Recommend Me a Perfume : October 2019

Are you looking for a new fragrance? 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.

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  • Danaki: Hello Bois de Jasminians!
    I just bought Lush’s Vanillary body spray as I crave warm sweet fuzzy scents this winter – I live in the UK and I’m sure you’ll appreciate with all that’s going on, I’m deferring to the comforts of yesteryears.
    Can you recommend perfumes that layer well with Vanillary. I have to say I tend to avoid overtly spicy scents. Thank you in advance for your recommendations. October 26, 2019 at 7:26am Reply

    • Anne: Hello!!!
      I am not sure how it would layer but I recently discovered Gypsie Water for Byredo. I totally overlooked it as a lot of people said it was overhyped and linear and many said it wasn’t lasting more than 2 mins.
      Well on me it s like Vanille by Creed meets eau Duelle by Dyptique. A beautiful Vanilla and I can’t get enough of it. And it last super long too. Kisses and well done for the Rugby 😘😘 October 26, 2019 at 9:14am Reply

    • Nina: I am looking for a new perfume. I’ve used coco Chanel for many years… what is similar but a bit more modern? Please advice, thank you! October 26, 2019 at 12:24pm Reply

      • Cybele: Hi Nina, have you tried Chanel Coco Noir? Also try Frederic Malle Musc Ravangeur. October 26, 2019 at 2:18pm Reply

        • Nina: Hello again, coco noir notes are too similar to madmoiselle.
          Any suggestions from a niche brand? October 26, 2019 at 2:30pm Reply

          • Nina: Yes I’ve tried musc ravagure but don’t llove it, since it doesn’t have any florals… October 26, 2019 at 2:36pm Reply

          • Cybele: To me it’s different from Coco Mad and I don’t like Coco Mad but Coco Noir and Coco…. October 26, 2019 at 6:17pm Reply

            • Nina: Thank you ,Cybele October 27, 2019 at 9:44am Reply

          • Debby Dale: Elden Fragrances. The most intriguing descriptions of available fragrances makes me want them all! I love that they also offer sample collections. October 29, 2019 at 8:15am Reply

      • Anne claire: Hi Nina !

        I’m French and I like a lot Coco. The spiced oriental.

        I wear Féminité du bois from Serge LUTENS, woody spicy and great in fall and winter season, after COCO.

        Also, Bois et Fruits, Bois de violette or CEDRE (cedar) by LUTENS.

        They looks like Féminité du bois.

        Bois et Fruits SL = Féminité du Bois + Chutney of yellow fruits.

        CEDRE SL= Féminité du Bois including honey and (great to mix both of them)

        Bois de violette SL = Féminité du bois +violet flower October 27, 2019 at 1:50am Reply

        • Nina: Thank you for your recommendations:) I haven’t tried Serge Lutens line yet… I will look in to your sudgesstions, thank you! October 27, 2019 at 9:41am Reply

      • Aurora: Hello Nina: Maybe you might like Bottega Veneta the original one, or its flanker Eau de Velours (with added plum). There is also Chanel les exclusifs line, to remain with Chanel for example 31 rue Cambon (modern chypre) or Coromandel (warm with patchouli), they are both from the same perfumer as Coco. October 27, 2019 at 2:25am Reply

        • Nina: Hello, I’ve tried & like rue Cambon… Chanel fragrances are really lovely..💖 October 27, 2019 at 12:42pm Reply

      • Orla: Hi Nina!
        Have you ever tried Eau de Soir by sisley? – i’m fairly sure you’d go for it being a Coco lover👌! October 27, 2019 at 3:35am Reply

        • Nina: Hi, no but I will give it a try, thank you😊 October 27, 2019 at 9:42am Reply

          • Tamasin: Have you tried Tolu or Vanille d’Iris by Ormonde Jayne? The Tolu definitely fits the sweet fuzzy description, but actually neither of them are sickly sweet. And Vanille d’Iris isn’t the vanilla ice cream scent, it’s the leathery pod part of vanilla. Their shop is in Bond Street but you can get them in Selfridge’s or online. October 28, 2019 at 4:47am Reply

            • Nina: Hi, I’ve tried tai’f By Ormonde Jayne and have been curious about Tolu… is tolu feminine in your opinion? October 28, 2019 at 8:49am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Danaki: I’m from the UK too, and feeling like you do.
      Maybe a citrus scent to lift and brighten the vanilla: I like Acqua di Parma Arancia di Capri, Hermes Concentre d’Orange Verte, Prada Infusion de Mandarine, Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine.
      One perfume that combines the vanilla and citrus which I like very much is Dulcis in Fondo by Profumum Roma. October 26, 2019 at 12:55pm Reply

      • Danaki: Thanks Aurora. Never thought about the citrus. What a great idea. I’ll see what I can try from the suggestions you gave. Cheers! November 4, 2019 at 6:26am Reply

    • Lydia: Hi Danaki,

      I think I might go full-on warm and sweet and spicy for autumn and layer it with L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Amber or Amber Intense perfume. October 26, 2019 at 1:30pm Reply

    • Lydia: Oh wait, I see spicy isn’t your thing. However, the amber isn’t really that spicy, more rich and smooth and sweet.
      Otherwise I’d say an orange-focused scent sounds really nice.

      Another direction would be a lush gardenia or tuberose scent. Sweet vanilla with white floral can be beautiful, if not exactly autumnal. October 26, 2019 at 1:35pm Reply

      • Lydia: (By lush I mean adjective lush, not Lush store). October 26, 2019 at 1:36pm Reply

        • Danaki: Awesome Lydia. Thanks. It’s true I find myself the least moved by spicy scent but it is not an aversion at all. I will look out for all your suggestions. November 4, 2019 at 6:28am Reply

    • Katie Forman: Hi Danaki, Try our PETROLHEAD perfume with citrus top notes, woody and floral middle notes underpinned by warming spicy and smoky notes. This would layer well with vanillas.
      Called PETROLHEAD to denote high octane, strong sassy women
      But if you don’t like the spicy then our PADSTOW ROCKS Perfume has salty ozonic notes coupled with fresh floral, grassy and woody notes reminiscent of coastal walks! Called PADSTOW ROCKS to capture a laid back beach chic vibe.
      Both from BYKATHRYN, a niche modern perfume brand. Currently only available in UK 🌸 October 27, 2019 at 5:48am Reply

  • Matty Maccaro: Received a sample of Jeffrey DAME’s Dark Horse, I am layering it with Tom Ford’s Oud Wood and the result is just perfect for Fall. I feel as though I’m walking through the forest.
    I rarely combine scents but this lasts all day &
    is quickly becoming a favorite, wd never have guessed a fragrance named Dark Horse wd. be so delightful. October 26, 2019 at 9:06am Reply

    • Cathy B.: I love Dark Horse! I have never tried layering it, but I have SSS Forest Walk. This is another one of my favorite fragrances. Maybe I’m partial to Dark Horse because I own one! Lol October 26, 2019 at 10:42am Reply

    • Trudy: That sounds beautiful. Love forestry fragrances. October 26, 2019 at 11:33am Reply

  • Marika: I have been wanting SL Bois de Violette, but I can’t find anything smaller than the giant bell jar. I love violet in this drier arrangement, and really appreciate the wood aspect of this perfume. Can anyone think of a more affordable alternative? October 26, 2019 at 10:35am Reply

    • Debi Sen Gupta: I would love to know that too October 26, 2019 at 11:12am Reply

    • Patricia Devine: Aimez-Moi by Caron is quite affordable on Ebay – you could get it in a miniature first if you preferred. I actually like it better than Bois de Violette as it has a vanilla base rather than a woody base. The best version is the squat, weird-shaped bottle with the blue cap. If you’re in the US, Sonoma Scent Studio do a couple of nice violets – Wood Violet is quite close to BdV, if memory serves. Last time I tried to buy, she couldn’t ship to Europe, but I don’t know if that’s changed. October 26, 2019 at 11:57am Reply

      • Marika: The SSS Wood Violet sounds like a very promising option. Thanks for the tip! October 26, 2019 at 5:21pm Reply

    • Neva: Hi Marika, I haven’t tried Bois de Violette but you could try She Wood from DSquared. It’s a woody perfume with violets so you may like it. October 28, 2019 at 3:52am Reply

      • Marika: Thanks, Neva — I’ll check that out! October 28, 2019 at 10:30am Reply

  • Armando: Greetings from Panama!

