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

    My mother has been a Chanel No 5 lady since the 1950's. Yes, I like it, but am more attracted to the description of the new Eau Premiere, which some say has a citrus note. Can't wait until it gets re-released.

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    Nope. I didn't and don't like the scents my mother wore or wears today. She seemed to prefer cheap little girl drugstore perfumes: Love's Baby Soft (the lemon one, too), Vanilla Fields, the baby scent by Yves Rocher; but then there was something called Golden Autumn (I have to go and look that up; I never knew anyone else to wear it, and I remember it got discontinued and she filled her closet with bottles and bottles of it that all turned. I think that was the first time I saw my mother cry!). Now she wears Victoria Secret's body sprays. She is such a sophisticated lady...a reference librarian...I wish she would wear a more mature "real" perfume.
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    Default Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    Golden Autumn was by Prince Matchabelli. Maybe you could buy your mother a gift or some samples to try, lookingglass, it just sounds like she doesn't know where to look for something nice, so doesn't bother with it. She might like Penhaligon's Artemisia or Rosine's Un Zest de Rose, you can find deals on that at parfum1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
    she filled her closet with bottles and bottles of it that all turned. I think that was the first time I saw my mother cry!
    At least she was passionate about perfume

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachroses View Post
    Golden Autumn was by Prince Matchabelli. Maybe you could buy your mother a gift or some samples to try, lookingglass, it just sounds like she doesn't know where to look for something nice, so doesn't bother with it. She might like Penhaligon's Artemisia or Rosine's Un Zest de Rose, you can find deals on that at parfum1.
    Thank you, beachroses! I'm going on a hunt! Really, I have tried. I always have something new for her to try and she says "blech". She does wear a scent that I made for her with grapefruit, pepper, and vanilla. It is really a fairly simple blend, but it is even too complex for her nose.

    I want her to smell like a LADY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    At least she was passionate about perfume
    Indeed, Vivek. She has passion, for sure. I want her to be able to express it in fragrance. For me, and many of us here, it is a means of expression! Her perfumes are always so...vulnerable.
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    My beloved late mother was a scent mistress in her own right, her favorites included Bal a Versailles, Zadig, and Ma Griffe. I liked all of them very much, though the Ma Griffe does not work on my skin. I now own bottles of Zadig and Bal a Versailles, which I wear on certain days in her honor. My bottle of Ma Griffe has gone to another BN lovely that this scent truly suits.

    When I found my first "signature" scent (YSL Opium, the only fragrance I wore from age 15 to age 35), my Mom enabled me with a passion... I still have several unopened bottles of Opium EDT and body lotion that I can share with the Basenotes community. Let me know if there's an interest in a BN roving bottle of Opium...

    A few years ago, my Mom confessed that when she missed me especially sharply, she would go to the nearest department store, spray Opium into the air, and walk into it.

    At the end of her life, my Mom was wearing Alfred Sung. Now, when I miss my mother especially sharply, I go to one of the Boston department stores, spray "Sung" into the air, and walk into it. Have to be careful about this, though, since I tend to dissolve into tears for awhile immediately afterwards.
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    My sale thread has some of my underappreciated fragrances looking for a good, new home...
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    My mother is 91 years old and doing very well for her age. When I was a child I remember big bottles of Femme, Madame Rochas and something by Dior. Later when I was older, I remember her wearing Caleche, Miss Dior and Chanel No.5. In the last few years, she does not like strong scents (lucky for me, she gave me her Shalimar and Joy). She still wears perfume, though, and her favorites are Sentiment by Escada and Tocadilly. I guess this shows that she has always loved Rochas scents.

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    My Mum is 65. The first ever perfume she bought was Coty L'aimant and that was the only perfume she used until she was in her 30's and then moved onto Kiku by Faberge - She loved that perfume and had the matching big yellow ball full of talc with the yellow powder puff - it used to sit on the windowsill of our bathroom! Ah...... fond memories.

    The next perfume I remember her having a true love for was in the early nineties when Ralph Lauren brought out Safari. She loved it - it was her evening perfume and when she would get ready to go out you could smell it all over the hours and for a long time after she had gone! Such a gorgeous captivating scent that it is! Why did he discontinue this perfume? It's the best one in his collection imo!

    My Mum tends to wear Givenchy Organza now and also wears Eau de beaux by L'occitane which is a mans scent but she smells lovely in it. Unfortunately she has lost some sense of smell in recent years so some of the perfumes she used to love don't smell the same to her now!

