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    I'm not asking what is or isn't actually expensive but what smells like rich bitch big money to you? My vote goes for Arpege (current version) and Blue Carnation (vintage). Le Baiser du Dragon could get a rec from me in winter but overwhelming for summer. Also Ambre Sultan, Bal a Versailles, Parure, and more that don't come to mind right now. What say you, my scentalicious friends?

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    Good question!! Hmmm...Fracas, reeks of "old money" to me!
    En Avion, smells like pure luxury to me, fur coats and BIG diamonds
    Chanel No.5...because it's ingrained in me to associate Chanel with wealth
    Profumi Di Pantelleria's namesake scent, gorgeous rich bitch scent, it has an amazing oakmoss drydown, oakmoss for me = WEALTH

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    Well, for me, the male versions of the 'rich smelling' perfumes would be.

    1) Givenchy Gentleman
    2) Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
    3) Open by Roger and Gallet (its a surprisingly good fragrance for the low low price).

    Well, those are from what I own, and I've no doubt there are many many more that smell rich!

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    Editions de Parfums Iris Poudre
    Editions de Parfums Carnal Flower (because it is BLOODY expensive)
    Caron Narcisse Noir

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    Boucheron's Initial smells expensive to me- classy in an, "I don't give a damn," sort of way. I like the fragrance, but can only wear it certain times of the year and not too heavily or I find it gives me a headache. My husband says he finds it a little harsh and high-pitched, so I don't wear it around him obviously.

    There is something blue-blooded about Patou's 1000 to me; everyone always goes on an on about Joy, but to me it's 1000 that smells over-the-top expensive.

    First, in parfum, reeks of money too. There's something nearly green and crackling about it! It's also a very grown-up floral to me.

    Madame Rochas- money, money and more money- especially the vintage. This one I passed on to a friend as I just didn't have the wardrobe to carry it off.
    Scent is such a lovely, simple pleasure!

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    Woody Orientals. They smell expensive to me!!
    "A great perfume is a work of art, it can lift our days, haunt our nights and create the milestones of our memories. Fragrance is liquid emotion. And that never goes out of fashion. " MICHAEL EDWARDS

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    Un Lys by Serge Lutens is my rich woman scent. It's not a rich bitch scent, I don't think...more of an old family money scent for the well finished young matron who is learning about throwing charity balls.
    Please, spritz responsibly.

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    Eau du Soir

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    Most of the Amouages smell like a million dollars... they also practically cost that much though

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    Fun question!

    Joy, Jean Patou. Smells expensive, and wonderful.

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    Bois de Argent
    EAU BLANCH
    EAU NOIR

    OPIUM 'Secret de Parfum'

    BOUCHERON PF EDP

    JAZZ Prestige

    GUCCI EDP
    GUCCI PH

    Amouage gold

    Panther de Cartier

    nu

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    Arpège, lalique's Le Parfum, i also agree with strange accord on Joy...chanel's Bois des îles and coco (edp)...
    of the cheapies: avon's extraordinary and tabu (dunno why, to me it does smell expensive), ivoire (edp)
    there must be more, i'll get back to it later on...good post!

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    MMmmmm excellent question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Artisankey
    Boucheron's Initial smells expensive to me- classy in an, "I don't give a damn," sort of way.
    Oh I so second that one!!!!!!

    Others I think smell expensive are:
    Carnal Flower, Le Baiser du Dragon, Jil Sander 4, Royal Doulton, Gucci eau de Parfum, Cuir Améthyste, Rouge Hermès, Samsara, Voile d'Ambre, Féminité du Bois, Mauboussin, Cedre, Fleurs d'oranger, Yvresse (even though I don't really like it), Allure sensuelle, Sublime, Cuir Beluga, Laura Biagiotti - Venezia
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    I get a mental image of Michael Caine in his snooty role (not "roll") from the very entertaining movie "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" every time I smell Baldessarini Del Mar (by Hugo Boss).
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    Love Hermes Ambre Narguile and it sure is not cheap

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    A woman's fragrance that I think smells very expensive is Chanel Cuir de Russie. Beautiful! Smells expensive!

