Most Versatile Perfumes : Poll

A few years ago I asked your opinion on the most versatile perfumes in your collections, or what fragrances you reached for when you couldn’t decide what to wear. My reader Hamamelis asked if I could run the poll again, and here it is.


Please share fragrances you think are the most versatile. I will update this post with your top 5 selections. My own answers will be in the comments.

Audrey Hepburn: An out take from the photo shoot for the cover of the April 19, 1954 international issue of Life magazine. Photo by Mark Shaw. Please see Mark Shaw Photo Archives for more of his elegant photography.



  • Lizzy K.: Chanel No. 5 Eau Première, definitely. January 20, 2016 at 7:13am Reply

    • Nick: Yes, an excellent update to the original. The character is well maintained. January 20, 2016 at 8:26am Reply

    • Katherine: I agree! January 20, 2016 at 8:41am Reply

  • Eva: Chanel no 19 EDP ! January 20, 2016 at 7:44am Reply

    • Eva: Adding some since everybody mentions several : Chanel no 5 perfume, Chanel Eau de Cologne, Chanel Cristalle EDT, Dune…. January 20, 2016 at 4:03pm Reply

  • Michaela: When I don’t have any idea about what to wear, my first 5 choices are, in this order: Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert, Hermes Eau des Merveilles, Jacomo Silences, Lalique Encre Noire for men and Burberry Brit Rhythm for women.

    If a had a bigger collection, I would also reach for Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, too, and for Nicolai’s Le Temps d’Une Fete, Hermes Eau de Narcisse Bleu, Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine or Dior Escale a Portofino. January 20, 2016 at 7:45am Reply

    • Michaela: Beautiful photo! Thank you for the link. January 20, 2016 at 7:47am Reply

  • Lily: Houbigant orangeurs en fleur. It is currently my only FB but that is because it’s my go-to. To me, on me, it is soft enough to wear to work and bright enough to perk up even a Monday morning, but also alluring enough for a romantic date (maybe it’s not out and out sex-pot but good for a long walk on the beach type date), and also a combination of notes that is comforting bc of being familiar but interesting bc it is an unexpected (at least in terms of where current popular perfumes are) combination. One of my friends thinks it’s primarily floral; another thinks it’s orange; another thinks it’s wood and spice. I smell them all and smile as each facet presents itself to my attention. January 20, 2016 at 7:47am Reply

    • Nora Szekely: It’s such an exquisite scent, I agree with you. January 20, 2016 at 9:42am Reply

    • AndreaR: Came across this in a small perfume store while vacationing in Venice, Italy last summer. It was perfect in the heat and humidity and I fell in love with it. It’s on my list too 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 6:56pm Reply

  • Connie: L’Air de Rien would be mine. Never feels wrong. January 20, 2016 at 7:49am Reply

    • rosiemay: mine too! January 20, 2016 at 9:16am Reply

  • Elizabeth: 1. Frederic Malle L’Eau d’Hiver
    2. Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere,
    3. Prada Infusion d’Iris (the original eau de parfum)
    4. Chanel Misia
    5. Chanel No. 5 eau de toilette (the Chanels seem to fit well into this category) January 20, 2016 at 7:51am Reply

    • Nick: I agree with your first four choices easily. January 20, 2016 at 8:25am Reply

    • SophieC: Beautiful list, so elegant and interesting and versatile. January 20, 2016 at 9:12am Reply

    • JoDee: I absolutely agree with your top three! I would add
      4. Après L’Ondee
      5. Dulcis in Fundo January 21, 2016 at 10:19pm Reply

      • JoDee: Or possibly for #5 PdN Kiss Me Tender. January 21, 2016 at 10:47pm Reply

  • Caroline: As a fickle perfumista, this list could easily be amended, but here are 5 I’d rarely regret opting for: Eau Premiere, Chamade, No 19 (any version), Heure Exquise and Une Fleur de Cassie. January 20, 2016 at 8:06am Reply

    • SophieC: Another perfect list! January 20, 2016 at 9:13am Reply

  • Vanie: Infusion d’Iris, Stella by Stella McCartney and Cristalle EDP. January 20, 2016 at 8:11am Reply

    • Vanie: Oh! And I forgot Grand Neroli (probably because I don’t wear it quite as much in cold weather…) January 20, 2016 at 9:10am Reply

  • Austenfan: Infusion d’Iris, Bvlgari Pour Femme, Amouage Beloved, Eau d’Eté, Dior Homme, Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert and probably lots of others that I’m now forgetting. January 20, 2016 at 8:15am Reply

    • Nick: Ah, I like Infusion d’Iris. It is luminous, transparent, and elegant! January 20, 2016 at 8:24am Reply

    • Maria B: Bvlgari Pour Femme is mine. It’s lovely and always feels right no matter what the weather. (I’m also an Austen fan.) January 20, 2016 at 3:26pm Reply

      • Austenfan: There can never be too many fans of Austen’s work in this world.

        Bvlgari Pour Femme is one of those lovely scents that few people ever mention but that never fails to fill me with delight. January 20, 2016 at 4:17pm Reply

        • Cornelia Blimber: Quote from professor T. A. Birrell ”Engelse Letterkunde” (Prisma):..”Jane Austen is modern en actueel; zij is geen museumstuk en men moet haar werk zeer zeker niet als ontspanningslectuur beschouwen.” January 20, 2016 at 5:05pm Reply

          • Austenfan: Precisely! January 20, 2016 at 5:13pm Reply

  • Safran: My list would be

    Jour d’Hermes – Hermes
    Orange Sanguine – Atelier Cologne
    Santal Massoia – Hermes
    Ninfeo Mio – Annick Goutal
    Yu Son – Altaia

    It seems, with one exception, versatile means a lot of citrus for me! These are the ones I wear all year round, day or night.
    Safran January 20, 2016 at 8:17am Reply

    • Nick: Orange Sanguine and Jour d’Hermès are easily the most versatile. Pleasing yet elegant! January 20, 2016 at 8:23am Reply

  • Nick: In this case, I go for something that is mostly for me to smell, i.e. with little or moderate sillage, and simple. It should also be easily accessible, easy to find and purchase.

    I go for Lalique Encre Noire nowadays. Otherwise, it used to be L’Occitane Immortelle de Corse or Égoïste Chanel. January 20, 2016 at 8:22am Reply

  • spe: Chanel no. 5 – I prefer the EDP with a quick shot of the parfum (I decant it into a sprayer). I get no lasting power from the current EDT. For me, almost any Chanel would work. They do well with my chemistry, personality, and lifestyle.

    Dans Tes Bras. It’s fresh and interesting.

    Amouage Journey or Honour Woman.

    If I had to chose just one: No. 5 EDP. January 20, 2016 at 8:23am Reply

  • Bastet: My top five easy elegant perfumes, in no particular order, are Prada Infusion d’Iris; Chanel No. 5; Chloe Love, Chloe; Cacharel Noa; and Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar. January 20, 2016 at 8:23am Reply

    • Nora Szekely: Noa and Esprit d’Oscar are two of my favourite cheap and chic, effortlessly elegant scents 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 9:44am Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: Always at hand:
    Jicky edp
    Dior Homme Intense January 20, 2016 at 8:24am Reply

  • Scented Salon: Probably Coromandel. It is so easy to wear during the day and it feels right dressed up at night. January 20, 2016 at 8:27am Reply

  • Deva: SL Un Bois Vanille
    Bvlgari Omnia
    Chanel Bois de Iles
    CSP Amour de Cacao
    Guerlain Vetiver January 20, 2016 at 8:33am Reply

  • Chin C.: My top 5 are

    Eau Sauvage
    Un Jardin Sur Le Nil
    Cristalle Edt
    Eau d’Orange Verte January 20, 2016 at 8:39am Reply

    • irem: I love your selection! Cristalle EdT is my most worn fragrance of all times, I love it. Fahrenheit was my very first fragrance. You can never go wrong with Eau Savage or Eau d’Orange Verte. Un Jardin, I will sample again when I am at Sephora. If you put it in this list must be good! January 20, 2016 at 12:33pm Reply

      • Chin C.: Hi irem! Glad you like them!

        Fahrenheit was my very first fragrance too, and I started wearing it long before I start to read extensively about fragrance. To me it smells very classic but never old-fashioned. The smell on the sprayer (if you get what I mean) reminds me of the good old days.

        The eau d’orange verte was an instant love for me when I first smelled it. But I can’t wear it now as I’ve become allergic to it. The closest alternative I can find is Atelier Cologne Trefle Pur but still it’s nowhere close.

        Sur Le Nil won’t make this list if I’m picking top 4 instead of top 5, as it’s a bit on the sunny, summery, casual side when considering the versatility. Nevertheless, it’s one of my favorites. Now I think about it… Talking about versatility maybe I’ll replace Sur Le Nil by L’Artisan Timbuktu. These two have lots in common to me but Timbuktu is decidedly more ‘neutral’ in mood. January 21, 2016 at 12:48am Reply

  • Danaki: I have fail-safe perfumes.

    SL Santal Majescule (so elegant) in winter, Hermes Jour d’Hermes in summer, PdN Weekend anytime. These days, i find Marni actually does the trick and recently my addition to this collection is De Profundis by Serge Lutens. Got really lucky as the black atomizer offer (2x30ml) was in the UK this Christmas and I got mine with a substantial discount!

    Sorry…had to gush at my recent purchase. January 20, 2016 at 8:47am Reply

  • Katherine: My top 5 are Chanel 5 Eau Premiere, Bulgari au the bleu, Burberry Brit Rhythm for her, Tom Ford Noir EDP for Men, Chanel 5 Parfum. If I had a 6th it would easily be Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights- this inexpensive gem gets me more compliments than any other fragrance. All of these are very easy to wear. I only spritz once because of my family’s allergies though. January 20, 2016 at 8:49am Reply

  • Judy: For versatility: Botega Veneta (original and/or Legere)
    For elegance: 24 Faubourg by Hermes January 20, 2016 at 8:50am Reply

    • Katherine: If I had 24 Faubourg, it would bump Tom Ford Noir or Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights. I love it. Whenever I’m in Sephora I spritz myself. January 20, 2016 at 9:11am Reply

      • Amanda Santana: I almost included Fancy Nights. That’s my go-to for winter. That’s certainly a drug store gem!!!!! January 26, 2016 at 11:18pm Reply

    • Vanie: Nice choices January 20, 2016 at 9:32am Reply

    • Floragal: Bottega is my pick too.
      Incredibly versatile. January 20, 2016 at 10:08pm Reply

  • Hamamelis: Thank you for posting this poll again Victoria, and thank you everyone for being such good sports in participating! It seems some scents will be winners again, but I am also curious after the ones that are mentioned that I haven’t smelled yet.
    At the moment my most versatile scents are:

    1. Heure Exquise or (cheating somewhat) no 19 in any version
    2. Dzongkha
    3. no 5 Eau Premiere
    4. Hiris (Infusion d’iris Absolue coming close)
    5. OJ’s Woman

