Recommend Me a Perfume : February 2019

Our “Recommend Me a Perfume” thread is open this week. You can this space to find perfume recommendations, to share your discoveries and favorite scents, and to ask any questions about scents, aromas and flavors.

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 uner their comment.

Winter landscape with skaters and bird trap, 1565, by the Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder, located in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels.



  • Sandra: I am looking for perfumes similar to 31 Rue Cambon. Thank you February 18, 2019 at 8:20am Reply

    • Anne: I am not sure why as my nose is not expert, but i do find some similarities with Sisley Eau du Soir and Guerlain Mitsouko. February 18, 2019 at 9:14am Reply

    • Heidi: It does have a bit of peachiness like Mitsouko — also reminds me somewhat of Givenchy III and the patchouli-iris somewhat of Prada’s new Purple Rain. February 18, 2019 at 10:41am Reply

    • Ann: I tested 31 Rue Cambon recently from a sample from Hajusuuri. I’m smelling a sort of waxiness, sweetness & woods. Some say this reminds them of Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men. February 18, 2019 at 12:07pm Reply

    • Carla: Une Fleur de Cassie is in the same spirit though not technically the same February 18, 2019 at 10:07pm Reply

    • Austenfan: In Perfumes The Guide, Luca Turin draws a similarity between both La promesse de l’aube, L’enlèvement au sérail and 31 Rue Cambon. L’enlèvement has been discontinued for a while but Promesse is still available. They are both by MDCI. Interestingly I don’t particularly care for the Chanel and adore both these MDCI’s. So I guess the reverse might be true as well.
      Try before you buy is the motto, I suppose. February 19, 2019 at 5:58am Reply

      • Figuier: As it happens, 31RC is my SOTD. I haven’t tried either of the MDCIs for a long time, but for what it’s worth, I’d agree with Austenfan that they are probably the closest in feel & style that I can think of. They’re less austere, more baroque – Enlevement was such a beauty! – 31 RC works better as office wear than either of them. February 19, 2019 at 11:09am Reply

        • Austenfan: You are probably right about the suitability of 31 Rue Cambon for work, although where I live we don’t have fragrance regulations (that I’m aware of). I’m so glad I got my bottle of Enlèvement when I did! It’s stunning. February 19, 2019 at 12:35pm Reply

          • rainboweyes: My SOTD too!!! I didn’t realize there were similar scents out there…
            Must try Promesse before it becomes discontinued… February 19, 2019 at 3:37pm Reply

          • rainboweyes: Speaking of 31 RC – how does the new EdP compare to the EdT version? February 19, 2019 at 3:40pm Reply

  • Nina: I am looking for layering combinations that can be used with Atelier Cologne’s Rose Anonyme. The Rose Anonyme has too strong of an incense note on me, and I wonder if something can be layered with it to make more bright and floral? February 18, 2019 at 11:56am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Nina: I was thinking Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee might sweeten Rose Anonyme but I see that you mention the adjectives bright and floral: for bright maybe one of the orangey ones, like Orange Sanguine or Mandarine Glaciale, for floral maybe an Iris which would go well with the rose so I’d say Silver Iris. Layering is always an experiment isn’t it, I hope something will work. Good luck! February 19, 2019 at 12:29pm Reply

      • Nina: Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll try it out with the Silver Iris first! February 19, 2019 at 3:50pm Reply

    • Ceil: I would try layering it with Hermes Pamplemousse rose February 19, 2019 at 1:09pm Reply

      • Nina: Thanks for the suggestion! February 19, 2019 at 3:45pm Reply

  • DB: Hello!
    I am looking for any perfumes that are similar to Diorella, Dioressence, Poison and Dune. I surely appreciate the help! February 18, 2019 at 1:25pm Reply

    • Robin: You might have a smell at the Bulgari perfumes. Swim of them are as strong as Poison or Dune.
      Bulgari has also a “Rose” perfume which is quite nice actually. February 18, 2019 at 3:01pm Reply

    • Austenfan: Diorella: Le parfum de Thérèse (Frédéric Malle), Amouage Jubilation 25, Chanel Cristalle

      Poison: Serge Lutens Cèdre

      Dune: Allure Chanel, Laura Biogiotti, Roma February 18, 2019 at 3:45pm Reply

      • Matty: Thank you for the replies to DB. I was interested in her queries. February 18, 2019 at 3:56pm Reply

        • DB: Thank you all! Look forward to trying those 😉 February 18, 2019 at 8:41pm Reply

    • Carla: Similar to Diorella – Amouage Jubilation 25. February 18, 2019 at 10:08pm Reply

    • Rachel: I just bought tolu fom Ormonde Jayne it really reminds me of Dune but deeper not as meloncholy. February 18, 2019 at 10:25pm Reply

      • Carla: I love Tolu. It has provided such comfort this winter. I rediscovered it this winter, really, along with Ormonde. I used to wear Dune in college because I liked the scent on my friend, but I really cannot stand Dune anymore. February 25, 2019 at 5:38pm Reply

        • Carla: I think Tolu is quite different. No vanilla as far as I can tell. To me it is a beautiful amber, like Ambre Sultan but more feminine. Everyone should try Tolu, good suggestion February 25, 2019 at 5:41pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello DB: Also Quartz by Molyneux for Diorella, it’s mentioned on Fragrantica, it’s lovely, I have it and it flies a little bit under the radar.

      The other recommendations are very good too. February 19, 2019 at 12:36pm Reply

    • rosarita: For Dune (one of my favorites) Givenchy Organza has the warm floral but it does have a whop of vanilla. Rochas Absolue (check eBay) has the same herbal notes. February 20, 2019 at 10:09am Reply

  • Annie: Is there a rose perfume out there that’s not too sweet? Everything turns to sugar on me, especially roses. February 18, 2019 at 2:19pm Reply

    • Nina: Maybe the Rose Anonyme from Atelier Cologne? I left a comment to find help with it, because it turns more warm and incense on me, whereas I personally like it more delicate and sweet. February 18, 2019 at 2:26pm Reply

    • Silvermoon: Hi Annie,

      There are many Rose perfumes that are not sweet/sugary. I think the charm of roses in perfume is precisely their versatility. I am a great fan, so will suggest some that show different facets of Rose 🌹 with no particular ordering of them (but avoiding the sweeter ones): Paestum Rose, Portrait of a Lady, Lyric Woman, Le Labo Rose 31 and Une Rose are maybe a good place to start. There are a number of other Rose lovers here, so maybe some will post further suggestions.

