Recommend Me a Perfume : November 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!

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  • Monika: First, thank you Victoria, for this wonderful blog! It’s my first time posting anything (and I feel a bit nervous!) but I’ve been enjoying your lovely pieces regularly for months now.

    I would really like to know if anyone can recommend me a perfume like Dior ‘Mitzah’? I found this scent only recently through a small sample, and fell in love with it, only to find that is appears to be discontinued (or at least outrageously difficult and expensive to find). I’d be very grateful for any suggestions – to me, the drydown in particular is the most gorgeous vanilla amber radiant deliciousness! November 25, 2019 at 10:02am Reply

    • Cybele: Hi Monika, you will need to go on an amber hunt and just smell a lot. I suggest you to try 114 Ambre by Histoire de Parfum and Akkad by Lubin. I have not smelled Akkad but it is being compared to Mitzah on Fragrantica. The Armani Privee line has two or so ambers I would try too. Good luck! November 25, 2019 at 10:51am Reply

      • Monika: Thank you Cybele! I really appreciate your suggestions, I’ll certainly try them 🙂 November 25, 2019 at 3:19pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: Hi! I haven’t tried Mitzah, but you might like Tauerville’s Amber Flash, or Incense Flash, which have some of the same notes. They’re great quality, from an indie line. November 26, 2019 at 7:26am Reply

      • Monika: Thank you! I especially like to engage with indie lines where I can. I’ll try them 🙂 November 26, 2019 at 8:32am Reply

    • Danica: From what I know I think Alahine and Barkhane by Teo Cabanel may give you a similar experience if not exactly the same fragrance. They are both exotic floral ambers that have a strong personality beyond the labdanum and vanilla. Also the classic amber is Shalimar, which may also be a good one to try. November 26, 2019 at 9:16pm Reply

      • Monika: Thank you Danica! I don’t know Teo Cabanel perfumes at all, so I will be excited to try 🙂 November 27, 2019 at 4:03pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Monica: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambre Precieux is on of the best amber there is. Another one I like is Stendhal Ambre Sublime (but you have to like cinnamon), Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche is strong and interestin. November 27, 2019 at 1:03pm Reply

      • Monika: I love cinnamon, so perhaps the Stendhal will be good for me! Thank you for the recommendation 🙂 November 27, 2019 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Surbhi Malpani: I don’t know this perfume but based on the description I suggest music ravageur. Smell it in few minutes and not right away. Then smell it a bit later again. November 30, 2019 at 9:20pm Reply

      • Monika: Thank you for this recommendation! I will give it a try 🙂 December 1, 2019 at 9:36am Reply

        • Surbhi Malpani: Musc ravageur. Sorry for typo. December 1, 2019 at 7:18pm Reply

  • Irene: Good people of the Boisdejasmin clan! I need your help!

    I live in a very very humid country (Singapore) but I’m very into Oriental perfumes, especially with a slight gourmand tilt. I like my perfumes to be long lasting but not too loud. I like the idea of people smelling me as I walk past, but I don’t really like the idea of my scent filling up the room or linger in the air long after I’m gone. (My previous love was Portrait of a Lady, and well, let’s just say the entire building could smell me coming from a block away. Still love the scent but I’m not planning on getting a bottle anytime soon. Jesus that thing is a bomb.)

    I’ve been on a lookout for my new signature scent, and so far, I’ve tested out Ambre Narguile, Hypnotic Poisonand Grand Soir. I’m very into Ambre Narguile, Grand soir is too strong for me but I think its one of the smoothest amber Ive ever smelt. Hypnotic Poison is, somehow, way too loud for me!

    If any of you guys have any suggestions along those lines for me to test, or any opinion about these 3 in high heat, I’d be more than happy to hear them!

    Thank you very much everyone! November 25, 2019 at 10:08am Reply

    • spe: Elixir d’ Merveilles by Hermes perhaps. November 25, 2019 at 1:50pm Reply

      • Cybele: or L’Ambre de Merveilles November 25, 2019 at 2:21pm Reply

    • Klaas: Did you try Fils de Dieu du Riz et des Agrumes, by Etat Libre d’Orange (such a mouthful!)? It is oriental and gourmand, has great presence, but is also light and sunny.

      Parfum d’ Habit by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier is also gorgeous, it’s a dry, woody oriental with a bit ofgormand yumminess in it….

      Ambre Narguile is glorious indeed! November 25, 2019 at 3:52pm Reply

    • Anu: Irene:Ambra Calabria by Nishane is beautiful for me in the hot and humid summers of New Jersey. November 25, 2019 at 4:12pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: You might like one or more of the Tauerville fragrances, specifically Amber Flash, or Vanilla Flash, maybe even Incense Flash. They are great quality and value. Another indie line with great quality and value is Jeffrey Dame Perfumery and his JD line. Of the last, you might like Vanille Farfelue or Duality. Finally, given your climate, what about Shalimar Eau de Cologne? It is lighter and fresher than the EDT or EDP. Can’t go wrong with a Shalimar as a signature scent! You just have to find the one that works for you. November 25, 2019 at 6:02pm Reply

    • Mela: In your situation I usually reach for a fairly unknown fragrance by Canturi(the jeweler) something about this just shines through heat and humidity. Chanel beige is super long lasting and really beautiful in the heat. Weirdly I get a ton of compliments when I wear Creed Himalaya, feels cool and wonderful but with sillage and depth -e ven though it is supposed to be a masculine fragrance. It comes in all sizes so you don’t have to pay the gigantic creed price to try it out. November 25, 2019 at 8:22pm Reply

    • Tati: We have similar likes so I have a few new ( and old) favorites. California is dry so not sure what humidity will do as far as projection, but I can’t wear POAL either. My old love is Must de Cartier. The original was the best, but some of the reformulations aren’t bad. Have you tried L’Air du desert Marocain? And my newest love, Coromandel Parfum. November 26, 2019 at 8:20pm Reply

    • Danica: Manuel Cross Derviche on Etsy and Luckyscent is very like Ambre Narguile. Any of the Sous Le Manteau perfumes should fit the bill but in particular the Cuir or Vapeurs Diablotines may fit the bill. November 26, 2019 at 9:20pm Reply

    • Cecilia: The super gorgeous Shalimar by Guerlain, both in the edp version (more incense-y) and the eat (lighter, joyous, it reminds me of an ice cream) November 27, 2019 at 7:37am Reply

    • Surbhi Malpani: If you like portrait of the lady and if the only concern is it too strong, then maybe promise. It is much lighter rose perfume.