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    Thank you, dears! How could I have forgotten Coco, First, and #5? There are several that I'm yet to try. I've never tried Patou's 1000 but I'm getting the itch to go ahead and go for a sample of it Ditto Feminite du Bois.

    Vol de Nuit makes an ice princess image come to mind, an elegant one at that, and I love it. Yet I feel that there's a blank that should be filled in, something is missing, but maybe that's the beauty of it.

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    Anné Pliska, Lorenzo Villoresi Donna, Quelques Fleurs, Creed Jasmal, Vol de Nuit, Lalique Femme, Arpege, Le Baiser du Dragon, Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue, First by Van Cleef & Arpels, Diva, Serge Lutens Chergui, Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque, Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit, Serge Lutens Sa Majesté La Rose,
    Les Parums de Rosine (all), Habanita, Bois de Paradis, Penhaligon's Violetta, Shalimar parfum (I agree with those already mentioned but did not want to repeat)

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    I think Sabi smells expensive; and I guess it is too~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged
    Editions de Parfums Iris Poudre
    Editions de Parfums Carnal Flower (because it is BLOODY expensive)
    Caron Narcisse Noir
    I AGREE, Carnal Flower smells and IS expensive, alas alas because I love this one
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    I´ve found that oakmoss makes me think that some scents smell expensive. Mitsouko, Rochas Femme, Jolie Madame. Even Diorella, despite the mod appearance and the fresh citrus/melon top notes, evokes an image of spoiled teenage daughter in the seventies, skipping school to drive around in her car and waste her parents money on dolce vita

    Many scents smell expensive in their perfume strenght.

    I also agree about Feminité de Bois: it smells of wealth, even though it has that woody-woodsy naturalness.

    Á la nuit, which also is expensive, smells like it is made of the most precious jasmine there is to get.

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    Iris Nobile by Acqua di Parma smells expensive to me.
    So do Sublime and Boucheron.

    Don't know why. Just my feeling.
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    Jacques Fath pour Homme

    Amazing rich smell
    My astonishing Top 10 fragrances :

    1. Hombre by Victorio & Lucchino
    2. Antidote Viktor&Rolf
    3. Pure Havane Thierry Mugler
    4. Ambre Baldessarini
    5. Pure Malt Thierry Mugler
    6. Ultrared Men Paco Rabanne
    7. Jacques Fath pour L`Homme
    8. Silver Scent Jacques Bogart
    9. Chastity Men Rasasi
    10. Blue Sugar Aquolina

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    Nothing smells as expensive as wearing diamonds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apekrul View Post
    Most of the Amouages smell like a million dollars... they also practically cost that much though

    +1....
    even the bad amouage smells expencive, i dont get it why!?? what kind of ingredients do they put in!? maybe frankincense?

    vintage Shalimar doesnt smell expencive at all, but it can be really expencive )

    Chanel Cuir de Russie smells so expencive, 31 Rue Cambon too!

    Tuberose never smells expencive but sexy

    Vanilla never smells expencive too....but some Iso super E does smell expencive

    citruses rarely smell expencive...except Chanel Cologne!

    Aldehydes usually smell expencive to me...but i dont favour them...anyhow everything that is sweet doesnt smell expencive to me ...money is bitter, smoky

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    Jean Patou's Sublime. To me, rich women smell like aldehydic florals, but there would also be something sparkling, alluring and overtly feminine about them. Sublime is the epitome of luxury.

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    Duck. Duck fat. Potatoes cooked in duck fat. Eat while wearing the Lutens/Sheldrake of your choice.
    What do insomniac perfumers do to fall asleep? They count chypres!

