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    Question Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    I can recall one particularly distinct perfume and its aroma when my mother would apply it before going out. I didn't know or care to find out what it was then..but I am almost positive now it was Lanvin's Arpege from sniffing an older, partially full bottle recently and getting a flood of memories from the event.

    What does/did your mom wear as her most favorite scent? Did you like it or hate it or just not give it a second thought?
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    Mom wore and wears Chanel No 5. She's only 49. In the 70's and 80's she had a classy punk style she was rockin.

    My grandmother also wore Chanel No. 5. My grandfather picked it up for her while in Europe during the WWII. She wore Tabu too.
    Now my grandmother loves "Navy". Not sure what went wrong there. lol

    To answer your question, I like Chanel No. 5, but at this time, I'm not interested in wearing it.
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    I remember my mother had an empty bottle of Shalimar parfum on her dresser. She wore lots of scents but sometimes she'd smell like the inside of that bottle so clearly, she had worn Shalimar.

    I tested Shalimar (edp and parfum) recently and it brought back no memories. It was not even the same scent. I don't know what happened.
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    Woodhue and Bluegrass. And yes, I do love them.
    They have been changed, though, and don't smell the same, or I would buy them.

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    My Mom who is now 80, wore Chanel no. 5 and Chantilly. Chantilly is her favorite and I recently bought her a bottle.

    I liked sniffing them on her dresser when I was a little girl, but have little interest in wearing them.

    My Grandma had either Ambush or Tabu, one or the other, maybe both, and I remember being surprised at how lovely I thought they were. I could see myself exploring those scents more readily.
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    My mom wore and wears Chanel No 22, with the odd burst of Arpege...yels, I like both of these scents. I also recall little glass vials, the ones you break, of sundry other fragances. but those two were her staples. 22 in a large bottle and Arpege in the parfum form.
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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    She didn't usually wear any. When she got L'Air du Temps for Christmas, she wore it while it lasted (which was several years). I can't stand L'AdT, it makes me sneeze violently.

    When I asked her if she had a favourite scent, she said Chanel no 5 and I gave her a bottle of EdT for her birthday in 1986. She still has that bottle. I like No 5, and had a parfum which I wore as my special occasion scent in my late teens and early twenties, but time hasn't been ripe for reintroducing it to my life. Maybe some day...
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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    As a child, I remember my mom wearing Jontue. She suffers from asthma and doesn't wear perfume much at all anymore, as her asthma has gotten worse over the years. But Jontue was apparently one of the few that wouldn't impair her breathing. It was always okay-smelling to me, nothing more.

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    That's a good question* My mom & I have different taste in perfumes. She likes flowery, fruity, sweeter scents than I. I give her alot of the fragrances, that I bought for myself, but couldn't adapt to, and she ended up liking them. Like: Wild Fig, by Henri Bendel, Perry Ellis Woman, Mystere, by Rochas, Safari, by Lauren, Todd Oldham, etc. She liked Knowing by Lauder, which to me, is not so good, so she promised she wouldn't wear that one around me. Most of the women in my family, like different kind of scents than me, but being that tastes in fragrance is subjective, I really don't care, whatever makes you happy.

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    My mother alternates between Bulgari pour Femme, 24 Faubourg, and 1000 de Patou. She's worn all of these for years now. She usually buys a new "summer" fragrance, and I usually give her a gift of something new or trendy for Christmas. But she always goes back to her favorites.

    In years past, I recall her wearing Bal a Versailles, Shalimar, Calandre, Y, Norell, Chloe. I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

    Now that she's getting on in years, her sense of smell is not as acute. She tends to overspray. She's always been the glamorous sillagey type, though.

    I loved Y and Calandre on her, also Chloe. Of what she wears now, I think the Bulgari is nicest.
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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    Thanks for the insightful and personal replys/posts.

    Several of my mother's friends, as I mentioned in another thread, wore Tabac Blond on occasion and I just realized what that scent was very recently. Mom's Arpege also..It was nice enough on her but she had a tendency to over-apply so it was a bit powerful initially.
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    My mom has always had great taste in perfume IMO. As I've gotten older, I gift her of her old favorites and new ones I like.

