Recommend Me a Perfume : April 2023

Our “Recommend Me a Perfume” thread is open this week. You can use this space to find perfume recommendations, to share your discoveries and favorite scents, and to ask any questions about scents, aromas and flavors. Or you can just tell us what perfume you are wearing!

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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  • Cassandra: I’m in the middle of revamping my wardrobe – really revamping, style consultations, color analysis, the works. In the middle of letting go of the same ill-fitting pieces that I’ve been hanging on to since my early twenties, I find myself turning to cinema stars of old to visualize what I want my style to achieve going forward. Monica Vitti, Marlene Dietrich, Lauren Bacall – even just the thought of them helps me put a little more effort into getting ready in the morning. Polished, a little glam, and undeniably cool.

    That said, what fragrances do you all put on when you want to channel your favorite actors, even just a little bit? Right now, I’m wearing Balenciaga L’essence paired with a simple cat eye, nude lipstick and black turtleneck. I rewatched L’avventura over the weekend and couldn’t help falling in love with Vitti all over again. She was such a surprising kind of beauty – sculptural but still warm and alluring. April 24, 2023 at 10:15am Reply

    • Allison C.: Hi, I love Monica Vitti! I’d go with Italian classics, the original Acqua di Parma, or Melograno by Santa Maria Novella. April 24, 2023 at 10:45am Reply

      • Cassandra: Ooh, I forgot that I have a mostly full bottle of Melograno somewhere. I’ll add it back to my rotation once summer arrives. April 24, 2023 at 11:04am Reply

    • Caroline: If you like chypres, Acqua di Parma’s Profumo suits those wardrobe choices. April 24, 2023 at 11:29am Reply

    • Alityke: I actually had to look Monica Vitti up. I can see who MIA Farrow based her look on. April 24, 2023 at 11:45am Reply

    • Aurora: Yes, I agree with Caroline AdP Profumo is a classic/modern chypre, very glamorous, perhaps a little difficult to find now as it is discontinued. Also, quite literal, Dior Dolce Vita makes me think of actresses. April 25, 2023 at 10:55am Reply

    • Diana: Hello Cassandra ( & all bois de jasmin scent fans.) I’m loving your question and your revamp goals; So inspiring – I’m a perfume novice and here’s my suggestion: Nishane Ambra Calabria a green warm alluring spicy fragrance that’s easy to wear and just unique enough to maybe satisfy your own style. Happy hunting & let us know what fragrance(s) you choose… Oh there is always the lovely enchanting Fracas! April 25, 2023 at 10:55am Reply

  • Judy: How interesting that you watched L’ avventura!
    Such beautiful style these women had, you have great taste for a young woman.
    I am 70 , so good taste is indeed timeless. April 24, 2023 at 10:33am Reply

  • Judy: How interesting that you watched L’ avventura!
    Such beautiful style these women had, you have great taste for a young woman.
    I am 70 , so good taste is indeed timeless. April 24, 2023 at 10:34am Reply

    • Cassandra: Thank you! My brother and I are huge movie lovers, we throw recommendations at each other weekly.

      I’m so grateful for your insight, too. Good style is indeed timeless, and I find 90% of it owes to a few very well-made pieces that one takes care of over the years. April 24, 2023 at 11:10am Reply

  • Noemi: These days I need to feel empowered, so I am using the luxurious Chanel N. 19. For me is *the* Chanel whose understated elegance keeps enemies at bay and gossipers quiet. April 24, 2023 at 10:38am Reply

    • John Luna: Noemi, I love this characterization! It makes me want me to pick up a bottle for my daughter, who already enjoys the Poudre edition and is about to move to The Big City (Vancouver, Canada). Do you have a preference as to which version? I’ve been meaning to sample the EDT (for myself) for some time. April 24, 2023 at 1:55pm Reply

      • Noemi: Hi John! I am afraid I have never tried the Poudre edition, so I cannot express an opinion about that one. I wish your daughter the best in Vancouver! April 24, 2023 at 6:30pm Reply

