Recommend Me a Perfume : June 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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  • OnWingsofSaffron: Un Jardin à Cythère by Hermès: grass, olive wood and raw wild pistachio. I‘m interested in what you think about it, because what I do smell is something slightly porridgy, something olive-y. Unfortunately, I smell no pistachio!
    I am not quite sure whether I really like it, but I find it interesting. June 26, 2023 at 10:22am Reply

    • Amalia: I don’t smell Pistachio either. Although, I expected from a perfume inspired by Cythère -Kythira, to have aroma of Sempreviva (Helichrysum stoechas) flower, a small amaranth flower that looks dried and retains its color for many years without any water. It is abundant and characteristic of the island. The island of Aegina, is the place which has the more fragrant, tasty, most famous Pistachios and they are considered as exceptional quality. Today, I’m wearing Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess edp. Beautiful fragrance, but, although it has prevailed as a summer fragrance, I find it heavy in the heat. June 26, 2023 at 11:58am Reply

      • OnWingsofSaffron: Is Helichrysum the Immortelle plant, as used in Goutal‘s Sable? Well, that would be quite a powerful scent: both curry & caramel! June 26, 2023 at 2:54pm Reply

        • OnWingsofSaffron: Oh and this one: Naomi Goodsir Nuit de Bakélite June 28, 2023 at 3:39am Reply

          • OnWingsofSaffron: Sorry, the comment slipped into the wrong slot! June 28, 2023 at 7:07am Reply

    • Annie Oney: I usually fall in love with high end things like Chanel #19, or Chanel Sycamore. But this summer I’ve been bitten by the pistachio bug, and of all things, have fallen for Huda Beauty Kayali Yum-Pistachio Gelelato 33. It’s very food-y, but somehow perfect for the heat and humidity. You could try a sample of it, as think the pistachio blends in comfortably. Good luck. June 26, 2023 at 1:16pm Reply

      • OnWingsofSaffron: Truth be told, I would have bought a small bottle, had I found it! I had not. Then there seems to be another pistache: DS&Durga Pistachio! Haven‘t stumbled across that one either! June 26, 2023 at 2:58pm Reply

    • Johaboha: I do get pistachio, but not in a desert kind of way in which I’m more used to encountering it! It’s like pistachio mixed with the typical “smell” of unscented cold cream plus beautiful citrus and woodsy notes. I like it a lot and have used it on my trip to Japan and somehow associate it now more with sitting on tatami mats in a teahouse in a japanese garden with dry grass than with a Greek island 🙂 it works beautifully after showering with unparfumed savon de marseille, brings out the olive note! June 26, 2023 at 4:27pm Reply

      • OnWingsofSaffron: That sounds quite enticing! Thanks for sharing! June 27, 2023 at 12:13pm Reply

    • Sunny: Unfortunately I hated it. The initial spray was gorgeous, but once it settled on my skin, it developed what I could only characterise as a popcorn-y note that I just couldn’t shake.
      This Jardin seems to be very dependent on individual body chemistry! June 27, 2023 at 5:01pm Reply

      • OnWingsofSaffron: Your popcorn-y seems to be my porridge-y! I guess this is supposed to be the „blond grass“ advertised. I kind of like it as it has an innovative quality on the other hand It is a bit strange. June 28, 2023 at 3:16am Reply

    • Roxann: I love my Jardin Cythere. I get pistachio, but not much. I didn’t want a dessert type pistachio. I just sampled Sisley Revee d’Ikar and it has pistachio note. Similar to Cythere. The opening comes on strong, but the dry down is nice. June 27, 2023 at 8:26pm Reply

      • OnWingsofSaffron: I think I personally would have enjoyed a nuttier, greener scent. Too much porridge / wheat bran for me. Yet I have tried UJdC a couple of times and I remain intrigued. June 28, 2023 at 3:22am Reply