      Hope you find something to love with roses. February 18, 2019 at 3:06pm Reply

    • DB: Maybe Tauer Une Rose Chyprée? February 18, 2019 at 3:27pm Reply

    • Austenfan: The Different Company Une Rose Poivrée, Etat Libre d’Orange Eau de Protection (Rossy de Palma), Serge Lutens La fille de Berlin, Tom Ford, Café Rose and Terry Gunzburg Rose Infernale. February 18, 2019 at 3:48pm Reply

    • Kim Cravatta: One to try is ‘PHI Une Rose de Kandahar’ by Tauer Perfumes. A luxurious rose/musk.

      A pretty,clean rose scent to try is Guerlain’s ‘Nahema’. February 18, 2019 at 4:19pm Reply

    • Neva: Hi Annie, try some spicier roses. I recommend Van Cleef&Arpels Rose Velours, Penhaligon’s The Duke or maybe the mint rose in ELDO’s You or Someone Like You. February 19, 2019 at 3:45am Reply

    • turbovivi: I think Federic Malle’s Une Rose is a nice earthy/dirt rose that’s not very sweet at all. February 19, 2019 at 9:57am Reply

    • Caitlenn: Check out Parle Moi de Parfum’s Une Tonne of Roses: Simple rose-Patchouli blend sheer enough to suit Japanese sensibilities – delicate yet crisp. Diptyque’s L’Ombre Dans L’Eau is also more stem than actual rose – light and green. February 19, 2019 at 11:58am Reply

    • Bea: I love Jo Malone Red Roses. I wanted a pure rose scent, not sweet or fresh, but not too dark either. Red roses is perfect. February 20, 2019 at 4:47am Reply

    • rosarita: DSH Perfumes has some great rose perfumes. American Beauty is a gorgeous rose soliflore and you can explore the website by notes, samples available too. The Tauer Perfume suggestions are also excellent. February 20, 2019 at 10:12am Reply

    • maggiecat: Juliette Has A Gun Lady Vengeance is a nice musky rose – I’m wearing it today! February 21, 2019 at 2:53pm Reply

    • typeo_girl: Hi Annie, I love rose perfumes, and I hate sweet, and to date, out of all the roses I have tried (there are many I have not yet either 😀), is Stella. I love it, and rvery single tome I wear it, I get compliments, and many of my friends have bought it after smelling it on me. Hope you like it! February 23, 2019 at 4:55pm Reply

  • Christine: Une Rose Frederic Malle. It is earthy, deep, sonorous and anything but sweet. A gothic rose. February 18, 2019 at 7:12pm Reply

    • Sylvia: Ah yes, I love Malle’s Une Rose, it’s dark & dirty…like you have the soil trapped under your nails.
      Le Galion, have a green crunchy perfume, La Rose, & this is inspired by the violet leaf in the top notes… February 19, 2019 at 4:43am Reply

  • fleurycat: Is anyone here familiar with Goest perfumes? I am particularly curious about Dauphine, then to lesser degree Silent Film and Jackal. And there is collaborative scent with Catbird called Smoke & Violets.

    The Lartique scent (which is available as an EDT and used for hand wash, lotion and other body care products) sounds intriguing, but I am wary: green, clean and “super fresh” citrus sound good, but either or both “watery woods” “clean earth” might be created with my nemesis (in large doses, at least) ISO e Super, and the peach (?) super fruity? I know I can try samples but I was curious if anyone here has had any experience with this line. There are so many and I don’t like to purchase samples in excess.

    Thank you! February 18, 2019 at 8:22pm Reply

    • fleurycat: This inquiry about Goest’s EDTs is related to my own long term search for Rose and/or Iris scents and I was intrigued when I read a description of Goest’s Dauphine. I often wear my scents via body lotions and oils (a little Tauer Rose Delight goes a long way blended in with lotion or body milk), especially when perfumes feel overwhelming.
      I dare not ask for a recommendation for Rose or Iris perfumes, because there are so many! I particularly like rose, iris, also powder and soap (yet not strong synthetic musk, or cloyingly cosmetic powder). Some perfumes I love, not strictly Rose or Iris are Chanel Exclusifs: Bois des Iles, Misia, Cuir de Russie, and Eau Premiere, Hiris and Iris Poudre (though I can find it overpowering) and I would like to try Chanel 1957 and Venise. I also like Teo Cabanel’s Oha, Olfactive Studio’s Lumber Blanche, and Equistrius. Still, if this odd assortment sparks any fragrance suggestions I’d love to hear them. February 18, 2019 at 10:42pm Reply

      • Ashley: I am not familiar with Goest perfumes. However I love iris, I would suggest Mendittorosa-Nettuno Talismans Collezione Preziosa. Beautiful iris and rose with a woody and musky drydown. I absolutely love this one. February 19, 2019 at 11:41am Reply

        • Fleurycat: Thank you, ounds wonderful. I will look for that to sample! February 19, 2019 at 5:21pm Reply

      • Aurora: Also Fleurycat have you tried Chanel No 19 Poudre? It’s a light powder perfume with iris, no ‘cloyingly cosmetic powder’, I find it easy to wear. February 19, 2019 at 12:42pm Reply

        • Fleurycat: Thank you, Aurora. I do sometimes wear No 19 Poudre. I initially steered clear, due to underwhelming reviews and because while I love (and covet) many of the Exclusifs and older Chanel classics, I haven’t been a fan of the newer popular Chanel lines and flankers. But you are right. It is very wearable! Which isn’t as easy as it sounds! I don’t fully understand the bad press, except that is is a very well behaved fragrance, without fanfare, and if I loved classic No.19, and I was hoping for a variation on that, I could understand being disappointed. Poudre is not really very green while 19 is so, and IMHO, very assertively so. February 19, 2019 at 5:19pm Reply

          • Aurora: Glad you like it too, yes me neither re bad press, it should be considered on its own merits not compared to No 19. In fact I realize that I reach for Poudre more often.

