Recommend Me a Perfume : Holiday Gift Ideas and Guides

Our “Recommend Me a Perfume” thread is open this week. Since many of us are looking for holiday gift ideas, why don’t we use this thread to share our thoughts on interesting scented gifts? If you need recommendations for presents for your friends and family or new fragrances for yourself, you can likewise post your requests here. And of course, please do 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 under their comment.

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  • Tourmaline: Hi Everyone,

    I think a lovely Christmas gift for a fragrance lover would be a set of samples from a range they are interested in. Peter has expressed interest in the fragrances of Hiram Green, so the Hiram Green Discovery Set from Luckyscent, with six samples, is one option.

    I’ve seen sets of miniatures by Amouage, Armani, Bvlgari, Elizabeth Arden, Kilian, Lancôme, L’Occitane and Versace, but I’m sure there are others.

    For those able to spend a little more, one of the many gift sets that are available at this time of year from Guerlain, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and their ilk would undoubtedly be welcome.

    I also enjoy giving and receiving scented soaps, body gels and talcum powders. November 30, 2020 at 8:12am Reply

    • Nina Z: For people in Europe (or even outside of Europe) you can order Hiram Green’s sample set directly from his web site. That’s what I did, and that’s what led to purchasing Voyage 2019, also directly from him. November 30, 2020 at 12:13pm Reply

      • Tourmaline: Hi Nina,

        Thanks for the tip! December 1, 2020 at 7:41pm Reply

    • Peter: Aloha Tourmaline. It was Nina who suggested Hiram Green’s Moon Bloom when I was on my tuberose search. Mahalo for reminding me about their Discovery Set. I got a great Serge Lutens (3) mini bottle set last Christmas from Luckyscent. It’s a great idea for stocking stuffers. November 30, 2020 at 10:24pm Reply

      • Tourmaline: Hi Pekolo,

        I’m tempted to buy several of the discovery sets! December 3, 2020 at 3:42am Reply

  • Anne Sheffield: Calling all mums and dad out there….. i m looking for a recommendation for my 14 years old daughter. What do teens like? Many thanks. Anne November 30, 2020 at 10:04am Reply

    • marcy goldman: Teens often like sugary, vanilla or berry scents. Sugarful, by Michel Germaine is really adorable as it comes in an old-fashioned sugar jar (like from a diner) and is a spray of strawberries and vanilla. Also Aqualine Pink Sugar is a classic teens (and older) love – I would look for a gift set. There is also the vanilla scent at Lush which is pretty youthful. November 30, 2020 at 10:44am Reply

    • elke: My now 15 year old owns and likes: Coco Mademoiselle, Stash Unspoken (cheap!), La Petite Robe Noir Black Perfecto Eau Florale (cheap in the US from discounters), also enjoys many Lush scents, Shalimar Souffle (not the original – she hates that one), Shalimar Cologne (not eau de cologne), the vanilla scents by Sylvaine Delacourte. She dislikes fruity, overly sweet scents.
      My 13 year old, however, is more after the bottle look and the scent, she owns and likes Daisy eau so fresh, Moschino Funny!, and, most of all, she loves Lush Sleepy Body Spray, which is a lovely vanilla lavender.
      So it depends a bit on your teen and where she lands on the child vs. adult continuum. 🙂 November 30, 2020 at 12:05pm Reply

      • John Luna: Wow Elke, your daughter and mine have a lot in common! She has the same Shalimar Cologne flanker and has been after me for awhile for both the Mark Jacobs and for Coco Mademoiselle Intense. That sleepy body spray is a companion product to Twilight (Twilight is actually the name of the spray and the bath bomb and sleepy is the body lotion)…It smells like a very comforting combination of lavender and malted milk balls… kind of an intense but smoothed out, sweetly malted version of Caron Pour un Homme, in fact. My daughter used it for ages but stopped which is maybe a good thing because I wear Caron all the time and she probably does not want to smell like her father… December 1, 2020 at 2:23am Reply

    • Nina Z: I second the suggestion below for Lush bath bombs, shower gels, etc.

      Another possibility is a sample set of minis from Sephora, which would allow her to pick something that Sephora carries, which you can then buy after the testing.

      When I was a teen, I liked very sophisticated French perfumes, so I’d hesitate to say what all teens like in a perfume. On the other hand, teens typically don’t have much money for buying their own perfume. So instead of a surprise, maybe ask her if there is a luxury perfume she’s fantasizing about. I always got my perfume that way when I was young, except I just said, “Hey, this is what I want for my present this year.” My family LOVED fulfilling my wishes. November 30, 2020 at 12:20pm Reply

      • Figuier: Nina, that’s a good point. Teens are all different. When I was 15 or so I bought Dior Dune for myself with about 4 month’s babysitting money. Then Cacharel Eau d’Eden, Nina Ricci Deci Dela, and L’Eau d’Issey. Not really specifically teen perfumes.. November 30, 2020 at 1:36pm Reply

    • shiva-woman: I’m in the “early 50’s” now, but I was influenced by what my mother wore, as opposed to grandmother (who wore a lot of Avon florals, but also “Opium” and “Cinnabar.”
      My mother was a lover of “early vintage” Dana Tabu (the good stuff), along with Maja, Youth Dew & Clinique Aromatics Elixir. I stole it all from her as often as I could. If I could “sneak” some “Youth Dew” bath oil–I tried. Obviously, this failed considering how that projects! My first bottle as a teen into 20’s was “Knowing” by Estee Lauder (wonderful, pre-reform). I now have an extensive collection of artisan/indies, but that was my grounding base as a teen. Others around me at the time were going for Ralph Lauren, L’air…, Love’s Baby Soft (remember that?), and Obsession (great then) and Cinnabar (loved it but couldn’t wear it). So I guess most of the teens in the 80’s/early 90’s were going for a few heavy-hitters. In college, everyone moved into Georgio (ugh). So I think asking your teen is the best–give her some choices? November 30, 2020 at 1:46pm Reply

    • John: I second (or third?) the Lush suggestion as kids already have them on their radar and there is often a nice range of companion products available…During the holidays they often sell gift-sets of all these together both in store (where they get snatched up!) and online. The small (exceedingly ugly and/or clever depending on your tastes…Twilight, Dirty & Rose Jam are popular) cleaning-spray style black bottles are reasonable and VERY effective… When my daughter was wearing Rose Jam, at least two rooms on our house were fairly throbbing with the stuff…But I appreciate that the materials are pretty good and there is an interesting, non-generic range of fragrances.
      BTW, for my daughter it has been (with some parent intervention)
      11-12: bath and bodyworks concoctions of vanilla and coconut (can’t tell them apart)
      13-15: Pink Sugar
      16-17: Rose Jam
      17-18: Shalimar Cologne Eau de Toilette (very accessible!) and/or vintage Obsession
      All things (at least since 13!) I can live with.
      My next move is to see if I can introduce her to the whole Shalimar family…
      Good luck! November 30, 2020 at 3:22pm Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: The Sephora samplers that come with a coupon to exchange for a bottle are a nice option for teenagers. If Atelier Cologne is doing an Advent calendar with samples through Sephora again, and if that aligns with your family’s traditions, she might enjoy that with a gift card to get a full bottle. November 30, 2020 at 3:26pm Reply

    • Maria: My 14 years old daugther loves Bvlgari Omnia Paraiba. She chose it last year and she wouldn’t wear anything else. I found for xmass a nice box and even better price with two bottles, a 100 ml and a 15 ml for her bag. It smells wonderful on her, so comforting. And she is a wild girl. November 30, 2020 at 4:41pm Reply

    • Molly: Hello Anne!

      Seconding what was said by Nina, I really disliked sugary scents as a teen… precisely because I perceived them as cutesy and little-girly and I wanted to smell a bit more grown-up.

