I detest carnations in a flower arrangement but I love the scent of them.
Thread: Favourite flowers?
As I've been familiar with more and more scents I've also expanded my taste.I used to think that roses was pretty much the only flower that i enjoyed in a scent,but now i can actually add Lilac,Iris and Gardenia to the list.there are probably more though....Any thoughts?
I detest carnations in a flower arrangement but I love the scent of them.
"I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
Starglazer lilies, heady and rich.
Roses they should have a smell, many do not!
The last two have a pepperiness to them which I really like.
Oh I love Bluebells but never notice a smell from them.
Not so fond of mimosa.
Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
For someone who for years swore she was 'not a floral' person I have a great weakness for:
Roses - deep, rich, velvety
(Ava Luxe Rasa / Rasa Xtreme, Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose, Crown Perfumery Marechale, Yves Rocher Rose Ispahan, Montale Black Aoud)
Jasmine - sweet, sultry, indolic
(Nemat Sweet Jasmine, TBS Neroli Jasmine, Guerlain Samsara, Serge Lutens A La Nuit, Carolina Herrera by Carolina Herrera, Hermes 24 Faubourg, Guerlain AA Orange Magnifica)
Lilac / Buddleia - spring in a scent to me
(Valentino Very Valentino, Guerlain Champs-Elysees, Serge Lutens Un Lys, Frederic En Passant, TBS Spirit of Moonflower)
Oriental / Stargazer Lily - rather than Madonna lily, quite sultry & indolic
(Penhaligons Lily & Spice, D&G Feminine, Serge Lutens Un Lys, Cacharel Anais Anais, Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds)
Ylang-Ylang - this does wonderful things on my chemistry, very feminine
(Crown Perfumery Matsukita, Yardley Bond Street, Givenchy Ysatis, Acqua di Parma Profumo, Tiffany For Men, Guerlain Ylang et Vanille)
Carnation - a cool weather favourite, winter and spring.
(Caron Bellodgia, Guerlain Terracotta Voile D'Ete, Guerlain L'Heure Bleue, Caron Coup de Fouet, Caron Poivre)
Mimosa - a spring, warm weather scent for me.
(Byblos by Byblos, Guerlain Champs-Elysees, TBS Beach Bliss)
Narcissus - a true soul scent for me, I find it almost addictive. The more I wear it the more I want to wear it. Sweet, feminine, narcotic.
(Nemat Narcissus, Chloe Narcisse, Worth Je Reviens, Schiaparelli Shocking, Fresh Hombre de Flores Narcissus)
Iris - quite 'fleshy' like Tuberose, but less cloying. Textured, earthy, clean.
(Dior Homme, Guerlain Vol de Nuit, Hermes Hiris, Cacharel LouLou, Chanel No.19, Cartier So Pretty)
Orange Blossom - ubiquitous in many blends but I adore this in summer when it is made a feature of a blend. It is just happy sunshine and summer fun in a floral essence.
(Jo Malone Orange Blossom, Guerlain Eau de Cologne du Coq, Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger, Avon Naturals Orange Blossom, 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser, Yardley Orange Blossom, Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars)
Gardenia - I prefer this to Tuberose, and enjoy it most in warm spring weather or on sultry summer evenings. Very feminine without the powerhouse fleshiness of Tuberose.
(Carven Ma Griffe (vintage & former formulation), Guerlain Chant d'Aromes, Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia with Cardamom & Myrrh, Givenchy Amarige, TBS Indian Gardenia (former formulation), Dana Classic Gardenia)
Frangipani - another wonderfully feminine tropical bloom that does wonderful things on my skin.
(Spice Island Parfums Ltd Frangipani, Guerlain Mahora, Chloe Narcisse)
Honeysuckle - another clean, spring time, warm weather favourite.
(Liz Claiborne Vivid, Bond No.9 Broadway Nite, Rochas Lumiere (current formulation), Carolina Herrera by Carolina Herrera)
Violets - these are an autumn favourite for me. Very classic, feminine, romantic. I have to be in the right mood for them though.
(Byblos by Byblos, Guerlain Les Meteorites, L'Aromarine Violette, Ava Luxe Midnight Violet, YSL Paris, Balmain Jolie Madame)
Freesia - like the Honeysuckle and the Mimosa this is a wamr weather favourite. I think it is very sharp and clean, almost soapy but during the summer heat it wears wonderfully.
(Cerruti 1881 pour Elle, Paul Smith Woman, Calvin Klein Eternity, Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds & Sapphires)
Night Scented Stock - I love this scent in reality / nature and it always evokes warm summer nights for me. I wish I could find a few more perfumes which feature this note...
(Spiritual Sky Night Scented Stock (wonderful layered with Nemat Sweet Jasmine or Boots Naturals Collection Jasmine oil)).
Osmanthus - A wonderfully delicate yet pervasive white floral scent in the same mode as Linden and Cherry Blossom. A scent reminiscent of fresh apricots delicate and feminine with surprising strength. I love this scent in spring / warmer weather and it always evokes warm summer days for me.
(Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet, Guerlain Purple Fantasy, Guerlain Precious Heart).
Guess I do 'do' florals after all!
NB: I am aware that some of the scents listed do not contain the note that I have listed it under, but I have named them because that is the dominant 'note / accord / character' that I get when I wear them.
Last edited by moondeva; 1st April 2007 at 06:25 PM.
