Recommend Me a Perfume: May 2024

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!

Our June-July perfume class schedule is now open. The new classes include Vetiver, Balsamic Notes, Musk. We will decode what these notes mean, how they are used in perfumery and learn how to identify them. There will also a class on Japanese Incense that I’m particularly excited about. Jasmine, Tuberose and Incense will also be featured, which will give us a chance to talk about opulence. Also, due to your requests, I’ve added prices in dollars and a video recording option. Please take a look and let me know if there are other topics that you would like to study.

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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  • Hélène: Bonjour bonjour, I’m looking for a green woody jasmine perfume maybe with some citrusy notes. Something spa-like, for example I am obsessed with Emma Hardie cleansing balm scent. Also, if you are aware of a green rose with a cedarwood base please share ! or any green floral with a cedarwood base basically. What I wear most of the time : Philosykos edt.
    Thank you 🙂 May 27, 2024 at 9:13am Reply

    • Aurora: Bonjour Hélène, have you tried Nicolaï Eau d’été for a citrussy jasmine? For a green rose maybe Goutal Rose Splendide. May 27, 2024 at 2:14pm Reply

    • Alessandra: Coucou Hélène!! Try Aesop’s Rozu for a green rose mixed with japanese basil on an aromatic base. It’s delicious and perfect for summer! Alternatively, Diptyque’s Eau Rose but only in the Eau de Parfum version – it is less obviously rose and with a strong chamomile and artichoke note. Sublime. Enjoy! May 31, 2024 at 2:33pm Reply

  • Tanya: Hello, I am so sad that both Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors signature have been discontinued. Any recommendations for gardenia forward fragrances that are under 200$? Thank you 🙂 May 27, 2024 at 10:07am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Tanya: Try Goutal Un Matin d’orage, make sure you test both the EDT and EDP, they are different, and also Gardénia Passion, they are within your budget. EL Tuberose Gardenia is more expensive, I find it good but I’ll also list my favorite gardenia perfumes which are ones that have no tuberose because I prefer them that way, VC&A Gardenia Petale, Jo Loves Gardenia is great too but may have been discontinued because on the website it seems to have been replaced with something called Golden Gardenia and not sure whether it’s the same perfume. May 27, 2024 at 2:30pm Reply

      • Tanya: Hi Aurora, Thank you so much! I have long wanted to try Un Matin d’orage! I will move it to the top of my to sample list! xx May 28, 2024 at 2:01pm Reply

    • John Luna: according to the all-knowing consensus of Fragrantica readers, possible substitutes for the Kors include Gucci Bloom, Kim Kardashian(!), and Nasomatto Narcotic Venus (also deserving an exclamation mark for the title if nothing else…) Interestingly, Marc Jacobs Gardenia has been compared (albeit by fewer voices) to Kim Kardashian as well…
      I know about the Kors because, believe it or not, a friend of mine was also looking for a substitute for that scent. She was reasonably happy with the Gucci. Good luck! May 27, 2024 at 2:49pm Reply

      • Tanya: John Luna, thank you for the recommendations! I sampled Gucci Bloom and could not detect the similarities. On my skin it was only a powdery rootbeer…..but so many have found it a replacement that it must just be weird with my chemistry. Kim Kardashian, huh? I’m going to try it and Nasomatto Narcotic Venus (just so I can say Nasomatto Narcotic Venus 🙂 May 28, 2024 at 2:04pm Reply

  • Ewan: I read online that research is being done on Vetiver and the possibility that it can protect against ticks.

    I mixed Mimosa, Vetiver, Seaweed, Cardamon, Bitter Orange and Pineapple; deep , grassy, fruity almost all at the same time. May 27, 2024 at 10:18am Reply

    • Debby: Thanks for that info, Ewan, I live in a terribly tick infested area, and am always on the look out for something that can help. I was using lemon eucalyptus, but I hate the smell! May 27, 2024 at 10:33am Reply

      • Ewan: HI Debby,

        the info was from a scientific paper, it’ll be easy to find online.
        I thought perhaps mixed in alcohol and used as a spray. May 27, 2024 at 11:38am Reply

    • Nina Z: Thanks for the info about vetiver and ticks! I found the paper on the US National Institutes of Health web site: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26359641/ May 27, 2024 at 12:28pm Reply

      • Sebastian: Even more interestingly, the meta studies listed on the same page mention a number of essential oils lethal to ticks, while one of them concludes: “These aspects will need further evaluation. Standardized laboratory methods are required to enable the valid comparisons between results from different laboratories.” I would not put my confidence in vetiver perfume when it comes to avoid getting bitten by ticks 🙂 June 1, 2024 at 6:17pm Reply

    • Aurora: Interesting Ewan, thank you. May 27, 2024 at 2:32pm Reply

  • Andrew: Hello friends!