      My first perfume was Gracious Tuberose by Gucci – a very delicate, fresh and ozonic floral EDT. Don’t be put off by the tuberose, this isn’t a kinky number – with its greenish notes it’s a bit like the pretty little sister of Carnal Flower – and is fully appropriate for a young girl.

      The whole Gucci Flora range, of which GT is one, are lovely; I’d describe them as one step up in sophistication from Lush. Good luck finding the perfect scent! December 1, 2020 at 7:19am Reply

    • Alessandra: Does she have any specific preferences? If not, then I think Jour d’Hermès or Chloé – the classic one – would be excellent options for a teen girl! If not that, then something from Nicolaï (a cologne or fig tea) or one of Olivia Giacobetti creations for Iunx, Diptyque or her ‘En Passant’ by Malle… December 2, 2020 at 9:09am Reply

    • Muriel: Hello Anne, I gifted my 14-year-old daughter with Après l’Ondée last year and she loves it. She’s very sensitive to smells and would not have worn anything too strong. She is also very independent and did not want to wear the same as “all the other girls” in her classroom. Cheers December 5, 2020 at 4:31am Reply

    • Carla: Hi, my daughter who is 14 loves the Replica Maison Margiela Under the Lemon tree. It’s fresh and not too overpowering, I really like it as a light fragrance too. December 9, 2020 at 3:04am Reply

  • Leo: Hello!

    I am looking for a recommendation for my wife. I was intrigued by “The Rose Capital of Iran” post and am looking for some options specific to Kashan scent. My wife likes Eau Rose Eau De Toilette by Diptyque. Thanks in advance! November 30, 2020 at 10:14am Reply

    • Old Herbaceous: The Different Company makes a scent called Kashan Rose, I don’t know if it meets your ideas about what such a rose should smell like. But the name is right! November 30, 2020 at 3:30pm Reply

    • Fazal: You should def. look into Stella by Stella McCartney. It is one of the best rose scents I have smelled. November 30, 2020 at 4:03pm Reply

    • Karina: Two absolutely gorgeous scents in the vein of Diptyque Eau Rose are Buly1803 Rosa Damascena (or similar, they only do one rose perfume) which also comes in luxurious shower oil, body oi, lotion and soap. And Hermes Hermessence Rose Ikebana – gone in a flash, but WHAT a flash and puts me in mind of Edna St Vincent Millay’a poem

      “My candle burns at both ends
      It will not last the night;
      But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends –
      It gives a lovely light.” December 1, 2020 at 4:06am Reply

      • Sherry Frantz: Im persian by heritage and enjoyed the Kashan post as well. Recently discovered how beautiful Darby Rose by Chantecaille is. They also have a specially designed box as a limited edition box by John Derian the fragrance comes in, which beautiful roses and the box can be kept as a keepsake . December 1, 2020 at 4:43am Reply

      • Leo: Thank you Karina! Buly1803 Rosa reads very nice 🙂 December 1, 2020 at 8:40am Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: Perhaps „Safran troublant“ by L‘Artisan Parfumeur? Rose and saffron: what‘s not more Persian? It‘s a gem of a perfume: creamy, balmy, Charming! December 2, 2020 at 4:12pm Reply

  • Nancy A.: This is a thought provoking question that Anne S. Wrote about. I would come right out and ask your daughter. Teen years are tough, transitional. If you have a Lush store in your neighborhood they carry the best bath bombs in fun colors and scents and sparkly!
    They also carry perfumed oils. Best part about Lush is they are eco friendly and donate to various charities. All the best to you. November 30, 2020 at 10:57am Reply

  • Elizabeth: Can you share the name of the scent in the lovely box in the upper row left hand corner of your photo?
    Chanel nail polish is another great gift idea.
    So many wonderful colours.
    Thank you. November 30, 2020 at 11:13am Reply

    • Darinka DAlessio: I believe that that package is a Chinese rice based face powder. it is indeed a glorious graphic. November 30, 2020 at 2:25pm Reply

      • Victoria: Yes, that’s the Sam Fong Hoi Tong face powder. Delightfully scented too. November 30, 2020 at 2:44pm Reply

      • Elizabeth: Thank you! November 30, 2020 at 3:11pm Reply

  • Charlotte: Hi all, I own mainly ‘high concept’ fragrances (L’Artisan Parfumeur, Hermes) and well-behaved classics (Guerlain, Chanel) but I’d really like to invest in a drama queen perfume! Can anyone recommend something that’s loud, fun and vampy? I like many different styles and notes, but preferably something not at the top end of the cost spectrum!

    PS Tourmaline those are great gift suggestions. I would add Atelier Cologne as a great option for gifts, with a range of different sets and frequent sales. Also, they offer a great deal on their sample set where you (or your giftee) can redeem the full cost against a future purchase!

    I love Christmas and it feels like we need the festive cheer this year more than ever 🙂 November 30, 2020 at 11:58am Reply

    • Nina Z: If you like fruity scents, loud and fun could be Pulp by Byredo. It literally made me laugh when I smelled it. It kind of reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum or something. But fancy. And loud. November 30, 2020 at 12:24pm Reply

      • Charlotte: Oh that does sound like fun! Fruity is not one of my favourite categories of perfume generally, but there are always exceptions! Would you say Pulp had any vampiness/sexiness to it? November 30, 2020 at 12:36pm Reply

        • Nina Z: I think what people find sexy varies a great deal so I can’t say whether Pulp is sexy or not. I mean, some women find smelling like a vanilla cupcake to be “sexy” while the perfume my husband finds sexy on me is Amouage Jubilation 25, which is a fruity chypre that is sophisticated and dramatic, but I wouldn’t call it “fun.”

          Generally the “vampy” perfume note is tuberose. The only tuberose I wear is Sacrebleu Intense from Patricia Nicholai, which only features tuberose as is a bit fruity as well (maybe you’d like that?) My husband describes Sacrebleu as “luscious.” Or you could go full out with something like Fracas or Tuberose Criminelle. Victoria loves Carnal Flower. November 30, 2020 at 2:31pm Reply

          • Charlotte: Great suggestions, thank you! I agree tuberose can be quite vampy, especially when it’s given a darker edge 🙂 December 1, 2020 at 6:28am Reply

    • shiva-woman: For someone who appreciates good perfume, but wants something at the “lower end” of good/great, I cannot recommend Andy Tauer’s Flash Series enough. They are strong, loud, and vampy–and very well made–and last for hours (good value for money). You can buy directly for 60 euros, which I think works out to about 75 bucks for 30 ml. I have three of them, and I love them, and wear them a lot. There is “patch flash”, fruitchouli flash, rose flash, tuberose flash, and vanilla flash. I was not fond of the tuberose, and it veers “mushroom” to my nose, but I really enjoy the rest. They are definitely “vampy and campy.” Do not be fooled by the “simplistic names” however–the vanilla, for example is heaven, not super foodie, but very rich and more nuanced than the name would suggest. I love the Rose Flash. There is definitely the Tauer base in all these, but it’s also a different line than his “upscale” Marocain “series.” BTW–order directly from him to US–easy peasy, and he always throws in “something extra”–and his service is fantastic. November 30, 2020 at 1:36pm Reply

      • Charlotte: I’ve heard so much praise for the Tauer line. It sounds very interesting and I would love to try it, but haven’t been able to find anywhere to test it here in the UK. Will keep looking. Thanks for your suggestion 🙂 November 30, 2020 at 7:00pm Reply

        • Barbara Lee: Hi there, you can get samples from the website I believe? They used to be in Liberty London but I can’t see them on the website now. December 1, 2020 at 2:01pm Reply