      • irem: I have worn all No. 19 versions. The EdT is my favorite for daily wear. It strikes a beautiful balance between green, rose, iris, and vetiver. I find the EdP heavier on the rose, more womanly, a tad old(er) fashioned. The EdT is more modern, or rather more timeless. The Parfum is too beautiful for words, heavenly, otherworldly. More emphasis on orris butter. It is like liquid art, I love putting a few drops on my wrist and smelling it all day. But it has little projection. Hope this helps. May 3, 2023 at 9:03pm Reply

    • Bettina: My empowering, difficult day perfume takes its inspiration from the ballet rather than movie divas – Penhaligon’s Iris Prima. I stand taller and feel ready for anything when wearing it.
      Now I will have to revisit Chanel No 19! April 24, 2023 at 6:26pm Reply

  • Muireann: Hi all, I am looking for something similar to Chanel No. 19 but with better performance. Much as I adore this scent, liberal application from my modern bottle is virtually undetectable in under an hour. What green scents do you like?

    Also, anything that resembles Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist would be excellent. I have Naomi Goodsir Iris Cendré, but it is muskier and more animalic that I’d like. Good irises in general are hard to find. Thanks! April 24, 2023 at 11:26am Reply

    • Merylam: Have you ever tried Hiris by Hermes? I am not the biggest Iris lover, but adore that one. Also equestrius by parfum d’empire, which is a very smooth and creamy iris with hints of leather April 24, 2023 at 12:24pm Reply

    • Giovanna: Will be following this thread holding my breath… I love love love Iris Silver Mist and am forever hunting for my “signature” iris. Loved Infusion d’Iris in its old formulation (the new one is so disappointing). Did you try Bois d’Iris (van Cleefs & Arpels) or Escentric Molecules Molecule 01+ Iris? April 24, 2023 at 12:42pm Reply

    • Emily: Have you tried Malle’s new Synthetic Jungle? A 21st C take on another 70s classic, Lauder’s Private Collection. Crisp & green & elegant, no fuss, no must. With contemporary staying power. Was pleasantly surprised last summer to discover that it was the most popular of my purse samples applied to people at parties. Now I have a proper decant & it’s a good go-to when i want to feel pulled together & energized.

      As for iris, I’m not sure anything else smells like Iris Silver Mist (which has become heartbreakingly elusive) but if you’re interested in another intensely weird but fascinating take on orris you might sample Slumberhouse’s Sibet. More ancient underground library than alien root goddess. But beautiful! April 24, 2023 at 12:46pm Reply

      • Emily: P.S. For a less weird, more refined iris, I adore Heeley’s Iris de Nuit & always excellent Dusita’s Splendiris. Both sheer but layered. April 24, 2023 at 2:48pm Reply

        • Fleurycat: Two new Iris fragrances I’ve enjoyed are Dreamers, by Moth and Rabbit an unusual, very nuanced Iris, and Gallivant’s Bukhara, which I expected to be too woody or masculine, but it is not. I can’t wait to purchase a full bottle. I think they are both worth trying if you like Iris. April 26, 2023 at 5:20am Reply

    • pfsh: I also enjoy ISM and one that I think does the same rooty iris is Irisss by Xerjoff. Hiris is popular too, but I find it much too cold and metallic for me.

      Have you tried vintage No. 19 parfum? That stuff lasts on me the whole day. They can be found easily online for reasonable prices 🙂 April 24, 2023 at 12:58pm Reply

    • Hamamelis: You could try Goutal’s Heure Exquise, sometimes called no 19’s softer sister. It lasts a long time. Similar to no 19 and Heure Exquise is Dusita Fleur de Lalita. No iris, but a beautiful green scent. April 24, 2023 at 1:31pm Reply

      • Aurora: Sorry Hamamelis, I hadn’t seen that you already recommended Heure Exquise, I purchased it thank to you in the first place, and wear it often in spring. April 25, 2023 at 12:02pm Reply

        • Hamamelis: No worries! I think Heure Exquise deserves two recommendations ;-). April 25, 2023 at 12:07pm Reply

    • Johaboha: I adore green scents from the past. I have recently discovered a very modern scent, pistil by miskeo parfum that delivers those unapologetic green and astringent notes (instantly reminded me of chamade) but feels more indie/contemporary, I guess thanks to a generous dose of what I think is sweet jasmine. The lasting power is OK. April 24, 2023 at 2:35pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Muireann, recently I spent the day in Annick Goutal Heure Exquise, an iris and other flowers perfume often compared to No 19, in EDP and I could smell it for 6h but I must admit that I also can smell No 19 EDT in it’s vintage version for a fair amount of time.