    I am looking for a scent to rest. Something that would soothe me and make me sleep like a baby. I tried Tea Rose EDT, but the luscious green effect makes me want to prepare some coffee and get ready for the day to come. Not a good thing at midnight.
    I found that Burberry Brit Rhythm For Her EDT is calming enough and works very well. But I’d like to acquire another perfume that would make the trick.
    Can you recommend me one? October 26, 2019 at 11:22am Reply

    • Patricia Devine: Orange blossom and ylang ylang are both used in aromatherapy to aid nerves, and lavender is used to aid sleep. I’ve found Fleurs d’Oranger by Serge Lutens very comforting (and also Bas de Soie, which is iris and hyacinth). Pour Un Homme (which is lavender and vanilla) by Caron is lovely and calming. Or Eau de Moheli by Diptyque (which is ylang ylang). Or you could just use lavender oil on your pillow or ylang-ylang oil on your wrists (I do that for things like going to the dentist). October 26, 2019 at 12:01pm Reply

      • AnnieA: @Patricia, that makes me think of Aqua Allegoria Ylang & Vanille, which I only wear at night. Very soothing, but sadly discontinued. October 28, 2019 at 9:30pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Armando: Waving back to you from the UK. I find Clarins Eau Ressourcante relaxing, also anything with lavender, Caron pour un Homme for example or I’ll second Patricia’s idea of essential oil of lavender, I would recommend in rosewater, sprayed on your pillow. October 26, 2019 at 1:12pm Reply

    • Cybele: Hi Armando, try Solo Loewe Ella it’s a natural smelling light floral I find it kind of soothing. Otherwise you could look at Aesop’s scents but I guess you would have to order them to Panama. October 26, 2019 at 2:28pm Reply

    • Matty Maccaro: Elizabeth & James makes a rollerball perfume called Nirvana French Grey, It has only 3 ingredients: Neroli, Musk and Lavender. It is very soothing, I keep it under my pillow & often will put it on while I’m almost ready for sleep. Lavender was always used for calming. I don’t know if they’ve got Sephora in Panama, but that’s where I bought mine, very inexpensive. October 26, 2019 at 4:11pm Reply

    • John Luna: Hi Armando,

      I almost always wear Caron Pour un Homme to bed… Its very natural lavender is incredibly soothing, and the soft cushion of vanilla and musk suggest ease and comfort. Good luck! October 27, 2019 at 9:31am Reply

    • Klaas: Hey Armando, health food or nature stores will sell pillow sprays made with natural essential oils that will help you fall asleep. Lavender is a good one for sure!

      Also, no coffee after lunch and no screens one hour before bed time 😉 Reading a boring book also works like a charm…..Do I sound like a school teacher? Well, I am….. October 27, 2019 at 5:15pm Reply

    • Cybele: Now this came to my mind, it’s very soothing, like being in a spa: Bvlgari Infusion The Blanc October 29, 2019 at 8:15am Reply

    • Aava: Try Suite No. 6 from Wide society (a sub brand of The Different Company) or Cornucopia by Andrea Maack. Suite No.6 is a ligth, warm and delicate scent. A cashmere pullover to cuddle yourself in and Cornucopia is meant to be the scent for a state of harmony and fullfillment – the horn of plenty. Maybe one of the two might be worth a try for you 🙂 October 31, 2019 at 9:04am Reply

  • Wendy-Kneale: Merhaba from Turkey! I am looking for a new perfume. I currently live in Izmir and will be in Berlin in a few weeks where I hope to sample some new things. My signature perfumes include Guerlain’s Shalimar, Chanel’s Cristalle, and Coromandel, Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower, and Vetiver Extraordinaire. I dislike any scent described as marine or fresh. I appreciate scents described as cozy, spicy, and even old-fashioned. I would describe my taste as broad. I love rose, cedar, fig, almond, neroli, mimosa, sandalwood, and jasmine. My budget is flexible- in other words, I would forego a fancy dinner if it meant I could buy a special perfume. Thank you for your help with recommendations! October 26, 2019 at 11:31am Reply

    • Patricia Devine: I would recommend:
      * L’Air du Desert Marocain by Andy Tauer
      * Premier Figuier by Artisan Parfumeur
      * Stash by Sarah Jessica Parker
      * Five O’Clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens
      * Rose Absolue by Yves Rocher (if you can find it and if not, La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens).
      * And don’t overlook Youth Dew, Opium, Obsession and Tabu. October 26, 2019 at 12:08pm Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Thank you so much, Patricia! These all sound wonderful. I am especially excited to try the SJP Stash and Serge Lutens- how perfect for where I am going. I adore Youth Dew and am so happy to see you mention it. I will report back. I am so excited! October 26, 2019 at 12:44pm Reply

        • Patricia Devine: Have a lovely trip. 🙂 October 26, 2019 at 3:51pm Reply

        • Sandra: Combine L’Air du Desert Marocain with Philosykos from Diptyque, which is a fig fragrance. Wonderful together! November 4, 2019 at 7:38pm Reply

          • Wendy-Kneale: Hello Sandra, this combination sounds so beautiful! Thank you so much for the suggestion 😊 November 9, 2019 at 2:33am Reply

    • Tami: Hi! I have a couple you might enjoy: Lancôme Oranges Bigarades (bitter orange with spice and reminiscent of tea—feels like a cozy sweater) and Jo Malone’s holiday scent, Orange Bitters (citrus and sandalwood—warm and inviting). Definitely not fresh or marine 🙂 The Lancome line also has a Fig & Citrus scent but I haven’t smelled it so I can’t vouch for it. October 26, 2019 at 12:35pm Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Hi Tami, these sound absolutely lovely! I love bitter orange. Both the Lancome and JM sound right up my alley. Hopefully, I can try the Fig & Citrus, too. Thank you so much! October 26, 2019 at 12:46pm Reply

        • Tami: You’re welcome! Good luck in your quest for a new favorite perfume. 🙂 October 26, 2019 at 12:50pm Reply

    • AR: Perhaps:
      Beyond Rose by Clinique
      Cedre Sambac by Hermes
      Musc Ensense bt Aedes de Venuatas
      Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle
      Dents de Lait Sege Lutens
      Tubereuse Criminal by Serge Lutens (Be patient with this one.)

      I second Primiere Figuier.

      Happy shopping. It would be fun to know what you decide. October 26, 2019 at 1:43pm Reply

      • AR: Forgot:
        Jasmins Marzipane by Lancome October 26, 2019 at 1:46pm Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Thank you so much, AR! I am especially interested in trying the Clinique Beyond Rose and the Jasmins Marzipane. Lipstick Rose is one of my very favorite scents ever. My list is properly fantastic thanks to all of these recommendations. October 26, 2019 at 2:42pm Reply

    • Lydia: L de Lubin by Lubin (Sicilian lemon, Calabrian bergamot, white gardenia, black pepper, ylang-ylang, Egiptian jasmine, may rose, iris, lily, cloves, tonka bean, rosewood, patchouli, sandalwood, heliotrope, vanilla and musk).

