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    Default The 10 "Must Have" -"women's" perfumes

    I was wondering what would you choose if you were to select just 10 scents that are an absolute must have in women's perfumery, be either your absolute favorite iconic frags (or one that you don't like that much but that you think has to be part of everyone's wardrobe as "learing" experiences) that have stood the test of time. If you want, you can post some as "classics" and some others as "new classics". Or do as you please of course!

    My vote would go as: (no order)
    Chanel Coco
    Chanel No5
    Lanvin Arpège
    Shalimar
    Fracas
    Angel
    L'air du temps
    YSL Opium
    Diorissimo
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    Default Re: The 10 "Must Have" -"women's" perfumes

    Here are my vote (in no particular order!):

    Chanel no. 5
    Shalimar
    Fracas
    Opium
    L`Air du Temps
    Rive Gauche
    Cabochard
    Mitsouko
    Ma Griffe
    Je Reviens (old formula, parfum)

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    I don't know if they're "must haves," but these are relatively infamous, and I think everyone ought to sample them at least once when figuring out what works for her. At least, they've been important touchstones in terms of my own education.

    1. Angel: The touchstone for gourmands.

    2. Mitsouko: It exemplifies the best qualities of the chypre, but it also highlights the side of it that some people might not like. "It's not pretty at all, but it's really interesting and complex," according to my boyfriend, who doesn't like it. I agree, but that's what I like best about Mitsouko.

    3. Poison: No offense to the people who love it, but for years, I wouldn't touch perfume, because when I thought of perfume, I thought "Poison," and when I thought "Poison," I thought shoulder pads and big hair. But it is a perfect example of a big eighties perfume.

    4. Bvlgari Black: A great, bizarre fragrance, which shows how diverse and creative the perfume world really is.

    5. Chanel No. 5: Whether or not you like it, everyone ought to know what it smells like.

    6. Chanel No. 19: It occupies a space directly opposite to the super-sweet fragrances that are currently popular. It's distinctly bitter. In my opinion, it's also liquid elegance.

    7. CK One: When I think of the 1980s, I think of Poison. When I think of the early 90s, I think of CK One. I wouldn't wear it now, but it was a huge sensation when I was in my early teens. It made me feel very punk rock, because a lot of girls wouldn't even CONSIDER a fragrance that was not exclusively "for women," and I had to hide it from my mother because of the "questionable" advertising. In my small Ohio town, it was practically infamous - CK One: The Scent That Might Make You Gay. I smelled it the other day, and that whole era came flooding back to me.

    8. Miss Dior Cherie: Completely accessible and really lovely. This is one of the best perfumes of the fruity-floral genre, for the people who want to know why they're so popular.

    9. Chanel Coco: This is a really accomplished oriental, for people who want to get to know that fragrance family. The spice is in perfect harmony with the amber and vanilla, and it has all the warmth and sweetness that an oriental ought to have.

    10. Curious : You know you've smelled it. It's not a "must-have" by any means but it does sum up a certain moment in perfume, and I think the little girls who are growing up right now will remember it as the smell of a time, the way some people remember Charlie, or Poison, or (in my case) CK One. It'll also probably wind up as the "first fragrance" for a lot of young women. I wonder what they'll wear when they've grown up.

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    Even though I dislike the House of Chanel, I will agree with Coco and No. 5, and from Guerlain Shalimar.

    FdTRB from Creed, for the epitome of a classic rose-dominated fragrance (although disturbingly similar to the common Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose and before that Houbigant A Rose is a Rose is a Rose).

    Joy, which dominated magazine advertising as the most costly/expensive perfume (this was promulgated during the seventies and many, many women bit hard).

    Arpege, for the chic black boule and mother/daughter logo. For many this and No. 5 were the epitome of French perfume and spelled "class" in many working class homes (I grew up with these perfumes on my grandmothers' dressing tables and my family worked in shoe factories). This, Shalimar, and No. 5 were perfumes the "boys over there" brought home to their sweethearts, and the bottles were kept for special occasions only.