      Good luck in your iris quest. April 25, 2023 at 11:01am Reply

      • Aurora: Sorry, I hadn’t seen Hamamelis recommended Heure Exquise already. April 25, 2023 at 11:56am Reply

    • JulienFromDijon: Hi Muireann 🙂

      Did you try the extrait de parfum version of N°19?
      If you enjoy it better, you could then search for second-hand bottles, refills, tester bottler, big giant bottle, etc. on internet. The vintage extrait (and EDT) was more mild, the flowers mixed with the green parts to render a green house odor, also there was more buttery-ness in the orris. The white musk and vetiver of the basenotes were less harsh.

      Also, I would prefer the current EDT over the current EDP.
      So maybe it’s interesting to stack applications of the EDT. (Depending on the brand, the EDP is already aiming at being more powerful, at the cost of being less balanced. And balance is important when one want to amplify a sillage by applying more)

      IMHO, fabric fits better for real orris perfumes than skin.
      You also take the risk of blinding your nose by wearing the same perfume everyday. So maybe your N°19 bottle is fine.

      There is a lot of iris perfumes in the niche, but the price have increased.
      “Iris silver mist” is out of stock on Lutens website since years. 🙁
      Affordable iris : Divine has released “L’esprit libre”. It is akin to “Infusion d’iris” from Prada, but better, because the facet of orris butter are here. (hay, horse hair, …). “Heure exquise” from Goutal, as the other perfumelover said. Maybe old “Silence” by Jacomo. Vintage “Femme” extrait on the second-hand market (but it’s not green at all).

      Pricey iris : “La pausa” from Chanel
      Pricey iris, but not galbanum green : Fath ones ; “Condottiere” by Lubin ; the new Santa Maria Novella ones ; “Misia” from Chanel (more violet and glossy lipstick) ; “IV Heure exquise” is not iris centered, but make the best use of it. April 26, 2023 at 8:22am Reply

    • Muireann: Thank you to everyone who replied – I will be seeking out your recommendations that I have left to smell. To put forward another suggestion that may work for some of you: Parf d’Empire Le Cri de la Lumière is a sheer iris with rose April 26, 2023 at 8:31am Reply

    • Gulnihal: Hi, maybe you should try Prada-Infusion d’Iris, it is not truly green but has iris in it and it has also creamy texture but so fresh, so soapy clean. May 3, 2023 at 5:12am Reply

    • Caitlenn: Hi, Muireann. Like you, my favorite Iris perfumes are ones that have elegantly artistic voices.

      Here’s three you may want to explore. They are irises that don’t get a lot of publicity, but always draw out the best compliments:

      Iris Ukiyoé, the 9th Hermessence (my favorite for Spring and early Summer) delivers the cold, water-gorged texture of iris petals – not florist shop blooms – but the huge heraldic ones that grow turgid and limp near ponds. The iris whose copper, apricot and violet flesh fairly bursts with moistness under their crystal-dusted skin. Longevity is around 4 hours, but its mysterious trail makes one perpetually forgive Jean Claude Ellena for same.

      Shalini’s Iris Lumiere, composed by M. Roucel in 2020, reveals a new facet of iris, interrogating it with two intensely green questioners that yield up something entirely captivating. Before the iris can dissolve into its characteristic powder or earthy notes, an equal amount of never-strident galbanum arrives imparting an intense green crystallinity to encase the iris. A green muguet polishes away all rough edges, wrapping Iris Lumiere into its glittering, chilly, green crystal cocoon. An amazing accord that lasts and lasts.