      Aria di Capri by Carthusia (Lemon, orange, jasmine, mimosa, bay leaves, peach, iris, oakmoss, amber).

      I’m not sure if this perfume is available in Berlin, but I just discovered a very striking new floral that I enthusiastically recommend trying – Jasamine Yang by Anima Vinci (mandarin, yuzu, pink pepper, jasmine, frangipani, ylang ylang, sandalwood, ambergris, patchouli, vanilla, white musk). October 26, 2019 at 1:51pm Reply

      • Lydia: PS Have a wonderful trip, Wendy-Kneale. 😊 October 26, 2019 at 2:18pm Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Hi Lydia, thank you for these lovely recommendations and for your kind travel wishes! I have been intrigued by the Lubin line for years- how did I miss it? : ) I will make sure to look for the Anima Vinci when I return to the US next year. Many thanks again. October 26, 2019 at 2:45pm Reply

      • Mj: Hi Lydia,

        I’m curious about where to find L de Lublin. I got a bottle some 40 years back as my 14th birthday present from my mom (my first own perfume), and I recall it as fresh and lovely October 27, 2019 at 4:20pm Reply

        • Lydia: Hi Mj,
          I’m sorry for the long delayed response. It was one of those months.

          In the US you can get L de Lubin at Fumerie Parfumerie in Portland, OR. (Both Luckyscent and BeautyHabit seem to have sold out of it.)

          I’m not sure about outside of the US, but Lubin is a French company, so I’m guessing you can order it directly from Lubin Paris if you’re in an EU country. Outside of that I don’t know. I hope you get to try it again and love it as much as I do! November 27, 2019 at 2:23pm Reply

          • Mj: Thanks! I will try Lublin Paris, as I live in the EU. November 27, 2019 at 2:54pm Reply

    • Cybele: Moonlight Patchouli by van Cleef and Arpels Collection Extraordinaire is amazing! October 26, 2019 at 2:30pm Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Hi Cybele, you had me at patchouli : ) I just love the Van Cleef line, it will be wonderful to try this one. Thank you so much! October 26, 2019 at 2:47pm Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: Hi, I’ve just come back from a trip so I sniffed my way through some duty fee shops which, alas, are more or less “niche free zones”. Anyway, I did smell Lancome’s “Jasmins Marzipane” which I think might just fit the bill.
      Have a lovely time in Berlin, please do visit the Museum Insel which is breathtakingly stunning (works of art as well as architecture)—I could spend days there! And for a fresh take on contemporary perfumes, you might want to visit “Frau Tonis” a Berlin based perfume brand:
      Best wishes October 27, 2019 at 3:13am Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Hello OnWingsofSaffron, what a beautiful username! I so appreciate your Berlin recommendations- I am obsessed with art and architecture so now Museum Insel will be at top of my list along with Frau Tonis- I have been lurking on their website : ) “Niche-free zone” is such a perfect description of Duty-Free, I laughed out loud. I truly value the kindness and generosity of the Bois de Jasmin community. Thank you again xx October 27, 2019 at 4:41am Reply

        • OnWingsofSaffron: Thanks, Wendy-Kneale, for your wonderful feedback. The Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is a place that truly fills me with utmost joy, each and every time I go there, and I’ve visited countless times. So do enjoy, as there are are so many wonderful things to see and marvel!
 October 27, 2019 at 6:41am Reply

        • rainboweyes: I’d also strongly recommend visiting the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin… a fantastic place with the most exquisite paintings of Old Masters – Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Caravaggio – just to name a few…
 November 1, 2019 at 10:02am Reply

          • Victoria: I’m also taking notes of your recommendations! Thank you. November 2, 2019 at 5:43am Reply

            • rainboweyes: You are very welcome, Victoria… BdJ is such a wonderful place of inspiration and exchange, I am always happy to give something back in return for all the inspiration and advice I found here…

              I must admit I was very impressed by what the museums in Berlin had to offer, somehow I haven’t expected to find so many great works of art there… and what surprised me even more was the fact that the places were not crowded at all! Not like Paris or Florence…

              If you are interested in modern art, I’d also recommend the Museum Berggruen… it has a beautiful collection of Picasso, Klee and Matisse paintings.
     November 2, 2019 at 10:41am Reply

    • kayliz: kayliz: Do check out Harry Lehmann in Berlin (Kantstrasse 106) — Lehmann is considered something of a legend in the German forum and provides the originals for some of Frau Toni‘s rebranded perfumes. October 27, 2019 at 5:01am Reply

      • Sebastian: Hi kayliz, nice to see you back. Have you had a chance to try Gardener’s Glove? I’d love to hear how you feel about it. Cheers! Sebastian October 27, 2019 at 2:58pm Reply

        • kayliz: Dear Sebastian, thank you, good to hear you! I haven‘t forgotten but haven‘t tested Gardener‘s Glove (and many of the other recommendations) because the weather turned shortly after I posted. I have all the recommendations in their own folder on (with notes on who recommended them) and am planning to order samples next May/June so I‘m equipped when the hot & humid weather comes round again! October 28, 2019 at 4:06am Reply

          • Sebastian: That sounds perfectly organized. I’m impressed! Myself, what I don’t do at once, I forget. October 28, 2019 at 3:28pm Reply

            • kayliz: I‘ve forgotten which bit of dreaded housework I was supposed to be doing when I sorted the recommendations;) October 29, 2019 at 6:07am Reply

        • Wendy-Kneale: Hello Rainboweyes! Thank you for your marvelous recommendations of the Gemaldegalerie and the Berggruen- I love Vermeer and Caravaggio! How wonderful. This will be a scent and art-filled trip 😍 November 4, 2019 at 9:16am Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Hello, Kayliz. Now Harry Lehmann has been properly added to my list, thanks to your wonderful recommendation. I appreciate it so very much! October 29, 2019 at 4:07am Reply

        • kayliz: You‘re very welcome. I hope you have a fantastic time in Berlin! October 29, 2019 at 6:08am Reply

    • Karen A: Merhaba! Just got back from Istanbul visiting in-laws. Lots of really great suggestions and reading comments above I realize that lots of my ideas have been given. But… Coco is really a great cool weather fragrance and I’d recommend the parfum/extrait. A small bottle isn’t too much and will last, it’s potent!

      La Fille de Berlin is the only perfume I’vehad to get another bottle of since falling down the perfume rabbit hole. It’s really beautiful.

      Coromandel by Chanel is a gorgeous, elegant take on patchouli and now comes in an extrait. 31 Rue Cambon is another Chanel that is rich, elegant and unique.

      Ormonde Jayne Woman is quite interesting and worth a sniff if you can find a place carrying the line in Berlin.

      Civet by Zoologist has been out for a while and it’s a stunning old fashioned perfume. A little goes a long way.

      Have fun trying out lots! October 27, 2019 at 3:10pm Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Merhaba, Karen! Your reviews have furthered my interest even more in La Fille de Berlin and also revisiting Coco, a long-missed favorite. And darn, now I have to try 31 Rue Cambon : ) I love the idea of small bottles- I can fit more in my suitcase! Many thanks for your wonderful suggestions. October 29, 2019 at 4:12am Reply

        • Karen A: La Fille is such a beautiful rose, plus appropriate name for your travel! 31 Rue Cambon is pricey but it’s gorgeous. And Coco in extrait is really special.

          On another site, eaumg, a different Victoria in her review of Civet wrote something like, it smells like the woman I want to be (or wish I was??). Can’t remember exactly but give it a try if you can! Have fun. October 29, 2019 at 7:00am Reply

    • AnnieA: Wendy-Kneale, I wanted to suggest a nice German niche perfume line, but suddenly want to suggest Masque Milano, which might reduce you to eating deli meals!

