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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    Hey, I would like to ask you sth...
    I've read something here, and the most of you are talking about Chanell 5, great scent, but... I was wandering if someone knows....

    For some time I was looking for my mum's favorite scent - Soir de Paris by Bourjois.. the thing is that I cannot find it anywhere. And also, I've heard or read somewhere that they changed the scent in 1991. I don't know now if I can
    find an old version of Soir, from 1928....if it exists somewhere.... It turns out that they changed the scent, but left the blue bottle the same.... I don't know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComDiva
    I inherited my Mom's scarf collection, and more than a year after she died, I finally got up the nerve to start going through them. Within minutes, the entire room smelled like my mother, and I was laughing and crying and wrapping myself in scarves like a madwoman.
    That is such a gorgeous memory you shared.

    As for my Mom..she wore Lady Stetson if memory serves. Heck. No.

    OK, to be honest, it will always have this place in my heart. It's the strangely sweet nostalgia of being poor, Mom with her Bon Jovi hair and Pay'nSave perfume, and my still being young enough to want nothing more than her company.

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    I mainly remember my mum (who is still alive but has recently suffered a stroke) wearing Madame Rochas. I wouldn't choose it personally but as it reminds me of her I have a positive reaction to it.

    However, one of the first perfumes I chose, and my first "adult" scent was Mitsouko, and when I told my mum this I was surprised to find out it was the perfume she wore when she was younger.

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    So many moving childhood memories of our perfumed mothers. Isn't it amazing how scent can transport you back in time. I remember my mother's sillage, and how it seemed that she was still in the room even after she had already left - her perfume was an extension of her physical presence, her energy. I recently tried one of her old favorites, Calandre, but it didn't smell nice on me.

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    my mom wore obsession for years, then roma. now she wears dolce & gabbana. i can't wear obsession, it's just too much "MOM." i can, however, wear roma. and the other day i tested cashmere mist, and i thought, "whoa this smells like something mom would wear." and i couldn't wear it! funny.
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    as I mentioned, Soir de Paris and, yes, Madame Rochas....
    Seams like every woman liked it at that time....

    I have to find one of those, and surprise her for her birthday.... It would be
    a great present, wouldn't it? hehe

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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    I just remembered another 'scent' that I recall my mother had in an aura around her often. It came from a mouth freshening product called "Sen-Sen" that she used regularly. Packaged in little paper packets similar to those that sugar and sugar substitutes come in today it consisted of little 2-3mm pieces of a sweetened licorice-like substance one could place in the mouth to dissolve there and 'freshen' the breath of the user.

    This product was powerful enough to provide a sillage-like effect! I remember trying it several times a child. Yuk!

    And, it is still available on eBay I see and apparently is the same formula used in the 1800's..
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    Early in my life, no. Later in life, definitely...probably because I helped steer her toward better stuff.

    She always liked wearing something, whether it was from Avon or Coty or whatever. The one she wore for a while that she really liked was Vanderbilt.

    I don't have good memories of Vanderbilt. She had a habit of applying it just before she made my school lunches. At lunchtime, I'd take my sandwich out of the bag, and it would reek so bad of Vanderbilt, I couldn't eat it.

    She wasn't much for anything overly feminine. She didn't wear a lot of florals and instead liked woody scents. One she was particularly fond of was Knowing.

    She developed COPD about 14 years ago, and as her lungs got weaker, she couldn't wear a lot of her favorites, so I helped her find things she could wear. She was particularly fond of Cashmere Mist which I liked on her. Baby Touch was what she wore up until the day she died, and I can smell it without having to open a bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by libertine
    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.

    Libertine - Yours was very much my own experience of my mother's wearing of perfume throughout my childhood. Except in my version the perfume is Estee Lauder Youth Dew. My mother had being introduced to it by her 'mother' and 'father' (mutually adoptive) who both wore it as a signature scent. I am the third generation to wear it and have found it more and more pleasing as I have established my own character. It will not be a true signature scent for me as it is too 'clean' in character. It has too much of the 'pristine 50's housewife' and 'starched linen' vibe about it. I prefer a little more 'pudeur', something dirtier and wilder and more animalic...

    Estee Lauder Youth Dew does have a permanent and regular spot in my extensive collection and is high ranking in my list of 100+ Holy Grail / Signature perfumes.