      Ysl have a rose and oud beautiful perfume but I cannot remember the name right now. November 30, 2019 at 9:23pm Reply

  • Anne: Hello. One of my best friend has been wearing mitsouko forever! I used to absolutely adore the scent on her. So much so I tried it myself, but on me, it smelt like an old lady wearing moth balls…
    Anyway, since it s been reformulated she can’t wear it anymore. Something has changed and it doesn’t work with her chemistry.
    Do you have any recommendation I could suggest her with. In the line of mitsouko. À Chypre fruity.
    Many thanks.
    Anne November 25, 2019 at 10:15am Reply

    • Deanna: Just wondering how anything could come near to Mitsouko.
      It is, was a masterpiece.
      A one off. Anything else in fruity chypre will just smell 3rd rate in comparison.
      I’d be glad to be proved wrong about this though!
      Maybe try another Guerlain masterpiece, L’heure Bleu still smells heavenly.
      Of course nothing it’s nothing like Mitsouko. November 25, 2019 at 11:59am Reply

      • Rakasa: If you can track down a well protected EdP version of vintage Misha, you might really enjoy it. Is a very smooth fruity chypre … if you can find it from a reputable source. Skip the EDT. Only the EdP is worth it. November 25, 2019 at 12:35pm Reply

        • Anne: Thank you Rakasa. I ll check this out. November 25, 2019 at 4:03pm Reply

      • Anne: Thank you. Yes Mitsouko is pretty one of a kind. Thank you for your reply, I ll ask her to try L heure Bleue. November 25, 2019 at 4:02pm Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: Ebay! There are tons of vintage Mitsoukos on ebay—it‘s one of the Guerlains you‘ll find easily online—and with a minimum of knowledge how to know what is what an from when, you‘d be able to stock up for the next 50 years. November 25, 2019 at 12:15pm Reply

      • Anne: Thank you onwingsofsaffron. Great shout! I ll have a look for her. November 25, 2019 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Anu: Hello Anne,

      How about trying Amouage Jubilation 25 for Women. November 25, 2019 at 12:23pm Reply

      • Anne: I ve never even heard of this one.thank you Anu, I ll try it out. November 25, 2019 at 4:05pm Reply

    • Rakasa: She might like Tian Di from Frassai. I recently revisited Mitsouko thinking I missed its lactonic chypre beauty, but the modern reformulation left me feeling as you reported. I went straight back to wearing Tian Di this fall. Not a chypre, but I’ve found its long lasting, uniquely extraordinary blend of peach/osmanthe-like incense with sandalwood always brings a smile with every waft! Luca Turin also reviews it favorably w/ 4 Stars in his 2018 guide. He is exactly right that Tian Di is spectacular to wear even if just to see where the heck Olivier Gillotin lets it end up. Through all that, for as long as 20+ hours, Tian Di never budges from its glorious, slanting sunlight glow. November 25, 2019 at 12:30pm Reply

      • Anne: Hello again Rakasa! I ll give Tian Di a go. The notes sounds absolutely divine! November 25, 2019 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Amalia: I also have this sting feeling in my nose, like heavy smell of moth balls, everytime I smell Guerlain’s Mitsouko, it is so disappointing. November 25, 2019 at 12:40pm Reply

    • Cybele: She might like the Parfum version, I find it devine! Otherwise try 31 Rue Cambon by Chanel but it is of course different. November 25, 2019 at 12:41pm Reply

      • Nora Sz.: Hi Anne,
        Same here, I can only tolerate vintage Mitsouko on me so I hoarded my old bottles.
        I recommend Rochas Femme (current version) , Jubilation 25 woman by Amouage and an extravagant yet similar beauty, Diaghilev by Roja Dove. I ordered a 7 ml extrait of it and it lasts for ages. I also recommend hunting for older bottles as I find that reliable sellers’ bottles are in great shape scent wise. November 25, 2019 at 3:01pm Reply

      • Anne: Thank you! Will definitely try this too. November 25, 2019 at 4:07pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: Several commenters have suggested tracking down vintage Mitsouko, which seems doable; but some other possibilities might be Chypre Siam, from Rogue Perfumery; or Halston Classic, which reminds me of a modern Mitsouko. November 25, 2019 at 6:05pm Reply

    • Danica: Miyako by Auphorie. Diaghilev by Roja Dove is a Mitsouko not quite clone but extremely similar. Vintage Femme by Rochas? November 26, 2019 at 9:21pm Reply

    • Pocketvenus: @Anne, I second the Amouage and Roja Dove suggestions but take heed that they are also incredibly expensive. There’s one called Lady Rose Lion by 4160 Tuesdays with similar notes that’s much more affordable although it’s much more rough around the edges than the first two. December 1, 2019 at 3:01pm Reply

    • Kari: Papillon Dryad. It is like Mitsouko’s forest dwelling cousin. It’s one of my favorites. December 6, 2019 at 2:26am Reply

  • Hayley: Hello! This is not really a perfume question, Victoria I apologize if it’s out of scope.

    I’d love to receive recommendations on winter candles, from cheap thrills to spendy-but-worth-it. This year I find myself being especially drawn to warm orangey scents, like Diptyque’s Pomander or Feu d’Agrumes from their 2017 holiday collection (the orange candle). I also enjoy woodsy scents, from Feu de Bois to Guerlain des Indes via Cire Trudon Ernesto, Tadine. Piney scents are a-ok, and i like cinnamon/vanilla/amber, though i find very sweet/ambery scents offputting.