  • Marilee Griffin: Hello Victoria, I’m asking for a perfume recommendation. There are some that I like, for example today I’m wearing Ani by Nishane.
    I also recently discovered Imaginary Authors and like Cape Heartache. I enjoy gourmand perfumes but actually prefer niche perfumes, and ones not too common. I like woodsy, green, some patchouli, also like a few aquatic if they’re done well. I like fig scents, for example Philosykous by Diptyque and vanilla, example Guerlain Spirituesse Vanille. Only have a small sample. I also enjoy Serge Lutens Musc Ravageur but not POAL. Dislike YSL Libre Intense and also cheap smelling bathroom colognes/scents. I like foresty-type cypress and spruce if it’s done right. Also like Rollong in Love by Killian and Replica by the Fireplace
    I also don’t like mainstream very popular scents as they all seem to have the same scent(s). June 26, 2023 at 11:15am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Marilee: I find Goutal Nuit Etoilée, an evergreen perfume, very cooling in summer and festive in winter, perhaps you would like it. There used to be a choice between EDT and EDP but it seems it is now only EDP. June 26, 2023 at 3:30pm Reply

      • Marilee Griffin: Thank you Aurora, Annick Goutal Nuit Etoille was one of the perfumes recommended to me by someone so will definitely pursue this one. June 27, 2023 at 7:25am Reply

    • ninuchka: The woods by Comme Des Garcons (Hinoki, Sugi, et al) and Profumum Arso are worth sampling. June 28, 2023 at 2:18am Reply

  • joan ramirez: I adore vanilla but also love a touch of spice. Joan ramirez June 26, 2023 at 12:15pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Are you looking for recommendations? If so, I thought of a few: Voyage 2019 by Hiram Green, Sushi Imperiale by Bois 1920, and Opium Eau de Ete, which I believe is discontinued but not too hard to find. June 29, 2023 at 10:08am Reply

  • Aly: Hello, Victoria and lovely readers.
    Is anyone familiar with the wonderful ‘Scent’ by Theo Fennell? It’s now discontinued. It’s a wonderful, rich, complicated fragrance but I’m afraid it has too much ‘skank’ for me to wear daily. I’m keen to find a similar rich fragrance without the skank… any ideas? It has saffron, Lily, rose and orchid top notes; caraway, jasmine, cinnamon and orange blossom middle notes; and patchouli, Tonka, landanum, benzoin and sandalwood base notes. I have tried and love Arpege, it has the same kind of richness… any more ideas? June 26, 2023 at 12:25pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Aly: Alas, I could never get passed the caraway note in Theo Fennell The Scent but I admire it. Amber perfumes give me an impression of richness, perhaps you would feel the same, Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan for example, but it’s also herbal so you have to like bay leaf and one of the most opulent perfumes I own is vintage Bal à Versailles, like The Scent it is animalic but isn’t ‘sweaty’ if that makes sense. June 26, 2023 at 3:43pm Reply

      • Aly: Thank you Aurora! June 26, 2023 at 4:02pm Reply

  • April: Marilee, Sonoma scent studio inCalifornia- Laurie Erickson perfumer does a lovely,interesting fig. Fig tree. I’m a fan of many of her scents. Unusual,well composed-often woody. I receive many compliments on these.
    I’ve checked today believe the site is on hiatus until after July4. June 26, 2023 at 2:22pm Reply

  • April: Marilee, Sonoma scent studio inCalifornia- Laurie Erickson perfumer does a lovely,interesting fig. Fig tree. I’m a fan of many of her scents. Unusual,well composed-often woody. I receive many compliments on these.
    I’ve checked today believe the site is on hiatus until after July4. June 26, 2023 at 2:22pm Reply

  • shiva-woman: I’ve been searching for a few years actually for a perfume that smells like “Jasmine Tea.” I have tried many of the usual suspects.

    But first: I am not really a fan of Jasmine. I like it in small doses here and there, but I’m not much into florals generally, and “White” or “Yellow” flowers are usually not my thing. I have Jasmine perfumes, smelled them, etc., and that’s not the ticket. On the other hand, I’m looking for a “tea” that is that classic “eating dim sum” and then steeping the “Jasmine tea” during the meal experience.

    The Problem: When one goes on this search (and I have for years), the tea perfumes are usually adulterated with: Mint (no), lemon/bergamot/lime (no), “green aspects” (no), “fresh aspects” (no), or “vetiver” (big no), or aquatic calone (no), and various spices. I’m not super into black etc. tea scents (I have a few) in general, but this jasmine tea is the one thing I’ve been craving.

    I’m looking for the purest essence of a Jasmine TEA without any other aspects including spicy notes, etc.–just that soft woody, dusty, mildly floral, faintly indolic steeping tea smell, possibly with rice or sandalwood undertones, but no Citrus! No Mint or Cucumber, etc.

