really smells like its name. October 2, 2015 at 2:59pm Reply

            • Nina Zolotow: Wow, that previous comment went in the wrong place. For chypres, I’d recommend 31 Rue Cambon, Amouage Jubilation 25, and Guerlain Mitsouko. I believe that Victoria says the most recent formulation of Mitsouko is excellent, but I haven’t smelled it. I own some vintage. October 2, 2015 at 3:02pm Reply

    • orsetta: Hi Eva, I second the Epic recommendation. You might also want to try Fate – I enjoyed it very much throughout our European summer this year.

      recently I also fell in love with Puredistance White – i know it’s been dismissed by some as being *only* or *just* beautiful but i find that it truly IS beautiful and it’s not that easy to find nowadays 😉 September 29, 2015 at 6:56am Reply

    • Hamamelis: Hi Eva, do you know what you prefer in the perfumes you like, i.e. galbanum, iris or rose? Very mainstream but lovely in summer could be Prada’s infusion d’iris, more iris in Hermes’s Hiris, you may really like Puredistance’s Antonia, not main stream but also not their prices…they ship their relatively cheap samples everywhere. For something very different, with iris, and a big favourite for me (in my early 50’s too) is L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Dzongkha, a lovely BdJ reader sent me a sample and I bought a bottle shortly after. It is iris, cardamon and spices, some incense, some leather, all and all a dry but not austere soft spoken scent, IMO good for summer and winter.
      Have you explored the Annick Goutal’s? Heure Exquise was mentioned, gorgeous, but Eau du Sud is a lovely summer perfume, to my nose it is reminiscent of Eau Dynamisante, but much longer lasting. For a very different perfume than the ones you love you could try AG Songes. It took me a while to love the white flowers, but now I would never want to be without it. And it does really well in the heat. Just apply gentle for daytime.
      Hope this inspires! September 29, 2015 at 7:09am Reply

    • Aurora: Also maybe Fidji, a green floral chypre, it often gets forgotten among the classics, so not so mainstream and isn’t heavy. September 29, 2015 at 7:32am Reply

    • Angela: A bit mainstream perhaps, but it seemed from your picks that you love galbanum (19) and hyacinth (Chamade)

      I like Cristalle EdT vintage for summer
      Caleche vintage for three season, though aldehydic floral is not really my category, Amouage gold or dia as another person has already recommended.

      I also adore Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie, but it’s extremely skin chemistry dependent. September 30, 2015 at 5:33pm Reply

  • Cheryl: I love Parfumerie Generale, especially Patchouli Intrigant. However, the scent has such a short life on me. Is there a way to increase a scent’s lasting power? I’ve been searching for signature scent for such a long time and this perfume suits me in every way but this. Thanks! September 28, 2015 at 8:01pm Reply

    • Karen: Mix it with an unscented body lotion, apply after shower or bath when your skin is still damp. In another post, someone had a great application routine which included spraying on the underside of your upper arms along with all the usual other places. Spray some in your hair or on your brush before brushing your hair. Spritz on clothing and/or undergarments, or on a scarf if you wear scarves. September 29, 2015 at 6:29am Reply

  • angeldiva: Hello!
    I would like to know if any of you brilliant noses know of a perfume that is predominantly Hibiscus.
    There use to be a great line of essential oil perfume vials at Bare Escentuals. People don’t believe me… Yes, the Bare Minerals folks worked with a perfumer. But, they didn’t secure any formulations, and when the perfume author died, the line was G-O-N-E with the wind!

    The Hibiscus was very beautiful. Wish I could afford niche, but, no. September 28, 2015 at 8:18pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: Bvlgari Omnia Coral is predominantly hibiscus and I like it a lot. I see it a lot at discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, for very reasonable prices. Ulta carries it if you want to try it out. September 28, 2015 at 10:30pm Reply

  • Old Herbaceous: I’m a longtime perfume lover but have always just worn a couple of scents for a long time, until recently when I started exploring a lot more. Some current favorites are Coral by Lili Bermuda; Pure White Linen; Un Jardin Sur le Nil. I gravitate to white florals and green florals (love lily of the valley), but I also like different kinds of rose scents and am interested in spicy scents more than I used to be. I tend not to like really gourmand scents (really don’t like Angel). I’d like to know 1) what surprisingly inexpensive fragrances have some of you really liked a lot; 2) do you have any suggestions for making scents last longer between applications; and 3) what have you most enjoyed layering together? Thanks! September 28, 2015 at 10:45pm Reply

    • limegreen: Surprisingly inexpensive and enjoyable:
      1) Cabochard Gres (smoky, leather)
      2) Cuir de Lancome (leather, floral, wow!)
      3) Jacomo Silences (green!) September 28, 2015 at 11:52pm Reply

      • Old Herbaceous: I’ve now tried Cabochard and Silences and really enjoyed them both! Thanks for the suggestions! May 14, 2016 at 10:08pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: a lovely spicy one is Robero Cavalli Oro,
      Ted Lapidus Silk Way, if you like Amber Balmain Ambre Gris, Bvlgari Black, Gres Cabaret, if you like patchouli Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights September 29, 2015 at 1:14am Reply