    I do love the scents my mum wore! Coty L'aimant smell like Chanel no.5 to my nose exept the no.5 is richer and creamier than the L'aimant. I asked my Mum once if she liked no.5 and she said she had never smelled it! I think if she had she would have been wearing it instead of the L'aimant!
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    My mom, being a nurse, rarely wore perfume, but when she did, it was ONLY Chanel No. 5. Nothing else. Unfortunately, I can't bear most aldehydes, they smell absolutely horrible to me. I can't go anywhere near any of the Chanels, though I wore Cristalle very briefly as a teenager. Fortunately mom went a bit hippie for a while and smelled like patch and homemade granola, love those smells to this day!

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    To answer your question in a word, "NO". My mom wore big white florals, White Shoulders mostly. Years later my brother bought her a bottle of Joy extract. I own the remnants of that & wear it sparingly when I want to think of her.
    But her favorite White Shoulders makes me gag to this day.
    Current Favorites: #5 edt, #19 edt & parfum - Chanel, FRACAS - Robert Piguet, A Taste of Heaven - By Killian, Apres L'Ondee- Guerlain, LUX & Carnation - Mona di Orio, Une Rose - Frederick Malle, Kiki - Vero Kern, Bois de Violette & Sarrasins - Serge Lutens

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    A big YES. She used to wear Chanel No 5, L'Air du Temps, Madame Rochas.
    Not a big fan of Madame Rochas but huge fan of No 5.

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    My mom (she'd prefer I said Mum, I think) claims to be allergic to perfumes but wears soliflores, mostly from Yardley, Woods of Windsor, Taylor's. Almost all the bottles are rose, lily of the valley, or lavender. I gave her a small bottle of Yves Rocher's Rose Absolute, just so she could try something that would have an identifiable big floral note but with more to it than her usual scents. I'm not going to push the issue farther - she has enough scent and bath and body products hoarded up already, and doesn't need to start down the path of more expensive scents.

    I do find that I like rose scents that have some complexity to them, but tend to stay away from lily of the valley and avoid lavender. There is one soliflore in my collection - a Woods of Windsor jasmine, which I use for layering over woody or citrus scents. I don't think this says anything about my relationship with my mother. We simply have different styles.

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    My mom used lots of different fragrances throughout the years. Palamo Picasso and Il Bacio are two that come to mind. She passed away when she was 77. In her latter years she wore Chanel Allure Eau de Toilette. Now, whenever I smell Allure, I get the "warm fuzzies" and can't help but smile at all the great memories. I liked all of her scents. She was MOM and she always smelled WONDERFUL.

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    My mom's favorites:

    1. Laura Ashley No.1
    2. Guerlain Samsara
    3. Guerlain Mahora
    4. Jean Patou Sublime

    Yes! I love them all
    Current favorites:

    Jicky, Mitsouko, Shiseido Susuro,Or et Noir

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    LE DE GIVENCHY EDT-orginial version ..... my childhood

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    Yes -- my mother wore Youth Dew and Shalimar and my stepmother White Shoulders.

    My favorite family frag, though, is Lauren -- that's my older stepsister's signature frag.

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    Peggy: "Yes, but he hit his head on a lawn gnome."
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    My mom wears Dior Addict, Very Irresistible Givenchy and Tresor by Lancome, those I like. She also uses (only sometimes) Charlie by Revlon and I hate it.

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    What a great thread.

    I remember my mother wearing Je Reviens and, before that, Shalimar and Emeraude. She had a compact of Emeraude solid parfum, and I remember sitting in the back seat of the car, sniffing it, and thinking it was the most beautiful smell in the world. I recently sniffed a vintage bottle in an antique store, and it took me right back there.

    I don't wear either of these, and I figured I wouldn't wear anything my mother did. This past year, though, I fell in love with Chanel No. 5 in a big way (EDP and parfum), and just recently my mother told me she used to wear that one, too. I have no memory of it on her.

    Today, she likes White Linen and Oscar. She also sniffed my Shalimar Light and prefers it to the original! (So do I, but I realize it's sacrilege to admit this.)

    When I was little, she smoked cigarettes (she quit when I was 8 or 9). I remember I loved the smell of her breath -- coffee and cigarettes. It was a "mom" smell to me. She's horrified by that now, but I think it contributed to my love of scents like Borneo 1834!

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    White Linen and I still to this day cannot stand it.

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    My mother has worn Estee Lauder's Pleasures consistently since it came out. I don't mind the smell of it, but would never wear it - I don't want to smell like my mother!
    "That's Numberwang!"

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    Oh, god, Friday nights, circa 1975, were a heavy cloud of Newports, Chowards violet scented gum, Coty's Emeraude and a blast of Aqua Net.
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    I just tried my mom's old juice, White Linen, which she wore quite well. I smell like I've just been sprayed with rodent urine!

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    My mom has a bottle of White Diamonds that she has probably had for oh at least 7 years. on special occasions she will wear it. she also used to wear Passion. Elizabeth Taylor junkie maybe. I like the scents in an abstract, warm fuzzy way because they remind me of her. But I have not gone back and resniffed since becoming seriously interested in perfumes. wonder if my opinion will have changed?