    My mother's signature scent now is Thierry Mugler's Angel, which she discovered after wearing Calvin Klein Obsession for a while (what is it with Virgo women and powerhouse perfumes?)
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    My grandmother exclusively wore Estee Lauder Youth Dew. I have alot of positive childhood memories associated with that fragrance, and for a while I had a bottle of it that I used to spray to feel closer to her, and to remember her.

    My mother wore Shalimar (which I love), and these days she opts for the newer stuff like Burberry Brit and D&G Light Blue.
    Current faves: CdG White, Amouage Dia, Millesime Imperial, Miller Harris Terre de Bois

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    The first fragrances that I can remember my mom wearing was Must de Cartier.Later she switched into Eden for a while, and then JPG Classique,Coco Mademoiselle and lately J'adore.I like Must de Cartier,but can't stand Eden.Not sure why.The others except from Coco Mademoiselle she has smelled on me and liked.So I enjoy them,but a bit tired of J'adore.Coco Mademoiselle I lke,but it's not for me.I guess I enjoy orientals more than she does,and she seems to enjoy lighter frags.

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    My mom's mom (now deceased) didn't have much money when my mom was growing up. But on nights out, she wore Evening in Paris... this made her sad, as it meant that her mom was going out for the night.

    As for the modern days, my mom and I have had a weirdly perfumed relation over the years.

    Back in 1995, my mom got the (then-new) Burberry London (now known as Burberry Classic) for women. It was on her way to becoming her all-time favorite, but I hated the juice so much that my Mom had to send it to the trash. I liked Shalimar, Liz Taylor's Passion, and even (gasp!) White Diamonds on her, though.

    Then, in 2000, she discovered Dior's Hypnotic Poison, a scent we both actually agreed on. She also got Gucci Rush at the same time, which she liked for a while.

    After I joined Basenotes, I detected a trend that she liked vanillic orientals. So I got her some Angel... it smelled lousy on her at first, but she recently rediscovered the stuff and now it smells fabulous on her. More recently, I introduced mom to her first niche scent, Bond No. 9's Chinatown, and introduced her to Shalimar in pure parfum...wham! Instant loves. And her latest love is Prada.

    I like buying her a new perfume every Valentine's Day... but I feel like she has so much that I don't want to take the risk this year. As for that Burberry scent I hated back in 1995? Well... I actually like the smell of Burberry classic now.
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    Yes! Her fave is Anne Pliska! I didn't realize till recently that my mother and I share a similar taste in fragrances. When I found out that AP has a patch note I almost fainted! I don't see her wearing patch but there it is! :>

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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    Like many of you, my mom has worn Chanel No. 5 for years. She was /is a big Marliyn Monroe fan and that likely influenced her a bit. She'll wear other fragrances but she always has some No. 5. on hand. As for me, I think it's OK. I prefer Coco as my favorite Chanel for women.

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    On my mother, L'Heure Bleue smells lovely, with a great deal of depth and transparency at the same time. To me it's always somehow been "her" fragrance, so it never occurred to me to try it.

    A few months ago I tried a quick spray of it, however, and it just smelled musty and powdery, sort of like old, old perfume at the bottom of a bottle. Not special, or distinctive - or even recognisable AS L'Heure Bleue - at all.

    Either they've reformulated the stuff and done a butcher job on it, or it's my chemistry. Although I wouldn't rule out the former, I suspect the latter, as our complexions (she's quite dark, with oily skin, I'm quite fair and reddish-haired, and have dry skin) are extremely different.

    I'm actually quite glad this fragrance is still "hers"

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    I like her scents, yes, but I don't wear any of them. My mother & sister both wear Angel. It's my sister's signature scent. My mom also wears a lot of Organza, Pleasures, Chanel No. 22, Anais Anais, Shalimar, Emeraude, Avon Little Black Dress, Noa, and Wonderful Indulgence.

    When I was young I remember her having Inouï, Zen, Norell, My Sin, Arpège, Guy Laroche Fidji, and Emeraude.

    For her, fragrance is just "there" though. She just wears what she runs into and claims not to be effected by scents.
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    I can relate to ComDivas' story; my mother died when I was 35; only 55 years old.
    My mother was a very elegant; pretty woman; she used to work as a mannequinn when she was young; her signature scent was chanel no 5; the parfum.


    Other scents she adored was Madame Rochas, Coco; Miss Dior and Paris.
    But no 5 was her HG.

    I loved them all, and used to borrow them from her when going out.