      • Old Herbaceous: I have Cabaret and I’m loving it! Thanks for the other suggestions. September 29, 2015 at 8:30am Reply

    • Michaela: 1)The same as Limegreen.
      I would add: Grey Flannel, 4711, Eau de Gaga, Caron Pour un Homme, Burberry Brit Rhythm for Women, Agent Provocateur (spicy dark rose, sometimes me, sometimes not, I find it interesting but not a must buy yet).
      2) I spray a bit on my hair when I have doubts. Not heavier scents, though. See good advice here: or
      3) I admire those who experiment layering. I didn’t dare yet, I got layers by accident only. September 29, 2015 at 5:20am Reply

      • limegreen: Oh yes, Pour un Homme is such a gem, so comforting with lavender and vanilla!
        Michaela, I spray my hair, too, and the back of my neck! Do you spray on ankles? Works really well for certain scents that diffuse through the day, Cristalle Edp and Tubereuse Criminelle. September 29, 2015 at 9:39am Reply

        • Michaela: I like to spray the back of my neck, too. I can feel whiffs of my own perfume better during the day.
          No, I didn’t know the ankles tip. Interesting, thank you! September 29, 2015 at 10:30am Reply

          • limegreen: It’s great for the strong scents that I don’t want to overpower in public or at work, but get to enjoy all day at a low hum. Like the whiffs from the neck sprays I get whiffs every time I stand up after sitting, or even when I cross my legs. 🙂 September 29, 2015 at 12:16pm Reply

            • Michaela: Definitely a must try for me, thank you!
              I am amazed how much applying method enriches the pleasure of wearing perfumes! September 30, 2015 at 3:56am Reply

    • kayliz: Love your questions!

      1) Bonus Odor Eau de Cologne made by Bavarian monks. Silly name, and silly description on the website — it’s actually a powdery lavender-patchouli-spices-tonka (the bottle has the actual ingredients listed). I was always somehow disappointed by Jicky, and for me, this fills that gap.

      2) Not really. I keep decants at work to top up during the day:)

      3) Heure Exquise plus Eau d’Hadrien. That’s the only way I wore either of them this summer.
      Oh, and Onda extrait plus Black Jade. Onda gives richness and depth; Black Jade softens and adds spice. September 29, 2015 at 6:12am Reply

    • Aurora: What fun questions Herbaceous:
      1. My current ‘not expensive but great’ is Moschino by Moschino

      2. I spray on 1 item of clothing eg my cardigan, my scarf in winter; I have the body cream for some of my most loved scents and I use Vanicream unscented lotion recommended by Elisa on this blog

      3. I have layered Plum by Mary Greenwell to reinforce the plum note and tame the patchouli in Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille by Annick Goutal. September 29, 2015 at 9:45am Reply

    • AnnieA: Anais Anais is a pretty drugstore perfume. October 1, 2015 at 7:19pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Hello Old Herbaceous,
      I never get tired of this question! lol
      Donna Karen- Gold * for the Lilly note. I got my bottle on for a song.

      Many of the scents I wear are listed in the brilliant recommendations below (or above?…)

      I recently discovered that if I layer my sample of Estee Lauder- Private Collection under
      Estee Lauder – Modern Muse

      I get a wonderful niche smelling scent that just smells great, and is very wearable.

      Good Luck! October 6, 2015 at 5:12am Reply

  • Gertie: For years I’ve been looking for a pleasant perfume that suits me, and though I’ve found some that I truly like, after applying them their scent fades to my senses within 5-10 minutes.
    I really like Cacharel Scarlett, Ricci Ricci by Nina Ricci, Chloe Love Story, Miu Miu and Annayake Shiroi. They’re all EdP concentration, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference in making it last longer.
    I have a good nose for picking out scents, and I always smell the perfume my mother and sister wear – but I can’t smell my own.
    With Fall and Winter around the corner, I am hoping to find a warmer perfume with more character. I have several perfumes with orange blossom that I like, and I also like the smell of lavender.
    I’m really looking for a perfume with longevity and good sillage. My budget is €125 for 100ml. Niche brands are welcome, but living in the Netherlands I hope I can also find them here for decent shipping cost. September 29, 2015 at 9:51am Reply

    • Hamamelis: Hi Gertie, a nice perfume, easily available and not expensive is Roberto Cavalli, Roberto Cavalli (gold bottle with a small turqoise band), it has a lovely orangeblossom note. For lavender you could try the new Bulgari Au Thé Bleu, like the Cavalli you should be able to find them easily. Have you ever tried Serge Lutens? E.g. Fleurs d’Oranger (orangeblossom) or Encens et Lavande (incense and lavender) or Gris Clair, lots of lavender.
      There are quite a few very good on line perfumeries in the Netherlands that sell samples, Perfumelounge, Parfumaria, van Nederveen.
      Ormonde Jayne ships samples without shipping costs from England, a very nice line to explore, you may like Osmanthus, Frangipani or Taif, a lovely rose with an orangeblossom note. Good luck! September 29, 2015 at 2:31pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: based in n the Netherlands – Hiram Green – Moon Bloom! September 29, 2015 at 3:36pm Reply

