I'd suggest Musc Intense by Nicolai.
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I'd suggest Musc Intense by Nicolai.
If you consider Chanel Cuir de Russie to be acrid, then I probably have no idea what you're looking for. Still, Cuir 6 by Pekji Perfumes smells very much like straight, unadorned leather to me. And...
Maison Francis Kurkdjian's APOM is a good, non-sweet orange blossom, but with cedar. I actually think the pour femme version is better and it does smell quite green to me. I think it's unisex, also.
Dior Ambre Nuit is a nice rose that many find to be masculine.
Every Lush shop in London has that distinct smell that you can clock from down the street. I used to be annoyed by it but now it's sort of grown on me.
Can't stand the smell of Abercrombie &...
I always go straight to New Posts, so I never pay attention to what forum I'm reading. I love Basenotes and have learned loads from many of the men and women who post here and write reviews...but you...
I think I remember reading something about there being a case against Yves St Laurent because they copied Paco Rabanne's Calandre with Rive Gauche, but it fell apart because you really can't prove...
I'm not sure such a thing exists. I really like Cacio's list, and I started my education with Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. But no particular set of perfumes is going to give...
I think what's happening is that you're picking up on particular prominent notes and associating them with other fragrances with those prominent notes. If Smoke for the Soul is a prominent vetiver,...
Thanks for the link. It's nice to see he and I agree on Smuggler's Soul; I thought we might fall out with his review of Feve Delicieuse :)
The concept doesn't even compute for me. If I like something, I'll wear it. Same goes for occasions. If it's not an occasion where perfume isn't recommended (like a funeral or a job interview), then...
Juste Un Reve by Nicolai.
I'm a richer perfume lover myself and for warm weather and "fresh" I really like Eau de Magnolia by Frederic Malle and (I know people might kill me for this) Je Suis Un Homme by Etat Libre d'Orange.
I really love Flora Nymphea. It's like honey and hay, but not too sweet. very summery, and lasts for ages.
I think I'm about to start giving Visa another try. I've always liked it but haven't given it enough attention and have nearly got rid of it a few times. I'll put it in the rotation for this week and...
Pomelo Paradis by Atelier Cologne is a lovely fresh clean sunny grapefruit.
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You can buy just about anything in London - between Selfridges, Liberty, Harrods, and Fortnum & Mason there's just about every private collection you'd want. And if they don't have a particular niche...
I'd try the original Lolita Lempicka.
I've contacted Omer and hope to order a sample pack soon. Thanks, Alfarom, for alerting us!
Almost anything by Tauer (I have Orange Star, Une Rose Chypree, and Carillon Pour Un Ange, and they're nuclear)
Lancome L'Autre Oud
Tom of Finland
If you want a good amber fragrance, Ambre 114 is hard to beat. Ambre Nuit is a very different fragrance, in my opinion. I love it and wear it often, but it's not the scent I'd choose if I were...
One of my favorites. Rose with a peppery facet and a very dry amber.
For serious amber, I'd probably have gone with Mitzah instead of Ambre Nuit, but it's been discontinued. You can still find...
Thanks for this, kewart. Will keep them in mind!
The term "top shelf" generally refers to good quality spirits (and wine?). I think it applies equally well to perfume.
Nobody in my real life, although a few people know about my interest. I just have to remember to check myself if I do start talking about perfume...
You're obviously allowed to boycott or buy whatever you like. But to refuse even to sample? If you're interested in fragrances, you should at least smell them so that when you talk about them, you're...
Too true. In fact, whenever someone goes for his or her phone, saying "let me show you..." my heart always sinks. I think it's my age.
Still, in this case, we're talking about people who've...
I'm happy to make recommendations if I think I can contribute, but we can only offer... and there are plenty of things in real life for me to get worked up about - I can't be letting fragrance...
I also love the Tauer, but definitely sample if you can; this has very mixed reviews. But it's the only LOTV I've ever liked enough to wear.
I may be the only one here who likes Secretions Magnifiques and dislikes CK One.
What about a classic like Mitsouko?
Thanks for posting those; they're neat. I remember Desert Flower!
Thanks for sharing this!
I really enjoy Luca's reviews, even when I like something he doesn't, or vice-versa. In this case, I am in the apparent minority of people here who really like Feve...
This. As 'social status' is ultimately about what others think, the only way you could really demonstrate status with perfume is by showing off your collection with the price tags attached or loudly...