    As a child, she wore Paco Rabanne Calandre, Chanel No. 5, Ivoire de Balmain, L'Heure Bleue, Ma Griffe, and Aromatics Elixir. Also this one fragrance that absolutely haunts me, Agua Profunda by Parfums Parera (a Spanish perfume house). I have sought Agua Profunda nearly my entire adult life (with no luck) so to say it brings back memories would be an understatement. It is quite literally an obsession! Now that I'm learning more about perfumes, I see that my mom was quite a chypre fan. I do not know if she tended towards chypres "on purpose," but these complex frags do suit her well. She's always been one to wear frags that are distinctive and elegant, just like she is!

    Today she still wears Aromatics Elixir. In the last ten or so years she's added Coco Chanel for No. 5, Shalimar and Mahora for L'Heure Bleue, and some of the frags I've bought her that she likes a lot include Shiseido Energizing Fragrance and Stella by Stella MacCartney. I also get her a bottle of Aromatics Elixir when I know she's running low.
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    My mum has always loved perfume and has passed that love on to both my brother and me. She wore White Shoulders, Coty Musk, and in her late twenties/early thirties (before I was even thought of) she claims she wore Chanel 21, which I'm not sure existed. I suspect that it was No. 22. I wasn't crazy about White Shoulders, but she also wore Coty's Muguet des Bois, which I love/d. She would sometimes put a little on me, and I remember walking in the woods near our house with her and finding a plant and she explained that it was a lily of the valley. When we got home we applied some perfume and compared it with the flower.
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    She wore L'air du temps and Shalimar when I was little and I love those. I do wear Shalimar. In my teens she wore Lauren- She would spray it on upstairs and I would start coughing downstairs -I would never wear it.

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    My mum wore Charlie. I haven't smelled it for years...
    After a while she stopped wearing perfume, except dor CK one now and then.
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    My mother used to wear Givenchy III a lot, mostly because it was my father's favourite and he always bought her a bottle of it when he went overseas. But she also wore Opium and I think that was her personal favourite! I used to love the Opium as a child and didn't really appreciate the Givenchy III... but the older I got the more I grew to love it and appreciate it, especially when I noticed how different it was from the perfumes my friend's mothers were wearing.

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    My mom wears Chanel No. 5 and SJP Lovely, and I think they're both very nice scents. However, my clearest scent-related memory of my mother is that she grew lilacs in our side garden, and in the spring, she would always go outside and stand there, sniffing them. She wasn't always happy when we were growing up - she had to raise us pretty much on her own - but the lilacs always seemed to make her feel so peaceful. Once, I remember, she bent down a branch so that I could sniff it, and said, "here, this is the prettiest smell in the world," in this very definite tone of voice, as if she wanted me to remember it. When I smelled En Passant, it reminded me very much of her, and it was an intense rush of emotion - I just stood there, in the middle of a crowded shop, with my eyes closed, remembering.


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    My mother wears Estee Lauder Youth Dew mostly and I think she over does it. It's a great classic and I love Orientals, but this one is a little too spicy for me. I do like it on others, but I have so many more that I love more so I would not wear it.

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    My mum don´t wear frags at all, she has never done. But her mother did, and I remeber I found grandma´s perfumes being sooo wonderful when I was a girl. I don´t remeber what frags she had, but I do recognize Shalimar very much, and I guess it was one of her perfumes. I myself just love Shalimar, and I really enjoy wearing it!
    Faves right now: Chanel No 19, Stella Rose Absolute, L´Heure Bleu, Elixir de Merveilles, Samsara.

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    My mum is 52. Diorissimo was my mum's signiture scent, then she used a bit of Poison, Chanel No.5 and Joy in the 80s.
    She doesn't wear much scents in the recent years, she liked my Hermes 24 Faubourg, and I gave her a bottle.
    I'd wear anything my mum wears, but I think I still linger the Diorissimo on her which I am trying to persuade her to wear more often.
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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    Quote Originally Posted by kbe
    I can recall one particularly distinct perfume and its aroma when my mother would apply it before going out. I didn't know or care to find out what it was then..but I am almost positive now it was Lanvin's Arpege from sniffing an older, partially full bottle recently and getting a flood of memories from the event.

    What does/did your mom wear as her most favorite scent? Did you like it or hate it or just not give it a second thought?
    Arpege and Joy are what I remember. And something lilac-y and a muguet of some sort. Love/d them all - always wanted to smell as gorgeous and be as soignee. A gracious and tender lady, now long gone.

    Thanks for the memories!! :bounce:
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    My dear mama has a really heavy hand when it comes to fragrance, and I hated the perfumes that she chose. I remember Navy, Beautiful, and White Linen on her vanity table. She was a fan of misting clouds of perfume over herself after she had gotten ready.

