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    Re: Favorite Rainy Day Perfumes?

    Anomie et Ivoire - my husband is from Seattle, and so I know the rain, rain, chilly but wonderful rain there. So atmospheric! Your selections make so much sense for that climate and offer lovely...
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    Favorite Rainy Day Perfumes?

    It's raining, raining, raining where I live now, in Louisiana. Big summer thunderstorms of rain, and also gentler summer showers - persistent and drenching.

    What are your favorite perfumes to...
  3. Re: Your Morning-After Regrets and Your Growers ... top note and dry down asymmetry

    I love this thread A&I :) I find asymmetry in my love for fragrance openings/drydowns so....heartbreaking? Kind of like a disappointed love affair.

    I can not think of any real growers - because...
  4. Re: Are certain perfume houses known for certain flourishes or feels, and what are they?

    What a wonderful thread! Thank you so much - I love this. And what an insightful question to ask, AlexD :)

    Cacio - I think your analysis is beautifully perceptive, and I also agree with what...
  5. Re: Is anyone here playing the Chandler Burr untitled game?

    Sorry I didn't check back on this thread sooner! Basenotes hadn't been emailing me updates when people posted for some odd reason. Everyone's comments have been so thoughtful and great fun to read....
  6. Re: What fragrance should a female investment banker wear?

    Well, since No. 19 is not allowed... ;) In summer, I'd suggest Voyage d`Hermes. It's understated, clean, a bit androgynous, low sillage - and as crisp and meticulous as a clean white shirt from...
  7. Re: I have a theory, could be a giggle, please help

    Lovely thread Alityke! And very interesting.

    My answers:

    Love:
    - Curling up with a good book, usually literary fiction. I love a good story.
    - Experiencing "beautiful things." I love...
  8. Re: Help suggest a Chanel fragrance for GF

    I'm a Chanel fan and 38 yrs old (though not Korean!)

    I agree with the others - I think No. 5 Eau Premiere is a very safe bet - it's easy to wear and love, and you really can't miss with this...
  9. Re: Chanel No°5 Eau Premiere vs. Chanel No°22!

    Okay so the real reason I don't want to spend money on both is that my wishlist is TOO LONG, and I just added VC&A Gardenia Petale AND FM Carnal Flower to it!!! Argh! :D I'm a relatively new...
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    Re: Summer Orientals!

    Almost forgot: Serge Lutens Douce Amere! Wonderfully refreshing in summer. When I first tested it (in winter) I thought it was "too cold" and a little spooky. But in summer I adore it. Of course,...
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    Re: Summer Orientals!

    One more vote for Hermes Eau des Merveilles!
  12. Chanel No°5 Eau Premiere vs. Chanel No°22!

    Okay friends. I love both these frags, but I can only afford to buy one bottle. Which should I get?

    My intention is to use this as an everyday LBD fragrance - something that I can spray on with...
  13. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    I totally want to try Lys Soleia, Alityke! Thank you for the rec. I was reading a review of it over on Olfactoria's Travels and thought it sounded like something I might like :)

    And MorganFay -...
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    Re: Your impressions of Tocca fragrances?

    Oh! And about Cleopatra on sillage and longevity - I agree with soirdelune. The sillage for Cleo is average to above average, and the longevity is fair. Not great, but not bad. I'd say probably...
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    Re: Your impressions of Tocca fragrances?

    I totally agree with Altodiva on this one. Every time I'd go into an Anthropologie store, I'd swoon over the little bottles - test many of them, and fall "in like" but never "in love." Which is not...
  16. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Today I've been wearing Manoumalia - and I wanted to report back since several of you recommended it.

    It's gorgeous! On me, it's not a "dirty" white floral at all - but rather a darker, more...
  17. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    I've been wearing Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petale today and I'm seriously smitten. I like that it does not have coconut, so never ends up in beach territory. Just pure lush, green/white photoreal...
  18. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Alright gang - I've been buried in samples for the past week or so - and have found so many, many things that I really like thanks to you guys.

    But so far - the CLEAR winner in terms of...
  19. Re: Is anyone here playing the Chandler Burr untitled game?