            Only sorry that I couldn’t come up with something new for you. February 20, 2019 at 11:30am Reply

  • Caitlin S.: Victoria, I love your blog. I am a new reader, and just getting immersed in the world of perfume. I naturally gravitate towards floral (but not too sweet) and citrus scents, but I rarely deviate from this general profile. I particularly love Etat Libre d’orange Jasmine et Cigarette and Annick Goutal Songes. I adore tea scented fragrances, too. I’d love to hear your perspective on other areas I should explore, particularly fragrances which will challenge my nasal palette and force me to expand my horizons. Thank you! February 18, 2019 at 9:11pm Reply

  • fleurycat: oops. Lumiere Blanche. Not lumbering at all. February 18, 2019 at 10:44pm Reply

  • Irina: Thank you so much for your wonderful blog !
    Could you please recomment a white florals scent ? At the moment I absolutely adore Dusita Melodie d’amore and Dusita Fleur de Lalita. Smells are amazing but they fly away from me. A rare parfume syas on me -((.. I do love tuberose ( not in Carnal Flower) and gardenia. Till I found Dusita last week, my favourites were Estee Lauders Tugerose/Gardenia and Kilian’s Beyond Love. Thank you so much ! February 19, 2019 at 5:59am Reply

    • Melusine: If you can get it, Organza by Givenchy is one of my all time favorite white florals. Very feminine, round, and creamy (I call it “bosomy”) with walnut in the drydown that grounds it nicely. February 19, 2019 at 10:42am Reply

      • rosarita: I recommended this above because I bought a bottle recently, wore it when it first came out in the 90s. I’d forgotten how gorgeous and yes, full bodied it is. A warm white floral. February 20, 2019 at 10:15am Reply

    • Ashley: Diptyque’s Do Son and Olene are beautiful. February 19, 2019 at 11:34am Reply

    • Ashley: And Le Labo Lys 41 February 19, 2019 at 11:35am Reply

    • Caitlenn: Patricia Nicolai’s Neroli Intense is very beautiful white floral for springtime. A unique offering new to the US is Starck Paris Peau de Lumiere Magique (Neiman Marcus exclusive) while Vuitton’s Apogee is a very modern, crystalline, white floral. A surprisingly unique tubereuse is Byredo’s Flowerhead, but the most fully faceted fresh one is Perris Monte Carlo’s Tubereuse Absolue. February 19, 2019 at 12:12pm Reply

    • Aurora: VC&A Gardenia Petale is original in that it doesn’t have tuberose paired with it as so often, maybe you would like it too. On my skin it lasting power varies so much from person to person. February 19, 2019 at 12:47pm Reply

    • Lydia: Those Dusita scents sound wonderful in reviews.

      I’m trying to keep this list short but there are too many gorgeous white florals out there. Here are a few I recommend:

      – Nicolai’s Odalisque (jasmine)
      – MDCI’s Nuit Andalouse (gardenia + ylang ylang)
      – Jovoy’s Gardez-Moi (gardenia + jasmine + lily)
      – Hiram Green’s Moon Bloom (listed notes are jasmine + tuberose, but to me smells like an incredibly realistic, velvety gardenia)
      – L’Artisan’s Histoire d’Orangers (orange blossom + orange juice)
      – L’Artisan’ Seville a l’Aube (honeyed orange blossom and magnolia. Has the additional advantage of an entire book written about its creation.)

      Another nice one I came across recently is Perris’ Tubereuse Absolue (tuberose + gardenia + orange blossom). For what it’s worth, I’ve seen Melodie d’Amore and TA linked in recommendations (if you like this, you’ll like this.) February 20, 2019 at 12:51am Reply

      • Lydia: PS I see that Caitlenn also votes for the Perris. I like her description of it as “most fully faceted fresh.”
        I also noticed that it had good sillage and a very nice drydown (no harsh woody-chemically last act – it remained a nice floral to the end). February 20, 2019 at 1:42am Reply

        • Caitlenn: Exactly right. No twists/turns or disappointing dry down! Am still enjoying my winter pick me up from it glistening fresh for 12-18 hrs now … only diminishing in intensity, not beauty. Vastly superior to most any other Tuberose I’ve ever found. February 21, 2019 at 12:29pm Reply

    • ninon: St Clair Casablanca, MCG Lady Day, HG Moon Bloom February 21, 2019 at 5:05pm Reply

  • Sean: Thank you for making this great blog.
    1) What is your recommendation for the best modern fougere
    2) What is your opinion on the EDT version of L’Envol? How is it compared to EDP version? February 19, 2019 at 9:02am Reply

    • Ceil: Caron Pour une homme February 19, 2019 at 1:17pm Reply

  • Angela Junker: I was hoping someone could recommend a perfume that seems almost impossible to find! I’m looking for one that is primarily citrus (lemon and orange) with white florals like neroli, jasmine or white ginger, and a strong amber sandalwood base. So many smell far too sweet, like orange creamsicles to me. If anyone can recommend a scent that comes close to this, I’d appreciate the tip, thank you! February 19, 2019 at 9:48am Reply

    • Melusine: I love Au Dela by Bruno Fazzolari. Gorgeous, rich neroli, Jasmine, and orange blossom with an amber and oakmoss base. No citrus, but the coriander top note with the citrus floral gives it the same aromatic freshness and it isn’t really sweet at all. February 19, 2019 at 10:48am Reply

    • Tami: See if you can find Lancome Orange Bigarade—the main notes are bitter orange and black tea. It ends up warm and powdery on me, very “Christmasy” in a spice cake kind of way. People on Fragrantica detect sandalwood and benzoin. February 19, 2019 at 10:55am Reply

      • Angela Junker: Thanks Tami, I haven’t heard of this one and I like the sound of both the orange and the spice scents. I’ll look for it! February 19, 2019 at 11:00am Reply

      • Angela Junker: Thank you Melusine, that sounds divine! I will definitely check that out! February 19, 2019 at 11:01am Reply

    • Ashley: I would try Chanel’s Les Eaux de Chanel line (Biarritz, Deauville, and Venise). May not have the Amber drydown but hit’s the other notes you are looking for. February 19, 2019 at 11:07am Reply

    • Caitlenn: Check out Van Cleef & Arpels Neroli Amara: lovely neroli/cypress combo. Parle Moi De Parfum’s Tomboy Neroli has a beautiful amber base. February 19, 2019 at 12:20pm Reply

    • Ceil: Xerjoff Lira February 19, 2019 at 1:14pm Reply

    • kpaint: Van Cleef California Reverie fits as far as “primarily citrus with white florals” (in this case, jasmine.) It doesn’t have the base you’re looking for. It’s light and effervescent and to my nose mostly citrus with an underpinning of jasmine.