    • Nina Z: A perfume that has both orange blossom and lavender that is really lovely and also good sillage is L’Artisan Seville a l’Aube. Very beautiful! (If you read “The Perfume Lover,” you’ll learn how the perfumer tweaked it intentionally go boost the sillage.) September 29, 2015 at 7:36pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Gertie: I really like the orange blossom Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Eau de Parfum, it has really good longevity, and not strictly in your brief as it’s not an OB or lavender, when I wear the wonderful lily Baiser Vole by Cartier, even the EDT I can smell on myself for a long time and the Essence of Parfum is just heaven. September 30, 2015 at 6:00am Reply

  • elizabeth: hello – I adore this blog and find it so inspiring. I’m obsessed with fragrance, but am in a bit of a rut with my white floral, citrus, and green perfumes. Over the past 20 years, I’ve worn Fracas, Prada Infusion d’Iris, AG Eau d’Hadrien, Jour d’Hermes, Arpege, Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere, Calyx, Quelques Fleurs, Artisan La Chass Aux Papillons. Fracas is the only one I’ve kept, but alas, my husband does not like it. I’d love to strike out in a new direction, but not toward fruity, candy-like scents — those seem too young and sweet. Seeking something elegant, classic, refined, yet sexy and unique. Is that too tall of an order? I live in Minneapolis, so obscure/niche boutique brands might be harder for me to sample/find. We do have Nordstrom here. Thanks for an advice or suggestions. September 29, 2015 at 1:03pm Reply

    • kayliz: What about a dark rose? La fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens, for example, or Rose Infernale by Terry de Gunzburg, or if you can get hold of the Guerlain exclusives, Rose Barbare or Rose Nacree du Desert? September 29, 2015 at 2:33pm Reply

      • elizabeth: Thank you, @kayliz — I’m intrigued with La Fille de Berlin, and plan to sample that one at a local boutique. The entire SL line has captured my interest. Chergui seems to be the most popular, yes? That would be quite a departure for me. Or Un Bois Vanille? What are readers thoughts on their favorite SL fragrances?

        The same boutique has the Frederic Malle line, but I fear those are out of my budget. Carnal Flower would be redundant with my Fracas. Portrait of a Lady sounds divine, but the price may be too steep for me. September 29, 2015 at 2:46pm Reply

        • Karen: I’d suggest decants from Surrender to Chance and/or The Perfumed Court. Frederic Malle offers fragrances in 10ml bottles which are very “doable” and have made it possible for me to have a wide selection of his fragrances. Although the cost is more per ml, a 10ml bottle is a great way to decide if you want to invest in a larger bottle. Plus, you can travel with them.

          A fun thing to do is the form on their web site that you fill in to get suggestions from one of their SAs. I did it, and it led to a wonderful time trying out different ones – you get 3 samples for $20 I believe, samples are very generous sizes.

          PoaL is one of my most favorite, and most complimented perfumes – along with La Fille and Guerlain’s Rose Nacree du Desert. Even if the store near you does not carry the 10ml sizes for FM, just call one of the shops in NYC – the SA that I have worked with is Anthony from the Madison Ave. store, and he was very helpful.

          Saks carries the Guerlains that are harder to find – again, call around – if you can find a SA that is a perfume person, they may send you some samples. Rose Nacree is a big chunk of change – unfortunately, it does not come in smaller bottles if you decide you want a FB, that is why I recommend getting a sample first, then small decant – then a larger one if you decide you love it before committing to a full bottle.

          Keep us posted! September 29, 2015 at 3:07pm Reply

          • elizabeth: Thank you so much, Karen. Other than La Fille, are there other SL fragrances you love?

            The other fragrance that seems to come up as a favorite of many is Narciso Rodriguez for Her EDT. I tried a decanted sample for a week, and I could not appreciate the musk. Should I revisit? I know it’s widely available and very popular, which makes me lean away from it on my quest for a new signature scent.

            I will explore Guerlain further. I used to wear their Vetiver when I was in my 20s. Now I lean more toward classically feminine scents. September 29, 2015 at 3:36pm Reply

            • Karen: Tubereuse Criminelle and A la Nuit are two other Lutens fragrances that I have – but, they are more time/event specific type fragrances for me, as opposed to just throw it on anytime type. A la Nuit was purchased because many places we have been to have night blooming Jasmin flowering and I wanted something to evoke those memories. Prior to purchasing it, I never would have thought of Jasmin as a fragrance for me.

              Tubereuse Criminelle has an initial blast of a rubber type scent that requires patience on my part to quiet down (some people enjoy it). It is a gorgeous heady intoxicating fragrance, perfect for special occasions and for adding glamour to everyday activities like going to to grocery store.

              Because I was craving vanilla and didn’t want to spend $$ on a Guerlain that I love ( Gourmand Coquin), I ordered a sample of Un Bois Vanille – which I really liked until a woman wore too much of a syntheticy vanilla to yoga class (strong perfume in yoga = bad idea) and turned me off of vanilla at least for a while.

              It sounds as if exploring and trying some new lines (or revisiting old ones) is what you should do – maybe give yourself six months or so to play around before spending any significant amount on a full bottle (tempting as it is). Samples are a great way of narrowing your search and identifying notes that you enjoy and that wear well on you. It’s all so personal and body chemistry plays a huge part.