    I think in summer Christalle would be up there, and as for Spe, any Chanel really, but also…a lot of Duchaufours (wearing the lovely Ostara now. January 20, 2016 at 8:55am Reply

    • limegreen: Thanks for asking Victoria to run this poll! Always fun to see everyone’s lists, no matter what the theme is.
      Glad you are on the mend, too. January 20, 2016 at 11:54am Reply

      • Hamamelis: Thank you Limegreen, it is very good to have some energies again! I have been testing Le Labo Iris 39, and if we could make a list of 10 it would be on it. January 20, 2016 at 1:57pm Reply

        • limegreen: Hamamelis — what a long haul you’ve had, glad you’re back up with energy again! I didn’t realize we were listing only 5, oh well.
          I discovered Heure Exquise because of your love for it, I never got around to thanking you!
          Iris 39 sneaks up on you in a lovely way. January 20, 2016 at 8:01pm Reply

    • Tati: I love Dzongkha and much prefer the Absolue version to the regular Infusion d’Iris (although I have the EDT which might be sharper than the EDP) so now you’ve raised my curiosity to try OJ’s Woman! And I, too, am in the middle of a cloud of Ostara now, so lovely! January 21, 2016 at 3:19pm Reply

      • Hamamelis: Hi Tati, OJ’s Woman is a unique scent, often described as a forest perfume because of the hemlock. It is a green perfume, but dark green to my nose, and there is a lovely jasmin hiding in it. It does contain Iso Super though, I have no problems with that but some perfumistas are very sensitive to it. I am happy to send you a sample.
        Dzongkha is vying with 19/Heure Exquise for number 1! January 21, 2016 at 3:29pm Reply

        • Tati: Thank you, Hamamelis! Such a kind offer! I would love to sample it. January 21, 2016 at 3:37pm Reply

          • Hamamelis: You can send Victoria a mail with your address and ask her to pass it on to me, I am happy to send it! January 21, 2016 at 3:40pm Reply

    • OperaFan: Hyacinth is such a magical note. I love many, Many perfumes because its presence and HE is among the top. Others include Chamade, First, Safari, Grand Amour and Bluebells (Penhaligon).

      Thank you for the suggested poll. Since our taste change with time (aided by our growing knowledge/acquaintances), I think it’s worth reassessing and revisiting every few years. Also a great way to share ideas. January 26, 2016 at 10:35am Reply

  • Bonnie: Bulgari The Bleue
    Bulgari The Blanc
    Estee Lauder Pleasures
    Michael Kors Sexy Amber
    Prada Amber January 20, 2016 at 9:09am Reply

  • Iuliana: Interesting (and challenging) question – for me the answer is not as straightforward as I thought. Here is my list (in a more wintry version):
    1. Guerlain’s Lys Soleia;
    2. Penhaligon’s Amaranthine;
    3. Monsillage’s Vol 870 YUL-CDG;
    4. Burberry Brit Rhythm ;
    5. Hesmes – Un jardin sur le Nil. January 20, 2016 at 9:12am Reply

  • Briony hey: I most often go for:
    P de N: Sacrebleu
    Divine: l’Inspiratrice
    L’AP: Seville a l’aube
    Chanel: Eau Premiere
    SL: La Myrrhe January 20, 2016 at 9:17am Reply

  • WJ: Terry de Gunzburg – Bleu Paradis. It’s just right for those days when I can’t decide. January 20, 2016 at 9:22am Reply

  • Surbhi: Eau de Magnolia January 20, 2016 at 9:27am Reply

    • Vanie: At the very top of my wishlist! January 20, 2016 at 9:31am Reply

      • Surbhi: You won’t regret it ! January 20, 2016 at 9:59am Reply

    • Katherine L: Amen! I love this scent. Earthy and floral – lots of bass but light at the same time Great longevity! January 22, 2016 at 11:14pm Reply

  • rosiemay: For Autumn and winter/cold weather
    L’Air d’Rien, Epic woman, lolita lempicka, Encre Noir pour Homme, Cuir de Lancome. Les Ambre des Merveilles. Azemour les Oranges and Silver Iris.
    Spring/ summer;
    Infusion d’Iris EDP, Iris Poudre, No.19 (any concentration).
    La Pluie, miller Harris and Eau des Merveilles. January 20, 2016 at 9:34am Reply

  • Nora Szekely: Hi Victoria and perfume lovers,

    My list

    1. Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle
    2. Coco extrait by Chanel
    3. Angel by Thierry Mugler
    4. Shalimar Parfum Initial by Guerlain
    5. Chanel no. 5 extrait by Chanel January 20, 2016 at 9:34am Reply

    • Surbhi: Carnal flower is on my list to get. January 20, 2016 at 9:59am Reply

      • Nora Szekely: My first Frederick Malle I smelled 1 year ago and bought last spring. Sigh. It’s quite unique but I find that it works for me in winter, spring, summer, day and night. It may be too much of a diva for everyday use but I don’t care. January 20, 2016 at 11:03am Reply

        • Karen (A): No such thing as a perfume that’s too much of a diva! CF is wonderful! January 20, 2016 at 4:54pm Reply

        • Notturno7: I agree with you,Nora and Karen A. Every day is precious and ‘worthy’ of a great perfume. I love CF and supposedly there is a real tuberose essential oil in there and that’s why it costs more- at least that’s what they told me at Barneys January 25, 2016 at 3:42am Reply

  • Angeline: I think there are 2 camps for versatility for me : when I don’t feel like wearing anything too strong but still wish to have a scent, and when I want the fragrance to work in different situations.

    For the first scenario, I’d choose something neutral, quiet and will not be too bothered about lasting power :

    1. Hermès Poivre Samarcande
    2. Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée
    3. Guerlain Après l’Ondée
    4. Hermès Un Jardin sur le Toit

    For the second, I’d prefer something still quiet but a little more interesting :

    1. Chanel n°19
    2. Chanel Misia
    3. Hermès Santal Massoïa
    4. L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer
    5. Frédéric Malle Angéliques sous la pluie

    If I’m selecting a scent purely for myself without having to consider situations or places, my favourites would be

    1. Chanel Misia
    2. Chanel Cuir de Russie
    3. Narciso (the white one)
    4. Guerlain Insolence
    5. Diorella
    6. Guerlain Vol de Nuit January 20, 2016 at 9:41am Reply

    • bregje: Wow! I could copy your first scenario list completely 🙂 January 21, 2016 at 7:39pm Reply

    • Notturno7: I am like Bregje but I’d copy your last list and of Diorella and Narciso ( I have to try N) I’d put No 5 and No 19. It’s so hard to narrow things down to just 5. I love that you did 3 lists January 25, 2016 at 3:52am Reply

      • Angeline: You HAVE to try – Narciso is fantastic !! I don’t feel i can live up to N° 5 – it’s a very “well dressed” perfume and i’m not usually well dressed enough 😀 January 25, 2016 at 5:50am Reply

        • Karen (A): Oh it goes quite well with a tee shirt and sweat (or yoga) pants, No fancy dress required! January 25, 2016 at 6:00am Reply

        • Notturno7: Thanks Angeline! Now I have to go to the store and sample it! Lol. I smelled it in the magazine add once only and it caught my attention. January 26, 2016 at 4:18am Reply

  • Wilma: Elie Saab L’eau couture
    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea
    Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune
    Dior Dune January 20, 2016 at 9:57am Reply

    • Therése: Dune is so lovely! January 20, 2016 at 10:36am Reply

    • Floragal: Good list, and in keeping with the poll question. All very versatile. January 20, 2016 at 10:11pm Reply

  • Gigi: For me, Eau des Merveilles is easily #1. After that it would come to No. 19, 31 Rue Cambon, And Vetiver Tonka.
    Great lists from everybody! January 20, 2016 at 9:59am Reply

  • epapsiou: A wise person once said ” In a world full of Kardashians be a Hepburn” (Katherine preferably).
    My go to perfumes when I have no time to decide:
    1) Jubilation XXV
    2) Lubin Idole
    3) CdG Man2
    4) Tom Ford Extreme
    5) Baldessarini
    6) Azzaro PH January 20, 2016 at 9:59am Reply

    • Nora Szekely: I guess tomboys can relate to Katherine and delicate ladies to Audrey, I admire them equally. January 20, 2016 at 10:59am Reply

  • Therése: My list of perfumes that seem to work for me at all times reads as follows:

    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    The Different Company Sel de Vetiver
    L’Artisan Nuit de Tubereuse
    Chanel Beige
    Montale Roses Musk January 20, 2016 at 10:02am Reply

  • geranaujiena: Prada Infusion d’Iris
    Chanel No. 5 (any concentration)
    Lalique Encre Noire for men
    Thierry Mugler Cologne
    Diptyque Philosykos January 20, 2016 at 10:03am Reply

  • SublimiSomnium: Chanel Coco
    Kenzo Flower
    Jour d’Hermes
    L’Artisan Timbuktu
    L’Artisan Tea for Two
    Jessica Simpson Fancy Love
    Madonna Truth or Dare Naked
    Estee Lauder Modern Muse Chic January 20, 2016 at 10:20am Reply

  • Erry: In two weeks time, I’m going to move to Canada and these are the perfumes that I choose to bring because they’re versatile:

    1. Chanel Les Exclusif 31 Rue Cambon
    2. Guerlain Apres L’ondee
    3. Chanel Cristalle edt
    4. Bottega Veneta
    5. Annick Goutal Songes January 20, 2016 at 10:28am Reply

    • Victoria: Best wishes for your move! I’m a big fan of Canada, and I’m sure you will discover many interesting things there.

      Lovely list. January 20, 2016 at 2:40pm Reply

      • Erry: Thank you, Victoria!
        One of the things I’m excited about is Aurora. Ooh, and Prince Edward Island because I love Anne of Green Gables. January 22, 2016 at 1:03am Reply

    • Amber: Great list and bienvenue a Canada! January 21, 2016 at 11:46pm Reply

      • Erry: Merci beaucoup, Amber! January 22, 2016 at 1:06am Reply

  • OperaFan: The #1 is a no-brainer for me. The rest I needed to think about, 2/3/4 are in no particular order and may be season-dependent:
    1. Jicky (mid-late 90s edt)
    2. AG Gardenia Passion (purchased 2002)
    3. Apres l’Ondee (edt also mid-late 90s edt)
    4. AG Eau d’Hadrien (pre-2000)
    5. Too many possibilities…. among classic Guerlains (Chamade, Mitsy, Liu…), Chanel (No 5, Cuir de Russie, Cristalle), other early (pre-2000) AG
    Now my brain hurts…. 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 10:29am Reply

    • Notturno7: Yes, OperaFan ?my brain hurts. It’s hard to choose, isn’t it. January 25, 2016 at 3:56am Reply

      • OperaFan: Yes it is! That’s why I carry multiple decants and samples in my purse. January 25, 2016 at 8:48am Reply

        • Notturno7: Me too, OperaFan. I used to carry quite a few bottles with me in the car (just in case) and me and my friends used to laugh about it. It looked like a had a little portable parfumerie. But now I stopped (it’s not good in warm weather) and do the same as you! January 26, 2016 at 4:11am Reply

  • Amanda Santana: Tuberose Gardenia from the Estée Lauder Private Collection

    Chloe (modern version)

    Rosebotanica January 20, 2016 at 10:31am Reply

    • Notturno7: I love my Tuberose Gardenia pure perfume but somehow have a craving for it only in warm weather! January 26, 2016 at 4:14am Reply

  • Anka: Hi Hamamelis, nice question!