      Last but not least is Il Sentiero Degli Dei by Roberto Dario for DFG 1924. Ida Meister’s review of this incredibly delicate, woody, iris captures it perfectly. Il Sentiero Degli Dei “sings so completely that it feels bespoke … like serenity bottled … the subtlety of it belies its longevity, such a delightful trait for a fragrance” … with a sillage that doesn’t assassinate. Instead it intimates and lingers for a long lovely time. May 5, 2023 at 5:55pm Reply

  • Amy: Which spring scents perform well in the UK’s still chilly climate? I recently tried Philosykos and La Premier Figuer, but these seem to wirk better in warmer temps (on my body anyway). I’d like to move away from my heavier amber-forward winter scents towards something more fresh, green, and/or fruity. Gosh even mineral. I’m at a loss. Any ideas? April 24, 2023 at 12:14pm Reply

    • pfsh: For a figgy creamy scent, I recently enjoyed Parisian Musc by Matiere Premiere. It has a green vegetal quality, combined with creamy fig (aaaaalmost coconutty but not quite) and comfy musk. It’s easy to smell on yourself too 🙂 April 24, 2023 at 1:00pm Reply

      • pfsh: forgot to add that I wore it during the colder early spring days where I am and it worked great thanks to the musk and creamy notes 🙂 April 24, 2023 at 1:10pm Reply

    • Kaisa: If you like sandalwood, you might want to try Neela Vermeire’s Ashoka. It has sandalwood and fig (and loads of other things, too). Works well in the mid seasons in my experience. April 24, 2023 at 2:34pm Reply

    • Alityke: I love Papillon Artisan Perfumes Dryad (green goddess), Sisley Eau de Campagne (tomato leaf green), Floris Madonna of the Almonds (almond blossom, apricot, incense), Penhaligon’s Ostara (narcissus, beeswax), YSL In Love Again (cassis leaf & liquer) 4160Tuesdays Tokyo Spring Blossom (blossom, tea & tart raspberry jam) & Jacomo Silences (green, green, green).
      I’m in Yorkshire & we’re still having night frosts April 24, 2023 at 2:36pm Reply

    • Cathy: Hello, If you have the opportunity, I’d suggest trying Hermes Eau de Mandarine Ambree. It’s still very cool here in the spring in Atlantic Canada, but definitely want a change from winter fragrances…I have found it’s a nice balance. It’s light and the mandarin is fresh, the base is not too warm April 24, 2023 at 7:35pm Reply

    • Sebastian: My BIG discovery in this spring season has been “Spring in Bome”, produced by Hima Jomo. The perfumer is Delphine Thierry. The weather here in Germany has been as disappointing as on your lovely isles. This will work well. Galbanum firecrackers exploding on a bed of serious vetiver with lovely florals and golden, warm reflections of resin, oily nard and soft moss. Highly recommended! April 25, 2023 at 7:28am Reply

      • Emily: Wow, well, you sold ME with that description. Ordering a sample immediately. April 25, 2023 at 1:16pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Amy, waving from the UK, Jo Loves Red Truffle 21 is a gourmand fig, creamy but with a fruity freshness, and for a citrus that holds up to cooler temps, Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier or even Mugler Innocent😀 April 25, 2023 at 11:07am Reply

    • JulienFromDijon: Hi Amy 🙂 Did you get the opportunity to smell “Ninfeo mio” from Goutal?

      It has a hidden fig axis, behind the galbanum, cedrat, mellifluous lavender (maybe the sevillan luisieri lavender), the petitgrain, the pistacchio lentiscus watter… I really like this one. April 26, 2023 at 8:31am Reply

    • Judith R: I love Olivia Giacobetti’s En Passant from Frederic Malle for spring when the lilacs are blooming. April 27, 2023 at 7:20pm Reply

    • rox: I recently needed a change from my usual heavier fragrances and I am loving the brand Carthusia, A’mmare would be my recommendation. I love their Mediterraneo, but it is very lemon forward and more for hot weather. I wore it yesterday at a temp of 80 degrees. The new Hermes Jardin la Cythere is quite different and lovely. April 30, 2023 at 12:51pm Reply

  • pfsh: I have unfortunately fallen in love with Shalimar Millesime Vanilla Planifolia. Long out of stock and limited edition, the secondhand market prices are higher than I am willing to pay.

