Tabu was my first. I've told the story in the past so I won't bore you guys, but this just works for me. The vintage especially smells like some fancy niche oriental on my skin and it lasts and lasts, and projects and projects. Opium is another. It was the second I tried because I find it simmilar to Tabu, albiet richer. Opium could be re-released as a masculine oriental and it would rock so many peoples socks, especially those who are used to the wimpy Opium Pour Homme. YSL really gave men the finger with that one. To make it fair they should do a Kouros pour femme and turn it into a wimpy, watered down mess.
Arpege. It's practically an aromatic fougere already. Amazing soapy goodness, and quite cheap. Why anyone would buy Arpege Pour Homme is beyond me. Extra points for the vintage which my grandmother wore quite often as it brings back very fond memories.
Obsession. Another scent that blows the 'pour homme,' version clean out of the water. I'd love to try the vintage, but I'm happy as it stands with this lovely little cheapie. A 30ml bottle goes a long way on me and costs next to nothing.
Does Bandit even count as a feminine? I'll wear anything by Germaine Cellier for that matter with the exception of her Nina Ricci's (although I'll enjoy them on women, I'll enjoy the hell out of them!) but Visa, Fracas, Jolie-Madame, etc. All very much in play. Although Bandit and Jolie-Madame are the only ones I dig in their reformulated styles.
Jicky, obviously. This is another that's just a no-brainer. Mitsouko only slightly less so, but I don't use these often because I only have a small supply of the vintage which has officially reached the 'insane' price-threshold and the reformulations smell awful to me. Apres l'Ondee is another, but again the price is insane and the reformulation is dull.
Many from the Aqua Allegoria series. Actually I'll go out on a limb and say I'd cheerfully spritz anything made by Jean Paul Guerlain, regardless of who it was made for, as I've never come across an authentic (vintage) scent of his I didn't love, and even many of the reformulations hold up quite well when it comes to his newer work.
Perles de Lalique parfum (especially); my no.1 chypre. Light years ahead of the reformulated Mitsouko, which should be called Shitsouko. The flacon is a work of art.
Tabac Blond. I even enjoy the reformulation of this one.
A couple of Yardley's cheapies, oddly enough, which I find to be almost soliflores i.e English Rose and Peony; English rose layered with the equally super-cheap Mont St. Michel rose cologne makes me feel like a great dandy, but I love it.
Just about anything with a good vanilla presence. From niche (Annick Goutal) and designer exclusives (Guerlain) to the hugely overlooked Cool Water for women flanker Sensual Essence and the insanely cheap and sadly discontinued Diesel Plus Plus feminine.
This might sound bizarre, but Miss Worth vintage parfum (a hyper-delicate, spring-scented aldehydic floral with many fruity notes and subtle gourmand accords) works on my skin. Big time. Although the EDP stinks. On everyone. It could be because it reminds me of my late wife, but she wore Je Reviens and Dans la Nuit even more and I don't think it is suitable for me at all so who knows. The new Worth oriental gourmand by Mr. Cool Water: Courtesan is another I dig. I bought it for my fiance, and a few bottles to gift around (I wanted to support Worth's attempt to push upmarket) but I keep having to steal it from her.
Ysatis; better than the reformulated Xeryus, although I do like that too.
Hypnotic Poison, pending a suggestion on Basenotes I went and rummaged around in my garage for those 'little luxuries,' Dior mini sets (awesome packaging here, Dior really do go the extra mile in many cases) I used to have on the shelf when I was in business. Now there's a stack of Hypnotic Poison minis in my rotation, good stuff! All I need to do is decant them into an atomiser.