      It seems like Atelier might make something along the lines of what you’re looking for? February 19, 2019 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Ashley: Can someone please recommend a very powdery perfume that could be floral or not, not a lot of fruit or sweetness but a little is ok, and not too old lady smelling (for lack of a better word)? I am aware of Cartier’s Baiser Vole and all of Chanel and Guerlain perfumes already. I will be buying Hiris this spring, and contemplating L’Artisan’s Bois Farine. Any other recommendations? Thank you! February 19, 2019 at 10:55am Reply

    • Figuier: If you like Bois Farine you should try Cloon Keen’s Castana, which is powdery in a similar fashion, albeit a little more floral. I’m actually not usually keen on powdery scents, so Castana’s about the only one I enjoy! One I don’t like wearing but admire from a distance is Habanita, a classic that unfortunately has too much ‘baby powder’ for my personal tastes. February 19, 2019 at 11:14am Reply

      • Figuier: Although Habanita might fall into the ‘old lady’ category… February 19, 2019 at 11:16am Reply

    • Aurora: Kenzo Flower is very powdery, Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue (discontinued I think but still available as sample and online), Lorenzo Villoresi Teint de Neige, Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose and Iris Poudree. In my case I like Habanita, so I would second it, it’s an original take on powdery. February 19, 2019 at 12:57pm Reply

    • kpaint: In no particular order: Love, Chloe; Lolita Lempicka L’eau En Blanc, ELDO Putain des Palaces and Divin’ Enfant, Carner Barcelona Tardes, Hiram Green Arbole Arbole, Aroma M Vanilla Hinoki, Dior Mitzah.

      LV Teint de Neige is the queen of them all: powder and not much else. Would also agree with the Prada Iris, and throw in the entire Infusions line. They all have the same powdery note running through them. It may not be powder, per se, but in my mind it’s something white and airy that registers as powdery. February 19, 2019 at 3:44pm Reply

    • Mariann: Heeley has just launched a new one, Blanc Poudre I believe? Definitely second Prada Infusion d‘Iris and maybe Malles Eau de l‘Hiver? February 19, 2019 at 8:53pm Reply

      • Merylam: I never thought about l’eau d’hiver as powdery, but now you have really opened my eyes to its powdery aspects. Thanks! February 20, 2019 at 4:47am Reply

    • Lydia: Kpaint is right. Teint de Neige is the queen of powder – no powder lover should miss trying it. It does lean sweet, but is really nice and dreamy.

      Sylvaine Delacourte’s Dovana is a powdery floral musk with a sweet soap / lotion drydown, Smeraldo is a powdery sweet green scent, Florentina is a powdery-sharp iris musk, and Lilylang is a very pretty powdery floral musk (similar to Dovana, but I found it less lotion-like and more floral).

      I just tried Guerlain’s Farensina last week, a powdery almond scent. Although it doesn’t work for me (there’s a note like clay or wet cardboard that upsets my stomach), I know many people do like it and it’s in the same family as Teint de Neige. February 19, 2019 at 10:55pm Reply

      • Lydia: Oops, I meant Caron’s Farnesiana, (not Guerlain’ Farensina). February 19, 2019 at 10:59pm Reply

      • Lydia: I also second Hiram Green’s Arbole Arbole. To me it smelled like sweet powdery heliotrope, rosewater, and clay and made me think of a feather bed hung with gauze.
        It’s in the Teint de Neige family. February 19, 2019 at 11:52pm Reply

    • Neva: Hi Ashley, I can recommend mb02 from Biehl Parfumkunstwerke. It’s a powdery woody perfume with a touch of violets. It feels like a warm scarf, beautiful. February 20, 2019 at 4:18am Reply

    • Merylam: Rose nue by les parfums de rosine could meet your qualifications. And I second (or third or fourth?) teint de neige. February 20, 2019 at 4:45am Reply

    • Erika: Prada Infusion D’Amande springs instantly to mind – it is apparently so powdery on my skin that every one of my children remarked (separately) that SOMEBODY had rolled in baby powder! I loved it, maybe it will inspire the same feelings for you 🙂 February 20, 2019 at 8:42am Reply

      • Ashley: Thank you everyone for the suggestions, can’t wait to try them! February 20, 2019 at 10:25am Reply

        • Aurora: Hi Ashley: I had a feeling of forgetting something in my list, so I checked and none of us mentioned Guerlain l’Heure Bleue, it pre-dates all the others and is worth sampling imo.
          Enjoy the sampling 🙂 February 26, 2019 at 1:28pm Reply

    • Maria: I find Narciso Rodriguez Narciso and Narciso Poudree outstandingly beautiful and powdery power in a way that only few new perfumes dare to be. February 22, 2019 at 7:30am Reply

  • Angela Junker: Thank you Melusine, that sounds divine! I will definitely check that out! February 19, 2019 at 10:58am Reply

  • Bea: I am looking for perfumes similar to Grandiflora Madagascan Jasmine. I love the smell of madagascan Jasmine, i have two of them at home and when they’re in bloom, the smell in the house is magical. It’s impossible to buy this perfume in my country, I got only a sample some Time ago. What smells similar and is available in Europe? Thanks! February 19, 2019 at 11:35am Reply

    • Erika: Piggybacking on this request – we share great taste! February 20, 2019 at 8:44am Reply

    • Klaas: Grandiflora MJ is superbe indeed and is available in Europe! Check out, it is a small, Amsterdam based perfumerie which ships everywhere!
      Drama Nuui by Parfumerie Generale is another stunning jasmine soliflore. February 20, 2019 at 11:37am Reply

  • Nancy A.: I always look forward to a fragrance launch by Hermes. March 2019 is the date for La Lagune Christine Nagel’s addition to the Jardin Collection. Has anyone tested as yet?
    Also, Margiela’s Replica line just introduced Under the Lemon Tree not very long lasting on the skin however soft soothing with hints of warmer days to come. February 19, 2019 at 12:25pm Reply

    • Aurora: I too am looking forward to the new Jardin.
      Thank you for describing Under the Lemon Tree, you make it sound very tempting. February 19, 2019 at 1:07pm Reply

  • Aurora: Hello everyone: What are your favorite rose and patchouli perfumes? Mine is Knowing but I’m curious to find out. With many thanks in advance for any answers. February 19, 2019 at 1:11pm Reply

    • sara e levy: Maison Francis Kurkdijan Lumiere Noire. Incredible rose/patchouli blend. Sumptuous! February 19, 2019 at 1:24pm Reply

      • Aurora: Sara: Thank you so much for your answer, I looked Lumiere Noire up, a little afraid of the caraway which can be a problem note for me, but I bet it smells great on you. February 20, 2019 at 11:02am Reply

    • sara e levy: Maison Francis Kurkdijan Lumiere Noire is a sumptous intense rose/patchouli blend. February 19, 2019 at 1:41pm Reply

    • rosarita: Eau d’Italie Pasteum Rose, DSH Inner Sanctum. L’Arte Gucci are a few – I love this particular combination and will post others as I think of them. February 20, 2019 at 10:40am Reply