    I’ve tried Bvlgari, Elizabeth Arden, a few other green teas, and I think a discontinued by Tom Ford. The “closest” approximation yet, is House of Matriarch “Trillium”–still not quite there, but closer. I have sourced Fragrantica as well as Surrender to Chance. Any suggestions? Thank you so much in advance! June 26, 2023 at 4:09pm Reply

    • Sebastian: I’m a bit at a loss, as Trillium does not have Jasmine in its note list. But anyway, perhaps “Tea Service” by Chasing Scents would be worth a try. I have not smelled it myself, but it is supposed to smell like tea that has been steeping for some time. It also has fruity notes and musk, seems to be fluffy rather than dusty, but still it has none of your “no go notes” (at least from what I read) and might be a good approximation. June 26, 2023 at 7:07pm Reply

      • Shivawoman: Thank you! I’m going to have a look at that one. Never heard of it. Trillium does not have jasmine. But it does have as Christi says a “floral fantasy” that has a whisper of jasmine. HOM T is not what I’m after either. I like that perfume very much on its own. I guess it’s just closer to the prospect. I will check out Tea Service! June 26, 2023 at 7:18pm Reply

      • Shivawoman: Update: Three samples from Chasing Scents are winging their way to me from LA’s Lucky Scents! Can’t wait. June 26, 2023 at 7:29pm Reply

        • Marty Marshman: Chasing Scents are brilliant. I sampled the range and she is creating the best Tea fragrances out there. In her weeping rose she has somehow managed to capture the whole of the rose in the scent. It’s not fresh like Rose De Jamal but is done very well. Tea Service has a photorealistic combo of Jamine Tea and Oolong. She makes her own extracts and it shows,
          cheers
          Marty
          PS If anyone likes Lavender I just purchased Mem by Bogue and for me it ends the conversation on Lavender. Hard to imagine any better. June 26, 2023 at 7:59pm Reply

          • Sebastian: @Marty I live in Germany. I cannot count the times I have felt disappointed at not having access to those many apparently wonderful artisanal perfumes being made in America!

            And I wholeheartedly agree with your remark on MEM. That’s it. June 27, 2023 at 2:29am Reply

            • OnWingsofSaffron: I can only underline the disappointment which Sebastian voiced, and for myself I may add a slight annoyance too! Shipping a perfume from the US to the European Union is by no means an undertaking. The import/export figures p.a. between the two is in the billions. French champagne, German cars, Italian clothes: they aren’t smuggled as contraband into the resp. regional entities…! June 27, 2023 at 2:13pm Reply

            • Cris: Maybe you can order from Amazon.com? I order from Amazon.de fairly regularly. The shipping is reasonable. June 27, 2023 at 9:48pm Reply

          • Shivawoman: I’m also a lavender lover so off to check that out too! June 27, 2023 at 10:29am Reply

        • Sebastian: @shivawoman Have you received the samples? I’d be curious to hear your evaluation. July 2, 2023 at 4:20am Reply

    • KatieAnn: I wonder if you would enjoy Fair Verona by Strange Invisible Perfumes. It’s lovely. Samples are available on their site. June 27, 2023 at 6:44pm Reply

      • Shivawoman: I just read several reviews of this, one quite excellent review by Elena on Fragrantica. The scent does not sound like the tea aspect, but the perfume sounds lovely and sensual on its own, and I’m a fan of natural perfumes. This is a line I have not tried, so will look into it. June 27, 2023 at 10:35pm Reply

    • Nina Z: The Pour Un Ete by L’Artisan Parfumeur sounds exactly like what you are looking for and Imperial Tea by Killian might also work. One thing that is generally a problem with tea fragrances is that it is very difficult to capture a tea note in perfume and they rarely smell like tea to me so that’s something to take into consideration. The only fragrance that actually smells like tea to me is Russian Caravan by CB I Hate Perfume, but that smells more like Earl Grey tea. June 28, 2023 at 9:36am Reply

      • ninuchka: ITA with these recs. June 28, 2023 at 11:10am Reply

    • Maggiecat: You might try Fragonard’s Jasmine Perles du The. I find it a very true jasmine tea scent. June 28, 2023 at 11:40pm Reply

  • lynn marie pelletier: Are there any inexpensive scents which scent lovers could recommend ?