    Thank you! November 25, 2019 at 10:55am Reply

    • Tami: Hi! You may want to look into the holiday candles from Nest. I’m partial to Holiday but they have a few other scents. Good luck!😊 November 25, 2019 at 1:20pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: If you like Pomander, you might like any number of candles that smell like oranges and cloves. Mrs. Meyer Clean Day makes one; it’s called Orange Clove. I haven’t smelled it myself but it sounds very appealing. November 25, 2019 at 6:34pm Reply

    • Aurora: I also recommend Pacifica candles, vegan, affordable and very affordable. November 26, 2019 at 12:33pm Reply

    • Danica: An amazing holiday scent is Buckler’s blackcurrant. It has notes of wild grass, narcissus, laurel and white pepper. It sells out quickly so I suggest buy a few. It’s a fabulous version of ‘snow’ scented candles that is so sophisticated. Also a great less expensive but smells very expensive orange pomander scent is Sydney Hale Clementine and Clove. November 26, 2019 at 9:25pm Reply

  • Mela: Hello everyone,
    I am looking for a scent for my 19 year old daughter. She leans towards warmth and a little sparkle of something. I was thinking violets, or a feminine leather. She could also go salty or jasmine. It’s the lean towards warm and not too ‘mature’ ie guerlain or ormonde woman. Someone suggested a Chanel, but I am not familiar enough with the department store versions like Coco or Chance. One clue-Tilly smells terrible on her. She has oilier skin if that helps. November 25, 2019 at 11:12am Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: I think there are a lot of Annick Goutal perfumes for young women. Wuite lovely and not ladylike. November 25, 2019 at 12:18pm Reply

      • OnWingsofSaffron: Quite note wute, sorry! November 25, 2019 at 12:18pm Reply

    • Rakasa: You might like Tian Di from Frassai. I recently revisited Mitsouko thinking I missed its lactonic chypre beauty, but the modern reformulation left me feeling as you do. I went straight back to wearing this fall. I’ve found its long lasting, uniquely extraordinary blend of peach/osmanthe-like incense with sandalwood always brings a smile with every wafr! Luca Turin also reviews it favorably w/ 4 Stars in his 2018 guide. He is exactly right that Tian Di is spectacular to wear even if just to see where the heck Olivier Gillotin lets it end up. Through all that, for as long as 20+ hours, Tian Di never budges from its glorious, slanting sunlight glow. November 25, 2019 at 12:24pm Reply

      • Rakasa: Mea culpa, meant this one for Anne. Will repost. November 25, 2019 at 12:27pm Reply

      • Mela: This sounds wonderful, have to seek it out. November 25, 2019 at 8:09pm Reply

      • Nina: Hello everyone, where can I obtain Tian Di? I live in USA…thank you! November 27, 2019 at 8:50am Reply

        • Rakasa: Indigo Perfumery is the US Stockist. Frassai Argentina also sells it direct from their corporate online shop. Enjoy! November 27, 2019 at 10:24am Reply

    • Tami: Chanel’s Chance eaux are, IMO, fresh and approachable—It’s a good recommendation for an older teen. I like them all but my personal favorite is eau Vive (I’m a citrus gal). She might also like the “Jardin” scents from Hermès. Maison Lancôme Eau de Parfum line also has some interesting choices, with the benefit of smaller bottles in some scents. November 25, 2019 at 1:30pm Reply

    • Klaas: I sampled Etat Libre d’ Orange the past few weeks, so the fragrances tend to pop up when I read these requests. I think their ‘Like This’ might work for your daughter. It is very warm and cozy, comforting (smells like maple syrup and sweet curry), but has a little ginger and mandarine in there as well. Perfect for the colder weather, too….their Jasmin et Cigarette is also very, very good!

      And as for salty…..Terre d’Hermes? A very audacious choice for a young woman….. November 25, 2019 at 4:10pm Reply

      • Old Herbaceous: Ooh, I love “Like This”! Good suggestion! November 25, 2019 at 6:19pm Reply

      • Kari: Thirding “Like This.”

        I’m also thinking of En Voyage Perfumes’ “Go Ask Alice”, which smells great. December 6, 2019 at 2:30am Reply

    • Klaas: Neroli is also nice for a young woman. Hermes’ Eau de Neroli Doré is stunning, and so is De Nicolai Cap Neroli. The lattet being a bit more herbal… November 25, 2019 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: What fun! I have two young adult daughters and I have enjoyed buying them fragrances. A feminine leather that might suit could be Shalimar Eau de Cologne; it’s the first Shalimar I could enjoy. It’s light but you can still smell leather. Another one aimed at younger women is Citizen Queen, by Juliette Has a Gun. It has leather, and iris flower (which smells similar to violets to some), and aldehydes which give it that sparkle. Narciso Rodriguez for Her is nice, and has some appealing flankers. Have fun! November 25, 2019 at 6:18pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: P.S. I love Chanel No. 5 L’Eau, which is the “young” No. 5. It’s beautiful and I think it sparkles! November 25, 2019 at 6:21pm Reply

  • KatieAnn: Hello everyone! I was wanting to get some opinions on the current Jean Patou Vacances (from the Heritage Collection). I have never smelled it. I am wanting a beautiful lilac perfume. I have tried En Passant, After My Own Heart, Lilac Path by Aerin Lauder, none of which worked for me. So far, the best I have found is Pacifica Lilac. Thank you in advance. November 25, 2019 at 11:23am Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: Hi! I have Vacances. I like it a lot, though there are others in the Heritage Collection I prefer. It has a bright green opening (some galbanum, mostly mimosa), then the lilac comes out. It isn’t a strong, fresh lilac, though — it is a bit soapy, more like lilac-scented guest soaps. It’s very pretty, but I suggest you get a sample before buying it, because it might not be what you’re looking for. I too was disappointed by Lilac Path. The Pacifica may be the best option! Good news, since it’s so affordable. November 25, 2019 at 10:03pm Reply

      • KatieAnn: Thanks so much! It sounds like a sample would be wise before purchasing. I’m intrigued, but perhaps it’s not quite what I’m looking fore. I tested Pacifica French Lilac again today. It’s a real lilac (at least as far as perfumery goes) and lasts quite well. And, yes, it’s absolutely affordable, which is most fortunate! November 25, 2019 at 11:21pm Reply

        • Notturno7: KatieAnn, if you don’t find a sample of Vacances, I’ll make you one. I bought a bottle after I read Victoria’s beautiful review.
          You’ll need to get my info from Victoria. Take care and good luck with your search. November 26, 2019 at 5:13am Reply