    I am looking for advice not in regards to “what to buy” but more “where to buy and where to try.” You see, this summer this small-town American is taking his first trip to France and is building his Paris itinerary. I’ve a few stops in mind (Serge Lutens, Guerlain, Pierre Guillaume, Oriza Legrand) but as someone who is still cultivating their fragrance wardrobe, I am open to other suggestions. Any other good places to visit while in Paris? Fragrances to try? Any recommendations or suggestions are welcome!

    Many thanks! May 27, 2024 at 1:33pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Andrew: Seconding Jovoy, you’ll find several interesting brands there and adding le musée du parfum Fragonard. Also enter the discount parfumerie Marionnaud, there are several boutiques. May 27, 2024 at 2:40pm Reply

      • Andrew Patnaude: I had no idea about either one of these, so I appreciate your comment. What do you recommend trying from Jovoy and Fragonard? May 30, 2024 at 10:33am Reply

        • Aurora: You’re going to be able to try the Amouage collection for eg but also more confidential lines like Nez editions that Persolaise recommended and are on my list to smell, Aedes de Venusta, also the very natural-smelling, high-quality Marie-Jeanne colognes,also loved by Persolaise (I gave their Tonka-Lavande to my brother), Jovoy’s own brand too, they have a very good patchouli, Histoires de parfums is interesting too, Frapin for their boozy perfumes.

          Fragonard is affordable quality, plus the museum, their Fleur d’oranger I use every summer, it makes a great gift, there is now an intense version I never tried, for something more traditionally masculine, Eau de Hongrie is one of their classics for men, it’s been around forever but they have other masculine scents I don’t know.

          Have a wonderful time (Paris is my hometown). May 30, 2024 at 12:09pm Reply

    • Karina_NL: …and I suggest not to miss Goutal’s (prev. Annick Goutal) stores.

      Enjoy Paris! May 27, 2024 at 3:03pm Reply

      • Andrew: I forgot about Goutal! Thanks! May 30, 2024 at 10:34am Reply

      • Aire: I am trying to identify a scent I smelled in 1981 on college girls. Haven’t smelled it on anyone since. We lived near a market that sold oils like “China Rain”, etc, so I am wondering if it could be a mix with that.

        Very soft, feminine. It had some rose, possibly some light musk that was like China Rain. It wasn’t sweet or fruity, and I don’t recall it as powdery.
        Thanks for any help! May 30, 2024 at 6:49pm Reply

        • Aurora: Hello Aire, I’ll give it a try, could it be Lauren?
          Released in 1978, so the timeline is right, beloved by college and preppy girls, a huge success, it was a floral, not too sweet as perfumes were not gourmand at the time. The problem is Lauren has suffered a bit through reformulations, you might try a vintage sample from eBay. Best of luck. June 1, 2024 at 4:45am Reply

          • Aire: Thank you, Aurora, for the suggestion. This scent wasn’t as bright as Lauren. It was more subtle. June 1, 2024 at 11:41am Reply

            • Aurora: Ah, Aire, so sorry because I understand very well that you want to retrieve this mysterious perfume; one last suggestion, Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs? in France where I was brought up it was everywhere but maybe not as much in the US? The ‘l’Original’ variation available today is quite close to the 1970’s perfume to my nose. Hope you could ask old school friends one day during a reunion😃 June 1, 2024 at 2:21pm Reply

        • Fleurycar: This is late but I’d like to weigh in here. I would not be at all surprised to learn that it was a fragrance from “The Body Shop” Rain Collection (created by an employee in this California family owned business who later sold their name to the English “Body Shop” in the mid-eighties, but continued to sell their products under other a new name and their bulk products-unlabeled- to resorts and small businesses worldwide.) The fragrances were extremely popular, beloved, iconic and memorable to many. Rain was the original, followed by China Rain, China Lily, and China Musk. All are soft, sensual skin scents with light floral notes. It was available as an oil which could be worn directly, and/or added to body lotion, shower gel, and other body are products. Bodytime, a branch retail shop operated and sold these products in Berkeley and S.F. but are now permanently closed. I think they may be available somewhere, but it might require some research. I’m not sure if this is any help, but you were on the right track. June 11, 2024 at 9:33pm Reply