              One Malle perfume that I fell in love with is Une Fleure de Cassie – it is mentioned a lot in comments on Victoria’s post on Jo Mallone’s latest. It is a complicated, big old glamorous perfume that becomes very very beautiful as it wears. It could overwhelm in the summer, but since you live in a colder climate it might be perfect for an evening or special event fragrance (like going to the library!).

              Not sure if you grew up taking all the silly quizzes in magazines like 17 or Glamour, but the Frederic Malle questionaire was fun – if only because it got me thinking about why do I wear perfume plus led me to great interactions with a fun sales associate. Try the questions and see what they come up with. September 30, 2015 at 7:35am Reply

          • AndreaR: The 10ml is indeed a great way to try FM. Even though you have Fracas, I would highly recommend sampling Carnal Flower. September 29, 2015 at 5:10pm Reply

    • Tara C: To follow the rose theme have you tried Byredo Rose Noire. I was sent a sample and it’s amazing! Very sultry.
      On the brighter greener front I love Serge Lutens Sa majeste le rose. It’s the scent of a fresh real rose complete with green stems and although soft has incredible staying power.
      Best of luck with your search. September 29, 2015 at 7:20pm Reply

    • Nina Z: The Chanel exclusives say elegant and classy to me. Nordstrom may have them. Or maybe there is a Chanel boutique in your city. Check out Bois des Iles, Coromandel, 31 Rue Cambon, and whatever else strikes your fancy.

      Sexy is a bit harder for me to come up with just because everyone has a different idea of what that is. For some people it’s big white flowers while for others it is something spicy or even a chypre. What’s your idea of sexy? September 29, 2015 at 7:32pm Reply

      • elizabeth: Thank you everyone for your ideas, I appreciate your thoughts so much! I’ve ordered the following decants from the perfumed court: PoaL, La Fille de Berlin, SL Borneo 1834, Coromandel, Cuir de Russie, and Bois des Iles. Yes, to your point: ‘sexy’ is hard to quantify, I guess I should have used more descriptive adjectives such as alluring, complex, mysterious. Many of my previous fragrance choices felt fresh, bright, clean, flowery, or powdery. I’ll always love florals, esp. white florals, but I look forward to exploring other types of fragrances. September 29, 2015 at 10:25pm Reply

        • Nina Z: Check out Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle. Super beautiful tuberose that could be very sexy if white flowers are you thing. My favorite sexy fragrance is Amouage Jubilation 25, a fruity chypre that reminds me a bit of the old Rochas Femme. Another fragrance that is sexy to some is Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle. September 30, 2015 at 1:08am Reply

          • elizabeth: thank you, Nina! I’ve added Amourage Jubilation 25 to my list.

            I’ve tried FM Musc Ravageur before; I think I’d prefer to smell it on my husband. There are notes (lavender? cedar?) that I didn’t like on myself, but might like better on a man. September 30, 2015 at 12:03pm Reply

    • Angela: Tauers Sotto Luna de gardenia. . . Andy tauer is a niche perfumer who sells a very well priced same set in a tin box on line. Gardenia is not the normal gardenia; it’s somewhat loamy and earthy. . . September 30, 2015 at 5:36pm Reply

    • Morelle: Elegant, classic, refined, yet sexy and unique – that makes me think of Putain de Palace by Etat Libre d’Orange. Yeah, I know, the name is quite offputting. But the scent certainly is not! It really fits your description. September 30, 2015 at 6:48pm Reply

      • AnnieA: Yes, or off-putaining. I always say ELO’s marketing department seems to be run by teenage boys. October 1, 2015 at 7:00pm Reply

  • Tomate Farcie: do you like amber Hermes Ambre des Merveilles or SL Ambre Sultan; Leather SL Daim Blond,Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre, SL Boxeuses, Chanel Cuir de Russie; sandalwood Diptyque Tam Dao, Guerlain Samsara, for tuberose Hiram Green Moon Bloom or FM Carnal Flower September 29, 2015 at 2:36pm Reply

    • elizabeth: Thank you for all of these ideas — I’ve sampled some of the ones you’ve mentioned. Hermes Ambre was lovely, but disappeared on my skin. Tam Dao was also fleeting. Samsara…I should re-try. I do like sandalwood.

      I adore tuberose & gardenia but my husband does not. 🙂 Fracas has long been a favorite of mine but lately it seems too much. It’s not an everyday scent for me.

      Very interested in Chanel Cuir de Russie and Coromandel, but not available in Minneapolis. Is there a website that sells decants/samples? September 29, 2015 at 2:52pm Reply

      • Karen: I just posted a long response to you above and gave the two sites I know that do decants. Both are very reliable and reputable – Surrender to Chance and The Perfumed Court. Luckyscent does samples at a reasonable cost. It is easy to end up with tons of samples – but they are fun to share or add to your bath once you’ve decided whether or not you love them. September 29, 2015 at 3:10pm Reply

      • Tomate Farcie: I like Surrender to Chance ( for decants
        if your sampling another lovely sandalwood is L’Ether by IUNX September 29, 2015 at 3:43pm Reply

      • limegreen: Hi Elizabeth — As a fellow lover of tuberose and gardenia, I have to say: There are a lot of different kinds of tuberose and gardenia, it might be just the effect of Fracas. 🙂
        Have you tried Van Cleef and Arpels Gardenia Petale? The line is available at Neiman Marcus and worth testing a sample around your husband! It’s a soft dewy gardenia, without being sugary or loud. It’s certainly appropriate for an everyday scent.