          • KatieAnn: Thank you so much for the kind offer! It’s very thoughtful of you. I hope you are enjoying your bottle of Vacances. Did you manage to get the vintage? November 27, 2019 at 12:22pm Reply

            • Notturno7: KatieAnn, no I don’t have the vintage Vacances. I wish I had.
              I also read here in this blog that Patou Mille pure perfume is fabulous and very complex. I hope it try it one day. November 28, 2019 at 6:31am Reply

        • Old Herbaceous: P.S. Vacances lasts well on my skin, 8-10 hours. Sillage is moderate at first, close to skin at the end. November 26, 2019 at 8:39am Reply

          • KatieAnn: That’s pretty good longevity. I like a moderate sillage, myself. I never want to feel I am overwhelming those around me. Though I don’t mind the stronger fragrances when I’m by myself! November 27, 2019 at 12:24pm Reply

    • Monika: It is not everyone’s favourite (Luca Turin’s review was savage!) but Guerlain’s ‘Champs Elysees’ has a light, pronounced lilac note which you might enjoy; it’s very pretty for the daytime. November 26, 2019 at 8:38am Reply

      • KatieAnn: I have some vintage Victoria magazines. I have found Champs Elysees advertisements in a few with those scented strips. From what I was able to gather, it seems quite nice…very flowery and feminine. I’ll have to seek out a fresh sample or look for it at a perfume counter next time I travel. Thank you for the recommendation! November 27, 2019 at 12:27pm Reply

    • Eudora: Pacifica Lilacs is pure joy! I bought a bottle in my recent trip to the US, one of the first things I did and I loved it. I gave it to a friend who complimented it with enthusiasm. I thought I would find it in Europe easily but I don’t find a provider….if you know about it I would appreciate. November 27, 2019 at 3:30pm Reply

      • KatieAnn: If you are comfortable with using eBay, I saw bottles on there from sellers that ship outside the US. I would think Pacifica would be a pretty safe brand to purchase off of eBay. Good luck! It is a delightful lilac perfume! November 27, 2019 at 9:49pm Reply

  • Robbe L Henderson: timeless & ageless recommendations:
    1. Nina Ricci – L’Air du Temps
    2. Chanel #5 November 25, 2019 at 12:20pm Reply

  • Filomena: I am not responding about perfume. I wanted you to know that I am in your beloved country of Belgium…two days in Brugge and tomorrow in Brussels. November 25, 2019 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Joy Erickson: I once purchased a sample of A Party in Manhatton. I loved it! It brought back memories of fragrances that my mother wore, or I wore in the 70’s. I have never found a US source. Apparently it is an Italian fragrance.
    It also is listed at $400/ bottle. I cannot even find a sample now. Does anyone know it, and know of something similiar?

    Thank you.
    Joy November 25, 2019 at 1:01pm Reply

  • spe: My Name by Trussardi is a soft lilac scent. Quite lovely. November 25, 2019 at 2:02pm Reply

  • Denny Rosey: Yveresse is/was one of my favourite fragrances along with Mitsouko (parfum only), Diorella and Annick Goutal’s Gardenia Passion. Yes adore most chypres but loathe the sharp notes of White Linen. Any suggestions for a long lasting perfume, warm not cloying and soft to moderate sillage. November 25, 2019 at 4:09pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: I’m a fan of Adam Levine for Women. Fragrantica says top notes are saffron, citruses, marigold and spices; middle notes are indian jasmine, Australian sandalwood and rose petals; base notes are benzoin and vanilla. You can find it online for very low prices; it smells much more expensive than it is. Perfumer was Yann Vasnier. November 25, 2019 at 6:25pm Reply

  • Debby: Any ideas for how to increase sillage for my thick and oily skin that holds scent really close? it’s not like I want to fill a room, but no one ever smells my perfume! My husband has thin dry skin and throws it beautifully, and often only appreciates my perfumes when I get him to try them. He says it’s disappointing for my passion that only I can smell it! November 25, 2019 at 7:50pm Reply

    • Mela: Lotion (oddly) seems to help, just get some with no butters or oils. Also spraying some on your hair (in the back so you don’t suffocate) November 25, 2019 at 7:57pm Reply

    • Anouk: Hi Debby,
      if you appreciate a perfume a lot, you might also consider spraying it on clothing. In my scarfs, a single perfume stays for a whole week.
      It can stain fabrics though, so you have to test first. I usually put fragrance on thick, woolen scarfs and sweaters. November 26, 2019 at 3:01am Reply

  • Mela: Wow! Thanks everyone, you suggested things I never would have thought about for my daughter. My older daughter is now a Tolu fiend (totally with her there) and one of the Poudre Chanels. They are big gift items. So now it’s younger daughter time. I did wonder about Yerre d’Hermes, and love Jasmin et Cigarette. I’ll chase her around with it. The other recommendations are awesome as well, will be getting samples! November 25, 2019 at 7:54pm Reply

  • Victor: Hello!

    I’m a man in my 20’s, and I live in a very warm and humid city.
    My favorite fragrance is Egoiste Platinum, by Chanel; unfortunately, it is extremely expensive around here.
    I also like: Le Male – JPG; Bleu – Chanel; Invictus – Paco R., and Gucci by Gucci pour Homme.
    I dislike: Armani Code and Polo Red.

    What would you recommend me?
    Thank you. November 26, 2019 at 6:30am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Victor: Have you tried any Hermes like Terre d’Hermes and Voyage. Terre is very famous and quite unique, it has a mineral aspect and vetiver and Voyage is very refreshing in hot climate, I wear it in summer, it has a lot of cardamom, try the EDT and the parfum (but the parfum is expensive).
      Also, Dior Eau Sauvage (not Sauvage) is such a good citrus scent, very bright and if you like lavender, Caron Pour Un Homme, these last two are timeless classics. November 26, 2019 at 12:42pm Reply

    • Klaas: I always think that Guerlain Habit Rouge has something in common with Egoiste. They are not the same fragrances at all, but still. I feel they are somewhat connected. I doubt it would be less expensive though, but it is a fun one to check out anyway. Smelling is free and it is a great classic to know about!