    Does a scent have to be expensive to be wonderful ? June 27, 2023 at 9:00pm Reply

    • Alityke: Elizabeth Arden Green Tea & all it’s flankers are cheap & beautiful. Available at most discounters too.
      Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely is beautiful. I’m on my third 100ml bottle! Also check out her NYC & NYC Crush for summeriness. Her Stash is now d/ced but still available if you search around.
      JLo & Britney Spears ranges have something for everyone.
      Also check out old classics like current Rochas Femme, Arpege, Jovan White Musk & the 2019 version of Cabochard in the chunky square bottle. Again all available from online discounters.
      Getting samples of them is more difficult though if you’re not familiar with them already June 28, 2023 at 2:57am Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: I‘m not so sure which sum can be judged as inexpensive? Is € 78 for 50 ml expensive? If not, then I like these two fun yet substantial scents by Honoré de Près: Love Coconut and Love les Carottes. I find the latter quite delicious: oranges, carrot seeds, iris. June 29, 2023 at 3:25pm Reply

    • Sebastian: Absolutely not. To add to the list, for example all three perfumes by Jean Louis Scherrer (Jean Louis Scherrer, Scherrer 2, and One Love) are excellent and inexpensive. I’d put the first two on the same level as classics like Arpege, while One Love is a bit more harmless and smooth.

      Zara has some nice inexpensive scents. In the summer, I love their refreshing Vetiver Pamplemousse.

      And Narciso Rodriguez For Her is also a really good scent. It’s not a cheapie, but at 70 € / 100 ml it’s also not horribly expensive.

      Just trust your nose. Of course, an inexpensive scent cannot contain expensive materials, but that doesn’t mean they cannot smell wonderful. June 30, 2023 at 5:47pm Reply

      • Sebastian: Forgot to mention Lalique Encre Noir. Immensely popular, very good when you are looking for something green and earthy. Goes for € 25 / 100 ml. Less earthy, very nice Vetiver scent that always works and extremely cheap at less than 10 € / 100 ml: Vetyver Uomo by Malizia (works for both sexes). One of favorite fougères is something my father used to wear: Tabac Original, lowest shelf in the drugstore. Really he list is endless. I have heard good things about Cacharel Loulou and Ferrari Bright Neroli. Even Nigritella Orchid at the Body Shop, although it starts somewhat sharp, is not bad, a bit like Hypnotic Poison, white flowers, spices, vanilla. You haven’t said what kind of smell you like, but if price is the only criterion, there really is a lot to try. July 1, 2023 at 3:31am Reply

    • Shivawoman: Solstice Scents is an American Florida-based woman- owned brand that is OUTSTANDING in every way. Angel St John has quite the international fan base and deservedly so. While she does sell alcohol-based perfumes, she has perfume oils–excellent and under 20.00 US. She is very worth checking out. She is #1 in incense scents (plural), and #1 gourmand, but also does her own Gardenia enflurage and and has a floral or green or citrus to every taste. Much of the perfume has a heavy base of naturals with a few synths on occasion to carry scent forward and last. Her customer service is excellent. She is up there with Andy Tauer and H Green, Bianchi, etc Euro based Indie perfumers. Wide selection. Has 4 “Releases” a year, but sells year long. July 2, 2023 at 4:35pm Reply

  • ninuchka: Hello,
    I’m so happy to see this feature this month. I’m looking for deep or complex white florals without sugary or “suntan lotion” notes. I love Moon Bloom, Dilettante, and the original formulation of Opardu. Galbanum and civet are among my favorite notes, so I’m open to structured or “challenging” treatments. TIA! June 28, 2023 at 2:14am Reply

    • Alityke: Have you tried Serge Lutens Sarrasins? A rich Jasmine & leather. It’s only available in the bell jar line though.
      For a cheap thrill Elizabeth Taylor’s line are all based around complex big white florals done in the 80’s style.
      If you can find it Guerlain’s discontinued Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia is a huge lily/ylang mash up that literally changes with the weather. Always fabulous though.
      Another do try is Connock Kikui sort of tropical but not sun lotion to my nose.
      Have you tried Kai by Kai? Not overly complex but a “happy” white floral June 28, 2023 at 3:15am Reply

      • Nina Z: I do love Lys Soleia and agree that Kai is very nice as well. Another lily could be Un Lys from Serge Lutens.