        Second Karen’s advice, especially the questionnaire on the Malle website and the 10 ml sprays. I agree with AndreaR: Carnal Flower is worth testing, it’s not redundant with Fracas, in my opinion.

        How about another white floral? Malle’s Lys Mediterranee is a very beautiful white lily.
        Lutens A la Nuit is all about jasmine.
        For a changeup, maybe Lutens Feminite du Bois? Or Lutens Santal Majuscule? (I like this better than Samsara for my sandalwood fix.)

        Nordstrom is great about samples — I didn’t see Chanel no. 19 on your list. It really is a nice changeup for me when I take a break from my white florals.

        have fun on your quest! September 29, 2015 at 8:19pm Reply

        • elizabeth: Thank you, limegreen for all of these ideas. I need to order a sample the VCA Gardenia!

          There are many SL fragrances (not the full line) at a boutique near my home, but the owner does not like giving or making samples, unfortunately. She also has the full FM line, so I’ve sprayed Carnal Flower on myself. I do love it.

          Tonight I ordered the following decants from the perfumed court website: PoaL, La Fille de Berlin, SL Borneo 1834, Coromandel, Cuir de Russie, and Bois des Iles. I am excited to break out of my long-established white floral/citrus/green pattern.

          An aside about Chanel No 19: one of my good friends has worn this for years, and it is lovely on her. It does not smell as intoxicating on me. There’s a screechiness on my skin, sadly. My mother wears Cristalle, her signature scent. I still adore No 5 Eau Premiere, way more than the original No 5. I’m excited to try the Les Exclusifs. September 29, 2015 at 10:36pm Reply

          • Karen: Elizabeth – e-mail Victoria and she will pass along my e-mail info to you. I am happy to send you some samples to try out. We can exchange address info via email. September 30, 2015 at 10:42am Reply

            • elizabeth: thank you so much, Karen — I will email Victoria. Love your suggestions and ideas, very much appreciated. 🙂 September 30, 2015 at 12:05pm Reply

          • limegreen: Not a very good business approach for a niche shop (not giving samples)!
            I think there’s a Neiman’s in downtown Minneapolis and they are great about samples. You can smell the entire Van Cleef and Arpels line at the same time — and other lines!
            Too bad about no. 19, but there are so many perfumes to wear! 🙂

            I wrote about spraying my ankles in another post: it works really well for strong scents, why don’t you try Fracas on your ankles and see if that has a different diffusion? It doesn’t break you out of your “rut” as you say, but at least keeps Fracas in your life now and then. September 30, 2015 at 11:19am Reply

            • elizabeth: Hi limegreen: Love the ankle idea for spraying perfume 🙂
              Neiman Marcus was in downtown Minneapolis, but unfortunately they closed. Saks also closed. Nordstrom is my best bet, or the French boutique I mentioned. Nordstrom carries the entire Creed line as well as Jo Malone. Do you have any favorites in either of these lines? I haven’t explored these brands. September 30, 2015 at 12:10pm Reply

              • Karen: If you want to explore the Rose Oud fragrances, Jo Mallone’s Velvet Rose and Oud is a stunning take on the combination. In general, JM fragrances don’t last or work so well for me – but Victoria just reviewed Mimosa and Cardomom and she and others loved it, so you can give it a try. September 30, 2015 at 2:37pm Reply

              • limegreen: It’s been years since I was in downtown Minn, wow that’s a comedown for the area!
                I do have favorites in the Creed line but they are overpriced. My favorite Creed is Royal Oud, which is not dark oudlike but more sweet woody, like tree cuttings and wood shavings sweet.
                If you’re going to spend the money, I would recommend Malle, Lutens, or even Acqua di Parma.
                I used to love the Jo Malone line and still do some of the classics like Wild Fig and Cassis (being phased out). The bath oils are really well done — I wear them dry (e.g. don’t bathe with it) like lotion and the fragrance is lovely.
                I have some of the Jo Malone Cologne Intense, which used to be reasonably priced and are now outrageous (in my opinion): Saffron (to be discontinued), Velvet Rose and Oud, and Iris and White Musk (discontinued).
                So if you are going for just one perfume for wearing all the time, I would probably skip most of the Jo Malones. But they do come in 1 oz sizes “for fun” if you wanted to experiment. That’s just my opinion. I wear a lot of different fragrances so I like the small sizes.
                Let us know how things go for you in your quest! September 30, 2015 at 2:46pm Reply

                • elizabeth: thank you, Karen & limegreen…the two of you are a wealth of knowledge! Creed has always struck me as overhyped, and I had heard Jo Malone’s colognes didn’t have much staying power — although I do love her brand’s minimalist vibe. I will sample the JM ‘intense’ line as well as Victoria’s recommended Mimosa & Cardamom (intriguing combination!) thank you again for taking the time to respond. xx. September 30, 2015 at 3:47pm Reply

                  • Karen: Very happy to help! I’ve had so many generous people share their knowledge and goodies, it’s fun to pass on personal experiences. Morelle mentioned Putain de Palace above, I’ve got a sample I will include – it didn’t really resonate for me.