    Is there another ambery vanilla that would scratch the same itch? I prefer this version of Shalimar which is light on the bergamot. April 24, 2023 at 1:09pm Reply

    • Alityke: I immediately thought YSL Cinéma, Hermes L’Ambre Des Merveilles & Dior Addict EdP.
      None are quite the same but as you say may scratch your amber/vanilla itch April 24, 2023 at 2:18pm Reply

      • pfsh: Thank you, friend. I shall give them a sniff sometime 🙂 April 24, 2023 at 2:20pm Reply

    • JulienFromDijon: Hi Pfsh 🙂 I would recommend a second-hand bottle of “Essences insensées 2019” from Diptyque.

      This 2019 version was centered on natural extract of vanilla and tiare, and some pink pepper. It can be found easily, new, for around 75€ for 100ml instead of 190€ initially. (It flopped because it was faint for its price).

      But it will lack of the faint orange-ey smell of “Millésime vanilla Planifolia”. (That reminded me of the tropezian pie, “tarte tropézienne”). April 26, 2023 at 8:01am Reply

      • pfsh: Hi Julien, thank you so much for the recommendation! I am curious and will look into it.

        I know what you mean about the faint orange-y smell of MVP, it is such a delicious but not cloying fragrance. Tropezian pie looks amazing, I have never tried it but I am happy to know about it 🙂 April 26, 2023 at 10:59am Reply

  • Lauren: Hi all! I’m a huge fan of warm, soft scents but I always have a hard time transitioning into the warmer weather. I’m a huge fan of Liquide Imaginaires Blanche Bete and BDK Gris Charnel. I love slightly creamy, not too sweet fragrances. Would love to hear your suggestions! April 24, 2023 at 3:01pm Reply

    • pfsh: Hi Lauren! I recommended this to someone else but I think it might also fit your quest for a creamy summer fragrance. It is Matiere Premiere’s Parisian Musc. The creaminess is by way of fig and has a delicious vegetal quality that makes it fresh enough for warmer days. April 25, 2023 at 1:35pm Reply

    • Kimberly: Hi Lauren, If you like Chanel No.5 at all, No. 5 Eau Premiere is a beautiful transitional fragrance. The aldehydes have been dialed back some in Eau Premier which allows the florals to shine through. It has creamy sandalwood and vanilla in the base that add some warmth. It is my favorite of the No. 5 flankers. I have No. 5 EDP & EDT and think Eau Premiere is best for the spring. Also I just recently bought a bottle of Gucci Guilty Eau De Parfume Intense For Femme. It really will wear better in the fall but I can’t stop wearing on the cooler days of April because I just love it. April 26, 2023 at 9:04am Reply

    • Figuier: If you like white florals you could try Amouage Love Tuberose – probably too much in seriously hot weather but nice for spring. It’s got a ‘whipped cream’ note alongside the tuberose and is very very pretty. Alternatively, for something fresher you could try Heeley L’Amandiere, which is green and not so creamy but has a vegetal non-sweet almond musk that reads as milky sap. I’d also second the suggestion of Parisian Musk, which again has a slightly fig-milk musk. April 27, 2023 at 9:02am Reply

      • pfsh: Oh thanks for mentioning the Heeley, it sounds way up my alley! How does it compare to Parisian Musc in your opinion? Is the almond prominent? May 1, 2023 at 1:56pm Reply

  • Evelyn Ahmad: Hi Lauren! On Spring days that are low in humidity, a light spritz of Chanel No. 5 is lovely – especially the dry-down. Additionally, Hermes Equipage Geranium offers a gorgeous light skin scent at dry-down. Just a hint of sandalwood, spice and mint hold close to the skin. A truly lovely scent. April 24, 2023 at 8:51pm Reply

  • Josey: Can anyone recommend a perfume that smells like the sadly discontinued Bulgari Black? I loved that vanilla-leather! April 24, 2023 at 9:04pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Josey: There is one but it got discontinued soon after Burberry Black so not so useful unless you come across it, it’s VC&A Midnight in Paris, it is less striking than BB but perhaps more elegant. April 25, 2023 at 12:18pm Reply