        • Silvermoon: Hi Charlotte,

          Les Senteurs, a beautiful perfume shop in London, carries Tauer perfumes among many others. If you cannot make it to their shop, they do ship orders by post (including samples). That’s a good way to test a selection calmly at home. December 1, 2020 at 4:58pm Reply

          • Charlotte: Thank you Barbara Lee and Silvermoon, I’ll have a look 🙂 December 2, 2020 at 4:40am Reply

    • Notturno7: Hi Charlotte,
      My favourite drama queen perfumes are Carnal Flower, Diva, Fracas, Lou Lou, Tuberose Criminelle. I’ll probably think of more as soon as I send this comment. Ha! Hope this helps November 30, 2020 at 6:43pm Reply

      • Charlotte: Thank you, this is very helpful! I love Carnal Flower, it is loud and fun, and also strikes me as quite innocent.
        Of your other suggestions, I’ve briefly encountered Fracas and thought it was amazing; I had the opportunity to attend a lecture with Roja Dove, which was brilliant and involved a hugely generous number of sniffing experiences. I think Fracas might be the holy grail of loud, fun and vampy 🙂
        Lou Lou reminded me a lot of Cornubia by Penhaligon’s, do you know it?
        I still have a lot to explore in the Serge Lutens line. You’ve given me some good leads! November 30, 2020 at 7:13pm Reply

      • Robin: Love them all. Lou Lou reminds me a lot of Poison December 1, 2020 at 8:45am Reply

        • Charlotte: I have been considering Hypnotic Poison EDP but find it oddly thin for how rich it is! I don’t think I’ve ever smelled the original Poison; how do they differ would you say? December 1, 2020 at 11:16am Reply

          • Robin: Hypnotic Poison and Poison are pretty different, really nothing alike.

            Poison is more of a strong berry/tuberose scent in my opinion.

            Hypnotic Poison is more of a sweet/licorice/anise very unique scent. December 1, 2020 at 6:35pm Reply

            • Charlotte: Sounds like Poison might not be quite up my street (although I do like tuberose), but I will try it if I get the opportunity as it has so many fans. I really like Hypnotic Poison and it definitely fits in my category of ‘drama queen’! December 2, 2020 at 4:43am Reply

              • Robin: Poison is quite unique and hard to describe.
                Top notes are listed as Plum, Wild berries, Coriander, Anise and Brazilian Rosewood; middle notes are Tuberose, Incense, white honey, Cinnamon, Opoponax, Carnation, Jasmine, African Orange flower and Rose; base notes are Vanilla, Amber, Sandalwood, Heliotrope, Musk, Vetiver and Virginia Cedar.

                Most prominent to my nose are the plum, berries, coriander, tuberose, honey, and the base note of musk.

                I generally think of it as a sweet berry tuberose musk scent with a strong honey note as well. In my opinion best for evening.

                But really it’s very unique! It’s unlike any other perfume I’ve ever smelled. December 2, 2020 at 8:12am Reply

                • Charlotte: Thanks Robin for the description; you’ve made me even more intrigued to try Poison! December 8, 2020 at 11:19am Reply

      • Carla: I love how you describe the perfumes – ‘high concept’ and ‘well-behaved’
        I second Carnal Flower and Loulou (the former is fresh, the latter is rich and very different price points).
        To me the classic tongue in cheek loud and fun perfume is Angel but maybe too many other perfumes smell like it now.
        Hypnotic Poison is thinner than it used to be – I loved it in the late 90’s. December 1, 2020 at 1:08pm Reply

        • Charlotte: Thanks Carla! This is how many of these fragrances strike me 🙂
          Interesting to hear that Hypnotic Poison has a different character from the late ’90s; I don’t remember smelling it back then so can’t compare. I’m on the fence with Angel, I know people tend to love it or hate it but I can’t decide! I just realised Alien could also fit into this category, although I’ve never tried it. But I think like tuberose, jasmine can be ‘innocent’ or vampy! December 2, 2020 at 4:53am Reply

      • Michelle: I loved these suggestions and if you have any more I’d love that too! December 1, 2020 at 6:29pm Reply

    • Peter: Hi Charlotte. One of my favorite Drama Queen perfumes is Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady. It’s expensive, but the line offers travel sizes. Nina’s recommeded Parfum de Nicolai brand offers 30mls at a reasonable cost. I also love Van Cleef & Arpel’s First, but it could be similar to your classics. Niche brands can be expensive. Rogue is an exception, retro bang at a great price. Their Derviche is an ode to vintage tobacco florals. November 30, 2020 at 10:13pm Reply

      • Charlotte: Oh yes I have and love VC&A’s First! Portrait of a Lady is a great suggestion, I didn’t realise it was available in 30 mls. And PdN is a line that I’ve been meaning to explore for ages. Do you have any favourites? I’m not familiar with Rogue, will look out for them. Thanks December 1, 2020 at 6:23am Reply

        • Peter: Hello again Charlotte. You mentioned a fondness for Atelier. Have you tried Cafe Tuberosa? It could be fun and attention getting with the smoky floral.
          Victoria is a big fan of PdN. So far I’ve only purchased Fig-Tea (not for you). I have sampled the Sacrebleu that Nina recommended. It’s a beautiful Floral Oriental, but at the time I wasn’t ready to commit to a large bottle. Now with the reasonably priced 30mls, I’m also interested in Number One Intense (Big White Floral).
          Enjoy your saucy Diva! December 1, 2020 at 6:02pm Reply

          • Charlotte: Thank you Peter, I am a fan of Atelier’s Cafe Tuberosa, for me it’s a great morning fragrance (must be the coffee association!)

            I’m more and more convinced that I need to explore the PdN line. I had made plans to visit one of only a couple of shops stocking it in London before lockdown, but missed my opportunity! December 2, 2020 at 4:57am Reply

      • Nina Z: Ooh, yeah, the Rouge Jasmine Antique is a completely over the top but beautiful jasmine perfume that is too much for me, even though I think it’s gorgeous. That could be loud, fun, and vampy….. December 1, 2020 at 2:20pm Reply

        • Peter: I totally agree with Nina’s description. I haven’t been brave enough to wear it out of the house! December 1, 2020 at 6:05pm Reply

        • Charlotte: Over-the-top and beautiful is just what I’m looking for! 🙂 December 2, 2020 at 4:58am Reply

    • Karina: Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant immediately springs to mind. Vampy (dunno) but loud and fun for sure! December 1, 2020 at 4:09am Reply

      • Charlotte: Yes it is loud and fun, and can be found quite cheaply at online retailers! Thanks December 1, 2020 at 6:24am Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: Perfumes by Francesca Bianchi! December 2, 2020 at 4:14pm Reply

    • Tourmaline: Hi Charlotte,

      I’m glad you liked my suggestions. Thanks for the tip; I’ll have to check out the Atelier Cologne website.

      Hmmm – loud, fun and vampy… Here are ten suggestions.

      1. Insolence (Guerlain 2006)

      2. Bal à Versailles (Jean Desprez 1962)

      3. Spellbound (Estée Lauder 1991

      4. Poison (Christian Dior 1985)

      5. Loulou (Cacharel 1987)

      6. Shalimar (Guerlain 1925)

      7. Chantilly (Houbigant/Dana 1941)

      8. Tabu (Dana 1932)

      9. Ciara (Ultima II/Revlon 1973)

      10. Unforgettable (Revlon 1990)

      I hope you find a fragrance you love. December 3, 2020 at 3:57am Reply

      • Charlotte: Thanks Tourmaline, there are some fragrances on your list that I’ve never tried, I’m especially interested to try Bal a Versailles and Tabu!