                    Also, will include a sample of Malle’s Une Fleur de Cassie – it’s very different and for me evokes some intangible idea of strong, smart, glamorous women.

                    When you described what you are looking for, it completely sounded like what I look for, so can relate. Effortlessly elegant is my new phrase. September 30, 2015 at 9:19pm Reply

                  • Karen: Just wanted to check in with you Elizabeth to see if you had contacted Victoria for my email info. October 4, 2015 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Frank: Mine is a compound question/request. I have been trying to find a fragrance for my mom. She loves mimosa and violet. Not combined but a perfume that represents each one. She loves the smell of sweet violet candy (c Howard’s comes to mind). And the pink fuzzy mimosa that is so popular on the eastern seaboard. Not the yellow mimosa that is represented here so often. Can anyone tell me the difference if there is one? I would be so greatful for any assistance! September 29, 2015 at 2:49pm Reply

    • Tomate Farcie: for sweet violet Serge Lutens Bois de Violette,
      Berdoues Violettes de Toulouse,Molinard Violette

      For pink mimosa (is it also called sweet acacia?) maybe Caron Farnesiana September 29, 2015 at 6:37pm Reply

      • Aurora: Lovely recommendations Tomate Farcie, and yes Caron Farnesiana might be a good fit as it is definitely a dry almond perfume so more like the pink mimosa/silk tree. I will list some others below. September 30, 2015 at 7:45am Reply

    • Reg: Try Lipstick Rose for the violet, your mum might like it. It is also a very motherly perfume I think, very elegant and delicate. September 30, 2015 at 7:27am Reply

      • Aurora: Yes, you’re right, Lipstick Rose is powdery and sophisticated. September 30, 2015 at 7:48am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Frank: Excellent recommendations for violets above, also Penhaligons Violetta and Balenciaga Paris, La Violette Annick Goutal and for a leather violette Jolie Madame by Balmain
      The second part of your question intrigued me as I wasn’t familiar with pink mimosa, I googled and it is also called Persian or pink silk tree, and is greener and drier than yellow mimosa. I entered Persian or pink silk tree as a note in Fragrantica, which resulted in the following: Dior Addict, Truth Calvin Klein, Max Mara Silk Touch for the more main stream scents, also Kenzo Eau de Fleur de Soie, Joe Malone (British niche brand) Silk Blossom… there are a few other, quite obscure ones. Have a look on Fragrantica. I think yours is a lovely query, your mother is lucky to have you. All the best in your search, perhaps let us know the results. September 30, 2015 at 7:31am Reply

      • Angela: Frank, forgot to add Une Fleur de Cassie, which I think of as a precursor to Farnesiana. But it’s very skin chemistry subjective, October 1, 2015 at 2:15pm Reply

      • Frank: Thank you so much! I am going to try to obtain samples of the above mentioned. October 5, 2015 at 1:38pm Reply

    • Angela: Frank,

      L’artesan mimosa pour moi
      Christians celebrate calypso mimosa
      pArfums de Nicholai mimosaique

      I also love Amiez moi, a Dominique ropion fragrance for Caron. The bottle is one ounce, squat, with a blue top, easily and inexpensive on line.

      But, since your mom sounds very specific, perhaps sample via surrender to chance or a perfumed court first? October 1, 2015 at 2:13pm Reply

  • Sijia: someone recommend me a SMOKY perfume. Not cedarwood, not oud, not “reminiscent of tobacco”, just honest to god eye-stinging-camping-outdoors-roasting-bbq SMOKE.

    Think ashes. Think soot. Think of a lumberjack making bacon. I want to smell as if a grizzly bear just set fire to my log cabin, and I clawed my way out from the embers to wrestle him down in last night’s firepit. Then I take his pelt and dry it over woodchips. That’s all I want. But like, still chic and available in 100mL EDT form.

    Under $200 if possible. September 29, 2015 at 6:55pm Reply

    • George: Lonestar Memories September 30, 2015 at 4:34am Reply

      • katherine: I’ll echo George’s recommendation for Lonestar Memories (Andy Tauer). September 30, 2015 at 11:35pm Reply

        • Sijia: the bottle looks lovely, will swing by my local perfume boutique this weekend. Thank you! 🙂 October 2, 2015 at 10:56am Reply

    • kayliz: Poss Black Cashmere by Donna Karan, def Bois d’Ascese by Naomi Goodsir.

      Hope you ask more questions – this one’s a treat:) September 30, 2015 at 7:01am Reply

    • limegreen: Hilarious request! 🙂
      Smell Bent’s new release The Fall is supposed to be all about campfire smoke (no bacon). Way under $200.

      Didn’t Victoria mention something about vetiver and roasted vanilla produces BBQ smells? September 30, 2015 at 11:26am Reply

    • Angela: The blog Katie puckric (spelling) did a post on bonfire scents. . . . All I remember is there is a Demeter scent called bonfire. . .

      I agree with the Lonestar memories recommendation.