    • Bexca: Gap’s reissue of OM reminds me of Bulgari Black. Might be worth a try. April 25, 2023 at 9:15pm Reply

  • Sunny: I really thought Allure Home Edition Blanche was going to be the one! I have been searching for a lemon forward scent, with some spice and maybe some vanilla in the drydown to soften the initial harshness of the citrus. I finally sampled it yesterday but there was something in AHEB my skin just didn’t like. I think the cedar?
    I have tried Acqua di Parma, Aqua Allegoria line, 4711, Hermes, Acqua Viva by Profumum Roma, A Girl in Capri, and none of them are quite right.
    Please, does anyone have lemon or grapefruit suggestions? Thank you so much in advance! April 25, 2023 at 4:42am Reply

    • Caroline: Two affordable options: Fresh Lemon Sugar by the company Fresh, and C.O. Bigelow’s Lemon Eau de Parfum, currently out of stock on their site, but they do have a “notify me” option.
      They’re both good. April 25, 2023 at 10:03am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Sunny: Your request makes me think of Profumum RomaDulcis in Fondo, it is fairly sweet though and it’s rather pricey, also Prada l’Eau Ambrée – more affordable – has beautiful citrus with a little bit of patchouli and vanilla in the drydown but may be a little difficult to find. For grapefruit Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune is a classic but can be a bit difficult on some skins, Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil has a beautiful grapefruit with mango at the top but you have to like incense. April 25, 2023 at 11:39am Reply

    • pfsh: The new Hermes Jardin a Cythere has a great sweet lemon opening and a nutty drydown. Maybe worth trying? April 25, 2023 at 1:33pm Reply

      • rox: I love Jardin a Cythere!! I bought the large size bottle at first sniff. Usually I test for a good week before deciding. It was my first Hermes fragrance, then I bought the Jardin Mediterranean the very next week which was also a love for me. April 30, 2023 at 12:54pm Reply

        • pfsh: Yes!! It’s quite enjoyable and easy to wear. I haven’t smelled Mediteranee in a while, thanks for reminding me of it now that summer is coming by.

          Enjoy your large bottle! May 1, 2023 at 1:58pm Reply

  • Marty Marshman: Hi
    Am new to the fragrance world and have spent a bit of time recently trying some decants to see what I like.
    I have purchased full bottles of Dior Homme, DHI, Bleu de Chanel and Yatagan by Caron.
    I do think i like the woody “oriental” profiles best notwithstanding what I have purchased above.
    I have tried Musc Ravageur which grew on me over time. Intriguing.
    I tried Terre de Hermes. Not sure. The orange is intense but crowded out most of everything else.
    3rd man by Caron was nice and innoffensive.
    I did enjoy the scent profile of Jo Malone’s Oud and Bergamot but it faded very quickly.
    I did enjoy Aventus and Green Irish Teed.
    I have Oud Wood by TF, Oud Istaphan by Dior and Chergui by Serge Lutens to try.
    cheers
    Marty M April 25, 2023 at 6:29am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Marty, I like Caron Pour Un Homme much more than Troisième Homme, the vanilla makes it a little bit oriental and the lavender floral fresh. Have you explored Guerlain? Habit Rouge is an oriental, try both edt and edp, Heritage is also very elegant as is Vetiver, or if that’s too old school for you there is L’Instant pour Homme with chocolate or l’Homme Ideal and all its flankers, with almond. April 25, 2023 at 11:50am Reply

      • Marty Marshman: Thankyou very much for those recommendations. I will try those that you have mentioned. I have heard that Opium by YSL is one I should also try?,

        cheers

        Marty M April 25, 2023 at 6:05pm Reply

        • Aurora: Thank you for your answer Marty, yes, by any means try Opium pour Homme, another classic, the only thing is I think it’s discontinued. April 26, 2023 at 2:26pm Reply