        Personally I wear California Reverie by Van Cleef and Arpels, which is a citrusy jasmine. Victoria has a good review of that one. June 28, 2023 at 10:02am Reply

        • ninuchka: I liked Un Lys, but am still searching for a truly complex or dirty lily. California Reverie is beautiful and reminds me of my childhood in Southern CA. June 28, 2023 at 11:07am Reply

          • OnWingsofSaffron: Perhaps more complex than dirty: Passage d‘enfer by L‘arisan parfumeur (incense and lily). Big lily: Lys méditerranée by Frédéric Malle. June 28, 2023 at 11:15am Reply

            • ninuchka: I wish Passage d’Enfer were deeper. I do love Lys Mediterranee. June 28, 2023 at 6:37pm Reply

              • Aurora: Hi Ninuchka, there is a Passage d’Enfer Extreme too. June 28, 2023 at 6:49pm Reply

                • ninuchka: I forgot about that–I will check it out! June 29, 2023 at 1:32pm Reply

      • ninuchka: Thank you so much. I have tried Sarrasins (and Tubereuse Criminelle) and they are both “polite” on me and not particularly big or indolic. I also know Kai, but find it too linear–Fueguia 1833 Amalia is my favorite straightforward white floral soliflore. I will look for the Guerlain for sure and I have never tried any of the Elizabeth Taylor scents. Thanks again. June 28, 2023 at 11:01am Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: Serge Lutens Fleurs d‘oranger.
      Piguet Fracas.
      Grandiflor Madagascan Jasmin. June 28, 2023 at 3:35am Reply

      • OnWingsofSaffron: And this one too: Naomi Goodsir Nuit de Bakélite. June 28, 2023 at 3:40am Reply

        • ninuchka: Thank you, I do like Fleurs d’Oranger and enjoyed testing Nuit de Bakelite. I will look for the others–it’s ridiculous that I don’t know Fracas. June 28, 2023 at 11:05am Reply

    • Nina Z: Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle for an outstanding tuberose. Tubereuse Criminelle by Serge Lutens for a crazy over the top tuberose. Wish I knew of a good gardenia, it I don’t.

      Does jasmine count as a white flower perfume? Because I have recommendations for that. June 28, 2023 at 9:48am Reply

      • ninuchka: Thank you, I do like Carnal Flower, especially the more jasmine-forward hair mist. As I mentioned above, Tubereuse Criminelle is surprisingly quiet on me. I also am always on the search for gardenia–I like Lady Day, but it’s very quiet.

        Yes, jasmine is a white floral. I’d love to see your list! June 28, 2023 at 11:03am Reply

        • Sebastian: Savage Jasmin by Sana Jardin is what it says. It’s pretty much a soliflore, though, and not very complex.

          As for complex Tuberose, when you have Moon Bloom, you have one of the best. (By the way, I smell more Jasmine than Tuberose in that one.) For a challenging treatment of Tuberose, if ever you come across discontinued XPEC Original, try it. It smells of love on the wrong day of the month, with a bunch of wilted flowers and overripe fruit somewhere nearby. Demonstrative but absolutely irresistible. The dry-down is to die for. June 29, 2023 at 3:33am Reply

          • ninuchka: These are fantastic recs, thank you so much. June 29, 2023 at 1:37pm Reply

        • Nina Z: You and I see like we have similar taste not to mention possibly the same name! I also like Lady Day—it is so unusual—but it doesn’t last long and doesn’t project much. I think that is because it is mostly natural. Speaking of which, actually the best gardenia I have smelled is Cuir Gardenia by Mandy Aftel of Aftelier. It is made with real gardenia essence and is totally gorgeous! But is also very expensive. June 29, 2023 at 9:58am Reply

          • ninuchka: Haha, yes! Nina is my middle name. I usually post here as la_ninon, but forgot. I love being able to connect over Lady Day–it’s so special, but, yes, very subtle by virtue of the natural ingredients (how does Hiram Green do it??). I tested Cuir Gardenia when it came out, but I didn’t like animalics back then and it was too much for me. I should revisit it. June 29, 2023 at 1:50pm Reply

    • Nina Z: Also Songes by Annick Goutal is a complex tropical floral without any suntan notes. It has frangipani and tiara as well as jasmine. Tiare is the Hawaiian gardenia and frangipani is the plumeria. It’s a gorgeous well blended white floral, very wearable. June 28, 2023 at 9:56am Reply