    If I don’t know what to wear, what doesn’t happen very often, I think my top five are at the moment the following:
    1. Mohur 2. Misia 3. Violettes du Czar 4. Santal Massoia 5. Après L’Ondée.
    So, that means, if I am uncertain, I will reach for rather transparent, subtle scents.
    From your list I absolutely love Heure Exquise but since I only own a sample (have to change that!), it doesn’t count. To me it’s less fancy than No 19 but more interesting than Hiris. January 20, 2016 at 10:39am Reply

    • Hamamelis: Hi Anka, your Violettes du Czar seems a sure candiate for sampling, I really like violet, in Misia, but also in Iris Cendré where it sort of pops up after a while. And yes Heure Exquise is full bottle worthy if you ask me… January 20, 2016 at 10:56am Reply

  • Myrrha: Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre
    Chanel No 19
    Annick Goutal Duel
    Atelier Cologne Vetiver Fatal
    Miller Harris L’air de Rien January 20, 2016 at 10:40am Reply

    • kpaint: Your first 4 are some of my very favorites. Am adding Miller Harris L’air de Rien to my sample list. January 21, 2016 at 12:19pm Reply

  • Annikky: Two that I can truly enjoy everywhere from the beach to the office to the opera are Chanel Cristalle (EDT) and Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche. January 20, 2016 at 10:42am Reply

  • rosarita: I always enjoy reading these lists! My most versatile perfumes for any occasion and weather:
    Bottega Veneta
    Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
    Chanel 19 edt
    Cuir de Lacombe January 20, 2016 at 11:01am Reply

    • Floragal: Perfect. January 20, 2016 at 10:13pm Reply

  • Trudy: Wow there are some greats lists here. For the time being the following are sure bets that I would happily wear at a moments notice (in no particular order):
    Narcisso (white cube)
    Chanel Beige (spring/summer)
    L’Artisan Fleur D’Oranger
    Tom Ford Cafe Rose (fall/winter)

    As a sidebar…I recently tried a spray of Del Rae Coup de Foudre and thought it very nice. Might have to get a sample to try. January 20, 2016 at 11:09am Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: The five perfumes I reach for when I am in a hurry or don’t know what to wear are:

    Hermes Hiris
    Chanel Misia
    Chanel No. 19 Poudre
    Neela Vermiere Ashoka
    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille January 20, 2016 at 11:09am Reply

    • FearsMice: Yay!! Another Ashoka fan! I had been feeling lonely… January 21, 2016 at 9:01pm Reply

      • Phyllis Iervello: I really like all the Neela Vermiere fragrances but I especially love Ashoka. I am glad you are no longer lonely! January 21, 2016 at 9:15pm Reply

  • Lynne N: 1. Chanel 19
    2. Vega by Guerlain
    3. Patchouli Antique–Les Nereides
    4. Dioressence.
    5. Lyric (W) by Amouage January 20, 2016 at 11:15am Reply

    • Tati: I love Patchouli Antique. I’ve also been wearing L’Artisan’s Patchouli Patch lately. January 21, 2016 at 3:28pm Reply

  • rickyrebarco: My most versatile go-tos:
    Hermes Jour
    Chanel Jersey
    Heeley Iris de Nuit
    Chanel 1932
    Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile January 20, 2016 at 11:18am Reply

  • Lilly: When I can’t decide what to wear and just want something understated and elegant, I usually reach for Aprés l’Ondée in the spring summer and autumn, and Coromandel in the winter. January 20, 2016 at 11:18am Reply

  • Brainfodder: 1. Chanel’s 31 Rue Cambon
    2. Diptyque’s Philosykos
    3. Guerlain Eau de Cologne Imperiale
    4. FM’s L’eau d’Hiver
    5. OJ’s Frangipani (just)

    I can wear 1-4 of the above without a blink of the eye, whenever, wherever, and with whomever. Most of the Chanels (Exclusifs) work incredibly well with my skin – they smell so uniquely delicious and abstract – cue lots of compulsive wrist sniffing as they develop… it’s just the small matter of finances that keeps me from listing more!

    OJ Fangipani is joyful, but it definitely projects a little further than the others. I include it as my easiest-to-wear white floral.

    Bois des Iles, L’Air du Desert Marocain, Trayee, Oeillet Bengale and Iris Poudre are faves, but I have to think a little more carefully before applying. The same with OJ Woman – its projection on me is sooo very good! January 20, 2016 at 11:24am Reply

    • Jackie: The Chanel Exclusifs do seem to lend themselves well to this category, at least for me. I didn’t put them on my list simply because I don’t (yet) own any. When my ship comes in: 28 La Pausa, Cuir de Russie, Bois des Iles, Coromandel, Sycomore, and Misia.
      🙂 January 20, 2016 at 2:07pm Reply

      • Michaela: I’d like to be by your side when your ship comes 🙂 January 21, 2016 at 7:04am Reply

        • Jackie: 🙂 January 21, 2016 at 12:20pm Reply

  • AndreaR: 1. Jour de Hermes Hermes
    2. Bandit Robert Piguet
    3. Dzing L’Artisan
    4. Eau du Sud Annick Goutal
    5. Orangers et Fleur Houbigant
    6. Rossy de Palma ELDO
    7. Mohur Neela Vermeire

    Falling in love with Cross of Asia by Orlov January 20, 2016 at 11:30am Reply

  • limegreen: Fun poll! (list will change next year!)

    Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle (just kidding! :))

    Le Labo Iris 39
    Malle Dans tes Bras
    Chanel no. 19 edt
    Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur
    Jo Loves Pomelo
    Martin Margiela Replica Tea Escape
    Diptyque Essences Insensees (Mimosa) January 20, 2016 at 11:52am Reply

    • Karen (A): Tuberouse Criminelle – ahhhh, we would all be floating about intoxicated by our fragrant trails if it was a popular go-to perfume! January 20, 2016 at 4:49pm Reply

      • AndreaR: In my case addicted and intoxicated. LOVE it and maybe I’ll throw caution to the wind and wear Tubereuse Criminelle everyday 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 6:48pm Reply

        • Karen (A): That sounds like a wonderful plan to me! January 20, 2016 at 7:23pm Reply

        • Surbhi: I will have to try that one. January 20, 2016 at 8:01pm Reply

        • limegreen: Versatile is what you make of it, AndreaR!
          I love TC but don’t consider it versatile in my world. We should have another list –perfumes we sneak around and wear, so to avoid blasting out other people. I spray TC on early when I’m alone so by the time I’m around people, including the husband, it will have passed the menthol opening. I love the menthol opening, but it’s not a shared opinion. 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 8:13pm Reply

          • AndreaR: Rats! Back to earth with a thud. I conveniently forgot the versatility aspect 🙂 I too love the menthol opening. I don’t spray much and happily sniff my wrist throughout the day. January 20, 2016 at 8:49pm Reply

            • limegreen: I really should dab TC but then I don’t get to enjoy it as much and let’s face it, Andrea, it’s all about us and our noses! 🙂
              If you don’t spray much, it sounds versatile to me! January 20, 2016 at 8:57pm Reply

              • AndreaR: No dabs!!! Spray away to keep us and our noses happy. January 21, 2016 at 12:31am Reply

  • Claire: What a wonderful poll!

    1. Chanel No. 5 (parfum)
    2. Paris (EDT)
    3. Prada Infusion d’Iris
    4. Caleche
    5. Femme

    In addition, someone gave me a bottle of Toujours Moi yesterday – and I’m loving it. I know it’s an inexpensive fragrance, and I don’t want to be a perfume snob – there are plenty of less-expensive fragrances that are lovely – does anyone else have a fragrance they love to wear that’s super-inexpensive? January 20, 2016 at 11:57am Reply

    • Brainfodder: 4711 – a smile in a bottle 🙂 so fresh and reviving January 20, 2016 at 12:16pm Reply

    • Karen (A): Roberto Cavalli’s Oro $11 (plus shipping, a whopping $16 total). A wonderful, warm, golden Amber that price wise smells like its missing a decimal point. January 20, 2016 at 4:52pm Reply

    • Ann: Already mentioned–but Encre Noir (Homme) to me smells elegant and sophisticated, and cozy! And it can still be purchased for a song. January 22, 2016 at 11:29am Reply

  • LaDomna: I’m not really very good at versatile. Or rather, what I consider versatile, wearable etc, is rather different from the norm. Elegant scents for instance aren’t very versatile for me. The least versatile scent in my full bottle wardrobe is Slumberhouse Grev, simply because it is the most elegant scent I own. No Guerlains will make my list either, for the same reason… they are too elegant and restrained to be truly versatile for me. Furthermore it’s just not a goal of my wardrobe to have it full of easy to wear scents, just not my thing…

    But still, a poll is a poll, and here are my top 5 scents that work [for me] in any situation / weather / season / mood… In no particular order.

    – Carner Barcelona El Born
    – Slumberhouse Ore
    – Annick Goutal Sables
    – Xerjoff Mamluk
    – BPAL Snake Oil January 20, 2016 at 12:17pm Reply

    • Victoria: Don’t worry about it, the idea is the most versatile perfume. Elegant or not is secondary. January 20, 2016 at 12:24pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: I have a sample of El Born on the way; can’t wait to try it! January 20, 2016 at 10:13pm Reply

  • Raquel: Angel, Shalimar, Shalimar Parfum Inititiale, La Vie este belle and Kalemat January 20, 2016 at 12:28pm Reply

  • Gabrielle Langley: I am enjoying all these posts and am making notes on some new fragrances to try!