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    My mother never wore perfume while I was growing up. She does like Chanel No. 19 now though and Cristalle.

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    My mother and I definitely differ on the scented front a little bit. I definitely adore my Chanels (including No. 5, neener, neener! LOL!), but she's more for clean, inoffensive, citrus scents. On the high end she wears Elizabeth Arden Green Tea and Clinique Happy, two scents which she tends to overdo a little bit.
    On the low end she wears this Bath and Body Works perfume that I can't name right now, but it comes in a light blue glass bottle and has the name "water" somewhere on it. It's not bad, but it reminds me a little bit too much of Davidoff's Cool Water.

    I've recently been successful in getting her to try new scents (though she complains about money, which is understandible), but I've recently gotten her turned on to Coco Madmoiselle which she's been wearing more of. I've also got her interested in some of the samples that I've been toting around, including Quelques Fleurs (which also smells excellent on her).

    My grandmother (her mother) had the same kinds of tastes. She used to work for Unilever, so she'd always bring back a HUGE grab bag of all kinds of scents, including numerous Calvin Kleins, Elizabeth Ardens, as well as some Estee Lauder choices here and there. Her favorites used to include Eternity (which she would give me a bottle of from time to time), CK One or CK Be. On the rare occasion she would wear something such as Elizabeth Arden Diamonds, or she would wear Obsession (which she had tons of). My parents now own her home, and whenever I visit I still find the odd Calvin Klein bottle here and there, or Diamonds.

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    My mother refuses to spend money on frivolities such as her own wellbeing (*sighs*) so through my childhood she wore Charlie. I do quite like it, but it's not something I'd choose.
    She wore Miss Dior in her teens and I did want to buy her that for her birthday in a month, but apparently 2 perfumes (Charlie and my old Chanel#5) is enough and she'll take it back if I get it for her. Aaargh.

    My maternal grandmother wore Blue Grass and I can't remember whether I liked that or not. I haven't seen it in ages.

    My step-grandmother wears Opium, and Poison, and those I adore. They strike me as the sort of scents the feisty heroine of some romantic adventure should wear as she defeats the rest of the world to get to her man/woman.

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    My mom's favorite is L'air du temps and I do not care for it at all. Mom couldn't stand my Gram's scents and I differ, (rediscovering Gram's perfumes is what brought out my newfound indulgance in scents.)

    Even the scent of my mother's face lotions make me ick. Go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaoskitty View Post
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    My step-grandmother wears Opium, and Poison, and those I adore. They strike me as the sort of scents the feisty heroine of some romantic adventure should wear as she defeats the rest of the world to get to her man/woman.

    Hi Chaoskitty,

    Hmmm, my gram just passed, (86) and she liked scents similar to Opium. Opium is now one of my absolute favorites. I've just made quite a few purchases but, I will look forward to testing Poison sometime based on your post.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbe View Post
    I..."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..
    Hello,
    My gram, her sis ate sen sen...so did I. I found it years after her sister died and it was no longer in the little bits but the bits seemed ground and added to regular shaped mints and came in a roll. They were strong but yummy and I used to load my mouth up with them until I couldn't stand it anymore and had to spit them out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gennaver View Post
    **SNIP**
    My gram, her sis ate sen sen...so did I. I found it years after her sister died and it was no longer in the little bits but the bits seemed ground and added to regular shaped mints and came in a roll. They were strong but yummy and I used to load my mouth up with them until I couldn't stand it anymore and had to spit them out!
    **SNIP**
    Ooh! I remember something like sen-sen, which they still have in Asia, and in some Asian food stores in the States. Yummy stuff!

    As for my mom's favorite scent. . .

    My mom very rarely wore her perfume, Norell. She saved it for special occasions. Sometimes I would spray it on myself, and she'd caution me not to waste it, because we didn't have a lot of money to buy more.

    As I grew older, we had more money. Towards the end of my time living with my parents, we moved to California, where my mother fell in with women who collected perfumes. However, they collected them for the bottles -- not caring about the scents. To that whole group of women, opening the bottles was a NO-NO. (These women are the kind who rent entire storage sheds to store their collections. . . . Thank goodness, my mother was never that bad.)

    As a result, my mother started buying perfume bottles, unsmelled, and even started sending me some! Most of her collection are floral perfumes, which I abhore. So I just give them away. A pretty bottle doesn't cut it for me.

    I still associate her with Norell, though, and recently saw a small mini which I purchased. It doesn't smell the same, and I came to find (through Basenotes and Perfume Emporium) that it's been reformulated by Five Star. I've worn it on occasion (as I'm not averse to OPENING and actually USING the perfumes I buy. . . Horrors!), but it doesn't suit me the way it did her.

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