    • Martin: Hi Marty. You seem to like all the same old fashioned stuff I like. I second Pour un Homme de Caron, just great. April 25, 2023 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Marty Marshman: Thankyou. Yes I will give that a try too. Yatagan was the first one that made me sit up and take notice. Someone also gave me Sospiro Erba Leather to try too,

    thanks

    Marty M April 25, 2023 at 6:08pm Reply

  • Natalie: I am having a moment with green perfumes. I got two recently which were created by perfumer Ann Flipo. One is Jo Malone Melancholy Thistle part of a Scottish Highland collection which has ivy notes they used headspace technology to make and I am enjoying it. I also ordered and still waiting to receive Frédéric Malle Synthetic Jungle which is a rare blind buy, but when I learned it was inspired by 1970’s green perfumes like Private Collection and No 19 I got it because it sounds perfect for me. I’ve tried Jicky, Emeraude, and Vent Vert as well as the others I just mentioned. While I appreciate classic perfumes I actually prefer to wear more modern smelling perfumes. If anyone knows of other perfumers or houses that are making green perfumes I’d love to hear suggestions. April 26, 2023 at 11:45am Reply

    • Sebastian: If you want to go absolutely crazy over-the-top green (with lily to boot, and earthy notes), Beaufort’s Fathom V must be your choice. I love it. There’s nothing greener and wilder, nor more modern. Fathom V manages to be brutal, cold, grandiose, melancholy and beautiful all at the same time.

      (I have a feeling I must have mentioned this before. I mention it every time someone says there’s no limit to the greenness they can stomach. Let’s see. Oh yes: September 2022 and January this year. I used a couple of other adjectives, but it all amounts to the same thing.) April 26, 2023 at 5:53pm Reply

      • Natalie: Thank you, I will seek that out. I like over the top green too. I got my Synthetic Jungle and it is like green on steroids and I love it. April 29, 2023 at 2:42pm Reply

    • Heather: Go to wikiparfums and look up Chanel 19 under fragrances, and then they will list a bunch of fragrances like Chanel 19. A few that comes to mind is Ramon Mongal Pure Mariposa, Puredistance Antonia, and Goutal Heure Exquise. Nothing like the quality of Chanel’s ingredients though Jasmine from Grasse and Rose de Mai, so Chanel’s 19 is my go to. April 26, 2023 at 9:33pm Reply

      • Natalie: I have to try wikiparfums. Thank you for the suggestions! I had No 19 in the parfum concentration before and it was great. The EDT doesn’t smell the same anymore to me. April 29, 2023 at 2:46pm Reply

    • Figuier: I lpve green perfumes and will def check out that Jo Malone. Have you tried the 2019 version of Cabochard? Bottles of both edt and edp can be bought for £16 or so online, I have the edt and it’s a fab green leather fragrance in the vein of Private Collection, Bandit etc., just a little smoothed out for modern tastes. I also love Ninfeo Mio (mentioned above), and it’s got an incredible green note of lemon with box leaf followed by a very green fig leaf. Amazing in warm weather. April 27, 2023 at 9:07am Reply

      • Figuier: Also Dusita’s le Silllage Blanc is a modern take on the Bandit/PC/Vent Vert genre, and Silence the Sea is a marine green that I find lovely. April 27, 2023 at 9:11am Reply

      • Natalie: Thank you for the suggestions. I haven’t tried Cabochard and I’ll look for it. Your other suggestions sound interesting to me too. The Jo Malone one has that ivy note I really like, but it is more of a quiet natural smelling perfume. Diptyque Eau de Lierre is also has a good ivy note, but there’s something about the JM I prefer. I got my Synthetic Jungle and it is over the top green from the top notes all the way to the dry down and I’m loving it. April 29, 2023 at 2:55pm Reply

  • Ewan: Aventure – Frau Tonis Parfum has an interesting fragrance April 27, 2023 at 1:32am Reply

  • Tatiana: Good time of the day,
    I really loved Le Labo Dubai Exclusive Cuir 28…I would like to find something that is close to it but at a lesser price point. I have and love vintage Caleche, Vintage Femme, Cuir de Lancôme … my ideal fragrance would be vintage Cuir de Russie by Chanel if I could find it at agreeable price…I love the scent of Russian Leather ( birch tar ) and love the smell of creosote at the Metro Stations and rail way tracks…if You may have any fitting suggestions for me I would be ever so grateful!…. April 28, 2023 at 12:41pm Reply