    For that reason, I limit myself to one or two sprays underneath my clothes. I only want people who are very close to me to be able to smell my fragrance. I also go for the really rich orientals, instead of the aldehyde florals that she always wore.

    I love my mom, and she's got great taste... but our tastes differ markedly. After all, it would be a boring world if we all wore the same thing.



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    My mom wore Chanel Number 5, as did my grandmother. I will never be able to smell this perfume without thinking of old ladies.

    I can't even say if I like or dislike the scent.. It's just OLD.

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    no way! in the 80s she wore liz claibourne and lutece, both of which i hated. now she wears vanilla fields which, although less offensive than the aforementioned scents, is not my cup of tea. what's more, she has the audacity to suggest that my fragrances make me smell like a "french whore". and not just one or two, but all of them. i think the only traits i inherited from her are brutal honesty and stubborness.
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    my mother went thru a phase of wearing private collection before switching to red door then to boucheron. she still wears boucheron and switches off with 'tresor and jean paul gaultier classique. she's tried other scents like poeme and miracle but just gave the bottles to me. boucheron and jpg or anything along those lines reminds me of my mom and how comfy i used to feel as a child laying down to watch tv in her room while she read in bed.

    my maternal grandmother wore white shoulders and my last pleasant memory of her was helping her get ready for a party at the nursing home. i sprayed her with white shoulders and applied her horrible coral lipstick for her since her hands didn't have very much control any more. i will always think of that day whenever i get a whiff of white shoulders. i love how vivid memories seem when you smell something familiar; they come flooding back.

    my paternal grandmother (and her aunt) wore youth dew. a spritz or two never sufficed; they bathed in the stuff. now keep in mind this was only for special occasions, but sheesh it was hard riding in the same car with her while she was wearing the stuff.
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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    Well, my mom is long gone, but I think I inherited a passion for perfume from her. Although in general she didn't spend much money on herself, she liked Narcisse Noir, Nuit de Noel, Intimate, and Jungle Gardenia. Unlike me she disliked rose,
    white florals and most other soliflores. I believe she also wore Straw Hat in the summer. She used to talk about the original Coty Chrypre.

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    My mother has never been a perfume fan as such. I do remember her wearing Youth Dew, on special occasions years ago, but that was a present from my dad. The only perfume I know that she wears nowadays is Elizabeth Arden Green Tea. Her favourite scent has always been lily of the valley so any soaps, body lotions etc. with this scent make her happy. I wouldn't wear Youth Dew but I do like Green Tea. My grandmother used to wear a variety of perfumes but the one scent I'd love to rediscover of hers wasn't from perfume but a lipstick. I don't know the brand but it was in a shiny gold coloured case and I was fascinated with this fancy thing as a child. I have a vague memory of its' scent and I am so tempted to try a sample of FM Lipstick Rose just to see if it's anything like my lipstick memory.

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    My mother who is 47 always used to wear Safari by Ralph Lauren, it was her going out perfume. I remember as a young boy that i used to sit and watch her get ready to go out. She is so beautiful and everything she did at the time fascinated me. She used to show me her make up (no wonder i'm gay lol, all her fault :P), and when she kissed us all goodbye we could smell her perfume, it upsets me it's been discontinued! She also wore Beautiful but not as much. I think she wears MyQueen or Fracas now.
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    My mom had fabulous taste in perfume, IMO... Her favorites were Ma Griffe, Bal a Versailles, Zadig and most recently Sung. I likely got my fragrance jones from her. I got a whiff of YSL Opium when I was 15 and it became my signature scent for over 20 years -- and just a few years ago my Mom confessed to me that when she missed me, she would go to the closest department store, spray Opium into the air, and walk into the fragrance cloud.

    I have just recently gotten a bottle of BaV, but somehow can't yet bring myself to wear some of her others, particularly Sung, which was her scent of choice at the time of her death in 2004.

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    my mum loves Lou Lou - it's her favourite scent...though we can't afford to get her a bottle at the moment, we cherish a little miniature at that my aunt gave her! I love the smell of Lou Lou on her - but on me, it's not so good!
    At the moment, she wears Love in Paris by Nina Ricci (which I gave her for her 50th birthday in December) and I Love Love by Moschino - the only fragrance we have in common at the moment! Though, I think she's showing interest in a few of my fragrance - both full bottles & samples...which I think is a good thing.
    I don't remember what her mother wore, fragrance-wise...it's been a while since she passed away...my mum may know, but I have no idea, unfortunately.

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