    Thanks to Redneck Perfumisto's kind offer - I now have a decant of S01E01. Woo hoo! I sampled it today - without reading any of the speculation in the blogosphere - to try to keep my impressions...
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    Re: Red lipstick scent?

    Bois de Jasmin had a lovely post about this last year:
    http://boisdejasmin.com/2011/04/red-lipstick-fragrances-idea-glamor-perfume.html

    And I agree with lilybelle - the classic "lipstick" scent...
  21. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Santalgal - No. 22 is on my list! I should be getting my sample soon. :D

    About magnolia - here are a couple of interesting articles:...
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    Re: Red lipstick scent?

    Yup, I was going to say FM Lipstick Rose. I don't know about it's COLOR, but it definitely supposed to have a classic makeup scent :)

    Regarding Perfumed Court, there was an amicable split, and...
  23. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Thanks so much too everyone for your suggestions! I put in very large sample orders today to both LuckyScent and Surrender to Chance, and will be haunting the mailman for the next several days until...
  24. Re: Is anyone here playing the Chandler Burr untitled game?

    Has anyone tried this yet? I went to OpenSky and they are sold out. I'm dead curious!
  25. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Oops - wait a second - it's not a fruit note in Douce Amere. It's the anise I'm thinking of. Either way - chilly stuff. Okay - now I've gone wildly off topic.

    My point is: Thanks for letting me...
  26. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Thanks so much everyone! Un Lys and Manoumalia are now in the sample cart :)

    Thanks also for the reassurances around SL - I have actually sampled a fair amount of SL (though not "Un Lys") - and...
  27. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Okay - sample cart now contains the following. Some of these are so pricey as full bottles that if I actually like them...I'm in deep trouble ;)

    Eeeee! Any last questions? Comments? Additions? ...
  28. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Orange blossom is a-okay! As long as it's not by Serge Lutens :) Fleurs d’Oranger is a bit over-powering, and then starts whomping me with so much sweaty cumin that it makes me giggle out of...
  29. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Thank you all! I am editing and re-editing my sample list and filling a rather ridiculous cart over at Surrender to Chance (I know I have mentioned them twice, but am not affiliated). So hard to...
  30. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Okay, jasmine is OUT.

    Some hours later after my earlier application, husband sniffed at A La Nuit in its drydown state and said, "Hey, I like that!" He never says this. So I reapplied and said,...
  31. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    I rattled around in my sample bag and have now got Songes, and A La Nuit, and Rush, and Drama Nuii for good measure all over me up to my shoulders in a fit of testing ridiculosity. Oh, and L'Instant...
  32. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Thank you Evangeline!

    You've named EXACTLY the trouble I've been having: White perfumes are so often "screechy" - and when I go looking for these dreamy, rich florals, particularly gardenia, I end...
  33. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I am taking notes and will report back. Please keep them coming.

    I am so delighted that some of you recommended Hove. I'd been curious about them - and now...
  34. Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Hi everyone,

    Can you help me find a white floral?

    I've always been afraid of "big white florals" but now that the white flower season is here in Louisiana, I can't resist. I really want to...
  35. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    All - it's been about a year and a half since this thread started - just wanted to thank you again for all the help. Hundreds of samples later (thank you Perfumed Court and Luckyscent!), and after a...
  36. Re: Ack! Can't stand husband's Irish Spring! Help me find a solution?

    Y'all are awesome. I have since consulted with husband further on the matter. He has informed me that:

    1. He will never use anything in a non-bar-soap format. No mesh poufs, no bath gel, no...
  37. Re: Ack! Can't stand husband's Irish Spring! Help me find a solution?

    Thanks so much everyone - keep the suggestions coming :) This conversation is making me smile, because it is so much about masculine identity. I find how men define what it means to be "masculine"...
  38. Re: Ack! Can't stand husband's Irish Spring! Help me find a solution?

    Lol! Yes, at least he is clean :) And primrose - you're exactly right it's the harshness of the soap that bothers me. I find it positively eye-watering when I walk into the bathroom, or the...
  39. Ack! Can't stand husband's Irish Spring! Help me find a solution?

    Hi all -

    My husband uses Irish Spring soap. We've been married 6 years - and I have been tolerant til now, but the truth is I just can't stand the stuff. It is an overwhelming scent and the...
  40. Re: Good scents for the HOT transitional Fall season in the US? (99 degrees today!)