      Oh, and are the Nishane perfumes widely available in Turkey? Something to sniff when you return. October 28, 2019 at 9:35pm Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Hello AnnieA, Masque Milano sounds fantastic and I hope to sample the line- it sounds worth the frugal lunches ☺️ I haven’t seen Nishane here in İzmir but I think it’s available at Beymen, Turkey’s version of Saks or Henri Bendel, if I understand it correctly. Thank you so much! x October 30, 2019 at 7:05am Reply

    • Maria: KaDeWe in Berlin has a fantastic offer, almost everything you can ask for, exclusives, indies, mainstream. Take at least two hours for KaDeWe and for sure you will discover something you like.
      Lafayette Galeries also has some good offer, though not so big as KaDeWe.
      My personal favorite lately is the Le Labo perfume shop and that is a must. I can’t go to Berlin without visiting it and always discover some new love. (Alte Schönhauser Str. 26, 10119 Berlin) October 30, 2019 at 6:04am Reply

      • Wendy-Kneale: Hello Maria! I am so happy to see you mention KaDeWe as it has been a dream destination of mine since I was a teenager, already obsessed with all things European. I Love the idea of finding exclusive things that would not be available in either Turkey or North America. Thank you for the tempting description and wise recommendation of time needed while there ☺️☺️☺️ Huge thanks! I look forward to sharing my discoveries! October 30, 2019 at 7:10am Reply

  • Rachel: Hi people! My husband never likes the perfume I wear. He loves almonds and chocolate. I can’t tolerate perfume that is overly sweet. Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you!! October 26, 2019 at 1:47pm Reply

    • Lydia: If you’re also open to coffee and incense notes, Milano Cafe by La Via Del Profumo is worth trying:
      Coffee, cappuccino, chocolate, iris, woody notes, spicy notes, opoponax, tonka bean, amber.
      I remember it being rather like a dry, incensey mocha, nicely blended and one of my favorites from the line. October 26, 2019 at 2:09pm Reply

      • Rachel: Thank you Lydia I am going to order a sample it sounds really special! October 27, 2019 at 12:30pm Reply

    • Aurora: A spicy, not too sweet chocolate perfume that might suit you and and be husband approved is Anima Dulcis by Arquiste. Victoria wrote a beautiful review. October 26, 2019 at 2:32pm Reply

      • Rachel: Cool I can’t wait I am going to read her article now thank you!! October 27, 2019 at 12:33pm Reply

    • Eudora: Hello Rachel. I think your husband would love Atelier Cologne Cafe Tuberosa. Victoria has a great review. It is so beautiful and unique that I forget its sweetness. It is sweet but in a creamy and soft way. I had a sample and cannot forget it. October 26, 2019 at 10:39pm Reply

      • Rachel: Thanks! I love perfumes with that creamy quality thanks for your tip I will try it sounds perfect! October 27, 2019 at 12:35pm Reply

        • Rachel: Thank you Eudora! I am so excited to try some new scents I would have never known about! It is so fun to meet other perfume enthusiasts! Thank you! October 27, 2019 at 11:08pm Reply

    • Sebastian: For chocolate, there is Sammarco Bond-T. Fiercely gourmand, but not too sweet, with a bit of spice, malt and smoke.

      If that’s a bit much: would rum and caramel also fit? With a slight coffee edge (although that not is not listed) and pretty woodsy. Overall soft impression. It’s got vanilla but it doesn’t get too sweet, in fact it opens rather dry. If this sounds appealing you might enjoy Bodhi Language from 4160 Tuesdays (Sarah McCartney) October 27, 2019 at 3:08pm Reply

      • Rachel: Thanks Sebastian! I am going to find some samples on line. We are going away to Italy and I want to find the perfect exciting scent. These sound divine! October 27, 2019 at 11:11pm Reply

        • Sebastian: If you’re looking for exciting, I’d say Bodhi Language isn’t it. I have consulted my dictionary, and I’d say this perfume is beautiful, enjoyable, lively, pleasing, and stimulating. But it’s not breathtaking, dramatic, hair-raising, heart-stopping, mesmerizing, mind-bending, provocative, rip-roaring, or rousing. Bond-T would come closer to that. Depends what you mean by “exciting”. October 28, 2019 at 1:44pm Reply

          • Rachel: You have inspired me to get out my dictionary! Exciting is what I am after. I am going to try Bond-T. Thank you for your help! October 28, 2019 at 2:57pm Reply

    • Megan: Have you considered Shay & Blue’s Almond Cucumber? It’s refreshing rather than sweet, and it won’t break the bank compared to many other scents. October 27, 2019 at 10:15pm Reply

      • Rachel: Thanks Meghan it could be just what I need he loves cucumbers also! Nothing like spicing up a marriage after 20 years! October 27, 2019 at 11:13pm Reply

  • Aurora: With colder days coming, I plan to wear musk perfumes, I love Annick Goutal Musc Nomade, Serge Lutens Clair de Musc and Diptyque Fleur de Peau. With many thanks in advance would you have some suggestions for musc perfumes (preferably on the discreet side)? October 26, 2019 at 1:56pm Reply

    • Cybele: I like Etro Musc (I have not tried the newer EPD version). And personally I am very keen on trying Musk Botanique by Strange Invisible Parfums. October 26, 2019 at 2:36pm Reply

      • Aurora: Thank you Cybele, I like Etro scents in general (I have Messe de Minuit, Dianthus and Heliotrope) so will look into Musc. Never heard of Musk Botanique, if it has ambrette in it I am definitely interested. October 26, 2019 at 10:07pm Reply

    • AnnieA: @Aurora, Montale White Musk is quite pretty and shy. October 28, 2019 at 9:38pm Reply

      • Aurora: Thank so much, Annie, that looks promising. October 29, 2019 at 8:48am Reply

      • Aurora: I meant thank you so much of course. October 29, 2019 at 8:50am Reply

  • Lydia: I rediscovered my love of L’Artisan Parfumeur Amber and Amber intense this month and remembered how much I used to love traditional ambers. I would love to hear some favorite ambers – the richer and spicier the better. There are a lot out there, so some direction would be welcome.

    I have tried Tauer’s L’Air du desert marocain and liked it. Other suggestions from that brand are welcome. I’d also love to hear about more obscure ambers. October 26, 2019 at 2:15pm Reply

    • James: Ambre Nuit by Dior is a very nice amber in my opinion, but not really spicy. There’s Ambre D’Alexandrie (Boucheron) or Ambre Fétiche (Annick Goutal) if you like them smoky, Ambre Narguile (Hermès) or Grand Soir (Maison Francis Kurkdjian) if you like them sweet, and Mon Seul Désir (Jul et Mad) or Amber Star (Xerjoff) for unusual (but quite enjoyable) takes. October 26, 2019 at 4:15pm Reply

      • Lydia: James,

        I’m sorry for the delayed response.
        What a great list! I really appreciate the suggestions and I’ve never tried any of them before, so it will be an adventure. November 27, 2019 at 2:28pm Reply

    • Patricia Devine: My reference amber is Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens – fabulous dried herbs in the top notes. I also just bought Voile d’Ambre from Yves Rocher because the Secrets d’Essence line is being discontinued, and it really is like a gentle veil of amber – good for layering. Ambre Russe by Parfums d’Empire is very good but I won’t be buying it as the Lutens is more than enough for me. And I also have Amber by Lentheric – a good old 1970s fake amber with massive hairspray top notes if you like that kind of thing (available on Ebay). I used to get a lovely amber perfume solid from a Lebanese brand called Feniqia but I think they have stopped making perfumes, sadly. October 26, 2019 at 4:43pm Reply

      • Lydia: Thanks, Patricia Devine. Sorry for the delayed response.