        Your suggestions span a long time range which is great; it’s also made me realise that I’ve probably been looking for a typical 80s powerhouse perfume! I have a vintage set of minis including Ysatis, Amarige and Casmir, all of which I love for their sweet, over-the-top hairspray vibes 🙂 I was a child in the 80s and didn’t know anyone who wore these types of perfumes, but I’m suddenly interested in getting to know them better! December 8, 2020 at 11:26am Reply

        • Tourmaline: Hi Charlotte,

          As I told Peter in the June “Recommend Me a Perfume” post, the first time I heard of Bal à Versailles was probably in “The Joan Collins Beauty Book”, which was published in 1971. Ms Collins lists it as one of her favourite fragrances, describing it as “sophisticated” and adding, “It is very strong, very sexy, very long-lasting, very distinctive, very expensive and my particular favourite.” I am lucky enough to have a vintage bottle as well as a couple from about ten years ago.

          As for Tabu, how could I ever forget the black and white print ad from my youth. There was a feeling of movement, and the sense that the gentleman had swept the lady pianist into his arms in a moment of passion. This is that ad.

          http://file.vintageadbrowser.com/y4ufhip15j08e4.jpg

          I have miniatures of both Ysatis and Casmir, and both are lovely.

          I arranged my fragrance suggestions in order of type, as per Michael Edwards’ classification system, but it would have been interesting to arrange them by year of release. There is at least one fragrance from each decade, from the twenties to the noughties, except the fifties. I could add “Royal Secret” to fix that! Here is my new list.

          1. Shalimar (Guerlain 1925)
          2. Tabu (Dana 1932)
          3. Chantilly (Houbigant/Dana 1941)
          4. Royal Secret (Monteil 1958)
          5. Bal à Versailles (Jean Desprez 1962)
          6. Ciara (Ultima II/Revlon 1973)
          7. Poison (Christian Dior 1985)
          8. Loulou (Cacharel 1987)
          9. Unforgettable (Revlon 1990)
          10. Spellbound (Estée Lauder 1991
          11. Insolence (Guerlain 2006)

          It’s exciting to have a flush of interest in a new type of perfume. I hope you find one that you love. December 11, 2020 at 3:41am Reply

    • Notturno7: Hi Charlotte,
      I forgot Guerlain Insolence (original), either EDP or EDT. They gave it 5 stars in The Guide and it’s very loud and fun!
      I love reading other comments. This blog is so much fun😄 December 3, 2020 at 2:44pm Reply

      • Charlotte: I agree, it’s a great blog! December 8, 2020 at 11:27am Reply

  • Shelly: Hi everyone, I have been loving the videos and articles that you have shared Victoria, they have been balm to the soul. I was going to treat myself to Tiempe Passate by Antonia’s Flowers, because I am almost at the end of my bottle. I have had a tough year with several bereavements, my Mum, Mum in law, Aunt, Uncle and two friends and listening to the distress of others in lockdown as a Psychologist. I find this fragrance so comforting and relaxing, I like to wear at night but I can’t get hold of it. Does anyone know where I can source it or Victoria do you know of anything similar? I love the mandarin and also the dry down is the bit that I find comforting. I also have something to give away Miller Harris Tuberose Noix. If you love this and live in the UK let me know, I am in Manchester and will be happy to send it. Thanks for your help. Shelly November 30, 2020 at 1:03pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Shelly: So sorry you lost so many loved ones, eBay UK is your best option, I think because Tiempe Passate is discontinued. November 30, 2020 at 6:02pm Reply

      • Shelly: Thanks Aurora November 30, 2020 at 6:35pm Reply

        • Sherry Frantz: Sending you a hug. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother as well as the other losses of loved ones. I think fragrance can be a wonderful comfort and diversion. If you find it on eBay us and they don’t ship internationally I am happy to ship it to you 🙂 December 1, 2020 at 4:52am Reply

          • Shelly: Thank you December 2, 2020 at 2:06am Reply

    • Robin: I’m so sorry for all your losses. This is a terrible time but worse for some. I agree that fragrance can be very comforting. Wishing you peace and healing. December 1, 2020 at 8:47am Reply

      • Shelly: Thank you December 2, 2020 at 2:06am Reply

    • Victoria: My condolences, Shelly. I’m sorry to hear about the losses in your family, and you are in my thoughts. Please do whatever you can to take care of yourself right now. I wish I had some of this perfume. I also used to like it very much, and I often see it mentioned as a nostalgic, comforting favorite. I will check around if anyone has a bottle, and I will let you know if I manage to find anything. Ebay, as always, is your best bet. December 1, 2020 at 11:16am Reply

      • Shelly: Victoria thank you for doing this. I tried eBay but Tiempe available. It is lovely to have this community of perfume lovers. Today I am feeling positive I am going to my office armed with Guerlain Insolence Eau de parfum ready to help others get through the pandemic. Thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts and comments it means a lot. December 2, 2020 at 2:15am Reply

    • Peter: I’d like to offer Shelly this ancient poem by Rumi:

      Your body is away from me

      but there is a window open

      from my heart to yours.

      From this window, like the moon

      I keep sending news secretly. December 1, 2020 at 7:11pm Reply

      • Shelly: Beautiful poem Peter December 2, 2020 at 2:15am Reply

    • Wara: All my love and solidarity Shelly! My father died in January of this year, after being ill for two years. I cried and cried so much. I am also a psychologist, but retired since 2015. This year has been so difficult for all of us, but this community of perfume lovers is a balm for our spirits. Sending you much light and hugs!!! December 1, 2020 at 8:22pm Reply

      • Shelly: Wara sending comfort to you too that must have been tough. Which perfumes have you found comforting? Wishing you no further sorrow and may your Father’s memory be a blessing. December 2, 2020 at 2:18am Reply

        • Wara: Thank you so much Shelly!!! I did not want to associate my favorite scents with this most difficult year…so i have been using perfumes that smell terrific but that i will not use after this year or pandemic is over. Tom Ford/Black Orchid has been the scent i wear most of the time. I also have a perfume from Oman which a dear friend brought for me…i can’t read Arabic but it has been the most wonderful source of comfort. Dior’s Homme makes me feel like this bad period will one day go away. When I was twelve, my grandmother gave me my first perfume, Silent Night. I was shocked that she left it under my pillow for Christmas. We were poor and there was no money for basic necessities. Perfumes or colognes were out of our budget. This is how I came to appreciate and love the world of perfumes. My grandmother was a practical, strong, resilient woman. She did not waste her money, every penny was thoughtfully spent. The gift she gave me was that I was loved and more important than money itself. Silent Night has been discontinued for many years. I did some research and bought Evening in Paris because both of those products were from the same area, early fifties. It has been a source of comfort to wear it this year. My grandmother was a healer. She knew all about herbal remedies. When she gave me my first perfume, she put me in the path of joy, love and healing. Did she know I would need smelling something beautiful to feel strong and full of hope? Her plants and herbs brought her strength and hope. She knew I would soon leave her side to go live with my mother. She gave me a bit of her healing when she sent me off with a special bottle of love and hope. December 3, 2020 at 10:07pm Reply

          • Shelly: Lovely thoughts Wara. December 5, 2020 at 9:27am Reply

            • Wara: Thank you very much Shelly…sending you love and light for the coming week and let me know if you were able to find Tiempe Passate. If there is any way I can help you find it, let me know. December 6, 2020 at 5:00pm Reply

    • Tourmaline: Hi Shelly,

      I’m sorry to hear about your losses; you have indeed had a more difficult year than most. As a fellow psychologist (retired in 2013), I know the importance of protecting yourself from burnout and the effects of vicarious trauma. All of the usual self-care suggestions are helpful, of course. Also, as you probably know, it can be helpful to have a few therapy sessions yourself, if you choose the right person. (I recall back at university being told that it would be useful for us to have an experience of counselling ourselves, if only to explore our reasons for wanting to become a therapist in the first place.)

