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    Default If you could have only one perfume...

    I kicked off a thread about longevity a little while ago, and out of that I got tons of great recommendations, many of which I'm working my way through, and some of which I've gone on to buy. On my journey to the ultimate 'long-lasting' perfume, I discovered one, quite by accident, that has become my favourite of ALL the perfumes I've ever had in my life (and that's truly a statement not to be sniffed at, pardon the pun).

    If I could choose just one perfume out of my collection, that I could have an unlimited supply of for the rest of my life, that perfume would be Shocking by Schiaparelli. It's a very new purchase for me, but one that I just can't get enough of. To me, it's everything a perfume should be. It suits me, it has class, and style and mystique, and just the right amount of sexiness, and everyone asks about it. It's not a 'known' perfume, which adds that extra touch for me. I don't want people sniffing me and saying "oh you're wearing such-and-such, I have that". I have many new purchases in my wardrobe, and they are going ignored, because the only one I want to wear, all day every day, all night, every night, is Shocking.

    And it wins the prize for longevity too. I sprayed it on last night to go out to my daughter's debut gig, and it's now 1037, and I haven't showered yet, and I can still smell that gorgeous honeyed splendidness all over me. It's just divine.

    So. I know this is a toughie, but if you could choose just one perfume from your wardrobe, that you could wear for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
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    but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
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    I know wich one I would choose, if I only could have one. And it is because this one is a cameleont, addapting to many, many situations, it is one of my two "always right"-perfumes, and it is always a great pleasure to wear. Longlivety is good, and it is a complex and intetesting fragance.

    My choise: Chanel No 19 EdP (or maybee the perfume, whom I never tried...).
    Faves right now: Chanel No 19, Stella Rose Absolute, L´Heure Bleu, Elixir de Merveilles, Samsara.

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    Can rully identify with your passion for Shocking - I agree that many of those "old timey" frags can't be beat for all around performance. My fave is Ode by Guerlain which is hard to find even in it's current reformulation. I think Cedric said he spotted it on the hallowed walls of the Paris Guerlain boutique.

    I was trying to find the thread started by Dolly Dagger a few months back that asked the same question - no luck. But we'll see what comes up this time. :bounce:

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    Clemmie, my bottle of Shocking just arrived yesterday! After a year and half of wanting to try it, I ended up buying blind & I'm so glad I did.
    My choice of owning only 1 scent (GOD FORBID!) would still be Angel even though I rarely wear it. It's still my HG I guess !!

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    If you asked me today, and you are, I might just say Genvieve.

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    I always say Angel to these questions ... I wore her exclusively for years and she is is my oldest and dearest fragrance friend. After all my new loves and recent discoveries, she is still my very favorite.
    I've trademarked the color bleu

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    Angel

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    Farnesiana parfum, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinker424 View Post
    Clemmie, my bottle of Shocking just arrived yesterday! After a year and half of wanting to try it, I ended up buying blind & I'm so glad I did.
    My choice of owning only 1 scent (GOD FORBID!) would still be Angel even though I rarely wear it. It's still my HG I guess !!

    That's a heck of a brave thing to do, and I'm so glad you like it. I'm also glad I didn't buy Angel blind, as it really didn't suit me. It's definitely a 'love it or hate it' fragrance, that one! :-)
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    but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
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    Too hard! Daim Blond, most likely. I'd like one for winter and one for summer, at least.


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    Quote Originally Posted by djuna View Post
    Too hard! Daim Blond, most likely. I'd like one for winter and one for summer, at least.
    My friend developed a passion for this, then discovered it smells almost exactly like Quorum (very old men's frag), which is a fraction of the price. I was amazed by the similarity myself, but Daim Blond is sweeter, and Quorum more peppery. It suits her, and certainly her pocket. I like Daim Blond. I've only tried it in sample form, and I'm not going to buy it, because there are other Serge Lutens fragrances I have to get full bottles of first (Chergui, Sa Majeste La Rose - currently I'm using a 5ml bottle very sparingly - and possibly Miel de Bois).

    I shouldn't be saying that on the 'one fragrance for life' thread, should I? <g>
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    A good quality Frankincense Absolute.

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    ONE never but love Ambre Narguile, Chanel Gardenia, Nuits de noho and Narciso Rodriguez many bottles worth, If that helps, one never in my life,

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    Cristobal in edt and edp. But I'd miss many others too.
    Last edited by kewart; 20th May 2007 at 10:03 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clemmie View Post
    My friend developed a passion for this, then discovered it smells almost exactly like Quorum (very old men's frag), which is a fraction of the price. I was amazed by the similarity myself, but Daim Blond is sweeter, and Quorum more peppery.
    Really? Interesting... I wonder what the distribution of Quorum is like, because I've never really seen it, but would like to try. I love Daim Blond in the winter, but find it a little too sweet and powdery in warm, humid weather.

    I'd like to try Sa Majeste La Rose as well, but with my weakness for florals (especially roses) and Lutens it seems like risky business. That man will bankrupt me one day. The only Serge fragrances that actually don't smell good on my skin (that I've tried) are A La Nuit, Rousse, and Fumerie Turque. Which is nice, because I can at least check them off the want list.


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    Default Re: If you could have only one perfume...

    Quote Originally Posted by Clemmie View Post
    ....I'm also glad I didn't buy Angel blind, as it really didn't suit me. It's definitely a 'love it or hate it' fragrance, that one! :-)
    Or - as in my case - neither nor!! I was so green when I got here last September I had never even heard of Angel - or gourmands, for that matter.

    Some kind BNer included a sample of Angel in a swap and that was really the first stab at the chocolate/vanilla experience. I've since found combos that work better for me - Opulental's Choco-nilla comes right to mind - but also Ava Luxe Chocolate Luxe.