        I haven’t tried Ambre Sultan in years but the dried herbs top note has definitely intrigued me. I think my tastes have developed since I last tried it, so I will give it another go.

        The US Yves Rocher website seems to be severely limited in the scents it offers, so we don’t seem to have the Secrets d’Essence line at all (unless it was already discontinued). Ah well.

        Hairspray notes is a funny perspective on a drugstore amber. I wonder if that’s what I’m smelling in Tabu.

        I used to get a beautiful amber solid perfume from L’Occitane, but it was discontinued. November 27, 2019 at 2:33pm Reply

    • Klaas: Hey Lydia, if you like L’Air du Desert Marocain, you will surely enjoy Au Coeur du Désert by Andy Tauer as well. It is a slightly darker version of L’Air du désert. I like it very much!

      More obscure, Swedish Indie perfumer Johanna Venables (NOT perfumes) has a knack for amber. I like her Vaan and Orm a lot. She is unfortunately NOT cheap either…..

      And I haven’t smelled De Nicolai Ambre Oud, but it sounds wonderfull. Lavender, amber and oud. Weird? Sure, but her work is always classy, so maybe a nice one to try? October 26, 2019 at 5:43pm Reply

      • Lydia: Hi Klaas,
        Finally responding to your kind recommendation.

        I think you were the person who recommended NOT Perfumes and the sample set is definitely on my wishlist. It’s sold out now, but I’m hoping that her new fragrance SOMA will be included when it’s back in stock.

        Ambre Oud sounds like a great combo and the inclusion of lavender could be great, depending on the balance. Thanks for drawing my attention to it. November 27, 2019 at 2:39pm Reply

        • Klaas: You’re welcome Lydia! November 28, 2019 at 4:06am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Lydia: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier has Ambre Precieux which I like and I second SL Ambre Sultan (a solemn dark amber).
      If you also like cinnamon with your amber Stendhal Ambre Sublime is very delicious and a bit under the radar, I would also suggest Van Cleef & Arpels Ambre Imperial, a spicy amber which is a lot like Hermes Ambre des Merveilles (very good too) but with a more prounounced citrus opening, spicier and a bit less sweet. October 26, 2019 at 10:15pm Reply

      • Lydia: Hi Aurora,
        Thanks and sorry for the delay.
        I used to love Ambre Precieux. I should definitely revisit it, along with Ambre Sultan.

        I do like cinnamon a lot, but I don’t remember ever trying it in an amber perfume and I didn’t hear of Stendhal. I’ll look for that, as well as the other ones you mentioned. So many interesting options to track down!:) November 27, 2019 at 2:41pm Reply

    • Klaas: Pierre Guillaume just launched Peau d’ Ambre. His fragrances are always interesting, though not all of them are good. According to the website, notes include fir balsam, incense and amber (vanilla, opopanax, benzoine, etc.). The fir balsam in there tickles my fancy…could make a nice contrat to the ambery sweetness… October 27, 2019 at 10:31am Reply

      • Lydia: That does sound interesting, and the vanilla-opopanax-benzoine combo gets my attention immediately since I love sweet incense scents. If the balsam is subtle it could be beautiful. November 27, 2019 at 2:43pm Reply

    • Neva: Hi Lydia, you could try Ormonde Jayne’s Ambre Royal. It’s a strong and well crafted perfume with prominent amber and osmanthus. October 28, 2019 at 4:04am Reply

      • Lydia: Thanks, Neva. I’ve tried many other Ormonde scents but never Amber. Sounds beautiful! November 27, 2019 at 2:43pm Reply

  • Lydia: I have another question – this one for the Shalimar lovers out there.

    I recently revisited Shalimar and after all these years I finally fell in love with it.
    I am a little overwhelmed with trying to find the best concentrations/versions, though.

    The extrait is out of my budget range at the moment, and I don’t know of any reliable sources of the vintage. I see both older gold box and newer white box versions for sale – is there a big difference between formulations?

    I’m assuming only the eau de parfums are worth getting these days – my experience with recent Guerlain eau de toilettes is that they are barely detectable. Is that your experience?

    Thanks for any guidance you can offer. I am so delighted that Shalimar finally began to speak to me! October 26, 2019 at 2:30pm Reply

    • Klaas: Isn’t it just gorgeous?? I would be curious to hear about current formulation as well, but in my opinion vintage Guerlains are always better….

      Black & white boxes with the gold cartouche in the middle are from the 80’s or older and would be the real deal… should be able to find some online. Even the edt was quite rich at the time, even though the bergamote could have faded over time….. October 26, 2019 at 5:52pm Reply

    • Aurora: How wonderful that you now love Shalimar.
      For vintage Shalimar, Lydia, I recommend seeking out the Parfum de Toilette, this concentration means that it is vintage, long lasting and rich. I actually enjoy the current EDT very much in summer because of the bright bergamote and also the Eau de Cologne, I find the modern versions of both of these very good. There is also a ‘Shalimar Cologne’ which is a take on Shalimar by Thierry Wasser but I haven’t tried it. October 26, 2019 at 10:23pm Reply

    • Eudora: Hi Lydia, what a coincidence! I am also thinking about Shalimar and wondering about edt or edp. I was reading Victoria’s reviews and she said that Shalimar reformulations were very good. Looking for guidance also! October 26, 2019 at 10:28pm Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: There is no better or more comprehensive information out there on vintage Shalimar than on the website of Kafkaesque: three very extensive posts on Shalimar.
      Here is the link to the first post:
      All three post are absolutely fascinating! October 27, 2019 at 3:22am Reply

    • moi: Shalimar is one of my all-time favorites—just gorgeous in almost all eras and formulations. I’ll echo Aurora, who recommends the vintage PdT—very often available on eBay and usually at a good price.

      Failing that, the current EDT is wonderful and long-lasting. You can get it at Walgreens, believe it or not, for about $35. October 27, 2019 at 7:32pm Reply

  • James: I’m looking for a signature scent (versatile, but not necessarily all-year). I’ve tried many Amber fragrances, thinking that was the note to go for, but to no avail. Scents I’ve enjoyed are Reflection Man by Amouage and Tabacco Toscano by SMN, the former being just a bit too clean, and the latter too intense for my taste. Tauer LDDM and ACDD gave me headaches (unfortunately, the ending of the latter was quite nice). Terre d’Hermes and Mediterranean Neroli (Zegna) were a bit too fresh and Bel Ami Vetiver (Hermes) or Our Royal (Armani Privé) a bit too oriental. Yesterday I tried Bois D’Argent (Dior) and it seems pretty close to perfect, but I’m still very open to suggestions; I’ve had so many close hits that I’m almost getting desperate. Many perfumes seem nice the first time or two that I try them, and then I pick out something I dislike (usually spicy (e.g. PG Cozé) or fruity notes, but also patchouli (PG 08), tonka bean (and excessive sweetness in general) (e.g. Grand Soir MFK), gourmand notes, cologne-ish notes (e.g. citrusy notes), “too feminine”, etc.). Any help would be much appreciated! October 26, 2019 at 3:30pm Reply

    • Cybele: maybe you would like
      Wonderoud CDG, LUI by Guerlain or Prada L’Homme Intense. But Bois D’Argent is great! October 26, 2019 at 7:24pm Reply

      • Cybele: don’t give up finding something you love, it’s possible! October 26, 2019 at 7:25pm Reply

        • James: That’s my hope too. I remember faintly trying out Prada L’Homme, and both it and its Intense counterpart look quite promising (based on the notes). This and the others I’ll be glad to try later; thank you for your suggestions! October 26, 2019 at 11:10pm Reply

    • Aurora: Have you thought about a leather maybe? Knize Ten or Acqua di Parma Leather (try both the cologne and the eau de parfum). My favorite scent on a man is Pour Un Homme de Caron which I wear myself but it may be too sweet for you with its vanilla, but if you like pine you could try Caron Yatagan. October 26, 2019 at 10:42pm Reply