    My List:
    1. Bottega Veneta
    — Signature fragrance, especially lovely for fall and winter
    2. Misia (Chanel)
    — winter to spring
    3. Eau Premiere (Chanel)
    — spring and summer
    4. Mariela Burani (Original)
    — Sadly discontinued. However, I include it because it was appropriate anywhere, any time and in all seasons. Very soft yet complex with a delicate but distinct sillage. I recently bought Misia because it reminded me of Mariella Burani’s elegant dry powdery character blended with wet flower notes. January 20, 2016 at 12:30pm Reply

  • noele: Serge Lutens – Daim Blond January 20, 2016 at 12:35pm Reply

  • Lin: My most elegant and versatile would generally be chypres, or at least, something that’s not too sweet:

    1. Guerlain Mitsouko (current version)
    2. Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau
    3. Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
    4. Guerlain Jicky (elegant and comforting)
    5. Cacharel Noa (easy and versatile) January 20, 2016 at 12:37pm Reply

  • Monica: Chanel No.19
    Chanel No. 5
    Chanel 31- Rue Cambon
    Chanel Misia
    Chanel Cristalle
    Prada Infusion d’Iris January 20, 2016 at 12:45pm Reply

  • maggiecat: Chanel 1932, hands down, for any occasion but especially when I’m going to be around a lot of others, in a meeting, theater, etc. L’Occitane Jasmin et Bergamote is also a staple and never a bad choice. And MFK Ciel de Gum is absolutely lovely and always makes me happy, other than the fact that I don’t have an FB of it! January 20, 2016 at 12:49pm Reply

  • Anita T. Monroe: The five that I use in any situation:
    1. Vol de Nuir
    2. Jicky
    3. Dune
    4. L’Eau de Merveilles
    5. Caleche January 20, 2016 at 1:19pm Reply

  • Kathy: I,v been reaching for Modern Muse-works great in my small office, then

    I might do vintage Avon, Imperial Garden or Persian Wood, then

    Shalimar always works, then

    Vintage Je Reviens, then

    Several other of the older Estee Lauders; my friends at the office are kind and know some days I,m in cloud! ? January 20, 2016 at 1:32pm Reply

    • AnnieA: How I miss Persian Wood! January 20, 2016 at 4:18pm Reply

  • Gretchen: Like Brainfodder, OJ Woman, Trayee, and Bois des Iles are favorites that I wear a lot, but I’m not sure they’re “versatile”. Bois des Iles would be overwhelming in the summer, and Woman sometimes brings out a facet that I worry might bother others. My “no thinking needed” scents include Arpege, Forest Walk, Encre Noire for men, and Perles de Mousse. January 20, 2016 at 1:36pm Reply

  • Irina: Chanel Bois des Iles EDT! On me, it’s very light on sillage but sticks around forever in any weather.

    Another perfume for “I have nothing to wear” days is Osmanthe Yunnan. January 20, 2016 at 1:43pm Reply

    • AndreaR: Osmanthe Yunnan is just lovely. January 21, 2016 at 10:09pm Reply

  • Jackie: LOVE reading people’s default frags. Making a list!

    1. I second Noele’s SL Daim Blond above. The first time I wore it was to a movie; now I can’t go to a movie without it. Also my bedtime scent (more evening than daytime for me).

    2. Le Labo Vetiver 46! Worn every single day and night since I bought it a couple of months ago. Complex, interesting, and (for me) versatile. Can’t get enough of it!

    3. Tocca Cleopatra. An under-appreciated scent, IMO. To my nose, it’s at once both crispy/fresh and warm/creamy/musky.

    4. When all else fails, Chanel 19. 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 1:45pm Reply

    • Hamamelis: Ha, when all else fails, Chanel 19…! Very funny and true. Now that is a versatile in my book. January 20, 2016 at 1:59pm Reply

      • Jackie: 🙂 Agreed!

        As I once said to Victoria, to me 19 smells like the Platonic ideal of “perfume.”

        Which probably has more to do with the fact that it was my first grownup perfume than with any inherent quality. January 20, 2016 at 2:11pm Reply

    • Karen (A): Jackie, is this you in Canada? If so, I am happy beyond reason that Cleopatra is on your list! (and if it’s a different Jackie, I’m still happy it’s on your list!) January 20, 2016 at 7:57pm Reply

      • Jackie: Hi Karen! Yes, it’s me! And, yes, my love of Cleopatra began with the very generous mini you sent, along with all those other goodies.

        Partly because of the context of your gift, it is a very warm and comforting scent for me. 🙂

        I _still_ intend to report back on the samples from you and Angeldiva even though it’s been a year now! Where does the time go? January 20, 2016 at 10:18pm Reply

        • Karen (A): Oh Jackie! You have made my day – so so happy (and a little teary!). No need for any reports, your comment says everything. January 21, 2016 at 7:56am Reply

          • Jackie: Aww. You are so sweet, Karen.

            That gesture of yours and Angeldiva’s was one of the kindest and most generous things anyone’s ever done for me. 🙂 It will stay with me forever.

            Where is Angeldiva these days, btw? Haven’t seen her on here lately. January 21, 2016 at 12:19pm Reply

            • Karen (A): Your story was so touching. It was my honor to send some treats your way! And yes, Angeldiva where are you? We miss you!! I know she was moving, a large task as it was her family home for a long time. Sending out positive vibes to you Angeldiva! January 21, 2016 at 4:09pm Reply

              • Jackie: 🙂

                Ah, a huge task indeed!
                I hope all is well, Angeldiva, and I’m adding my positive vibes to Karen’s. January 21, 2016 at 4:58pm Reply

  • Ida: Chanel Beige
    Chanel Eau de Cologne
    Chanel No. 19 Poudre
    Chanel No. 5 EDT
    Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Velours January 20, 2016 at 2:04pm Reply

  • Mariann: I’m still in the acquisition stage, but so far the scents I choose when I don’t want to think about what to wear tend to be, Infusion d’Iris, Passage d’Enfer, Cuir de Lancome and Eau de Merveilles.
    I also love Sel de Vetiver and Bottega Knot, but they are more summery scents to me. January 20, 2016 at 2:09pm Reply

  • Elisa: DK Gold, DK Signature, and Cuir de Lancome January 20, 2016 at 2:23pm Reply

  • mj: for me: Chanel 19; Caleche and Chamade in this particular order. January 20, 2016 at 2:27pm Reply

  • Theresa: For me, the most versatile fragrances (and those which I wear the most) are: Chanel Sycomore, Guerlain Chamade, Caron Farnesiana, Chanel Cristalle, and Chanel Coromandel.

    I love Coromandel, but I’m starting to think it is too strong as every time I wear it, people comment on it – which means to me that they can smell it. So I have to remember to be light on the trigger with it! January 20, 2016 at 2:38pm Reply

  • Domestic Goblin: Turquatic by MAC

    Arlesienne by L’occitane

    Pleasures by Estee Lauder

    Ivoire by Balmain January 20, 2016 at 2:52pm Reply

    • Domestic Goblin: I almost forgot about:

      Sartorial by Penhaligons January 21, 2016 at 2:38am Reply

  • pixel: Hmm let’s see…

    In winter, I’d choose
    1. Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
    2. Chanel Sycomore
    3. Aftelier Ancient Resins
    4. Dior J’Adore L’absolu
    5. Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois

    In summer, it would be
    1. Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie
    2. Fragrance Republic 01/06
    3. Donna Karan Woman
    4. Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien
    5. Acqua di Parma Fico di Amalfi January 20, 2016 at 3:14pm Reply

  • Tomate Farcie: Hermes Eau des Merveilles, Chanel Eau Premiere, L’Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier, Fils de Dieu, Guerlain Vetiver January 20, 2016 at 3:18pm Reply

    • AndreaR: Forgot about L’Artisan Premier Figuer because it’s tucked away until the weather warms up. It’s a summer staple for me. Reminds me of Greece 🙂
      Could kick myself for not picking up Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle when we were in Europe this summer. Found it in a delightful perfume store in Spoleto, Italy, but left it behind. January 22, 2016 at 12:31am Reply

  • aurora_rubinshtein: wow, it is a surprise for me, that eau premiere chanel and infusion d’iris prada are so popular!

    My list:
    1. Image Woman Cerruti – my personal no.1, worked for me at every situation, every season, day and night
    2. Jour Hermes – summer/daytime
    3. I mostly look for a character in perfumes, but recently I found a perfume I would buy because of its universality, so my third vote goes to L’Eau Kenzo Intense Pour Femme (2015)
    4. Dia Woman Amouage – don’t have it in perfum, but in body lotion, smell is very soft and feminine
    5. Simple and cheap colognes, sometimes work even better that Amouage 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 3:38pm Reply

  • SilverMoon: I love to read people’s favourite perfume lists. I like Angeline’s idea of having lists with different purposes in mind. So, here are my go-to/most versatile ones divided by season (even though I actually do not keep or wear perfumes by season).

    Warmer weather: Fleurs de Sel, Fils de Dieu, JM Orange Blossom, Cristalle, FM Lys Med

    Cooler weather: Bois des Iles, Tolu, Iris Poudre, Noire Epices, Baghari January 20, 2016 at 3:41pm Reply

  • Mare: These are the ones I go to the most:

    Chanel No 19
    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Estee Lauder Cinnabar
    Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt
    Chanel No 5 EDP January 20, 2016 at 3:49pm Reply

    • Susan: On a desert island, I’d have these with me:

      Diorissimo EDP
      No 5 EDP
      Cristalle Eau Verte
      La Pausa
      Mitsouko extrait January 20, 2016 at 4:36pm Reply

  • sara: Eau de Merveilles, Helmut Lang EDP, Naked Honey, Le Labo Labdanum are my go-tos January 20, 2016 at 4:19pm Reply

    • sara: oops forgot Timbuktu and Gris Clair! January 20, 2016 at 4:20pm Reply

  • AnnieA: Jasmine White Moss is a nice, anytime scent. January 20, 2016 at 4:19pm Reply

  • Karen (A): Too fun! And a challenge, since I get enamourmed with a fragrance easily and wear wear wear it, then find another to adore. But, most versitile for me – Chanel 5 pure parfum (because it’s perfect), Chamade (just wear it and it feels so right – I have EdT and am so anxious to try the pure Parfum), La Fille de Berlin (a beautiful rose and although Portrait of a Lady is perfect in the fall, I do think a bit before applying), Jo Mallone’s Velvet Rose and Oud (near and dear to me).

    Fifth place is a tie depending on season Dries Van Noten for fall, Carnal Flower in late spring/summer, and Coco parfum for winter. Any of these three are easy choices in their season, but I’d think a bit any other time.

    This is such a great post and honestly, beyond always reaching for #5 when I can’t think of what to wear, a great way to think more about my perfumes. January 20, 2016 at 4:43pm Reply

    • SilverMoon: Hi Karen, my fellow rose perfume fan!
      As you will notice above, I avoided listing any of the roses, since I wanted to think about other versatile ones. Roses are always on the cards for me – Une Rose, Paestum Rose, Velvet Rose and Oud (i knew you would list this last one when you would add your comment!). And l also considered adding Carnal Flower and Flowerhead, but knew I had to limit my list 🙂

      i have noticed you now post under Karen (A). January 20, 2016 at 4:54pm Reply

      • Karen (A): Hi Silvermoon! Another Karen posted a while ago, so I just thought it was easier to add my last name initial to differentiate. Should have come up with a good nickname like you, Limegreen, Angeldiva and others!

        Carnal Flower, sigh – sultry summer nights in a bottle.