      I second Caron, Eau Sauvage is wonderful too but a long way from Egoiste and Le Male 😉 Another great, great not too expensive fragrance is Comme des Garcons Black. It is as big and bold as Le Male, but also a love it or hate it kind of thing…..I can imagine it exploding in hot and humid weather!! Bvlgari Black would be a slightly safer bet (and sometimes available at discounters) but not that much safer.

      Have fun! November 26, 2019 at 3:01pm Reply

    • Sebastian: Perhaps you might like Costume National Homme EdP. It’s a bit of a variation over Egoiste, with lots of cinnamon and cloves. Where I live, it’s only slightly less expensive than Egoiste, though.

      And if you like Invictus, you might enjoy Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò. Used to be immensely popular. Would work well in the heat, but isn’t terribly long lasting. November 29, 2019 at 5:37pm Reply

  • Eudora: Hello perfume lovers…I have been out and missed the lovely last post about reds. I do have two questions for you about it…
    1. So is Nahema being discontinued as a whole? Only the EdP? How many formulas of Nahema can you find? I fall in love with it two years ago but never owned a bottle…it is time…
    2. I would love to hear about red lipsticks that do not turn pink…as usually happens to me and I hate it!
    Thanks! November 26, 2019 at 8:30am Reply

  • Charlotte: Hello everyone! I, currently, am needing the most incensy, smokey, woody, dark magic-y, deep-in-side-the-dark-forest-y, witchiest witch perfume known to mankind.

    Im head over heels for PoaL, but my husband begs me never to wear it around him since it’s been giving him migraines, and I do think that its quite loud. But it’s such a beautiful, dramatic, gothic perfume and Im on a hunt for something similar, albeit with less of a throw.
    I’ve tested out Avignon, love it eventhough it’s a little too churchy for me.

    All suggestions welcome! November 26, 2019 at 10:43am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Charlotte: Have you tried the other CdG incense series? Etro Messe de Minuit is very good but maybe you would find it too churchy as well, maybe try Caron Parfum Sacre, it is not churchy because it’s myrhh related to but not an incense. Also try Molton Brown Rosa Absolute, it is basically POAL light and is compared to it on Fragrantica. November 26, 2019 at 12:51pm Reply

      • Christine Kalleeny: What is POAl? November 27, 2019 at 1:59pm Reply

        • Aurora: It’s Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle. November 27, 2019 at 2:39pm Reply

    • Tati: Hi Charlotte, I love the idea of a witchy perfume and as I wrote above, I can’t manage POAL either. L’Air du desert Marocain might do the trick. Another that I would put in that category is Tango by Masque Milano. November 26, 2019 at 8:32pm Reply

    • Klaas: Oh, my post got lost in the thread….I’m reposting, this is for Charlotte:

      I have recommended these before, but dark, witchy, deep-into-the-forest and smokey calls for Johanna Venabels’ NOT Perfumes. Her sample set is fun… November 27, 2019 at 1:01pm Reply

      • Sebastian: Just rechecked, because I’ve also been wanting to try these. But the sample set is still out of stock, as it has been for several months now. See https://notperfumes.com/shop/sample-set/ November 29, 2019 at 5:42pm Reply

        • Klaas: Oh, that’s too bad….I think she makes them in small batches and maybe she just can’t keep up with the demand……Keep checking thoug from time to time, they are nice ones to check out.

          When I wanted to order mine, she was also out of stock. I asked her to send me a message when she had more ready and she did. Maybe you could ask her as well? I used the contact info on her website. November 30, 2019 at 4:54am Reply

          • Sebastian: Thanks for the encouragement. I just went ahead and asked. Orm and Svaha seem particularly attractive to me from the note lists. Could you say what you thought of these? “Nice ones” does sound a bit lukewarm… December 1, 2019 at 12:59pm Reply

            • Klaas: What I liked about all NOT fragrances is that they are rich, dense and luxurious without being loud. There are hardly any top notes for ‘special’ effect. They all go to the heart of the matter immediately, which makes all of them rather calm and soothing fragrances.

              They all share the same DNA, they are orientals with distinct dark notes. Svaha has more leather, Orm is more about the forest. Vaan is a dark vanillic fragrance. They smell artisanal, natural and complex. Not commercial. Some have a nice animalic undertone that I find appealing.

              I haven’t gone for a full bottle of any because I find them all a little too much on the sweet side. But I really enjoyed sampling them (sometimes wearing them) and I wish more perfumers would create fragrances the way she does. I also love the fact that she is non-IFRA!

              I’d be curious to hear what you think of them… December 3, 2019 at 5:59am Reply

              • Sebastian: Thanks for your thoughts. I was afraid from they might be too sweet for my taste. If ever I sample them, I’ll let you know. We’ll see. Johanna Venables didn’t say when samples would be available again.

                BTW, I appreciate that 4160 Tuesdays offer 9ml bottles. (And Zoologist, who offer 11 ml.) Given the absurdly high fixed costs of shipment, a couple of those can be more reasonable than ridiculously small samples (NOT does 0.5 ml – I hate the thought of it, how am I even going to open the vials?), and it still doesn’t break the bank if you don’t like the stuff. Or you at least have a decent present for someone who would enjoy it. Few companies have travel sizes, and many of those start at 15 ml. I think 7 to 11 ml are ideal. December 3, 2019 at 12:22pm Reply

                • Klaas: Hey Sebastian, travel sizes are great! Around 10ml is perfect indeed. It is a great way to build a collection without going bancrupt 😉

                  The 0,5 vials are not easy to open indeed, and they are dab and not spray…not the most user-friendly samples, for sure! December 4, 2019 at 2:17pm Reply

    • Pocketvenus: @Charlotte Another dramatic ultrafemme rose that might be easier than POAL is Eau de Protection by Etat Libre d’Orange. But it’s more peppery than smoky. Maybe a rose-oud like 33 by Ex Idolo?

