Recommendation for a colorful friend

    Recommendation for a colorful friend

    post #1 of 9
    Thread Starter 

    So, a dear friend of mine recently heard of my perfume obsession and asked me to find her the perfect fragrance.

    She's such a unique person that I feel like my own ideas come short, so I thought I'd ask you guys since you always come up with the greatest suggestions.

    So, some details about the friend:
    - 28 years old
    - Former punk. She's mellowed out in her "older" years and since she had her child, but still a day doesn't pass where she's not wearing a leather jacket, lets say. She still has the attitude, she's political, she doesn't take any shit. That said she's not in anyone's face, she's calm and smart and very articulate.
    - She's a brunette (not sure this matters, but I hear people say stuff like "this is such a blonde/brunette perfume, at times)

    She's open to masculine, unisex or feminine releases, niche or designer, basically I have free hands.

    My own thoughts lead me to something with a noticable presence but not too sharp (not soapy, for example, or aquatic), something more unisex-masculine than straight-up feminine. My first thought was Bvlgari Black, but that felt stereotypical and uninspired. I think my best idea so far is the original Egoiste by Chanel, but I feel like there's something better out there that I just can't think of. I might not even be looking in the right "category" here.

    Help, oh perfume oracles!

    post #2 of 9

    Donna Karen Chaos...otherwise, bvlgari black is nice, or even Chanel Allure

    post #3 of 9

    Nikki Taylor Begin

    post #4 of 9
    I would stick with Egoiste, it's a classic.
    post #5 of 9

    2 Man or Avignon by Comme des Garcons

    post #6 of 9

    Etat Libre d'Orange seems a brand that might fit her aesthetic. Their Malaise of the 70s was inspired by the punk movement (and indeed it used to have the punk logo of the queen, though ELdO has now regrettably eliminated their fun logos). Jasmine et cigarette would also be fun, dry cigarette plus jasmine, both masculine and floral. Or, if she's humorous, Tom of Finland, which is actually a supersmooth saffrony suede, not a butch leather as the name seems to imply.

    For a butch leather (for those who wear leather also *under* the jacket), there's always Piguet Bandit.

    Egoiste is certainly wonderful, but it seems a bit too sweet and smooth for the character. If we want to go the route of traditional masculines, I'd rather look into Antaeus.

    cacio

    post #7 of 9

    Another vote for Bandit.

    And l agree that ELd'O would be a good line to look into. l recommend you try Rien.

    post #8 of 9

    Although I'm not a fan, check out KISS HIM by Kiss.

    4772

    post #9 of 9

    hey, bvlgari black is great! but i definitely agree with cacio's comment about ELdO's line; rien is one that sounds like it would suit your friend quite well.

    l'artisan's timbuktu is delightfully weird, and not at all what one would think of perfume of in the traditional sense. also try comme des garcon's incense line.

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    8/21/13 at 1:57pm

    Izzie said:



    So, a dear friend of mine recently heard of my perfume obsession and asked me to find her the perfect fragrance.

    She's such a unique person that I feel like my own ideas come short, so I thought I'd ask you guys since you always come up with the greatest suggestions.

    So, some details about the friend:
    - 28 years old
    - Former punk. She's mellowed out in her "older" years and since she had her child, but still a day doesn't pass where she's not wearing a leather jacket, lets say. She still has the attitude, she's political, she doesn't take any shit. That said she's not in anyone's face, she's calm and smart and very articulate.
    - She's a brunette (not sure this matters, but I hear people say stuff like "this is such a blonde/brunette perfume, at times)

    She's open to masculine, unisex or feminine releases, niche or designer, basically I have free hands.

    My own thoughts lead me to something with a noticable presence but not too sharp (not soapy, for example, or aquatic), something more unisex-masculine than straight-up feminine. My first thought was Bvlgari Black, but that felt stereotypical and uninspired. I think my best idea so far is the original Egoiste by Chanel, but I feel like there's something better out there that I just can't think of. I might not even be looking in the right "category" here.

    Help, oh perfume oracles!

    8/21/13 at 2:19pm

    silvermountainhigh said:



    Donna Karen Chaos...otherwise, bvlgari black is nice, or even Chanel Allure

    8/21/13 at 4:43pm

    Tony T said:



    Nikki Taylor Begin

    8/21/13 at 5:49pm

    hednic said:



    I would stick with Egoiste, it's a classic.

    8/21/13 at 7:26pm

    Darjeeling said:



    2 Man or Avignon by Comme des Garcons

    8/21/13 at 8:52pm

    cacio said:



    Etat Libre d'Orange seems a brand that might fit her aesthetic. Their Malaise of the 70s was inspired by the punk movement (and indeed it used to have the punk logo of the queen, though ELdO has now regrettably eliminated their fun logos). Jasmine et cigarette would also be fun, dry cigarette plus jasmine, both masculine and floral. Or, if she's humorous, Tom of Finland, which is actually a supersmooth saffrony suede, not a butch leather as the name seems to imply.

    For a butch leather (for those who wear leather also *under* the jacket), there's always Piguet Bandit.

    Egoiste is certainly wonderful, but it seems a bit too sweet and smooth for the character. If we want to go the route of traditional masculines, I'd rather look into Antaeus.

    cacio

    8/22/13 at 12:11am

    teardrop said:



    Another vote for Bandit.

    And l agree that ELd'O would be a good line to look into. l recommend you try Rien.

    8/22/13 at 7:15am

    del said:



    Although I'm not a fan, check out KISS HIM by Kiss.

    4772

    8/22/13 at 8:19am

    spaceamidlove said:



    hey, bvlgari black is great! but i definitely agree with cacio's comment about ELdO's line; rien is one that sounds like it would suit your friend quite well.

    l'artisan's timbuktu is delightfully weird, and not at all what one would think of perfume of in the traditional sense. also try comme des garcon's incense line.





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