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    Chypres always smell of old money to me. Ma Griffe, surprisingly (vintage). Van Cleef's Gem. Old Diors.
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    Rich mahogany but don't know of any fragrance with that note
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    funny that it is likely that some of the most mainstream designer fragrances are likely to be the ones which are associated with a high cost or high value, however it's the niche scents - the obscure or hard to find, weird, rare and truly unique scents that can cost a kings ransom which would likely turn more noses away than it would please.

    Such is life.

    I vote for agar musk, as it smells rich, deep, unique and marvelous. It's my big money scent.

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    Mitsouko always smelled sort of grande dame bitchy to me.
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    Amouage. Money, money, money coming out of your ears.

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    Agree with Amouage, Dia and Gold

    Hermes Fabourg 24

    Balenciaga Cristobal

    And chypres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jujy54 View Post
    Duck. Duck fat. Potatoes cooked in duck fat. Eat while wearing the Lutens/Sheldrake of your choice.
    Hilarious!

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    Tuscan leather

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    Amouage Gold
    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Hermes 24 Faubourg
    Jean Patou Joy
    Chanel 31 Rue Cambon

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    chanel n5 - chanel
    fracas - piguet
    parfum sacré - caron
    carnal flower - ropion
    coco noir - chanel
    arpege - lanvin
    1000 - patou
    joy - patou
    fleurissimo - creed
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    Tom Ford Black Orchid always smells like big bucks to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieNase View Post
    Tuscan leather
    I have to ad cuir de russie, no 5 eau premiere and bois des iles. Somehow aldehyes seem to smell expensive to me. Best with some skank. rich lady with aldehydic perfume and a fur coat smell).

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    For women:

    Boucheron EDP
    +1 for 24, Faubourg

    For men:

    Guerlain Derby, vintage version
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Anything from Amouage, Xerjoff and Creed

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    Thought I'd resurrect this thread as this gives me some good Christmas present ideas

    My thoughts:

    Creed Royal Oud
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Gucci Pour Homme 1
    Bond New York Oud
    By Killian Incense Oud

    ...and I REALLY want to get my hands on a sample of Epic Man; I read only wonderful things. I guess my "expensive" picks are woody and woody oriental winter frags...
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    Duc De Verins
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    My "expensive" smells would include "Y" by YSL, Cristobal (Balenciaga),
    Mauboussin, Le Parfum de Therese and Nohiba (E. Coudray.)
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    For me, it's mainly those scents that are classic in style such as Chanel No 5, Amouage Gold, Shalimar, Antonia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieNase View Post
    I have to ad cuir de russie, no 5 eau premiere and bois des iles. Somehow aldehyes seem to smell expensive to me. Best with some skank. rich lady with aldehydic perfume and a fur coat smell).
    +1 on this for me

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    For me personally, almost irrespective of the notes (and their actual cost, scarcity, organic/fair trade etc. status), the house and/or the perfumer behind it, the gender, the price etc. almost any female or male fragrance with a balanced and not overpowering touch of powerhouse, leathery, chypre, tobacco, spices, wood, resins and/or not overly sweet gourmand notes smell expensive and exude undertones, associations and ideations of luxury, class, even a touch of Old School/Old World formality.

    A specific recommendations along these lines would be one of my absolutely favorite female fragrances, mentioned and highlighted by me on various other threads: Le Dix by Balanciaga. Often compared to Chanel No. 5 and, to a lesser extent, possibly No. 19, it successfully combines heavier, more persistent classic florals with rich undertones of almost powerhouse like citrus and leather. Very mature and very classy fragrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    Rich mahogany but don't know of any fragrance with that note
    Have you tried Lutens-Bois Orientale?


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    Portrait of a Lady

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    Ubar smells of diamonds & furs to me.
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    Jean Patou 1000
    Hermes 24 Faubourg
    In a strange way, Paloma Picasso Mon Parfum

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    Cuir de Russie - Chanel

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    Out of mine, Jubilation 25 (Woman), original extrait, or the original Homage.
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