Favourite (Winter) Crazy Combos
Tabu + Orange Blossom * Hermes Rouge + Bellodgia* Voleur du Roses+ Rose Ispahan * Rasa Extreme + Paris * Wood Coffee + Cafe Noir *
[QUOTE=moondeva;1005366 Night Scented Stock - I love this scent in reality nature and it always evokes warm summer nights for me. I wish I could find a few more perfumes which feature this note..
Spiritual Sky Night Scented Stock
I am eager to see if anyone has any other suggestions for the scent of garden stock. I have never heard of Spiritual Sky. Where do you find it?
Try this: http://www.spiritualskyincense.com/essential-oils.htm.Originally Posted by Loukoumi
For me -I've never met a flower whose scent I didn't love. :bounce: You could say either that I am all-embracing or indiscriminate!! (Or Gemini - which I am.)
But if I had to choose - it would be peony.
"The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering." Lao Tze
Another curious Gemini here enjoying every single flower there is! In perfumery, I mean.
Amazingly, roses -- do not care about them in a bouquet -- too hard to keep them long and always feel sad when they die. Do not like to tend growing roses -- too much pain in the neck. Also, did you guys know that if no proper care is taken of the garden roses, they are becoming wild? Just starting appreciating rose-based perfumes, and possibilities seem endless.
In real life my favorite flowers would be white carnation, lily, lily of the valley, daffodils, lilacs, huge white chrisanthemums, and now in TX -- zinnias!
oohhh, don't get me started on the flowers and their scents. My favourite floral scents are:
iris, rose, violets, lilacs, lilies, jasmine, honeysuckle, gardenia, peonies and some orchids.
Last edited by dimples; 1st April 2007 at 03:50 AM.
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My favourite flowers are often scentless like bluebells, cornflowers, daisies and forget-me-nots, but as a perfume ingredient I like carnation, heliotrope, iris, jasmine, lily, orange blossom, rose and violet.
Mostly I don't like gardenia, hyacinth, lily of the valley, mimosa and tuberose, but I can bear them in some scents if they are well-blended.
"Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."
I like any flower you put in front of me. My favorite is a blossom from my magnolia tree, floating a small crystal bowl, that scents the entire room. Magnolia fragrances tend to go too sweet for me, though. For fragrances, I like deep dry florals. Rose, lily, lilac, gardenia are my favorites. I like the occasional violet and carnation very well, too.
Rose- Rosarium by Shiseido
Fleur de the Rose Bulgare by Creed
Elisabethan Rose by Penhaligon's
Lily- Un Lys by SL
Lily and Spice by Penhaligon's
Lilac- Highland Lilac--to die for
Pur Desir de Gardenia by Yves Rocher--especially in the solid perfume
Violet- Violetta di Parma by Borsari
Verte Violet by L'Artisan
Carnation- Garafano by Lorenzo Villoresi
Please, spritz responsibly.
Peonies, lilacs, lilies and carnations are all in my garden...I also love the scent of all the apple blossoms!
Fragrance-wise I enjoy lilies, frangipani, orange blossom, magnolia, ylang ylang. I enjoy most florals as long as they are well balanced and not powdery.
A flower I love in a bouquet but detest in a perfume is rose. Something about it just doesn't sit right on my skin.
Donna and Moondeva - have you tried the (discontinued) Penhaligon's Night Scented Stocks? It's sometimes available on eBay, and it's a real shame they discontinued it; it was a really beautiful and true representation of the flower. I've one precious bottle, which I use very seldom for fear of running out!
For me, iris and violets win the flower battle. I really love lily of the valley - I had some muguet sprigs in my wedding bouquet (at appalling cost - we got married in September and had forced flowers sent from Holland), I love green, narcissus-type scents (Vol de Nuit's a favourite) and I *love* tuberose. That said, the smell of tuberose and gardenia is so extreme that they're barely *floral* for me; I don't really seem to categorise those notes alongside the quieter flowers.
Well, this is an interesting question because my all-time favorite flower to smell, the rose, is the one I cannot wear, even in the beautiful Rosines. I also love lilies and jasmine but can't wear those scents well, either!! The flowers I love that I can wear well are carnation, heliotrope, iris, linden, gardenia (sometimes), lavender, orange flower, wisteria (if it's in a green mixture), and lilac. Mostly I'm a spices/herbs/woods person.
Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Orange Blossom
"Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189
What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache
I am very reluctant to wear soliflores or even straight florals. However, those I love usually have heliotrope, osmanthus, iris and ylang-ylang. And I love jasmine when masterfully blended and animalic, as in Mona di Orio's Carnation.
I'll stop wearing black when they make something darker
Putting on my garden geek hat for a second- The name bluebell is used for scads of different flowers, some of which are not even distantly related. The English bluebell, called common, but actually becoming rarer, has a wonderful scent. As far as I know, the others do not.
I love many flowers for their scent, but Oriental/Trumpet lilies are by quite a margin, my favorite. I do wish Lutens' Un Lys had been Un Autre Lys.
In a world where 6 million people are added each month, every landscape matters.
Orange blossom and Jasmine in the background though.
Lily of the Valley
In her bottled up is a woman peppery as curry,
a yam of a woman of butter and brass,
compounded of acid and sweet like a pineapple,
like a handgrenade set to explode,
like goldenrod ready to bloom.
—from "The Woman in the Ordinary" by Marge Piercy
Of course! With the name like yours you better be, darling!