      Also, I think of Goutals Eau de Fier for bonfire
      And, I think there was a Comme de Garçons fragrance re this note. . .

      and perhaps for arid dry pine incense, Caron Yatagan (skin chemistry dependent). . .

      Sometimes I confuse bonfire with leather or gasoline/rubber though. . . September 30, 2015 at 5:44pm Reply

    • Michaela: For me, Jacomo de Jacomo for men seems eye-stinging-camping-outdoors- (no barbeque, though) smoke. Cheap and chic. 100 ml EDT bottle.
      Ignore the notes, just try it on skin. October 1, 2015 at 5:38am Reply

    • AnnieA: Le Labo Patchouli 24 is not very cheap, but it is very smoky. October 1, 2015 at 6:51pm Reply

      • Nina Zolotow: I second this! It is very smoky and a little sweet, and not about patchouli at all. It is quite delicious!

        Also, CB I Hate Perfume has a fragrance called Burning Leaves, which really smells like its name. October 2, 2015 at 2:57pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Sijia,

      Serge Lutens- Ambre Sultan October 6, 2015 at 5:15am Reply

  • Reg: I’d love to know if there is a sophisticated strawberry perfume out there, combining the fruit perhaps with woody notes and darker aspects. The closest I came to what I was envisioning was Cape Heartache by Imaginary Authors, but then it was a little too dark for me and I wished the strawberry to be even more pulpy.

    It would also be interesting to hear of well made fruity perfumes in general, off the mainstream fruity floral shelves. Recently I have discovered Antigua by Phaedon for a Guava and I really like Treffpunkt 8 Uhr for its Mango-Vetiver combination. Raspberry is always welcome, too.. September 30, 2015 at 7:22am Reply

    • Aurora: Reg: I love the green mango in Un Jardin sur le Nil by Hermes it’s very well made and not too sweet, there is also the mango of Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire , and I feel a little ashamed to confess that I like Hanae and even Ocean Lounge by Escada when I’m in the mood for strawberry punch September 30, 2015 at 8:01am Reply

      • Reg: Thank you for the recommendations! I have tried Un Jardin and agree with you. Bombay Bling is a great recommondation in this context, although the perfume wasn’t for me. Which Hanae do you mean, the one by Keiko Mecheri? September 30, 2015 at 11:40am Reply

        • Aurora: It’s Hanae Mori, the bottle with pink butterfly, I got it on ebay(it’s not expensive) I’ve also seen one with blue butterfly on, I don’t know if they are similar: it’s just that I find it a well-done fruity for when I crave fruit. After posting I remembered a Phaedon I tried, a gourmand with fruit in it so I went back to my notes and here it is: Rouge Avignon: rose ylang-ylang, raspberry, cocoa bean, black truffle, vetiver, sandalwood, musk and amber, Do you know it? It might make another more sophisticated option for you, it’s on my get a bottle list. Good luck Reg! September 30, 2015 at 12:23pm Reply

          • Reg: Thank you Aurora. I really like Rouge Avignon! I have discovered the Phaedon line just recently and so far have been delightfully surprised with each fragrance I tried. Oliban / Grisens is another really lovely perfume, a very subtle and wearable Francincense. Have you tried it? October 4, 2015 at 2:40pm Reply

            • Aurora: Thanks, Reg. Phaedon impresses me very much too, we seem to share quite a few scents. I haven’t tried Oliban/Grisens but I absolutely love Frankincense so thank you so much for the recommendation. In the traveling box I had the chance to try Black Vetiver side by side with Vetiver Extraordinaire and Phaedon completely eclipsed the Malle imo.
              Thanks again, I hope you find a perfect fruity fragrance and wish you luck. October 7, 2015 at 4:21am Reply

    • Theresa: I like Andy Tauer’s “Rose Vermeille” – it is a very jammy rose, delicious and distinctive. Not sure if it is raspberry or which fruit – but very berry. September 30, 2015 at 10:57am Reply

      • Reg: Thank you Theresa, I should re-visit that one. September 30, 2015 at 11:49am Reply

    • limegreen: Hey Reg — How about blackberry? Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay is quite nice.

      I like the raspberry note in Masque Milano Russian Tea, but don’t like the price. 🙂

      Jo Loves (Jo Malone’s own line post-Estee Lauder Jo Malone) has some really nice Mango fragrances, it ships everywhere from London:
      Jo Loves Mango Nectar
      Jo Loves A Shot of Thai Lime Over Mango (a favorite of mine)
      Jo Loves A Shot of Oud Over Mango September 30, 2015 at 11:32am Reply

      • Reg: These sound awesome, will try to get my hands on them. Thanks! Btw. I have tried Dans tes Bras which you recommended to me last time and really liked it. September 30, 2015 at 11:45am Reply

        • limegreen: ooohhh, a convert! Doesn’t Dans tes Bras just grow on you incrementally? 🙂

          I should tell you that I did try Bois des Iles because you were so praiseworthy about it (and we have a similar short list of favorites). I only tried the parfum and it is really really lovely. How does the parfum compare to the edt? September 30, 2015 at 2:49pm Reply