        Since there are times when nothing but a rose perfume will do – and only on rare occaisions when one doesn’t feel right, I knew at least one had to be included! It was funny though, because I tried to think of what I’d wear no matter the season. Rose Nacree du Désert which is so exquisite hasn’t quite felt right in the cold, whereas Nahema does. Velvet Rose is just so near and dear to my heart I couldn’t leave it off as it always works for me. January 20, 2016 at 7:37pm Reply

        • limegreen: Karen A- how about Karen Rose Lover or Karen Harpplayer? 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 8:19pm Reply

          • Karen (A): Or weaver or jam maker! I was actually thinking about having some cards made up with my contact info, and as an exercise was thinking of what three things I’d use to self-define. But definitely roses were on the list! January 21, 2016 at 8:01am Reply

            • limegreen: 🙂 January 21, 2016 at 2:49pm Reply

    • Surbhi: Lot of my favorite perfumes are on your list. I own FB of few of them. The only one that I Don’t like from your list is no5. I almost can’t stand it on my skin. I don’t know if it smells different on others. January 20, 2016 at 8:10pm Reply

      • Karen (A): On another post, I noticed you had listed some of my favorites, too! #5 is really a love or hate fragrance – on Victoria’s article on fragrances that didn’t work for people (or what we were “supposed” to like, but No thank you!), #5 may have been the leader. I will say that the pure parfum is much much quieter and wears very close, but for its iconic status many people just are not fans. January 21, 2016 at 8:07am Reply

        • limegreen: (cough) Mitsouko (cough) January 21, 2016 at 2:50pm Reply

          • Karen (A): Hahaha – yes, Mitsouko has its fans and not-fans! January 21, 2016 at 4:05pm Reply

  • maja: My five would include:

    Mitsouko extrait,
    31, Rue Cambon
    Chanel 19
    Cuir d’Ange (if only I had a fb)
    Eau de Shalimar January 20, 2016 at 4:50pm Reply

  • Parfumista: For fall/winter:
    YSL Opium Edt
    Lubin Idole Edp
    Cdg Avignon
    Chanel Cuir de Russie Edt
    Aramis Calligraphy Rose

    For spring/summer:
    Jour d’Hermès Edt
    Puredistance White
    Chanel Eau Premiere
    Boucheron Place Vendome Edp
    Annick Goutal Rose Splendide January 20, 2016 at 4:50pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: So happy to see Aramis Calligraphy Rose on your list! I love it. January 20, 2016 at 10:09pm Reply

      • Parfumista: Yes, it’s easy to reach for cold, grey and gloomy days. And what a priceworthy fragrance now when it’s discontinued 🙁 January 21, 2016 at 2:45pm Reply

  • Ayesha: Stella by Stella McCartney
    Belle de Nuit by Fragonard
    Les Liasons Dangerouse by Killian January 20, 2016 at 5:39pm Reply

  • Tara C: I guess my most versatile are those I reach most often: Amouage Fate and Ubar, Dzongkha, Dans Tes Bras and Voleur de Roses.
    I am planning to compile a list of my five-star fragrances and those would definitely be on it, but really I would need to add five more at least (PHI Rose de Kandahar, Ambre Nuit, Une Voix Noire, Feve Delicieuse, Incense Extreme) in order to be accurate…. January 20, 2016 at 5:58pm Reply

    • Tati: Thank you for mentioning Voleur de Roses, one of my favorites! January 21, 2016 at 3:49pm Reply

  • Normand: Pour Monsieur by Chanel by far.
    Eau de Cologne by Chanel or Eau d’orange verte by Hermès.

    Yep. The Chanels seem to do very well in this versatile category. January 20, 2016 at 6:10pm Reply

  • Ariadne: I would like to add Bulgari au the Rouge to the multiple Bulgari au the mentions. I wear this whenever I am uncertain what I will be doing or whom I may meet. My Chanel for everywhere/everything is #22. Makes me always instantly happy. January 20, 2016 at 6:20pm Reply

    • Michaela: I’m with you on Bulgari’s The Rouge. Rewarding and easy to wear, good for every meeting and every season. January 21, 2016 at 7:12am Reply

  • Patricia: I find the following five very versatile:

    1. Hermes Eau de Merveilles
    2. Chanel No. 19 EDT
    3. Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
    4. Parfums d’Empire Equistrius
    5. Acqua di Parma, Iris Nobile EDT

    Fun poll! I can’t wait to find out the top five (though I have a sneaking suspicion that Chanel will be well represented). 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 7:05pm Reply

  • Jerome: I always reach for a tea scent when I’m not sure what’s appropriate. They seem to work casually, as well as for black tie. The plus is they don’t interfer with food.
    At the moment I’m crazy for Hermes’ Moinseur Li and always have to have the Bulgari green tea. January 20, 2016 at 7:44pm Reply

  • Surbhi: Didn’t read it properly in the morning. we were doing top 5. So here I go again.

    1) Eau de Magnolia (anywhere)
    2) Musc ravageur (Cold / winter / foggy/ tired/ bad mood/ Anxiety/ Extra happy)
    3) Jasmine and or Sandalwood Oil(when I Am at home by myself.

    I have got enough complements on Le Fille De Berlin but the description of it makes me feel like it date only / evening only fragrance. OR I Would wear it more often.

    I also don’t know how people react to oud / wood / scents. A year or so ago I didn’t know much and associated it to bad. But now I see myself grabbing lelabo oud 27 bottle a lot. Even if I tried a sample of bad perfume on me. I cover it up with oud 27. January 20, 2016 at 7:47pm Reply

    • limegreen: Me, too! I thought Victoria was going to give the results of the top 5 “winning” ones, but our own perfumes could be whatever we thought were versatile. January 20, 2016 at 8:22pm Reply

  • hajusuuri: My most versatile perfumes (any weather, any venue):

    Chanel No.19 EDP
    Atelier Cologne Sous le toit de Paris
    Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue
    Hermes Eau de Merveilles
    Chanel No.5 EDT

    (I’m bummed that I did not include any Guerlains!) January 20, 2016 at 8:39pm Reply

    • Petunia: Nice choices Hajusuuri! I am shcked to see no. 19 on your list. ? January 20, 2016 at 8:50pm Reply

      • Gigi: I’m so happy to see no 19 so well represented. I wish I smelled it more out in the wild. January 21, 2016 at 1:42am Reply

        • Petunia: It’s a beautiful scent Gigi. I was just teasing hajusuuri. She wears No. 19 quite often. Also, it’s on my buy list for spring. January 21, 2016 at 9:14am Reply

          • hajusuuri: Do it, do it 🙂 January 22, 2016 at 10:40pm Reply

            • Petunia: I did it! I just bought a decant at the bogo sale at TPC. I read somewhere that the EDP has been discontinued. Have you had yours for a while? January 23, 2016 at 4:08am Reply

              • hajusuuri: It is tagged as Limited Edition and it would be a sad day in perfumeland if it was discontinued. I actually got mine in 1Q2015 so my bottle is not quite 1 year old but I’ve worn it regularly, as you know 😉 January 23, 2016 at 10:01pm Reply

                • Petunia: Agreed. Have you tried the Extrait? Almost bought a few mls at the sale but held back because I couldn’t remember how they compare. I am most familiar with the EDT. January 24, 2016 at 10:02am Reply

  • Petunia: I love reading these poles. What a great idea. Here are my choices in no particular order, Bois des Iles Extrait
    Sballo Perfume Oil by Bruno Acampora
    Au Dela by Bruno Fazzolari
    Beloved by Amouage
    Kiss Me Tender by Nicolai or Tauer’s L’Air du Desert Marocain…. I know that I cheated but couldn’t choose between them. 🙂 January 20, 2016 at 8:44pm Reply

  • Aisha: It changes with the seasons, but right now I seem to be reaching for Cristalle, L’eau de Chloe and Vanille Tonka. January 20, 2016 at 9:22pm Reply

  • Aurora: It’s a good question Hamamelis and so glad you feel better, and many thanks in advance for the compilation, Victoria.
    For me as for many others it can change with seasons but at the moment it is in no particular order:
    Shalimar EDC when I want Shalimar but feels the others would be too much
    Noa L’Eau when I want fruity but elegant
    Kenzo Madly when I want woody incense but think Encens Flamboyant would be too demanding
    Shalimar PI l’Eau because it wakes me up on difficult mornings
    Yardley Iris for layering January 20, 2016 at 9:35pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, thanks to Hamamelis for this terrific idea! I’m enjoying reading the comments and lists so much. January 21, 2016 at 7:45am Reply

  • Alicia: This is very difficult since I change my perfumes with the seasons. In the Spring I wear a lot Guerlain Chamade, in summer Bulgari, Eau Perfumee au The Vert, Chanel Cristalle and Guerlain Pamplelune, but then I retire them until the next summer. The same happens with Fall and Winter fragrances. Nevertheless I notice that I never seem to retire Arpege, Infusion d’iris, Guerlain Vetiver, Miss Dior Original, Chanel #5, but I don’t know if that is due to their versatility or more likely because through the years they have become my intimate friends. Victoria, today I received Ostara. It is indeed very lovely, and every Spring I will thank you for it. January 20, 2016 at 9:47pm Reply

    • Victoria: I’m so glad to hear this! A perfect spring in the bottle, anytime. January 21, 2016 at 7:44am Reply

      • Karen (A): Will just post his here and not on the Ostara review page – everything about this fragrance is just so lovely! The box is exquisite as is the bottle. And while I “know” packaging shouldn’t matter (would love the fragrance is a plain old bottle), having such a pretty box on my vanity and opening it up to a bottle with a perfect little ribbon bow makes applying some such a wonderful experience. January 21, 2016 at 8:26am Reply

        • Tati: I agree. The presentation is as lovely as the scent! I don’t want to throw the box away! January 21, 2016 at 3:54pm Reply

        • Surbhi: And the Ostara hype continues. I can’t wait for my bottle to arrive now. Hopefully I like it as much. January 21, 2016 at 3:56pm Reply

          • Karen (A): To me it’s a very easy scent. Had Victoria not reviewed it and given it a 5 star rating and if the price was not so good, I know I would not have done a blind buy. To me, it is not my usual type (rich, lush) – so it’s a fun expansion for my perfume vocabulary and taste. January 21, 2016 at 4:04pm Reply

            • Notturno7: Me too. It was a blind purchase and I’ve been wearing it every day this week, which is pretty rare for me. I hope they make Ostara pure perfume soon because EdT feels so light on me that I’m going through my bottle faster than usual! Yes, Karen I also love the box so much with pretty yellow daffodils and the poem ? February 8, 2016 at 5:46am Reply

              • Surbhi: This has become my snow removal perfume. Makes me fill spring and tells winter is about to end, snow is about to disappear. Though we got lot of it and another storm today.