Jardins de Kerylos for me too.
I see what you're saying and might agree, although I tend to think that "taste," whether good or bad, refers to the wearer and not the perfume. I think it's possible to be wearing Mitsouko and still...
That's exactly what I do. Can't be bothered with messing around with different caps and atomizers. I also notice that my SL bottles seem to evaporate whereas others don't so much.
Never seen one. But if you order from them they tend to send you a discount code (either 10 euro or 10%, I can't remember) for your birthday. Same with First in Fragrance.
The thing is, "smell good" is totally subjective. For some people, the smell of strong fragrance is as offensive as the smell of BO, or of cigarette smoke. The fact is if you're projecting any kind...
This works for me also. There are a couple of people here and on other blogs who have similar taste to mine in particular types of perfume. If they love something it's a pretty good bet I should try...
Some favorites of mine are:
Jasmin et Cigarette by Etat Libre d'Orange (the cigarette is unlit, not smoky)
Venezia Giardini Segreti by AbdesSalam Attar
A La Nuit by Serge Lutens
It seems to be available on Liberty's website.
None. If I stopped loving it, it would be gone quickly.
I have a problem with a musk also - for example it's in APOM Pour Homme (but not APOM Pour Femme). And Bois d'Argent. And a bunch of other perfumes. Never could figure out what it actually is, but it...
She seems to like orange blossom, so perhaps Elie Saab?
I'm also tempted to mention Kurkdjian's APOM Pour Femme, even though it's not "designer." Kurkdjian is a genius with orange blossom (Elie...
You might as well ask if we're tired of rose notes, or patchouli. Oud is just as diverse an element of fragrances, done well in some cases and badly in others.
I'll chime in with Mona di Orio's Musc, which is really beautiful almondy, rose musk. I find it better in cooler weather, but that may be just me.
Also definitely recommend Bruno Acampora's Musc...
A lot of old threads remain completely relevant and informative, while a lot of new threads ("Is my X fake," "Why are SAs so snarky") never were.
Still, it's always nice to see new posts that...
Feve Delicieuse by Dior: warm and cozy, but possibly a little too gourmand for me.
Cologne by Etat Libre d'Orange: Fabulous neroli and orange blossom, but very fleeting.
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I wear the original Noir. I'll be interested to see what this is like.
I'd suggest La Fin Du Monde by Etat Libre d'Orange. It's very flinty to me.
Glad you found what you wanted. I was just going to suggest M/Mink by Byredo, which is meant to smell like ink, although I haven't tried it.
I have been noticing a preponderance lately of sickly-sweet rose/oud combinations, mostly on women, when I'm out and about. Now that oud has come to collections like Jo Malone and Crabtree & Evelyn,...
Totally agree. Wear what you like regardless of the season.
I think you should try Je Suis Un Homme by Etat Libre d'Orange.
Also, I had a quick smell of their new Cologne the other day, and that was really nice - and heavy on the neroli/orange blossom.
I'd agree with this. Plus, Malle himself has been quite open in interviews about having done more "proactive" reformulations of some of his perfumes. I don't know if people here have weighed in on...
I'd suggest Etat Libre d'Orange, particularly Tom of Finland and Rien, but all the ones I've tried have excellent longevity, and are very reasonably priced.
And for that price you also got an amazing suspense story. Fantastic. And what a beautiful purchase!
Might be worth trying Jardin de Kerylos by Parfumerie Generale for fig, although I don't know that it would be what you want.
I'd imagine a Lutens fig to be huge and spicy-sweet and treacly.
I'd never purchase a scent because I wish to encounter it on a man. I think just about any perfume I own would be fine on a man, but actually just yesterday I was re-smelling Fleurs du Sel by Miller...
Thanks, cacio. I have smelled it but not given it a full wearing. That's kind of what I'm looking forward to; the normal serene lily of the valley isn't my favorite smell, but I like Tauer's take on...
Have you tried Violette in Love by Nicolai? I like that one a lot too, although I don't often get a craving to wear violet.
Another vote for Le Temps d'Une Fete. And for me, spring and summer may as well be the same, as it rarely gets that hot in England. So:
Mona di Orio Tubereuse
Ones that I have and love:
Chanel no 5
Army of Lovers
Ones that I'd love to have someday:
I get this impression from The Afternoon of a Faun by ELdO. Love it.