          • Karen: I’ve only tried the EdC, so can’t compare but isn’t it wonderful! Between my new found love of Coromandel and 31 Rue Cambon, I’ve become an oh-so-elegant Chanel fan! September 30, 2015 at 9:25pm Reply

            • limegreen: Karen, 🙂 Not too long ago, weren’t you just saying that you didn’t “get” Chanel? It really is a mystery how our noses develop and our skin chemistry can suddenly mesh with a perfume! September 30, 2015 at 10:32pm Reply

              • Karen: It’s funny, isn’t it! What I realized is that green fragrances don’t really do it for me (but never say never) and I was probably just repeatedly trying the green ones – and shying away from Coromandel because of my negative physical reaction to pure patchouli oil (queasiness, feeling of being off balance). And for some very bizarre reason, I had associated vetiver with a perfume that a teacher wore in junior high – and the association was not a good one – I’m sure I will stumble on whatever perfume she was wearing, but it was most definitely not a vetiver based one. So I was quite surprised that Sycomore felt comfy and elegant (like the cashmere sweatpants I mentioned to Jackie in another post), and 31 Rue Cambon is just a beautiful fragrance on me. Plus, my new motto is effortlessly elegant (a good goal, no?) and what better line than Chanel to capture that concept! October 1, 2015 at 6:38am Reply

          • Reg: It did, just as so many Malles! About BdI, I haven’t tried anything except the EdT, so I don’t know how they compare. I have been trying to get a sample of the EdP. October 4, 2015 at 2:45pm Reply

    • Caroline: Haven’t tried it, but I hear a sophisticated strawberry is to be found in Cartier L’Heure Convoitee. October 1, 2015 at 10:27am Reply

      • Reg: Interesting, thank you! October 4, 2015 at 2:46pm Reply

        • Reg: Is it? It’s funny where one finds what one didn’t expect. It’s on my wish list now, also because it got such a formidable rating from Victoria. Thanks for the recommendation. October 4, 2015 at 2:50pm Reply

          • Reg: The last comment was posted in the wrong place. October 4, 2015 at 2:52pm Reply

    • kayliz: Rubj!

      The EdP is more obviously animalic (it’s only for cumin lovers, imho). The Voile d’Extrait, to me, isn’t particularly so at all. It’s a salty, honeyed, rich and round, big, big berry:) October 1, 2015 at 7:06pm Reply

      • Reg: Reg: Is it? It’s funny where one finds what one didn’t expect. It’s on my wish list now, also because it got such a formidable rating from Victoria. Thanks for the recommendation. October 4, 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Natalie T: Hi there! I’m looking for a new peppery scent to add to my fall/winter rotation. I currently have Moschino Couture! and Si Lolita filling that role and I love them for having lots of pepper and being feminine without being overly oriental or sweet. Any thoughts on others that may be similar? September 30, 2015 at 8:33pm Reply

    • AnnieA: It’s probably not similar to the others, but Le Labo’s Poivre 23, the London exclusive is a) red pepper and b) black ground pepper. For once, a Le Labo label gets it right… October 1, 2015 at 6:47pm Reply

  • CristinaM: Hi, thanks for the great comments.

    Can anyone recommend a good sample/decant service like Surrender to chance, but based in Europe?

    Hate to pay those shipping costs, thanks, October 2, 2015 at 2:45am Reply

    • Victoria: First-in-Fragrance based in Germany offers many samples. October 2, 2015 at 4:24am Reply

  • Ariadna: Hi! I’m wandering what you guys think of Thierry Mugler Alien.
    How would you rate it, Victoria? It seems strongly animalic to me. Not necessarily a bad thing at all. October 6, 2015 at 1:58am Reply

    • Victoria: It’s a very good fragrance, and you’re right about animalic. It has lots of jasmine sambac, which smells more animalic than other types of jasmine. October 6, 2015 at 10:50am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Ariadna: You have excellent taste, I don’t own it but often go and spritz it at Boots, there is something very special about Alien, that draws one to it. Victoria is of course our jasmine lover so her recommendation is more valuable. Off to check jasmine sambac in Victoria’s wonderful posts on that flower, if you haven’t read them yet you’re in for a wonderful treat. October 7, 2015 at 5:56am Reply

  • melissa: I know I’m a bit behind on this post this month and if necessary, I’ll re-post this in the next “Recommend.” 🙂
    I have fallen madly in love with Ambre Narguile. I wish I hadn’t because when I ordered a decant, I had NO idea that a bottle of Narguile is 200+ dollars. Can anyone recommend something very similar for $125 and under? I’ve been trying Frapin 1270 and I *think* I like it, but I’m having trouble getting over that initial top note blast of pineapple. I find it a bit nauseating, cloying. Thanks everyone! October 7, 2015 at 11:14am Reply

  • chris: i really need an alternative to dior midnight poison. it was my signature perfume for years and have only few sprays left from my last bottle. i’m around 30 years old and don’t like oriental notes. also i cant find ysl elle (discontinued as well?) can you recommend me an alternative for MP? October 9, 2015 at 10:51am Reply

    • Victoria: I thought that Midnight Poison was an oriental, but it’s been a while since I’ve tried it.

      If you like YSL Elle, you might want to consider Chanel Eau Tendre. October 9, 2015 at 12:07pm Reply

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