      • James: I actually have a sample of Knife Ten at hand, but unfortunately it’s not my cup of tea (can’t pick out why though, it seems well-rounded). Leather in general can be tricky though, I think it smells too “dense” or intense, even if it stays close to the skin. The other suggestions look interesting though, I’ll try them out soon. Thank you! October 26, 2019 at 11:05pm Reply

        • Aurora: Hi James: yes, I share your view about leather being tricky. It’s exciting to participate in your search for a signature, have you tried any Penhaligon’s? I’m thinking of the traditional ones for example Bleinheim Bouquet (it’s Prince Charles’s fragrance). October 27, 2019 at 11:27am Reply

    • Megan: You might want to try a sample of Architect’s Club by Arquiste. It’s amber & woods, as opposed to spicy and fruity. The idea behind it is supposed to be a London smoking room in the 1930s. October 27, 2019 at 10:20pm Reply

    • John Luna: A signature is a funny thing… I think it speaks to our being expected to be many different things in different circumstances at this moment that most of us now accept that a collection is a more likely expression of sensibility than a single devotion. I am sentimental about it myself, and like to think of the signature as an understanding with those closest to you related to imprinting & memory. My signature is Caron Pour un Homme, which I found (it found me) on a trip to NYC with my wife… the memory of travel certainly helped to cement that association, but also this — very polarizing — fragrance has soothing properties I rely on at the end of a day, can be worn most of the year in a temperate climate, and is discreet enough for work. My children also associate it with me (it is very warm.) It’s probably important to say that work fragrances are another category of need? I mostly wear CpuH, Caron’s Third Man, Guerlain Vetiver to the office (a formal, suit & tie kind of situation) with the latter two being selected for their classicism and because I never get bored of them. If I burned with art every moment of my day I would just wear Fahrenheit, if I was only every dispensing avuncular-yet-sensual wisdom I would wear Egoïste, and if I was living in the Mediterranean I’d wear Eau Sauvage, but as it is, I keep them for special occasions, acknowledging, as Braque said, that “one can’t always be living in paroxysms.” Good luck. October 28, 2019 at 1:38am Reply

  • Klaas: Hey James, setting out to find a signature sounds like a mission impossible. The stakes are just too high. It’s like going out on a date while trying to find a life partner….

    Why don’t you try wearing the scents you like for a longer period and then maybe one will grow on you to become your signature. Let it find you rather then the other way around…

    Also, you name a lot of the things you don’t like, but why not looking for the ingredients you do like?

    Anyway, maybe to give you a few ideas, I enjoy lavander and vetiver very much. My favorite lavender is Brin de Reglisse (Hermessences, quite expensive but 100% signature worthy) and some of my favorite vetivers are Racine and La Route du Vetiver (Maitre Parfumeur & Gantier, they also do great ambers by the way), Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford and Vetiver Tonka (Hermessences, and the tonka is very suble).

    Other great fougere are Eau de Gloire by Parfum d’ Empire (though a touch on the sweet side) and New York by De Nicolai.

    Good luck! October 26, 2019 at 6:09pm Reply

    • James: Thank you for your thorough reply! Yes, it really does feel like mission impossible, but hopefully it’ll be worth it in the end. And you’re right, I should try out the scents I like for longer, it’s just that the samples run out so quickly and the bottles are so expensive… oh well, someday I’ll have to get over it and just start a small collection, I suppose. Lavender is actually an ingredient I’ve not looked out for, but your suggestions have certainly piqued my interest. I’ll try them out as soon as I can. Thanks again! October 26, 2019 at 11:15pm Reply

      • Klaas: Oh, I know, full bottles are such an investment! And it seems like some brands just up and up their prices. I was looking at a perfume by Creed and was appaled by the prices. It’s almost double to a few years ago.

        Starting a small collection sounds like a great idea. If you get 2 or 3 small sizes of some of the stuff you like, you can rotate and get to know the scents more up and close.

        There are a few brands that do small bottles. Hermessences actually come in pocket size spray bottles (but you have to buy 4), and De Nicolai also sells 30 ml. bottles of most of her fragrances. They are quite affordable too.
        Comme des Garcons is also slightly less expensive, and they do some great stuff.
        The Tom Ford I mentioned is also reasonably priced.

        So yeah, look out for small sizes, slowly build a small collection, and you just might find your signature along the way.

        Have fun! October 27, 2019 at 8:51am Reply

      • Sebastian: Hello James, for a versatile signature scent, I’m 100% behind Klaas’s recommendation of New York Intense. It’s a masterpiece of perfume handicraft, wonderfully balanced, timeless classic. There is absolutely nothing in this scent that I can imagine would put anyone off the slightest bit. No hard edges here. It’s the perfume analogy of Mozart in representing the summit of conventional, classical perfumery. October 27, 2019 at 2:42pm Reply

        • John Luna: Oh yeah, I keep hearing all of that about New York Intense! This also reminds me to recommend Habit Rouge, which I often wear in the summer or winter (A great work scent because it lasts ages and I can never lose my temper while wearing it.) October 29, 2019 at 12:32am Reply

  • Eudora: Hello! Can you recommend a place to buy perfumes online in the US? Thanks! October 26, 2019 at 10:31pm Reply

    • Bastet: My favorites are LuckyScent for niche and FragranceNet for discounted perfumes. October 28, 2019 at 8:55am Reply

  • kayliz: Do check out Harry Lehmann in Berlin (Kantstrasse 106) — he is considered something of a legend in the German forum and provides the originals for some of Frau Toni‘s rebranded perfumes. October 27, 2019 at 4:58am Reply

    • kayliz: Sorry, wrong place! Will repost. October 27, 2019 at 4:59am Reply

  • Matty: I have enjoyed reading all the replies to this post. There are sosme wonderful suggestions. October 27, 2019 at 6:46am Reply

  • Anouk: Hi everybody,

    as it has finally started to get cold, I am craving an incensed scarf. Can anybody recommend me a warm, spicy, smoky perfume or even an incense recipe (nothing too complicated though)?

    Also, I am searching for a bottle split community that is located in Europe and ships to Germany. Can someone recommend me a forum/thread?

    Many thanks in advance for taking the time! October 27, 2019 at 10:15am Reply

    • Aurora: Like you I love incense at this time of year. I have 3 suggestions in case you haven’t tried them. Comme des Garcons Avignon (catholic churh incense), Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant (like a church in Provence with a window open on the garrigue, my favorite) and Etro Messe de Minuit (like the mass itself). Oh, another one as well l’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer (a floral incense with lily). October 27, 2019 at 11:51am Reply

      • Anouk: Thank you Aurora, will definitely try them all! October 27, 2019 at 5:39pm Reply

    • Megan: For incense, you could try Tokyo by Gallivant – it’s supposed to evoke Japanese incense. Couer de Noir by Beaufort London is smoky and has a lot of notes that remind me of a warm library (leather, ink, tobacco). Anubis by Papillon is way too strong (imho) to wear on the skin, but it might be nice sprayed lightly on a scarf – it’s a dry leather that is really quite pretty, if extremely powerful. October 27, 2019 at 10:27pm Reply

      • Anouk: A warm library sounds heavenly! Thank you, Megan! October 28, 2019 at 6:04am Reply

    • Maria: October 30, 2019 at 6:11am Reply

      • Anouk: Thank you Maria, that’s exactly what I was looking for! October 31, 2019 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Sebastian: James search for a signature scent has reminded me of a tag challenge that made its round on several perfume video channels about 2 months ago. Perhaps it would be fun to have it here, too.

    The challenge is to name The Fragrance to Rule Them All.