      • Aurora: Rosarita: Many thanks for answering. Love Paestum Rose which reminds me of the discontinued Rosine Majalis. DSH not available in the UK (sigh) and l’Arte di Gucci is legendary isn’t it, I’ve never smelled it. February 20, 2019 at 11:06am Reply

  • Ceil: I would like to find a blended amber perfume like Guerlain Guet apens. What they are calling amber these days is pretty much incense or heavy woody fragrances. I would appreciate any recommendations approaching that perfect blend of fruit floral amber. Thanks! February 19, 2019 at 1:19pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Ceil: I’ve never smelled Guet Apens but realized by looking it up that it shares some notes with my favorite amber Stendhal Ambre Sublime, which has no heavy notes, a little bit of fruit (apple) and some flowers and is long lasting on my skin but stays close to the body. There is also maybe Organza Indecence too but it is discontinued.
      And the sleeper one would be Laura Mercier Lumiere d’Ambre which is a transparent amber, I discovered it recently. Hope this helps a little bit. February 20, 2019 at 11:19am Reply

      • Ceil: Thanks Aurora! The Stendhal Ambre sounds great! I appreciate the recommendations! February 20, 2019 at 7:04pm Reply

  • rainboweyes: Last month I asked the bdj community for scent recommendations for my teenage boy and got plenty of great suggestions. Thank you so much again!
    He’s tested quite a few of them and we ended up buying Dior Homme. He loves it!
    We also found a bottle of Thirdman Eau Moderne in my perfume inventory and he’s currently wearing both scents in rotation.
    He seems to be an iris lover, just like Mom 😉 February 19, 2019 at 3:49pm Reply

    • Lydia: That’s wonderful, rainboweyes.

      I just reread the Turin-Sanchez guide entry for Dior Homme, and Victoria’s description of Eau Moderne. Your son has great taste! February 19, 2019 at 11:37pm Reply

    • Aurora: And now you have a fragrant teenager with already a taste of his own. February 20, 2019 at 11:49am Reply

  • Merylam: Hey everyone, I would like your opinion on something. Is chanel Misia office appropriate?
    I am starting a proper grown up job in the near future, and I’m not sure which of my perfumes are OK. I don’t really trust my own judgement on this.

    I am lusting after three perfumes (lost cherry by tom ford, definitely not office friendly, right? Vacances by jean patiu, eventhough I already have en passant and after my own heart by ineke so I don’t think I could reasonably justify this one, can I? And chanel misia is the third one) but I would like one that is good for work, because I don’t think I have many options for work. So far I think amyris femme by mfk is the best office option I have in my perfumestash.

    What do you guys think? Thanks in advance for the advice! February 19, 2019 at 3:51pm Reply

    • Ashley: A light spray or two of Misia is definitely office appropriate February 19, 2019 at 4:20pm Reply

    • Austenfan: Vacances is delicate enough not to be noticed by those who don’t like perfume. Plus it’s very different to En Passant. Also, it will probably be discontinued. Patou was bought by LVMH and rumour has it all of the collection héritage will be axed.
      Still Misia is a gem as well and not a powerhouse either. February 20, 2019 at 3:11am Reply

      • Merylam: Ow, thanks for the info about the patou. Maybe that will be my purchase then if they are discontinueing it. Don’t want to miss out on it. February 20, 2019 at 4:50am Reply

    • rosarita: I think all of these are office appropriate. Much depends upon application – light spray on your chest assures that you can smell your perfume but it’s less likely to be noticeable to others, whereas several sprays that include the back of your neck or hair might cross a line in an office setting. Just my experience. Congratulations on your new job! February 20, 2019 at 10:45am Reply

  • Jemima P. Phillips: I love Molinard de Molinard, and it is difficult to find in the US. Someone gave me a tiny bottle of it to me as a gift when I was in my early 20s, and I’ve never forgotten it. Ladylike, light, yet sensual; sophisticated. It dries down to a lovely wistful scent. Wonderful. February 19, 2019 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Noelle: Just a quick question:

    If I don’t like Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia will I like these two:

    Grandiflora Sandrine
    Grandiflora Michel


    Not sure if I should give up on the magnolia note–Eau de Magnolia reminds me of Parfum de Therese which I really didn’t like because it smelled like rot.

    Eau Sauvage gave me that too. I probably just don’t like the eau de cologne genre? February 19, 2019 at 10:55pm Reply

    • Aurora: I haven’t tried them but would expect they are different as not from the same house.
      A white floral I like, Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle has a distinct magnolia note, have you tried it? February 20, 2019 at 11:22am Reply

  • Lydia: I fell hard for Guerlain’s Encens Mythique, but now have only the empty sample vial left to enjoy.

    Can anyone recommend a similar lush-spicy-smooth oriental? February 19, 2019 at 11:26pm Reply

    • Figuier: I don’t have a suggestion, but do like Encens Mythique very much so am interested in any responses…

      By the way – is Encens no longer available? or is a FB simply out of the question (it’s certainly beyond my budget at present!)? February 20, 2019 at 11:39am Reply

      • Austenfan: The Déserts d´Orient trio has been discontinued, February 23, 2019 at 6:02pm Reply

      • Lydia: Encens is still listed on Basenotes as being ” in production,” but the rectangular glass bittles are sold out everywhere. All I see for sale is a black, opaque, cylindrical bottle called just “Encens Mythique,” no “Déserts d’Orient.” I haven’t tried it yet.

        There’s an interesting discussion on Basenotes entitled, “Guerlain – Encens Mythique D’Orient owners – Step inside please…”
        about Encens reformulations. According to the commenters, Encens was reformulated rather poorly, then reformulated again, better the 2nd time. (I think my sample must have been from the original stock because it was dazzling.)

        If anyone out there has tried the current black bottle version and can compare it to the original, I’d love to hear your opinion of it.