      For smoky ritualistic witchy, I would suggest Anubis by Papillon but that might be too heavy. Kerosene’s Broken Theories might fit the bill and it wears a little lighter on my skin. A much more gentle one that springs to mind is Cire Trudon’s Mortel. December 1, 2019 at 3:15pm Reply

  • kat: I have a question about Dior’s Gris Montaigne. Ever since reading the review here I wanted to get hold of that scent. Unfortunately that’s not exactly easy where I live. But I’ve finally found a 40ml bottle for a reasonable price. However I noticed that some reviews mention that it’s close to Bottega Veneta’s original scent. I love Bottega Veneta (and own all its flankers) but now I wonder if I should really add another scent to that family. Can anyone familiar with both scents help out? Thanks. November 26, 2019 at 12:02pm Reply

    • Tara C: I don’t think they’re that similar. Gris Montaigne is more of a soft rose patchouli to me, BV is suede leather. December 1, 2019 at 11:11pm Reply

  • Klaas: I have recommended these before, but dark, witchy, deep-into-the-forest and smokey calls for Johanna Venabels’ NOT Perfumes. Her sample set is fun… November 26, 2019 at 2:43pm Reply

  • John: Question: My workplace and my home are both surrounded by beautiful conifers — pine but also (especially) Douglas Fir trees. Walking among them on a late Autumn evening, it is easy to see why perfumers use notes like juniper, lavender, vetiver, labdanum and patchouli in support of their complex, resinous aromas. I have smelled and/or worn a number of fragrances with pine, fir, or cypress tree notes but here is my essential problem: many ‘old school’ pine-themed fragrances (Drakkar Noir, Kritzia Uomo, Polo ‘Green’) have been badly downgraded by reformulation… datedness is also a factor although not a huge one for me; I’m mostly in it for the materials and blending.

    Meanwhile, some lovely conifer-themed niche fragrances I’ve experienced (Caron’s Yatagan, Annick Goutal’s Nuit Etoilée, or Lutens’ Filles en Aiguilles) tend to wear — on me anyway — as inaccessible, by which I mean a little too much like either ‘special occasion’-oriented rarities to admire more than wear, or atmosphere-creators I’d sooner experience as a candle or or diffuser scent. Can anyone recommend a conifer-oriented scent that is both highly wearable and made with decent materials? I am a middle-aged man in a semi-formal/formal workplace who loves the classics. Thanks for getting through this question! November 26, 2019 at 3:21pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello John: Have you tried Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana? It is casual but certainly doesn’t smell cheap and it has the fir and cypress you’re after lifted by citrus.
      Hope this helps you a little bit. November 27, 2019 at 12:46pm Reply

      • John: Thanks Aurora! I will look for this next time I am in Vancouver, as I think Nordstrom’s there carries most of the Acqua di Parma line. I do recall being curious about reviews I’d read of that one. November 27, 2019 at 10:52pm Reply

    • Eudora: Hello John, your search remind me of Hermes Poivre Samarcande. I gave a sample to my husband for a week long trip and fits all the bills except it is not a conifer-oriented one… I know that is what you are asking for but immediately came to my mind PS because it smelled like shining trees, woods, it seemed classic stuff but so well crafted, you feel the quality, not pretentious at all, classy but airy and modern at the same time. Great for everyday and work. Do you know it? November 27, 2019 at 3:19pm Reply

      • John: Thanks for the suggestion! I know of it, but, as much as I admire J-C Ellena, I have trouble with many of his compositions because I seem to be a little allergic to ISO-E Super. It’s a shame because I love Declaration, another great Ellena creation. November 27, 2019 at 10:51pm Reply

        • Eudora: Well, I read about PS having A LOT of ISO-E… What do you think about Declaration d’un Soir? November 28, 2019 at 3:14am Reply

          • John: I’ve never tried it… I think I just assumed that it too would have a lot of ISO in the profile. I’ll try to find it. I always thought that Declaration itself deserved more attention (reviewers respect it, but to me it’s a classic everyone should know about); I’ve heard very positive things about the flanker. I wish my local Sephora still carried it, but they purged all the Cartiers and most of their older fragrances awhile ago and now the men’s section is rather dull. November 29, 2019 at 10:50pm Reply

    • Caroline: If you’re in the U.S., you may want to try Juniper Ridge’s Coastal Pine cologne. Have never tried the brand, but have long been intrigued by their line of incense. November 27, 2019 at 8:44pm Reply

      • John: Thanks! I was curious about that brand… I’m from Canada, but spend a lot of time in California. November 27, 2019 at 10:48pm Reply

    • Lily: I have recently fallen in love with Fou d’Absinthe from l’artisan, an Olivia giacobetti creation. I find it has a similar character to fille en aiguilles without being quite so…you know. Atmospheric/Christmas in a bottle. It’s spice and pine to my nose. Light enough for office. I find it doesn’t last as long as I would like but while it does it is gorgeous. Very unisex IMO. It’s a fougere construction but a softer one. November 29, 2019 at 10:23am Reply

      • John: Thanks for mentioning this! I tried it a long time ago along with several other Artisans and I think it just got lost in the shuffle. I’ll check it out again… November 29, 2019 at 10:46pm Reply

    • Robert: For a modern, non-IFRA-compliant iteration of Polo Green, try Mousse Illuminée by Rogue Perfumery. Thanksgiving discount, too. November 29, 2019 at 11:06pm Reply

      • John: Thanks! I have been curious about this house, as there was a recent piece about them on Fragrantica. Those offerings do look compelling… December 2, 2019 at 1:58pm Reply

    • Klaas: John, have you ever tried good old Encre Noir? It is a coniferous vetiver……perfect for a semi-formal/formal environment and a modern classic…but then, maybe it has a lot of Iso-e in there as well. I’m anosmic to Iso-e myself. Both Poivre Samarcande and CdG Black Pepper smell like thin air to me 😉 I do smell Encre Noir though! The Aqua di Parma sounds good indeed! November 30, 2019 at 10:24am Reply

      • John: Hi Klaas,
        Thank you for this suggestion! Something about Encre Noire has not quite ‘clicked’ for me in the past, but I’m curious to try the extreme version, which I understand has a smoky incense accent that maybe brings it closer to Chanel’s Sycomore (something I’d love to wear, but that is a bit beyond me reach just now.) December 2, 2019 at 2:01pm Reply

        • Klaas: I’m with you. I like Encre Noir very much but have never been tempted to buy a bottle….Sycomore however……is very, very nice indeed! But yes, it’s a lot of money for 75ml. December 3, 2019 at 5:41am Reply