                Whosoever mentioned putting spring fragrances in winter is simply brilliant. I hate winters like anything. Fortunately, no winter blues this year so far. I can give some credit to ostara, la majaste de rose, carnal flower February 8, 2016 at 9:24am Reply

                • Notturno7: ? February 9, 2016 at 5:21am Reply

  • Old Herbaceous: Not in any particular order: Lauder’s Pure White Linen; Chanel No. 22; Lili Bermuda Coral; Hermes’ Un Jardin Apres La Mousson; Jo Malone’s Lily of the Valley & Ivy. January 20, 2016 at 10:06pm Reply

  • PrincessTonk: Great question and I can’t wait to formulate my list so I can slowly read through everyone’s lists. Hmmm:
    Winter: Vol de Nuit, Nahema, Une Fleur de Cassie, Theorema, Samsara
    Summer: Terracotta (or Ylang+Vanille), Penhaligon Ostara, SL Douce Amere, Lys Soleia (or Vanilla Galante or Un Lys), Après l’Ondee
    ALWAYS: Kelly Caleche, Infusion d’Iris Absolu, J’Adore Absolu January 20, 2016 at 11:26pm Reply

  • Wara: Clandestine Guy Laroche
    Alchemie Rochas
    Je Reviens Worth
    Parisienne Yves St. Laurent
    24 Fourbourg Hermes January 20, 2016 at 11:43pm Reply

  • MikasMinion: Off the top of my head:
    L’Air de Rien
    No. 5 EDT
    Azemour les Orangers
    Heure Exquise January 20, 2016 at 11:56pm Reply

    • MikasMinion: Lately I’ve added Iris Cendre and Jubilation XXVI to my rotation and they seem likely to be permanent. Also, forgot to list Musc Tonkin which I wear so often I didn’t even think to list it until I looked in the perfume cupboard. January 20, 2016 at 11:59pm Reply

      • MikasMinion: Gah! XXV. Autocorrect is so darned random lately. January 21, 2016 at 12:39am Reply

  • mendokuse: Hands down, my failsafe is Le Parfum de Thérèse. There’s no occasion or weather for which it wouldn’t work. January 21, 2016 at 2:23am Reply

  • YouShan: Love reading everyone else’s picks!

    Mine are

    Mitsouko EDP
    Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris EDT

    A friend only wears L’Heure Bleue, for all occasions, and I love it on her. January 21, 2016 at 4:05am Reply

  • Chin C.: Wow chanel no.5 and chanel no.19 is getting lots of love here.

    To me the eau premiere is the most versatile one for me when comparing with other concentrations, but still it feels too elegant and too beautiful for the very casual occasions :p

    For no.19, I only tried the edt… the opening 30 second is perfect but after that what I smell (with the wonderful Iris) is a strong musky, animalic smell that I just cannot enjoy. Did anyone else get this as well? January 21, 2016 at 4:14am Reply

  • PaulinaL: Top 5 I reach for when I don’t know what to wear:

    Marc Jacobs Woman – a signature for years, for fun and for formal occasions, romantic enough for dates, professional enough for work

    Penhaligons Juniper Sling
    Atelier Cologne Oolang Infini
    Olfactive Studio Still Life
    Voyage’d Hermes

    I think anything cologne-like is my ‘go to’ fragrance. D&G Sicily was another one I would put in this category, but sadly discontinued. Such a great fragrance, day or night, summer or winter. January 21, 2016 at 4:48am Reply

    • Nora Szekely: Oh, I love Sicily. I’m also sad it’s discontinued. I managed to get some samples and a 5ml mini bottle and cherish those. January 21, 2016 at 5:31am Reply

      • PaulinaL: I still have a small bottle left, 60% full. Smells good, however I can see a little bit of specks floating in the bottom of the bottle 🙁
        I wish D&G would give up on Pour Femme or Dolce (or any of the flankers, to be honest) and bring back Sicily. January 21, 2016 at 6:15am Reply

        • Nora Szekely: Me too. I use current Pour Femme but would give it up any day for Sicily. January 21, 2016 at 7:11am Reply

    • Austenfan: While I don’t have any Voyage d’Hermès I can see how versatile a perfume it can be. January 21, 2016 at 5:38am Reply

    • Loric: What type of longevity do you get from Juniper Sling? I love the fragrance but am hesitant to buy it because I’ve heard so much about it not lasting longer than an hour or two at most. January 21, 2016 at 8:47am Reply

      • PaulinaL: I can smell it all day long if I spray liberally 🙂 I would compare it to a slightly stronger Light Blue in terms of both, sillage and longevity, but I wouldn’t put it in the same category as colognes/citrus scents January 21, 2016 at 10:20am Reply

        • Loric: Thank you – I may take a chance on it because it so lovely. January 21, 2016 at 6:17pm Reply

  • Hildegerd: Mine top five.

    1. Voile d’Amber, Yves Rocher.
    2. Bulgari Black.
    3. Neroli, Yves Rocher.
    4. Scherrer.
    5. Roma, Laura Biogotti. January 21, 2016 at 6:44am Reply

  • Sorrel: I love these and wear them anywhere (that I’m likely to go):
    1. Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur
    2. Heeley Iris de Nuit
    3. L’Eau d’Hiver
    4. Sycomore
    5. Difficult tie between Jicky EDP and Timbuktu for fifth January 21, 2016 at 7:12am Reply

  • Betsy: So pleased to see Chanel Eau Premiere is so popular!
    My top 5 versatile…
    1) Chanel No 5 Elixir Sensuel (!)
    2) Chanel No5 Eau Premiere
    3) Jour d’Hermes
    4) Philosophy Pure Grace
    5) Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
    Some of these are not necessarily favorites in my collection, but are truly easy to wear. January 21, 2016 at 7:18am Reply

  • Victoria: I’m adding my versatile choices here. There are perfumes I can wear year around and that always feel just right. They changed from my previous selections, but then again, tastes change over time, so that’s normal.

    Serge Lutens Bois de Violette
    Guerlain Apres L’Ondee
    Hermes Eau de Narcisse Bleue
    Diptyque Tam Dao (dry woods are one of the most versatile categories for me)
    Chanel No 19 January 21, 2016 at 7:39am Reply

    • Karen (A): Thanks for sharing your list! Bois de Violette has been on my must-try list for so long – it sounds like a perfect anytime/anywhere fragrance.

      This has been such an enjoyable post! January 21, 2016 at 8:30am Reply

      • Alicia: Oh, Karen, Bois de Violette (and Feminité du Bois) are just marvelous. I didn’t add them to my list because I don’t wear the in the warmer seasons. Please, try them by all means. January 21, 2016 at 12:11pm Reply

        • Karen (A): Feminité du Bois I loved – had a sample, now can’t remember why I didn’t get a bottle – must be another shiny thing caught my eye! Back to the top of the list it goes! January 21, 2016 at 4:12pm Reply

    • Surbhi: I will try Tam Dao when i get a chance. January 21, 2016 at 9:19am Reply

    • Patricia: How could I have forgotten Tam Dao! *going off to put some on* January 21, 2016 at 10:58am Reply

    • Chin C.: Yes, I have completely forgotten about Tam Dao! It’s really versatile! January 21, 2016 at 11:37am Reply

      • rosiemay: i forgot this one too, and it’s so versatile, great on it’s own, and also for layering! January 22, 2016 at 5:38am Reply

    • Jackie: Great to see yours on here, Victoria. I was just about to ask! 🙂

      How would you distinguish a “dry” woods from other woods and what would be the other side of the spectrum (moist? damp? oily? creamy?).

      I love woods but would like to expand my vocabulary/perception around it. For example, I love Feminité du Bois. I assume that would not be considered “dry” with those fruity and spicy notes. (?) To me, it could be described as “creamy.”

      Are you familiar with Le Labo’s Vetiver 46? (vetiver definitely not the standout note for me!). To me, its woodiness is smoky (dry?) but it’s very incensey (frankincense) and in a way almost “oily” or “resin-y.” Would you call that balanced between dry and … oily?

      Or maybe “damp” refers to more green woods?….

      Hope you don’t mind me asking. January 21, 2016 at 4:39pm Reply

  • Loric: No particular order…
    Hermes Eau des Merveilles
    1932 (extrait plus edt)
    Daim Blond
    L’Heure Bleue
    Angelique Noir January 21, 2016 at 8:45am Reply

  • Audrey: When I can decide its because I’m in perfume overload mode. Seasonally, when I don’t know what I want:
    Eau premiere
    Iris poudree
    Vanille Exquise
    Kalemat florale

    Jasmine 17
    The whole dior Escale series
    J’adore extrait
    A new great little oil I got called habibati looks like one I’ll be reaching for when everything is too much January 21, 2016 at 9:18am Reply

  • Reg: Une Fleur de Cassie and Iris d’Argent would be my first choices. And Rose of No Man’s Land by Byredo, as of late. January 21, 2016 at 9:55am Reply

  • Andy: For me, the most versatile perfumes are the ones that smell gender-neutral to me and which can be easily scaled up or down (in dosage) to be either the most intimate skin scent or a more prominent, punchy accent.

    1. Atelier Cologne Bois Blonds
    2. Chanel No. 19
    3. Bulgari Black
    4. Comme des Garcons Kyoto
    5. ELDO Fils de Dieu (was in that “hmpff! What to wear?” mood today, and this did the trick) January 21, 2016 at 10:46am Reply

  • kat2: Dior Diorella
    YSL Cinema
    Marni Marni
    Annick Goutal Neroli
    Annick Goutal Violette 🙂 January 21, 2016 at 11:54am Reply

  • Tourmaline: Hello Victoria and Fellow Perfume Lovers,

    These days I would class only two of the following fragrances as favourites (Oscar and Le Dix), but I have found all of them to be sufficiently versatile to wear during any season, at any time of day and for any occasion.

    In the order in which I discovered them…

    1. Y (Yves Saint Laurent 1964). I raved on about this fragrance for Angeldiva back in 2014, so I won’t bore anyone again!

    2. Givenchy III (Givenchy 1970) – the original. Towards the end of 1980, when I was 19 and choosing my first signature scent, this one made the short list. In the end I chose Y, but I always intended to buy a bottle of Givenchy III one day. Finally, last year, I acquired a small bottle of the original EDT, and now I wish that I’d bought a couple of large bottles of it years ago, when it was still available in the shops. It is so very cool and elegant.

    3. Oscar (Oscar de la Renta 1977) – the divine original. On account of the fact that in 1985 I chose this as my next signature scent but then quickly branched out and developed a fragrance wardrobe, I have plenty of it left in my fridge. It is from the late 1980s but it still smells wonderful.

    4. Tea Rose (Perfumer’s Workshop 1972) – just one, inexpensive squirt.

    5. Le Dix (Balenciaga 1947). I remember first spraying this fragrance onto my wrist in the old David Jones department store in Brisbane back in 1990, and then going to the cinema to see “The Witches” (which featured Angelica Huston, as The Grand High Witch, wearing stunning black and violet couture with amethyst jewellery). During the film I kept sniffing my wrist and enjoying the elegant, violet-tinged scent, and afterwards I went back to the store and ordered a bottle. Sadly, the fragrance has long been discontinued, but I have enough of the 1990s EDT to last me for many years.

    I have never particularly liked No. 5; however I have yet to try many of the other fragrances that people have listed, especially the more recent releases. I look forward to doing so in the future, and no doubt I’ll find one or two new staples. January 21, 2016 at 12:40pm Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Angelica Huston was a super elegant witch. Do you remember that handbag? and the bottle of ”Diva”? January 21, 2016 at 2:55pm Reply

      • Tourmaline: Hi Cornelia,

        Indeed, I find it hard to imagine a more elegant witch than Angelica. Yes, I do remember the bottle of “Diva”; I counted at least five bottles of perfume on the witch’s dressing table, including that one and what might have been a bottle of Bal à Versailles. There was also a large, Penhaligon’s-style bottle with a label that said, “Love-Drops: Exquisite Family Confection for Fireside Use by William Goodheart, Chemist”!