      I became very burnt-out after 24 years working in the field of child abuse investigation. In the end, when I was becoming cynical and dreading both every new work day and every next work phone call, I had to leave.

      As for your beloved Tiempe Passate, there are currently two expensive 5ml samples of the EDP on eBay. I hope you find an affordable bottle. A favourite erfume can be such a comfort.

      I wish you all the very best. December 3, 2020 at 4:16am Reply

      • Tourmaline: Perfume is even more effective than erfume! December 3, 2020 at 4:18am Reply

      • Shelly: Thanks Tourmaline sorry that you were burnt out. I do have supervision and have had help this year. I must have missed those samples. I will look again. Had a good relaxing bath with Aromatherapy Associates inner Strength oil, it’s such a lovely aroma that fills the house. December 5, 2020 at 9:32am Reply

  • Merry: Hi all! I have a dear friend who’s signature scent has always been Penhaligon’s Violetta, which was discontinued awhile back. I’ve been able to locate a few bottles for her since then, but the supply has dried up and she’s down to her last few drops. Any suggestions for a replacement? It does not need to be a dupe, but something that has the same feel. Thanks for any and all suggestions! November 30, 2020 at 1:35pm Reply

    • shiva-woman: Oh Yes! Mandy Aftel here in California has come up with “Violet Ambrosia”–I highly recommend Mandy’s work–it’s spendy, but awesome. I think her naturals actually last quite a while (a full day on me, and perfumes typically don’t last that long). This is a new perfume, so doesn’t have a lot of reviews yet. Go directly to her site if interested.
      “Violet Ambrosia Aftelier” November 30, 2020 at 3:56pm Reply

    • Caroline: Haven’t tried it, but perhaps De Nicolai’s Violette in Love would work. Chanel’s Misia is also very violet-forward. Hiram Green’s Vivacious is a violet scent, but on me smells more of carnation. November 30, 2020 at 5:25pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Merry: Also Oriza L. Legrand Violettes du Czar or the classic Borsari Violetta di Parma. November 30, 2020 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Nina Z: What about Guerlain’s Apres L’Ondee? It’s not a violet solifore, but it features violet and it’s beautiful and wistful.

      Another idea not already mentioned is Lush Kerbside Violet. November 30, 2020 at 7:00pm Reply

    • Silvermoon: Hi Merry, I don’t remember trying Penhaligon Violeta, so am suggesting some perfumes with violet notes: Nightingale (Zoologist), La Putain des Palaces (ELDO), and Violet Ida (Miller Harris). They are all quite different but definitely have a prominent violet note. Hope you find something- it’s always frustrating when a favourite is discontinued. I was really annoyed when Penhaligon discontinued Ostara. December 1, 2020 at 5:07pm Reply

      • Merry: Thank you! December 1, 2020 at 11:49pm Reply

    • Tourmaline: Hi Merry,

      It is my understanding that Les Météorites (Guerlain 2000) has recently been re-released. I bought a couple of bottles when it was first released, and it is almost a violet soliflore. It is lovely. December 7, 2020 at 4:04am Reply

  • Molly: Hi everyone! I’m looking for another perfume to continue my love affair with indolic white florals… perhaps something with a strong jasmine presence?

    My signature scent for a long time has been Carnal Flower… (Fracas doesn’t agree with me – on my skin it’s primly sweet and bubblegummy, not sensuous). I also love Lush’s Death & Decay.

    Is Serge Lutens A La Nuit a good bet? Does anyone have any other recommendations? November 30, 2020 at 4:14pm Reply

    • Karina: Serge Lutens A La Nuit is an excellent bet!! December 1, 2020 at 4:10am Reply

    • Sherry Frantz: Maison Lancome’s Marzipan Jasmin is quite lovely. Incidentally it doesn’t smell of Marzipan, only Jasmin. The bottle is quite beautiful as well. If you’re wanting to try another white floral, I discovered Tiare by Chantecaille and it’s so beautiful. Its more of a spring and summer scent for me, but this past spring it brought me such joy. December 1, 2020 at 4:57am Reply

      • Carla: Yes you should try Jasmins Marzipan for a slightly unexpected white floral. At first I didn’t like it but it has really grown on me. You can buy a travel size bottle for a good price. December 1, 2020 at 1:11pm Reply

    • Peter: Hi Molly. I’m also a lover of Big White Florals and Carnal Flower. I’m eager to sample A La Nuit. (I just contacted Surrender to Chance.)
      Two pretty jasmine scents are Chanel Beige (soft and creamy) and Goutal Songes (tropical paradise). Two perfumes with stronger indoles are Hermes Cedre Sambac (lovely woody jasmine) and Rogue Jasmin Antique (strong retro fumes). Have fun on your adventure. December 1, 2020 at 5:24am Reply

    • Carla: Also Jasmins et Cigarette by Etat Libre d’Orange December 1, 2020 at 1:13pm Reply

    • Maria: Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia, wonderful in winter, creamy December 2, 2020 at 6:25am Reply

    • Notturno7: Hi Molly, I second the other recommendations but would add Lutens Sarrasins. It’s one of my favorite jasmine leather perfumes. Luca Turin included it in list of masterpieces. December 2, 2020 at 2:52pm Reply

    • Ninon: The most beautiful jasmine I’ve encountered is Fueguia 1833 Amalia. December 6, 2020 at 12:24am Reply

  • Alex: I’ve been thinking of getting Knot Absolu and Love Chloe, but I can’t find a lot of people speaking about either .
    I do like the original knot, I find it quite innocent and classy at the same time

    Other perfumes I like are Elie Saab Le Parfum, the Narciso narciso line, Alien Essence absolue, guerlain Insolence, shalimar, casmir chopard, roses berbaranza and feve delicieuse.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! November 30, 2020 at 6:31pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Alex: I haven’t tried the Bottega Veneta Absolu but liked the original, although it didn’t thrill me. Today, by coincidence, I am wearing Chabaud Orangerie Musicale, another orange blossom like Knot, and it’s aboluely lovely so I would warmly recommend it to try.

      Love Chloe is wonderful, but a little difficult to find although possible I’m sure, I loved it immediately and got a bottle. December 1, 2020 at 1:06pm Reply

  • Aurora: The soaps by Oriza L. Legrrand would make an indulgent gift for Christmas. They are a little pricey but still much less so than perfume and the quality is exceptional. I know Peter got the Royal Oeillet one like I did and it’s a must for lovers of carnation. They can be ordered directly from their website and I think they ship worldwide. December 1, 2020 at 1:55pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Oh, I love carnation soap! I will check this out. December 1, 2020 at 2:22pm Reply

      • Aurora: And they also have another carnation Oeillet Louis XV, less delicate spicy than OR. December 1, 2020 at 9:44pm Reply

  • Aurora: *Legrand, typing on my phone. December 1, 2020 at 2:28pm Reply

  • Aurora: With many thanks in advance, what perfume will you select for Christmas Eve. Do you have a tradition? Do you go by last minute inspiration? December 1, 2020 at 3:46pm Reply

    • Peter: Aloha Aurora. My Royal Oeillet is still spicing up my bathroom.
      The first time I smelled Bois des Isles, I got a deja vu Christmas memory.
      I will go with a last minute choice from either Frederic Malle Noir Epices or Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles. I could also choose Hermes Ambre Narguille which I associate with Thanksgiving. December 1, 2020 at 6:29pm Reply

      • Aurora: Aloha Peter. Royal Oeillet soap really is a gem.

        Thank you so much for answering the questionMaybe it’s the gingerbread like note in BdI which reminds you of Xmas.