    The constraints are the following: The Fragrance To Rule Them All should work for any sex, any age, any weather, and any occasion.

    So you have to think about this. It’s not as easy as just naming one of your favorite scents. October 27, 2019 at 2:53pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Sebastian, a universal scent for me would be Eau de Guerlain. October 29, 2019 at 8:24am Reply

      • Sebastian: Oh, thank you, I was afraid there wouldn’t be any takers.

        I agree that’s a good choice. I myself was thinking of Mitsouko. October 29, 2019 at 10:28am Reply

    • Tourmaline: Hi Sebastian,

      Although it’s classed as a scent for women, I’d suggest the original Y by YSL (1964). It’s such a refined classic, and, as a chypre, it has enough oakmoss and vetiver to prevent it from being too “feminine”. Besides, as Victoria says, the categorization of fragrances based on gender is artificial. I think it’s as silly as saying that blue is for boys and pink is for girls. Anyone can wear any scent they like.

      Y was the first fine fragrance I ever bought, at the age of 19, and I chose it after sampling over 100 others.

      I also second Aurora’s selection of Eau de Guerlain – a real gem.

      With kind regards,
      Tourmaline October 29, 2019 at 10:54am Reply

    • Karen A: Sycomore by Chanel and Lys Mediterranean by Frederic Malle.

      Fun idea! October 30, 2019 at 6:18am Reply

    • Klaas: Hey Sebastian, Eau de Guerlain would also be the one for me. Anyone can wear it, in any season. It’s just so incredibly versatile and so incredible beautiful and with understated elegance.

      Citrus would be the way to go for sure, as anything too flowery, spicy, oudy, excentric or overwhelming could not fill the bill.

      Other fragrances I was thinking of were Chanel pour Monsieur, Cedrat Intense by De Nicolai (quite similar to CpM actually), Aqua di Parma Colonia (but maybe too masculine?), Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat by Guerlain or Eau de Neroli Doré by Hermes, although this last one might already be too outspoken to please everybody.

      Great request! November 1, 2019 at 4:31am Reply

    • Anouk: Colognes is the direction I‘m thinking of first. Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine for example. It smells like zesty orange juice.
      Or, for more of an accord, Bulgari Thé vert.

      Lys Méditeranée is an interesting choice, because it’s a very narrative perfume, very complex though it doesn’t change a lot on the skin, kind of melts every chapter of the story together.

      I’m wondering what makes a fragrance more universal – when it tells a lot or nothing at all? November 4, 2019 at 11:59am Reply

  • Trudy: This is request is based on nostalgia and sentimentality. My mother often wore EL Knowing and my grandmother occasionally wore Tabu. I’m wondering if anyone can suggest a more contemporary fragrance that has the same sensibilities or feel. I don’t know about the notes or perfume families of these two fragrances but I’m curious as to if there something similar but maybe a bit more modern. October 27, 2019 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Cybele: for a more modern Knowing try Agent Provocateur. It might be discontinued but I’m sure you can still find it. October 27, 2019 at 10:01pm Reply

      • Trudy: Thank you so much for your comment. I have ordered a small Agent Provocateur in the pink bottle. Cant wait! October 29, 2019 at 11:16am Reply

        • Cybele: great! It’s a really nice one! For Tabu you could try My Burberry Black and Coco (I prefer the EDT) but of course Coco is not exactly modern. Another option could be a straight up amber like Histoire de Parfum’s Ambre 114. October 29, 2019 at 11:25pm Reply

          • Cybele: also Obsession could be an option and Musc Ravangeur could be options. October 29, 2019 at 11:41pm Reply

    • Aurora: I second Cybele for Agent Provocateur (in the pink bottle). To keep with the patchouli rose of Knowing there is also Terry de Gunzburg Rouge Nocturne but you have to really like patchouli for this one and I will add Magie Noire.

      For a more modern Tabu (it’s difficult as Tabu is so unique) but maybe the current YSL Opium, and I find Estee Lauder Youth Dew body cream(not the perfume) has something of Tabu and is easier to wear. Hope this will help you a little bit. October 29, 2019 at 7:48am Reply

    • Aurora: It’s Magie Noire by Lancome to be clear. October 29, 2019 at 7:59am Reply

      • Trudy: Thank you Aurora for your suggestions. I have ordered a small bottle of Agent Provocateur and I plan on testing the Magie Noire, YSL Opium and the Youth Dew cream. Seems like I remember Magie Noir somehow. Ive put Terry de Gunzburg Rouge Nocturne on my list of scents to keep in mind as I’m sampling or maybe order a sample from Perfumed Court or Lucky Scent. Seems to get nice reviews. October 29, 2019 at 11:23am Reply

  • Celie: I came here in April or May and asked for an iris scent a bit like No 19 poudre, but without the gargantuan white musk and I wanted to thank everyone for all the nice suggestions!

    I did some sampling, didn’t really fall for anything, then ended up buying Fleur de Louis blind. I know, I know, but I got it at 40% discount and used birthday money! It’s a lovely, simple cologne-style orange blossom/iris. There’s a hint of that “chemical” whiff of modern perfumes which outstays the proper perfume-scent, but all in all I like it.

    I was also given Heure Exquise as a gift from a dear one and despite my trepidations (sandalwood!) I really enjoyed it. I don’t find it as easy to wear as Fleur de Louis, but I find myself sniffing the nozzle all the time, so it’s clearly a more interesting scent. It feels to me like a No 19 EDP made to measure for me: with all the lovely greenery and dry roses but none of the Chanel-style funk. One thing that puzzles me, though, is the utter lack of sandalwood and the huge oakmoss note (oak moss is also listed in the allergens, so it’s not something I’m imagining). This is not a problem for me, as I enjoy oak moss and struggle with sandalwood. However, as oak moss isn’t mentioned in any of the reviews, I wonder if it’s been given a major face lift lately?

    I’m still on the look-out for a green iris, so I’ll probably sample Iris Silver Mist soon. I can’t believe I still haven’t smelled it! October 28, 2019 at 5:23am Reply

    • Aurora: Thank you very much for reporting back, Celie.
      I like Arquiste very much too, my favorite is Infanta en flor, I think that’s what it’s called but enjoyed Fleur de Louis when I tried it, it was a great discount to get.
      Heure Exquise is lovely too, I have a bottle from a few years back and do notice sandalwood in it and a reasonable oakmoss, but our skins and impressions can be quite different. Also, vintage No 19 has much more oakmoss as now the amount is restricted.

      I hope you will find your perfect green iris, a floral, musky iris I enjoy lately is Diptyque Fleur de Peau. October 29, 2019 at 8:06am Reply

      • Celie: I’m glad I’m not the only one who notices the oakmoss. Since it wasn’t mentioned in any of the reviews, I almost doubted my nose.