    Yardley Lavender, a scent that for many young women was an introduction to the note when its primary use was in men's toiletries.

    Muguet du Bois, which was often a young girl's introduction to grown-up perfumes (Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass may be substituted here).

    Charlie. What? Charlie?? Absolutely. Ten years (give or take a year or two) after the advent of women's lib, Charlie celebrated the liberated young career girl and her smart, independent lifestyle. This was the Cosmo girl in action in Manhattan, Bobby Short and all. Notice that I did not pick that horrid Enjoli, which had the same premise (celebration of freed womanhood), albeit in a less chic and marital way Plus, who wants to fry bacon and then not let a man forget he's a man? Ick.

    Rive Gauche, which was without a doubt an entire encapsulation of Parisian chic, circa 1973. Extremely streamlined, crisp, and efficiently arrogant, Rive Gauche was incisive and slightly curt. Fabulous reminder of les temps perdus.
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    my vote goes to sexy perfumes, empowering, protective, comforting and liberating perfumes for women

    Fleurs d 'Oranger
    Musc Ravageur
    Cedre
    Joy (parfum)
    Paloma Picasso (parfum)
    Parfum de Peau (parfum)
    Tubereuse Criminelle
    Seve Exquise
    Biche dans l 'Absinthe
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    I have pondered about this especially after reading what Francis Kurdjan had to say about this matter(in fact what are must-sniffs, if not must-haves).

    If concentrating on the must-haves , this is so widely personal and subjective. I couldn't recommend what others should do, really.

    I guess at least one of each category/family though would be all right for our purposes.
    I would definitely include:
    Mitsouko(fruity chypre), Chanel#19 (green floral chypre), Jicky (aromatic), A la nuit (jasmine floral), La chasse (light floral bouquet), Chanel#5 (aldehydic), O de Lancome (citrus), Shalimar (animalic oriental), Opium (spicy oriental), Narciso Musk (musk).

    If I had to also include a rose floral, because many are keen on rose (not me), I'd include Fleurs de The Rose Bulgare by Creed (which is completely realistic scent-wise)
    I know I am leaving out leathers (technically a sub-division of chypres usually, although Chanel#19 could satisfy the craving in a subtle way), in which case Cuir de Russie by Chanel would be very elegant; and gourmands, in which case Angel is the prototype.

    Again it depends on what one really needs.
    The above are not necessarily what I have in full bottles, just what I deem cover most situations and are in way or another landmarks of perfumery.

    I know I am leaving many out, but a collection with those has something for every occassion.
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    I chose to think of 'iconic' with respect to the relationship between fragrance and societal trends and also the way in which one perfume can be said to define a generation. This, therefore is my little list of a bit more than 10.
    1919 Mitsouko
    20's Shalimar
    30's Joy
    40's Miss Dior
    50's Youth Dew
    60's Fidji
    70's Charlie & Opium
    80's Poison & Obsession
    90's Angel
    I think these would make a good perfume 'tree' from which to start studying other scents.

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    Must smells are mostly classics in my opinion. Perfumes that really are part of the history in a significant way:
    1) At least one of these Guerlain classics in Parfum Extrait (preferebly all of them of course): Jicky, Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, Shalimar, or l'Heure Bleue
    2) Diorissimo
    3) Le Parfum de Therese
    4) Miss Dior before the bloody reformulation
    5) Narciso Rodriguez EDT - not really a classic but very unusual in it's own way and I think it has to be experienced.
    6) No. 5 parfum
    7) Femme
    8) Youth Dew parfum
    9) Joy parfum
    10) Caron's Parfum Sacre, Nuit de Noel, N'Aimez Que Moi, Farnesiana
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    Default Re: The 10 "Must Have" -"women's" perfumes

    Mine are:
    Mitsouko - No reformulation
    Jolie Madame
    Youth Dew
    Paloma Picasso
    No. 19 - EDT or parfum not EDP
    Miss Dior - No reformulation
    Parfum Sacre
    Les Parfums de Rosine (Pick one.
    My favorite is Un Zeste or Une Folie)
    Vol de Nuit - parfum not EDT
    1000 - EDP or parfum not EDT
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    in no particular order >

    poison
    chanel no.5
    angel
    omnia
    bvlgari black
    diorrisimo
    anais anais
    youth dew
    coco mad
    lovely
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    Here is my vote, I do prefer some of the classics but Angel is an exceptional as it has clearly demonsrated what a gourmand scent should smell like and it looks good in the wardrobe...