        You can’t go wrong with that list, I wear Noir Epices, regret not getting Fille en aiguilles, I chose the similar (somewhat) Nuit Etoilée, fortunately I love it but now FeA is only available in the gigantic bottles, out of my reach. I don’t know Ambre Narguilé, is it spicy ambery? December 1, 2020 at 7:02pm Reply

        • Peter: Hello again Aurora. I wish Serge Lutens offered their perfumes in smaller sizes. Hermes does offer their fragrances in travel size. Ambre Narguille is a rich spicy cinnamon amber. It evokes warm Apple Pie. December 1, 2020 at 7:21pm Reply

  • Nancy Chan: I would recommend Aromatherapy Associates bath oils and shower oils for scented gifts. They also do a limited edition Forest therapy wellness range. For soaps, L’Occitane’s Aromachologie soaps are also great.

    For make-up, Dior does some limited edition nail polish for the holidays, which I treated myself to. Dior also do some mascara with a mini Dior Rouge lipstick sets. Also, Essie is fast becoming a favourite of mine on the High Street for their great range of nail colours.

    Victoria, I really love that vintage design on that powder box in the top left hand corner. December 1, 2020 at 4:21pm Reply

    • Shelly: Nancy I agree with Aromatherapy Associates I have bought several gifts this year and there are excellent offers. They have single oils and packs. Also Nature’s Grace Candles there is one called Library that smells as if you are in front of a wood fire in an old country house library. December 2, 2020 at 2:25am Reply

      • Figuier: Lara this is probably not helpful, but I have got a partial bottle of Shanghai Lily that I don’t use (aldehydes get too strong on me). Would be happy to send it over for postage costs, if feasible wrt your location. If you’re interested, let me know amd we can sort details; and no worries whatsover if not. December 2, 2020 at 3:40pm Reply

        • Lara Hartman: That would be wonderful! I live in Wyoming. How do we go about communicating privately regarding this? Thanks for the offer! December 2, 2020 at 10:48pm Reply

          • Tourmaline: Hi Lara,

            You can ask Victoria to send Figuier your email address. Figuier will have to give Victoria permission to email her. (Victoria will probably write a comment asking Figuier whether she may email her, if Figuier doesn’t give permission first.)

            The above process is how Peter and I became pen-friends, after using up a fair bit of BdJ space “conversing”!

            I hope this works out for the two of you.

            I also wish you both a lovely Christmas. December 4, 2020 at 7:18am Reply

            • Lara Hartman Hartman: Thanks, I will try this! You have a lovely Christmas as well. December 4, 2020 at 3:43pm Reply

      • Nancy Chan: Hi Shelly, my favourite is the Rose shower oil the scent is so rich and sweet and relaxing. I am looking forward to trying the other shower oils in the Aromatherapy Associates range.

        I am sending my condolences to you, please take care of yourself. Keep reading Bois de Jasmin, stay connected with friends, and you can’t underestimate the power of scent. December 6, 2020 at 12:04pm Reply

        • Shelly: Thanks for your kindness. Nancy, the rose is delightful I love all of their oils and I often send a selection box as a gift. December 6, 2020 at 12:11pm Reply

  • Lara Hartman Hartman: I absolutely love Tom Ford Shanghai Lily but cannot afford a full bottle. Does anyone have any recommendations that would be similar but not as pricey and more easily found? December 1, 2020 at 5:19pm Reply

    • Sherry: I done know if you would consider buying a half bottle on eBay or Mercari? I’ve seen a lot of parfumes for sale that way. December 2, 2020 at 4:25am Reply

  • Maria: I found out lately that it is safe to go with nice soaps, there is always something new and wonderful to find out there. Nablus Rose is my last discovery, organic and everybody loves it.

    Another safe gift for me are sets of different scented cards. Milleflori and Max Benjiamin (i think that actually they are made by same company) are always welcome.
    If you had other recommendations for scented cards (which I can find in Europe), I would be happy to hear. December 2, 2020 at 6:30am Reply

  • JillS: Can anyone recommend soap for the shower for dry, sensitive and aging skin. I like fragrances, rose, sandalwood, floral, citrus, almond. Also there are any recommendations for moisturizing scented bath soaks or oil? Thanks,
    Jill December 2, 2020 at 10:51am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Jill, Fenjal luxury creme oil body wash is very very good, I hope it’s available where you live and for the bath their creme bath oil is pure glycine soja, very luxurious. These two smell great as well. December 2, 2020 at 11:58am Reply

      • Jills: Thanks so much, Aurora. I’ll check it out! December 2, 2020 at 12:32pm Reply

      • Gabriela: Sounds great! Where can I get them in Europe? December 3, 2020 at 4:43pm Reply

        • Aurora: Here in the UK it’s avalable at the drugstore, Boots for example, online at Notino or amazon uk. December 3, 2020 at 11:12pm Reply

    • A: There is also a Fenjal shower mousse if you prefer. December 2, 2020 at 12:01pm Reply

      • JillS: Thanks, Aurora. I ordered both. December 2, 2020 at 3:51pm Reply

        • Aurora: Oh wonderful, I hope you will find them as moisturizing as I do. December 3, 2020 at 2:22pm Reply

  • Sean: Hi everyone! My mother is asking for a new perfume for Christmas. Currently, she wears EL Sensuous, EL Private Collection, and Dior Jadore. I know she has worn EA Red Door, EA Green Tea, and CK Obsession in the past. The only perfume I know she doesn’t like is La Vie eat Belle (or one of the flankers) because it was “too strong.” She was wanting something with some notes of citrus or her favorite essential oil “blue flowers” (sorry don’t know who makes it). Additional information that might be helpful: she is in her mid 60s, works in healthcare management, probably likes more mainstream or designer fragrances vs niche. Thanks! December 2, 2020 at 3:11pm Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: I think Eau des Merveilles (Hermes) could be the one for your mother. December 3, 2020 at 4:26am Reply

    • Tourmaline: Hi Sean,

      I wonder whether your mother’s favourite blue flower essential oil could be blue tansy or blue lotus.

      Perfume options include “Blue Orchid”, “English Bluebell”, “Bluebell & Sweet Pea” or “Elegant Iris”, all by Yardley.

      Some suggestions for a gift for your mother are as follows. (Many thanks to Fragrantica for the lists of notes.)

      Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea flankers:

      Green Tea Yuzu is a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women. Top notes are Yuzu, Green Tea, Lemon, Bergamot and Lemon Leaf; middle notes are Yuzu, Green Tea, Mint, Tunisian Neroli, Thyme and Currant buds; base notes are Musk, Ambrette (Musk Mallow) and Birch.

      Green Tea Revitalize is a Floral Woody Musk fragrance for women. Top notes are Blood Orange, Water Mint and Mandarin Orange; middle notes are Green Tea, Bamboo, Lotus and Magnolia; base notes are Musk, Birch and Oakmoss.

      Green Tea Pomegranate is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women. Top notes are Pomegranate, Passionfruit, Tangelo and Bergamot; middle notes are Earl Grey Tea, violet leaves, Davana and White Magnolia; base notes are raspberry bloom, Mate, Musk and Moss.

      Eau Dynamisante by Clarins is a Chypre fragrance for women and men. Top notes are Amalfi Lemon, Caraway, Coriander, Orange and Petitgrain; middle notes are Rosemary, Carnation, Cardamom and Thyme; base note is Patchouli.

      Eau de Rochas by Rochas is a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women. Top notes are Lime, Lemon, Basil, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Mandarin Orange and Verbena; middle notes are Coriander, Patchouli, Carnation, Narcissus, Jasmine and Wild Rose; base notes are Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Musk, Vetiver and Amber.

      Eau de Guerlain by Guerlain is a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women and men. Top notes are Lemon, Bergamot, Basil and Fruity Notes; middle notes are Bergamot, Mint, Caraway, Lavender, Carnation, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Rose and Patchouli; base notes are Oakmoss, Neroli, Musk and Amber.

      Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain is a Citrus fragrance for women. Top notes are Grapefruit and Bergamot; middle notes are Cassia, Petitgrain and Neroli; base notes are Patchouli and Vanilla.

      Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca by Guerlain

      With this creation Thierry Wasser tried to reconstruct every fraction of a bitter orange tree; from its flowers, fruits and twigs to leaves. The scent is very fresh and citrusy. It contains accords of orange, bitter orange, orange blossom, neroli, twigs and leaves of orange and petit grain.

      I hope you find a fragrance your mother will love. December 3, 2020 at 7:56am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Sean: I’ll add Chanel Cristalle, a citrus chypre. December 3, 2020 at 3:18pm Reply

  • JillS: Sean, It’s a little expensive, but I love Bulgari au the vert. December 3, 2020 at 9:41am Reply

  • typeo_girl: Hi all, can anyone recommend a lemony perfume that is appropriate for a 12 year old, she loves lemon scents. I don’t want to buy anything like the Jean Nate body splash, lol. I was thinking a Moschino, they are fun in fun bottles, or maybe Eclat d’Arpege but it doesn’t have much sillage. I obviously don’t want to give her something overwhelming, but I would like it to have a little staying power. Thanks all!!!! December 4, 2020 at 9:09am Reply

    • Tourmaline: Hi typeo_girl,

      Here are some lemon perfumes I’ve come across. I don’t know whether they’re all still available, though. You could look each of them up on Fragrantica and check out the notes, to see whether you think they would be appropriate.

      1. Lemon by Mary Greenwell

      2. Lemon & Neroli by Bronnley

      3. Lemon Sorbet by Etro

      4. Lemon Meringue by Demeter Fragrance Library

      5. Lemon Tart Jo Malone London

      6. Lemon in Zest by Kilian

      7. Lemon by Dolce&Gabbana

      I know that you probably couldn’t go wrong with a Bronnley or Demeter fragrance for a 12-year-old girl.

      Where is Skinny Dip Lemon Cologne when you need it? That’s one I remember well from my childhood!

      I hope you find a suitable lemon fragrance for your daughter. December 4, 2020 at 10:01am Reply

      • typeo_girl: Thank you so much for your very sweet list. Much appreciated! I have some reading to do! The holidays are here! December 4, 2020 at 8:04pm Reply

        • Tourmaline: You’re welcome! December 4, 2020 at 9:15pm Reply

    • Shiva-woman: Every summer, I go in search of a new “freshy” and lemon is my go-to.
      This one is an absolute LOVE that I find myself reaching for over and over. I drained one bottle and am now on thre back up:
      1) American perfumer Solstice Scents makes “Chiffon.” Fun, pretty, appropriate for anyone at anytime. Just under the 100.00 mark.
      2) My next go-to, that may be on its way out, is the talented American Perfumer Charna Ethier’s “Lemon Liada” from Providence Perfume. I’ve worked my way through one of her bottles too. The lemon is less diaphanous and mildly sweet here, as it is in “Chiffon.” This line is more spendy, but all natural ingredients. Solstice Scents has mostly all-natural.
      3) Finally, I can recommend another American woman perfumer, House of Matriarch’s “She”–a more complex, lemon-grassed based lemon using Sweet Melissa (I think they all do btw). This is a lovely!!!! Bottle!!!. And the scent is gorgeous, but be prepared to open your wallet–or, get it on one of her specials and sign up with an account to get points. It’s not as “pure” and”true” a lemon as there is an herbal essence lurking along with a sweetness, but it’s definitely going to read “lemon” on the skin. I have not tried Lush’s “Dad’s Garden Lemon Tree” (but could be an option) or Maison Margiela’s “Under The Lemon Tree”–but another Sephora Fav.
      These are all “Lemon.” They do not wear remotely like any of the Atelier citrus based colognes at Sephora. They last. They are beautiful, and pretty much all natural perfumes from well-known indie/niche American women perfumer’s. I believe HoM is now sold at Nordstrom’s. Providence is sold at many of the usual places places like Scent bar, etc. Perfect for a girl, teen, or my 50-something self. They are light, but lasting. December 4, 2020 at 2:03pm Reply

    • Shiva-woman: One more thing I wanted to add is that the list below with Demeter is solid. Demeter makes very inexpensive “true to life” smells. The three I identified are also fairly unadulterated “lemons.” Another American perfumer who is much more reasonable–and who gives 10% of his proceeds to homeless teens (he grew up himself in Foster care) is Bay Area-based Ganache Perfumes. He specializes in gourmand and foodie perfumes that are ridiculously affordable. Customer service is a bit dicey cuz he’s a one-man-show, but I’ve never gone wrong. He makes loads of gourmands even within one scent family. He was written up on Fragrantica about a year ago. So you might see something like “Lemon Meringue Pie” and then a later release of “Lemon Sorbet” or Lemonade”–all different, all lemon and an attempt to replicate a food. He does it well. He’s a great guy, has lots of sales, and is very (ahem) affordable (everthing is under 50 and sometimes less). He too uses all-natural or mostly natural ingredients.
      Jarekhye Covarrubias is his name. I’m not affiliated in any way other than as a customer with these perfumers. Just checked the Ganache site and some are selling for 11 bucks. He’s offering 10% off and a few other deals. He’s a great go-to when you desperately need a perfume fix but are on a budget. December 4, 2020 at 2:24pm Reply

      • typeo_girl: I posted my reply in the wrong spot, see below. Thanks again for your time and effort! December 4, 2020 at 8:36pm Reply

  • Tourmaline: I am very excited, because this evening I bought my first bottle of perfume in about six months. The last one was the 100ml bottle of Marshmallow EDP by MOR that I wrote about in the June “Recommend Me A Perfume” post. For any perfume snobs out there who disapproved of that purchase, be advised that I have well and truly redeemed myself.

    What did I buy? Oh, just a 5.75 ounce (roughly 163ml) vintage bottle of Nuit de Noël by Caron. I had read so many wonderful things about this fragrance over so many years, including the five-star review by Victoria, that I was prepared to do a “blind buy”. I favourited a couple of options on eBay, both expensive, and I was particularly keen on a bottle for sale by a lady who had commented previously on BdJ.

    A little while later, eBay sent me an offer on her behalf. Well, she had me at 42% off! I thought it was probably the best offer I was ever going to receive. I also realized that if I didn’t like it, then I could always sell it.

    If I receive the fragrance prior to Christmas, then I shall wear it on Christmas Eve. I probably won’t wear it on Christmas Day, though, unless it is compatible with the very hot weather we are likely to have here in Brisbane.

    I can’t wait! December 4, 2020 at 9:28am Reply

    • typeo_girl: Thank you for all your very thoughtful suggestions!!! I will be doing some research! December 4, 2020 at 8:02pm Reply

    • Peter: Congratulations Tourmaline. I’m sure you’ll fall in love. Nuit de Noel can join all your vintage treasures. December 5, 2020 at 12:50am Reply

      • Tourmaline: Mahalo, Pekolo.