        (Side note: Guerlain has a truly astonishing number of perfumes and flankers. I was scrolling forever to find Encens in the list.) February 24, 2019 at 12:48am Reply

        • Figuier: Thanks Lydia and Austefan – good to know. It wasn’t ever a realistic option for me, but I did love the sample I got when Encens first came out, and would definitely have bought it had the price been less exorbitant…

          It doesn’t look like anyone can think of a close match to this one! Entirely different, but another of the very few incenses I like: Armani Prive Bois d’Encens. February 24, 2019 at 3:23pm Reply

          • Austenfan: The Déserts d’Orient trio has been integrated into the Absolus d’Orient collection. Mind you, these are not the same scents but they are sort of inspired by, or reworked versions.
            Bois d’Orient – Songe d’un Bois d’Eté
            Encens Mythique d’Orient- Mythique d’Orient
            Rose Nacrée du Désert – Musc Noble.
            The Absolus are a lot less expensive, not as intricate, but still really nice scents. I was able to do a side by side comparison about a month ago who still had a few bottles of the Déserts d’Orient trio and had the whole Absolus collection.
            They were the ones who informed me that all of the Déserts are out of production, and they have been selling the Guerlain Exclusifs for years, so my guess their information is bound to be quite reliable. February 25, 2019 at 4:29am Reply

            • Austenfan: I realise I left out af few words. This always happens when I comment late in the day.
              I meant to say that I tried both series in a shop and that they informed me of the demise of the Déserts. February 26, 2019 at 8:10am Reply

              • Figuier: Thanks for this Austefan. I guess I’ll have to try the new version. It’s so confusing when brands make these kinds of subtle(ish) changes – hard to know what one’s testing or buying – so it’s helpful to hear about the side-by-side comparison. February 26, 2019 at 1:03pm Reply

                • Lydia: Figuier, I just got to try the new (black bottle) version of Encens last weekend. Initally I was deeply disappointed, but as it dried down I began to catch hints of the Encens of my old sample. The new version is like a beautiful ghost. It’s sheerer and lacks the lush, thick spiciness of the original, but it has the same basic DNA, I think. I recognized it as Encens and even began to crave it a little. The drydown seemed disappointingly thin, but it’s still a really nice fragrance. April 3, 2019 at 12:58am Reply

              • Lydia: Thanks for the info, Austenfan. (I only just saw your post.) April 3, 2019 at 12:49am Reply

  • Ita: Happy February!
    What parma violet perfumes would you recommend? Looking for: 1) a perfume that can be worn on a cool Summer day strolling through gardens; 2) a perfume that can be worn on a snowy Winter eve to an opera. February 20, 2019 at 7:17am Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: Bois de Violette by Serge Lutens. February 20, 2019 at 2:01pm Reply

    • Lydia: Happy February, Ita.

      Bois de Violette is probably the ideal snowy Winter evening opera scent (what a great image!)

      For cool summer garden walks, you might try out some DSH scents like Parma Violet, Vers la Violette, and Iridum. (All three are included in her Irises and Violets sample pack.) I also enjoyed Ligne Trapeze, which is a little spicier and more vintage-toned, and is from her YSL-inspired collection. February 24, 2019 at 1:22am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Ita, there is also the classic Violetta di Parma by Borsari for a walk in the gardens. February 24, 2019 at 5:08am Reply

  • OnWingsofSaffron: Hi, has anyone tried the new Chanel „1957“ from the Les Exclusifs? What did you think? February 20, 2019 at 1:53pm Reply

    • Pocketvenus: Hello OnWingsofSaffron,

      I tried this awhile ago and it is not my favourite of the line. Partly because what I love about the Chanels are their chic and bold aldehydic edges. 1957 is much softer and safer, drying down to powder and musk. February 26, 2019 at 11:59pm Reply

  • Irina: Dear ! I thank you everyone for such an opportunity to find smth new and for all your wonderful comments ! February 21, 2019 at 7:54am Reply

  • David: I love hanging dried bunches of herbs in my apartment. I was wondering if anyone can recommend a really dry fragrance, maybe one heavy on herbs, very green? February 21, 2019 at 5:12pm Reply

    • Klaas: I would love to find something like that, too! Dry, camphorous & herbacious sounds like something I’d love to wear. I do not have a particular suggestion that matches your search, but have you tried Corsica Furiosa by Parfum d’Empire? It is super, super green, though not dry. Or the phenominal Eau de Guerlain? It has citrus, mint, basil and lavender among its notes, but it also has that voluptuous Guerlain base. It has a vintage feel to it. Good luck with your search! February 22, 2019 at 10:53am Reply

    • Klaas: How could I forget, Garrigue by Maitre Parfumeur & Gantier! I wore it a lot in my twenties, but I haven’t smelled it for many years, so not sure if it has been reformulated… is quite citrussy and herbacious, with juniper, lavender, sage and rosemary! The musk/sandelwood base tames it quite a lot though, but it is definitively worth a sniff! February 22, 2019 at 11:01am Reply

      • David: Thank you for these interesting recommendations! Garrigue sounds like something I might like. February 23, 2019 at 3:04pm Reply

        • Klaas: Ok, let me know if you try it! I’m curious to smell it again too, but it will not be easy to find in Amsterdam. Enjoy your search! February 24, 2019 at 7:07am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello David: Also Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana is very herbal and simply terrific, in fact the whole Blu Mediterraneo is very much worth trying, for eg if you like fig with your herbs Fico di Amalfi is my favorite fig, and Caligna by l’Artisan Parfumeur: fig, pine needles and sage is also very good and really interesting, it shifts and change at every wearing.

      And I warmly second Klaas’s recommendation of Eau de Guerlain, citrus and herbs, I wear it every summer. February 22, 2019 at 11:59am Reply

      • Klaas: Oh, Aqua di Parma Blu etc. sounds very interesing! I’m going to check it out!! I’m stealing recommendations here 😉 February 23, 2019 at 9:58am Reply

        • Aurora: 🙂 Hello Klaas: It’s an outstanding line of scents, you will enjoy it, I think my favorite is Fico di Amalfi and Mandorlo di Sicilia, the last one I tried is Arancia di Capri, very good orange scent.

          If you have a chance would you tell me what is your favorite patchouli rose? February 24, 2019 at 4:23am Reply

          • Klaas: Hey Aurora, yes, I think Aqua di Parma makes excellent scents! The original colonia is so incredible good.