      • ninuchka: Thank you. Songes is lovely for sure. June 28, 2023 at 11:04am Reply

    • OnWingsofSaffron: For galbanum go Synthetic Jungle by Malle. For civet, there is nothing more civet-y than vintage Jicky by Guerlain (an ebay search will eventually yield results). I have vintage J in all versions: edt, edp and extrait, and the level of creamy civet is slightly embarrassing! June 28, 2023 at 11:20am Reply

      • ninuchka: Tysm. I read that Synthetic Jungle was sharp and I prefer my greens dark and soft–I should definitely try it though! I don’t know Jicky because I struggle with the guerlinade base and with lavender. June 28, 2023 at 6:39pm Reply

        • Sebastian: Yes, it’s worth a try. I did not find SJ sharp, but dense and heavy, though not dark. I had hoped for more lily of the valley, and I particularly liked the basilicum.

          I just recently tried Palais Jamais by Etro (nice name, no?) It’s a darkish but smooth grassy Vetiver scent, with noticeable Jasmin tea and fresh citrus that lasts long into the heart. Very easy and pleasant to wear. July 2, 2023 at 4:16am Reply

          • ninuchka: Great feedback and name, thank you! July 2, 2023 at 2:49pm Reply

    • Emily: The two primary big white florals I haven’t seen mentioned yet are Rogue Perfumery’s Jasmin Antique, evocative of SoCal at dusk, when the light comes in sideways & golden & the wafts of jasmine from the canyons bowl you over, & Dusita’s Melodie d’Amour, which is more New Orleans to me, all the more impossibly glamorous for the hint of underlying rot. Both heavy on the indoles, both divine. June 29, 2023 at 2:16am Reply

      • Nina Z: I second Jasmine Antique by Rogue Perfumery! A very bold, lavish, and absolutely gorgeous jasmine. It is not available outside the US though because Rogue does not follow IFRA restrictions. June 29, 2023 at 10:02am Reply

      • ninuchka: Tysm. I fell in love with New Orleans this year, so connecting it with Melodie really appeals to me (I tested it when it first came out and lasting power was poor–I will try again). I wasn’t wowed by Jasmin Antique, but it’s also something I should revisit…I do like Vetifleur. June 29, 2023 at 2:28pm Reply

    • Tuberose81: Hi! Have you tried Grand Bal by Dior? It’s a gorgeous jasmine focused big white floral. I also recommend Jardin de Bagatelle by Guerlain which is a unique white floral with narcissus and a very vintage feel. A La Nuit by Serge Lutens is one of my favorites and really blooms in the summer. Lastly, have you tried Tuberose and Moss from Rogue? It didn’t quite work on me, but I was impressed with the quality. June 30, 2023 at 5:26am Reply

      • ninuchka: I have not tried Grand Bal or Jardin de Bagatelle, thank you so much! A La Nuit, as I say, is strangely subdued on me…I did try Tuberose and Moss, but need to retest it. Thank you again. July 2, 2023 at 2:48pm Reply

  • Susan: This is an extremely long shot. Back in the 1980s, Catherine Deneuve had her own fragrance, called (of course) “Deneuve”. Because of poor marketing, it was discontinued in the 1990s. It was THE MOST BEAUTIFUL fragrance I’ve ever smelled, and people often commented on it. If you were of that era, and were a fan, have you ever found anything to equal it? I never have, in spite of owning about 40 fragrances now. Any thoughts on this would be most welcome 🙂 June 30, 2023 at 2:36pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Susan: Deneuve was indeed loved by many people, I’ve never had the opportunity to try it but can recommend two green chypres in the same family, although maybe you have them already, Jean Louis Scherrer also known as No 1, try both the EDT and the EDP which is a bit more difficult to get hold of and Estée Lauder Private Collection. July 2, 2023 at 1:07pm Reply

  • Shivawoman: Two US brands you might consider in light of your preferences are Solstice Scents (something for everyone, and done quite well, excellent customer service and reasonable), and House of Matriarch (spendy but buy on sale or points). For forest and cypress, hands down: Ineke’s award-winning Idyllwild. It’s unisex. Some women may find it too cypressy. But I don’t find it so. It is aptly named and well done, especially in summer, and I reach for it surprisingly often as my first take on it was ambivalent. It is exactly that. I like and own many of the scents you listed as well as Cape Heartache. July 2, 2023 at 4:27pm Reply

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