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    Yes i did! , well, some of them i liked.

    here are some more interesting threads on family, you can find on the first one my answer too!

    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ghlight=family

    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ghlight=family

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    OK, I know I'm really going to be dating myself here, but my Mother and Grandmother both wore Evening In Paris. I always remember kind of liking it after they had it on for a while, but hating it when it was first sprayed! It was pretty powerful stuff, at least it seemed that way when I was little. Hehehe...

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    My mother does not have the hording/addictive mentality that I am prone to so her collection is and never has been too substantial (actually it's funny, before i even got into perfume myself i would always buy her perfume for her birthdays and such) but she is an aesthete and she is one of the few people i find i can discuss perfume (as well as things like art) with (well besides you all of course )

    her signature scent was shalimar for years but she branched out into chanel and also really really liked elizabeth arden scents, which i know around here are probably not so highly looked upon but i always liked them

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    I wanted to start a "what perfume did your mother wear" thread but I found this one.
    My mother wore a perfume called Tosca by the same company that makes 4711. People used to buy her 4711 and she would complain to me privately that it is not the same thing at all. Tosca is a perfume and 4711 is a cologne also I remember no similarities between the two scents, she gave me all the unwanted bottles of 4711. I couldn't find Tosca, or at least not the one she had, in the base notes directory and I was wondering would anybody have a bottle to sell or be able to tell me what notes it has. I would love to smell it. My Mom passed away 12 years ago.

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    Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all. W.SOMERSET MAUGHAM

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    I think that might be it, although the bottle hers was in was more oblong. This is probably an older version. Thanks, I think I'll place a bid. sssh! But wouldn't it be bad to open it and smell it?

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    I just adore the bottle and box ... wouldn't it be wonderful if it was her scent and the juice was still ok??
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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    She wore a lot of No.5, Joy and Ombre Rose L'Original, all in parfum concentration. She wore Eau d'Hadrien in the Texas heat. She always smelled damn good and her closets full of clothes were saturated with those smells years after she died.
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    Well, she wore Madame Rochas when I was a kid. I wouldn't wear it myself but it reminds me of her.
    But, funnily enough, one of the first perfumes I fell in love with was Mitsouko, and after buying some my mum told me that was what she wore when she was younger.

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    My mom is a Leo who used to dye her hair fire engine red and her most used scent was Cinnabar. I'd say it suited her.

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    When I was growing up - Mom wore Chanel No. 5 EDT and Chanel No.22 Parfum. These were her "work scents" - when she'd dress up in suits and heels for her high-powered real estate management job.

    When she joined the food industry - she quit wearing perfume since she needed her nose for other things (like chocolate!). I now have both bottles. Don't wear them - only because it feels like I'm pretending. But they suited her perfectly for that time in her life.

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    My Mum is 75 years old and always used to wear Chanel No.5 until they changed the formulation, now she won't wear it (not what you want to hear when you've just handed her a bottle as a Christmas present). (And what is it with mothers and untimely tactless remarks?) On me it smells like cough mixture, which is a huge shame because I'd like to be that classy. I wear Iris Poudre which has been likened to No.5.

    Since Mum's sworn off it she's switched to Anais Anais, which seems a bit 'young girl' to me because a lot of my friends used to wear it when I was in my late teens and early twenties. It's not a bad perfume but not one I'd wear.

    I've asked a few times if she can remember my Nan wearing a perfume that was heavy in oakmoss because I have such incredibly strong associations with 'old lady' when I smell certain fragrances that are heavy in that ingredient. According to Mum, Nan wore a dab of Yardley's Lavender now and then but she can't remember anything else. I swear my scent memories of her are of something like Mitsouko, and the era is right too, as my Grandmother was a flapper (Black Bottom champion doncha know!) and she worked as a maid for a short while, so might have been exposed to haute perfumes. She never had money though so she would have worn a much cheaper alternative. ( She brought up 4 kids in South Wales in the 1930s during the depression and then WW2 and barely had enough cash to put shoes on their feet, let alone buy perfume.)

    There's a little puzzle for anyone who's interested! What would Nana have worn? Something oakmossy and cheap and available in Britain in the 50s, 60s & 70s?
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    My mother was wearing YSL Paris since it was launched in 1983. Before that - Lily of the Valley. Always feminine scents and she hated all kinds of musky, ambre or woody. Yes, I did like her scents - But will not wear them.

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