            Now as for your request, I don’t think I know of any patchouli rose! It is not the kind of scent I would go for, my knowledge of perfume has many, many blind spots…

            But if you have a favorite one, please let me know so I can open my nose and heart to this classic combination 🙂 I love to smell stuff out of my ‘comfort zone’! February 24, 2019 at 7:13am Reply

            • Aurora: Thank you for your answer Klaas!
              I have blind spots too 🙂
              My favorite is vintage Estee Lauder Knowing but if you’d like to explore a little bit this combination of notes try: F. Malle Portrait of a Lady, Molton Brown Rosa Absolute (I adore this one and it’s a steal, the poor man’s POAL I call it) Dior Midnight Poison (almost medicinal, very unique), Terry de Gunzburg Rouge Nocturne (I almost bought that one but too expensive), and Tom Ford Cafe Rose (the rose is stunning and very natural smelling in that one, I bought it when I got a good deal). Rosarita above gave me interesting choices too. February 24, 2019 at 8:23am Reply

              • Klaas: One more reason to try POAL! Can you believe I never smelled it? Midnight Poison also sounds interesting, I would never think of trying it but will definitely give it a sniff next time I’m in town. Thank you! February 24, 2019 at 11:58am Reply

      • David: I do like the Acqua di Parma house! I will look for Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscano. I generally don’t like fig, but the pone needle notes of Caligna sound very good. February 23, 2019 at 3:07pm Reply

    • Aurora: And for mint, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca is the best. February 22, 2019 at 12:06pm Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: Perhaps Yatagan by Caron? It has mint, basil and oakmoss? It is rather woody too. Victoria writes that “a bitter absinthe note bridges a marvelous green accord of basil and pine needles with the smoldering base of patchouli and animalic notes”. February 23, 2019 at 1:14am Reply

      • David: I am ashamed to say I have never tried Yatagan by Caron, even though I have a few vintage fragrances by this house. Thank you for the recommendation. February 23, 2019 at 3:09pm Reply

    • Pocketvenus: Hello David, you might like Yatagan by Caron. February 23, 2019 at 3:21pm Reply

      • Pocketvenus: Oh, I hadn’t refreshed the page and didn’t read OnWingsofSaffron’s comment when I posted! It’s smoky and leathery but not heavy. Quite dry and herby. February 23, 2019 at 3:41pm Reply

    • Shelby: Give Dame Perfumery Herb Man a try! February 24, 2019 at 1:28pm Reply

    • Miss_M: Maybe Maria Candida Gentile – Barry Lyndon? February 24, 2019 at 11:58pm Reply

  • Maria: Oh, and Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, amber and powder. February 22, 2019 at 7:37am Reply

  • Ruth Thompson: I loved the original Cabochard by Gres. Any suggestions for something similar?
    Ruth February 23, 2019 at 4:12pm Reply

    • Aurora: If you don’t mind stepping to the men’s fragrances Aramis by Aramis was created by the same perfumer and really has similarities.
      Otherwise, another leathery scent like Robert Piguet Bandit, Chanel Cuir de Russie, Estee Lauder Azuree, maybe Hermes Kelly Caleche too. February 24, 2019 at 1:07pm Reply

      • Ruth Thompson: Thank you! I will try samples of all these! I used to like “Caleche” but I don’t think it was “Kelly Caleche.” February 24, 2019 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Ashey: I have another request, you can be creative as you like. What perfume would you want to wear on a ski vacation in the Alps? I will be in the Italian and Austrian Alps in a week and appreciate your inspiration! February 23, 2019 at 10:53pm Reply

    • Silvermoon: Hi Ashey, I thought for the day (when out and about skiing), Cristalle (Channel) or even White Linen or Teinte de Neige. Not sure, but somehow clean or white things seem right. For the evening, I imagine warmth and spice would be lovely: Noir Epices (F Malle) or Tolu (Ormonde Jayne) or Baume du Doge (l’eau d’Italie).

      Hope you have a great time on your vacation. February 24, 2019 at 10:44am Reply

    • Miss_M: Along the lines of Silvermoon’s comment, Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche would be a graceful apres-ski perfume. I myself would wear Knize Ten Golden Edition because when I first wore it my partner said it reminded him of the smell of ski lift grease! (We decided that was a good thing…)

      Enjoy your vacation and all its good smells, snow and pine and roaring fire! February 24, 2019 at 3:30pm Reply

      • Silvermoon: I absolutely love Knize Ten. I have never been on a ski lift, so can’t tell whether it smells like you say 😀 However, I agree that it would be a great smell in a snowy place before a crackling fire. February 24, 2019 at 5:27pm Reply

  • DB: Hi everyone! I was wondering if you could give me some recommendations for best scents that smell like rotting flowers that you know of? I appreciate it! February 24, 2019 at 1:20am Reply

    • Aurora: I know of one which is often described this way: Les Nez Manoumalia, and I always thought Cacharel Eden smelled a little bit of decayed vegetation. February 24, 2019 at 4:28am Reply

  • Monica: Hello! First of all, thanks for your blog, I just love it!
    My question: I’ve been using Perles de Lalique everyday for years and I would like to have asimilar one to try. Thank you! Monica February 24, 2019 at 6:24am Reply

    • Miss_M: Since no one’s answered yet I’ll just throw out there that I’ve read Etat Libre d’Orange’s “Une Amourette” is reminiscent of Perles de Lalique, but I have not smelled either so cannot vouch for this myself! February 24, 2019 at 7:48pm Reply

  • Miss_M: Hello! This blog has brought me such joy over the years, here I am asking a question for the first time!

    I’m looking for help finding a fragrance to wear for my spring elopement. (Yes, I’m planning it…a little!) The fragrances I love are somewhat unconventional winter and autumn scents and often skew masculine (though I am a woman): Lalique Encre Noire, Knize Ten Golden, Slumberhouse Kiste & Baque, Ginestet Botrytis. Not suitable for palm trees + wedding! The only more green or springy perfumes I’ve liked on myself are Diptyque Philosykos and some of the fun & offbeat scents of 4160 Tuesdays. In short, I guess I’m looking for something that’s springy, modern, and a bit splendid? Is this possible? Thanks for the help! February 24, 2019 at 3:49pm Reply

    • Ashley: I would suggest: Frederic Malle En Passant and Eau de Magnolia, L’Artisan Parfumeur Bucoliques de Provence, Hermes Hiris, Altaia Don’t Cry For Me, Carthusia Capri Forget Me Not, Atelier Flou Paradis Paradis, and Diptyque Do Son would all be nice spring perfumes. February 24, 2019 at 5:28pm Reply

    • Aurora: And another diptyque Olene (jasmine and other flowers) is worth trying and Chanel Beige, Eau Premiere and Diorissimo always make me think of weddings. February 25, 2019 at 10:15pm Reply

    • Pocketvenus: Hello Miss_M, congrats on your elopement 🙂 Based on your tastes, I would suggest Dusita’s Le Sillage Blanc, L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Timbuktu, Frederic Malle’s Angeliques Sous La Pluie or even Bois d’Orage/French Lover if you don’t mind going heavier/more masculine, Chanel’s Sycamore, Papillon’s Dryad. They’re all a bit green, either from vetiver or galbanum. February 27, 2019 at 12:09am Reply

  • Rex: So, I’ve been out of the perfume loop lately and finished my bottle of Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles without realizing that it had been pulled from the normal-sized-bottle export collection and is now only available in those giant, expensive black bottles. I absolutely adore the sweet-incense/pine combination in Fille en Aiguilles and am missing it dearly, but I just can’t justify the expense right now. Any recommendations that would scratch the same itch? February 24, 2019 at 7:03pm Reply