        Yes, it will have pride of place, along with Bellodgia! December 5, 2020 at 12:56am Reply

  • Gabriella: I’m choosing something for myself and I have been hankering for something mysterious, feminine, and deep. I prefer scents that don’t project much because I like them to be almost a ‘secret’, something that you only notice if you get close. I’d prefer something that’s not a gourmand.
    I love Black Tulip by Nest(this one’s my signature) and Alien Futura Flora by Mugler. I’d prefer something warmer than Futura Flora. I’m a beginner perfumista, so I haven’t tried a ton of perfumes and am just about how to differentiate notes in a perfume.
    Notes I like: Plums, cinnamon, vanilla, patchouli(in small doses), dark chocolate, cedar, white flowers, red berries, pomegranate. Woods?
    Notes I don’t much like: Rose.
    I’d love to know any suggestions! December 4, 2020 at 2:28pm Reply

    • Peter: Hello Gabriella. I’m not familiar with Black Tulip. I’m recommending Hermes Cedre Sambac because it includes both cedar and white flowers. The Hermessence line is expensive, but they have 15ml travel sprays, helpful for a beginner. You might also sample their Ambre Narguille which has spices and cinnamon. I mentioned to Aurora (above) that it reminds me of warm apple pie. December 5, 2020 at 7:26pm Reply

      • Ninon: I love Cedre Sambac and am wearing it today 🙂

        I would suggest ordering samples from Luckyscent/Surrender to Chance based on your favorite notes. If you like plum, you should definitely try Feminite du Bois, the Shiseido and/or the Serge Lutens version. December 6, 2020 at 12:28am Reply

        • Gabriella Stewart: Thanks for the suggestions! I can’t wait to smell them! December 7, 2020 at 11:56am Reply

  • typeo_girl: I adore Black Tulip by Nest as well!!! I never thought of trying the Futura Flora since the original Alien smelled like BO on me (love or hate it, that one)!!! Will have to check it out. December 4, 2020 at 8:01pm Reply

    • Gabriella: You’re the first person I’ve found who likes it! It seems to get a lot of hate and I can’t understand why. December 5, 2020 at 4:57pm Reply

      • typeo_girl: Gabriella, it’s in like my top 3 go tos. It is a huge seller, so there has to be other people like you and me that like it. I have tried the other Nests (got a sample box as a gift) and even though they are pleasant, Black Tulip is #1. I did try Poppy while in Sephora and was quite impressed. That might be a good one as well! December 5, 2020 at 6:09pm Reply

        • Gabriella: Ooh I’ll have to find a sample! Thanks! December 7, 2020 at 11:50am Reply

  • Eudora: Hello all! A friend asked me about rich, luxurious scented body creams that lingers all day. Mainstream preferred. My bet is Chanel Coco. Can you recommend something? Thanks. December 5, 2020 at 8:59am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Youth Dew body cream is marvellous. December 5, 2020 at 10:57am Reply

      • Eudora: Thanks Cornelia, it sounds like a great match for her! December 6, 2020 at 8:42am Reply

  • Martin: Dear all, a deceptively simple question: Can you recommend an inexpensive refreshing cologne?

    I have been on a scent journey which has led me to wear these four favourites:

    Allrounder – Pour un homme de Caron
    Work or hot weather – Boucheron Jaipur Homme (smells in hot weather of sunscreen / Nivea)
    Work when in unfriendly mood – Jicky by Guerlain
    Private or evening – Patchouli by Les Nereides

    What I haven’t found yet is a fresh pick me up I really like. I used to like Hermes Mandarine Ambree until it started smelling completely artificial to me. Bois de Jasmin favourite Guerlain Pamplune unfortunately doesn’t work for me, too aggressive. My personal price limit is one Eur per ml

    What are your favourites? December 6, 2020 at 6:03am Reply

    • Eudora: Hello Martin, two came to my mind. Mugler Cologne which Victoria described as an unconventional cologne. So versatile. Fresh and then warm somehow. I loved it in my husband, in my little daughter and for me. And then this summer I fall totally in love with Eau de Rochas, I found something in it very unique. I tried it at the store for nostalgic reasons and bought it next day, being a very coservative shopper. A classic for a reason. Both are not cheap but not expensive neither and you can find them in big bottles at very good prices. Do you know them? December 6, 2020 at 8:37am Reply

      • HB: 4711 forever December 8, 2020 at 12:32pm Reply

    • Tourmaline: Hi Martin,

      Have you tried any of the following scents?

      1. 4711 (Mulhelns 1792) (It’s still around for a reason…)

      2. Eau de Cologne Impériale (Guerlain 1853)

      3. Monsieur de Givenchy (Givenchy 1959)

      4. Monsieur Balmain (Balmain 1964/1990)

      5. Eau Sauvage (Dior 1966)

      6. Eau de Rochas (Rochas 1970)

      7. Eau de Guerlain (Guerlain 1974)

      8. Cristalle (Chanel 1974)

      9. Eau de Patou (Patou 1976)

      10. Eau Dynamisante (Clarins 1987)

      11. Aqua Allègoria Herba Fresca (Guerlain 1999)

      I hope you find a cologne you love. December 6, 2020 at 8:51am Reply

    • Aurora: Hello: Adding Alvarez Gomez Agua de Colonia Concentrada, very affordable, very good. It’s Spanish but available in many countries.. December 6, 2020 at 10:53am Reply

    • Peter: Hello Martin. I’ll add one more to Tourmaline’s extensive list: Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli. It’s very refreshing. You can look up Andy’s review on this website. I’m in the US, so I’m not sure about your Euro budget. The Atelier Cologne line is fairly reasonable. December 6, 2020 at 6:30pm Reply

    • John: Even though I seem to be rediscovering it as a daily winter fragrance, what about Guerlain Vetiver? I’m always delighted that something so refreshing and enduring can be purchased very inexpensively through online discounters.

      P.S. I get your point about Jaipur. I wear Habit Rouge in the summertime and it reminds me of horchata. December 7, 2020 at 1:03am Reply

    • Martin: Thank you all, great suggestions! December 8, 2020 at 4:46pm Reply

      • Tourmaline: You’re welcome! December 11, 2020 at 3:45am Reply

  • Helene: Hi everyone,
    Can’t find a fragrance I want to wear since my career has changed so despite the perfume lover I am, I am not wearing any and for months now. Miss having a scent signature. I am now a yoga teacher and I’d love to find something woody but not too smoky and still uplifting yet a little mysterious. Le Labo The Noir almost made it but too much smoke after 20 minutes. Love Serge Fille en aiguilles but reminds me of another chapter of my life. The transparent aldehydes beauty Byredo Blanche is my go to for years but would like something more “natural” to the nose. Any ideas ? Also, what would you like your yoga teacher to smell like ? Thank you so much. Light and Love from France. December 8, 2020 at 12:30pm Reply

    • Megan: Hello! I am not sure if you can get this easily in France, but Nurture by Abel is a wonderful, soft sandalwood scent. I am not a mother, but my husband bought it for me as a gift when I was going through a stressful time, and it’s just lovely. The description on their website seems like it would go well with a yoga teacher:
      “NURTURE is a soft, calming fragrance that reminds a mother to take care of herself while also taking care of her little one.” December 10, 2020 at 9:00am Reply

  • Wara: Hello everyone! I have not had the pleasure of smelling these wonderful products…but they made it to the NYT’s T magazine, and they had a great review for them. Thought I would share the information here for BDJ community. This perhume house is owned by a couple and was founded in 2002 in Ireland. Cloon Keen is the name of the company. They have perfumes and candles such as Noble Fir, Roisin Dubh, Casta^na eau de parfum. They are based in Dublin, but also have the original shop near Galway Bay. They stated that their hope for their perfume house was to bottle “the suppression and rebellion, romance and determination” of their homeland in scent form. December 9, 2020 at 2:38pm Reply

  • Joy Erickson: All of the above listed suggestions are so extensive and wonderful. It is a review of the last years! I have much reading and note taking to do with all the suggestions.
    Does anyone remember a fragrance from the early 80’s that had gold flakes in the bottom if the bottle? I recall the fragrance as a soft, woodsy scent. It is likely no longer made. I loved the soft coziness of that .fragrance.
    I am missing my trips through the department stores this Xmas to view the wonderful gift boxes on display and to experience that floats over the department. December 25, 2020 at 12:58pm Reply

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