        I remember that the boy’s grandmother had a lovely tapestry handbag, and that among the contents was a small, cylindrical, six-sided bottle of perfume. I’d love to know what that was, too! January 22, 2016 at 6:11am Reply

        • Cornelia Blimber: You have a perfect memory, Tourmaline! Now i want to see that film again! January 22, 2016 at 6:35am Reply

          • Tourmaline: Oh, Cornelia, I don’t think it’s a good memory so much as the fact that I’ve seen the film many times over the years! Like you, I now want to see it again! January 23, 2016 at 2:28am Reply

        • kpaint: You’ve convinced me I need to see this (I missed it when it came out.) It really doesn’t get more elegant than Anjelica Houston, does it? Smart, classy and chic. January 23, 2016 at 7:38pm Reply

          • Tourmaline: Hi Kpaint,

            Yes, her performance in the film is brilliant and her outfits are superb. If you can tolerate a lot of scenes featuring mice, then your patience will be rewarded; the story has some very effective contrast! I hope that you enjoy it. January 23, 2016 at 9:52pm Reply

    • Karen (A): Oh, the original Oscar! Have memories of that fragrance, so pretty! January 21, 2016 at 4:15pm Reply

      • Tourmaline: Hi Karen,

        Yes, it is a very pretty fragrance. It’s great to hear from someone else who remembers it fondly! January 22, 2016 at 6:23am Reply

        • Karen (A): Funny thing as I remember a skirt and blouse (floral, of course!) that is linked to Oscar for some reason. Maybe both made me feel oh-so-pretty! Although I don’t have plans to buy a bottle, a spritz from a tester brings a smile. January 22, 2016 at 6:50am Reply

          • Tourmaline: 🙂 January 23, 2016 at 2:34am Reply

    • Hildegerd: Envy your little storage of Oscar. January 24, 2016 at 6:23am Reply

      • Tourmaline: Hi Hildegerd,

        I don’t blame you; I am fortunate indeed. I feel sorry for those people who never had the opportunity to smell the original. I remember falling in love with it and being very excited when I first bought it – almost as excited as when I first bought supreme favourites such as L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko and Shalimar (none of which I would regard as versatile, although L’Heure Bleue comes close, and of course another Guerlain fragrance, Après L’Ondée, hits the bullseye and would come further down my list).

        Some people perceived the original Oscar as a “big” or heavy fragrance, but to my nose it was simultaneously ravishing and understated, with a slightly powdery/smoky quality that ensured that it was never cloying. Michael Edwards classified it as a floral oriental (like L’Heure Bleue and Après L’Ondée) with major notes of orange flower, soft aldehydes, jasmine, tuberose, musk and myrrh; what’s not to like?! January 25, 2016 at 10:24am Reply

  • Kris: Oooh! I love this poll. So nice to see what everyone’s go-to fragrances are! Here are my top 5:

    1. Chanel No. 22–probably the closest I come to a signature scent. It is always perfect.

    2. Guerlain Vol de Nuit–green enough to be refreshing, warm enough to be cozy.

    3. Chanel Les Exclusifs 31 Rue Cambon–because there’s never a bad time to smell like a beautiful old library. I wish they would release this as an extrait.

    4. Keiko Macheri Tarifa–the petit grain and neroli are a bright pick-me-up in the winter and refreshing in the summer

    5. Tom Ford Violet Blonde–violet, iris, and sandalwood are just pretty all the time. January 21, 2016 at 1:23pm Reply

    • Notturno7: I love the first three on your list, Kris, so now I feel I should try Violet Blonde, too. I can almost smell it because of your description and it sounds great! February 9, 2016 at 4:49am Reply

      • Kris: I just love it. It’s got that beautiful buttery suede thing that iris sometimes does with a little sweet (but not tooooooo sweet) violet and warm yummy sandalwood. It’s almost a gourmand, but not really at all edible smelling. February 16, 2016 at 7:59pm Reply

        • Notturno7: Lovely! Well, I will try it soon. Just tried Shangai Lili with my Mom today, and we both loved it. Sorry I didn’t see this post sooner, I would have sprayed Violet Blonde, too. This is so much fun. My brain just works differently when I’m smelling perfumes. As if trying these beautiful scents transports me to the different country where everything is magical. February 17, 2016 at 5:54am Reply

          • Notturno7: Oops, typing too fast on a little phone-Shanghai Lily ? February 17, 2016 at 5:58am Reply

  • Andrea: Oh I would like to play too!
    Autumn/ Winter
    Chanel Cuir de Russie EdT
    Hermes Cuir de Ange
    Dyptique Oud Palao
    Piguet Fracas
    Lutens A la Nuit

    Spring/ Summer
    Malle En Passant
    Cartier Les Heures Vertueuse III
    Balmain Vent Vert
    Dior Diorrisimo
    Hermes Eau de Narcisse Bleu January 21, 2016 at 1:48pm Reply

    • Surbhi: I never thought of wearing a pure jasmine for winter. I am going to try it in the evening today. January 21, 2016 at 2:36pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Did you find a vintage Vent Vert, Andrea? What an amazing perfumer Germaine Cellier was. I love her Fracas,too. February 9, 2016 at 4:54am Reply

      • Andrea: I only have some vintage in a decant but am using the current version. Afraid to buy vintage online and also live in fear of Balmain discontinuing the scent altogether! Sigh.

        LOVE Fracas! February 9, 2016 at 5:12am Reply

        • Notturno7: Thank you for your answer, Andrea. Could you tell me if the current version is close to the vintage you have?
          I had a good luck buying a vintage Caleche from eBay seller specialized in selling vintage perfumes. So, it’s possible but risky ? February 9, 2016 at 5:28am Reply

          • Andrea: Let me compare them and get back to you. Thank you for the tip! February 9, 2016 at 2:10pm Reply

  • Carla: Une Fleur de Cassie, no doubt. January 21, 2016 at 1:56pm Reply

  • marymary: The six months I worked in Amsterdam I wore l’heure bleue every day, so I guess it must have been versatile. All my other perfumes were in storage. January 21, 2016 at 2:00pm Reply

  • Amber: This is fun, thanks everyone!
    Mine in the colder months (no particular order) are-

    1) Reglisse Noire by 1000 Flowers
    2)Apres L’Ondee by Guerlain
    3)Otis and Me by Parfums Jazmin Sarai
    4)Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain
    5) Lavender Noir by Phoenix Botanicals January 21, 2016 at 2:27pm Reply

  • Penny: I can wear Chanel Sycamore almost any time, any place. I also prefer No. 22 over No. 5 for me. Recently, I have also been reaching for No. 28 La Pausa often. January 21, 2016 at 2:36pm Reply

  • KimB: The #1 and #2 popped into my head immediately, the rest I had to think about
    1) No 5 extrait – one spritz every morning on my arms and I’m set for the day (there’s a reason it’s still a huge seller!)
    2) 31 Rue Cambon – my go-to for evening / weekends
    3) extrait of Cuir de Russie, Bois des Iles, or No 19 depending on the season/weather

    Hermes: (especially in summer)
    4) Jour d’Hermes absolu
    5) Jardin en Mediterranee January 21, 2016 at 2:50pm Reply

    • Notturno7: I love your selection KimB. I love and use all the Chanel’s you mention. I’d only substitute your Hermes for 22 Faubourg.
      What great lists from everyone. I feel inspired to try new ones! February 9, 2016 at 5:03am Reply

  • Vani: I think my choices work well in every season, I consider them all very comfortable to wear and they make me happy:
    #1 – Chanel no. 5 Eau Premiere or no.5 EDT
    #2 Prada Candy
    #3 Van Cleef Arpels First
    #4 Rochas Femme
    Seems like I may be a gourmand & aldehydes kind of girl 🙂 January 21, 2016 at 3:52pm Reply

    • Michaela: I’m so sorry I forgot First. It’s perfect on cold days as well as in the heat; a small dab or a full spray, depending on the sillage intended, would behave perfectly well in any situation, day or night. Easy to wear and elegant all the time. January 22, 2016 at 3:44am Reply

      • Notturno7: I love First, too. It’s in my group of fragrances to wear on the days when I have to much work and it makes me feel strong, tough and in command. January 25, 2016 at 4:07am Reply

  • Tati: What a fun list! My favorites for versatility:
    Une Fleur de Cassie
    Iris Nazarena
    La Fille De Berlin January 21, 2016 at 4:10pm Reply

    • Karen (A): It’s fascinating how often Une Fleur de Cassie is listed! It’s a favorite of mine, but for me more of a special occaision perfume, perhaps I will wear it as my daily perfume for a week and see what happens! January 22, 2016 at 6:54am Reply

      • Tati: I definitely love to wear it going out to lunch with friends or whenever I want to feel special. The cost point prevents me from wearing it around the house everyday, but I’ve started to substitute JM’s Cardamom & Mimosa for that. Not as complex but not a bad replacement either! January 22, 2016 at 11:31am Reply

  • laraffinee: The one perfume that I reach for the most is:

    Hermes, 24 Faubourg

    -always is wonderful, all occasions all year; a real winner.

    I used to be a Guerlain girl, until they reformulated my favorites and they are no longer recognizable. So disappointing.

    Chanel has a lot of classics I love: Gardenia, Cuir de Russie; No. 19; No. 5; 1932….

    Recently discovered Tauer perfumes and find myself reaching for Incense Rosé -it is giving 24 Faubourg some good competition.

    I have a wonderful bottle of Esteé Lauder’s Beyond Paradise in perfume concentrate which I love and would wear much more if it were still available – it has a richness that the Eau de Parfume does not. I wish they would make the perfume concentrate available again.