  • Beelergirl: For winter I am in LOVE with Bois d’Armenie. Would like a few ideas to compliment. Like a fragrance that is feminine, but also adore jasmine and tuberose. Ideas? November 26, 2019 at 4:32pm Reply

  • Wendyr: I adore Guerlain Bois d’Armenie for winter. Would love a compliment to it. I love a fragrance that is feminine. Also wear Carnel Flower a lot. I appreciate any suggestions you may have! November 26, 2019 at 5:22pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Wendyr: Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille is a bit sweeter than Bois d’Armenie, but easy to wear. Also Serge Lutens A la Nuit is a beautiful jasmine as is Sarrasins. Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage Eau de Parfum has a beautiful tuberose note, another excellent one is Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia. November 27, 2019 at 12:52pm Reply

    • Aurora: Also, Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie is another gorgeous jasmine. November 27, 2019 at 1:14pm Reply

  • Tati: I’m going to Paris for the first time this December. I know the various perfume houses there but what are the top recommendations as far as a fun experience? I loved Ormond Jayne boutique in London where i bought Taif Rose. I’m thinking Serge Lutens for sure. Other suggestions? November 26, 2019 at 8:36pm Reply

    • Cecilia: Yes, Serge Lutens is stunning (and the ladies are really kind). Also, Guerlain and Caron are really nice (oooh, the fountains!!) And you can’t go wrong with the original Chanel boutique November 27, 2019 at 7:43am Reply

    • Aurora: Les Parfums de Rosine is very close to Serge Lutens at the Palais Royal. I think it’s worth a visit.
      Enjoy your trip! November 27, 2019 at 12:54pm Reply

    • Klaas: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier is a treasure trove! It’s on Rue des Capucines, quite close to Chanel at Rue Cambon, which is still in walking distance from Lutens at the Palais Royal.

      A bit more modern: Pierre Guillaume at Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau (also not far from Lutens). Etat Libre d’Orange at Rue des Archives and Dover Street Market on the Rue Elzevir (Comme des Garcons) are both in the Marais.

      So much to smell, so little time 😉

      Bon Voyage! November 27, 2019 at 2:54pm Reply

    • Silvermoon: I would second all the other suggestions. And I would add Jovoy. If it’s your first time in Paris, you probably will want to do some sightseeing too, so this is probably all you would have time for. 😊 Hope you have a great time! November 27, 2019 at 3:01pm Reply

    • Tati: Thanks for all the great suggestions! I’ll report back next month. November 27, 2019 at 3:25pm Reply

    • Klaas: Oh, lest we forget…..Patricia de Nicolai! There are several stores im the city, just look her op on her website. I’m very difficult when it come to buying fragrances, There’s a lot of perfumes I can appreciate, but to wear?? They need to tich a lot of boxes…..but the lady at De Nicolai got me at 3 sniffs! Some recommended for sure… November 28, 2019 at 5:44pm Reply

    • Zuzanna: First of all – my absolutely favourite, top-of-the-list perfume houses: Oriza le Grand (this place is incredibly charming and the owners sooo sweet!) and Divine.
      Sens Unique (Marais) – IMHO the most interesting niche boutique in Paris. November 29, 2019 at 10:57am Reply

      • Tati: Wonderful ideas! Thank you! November 29, 2019 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Cecilia: Good Morning! My birthday is at the beginning of December and I was looking for a fragrant present for myself. I had my eyes on N.5 extrait, Coco, Sycomore, Beige, Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land, Byredo Mojave Ghost, Mitsouko.
    Which of them should I buy? Both in term of investment and “worthness”? November 27, 2019 at 11:53am Reply

    • Silvermoon: Hello Cecilia and an early happy birthday to you!

      Fragrances are certainly an excellent self-gift. You seem to have a great shortlist, but I don’t think someone else could really decide for you. I am assuming you have tested all of them, so did one stand out in terms of making you feel happy or just delighted with smelling it on you? If not, maybe consider for what you would like the perfume (everyday, special occasions, etc.) and when you would use it (seasons, day/night, etc). Hope this helps! And enjoy your birthday- you will certainly be beautifully perfumed. November 27, 2019 at 3:14pm Reply

    • Karen A: Both No5 and Coco extraits are wonderful. Guess it depends on what you are wanting. No. 5 extrait I can wear any time – every day, evening, dress up or casual. Coco extraits is a bit more special occasion or evening wear, at least on me.

      Plus Coco is one fragrance I cannot wear in warm weather – but No 5 I can wear year round.

      Sycomore is wonderful, but is not one of my favorites. Have you tried 31 Rue Cambon? It’s stunning!

      Course budget-wise you can get a small bottle of either No5 or Coco extrait plus another bottle of something for the cost of one of the Chanel exclusifs. December 1, 2019 at 1:16pm Reply

  • Aura Brosnan: I am so excited to find this thread. I am trying to find a new fragrance. I don’t know how else to explain my taste other than to name fragrances I have worn in the past. My first true love was Narciso Rodriguez Musc Collection for her – a Blackish bottle. I also like Narciso in the white cube bottle, but not every day. Most recently I’ve been wearing Marc Jacobs Decadence, but I am tired of it, and not crazy about the dry down scent. I LOVED the 1990s version of Organza, but bought a bottle recently, and it’s not the same. I also liked Amarige from that era. Others that I wear sometimes and love, but are a little heavy for every day are Tom Ford Violet Blonde and Estee Lauder Sensuous. I like the newer Black Opium, but it doesn’t last, so I haven’t purchased. From what I can tell, I like Oriental, White floral, woody scents. I favor sandalwood over amber. I am looking for a perfume that lasts. November 27, 2019 at 1:44pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Aura: From the perfumes you list I see that you also like musk and tuberose.
      For a white floral to replace the changed Organza, and also Amarige (changed too) Diptyque Do Son (a light tuberose) might suit you, also maybe try Diptyque Olene (jasmine and other flowers), one very popular white flowers perfume is Jour d’Hermes (very suitable for everyday use) and Jour Absolu (they both are white flowers). Also Chanel Beige is very pretty imo but quite expensive. For sandalwood have you tried Guerlain Samsara (jasmine on a base of sandalwood)?
      For an alternative to Narciso maybe Serge Lutens Clair de Musc would suit you, I use it often. From the same house again for sandalwood there is Santal Majuscule, Santal Blanc and Santal de Mysore (but this one has also cumin which can be a difficult note). As Sensuous is too heavy for you for everyday use maybe try another woody scent Atelier Cologne Bois Blonds. For a light oriental, there is always Guerlain Eau de Cologne and Eau de Toilette or the more recent Cologne (which is different from the Eau de Cologne). And the more modern Shalimar Souffle isa musky lemon and very suitable for everyday use I think. November 30, 2019 at 3:19pm Reply

  • Dana: Hi All,

    I’m very excited to have found Victoria’s page and to have discovered this community of perfume lovers. I just turned 19 today and I’ve been on the look out for an actual perfume that would suit me.