        And Diptyque Fleur de Peau goes on the list. October 30, 2019 at 3:53am Reply

  • Katherine Hinnant: I’m a huge fan of Elden Fragrance’s perfumes. I found these lines quite by accident at a con event, and thought it would be cool to give one of her perfumes a try. That was Kitty’s Got Claws, which is inspired by my favorite comic character, Catwoman. I love wearing it on date night, when the hints of leather mix with a soft sweet undertone that remind me of the power a femme fatale can hold. I have since purchased a bottle of “A Gleam and Glow,” which is Rapunzel inspired, for my every day wear. It’s bright and refreshing smell gets me comments almost every day, because it smells feminine but also refreshing. I can’t wait to try out more of the perfumes offered by this company, and hope you give them a try! October 28, 2019 at 3:47pm Reply

  • Ann Beardsley: I love Elden Fragrances too! She has the best descriptions of fragrances I’ve ever read on her website, and I she made a custom fragrance for me that I wear all the time. Makes me feel special. October 28, 2019 at 4:09pm Reply

  • Lily: Not a request for a scent. For those who encounter notes that create a stomach-churn even if the mind likes the scent, have you found a way to rehabilitate the scent or the particular note? I have noticed I struggle often with leather (or something used to create a leather accord), but definitely not always or all leathers/leather accords. It’s not my aesthetic mind taking issue, but a queasy feeling in my body. Maybe I should simply give up on those fragrances and move on? But if anyone has found a way to stop reacting like that I’d love to know! October 28, 2019 at 9:08pm Reply

    • AnnieA: @Lily, my only suggestion is to try a completely different time of year if you haven’t done that yet, and if not to give it a year or to try again. Not very helpful, perhaps… October 28, 2019 at 9:53pm Reply

      • Lily: Hi Annie! It’s worth a try anyway! The fragrance it just happened with is the first time I’ve aesthetically liked the scent and thus had a reason to try and get past that visceral dislike…the others weren’t grabbing me so I didn’t feel like I was missing out. October 30, 2019 at 10:34am Reply

  • Aurora: Hello Sebastian, I thought about a universal scent, and for me it would be Eau de Guerlain. October 29, 2019 at 8:19am Reply

    • Aurora: Wrong place, sorry. October 29, 2019 at 8:20am Reply

  • Rossignol: Hello everyone, do you think saffron is good scent for autumn and recommend something budget -friendly but still complex enough to feel the warmth of the season October 29, 2019 at 11:54am Reply

    • AnnieA: Rossignol, I think saffron is a great note for autumn. Adam Levine for Women is a value-price perfume with saffron in it. Test it if you can (I had a bit of trouble with the drydown), but it might be cheap enough to blind-buy. November 1, 2019 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Shirley: I love Lancome Mille et Une Roses so much. My bottle is 20 years old. I missed the limited re-edition about a year ago. Is there any hope for me? Is there any really good dupe out there? November 2, 2019 at 3:04pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Shirley: On Fragrantica Stella McCartney Stella is listed as similar to Mille et une Roses, there is an EDP and an EDT I would recommend you try both. Also, Rochas Tocade, which shares rose and amber for MEUR, I immediately thought of it; have a look on eBay for vintage bottles (the new one has lost the magic), it’s not expensive, you might also save a search on eBay for MEUR. November 3, 2019 at 4:57am Reply

  • Erin: Hello everyone!

    I’m looking for a new scent to wear all year round. I’ve always been into super big, complex scents like Portrait of a Lady, Black Orchid and Coco by Chanel but lately those perfumes have been tiring me out.

    Now I’m very much looking for more of a nice, airy, natural scent. But the problem with that is that most of the airy scent doesn’t really last on my skin and they lack the punch that I’m used to.

    I have my eyes on Carnal Flower but I’m not sure if the new formulation is going to be airy enough? I’ve also tried Baccarat Rogue 540 and while I do enjoy the smell, I do feel that it’s very youthful.

    I’m open to any other suggestions and thoughts on both Carnal flower and BCR 540.

    Thank you in advance! November 2, 2019 at 10:48pm Reply

    • Aurora: Do you think you might like a light musk? I’d recommend three if you haven’t tried them already Serge Lutens Clair de Musc is close to the skin but lasts a really long time, also Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez EDP and EDT (white cube and black cube respectively) and Diptyque Fleur de Peau, but test them all as we can be anosmic to some musks.

      Or maybe a chypre like Chanel Les Exclusifs Rue Cambon, Chloe Nomade – both are modern chypres or Eau de Guerlain (classical chypre, I love this one, very versatile). November 3, 2019 at 5:49am Reply

  • Aurora: PS I didn’t know Carnal Flower had been reformulated, have you tried the body cream for a lighter wear? Also I read that Ariana Grande Cloud is very like Baccarat Rouge so I have been curious as it is so much cheaper.
    Hope this is somewhat helpful. November 3, 2019 at 5:55am Reply

  • Ana Oliv: Hello all!!!

    I’m looking for recommendations on winter fragrances now that the seasons are changing. I discovered my new summer signature fragrance this year, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune Eau de Toilette, and I usually have Cacharel’s Amor Amor as a alternate/night fragrance.
    I don’t like very strong fragrances, and I’ve a preference for more citruses tones. Do you guys have any recommendations for winter fragrances that are light, versatile and with a touch of citruses? November 6, 2019 at 4:55pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Ana: 3 suggestions for a winter citrus, have you tried Hermes Elixir des Merveilles for a salty candied orange? L’Ambre des Merveilles is good too but sweeter, less distinctive. Also Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Sicilia, caramel orange, I love it for its true orange smell, and Profumum Roma Dulcis in Fundo is a vanilla orange. November 9, 2019 at 11:28pm Reply

  • Karen B: Hi all, I do so love this blog and spend waaay too much money on my perfume obsession…I keep reminding my husband that you can’t put a price on love…..he says clearly you can….lol! Speaking of husbands, mine loves a candle I’m currently burning; Fireside from the White Company. It’s a blend of gourmands and woods. Any ideas for scents in the same vein please? Not too sickly…. aiming for warm/sophisticated/grown up sexy. Thank you! Xx November 10, 2019 at 5:24am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Karen: I don’t know this candle but can give two recommendations for smoky perfumes. Rouge Bunny Rouge Embers is a lovely smoky perfume, not too sweet but not sure if you can sample easily if you are in the US (I’m in the UK). Also Maison Martin Margiela has By the Fireplace with a roasted chestnut note. November 10, 2019 at 10:06am Reply

  • Madison: I had a love affair with Ciara (Ultima II/Revlon 1973). Alas, a scent that has been discontinued. Both men and women commented on how nice it was and I have never found a fragrance with similar notes since.

    Fragrances that I use and suit me include Chanel No. 5, Pleasures by Estee Lauder and Givenchy 111 (also discontinued).

    Fragrances that do not at all suit me include: Tresor (by Lancome), Poison and Hot Couture. Just to give you an idea.

    I would be interested to hear of any suggestion of a similar scent to Givenchy 111 or Ciara (I know, they are not at all the same). Thank you!! November 10, 2019 at 7:16am Reply

    • Aurora: It’s my advice too Madison, go to eBay, check the listings or/and save a search for it. It is quite cheap where in live in the UK, November 10, 2019 at 10:08am Reply

      • Aurora: Also available on FragranceNet, a reliable discounter for a good price. November 10, 2019 at 10:14am Reply

  • Karen B: Hi Madison, eBay has quite a few listings for Ciara!
    Xx November 10, 2019 at 9:53am Reply

  • Mariana: Hello. I am currently looking for a new scent. I am a casual person and pretty practical. I would like sth discrete and delicate. My favorite scent is Pure by Issey Miyake. I also sampled his other perfumes. I also enjoy Cha Kai from Rituals, unfortunately it was a limited edition and I dont find it anymore. I dont enjoy the overly sweet perfumes though. November 12, 2019 at 9:33am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Mariana: Have you tried Hermes Eau des Merveilles Bleue? Aromatic, marine/salty it shares this note with Issey Miyake Eau d’Issey Pure. Even the regular Eau des Merveilles (salty orange) might be worth checking. November 15, 2019 at 12:44pm Reply

    • Aurora: Also, for a clean out of the shower perfume, not sweet, Philosophy Pure Grace is a favorite. November 15, 2019 at 1:19pm Reply

  • Lydia: James,

    I’m sorry for the delayed response.
    What a great list! I really appreciate the suggestions and I’ve never tried any of them before, so it will be an adventure. November 27, 2019 at 2:26pm Reply

    • Lydia: oops, the program bounced me down. Replying again where it’s meant to be. November 27, 2019 at 2:27pm Reply

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