    • Maggiecat: Seconding the Fragonard perfume museum and stores. Very nice scents at reasonable prices. May 27, 2024 at 4:18pm Reply

      • Andrew: I’m not familiar at all with Fragonard. Any fragrances from them you recommend? May 30, 2024 at 10:36am Reply

    • AndreaR: Serge Luten ia an amazing feast for the senses.
      Etat Libre d’Orange at 69 Rue des Archives. Quirky shop. I wonder if the stuffed porcupine still resides there.
      Patricia de Nicolai’s fragrances don’t get enough credit in the USA.I have several from this line and love them all. Her fragrances are available in the small 30 ml size.
      Frederic Malle fragrances are sold at Printemps, but it’s worth visiting his stand alone shop on 83 Rue de Passy.
      A favorite place for lunch in the 7th arrondissement is Bar la Croix Rouge at 2 Pl Michel Debra 75006. Their open-face roast beef sandwich, Assiette Saint German, is perfect for lunch.
      Have a wonderful trip! May 27, 2024 at 6:12pm Reply

      • Andrew: Thank you (especially for the restaurant suggestion)! May 30, 2024 at 10:38am Reply

  • Caroline: Perhaps Jovoy and Nicolai Parfumeur-Createur (formerly Parfums de Nicolai). Have fun, would love to check out the Oriza store. May 27, 2024 at 2:05pm Reply

    • Andrew: I forgot about Nicolai! Thank you! May 30, 2024 at 10:38am Reply

  • Lana Puckett: Hello! Beginner here. I’d love any recs for spa/yoga/retreat feeling fragrances. Perhaps I also mean the incense that burns around Indonesia. I’d like to also use it sparingly around the house so it’s noticed as my home’s scent. Thanks! May 30, 2024 at 12:14am Reply

    • Andrew: I don’t know about incense or yoga, but since Clarins is originally a spa company, maybe their scents would suit you. Eau Dynamisante is supposed to have some aromatherapy benefits, but I personally am a huge fan of their Tonic products; using the body oil is like bringing the spa to your bathtub. There’s a candle in that franchise too, since you mentioned needing a home scent. Hope that helps! May 30, 2024 at 10:44am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Lana, Andrew’s idea of Clarins is good, I especially like Eau Ressourçante for a feeling of calmness, also, I am currently using Aveda chakra 3 balancing pure-fume mist when I have a facial, that one is piney and lavendery but there is a whole lot of Aveda chakras to try.

      Incense: try all the Comme des Garçons Series 3 Incense to see if one suits you. May 30, 2024 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Sara C: I’m looking for a tropical floral perfume, but this task is so hard for me I think because I have a specific conception of tropical that’s divorced from most vacation style scents. I have not tried Songes, Narciso Ambree, or Terracotta. I have tried Carnal Flower (very tropical feeling to me, but something off putting in it, even though I adore the big natural tuberose feeling with hint of green and coconut). I’ve tried Estee Lauder Hibiscus Palm, but I found it bothered my nose. I love Ormonde Jayne Frangipani but it’s not quite creamy or dense enough. I have Profumum Roma Sabbia Bianca but it’s so dense and sweet I can only wear it in winter time to evoke tropical dreams, not in the North Carolina summer. I like Do Son edp (tropical to me). I’m not a fan of thick and sweet scents generally unless they are also primarily floral. I’m not looking for a coconut or sunscreen scent. (For sunscreen floral, I have Altaia Atacama which is gorgeous.) I like Gucci Bloom in the yellow bottle, but the drydown is underwhelming. Can anyone recommend a tropical floral, emphasis on the floral, that feels like stepping out into the floral air in a tropical country, without heavy sunscreen and coconut? And thank you for bearing with me through this insufferably picky paragraph 😉 May 30, 2024 at 9:03am Reply

    • Andrew: I vote for Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, since you like Do Son. May 30, 2024 at 10:48am Reply

      • Sara C: I forgot about that one! I need to retest it. Thank you. May 30, 2024 at 10:55am Reply

      • Sara C: I’ve just tested Tuberose Gardenia and the similarities with Don Son EDT (to my memory) are striking. I absolutely love the gardenia note in the middle—so realistic and reminiscent of my NC home. But then the dry-down turned a little limp to me. Still, it’s possible that gardenia with break me and mean I will purchase a bottle. June 5, 2024 at 9:15pm Reply