    Oh - and Mel_Lou you know, I have tried Shaal Nur. I sooooo want to like it. But I just can't get into it - I don't know if it's the vetiver throwing me or what? Each time I smell it on my skin, I...
  41. Re: Good scents for the HOT transitional Fall season in the US? (99 degrees today!)

    Thanks so much for the suggestions everyone! It is so much fun hearing everyone's ideas. Yesterday - after cacio's post - I tried on a sample of Sycomore that I hadn't sniffed yet. It is...
  42. Good scents for the HOT transitional Fall season in the US? (99 degrees today!)

    I recently relocated from San Francisco to Louisiana - talk about climate whiplash.

    This is of course confusing my usual fragrance choices. Right now - the weather is still quite hot - and I'm...
  43. Re: Love the Tobacco in Ambre Narguile - Other ideas?

    Thanks everyone! Great suggestions. I'm particularly intrigued by Jasmin et Cigarette - in cart at Perfumed Court! :)
  44. Love the Tobacco in Ambre Narguile - Other ideas?

    I'm testing/wearing Ambre Narguile today - and while I LOOOVE it (it sort makes me want to eat my arm off) - it is ultimately too sweet for me, and gives me a headache.

    Sigh.

    I really like the...
  45. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    Yes, I get leather - but only the barest hint. I like a leather note so it makes me happy that it's there - grounds it a little.

    Here's a question I have though: What, exactly, differentiates a...
  46. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    Holy cats. L'Oiseau de Nuit smells exactly how I think Hanea Mori should smell. It's got that same boozy sweet gourmand quality, but without the synthetic notes. Similar amber/vanilla drydown.
    ...
  47. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    Quick update: I haven't tried *everything* on the list yet - so far it's been: Shalimar, 24 Faubourg, Kelly Caleche, Etro Shaal Nur, Serge Lutens Chergui, Caron Poivre, Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel...
  48. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    I just wanted to let you all know how much fun I am having! I never knew perfume could be like this. What an adventure :)

    You are such a warm, welcoming community. I am truly touched. And...
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    Perfumes that smell like the sea?

    I just tried two sea scents - Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel, and Lostmarc'h Ael-Mat - and am intrigued by the smell of salt water.

    Both these perfumes are lovely (and very different) - but have...
  50. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    Wonderful - I will definitely try Chanel Exclusifs and Sur la Nil. Thanks again all.

    I'm realizing, that as with clothes, I like things that are *influenced* by the classics and have a sense of...
  51. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    Update:
    turquoisewater - thanks so much about the tip re: the Guerlain boutique in NM! I went yesterday and got a nose full of Guerlain :)

    The verdict: Gorgeousness! I got to sample Shalimar...
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    Oh - and bookwyrmsmith - no, I didn't smell Hot Couture. You are right - I probably would like it. But I assumed (maybe wrongly?) that it may well be more-in-the-same-vein of what I already liked in...
  53. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    I know, I'm spoiled to have a Sephora. If it makes you feel any better they don't have most of the classics - most shelf space is taken up by Pink Sugar, Light Blue, Coco Mademoiselle, Daisy and the...
  54. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    Thanks again all. I am stocking a rather ridiculous shopping cart of samples at The Perfumed Court and will report back. Lots of Guerlain, Chanel, Coron, Hermes....taking it as an opportunity to...
  55. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    Thanks Thalia! And yes, after I'd written that description I laughed at myself. When you have a description of a scent that goes "and then and then and THEN" odds are you can't do it all with one...
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    Y'all are so lovely - thanks so much for the help!

    mandyfin - it's not that I dislike butterfly (I still have a soft spot for it; it's quite darling) - I just find I have stopped reaching for it. ...
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    Thanks so much bookwyrmsmith! I tried Lolita Lempicka in the purple apple bottle, not L. Reading descriptions of "L" that might be worth a try for me - I like the descriptions that it smells...
  58. Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    Back in my early 20s, in the gourmand-crazed mid-late 90s, I found and fell in love with Hanae Mori butterfly. For years it was my signature scent. Don't laugh! (Okay, laugh.)

    This is back when I...
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