    • Victoria: Hi. I’m looking for a clean (no hint of animal, but also not green) floral. I like candy-ish violet (the initial scent of Chanel’s Misia, Lipstick Rose) or pure rose. Used to love Portait of a Lady (but winter only). Chanel’s Gardenia is nice, but not quite. Serge Luten’s Vierge de Fer and Nuits de Cellophane both almost what I’d love. A la nuit gets too heady. Any suggestions? Thank you! April 28, 2023 at 5:59pm Reply

      • Aurora: Hi Victoria: For violet there is also Guerlain Insolence in EDT and EDP, they are slightly different from each other but they are both sweet violet scents, for rose there is Diptyque Eau Rose EDT and EDP, the EDT is a light rose with a little bit of fruit, I haven’t tried the edp which is new, I also like very much Jurlique Essence de Rose for a pure rose, it comes as a rollerball and contains lots of natural rose, there is also Goutal Rose Absolue which might be worth a shot, I tested it but don’t remember it very well, I think Victoria reviewed it. April 30, 2023 at 3:09am Reply

        • Victoria: Thank you! I’m going to have to smell the Guerlain ones! April 30, 2023 at 1:36pm Reply

      • rox: I love violet notes and Misia is on my wish list (sadly the price increased again). Favorite violets from my collection are Goutal’s La Violette and Aimez Moi by Caron. For rose for spring/summer my pick is Santa Maria Novella Rosa Novella. April 30, 2023 at 12:59pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Tatiana: Yes, I find LeLabo too expensive too. I have a recommendation to try Molton Brown Russian Leather, try both the EDT and EDP, you might like it if you also like pine, and it’s not expensive but doesn’t smell cheap, I have Rosa Absolute EDT which I adore. April 29, 2023 at 4:51pm Reply

      • Tatiana: Thank You, Aurora, I will absolutely sample Your recommendations😊 May 1, 2023 at 1:20pm Reply

    • Cybele: Hi Tatiana, have you tried Rien by Etat Libre d’Orange? (I mean the original Rien, not the intense version). It is an extremely well-blended – in the classical French manner – high-quality leather but less floral/more unisex than Cuir de Russie. April 30, 2023 at 1:57am Reply

    • Cybele: Hi Tatiana, try ELDO Rien! (I wrote a comment before that got lost somehow) April 30, 2023 at 2:39am Reply

      • Tatiana: Thank You So Much, Cybelle…will give Rien a try… Really appreciate all of the comments… ✨ May 1, 2023 at 1:22pm Reply

  • Gulnihal Tuzun: Good morning all,
    I have been using Prada Infusion d’Iris and Hugo Boss The Scent for Her EDP lately.
    I have been trying to decide Chanel Chance EDT, Chanel Chance Eau Tendre EDT/EDP or the Dior Addict EDT but could not decide as the last one’s longevity was quite weak for me! Any recommendations above these three or some new fragrances that you could suggest me that performs nice and smells fresh, clean but also feminen for the upcomign spring/summer months! Many thanks. May 3, 2023 at 5:01am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi: There is also a Dior Addict Eau de parfum for you to try, like you I’ve always liked Eau Tendre, also try Chanel Eau Première and maybe Dior Absolutely Blooming and l’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux papillons is very pretty too imo. May 4, 2023 at 3:15pm Reply

  • irem: I have worn all No. 19 versions. The EdT is my favorite for daily wear. It strikes a beautiful balance between green, rose, iris, and vetiver. I find the EdP heavier on the rose, more womanly, a tad old(er) fashioned. The EdT is more modern, or rather more timeless. The Parfum is too beautiful for words, heavenly, otherworldly. More emphasis on orris butter. It is like liquid art, I love putting a few drops on my wrist and smelling it all day. But it has little projection. Hope this helps. May 3, 2023 at 9:07pm Reply

    • irem: Sorry for double posting. This was not intended for the main thread. But ended up being posted here. May 3, 2023 at 9:08pm Reply

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