        • Andrew: Maybe the Do Son EDP then? June 7, 2024 at 11:12pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Sara: Have you tried Arquiste Flor Y canto? I mention it because it doesn’t have coconut and for people like me who struggle with strong tuberose it’s a good option but maybe not for you. Also, Kai used to be very popular in the US, I’ve never smelled it though, and I’ve heard good things about Hiram Green Moon Bloom but don’t know how prominent the coconut is. May 30, 2024 at 1:34pm Reply

      • Sara C: Flor y Canto sounds incredible. I will try to get a sample. Thank you! I’ve tried Moon Bloom and love it but find it hard to wear, so I’ve never bought a bottle, but it’s always sort of on the wish list (though I dislike the new bottle design, and I’m a sucker for a nice bottle). May 30, 2024 at 8:57pm Reply

    • Alessandra: Do try Songes! It is creamy and dense but also airy. You could also go for Chanel’s Gardenia 🙂 May 31, 2024 at 2:37pm Reply

      • Sara C: Do you find it to be cuminy? I couldn’t enjoy the Serge Lutens orange blossom because of the spice. Cumin doesn’t smell like BO to me like it does to others, but I just don’t happen to like that note. If it truly is airy then it is worth a shot for me. I LOVE jasmine. My favorite perfume is TF Jasmin Rouge, and currently I am loving Cedre Sambac by Hermes (though I would say it’s kind of Nagel’s interpretation of the brief for Feminite du Bois, it has such a warm and dominant cedar), though neither of those is tropical to me to any degree May 31, 2024 at 3:07pm Reply

        • Alessandra: I don’t think there are spices in the composition, let alone cumin. It doesn’t come across as spicy at all, to me. It is airy but by that I do not mean light… rather, I mean radiant yet rich, and definitely creamy 🙂
          Do try joyeuse tubereuse by Guerlain, too, as well. Seems right up your street. Hope so, anyway! June 3, 2024 at 8:42am Reply

    • Alessandra: I forgot! Guerlain’s Joyeuse Tubereuse, too May 31, 2024 at 2:38pm Reply

    • Aire: Michael Kors might be a good one to try.
      Fracas, but it can lean soapy rather than creamy.
      Caron also has a tuberose. June 1, 2024 at 11:48am Reply

  • Cat: Hi everybody!

    I’d like to ask you for a recommendation based more in imagery than scent. I’m really into vintage perfumes and their historical significance. I’m a punk rock, metalhead, that also loves vintage silk scarves, art deco, jazz, old Hollywood glamour… What perfume comes to mind for a woman who wishes to smell sofisticated, with a vintage feel, something against the grain. I don’t appreciate really sweet smells, as I don’t think they fit my personality. I hate Flower by Kenzo with a passion.

    It doesn’t have to be a vintage perfume, just one with a vintage vibe. May 30, 2024 at 10:13am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Cat: I think the Rogue perfumery line would be a good fit for you to explore, they take their inspiration from perfumes from the past. May 30, 2024 at 2:34pm Reply

      • Cat: Hi Aurora (beautiful name, by the way), I’ll look into it, as I am not familiar with them. Thank you. June 1, 2024 at 8:37am Reply

    • Cris: SHALIMAR May 30, 2024 at 4:28pm Reply

      • Cat: Hi Cris. That is the one that I use <3 But I was willing to try other perfumes. But you are absolutely right. I love Shalimar so much that I just had it tattooed on my arm. June 1, 2024 at 8:35am Reply

        • Cris: Tattooed? Wow! So, let’s go further… I dare you with Guerlain ANGELIQUE NOIR…
          and… very intriguing Shalimar woman, let me know if you find something tattoo worthy. June 3, 2024 at 9:16am Reply

    • Sara C: Honestly, Amouage Jubilation 25. I adore this scent. Also, Les Indemodables Cuir de Chine. And Une Fleur de Cassie by Frederic Malle. I adore them all. I don’t own them because collectively the price tag is so high, but they are all on my wishlist. I also think Chanel No 5 EDT is just the best. Makes me weak in the knees. May 30, 2024 at 8:59pm Reply

      • Sara C: And on the Rogue Perfumery tip by Aurora, I absolutely love Champ Lunaires. I’ve owned the jasmine one, too, but found it too animalic (and I thought I had a sky high tolerance for that). May 30, 2024 at 9:00pm Reply