    Previously I would use bath and body works but I want to grow up? I guess I’m trying to say I want to move into using actual perfume instead of the normal mall stuff. My all time go to used to be Wild Honeysuckle from Bath and body works because it was a very light but lingering scent. I want to have a fragrance that is almost exactly like that but without the flowery left over scent after a few hours.

    If I were to imagine my dream scent it would be like an early morning stroll through a countryside orchard with the wind blowing through the leaves. My mother often planted jasmines in our back yard and there was a wild honeysuckle bush so those scents are always my favorite but not too flowery? November 29, 2019 at 4:14am Reply

    • Silvermoon: Hi Dana! Happy belated birthday!
      If you enjoy a scent, stick with it. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should not explore new options. Perhaps you could start your perfume adventure by going to one of the big department stores with good perfume sections. Don’t let the salesperson push the latest launch. Rather ask them what their Long standing best sellers are or ask about a type of perfume (e.g. floral or amber or woody, etc). You could do the same style at different counters so you have a chance to compare. You will probably have to do a number of trips until you get a feel for what you like. Then, you can set about identifying what you might want to purchase. I would say, take your time, enjoy the process of discovering what you love.

      More practically, here are some specific suggestions for everyday use: Loulou (cacharel), Tommy Girl (Tommy Hilfiger), Diorissimo (Dior), Beyond Paradise (Estee Lauder), and any of the flowers from L Aqua de Parma. Good houses to try (that are reasonably widely available) are Estée Lauder, Gorilla Perfumes at Lush, Guerlain, LAqua de Parma and Hermes.

      Finally if you are looking for more niche perfumes, then Klaas’ suggestion to order samples or discovery sets from a Perfume House is a good way to go. November 30, 2019 at 12:00pm Reply

    • Aurora: Happy Birthday Dana: Maybe try l’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons (linden blossom, jasmine and other white flowers). November 30, 2019 at 3:25pm Reply

    • Karen A: Happy birthday! Have you tried any of the Annick Goutal fragrances? You can order some samples from one of the stores in New York. Chevrefieulle may hit the right notes for you!

      And no feeling like you’re not a grown up for shopping at Bath and Body Works! But it is fun to check out lots of fragrances! December 1, 2019 at 1:23pm Reply

    • Tara C: Try out the Jo Malone line, lots of fresh florals there. December 1, 2019 at 11:18pm Reply

      • Kari: Seconding Jo Malone, with a special recommendation for Mimosa & Cardamom, my favorite. December 6, 2019 at 2:36am Reply

  • Sebastian: In the category of fresh white florals, perhaps you could try Olene (Diptyque).

    If you’re looking for something very light in that area, Rêve de Chèvrefeuille from Jardin de France might fill the bill. (I can’t really say because I haven’t smelled that myself.)

    My real recommendation to you, however, is Joyeux Osmanthe by Maison Rebatchi. Listed notes contain jasmine and honeysuckle, but this is more about creamy-green tuberose, with a delicious fruity contrast provided by the osmanthus. Not lacking in depth and woody warmth provided by a mix of cashmeran and synthetic musks in the base. November 29, 2019 at 6:59pm Reply

  • Klaas: Hey Dana, you are right, it is time to grow up 😉 Having said this, if you happen to adore the Wild Honeysuckle, I would just keep on using it….maybe try to find something to compliment this scent, for when you are in a different mood?

    A fun way to discover new fragrances is ordering samples. Lots of big brands offer sample sets. Check out the websites from Ormonde Jayne, Etat Libre d’Orange, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, Artisan Parfumeur, or any local perfumery that offers a sample service. Even if you end up not liking everything you got, it is always interesting to smell different things and to discover your tastes.

    Now I’m not much of a flower man myself, but a very nice, light and chic floral affair is Jour d’ Hermes (check out Victoria’s excellent review!). It is also not too expensive, and easy to find in luxury department stores.

    Happy search! November 30, 2019 at 5:06am Reply

  • Surbhi Malpani: Does anyone know if Frederic malle perfumes have been reformulated recently? November 30, 2019 at 9:17pm Reply

    • Tara C: Yes. Be sure to test the current versions before repurchasing any old favourites. December 1, 2019 at 11:16pm Reply

      • Surbhi Malpani: I tested portrait of lady yesterday as few others. It didn’t smell like what I have at home. I guess need to store my bottles carefully now. December 1, 2019 at 11:43pm Reply

  • Cecilia: European girls! Any thoughts about the new Zara/Jo Love perfume collection, made by Zara with the nose behind Jo Malone?
    I find bohemian bluebells especially interesting. Is a lavender/hyacinth, sandalwood and misk scent, really like nothing I’ve ever smelled. But I’m not a competent nose, so I would like to hear some opinions about the collection.
    Cecilia December 3, 2019 at 2:57am Reply

  • Kari: I’m craving seasonal comfort food and dessert, I guess. What are some fragrances (that are not discontinued, because for me that way lies madness!) that have notes similar to one of these:

    • Pecan pie (I’m imagining it toasty, hot, boozy)
    • Warm egg nog with some nutmeg
    • Very jammy apricot

    (I’m not looking for something with all of those notes together, mind!)

    I’m after stuff that is more in the realm of Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau, Fendi Theorema, ELDO Like This, rather than a big tooth-aching candy gourmand. I like quite a lot of savory and spice, and some dirty and salty, with my sweet scents. December 6, 2019 at 2:22am Reply

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