It's here in London also. I haven't given it a real sniff yet but I'll put it on the list.
For some reason you made me think of CB I Hate Perfume's Memory of Kindness. It's the smell of tomato leaves, and it's very beautiful and strange.
I also like the vetiver recommendations,...
Rose: Une Rose by Frederic Malle
Oud: Oud Ispahan by Dior
Amber: Mitzah by Dior, or the drydown of L'Air de Rien
April 16: Mendittorosa South: Smells like a weaker version of La Fin du Monde by Etat Libre d'Orange. Flinty iris.
For grapefruit, you may want to try Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune.
Going a bit upmarket, I recently smelled Pomelo Paradis by Atelier Cologne, which is a really lovely perfume.
If it bothers your girlfriend, wear it at your own risk.
It's true that the scent memories associated with a person can be displaced by newer scent memories associated with someone else. I dated...
Could it be Chanel No 19? I have a tiny bit of the vintage perfume and it seems to fit your description.
OP, neither of these is your signature fragrance. That's clear just from the way you asked the question. Have you tried M7?
What was the perfume?
Once, when I put on perfume and then went out and basked in the sun. A lot of perfumes will cause photosensitivity, and I got a minor rash. It didn't last long.
I'm a big fan of Lush also. Plus, you can get them in very small sizes so there's little risk in trying. Also, one of the most stylish and cool women I know wears Dirty, so don't think it's just for...
The closest thing I have to a signature perfume, and my most reliable go-to perfume for every occasion. Congratulations and wear in good health!
Some people's suggestions here have definitely pointed me toward things i might not have tried otherwise.
Hedonist's description of La Fumee Ottoman made me try it, and now it's a favorite. Also:...
For anyone who's interested, I think I read that the name comes from the number of Tuesdays a person has if he/she lives to be a certain age (75? 80?). Something about making every day count. I'm...
Not sure where you are, but you might want to try talking to a good perfume shop that sells them. I was thinking of Les Senteurs in London, where the staff are knowledgeable and quite frank about the...
Anima Dulcis by Arquiste: Reminded me a lot of Rochas Femme, and then a really boring drydown.
Boutonniere by Arquiste: Good gardenia that lasts the life of the fragrance but gets a...
I'd suggest 28 La Pausa by Chanel. And for something slightly different, ELDO's Putain des Palaces is a rose/violet/leather/rice powder perfume that smells a bit like a handbag.
Great idea. I bet you can even find what you're looking for that way!
Goodness no. That's crazy. Just smell as much as you can and if you like something enough, buy it. Forget the labels.
The Tauer isn't hard to come by in Europe. Lots of online shops do...
Interesting. Thank you!
CK One and Quorum would definitely make me keep my pants on.
Apparently our language has something to do with it. Interesting article from Wired: http://www.wired.com/2014/11/whats-up-with-that-smells-language/
No, and we can't buy any of Tauer's fragrances through his websites because he won't ship here. I think it has to do with the UK's very restrictive rules on transport of "hazardous" materials (but...
It's sad that I'm contemplating a trip home to the US just so that I can get my hands on this and Rose Flash.
Andy - what are we UK Tauer fans supposed to do??!
My favorite is Etat Libre d'Orange, mainly because I just really like smell of their perfumes, but also because they're original and interesting. And the price is reasonable, which is nice.
I believe the new version is a lighter colored liquid, whereas the old one is dark amber. The old one reminds me a lot of Rochas Femme, if that's any use.
Glad the Cadjmere worked for you!
I'd recommend Cadjmere 18 by Parfumerie Generale.
Rare for me to want to wear the same fragrance more than two days in a row, but two days happens occasionally. Last time I did three days in a row I think it was Army of Lovers or Orange Star.
Selling on ebay is a minefield; I've seen similar and worse, and perfume seems to bring out particular kinds of crazies. You probably know all of this but:
- don't leave feedback first.
Yes, I much prefer the oil. The spray was good, but as I recall it seemed much heavier on the patchouli. Not bad, just not the same.
I really liked the original. The new one was unrecognizable, and yes strange that they'd do that on purpose.
I love the Musc, but be aware that the spray perfume smells quite different from the oil. I'm not sure how the other oils compare with their spray counterparts.
It's a horribly loud and aggressive perfume pretending to be light and fresh. Would be happy never to smell it again.