      • Cat: Hi Sara, thank you for your suggestions, I will look it up. I have never heard of any of them, so I’m excited to find out more about them. June 1, 2024 at 8:43am Reply

    • Caroline: Perhaps Y de YSL or Chanel’s 31 Rue Cambon
      would fit the bill. June 1, 2024 at 5:12pm Reply

      • Cat: The Chanel one is way out of my budget. At least here in Portugal is very expensive. The YSL looks very interesting. Thank you! June 3, 2024 at 3:56pm Reply

    • Alessandra: I’d say tabac blond by Caron, though it has been reformulated and I have no idea if it bears any resemblance to the original! Alternatively, maybe SL’s fumerie turque or de profundis? June 3, 2024 at 8:44am Reply

      • Cat: The De Profundis description captured my attention immediately. I recently read Wilde’s book and it kind of fits the vibe. It’s just out of my budget for a subject I’m just exploring. But if that wasn’t a concern I’d be buying for sure. Thank you. June 3, 2024 at 4:03pm Reply

    • Ugo Criscuolo: I love vintage too! I bet you tried all Guerlain classics. I also recommend Salome by Papillon, a vintage animalic chypre that is a real marvel! Also some Lorenzo Villoresi like Garofano (carnation), Ylang Ylang, Wild Lavender and others. Ysatis by Givenchy. Paloma Picasso Mon Parfum. Aromatics Elixir by Clinique. Clair de Musc Serge Lutens. June 4, 2024 at 6:09am Reply

      • Cat: Wow Ugo, so many suggestions, thank you. Yes you are right, I have tried all the Guerlain perfumes. Shalimar is definitely my favorite. I’m going to look at your suggestions:) June 10, 2024 at 3:39am Reply

    • Alison: Have a look at the Bienaimé range, only four perfumes but Art Deco inspired bottles and a sample set is available as an introduction to the range. They all have a vintage feel to them in my view June 4, 2024 at 8:02am Reply

      • Cat: Hi Alison, did not know of this brand. The bottles are beautiful, just the aesthetic I love. I’m going to look at their scents. Thanks for showing me. June 10, 2024 at 3:46am Reply

    • Becky Robinson: Cat~ Have you tried YSL ‘Rive Gauche’ or Lalique ‘Encre Noire’ ? And then there is Lanvin ‘Arpege’ which has a similar vibe to Chanel no 5. June 6, 2024 at 4:43pm Reply

      • Cat: Hi Becky, I haven’t tried any but I’ll look into all of them. I just found out that the Lanvin is very affordable, so thank you for including an option that is cheap with a vintage vibe. June 10, 2024 at 3:50am Reply

    • Fleurycat: So many great suggestions. I second the vintage Guerlains (L’Heure Bleue), and Chanels (Cuir de Russie). Also, the original Lancome Magie Noire if you can find the EDP. New, but with a vintage vibe: Eris Night Flower, Lubin Black Jade or others by those perfumers. I agree that Amouage Jubilation 25 is gorgeous. You should be able to get decants, and a little goes a long way. 😉 June 11, 2024 at 9:55pm Reply

  • Luka B: Bonjour,
    I’m new to your blog and happy to receive the first newsletter “recommend me a perfume”, as I’ve been looking for subtitutes for “Bois de Vincennes” by Zara. This is a short lived perfume that released in 2020 that helped me spend those uneasy days of quarantine. It literally teleported me to the “Librairie Galignani” in Paris. It has the smell of books new and old with leather bindings and a slight floral scent from the staff at the cashier when the bookstore just opened in the morning. It’s a “quiet” perfume almost like a home fragrance.
    I’ve tried “Bibliothèque” by Byredo but it’s too sweet and there’s patchouli.
    “Ombré Leather” by Tom Ford is probably the closest I can find but the violet note is not there.
    Also “Imperial Purple” by Zara and “Prada L’Homme” by Prada. They are nice but both are too powdery and “loud”.
    Any other perfumes that come to your mind? Of course not breaking the bank and not too hard to find (I currently live in Canada/Panama and visit Taiwan often, Spain and France are on my travel list).

    Thank you so much! May 30, 2024 at 11:27am Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Luka: I never had the pleasure to smell Bois de Vincennes, it sounds delightful, I checked its notes and based on that I would encourage to maybe check Dior Fahrenheit, it has the violet and leather but it’s probably more complex a scent so no guarantee but it’s a real classic.

