Originally Posted by Kagey
It's interesting to see people's perceptions of what's feminine ...
I agree completely. When someone asks me about "feminine" fragrances, something in my brain signals "GIRLY," and I immediately begin thinking of light, pretty florals. Certainly, light, pretty florals could qualify, but they're by no means exclusive. There are obviously so many facets to femininity (femme fatale/temptress, mother/comforter, confident/knowing ...), and it's very interesting indeed to see people's different associations with that word.
If you're asking for recommendations, it's probably important to know what *you* mean, what associations *you* have, when you ask about feminine fragrances so that people can give suggestions that more closely align with what you're looking for. But if the point of your post was to leave it vague and see what associations other people have, well, I think you've accomplished that in spades.
To answer your question, one of the most feminine fragrances I can remember smelling is the now-discontinued Jardin Clos
by Diptyque. EL Pleasures
also comes to mind.
I don't have many fragrances that fit my own definition of "feminine" (I tend to like powerhouses, even among my florals, which probably says something about my own preconceptions of femininity -- and I'm not very happy with myself about those preconceptions, either ... I should widen my definitions
) So, among the fragrances I own, I'll throw out Serge Lutens Un Lys
and A La Nuit