    And, for me, the perfume I could not live without is always the one I happen to be wearing at the moment!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady View Post
    [FONT="Garamond"][SIZE="3"]Or - as in my case - neither nor!! I was so green when I got here last September I had never even heard of Angel - or gourmands, for that matter.
    Me neither. I'm not keen on gourmands, I've decided. I can't see the point in smelling like something you'd want to eat. Except if it's a fruit. I don't mind fruity smells.

    Yes, lots to learn here. I feel like I've a long and very fragrant journey ahead of me! :-)
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    but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
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    If I could live my life the way I desire, it would be Jalaine's Patchouli. This fragrance seems to open up the warm, soft inner vulnerable and alive core of my self to such a degree, however, that I can;t see wearing it in my current working environment, where some level of armor is required.
    Clearly I need to get me some Patchouli and change vocations.
    "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

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    The thought of just being able to wear one scent is frightening!!!However,if I HAD to it would have to be Mitsouko,I think.....Funny really,cause a few years back I couldn't stand it!!!Ironic...
    Currently wearing: Coromandel by Chanel

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    I see a lot of votes for Angel but surprisingly there are less votes for Guerlains and Chanels. Angel is amazing and I wouldn't mind smelling that almost everyday on a girl. good choices ladies.

    I am including my pick in this thread because it is both male and female brand. I'm sure people could have guessed this pick but it is Tea for Two. It is my favorite, I own multiple bottles, want to wear it everyday and can't get enough when I do wear it. I'm just scared of running out. If I had an endless supply I would most deffinately wear it proudly every single day and still not be worried about someone recognizing it on me.

    If I had to choose one to smell on a woman at all times forever and ever (like a wife?) then I would pick Armani She. My mother wears it and I could not ask for a better memory when smelling this scent. I know this pick doesn't count but it is another perspective for you all.

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    Tough call but I think Hypnotic Poison for me. But I'm not really sure, there's so many I love.

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    ONE???? Get out! I can only list a top ten --- kai, Jalaine's Patchouli, OB Parfum Bespoke, Paris, Philosykos, Rose Essentielle, Bois Farine, Lolita Lempicka, Lily & Spice, and Montale's White Musk.

    I would severely miss Sacrebleu, Blue Amber, Highland Lilac, Encens et Lavande, Chinatown, Mimosa pour Moi, and Index Cucumber Baie, and #22.

    I have to include MS Genvieve as an immediate title contender, but I haven't had more than my sample so it wouldn't be tried and true.

    With the dead bodies of other refusing basenoters lying about, and the guns on me..... I could least live without kai. And Jalaine's Patchouli! BANG!
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    I'm a woman of many different moods. Sorry, can't pick just one!
    I'm simplifying my life. For Sale Thread (some niche, some designer):
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=222407

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shycat View Post
    ONE???? Get out! I can only list a top ten --- kai, Jalaine's Patchouli, OB Parfum Bespoke, Paris, Philosykos, Rose Essentielle, Bois Farine, Lolita Lempicka, Lily & Spice, and Montale's White Musk.

    I would severely miss Sacrebleu, Blue Amber, Highland Lilac, Encens et Lavande, Chinatown, Mimosa pour Moi, and Index Cucumber Baie, and #22.

    I have to include MS Genvieve as an immediate title contender, but I haven't had more than my sample so it wouldn't be tried and true.

    With the dead bodies of other refusing basenoters lying about, and the guns on me..... I could least live without kai. And Jalaine's Patchouli! BANG!
    ahhh...shycat, kindred spirit....
    "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

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    This thread has made me think of ditching all but Angel....
    Life would be simpler & I'd have lots of $$$$. I never seem to find that elusive HG (which turns out to be something I already own). Hmmmmm

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    This is a very very difficult decision....I can name three perfums, that I cannot imagine living without, for now.

    Le Parfum - Sonia Rykiel
    Sofia - Detaille
    Bandit - R. Piguet( BUT ONLY THE PERFUME ).


    Still, you ask for the impossible!! I could never settle with them alone.

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    24 Faubourg. But I am SO not liking this question!

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    Ouch, you are hurting me.

    Still... I couldn't ever give up my Mitsouko parfum. It really does connect with me on a different level than any others thus far. Some have started to come close I suppose. But I need my Mits, and I might even do ok with just her.

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    If I had to pick just one, aaarrgh, it would have to be Lancome's Magie Noire because after all these years I keep going back to it. Narciso Rodriguez for Her runs a very close second.

    Not to attempt to change the topic of this thread, although it's somewhat related: My sister has no sense of smell. Years ago she wore Lauren because her husband liked it. She has worn nothing for several years, doesn't even own a bottle of perfume. She says she'd like to buy a bottle of something, but not necessarily Lauren. I'd like to get something for her, something a Lauren-lover would like since it is her husband who will be enjoying it.

    Any ideas?

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    I often ask myself the wich too choose if I only had one perfume, and it is because I want as useable and wonderful perfumes as possible. In my wardrobe of 22 bottles these nine perfumes I can imagine to have as the only one:

    Cristobal
    Le Baiser du Dragon
    Prada
    Chanel No 19
    Cristalle - both EdT and EdP
    Infiniment Chopard
    L´Heure Bleu
    Black for Woman by Etienne Aigner
    In Black by J del Pozo

    If I must choose, it still will be No 19, but I can imagine a life with one bottle with the other mentioned as well
    Last edited by Margareta; 22nd May 2007 at 07:04 PM.
    Faves right now: Chanel No 19, Stella Rose Absolute, L´Heure Bleu, Elixir de Merveilles, Samsara.

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