    Angel
    Chanel No.5
    Diorrisimo
    Fracas
    Joy
    Poison
    Rive Gauche
    Shalimar
    Vol de Nuit
    Youth Dew

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    Rochas Femme
    Mitsouko
    Shalimar
    Bois des Iles
    Vent Vert
    Vol de Nuit
    L'heure bleue
    NR edt
    Coco
    Boudoir

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    Default Re: The 10 "Must Have" -"women's" perfumes

    In alphabetical order:

    Angel
    Bandit
    Coco
    L'Heure Bleue
    Mitsouko
    Narcisse Noir
    Poivre
    Shalimar
    Tabac Blond
    Vent Vert
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    1) obsession
    2) shalimar
    3) jicky
    4) miss dior
    5) bois' d'armenie
    6) dune
    7) kingdom
    8) bois des iles
    9) coco
    10) poison

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    I love this thread...but the question is too difficult for me!

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    My 'must have' list is this:

    no particular order

    Shalimar
    Mitsouko
    Vent Vert
    Youth Dew bath oil version
    Diorissimo
    Mystere
    Rive Gauche
    FLeurs de Rocaille
    Fracas

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    No.19 (vintage)
    No.5
    Bois Des Iles
    Cuir De Russie (edp)
    Mitsouko
    Shalimar
    Parfum Sacre
    Fracas
    Cabochard (vintage)
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    1. Citizen Queen
    2. CDG 8 88
    3. Fracas
    4. TF Tobacco Vanile
    5. Kenzo Kenzo
    6. Jovoy Poudre
    7. Hermes Eau de Merveilles
    8. Narciso Rodriguez for her
    9. Frapin 1270
    10. Coco

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    My list of must have's

    1. No. 5 in any concentration
    2. Shalimar vintage parfum
    3. Joy parfum
    4. Divine eau de parfum
    5. Carnal Flower (or Fracas)
    6. Ava Luxe Love's True Bluish Light
    7. Amouage Jubilation (or Mistouko)
    8. Hilde Soliani Conaffetto
    9. Kilian's Love and Tears
    10. FM Bigarade Concentree (just because you need a good citrus/orange frag in there and I like this one best.)

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    For me, these are "THE" classics or neo-classics must-haves of women perfumes (in no particular order), sorry more than 10!

    Shalimar by Guerlain
    L´Heure Bleue by Guerlain
    Bal a Versailles by Jean Desprez
    Bandit by Robert Piguet
    Fracas by Robert Piguet
    Narcisse Noir by Caron
    Tabac Blond by Caron
    L´Origan by Coty
    Joy by Jean Patou
    Habanita by Molinard
    No. 5 by Chanel
    Apres l`Ondée by Guerlain
    Diorissimo by Dior
    Angel by Thierry Mugler
    Ivoire by Balmain
    Insolence by Guerlain

    cheers!

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    Oooh tricky! In no particular order....

    Piguet Bandit
    Mitsouko
    Tabac Blond
    Mugler Alien
    Amarige
    Rochas Tocade
    Carven Ma Griffe
    Patou Sublime
    A Taste of Heaven by Killian
    Chanel Coromandel

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    Hanae Mori
    Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy
    Annick Goutal Petite Cherie
    Bvlgari Eau De Vert
    Jlo Miami Glow
    Ralph Hot
    D&G L'Imperatrice
    Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb
    D&G Light Blue
    Harajuku Lovers G

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