      Also, save a search for BdV on eBay in case it gets listed at a reasonable price. May 30, 2024 at 1:54pm Reply

  • Cris: Hello, looking for a perfume as amazing as the discontinued Bottega Veneta… that leather, that elegance… May 30, 2024 at 4:32pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hi Cris, I’m upset too that BV is discontinued, I will make my bottle last but still. Hermès does elegant leathers, try Kelly Calèche EDT and EDP, Cuir d’Ange, so plush and soft and the lovely but expensive Galop, I only have a sample of that one, it’s a fruity leather and Violette Volynka might be the closest to BV but I haven’t tried it. May 31, 2024 at 1:15pm Reply

      • Cris: Thanks Aurora, to Hermes! June 3, 2024 at 9:19am Reply

  • Amy: First I want to say THANK YOU. I’ve made several blind buys in the past few months, mostly due to bois de jasmin and these threads:

    Dior Dolce Vita: this comes up occasionally in relation to Shiseido FdB, one of my HG perfumes. Love it.

    Also Kenzo Jungle l’Elephant (intoxicating), Lauder Azurée (so elegant), Lolita Lempicka (news to me: I like some sweet!), Issey M Pleats Please (ok I bought this one for the bottle but I love it), Scherrer (Scherrer 2 is one of my top faves), Lalique Sira des Indes (gorgeous).

    I’ve yet to try the three fragrances that were recommended to me on a previous Recommend Me, when I noted my ongoing search for an affordable bottle of vintage KL. The irony is not lost on me: if I’d saved up my money and not bought the list above, I could afford KL. But where’s the fun in that? Those three are Fragonard Grain de Soleil, L’Erbolario Meherées, and Masque Milano Tango.

    Now onto MY QUESTION: Prescriptives Calyx was a signature scent of my college years. I still adore it but it’s challenging to wear. What other scents remind you of Calyx? May 30, 2024 at 7:41pm Reply

    • Aurora: Hello Amy, lovely to hear from you again, I sympathize as I’m guilty too of having a wishlist and ending up buying totally different perfumes😃.

      Anyhow back to the subject Calyx, it is said that perfumer Antoine Lie created the recent Eris Delta of Venus as an homage to Calyx, I haven’t tried it yet, it sounds appealing I think. May 31, 2024 at 1:02pm Reply

      • Amy: Ooh, thank you!!! May 31, 2024 at 5:44pm Reply

  • ValentinaMere: Prescriptives Calyx was a signature scent of my college years. I still adore it (I think I have two unopened FBs of the Clinique version) but it’s challenging to wear. What other scents remind you of Calyx? May 30, 2024 at 9:31pm Reply

    • ValentinaMere / Amy: Sorry for the double post! When my first attempt didn’t show up I tried again but much shorter! Ha!! May 31, 2024 at 9:11am Reply

    • Sara C: I don’t have an answer for you but I love Calyx! My mom wears it and the clean musks combined with those crazy fruits—it just works somehow! It even still smells modern to me, floating around in the air around my mom. Another loud perfume from the same era is L’Eau d’Issey EDT. It’s not like Calyx but to me it has a similar character in spite of the collective differences. Perhaps the melon notes bind them together. June 4, 2024 at 9:40pm Reply

  • Mark: Hi everyone!

    I was wondering if anyone can recommend high quality yalng ylang perfume?
    I like Rain Cloud by Perfumer H which is very heady floral scent (imagine hot humid air filled with the the ylang ylang and white flowers scent on Madagascar island just before it rains) but I would like to try some other perfumes that has similar style.
    I tried Ylang Ylang Nosy Be by Perris Monte Carlo but it was not my cup of tea really. June 4, 2024 at 3:41am Reply

    • Ugo Criscuolo: Ylang ylang is a marvellous flower and I love it and like you I don’t find appealing the Perris version…too sweet and mild. I like heady, green floral with a touch of retro like in N°5 edt. Anyway I recommend you Ylang Ylang by Lorenzo Villoresi, Ylang d’Or by Il Profvmo, Royal Pavillon by Etro, Nuit de Noël by Caron, Nocturnes by Caron, Moon Bloom by Hiram Green, Samsara by Guerlain, Death and Decay by Lush. If you already know and like one of them I’m sure you’ll love the others! June 5, 2024 at 5:38am Reply

      • Marko: Great, thank you Ugo for all these recommendations! June 10, 2024 at 12:03pm Reply

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