    As a perfume collector, I have so many for so many moods, seasons, etc. but these are the top ones. January 21, 2016 at 4:28pm Reply

    • Notturno7: I love 22 Faubourg and all other Chanel’s, except Beige that you mentioned. For me too, 22 Faubourg feels perfect for all seasons and I have it in extract, EdP and the body cream is so luxurious and yummy ?. Now I feel like putting a little dab on before falling asleep ? January 25, 2016 at 4:15am Reply

    • Notturno7: And Laraffinee, that Beyond Paradise in pure perfume does sound beyond paradise!! Divine. Why do they discontinue the best stuff? January 25, 2016 at 4:19am Reply

  • Samar Rizwan: Amouge Honour, Roses de chloe, VS bombshell, Nirvana white, EL tuberose gardenia. January 21, 2016 at 5:20pm Reply

  • bregje: I wish i was more original but i guess all bois de jasmin-readers have great taste,so most of my anytime,anywhere scents have already been mentioned 😉

    Après l’ondée
    Baiser Vole
    Jour d’hermes
    La fille de Berlin
    Guerlain Vetiver January 21, 2016 at 7:47pm Reply

  • Mer: Undecided, no commitment (because sadly it lasts 15 minutes on me): Un matin d’orage. Otherwise, some old Miss Dior or BPAL Odin. Or else I steal Old Spice 😉

    I’d certainly be Magie Noire but I treasure two tiny vintage bottles, or Timbuktu if it hadn’t been reformulated into nothingness :'( January 22, 2016 at 2:57am Reply

    • Mer: I’ll add, I think I should start treasuring the Miss Dior also, and I’ve found a substitute I can still find in Scherrer. It has a similar character to me. Galbanum is my thing. January 22, 2016 at 3:08am Reply

  • Therése: It’s obvious to me from reading through all these comments that I really should try Chanel no 5 Eau de Premiere 🙂

    I’ve never bothered with the no 5 flankers because no 5 smells really odd on me. Maybe Eau de Premiere is the answer. January 22, 2016 at 4:24am Reply

  • Tippie: I would most readily reach for:
    – Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois
    – Guerlain Mitsouko
    – Frederic Malle Parfum de Therese
    – Parfums de Nicolai New York
    – MDCI Chypre Palatin
    I think these five would work in any situation and time of day and weather. January 22, 2016 at 6:13am Reply

  • Parley: most easy-to-wear:

    guerlain vetiver
    eau de rochas
    penhaligon elixir
    hermes voyage

    My safe bets seem resolutely unisex and streamlined even though I’d classify myself as primarily a big ol chypre lover! January 22, 2016 at 6:46am Reply

  • london: Versatile meaning any weather anywhere would probably be

    Hermes Hiris
    Guerlain Liu
    Dior Dune
    Hermes Eau des Merveilles
    Prada L’Eau Ambree

    It’s easier to wear light in Winter than it is to wear heavy in Summer! January 22, 2016 at 7:23am Reply

  • Indigo: I understand the abstract idea that something versatile would be discreet, chic and passe-partout but for me, I can get bored with scents like these and end up spraying something else on as soon as it fades. So for me, the most versatile are the ones I want to wear all day and into the night (aka the most beautiful).
    1. Portrait of a Lady
    2. Feminité du Bois
    3. Après l’Ondée January 22, 2016 at 9:53am Reply

    • Victoria: Just to clarify–not at all! It’s whatever feels versatile to you. Bland doesn’t equal versatile. January 24, 2016 at 7:45am Reply

      • Indigo: Well, there isn’t a pastel colour to be found in my wardrobe or makeup bag so yes – a versatile perfume needs a certain character for me. You’re right – it’s what works for the individual (and for me, right now, that’s a scarlet top, black jeans and POAL). January 26, 2016 at 4:50pm Reply

        • Surbhi: Interesting ! Being able to pull of POAL as versatile fragrance. January 27, 2016 at 1:07pm Reply

          • Indigo: Absolutely! I read an interview with Luca Turin recently where he described it (and Ropion’s work) as putting together big ingredients which cancel one another out by their size, rather than combining to create a monster. It can feel big but it is also cool enough to be quite translucent. January 27, 2016 at 4:35pm Reply

  • Nina Z: Après l’Ondée
    Ylang & Vanille
    Sideris by Maria Candida Gentile

    I might add more later…. January 22, 2016 at 10:45am Reply

  • Johanob: My no-brainer versatile current-heatwave scents are(in no particular order!):
    1.)Chanel Pour Monsieur-I was surprised how much I enjoyed it in this heat!It went from like to LOVE.
    2.)Etat Libre d’Orange Antiheros-in my books the best burnt-sugar but fresh lavender perfume out there!
    3.)Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger-a staple this summer,I drained my bottle!!
    4.)Rose en Bos Imithi.a local South African botanical perfumery brand.Imithi is forest floors and damp,wet earth after the rains.The smokiness reminds me of campfires on a summer night.
    5.)The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose.Such an easy perfume to wear,and it reminds me a lot of Rose Jam showergel.Perfect with a no-brainer jeans and t-shirt outfit as well!
    Loving the lists!Off to revisit a neglected dear old friend:No.19….;-)) January 22, 2016 at 5:37pm Reply

  • Malmaison: I have a shortlist of perfumes I go for if I’m headed to the office and need to be discreet with my fragrance; or if I simply don’t know what perfume to put on and have to decide in a hurry; or if I just want something I know I won’t regret an hour later.

    Gypsy Water, Byredo
    Cuir de Lancôme
    Eau des Merveilles, Hermès
    Bottega Veneta
    Parfum Trouvé, Miller et Bertaux – although this is very similar to Feminité du Bois, and FDB is arguably the better perfume, I find Parfum Trouvé softer and more wearable, at least for me.

    I am interested to see how much love the Chanels get, it’s one perfume line that I’ve never managed to find anything to tempt me in – but I keep trying because I feel that Chanel is a lock to which I’ve not yet found the right key. January 22, 2016 at 7:06pm Reply

  • Jo: These are the ones I tend to reach for when I have no particular mood or preference to fulfil with my choice, the ones which feel easy-going and familiar.
    1. Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise
    2. Miller Harris La Fumee/ Diptyque Tam Dao
    3. Chanel No. 5 Elixir Sensuel
    4. Lubin Black Jade
    5. Burberry Brit Rhythm
    Also increasingly L’Artisan Caligna. January 22, 2016 at 9:15pm Reply

  • Katherine L: My 2 cents:
    Chanel 5 (EDT)
    Chanel Beige
    Eau de Magnolia (Malle)
    Fracas (Piguet)
    Gardenia Petale (Van Cleef) January 22, 2016 at 11:34pm Reply

  • Karen 5.0: If only we could all look this gorgeous in an outtake…or ANY take! 🙂

    These are my go-to, versatile fragrances:
    Chanel Rue Cambon; Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely; and Penhaligon`s No. 33 Eau de Cologne. The latter is “for men” but I love the notes and how it makes me feel~ January 23, 2016 at 10:26am Reply

  • Elisa P: These are probably my most versatile in terms of weather, mood, occasion. They rarely feel out-of-place.
    1)FM L’Eau D’Hiver
    2)Cristalle edp
    3)Bottega Veneta
    4)Amouage Beloved
    5)Lolita Lempicka January 23, 2016 at 11:03am Reply

  • Rozanne: Hi there, my list sounds like a lot of other people’s :

    Infusion d’Iris
    Chanel Eau Premiere
    Orange Sanguine
    Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Colonia
    Terry du Gunzburg’s Rouge Nocturne works well in winter, for day or night January 24, 2016 at 3:47pm Reply

  • Hera: MY favorites that I feel I can wear anytime, anywhere
    FM Eau de Magnolia
    Kiehl’s musk oil
    SL Clair de Musc
    Chanel Beige
    SL Encens et lavande January 24, 2016 at 3:53pm Reply

  • Notturno7: Thank you Victoria and Hamamelis. Great idea!! I love reading everyone’s lists. I’m getting high and happy just reading this and thinking about these lovely scents.
    When I can’t decide I grab
    24 Faubourg
    Angel extract
    Cuir de Russie
    Bois des Iles
    No 5 January 25, 2016 at 4:26am Reply

  • Kaat: Lovely Idea,

    the ones i wear all year round, and when i can’t decide,
    my all time favourite what is still My signature fragrance for many years is on nr 1

    1 Castelajac
    2 Oppoponax–Les Nereides
    3 Guerlain Apres L’ondee
    4 Atelier Cologne Vetiver Fatal
    5 Bottega Veneta January 26, 2016 at 3:23pm Reply

  • Kelly: 1) Chanel 28 La Pausa
    2) Guerlain Apres L’Ondee
    3) Comme des Garcons Avignon
    4) FM Vetiver Extraordinaire
    5) Serge Lutens A La Nuit

    But really Chanel 28 La Pausa just makes everything better. Sigh…. January 26, 2016 at 7:04pm Reply

    • Notturno7: Reading everyone’s lists -Après L’Ondee is very popular. It like it but it feels too light on me. Wish they start making a perfume again. You guys are inspiring me to go to the store and give it another try ? February 9, 2016 at 5:18am Reply

  • parker scout: My most worn & versatile perfumes, the ones I reach for when I don’t know what to wear but need to feel confident, are (in no particular order):

    1. Narciso.
    2. Nahema.
    3. Neroli (Yves Rocher).

    And sometimes when I want something “else”, Une fleur de Cassie or OJ’s Tolu. January 27, 2016 at 7:08am Reply

  • Lady Dragon: For me, definitely Chanel classics: Eau Premiere, Cristalle Edt and Cristalle Eau Verte, Coco, 31 Rue Cambon; and some random choices – from Hermes Eau D’Orange Verte, Balmain de Balmain to Lady Vengeance by JHAG January 28, 2016 at 11:03am Reply

  • Neyz: 1. De profundis
    2. Le Parfum de Therese
    3. Feminité du Bois January 29, 2016 at 10:06pm Reply

  • kayliz: Better late than never, I hope…

    — Chanel: Misia
    — Guerlain: Cuir Beluga
    — Annick Goutal: Mandragore Pourpre

    Am wondering about La Fille de Berlin — I can’t remember whether it works that way for me in summer. In winter it’s definitely an easy, happy choice.

    Oh and after months of complaining that I don’t get Mohur, I think I may be hooked. Early days yet but I’m probably going to have to mortgage something sooner or later. January 31, 2016 at 3:14pm Reply

    • Katherine x: Funny – I had a similar experience with Mohur. Neutral and then BAM! Heartachingly smitten. Similarly with La Fille de Berlin and Bois de Violette where my initial reaction was rather negative not just neutral, then I was swept off my feet. No telling… February 9, 2016 at 10:03pm Reply

  • Kara: My hand reaches for the following and in order:
    -Reem Acra
    -Bottega Veneta(original)
    -Donna Karan Gold
    -Flower by Kenzo
    -Dune by Dior February 1, 2016 at 12:15pm Reply

    • Maja Wiggins: I am quite nostalgic toward Dune by Dior, same goes for Poeme by Lancôme and Dolce Vita by Dior. February 13, 2016 at 10:58pm Reply

  • Maja Wiggins: Anything Hermes, Declaration Cartier, Quartz Molyneux, Womanity Muglar, Diva Ungaro.
    I lived in Middle East for quite some time, so Oud based oils are part of my perfume wardrobe. I quite enjoyed Chanle 19 poudre and Cartier La Panthere and Le Baiser Vole. My love for Hermes has been ” helped ” by living in very hot and humid climate. Moving back to South Texas – climate is almost the same. Last Christmas I was gifted Reveal by Clavin Klein and enjoyed it as applied on bare body. February 13, 2016 at 10:55pm Reply

  • Jo: Having seen the results of the poll now, I can agree, for my own answer Chanel comes out top as well. I’d say
    1. Chanel No. 5 Elixir Sensuel
    2. Chanel Bois de Iles
    3. Chanel No. 5 EDP
    4. Diptyque Tam Dao
    5. Yves Rocher Neroli

    I would also have said Jean Charles Brosseau Ombre Rose but I have finished my (vintage) bottle and have not yet tried the new formulation. March 16, 2016 at 2:52pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your list, Jo!
      I don’t mind the new formulation of Ombre Rose, but I worry that a side by side comparison with the vintage version may not be to its benefit. March 16, 2016 at 7:42pm Reply

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