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    Default Re: Most iconic female fragrance?

    The usual suspects have already been named (No. 5, Shalimar, Poison, Mitsouko, etc.), so I'll go for a modernist reinterpretation of "iconic":

    -Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
    -Kenzo Flower
    -Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
    -Fracas
    -Prada
    -L'Instant de Guerlain
    -Eternity
    -Bvlgari Pour Femme
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    The first that pops in my mind, and that best describes "iconic female" (which in my mind, is something of a caricature of the feminine) is Shalimar.

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    First, Chanel Nº 5
    Second, Joy

    It's odd that Caron's aren't more "iconic"?!
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    #5 has to be it. IMO it is almost legendary in the general public's mind.
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    Shalimar's still the one.
    After that, Tabac Blond.
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    I don't venture into this area (women's) too often . . . my first inclination would be to say Chanel No. 5 also. But something bothers me about that.

    I guess that it's because Chanel No. 5 is a relatively EXPENSIVE fragrance. It's something that not every woman could afford to own. For the gentlemen, I think that OLD SPICE is so "iconic" in the USA because it's so AFFORDABLE and ACCESSIBLE to all men.

    Chanel No. 5 may be an icon of class and high price, but would it be considered "iconic" by most women? Dunno . . . although my mother did own a bottle. I would consider Chanel No. 5 to be the ultimate "status" fragrance. WHITE SHOULDERS would be an icon in its own way, of course, as would SHALIMAR.

    A lot of folks here on Basenotes seem to like only exotic, esoteric and expensive fragrances, which is fine . . . but I don't know how compatible those qualities are with being "iconic." How can something that few people have ever even heard of be an "icon?"

    How about some of the Avon classics, like SWEET HONESTY, CHARISMA, or COTILLION? My own personal favorite, and something that I wish that they'd bring back, is MOONWIND. My mother purchased, and wore, gallons of the stuff in the 1970s. That is the one fragrance that always makes me think of her, so for me, it's an "icon!" :-) They say that, of all of the senses, olfaction is the one most closely tied to memory (it's in my physiology textbook, as a matter of fact):

    "One amazing aspect of olfaction is the link between smell, memory, and emotion. A special cologne or the aroma of food can trigger memories and create a wave of nostalgia for the time, place, or people with whom the aroma is associated. In some way that we do not understand, the processing of odors through the limbic system creates deeply buried olfactory memories. Particular combinations of olfactory receptors become linked to other patterns of sensory experience so that stimulating one pathway stimulates them all."
    --Silverthorn, Dee Unglaub, HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH, 4th Ed., San Francisco, CA: Pearson, 2007, p. 343.
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    Default Re: Most iconic female fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by musse View Post
    Which famous woman do you think of when you think of Shalimar, for example?
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    Mitsouko by Guerlain.
    Totally agree with you!!

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    i think popualr women perfumeis versaces perfume
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    my wife use bvlgarin and versaces perfume
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    Chanel No. 5 and Shalimar

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    My personal Iconic perfume is Opium YSL .

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    In my opinion

    Le Dix by Balenciaga and Je Reviens by Worth are both very serious contenders for this title

  13. #43

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    I think Je Revien by Worth is a magnificent perfume!!!!!

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    inconic to the general masses? ...or to parfumistas?... depends a lot.
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    Both? I think maybe not the most iconic but the most influential in perfume was Coty's Chypre.

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    When you say "icon" and "perfume" in the same sentence, it's inevitable that Chanel No 5 springs to mind. Whether it's a personal favorite or not, it is a cultural icon; it's le monstre.

    Shalimar and Arpege would be in the next tier.

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    When I saw "iconic" Chanel instantly popped up in my mind. So Chanel No.5 will be.

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    +1 for Chanel No. 5

    C#5 absolutely exemplifies the word "perfume" in my mind...and I don't even care for the fragrance all that much.

    For the connoisseur, Guerlain Mitsouko is high in the pantheon, but even that classic can't make this claim: Even people who don't know or care anything about perfume can identify Chanel No. 5 by the bottle shape alone. A true icon.

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    Chanel No 5

    It's the most well-known perfume in the world, practically anyone will recognize it by sight. Marilyn Monroe claimed to sleep in two drops of it and Andy Warhol turned it into pop art.
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    Another for Chanel No. 5...
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    No. 5 comes to my mind first, and it's the bottle - not Marilyn - that I visualize.

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    +1 for Chanel No.5
    +1 for Mitsouko ...of course !
    Shalimar too .
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    - chanel #5#
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    POISON ... simple as that!

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    for me...

    chanel 5
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    It's a male fragrance but:


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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    +1 for Chanel No.5
    +1 for Mitsouko ...of course !
    Shalimar too .
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    Default Re: Most iconic female fragrance?

    Much as I hate to admit it, I agree with Chanel #5 - in theory!

    Joy, Shalimar and Arpege too!

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    In the real world Chanel No.5.

    In the perfume world Mitsouko.

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    I will add Romance and Lauren by Ralph Lauren
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