    • Aurora: Annick Goutal Eau Etoilee is a pine fragrance often compared to Fille en Aiguilles, it smells like a walk in a forest, Caron Yatagan which was discussed above, l’Artisan Parfumeur has Fou d’Absinthe and if you like fig, Caligna from the same house is great. I hesitate to recommend Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Winter Delice (sweet pine, it smells like Xmas) because it’s discontinued but you might find it on eBay, sometimes bottles are available although prices have risen. February 25, 2019 at 11:40pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Rex: I forgot to mention that there is also a Tom Ford, Vert d’Encens (I realize though that pricewise it’s probably not the best option); also, I made a typo in my previous comment it’s Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee eau de parfum, not Eau Etoilee. February 26, 2019 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Teresa: I’ve recently bought a bottle of Chanel no. 5 L’eau and when I spray it on, something reminds me of the Chanel Allure edt that I used to use 20 years ago!

    I find that surprising as I thought they do not have similar notes. Does anyone feel this way too or am I just imagining it? February 25, 2019 at 11:28am Reply

  • Rachel: Hi Everyone!
    I loved a perfume from Barneys that I bought in the mid 90’s, but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it. The bottle if I remember correctly looks like the Eiffle Tower. The perfume is a heady blend of white florals. Does anybody have a clue?? February 25, 2019 at 8:35pm Reply

  • Arthur: I’m new to the game, and have been looking for a warm, non-aggressive scent that’s not overly sweet, preferably a niche scent (to have a unique signature). I’ve tried Parfums de Marly’s Herod (somewhat unpleasant in the beginning (I sometimes got small headaches) and a little too sweet in the end), Tom Ford’s Oud Wood (too “cold” and serious) and Tobacco Vanille (too sweet), Dior’s Ambre Nuit (too sweet), and some others. Most of these were fine (as expected, being that they’re some of the most highly rated stuff I could find on Fragrantica), just not quite it. February 28, 2019 at 9:25am Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: Hello Arthur, unfortunately I do not know the scents you are referring to, however Tom Ford and Dior aren’t really niche. However, if you are anywhere near a big city with one or two really good perfume shops may I suggest these perfume makers: James Heeley (www. his scents seem to hit the mark, they are neither overly austere, nor sickly sweet. Why don’t you have a look.
      Then I find Maison Parfum d’Empire quite compelling (https://parfumdempire. com). His “Le Cri de la lumière” got rave reviews, his “Azemour les oranger” is quite something. Then, lastly, not niche but luxury: Herm`s exclusive line like “Osmanthe Yunnan” or “Iris Ukiyoé”? Good luck! February 28, 2019 at 1:54pm Reply

    • Silvermoon: Hello Arthur, I would second the suggestions made by onwingsofsaffron. Heeley, Hermes and parfums d’empire are all excellent. Also, you could try Ormond Jayne or Miller Harris or L’Artisan Parfumeur or Fredric Malle or Santa Maria Novella.

      This would be one way (get to know the range offered by an individual perfume house). Alternatively, try to figure out which perfume notes you enjoy (leather, citrus, incense, rose, other floral, woods, and so on). Then, you could perhaps ask about recommendations for that note next month or read perfume reviews for perfumes with those notes before you decide what to test.

      Do you live in/near a big city? If you can get to a specialist perfume shop, the sales associates might be better able to assist. Many on this site would be able to suggest good perfumeries. February 28, 2019 at 3:19pm Reply

    • Arthur: Thank you very much for your suggestions! I’ll certainly try these once I get the opportunity (I do live close to a big city (but they don’t seem to have Parfums d’Empire… I’ll have to look into that. They do have the other brands though)).

      With regards to notes, from my limited experience so far I’d say tobacco and sandalwood I generally like, perhaps paired with some amber or vanilla (but not really flowers otherwise), perhaps also with oud or incense. In general I’m leaning more towards woodsy/warm/winter (but again dislike anything overly sweet); e.g. I found that even the warmer Aqcua di Parma were too soapy/clean for me.

      The store associates are indeed always kind but I feel like I’m always in a rush there and am being rude if I don’t buy anything after all the time spent. Well, I guess I better not think about that for just a little longer. March 1, 2019 at 6:33am Reply

      • Lydia: Hi Arthur,
        I just noticed your question and I was wondering if you’ve ever tried Lubin perfumes. They aren’t technically niche since it’s an old brand, but they’re certainly not as well-known as Dior or Tom Ford. I recommend the “Talismania” line (Idol, korrigan, Akkad, Galaad) for warm, spicy masculine/unisex scents.

        You also might like some scents from Memo Paris. Many of them have a really pleasing deep, warm spiciness. You might try Tiger’s Nest (amber incense), Quartier Latin (one of the most realistic sandalwood notes I’ve smelled in ages), and Shams Oud. April 3, 2019 at 1:55am Reply

  • Ioanna Pliakos: Hello, I really love Dior Cherie L’Eau but it is getting hard to find. I love the cottony musk smell and I’ve already tried Lancome’s Orangier and Chanel’s Chance au fraiche but as beautiful as they are, they are not filling in that space. Do you recommend something more similar? March 5, 2019 at 10:40am Reply

    • Victoria: What about Chanel No 5 L’Eau? It has a very soft musky scent. Or See by Chloe? March 7, 2019 at 2:24am Reply

  • josina: I need to find a citrus gourmand perfume for spring?! March 5, 2019 at 4:52pm Reply

    • Victoria: I really like Antica Farmacista Vaniglia, Bourbon & Mandarino di Sicilia. Or you can take a look at fragrances that market themselves as floral oriental, because they often have nice sweet citrus notes. Even Cacharel Amor Amor might be an option. March 7, 2019 at 2:28am Reply

  • Anna Egeria: My favorite perfume of all time, is the original Carolina Herrera. If anyone here has worn it, please let me know if you’ve found a fragrance that would almost equal it. Has anyone tried the new CH fragrance which comes in a shoe shaped bottle? March 9, 2019 at 11:43am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Anna: Perhaps another tuberose like Carolina Herrera would work: Diptyque Do Son is one of the best tuberose or Frederic Malle Carnal Flower which is often recommended here and also By Kilian Beyond Love and Hiram Green Moon Bloom (but you have to like coconut for these last two).
      I haven’t tried the perfume in a shoe, Good Girl I think it’s called because I’m afraid it’s going to be too sweet.
      Good luck with the search! March 14, 2019 at 9:35am Reply

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