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    Default 25 scents beginners should sample for reference

    Regardless of whether you actually like the scents, if a nose virgin asked you to compose for them an introductory reference library of samples, which 25 women's fragrances would you choose to demonstrate the depth/breadth/constellation of notes available in perfumery?

    Here are the ones I thought of:
    Bond No. 9
    New Haarlem
    Borsari Violetta di Parma
    Boucheron Femme
    Chanel No. 5
    " No. 19
    " Coco Mademoiselle
    Hanae Mori Butterfly
    Demeter Wet Garden
    Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere
    Frederic Malle En Passant
    Gendarme Carrierre
    Guerlain Jicky
    " Mitsouko
    Hermes Hiris
    L'Artisan Dzing!
    " La Chasse aux Papillons
    L'Occitane Green Tea
    Shiseido Feminite du Bois
    Thymes Fig Leaf & Cassis (or Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis)
    Prada
    Rochas
    Femme
    Serge Lutens Un Lys
    Stella Rose Absolute
    Thierry Mugler Angel
    Last edited by Quarry; 17th November 2007 at 08:09 PM.
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    Wow thanks for the list... I think I have only smelled about 5 of them! I'll have to bookmark this and start ticking the perfumes once I've smelled them

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    Default Re: 25 scents beginners should sample for reference

    Paloma Picasso
    Blue Amber
    Avignon
    White Oud
    Bois Farine
    Un Lys
    Bluebell
    Kai
    L'Heure Bleu
    Opium and Cinnabar
    A La Nuit
    Musc Ravageur
    Fracas
    Oxygene
    Pur Desir de Gardenia
    Rose from Bulgaria or Elizabethan Rose
    Violetta di Parma
    Bandit
    Carnal Flower
    Chanel #5. and 19
    Montale's White Musk or SL Clair de Musc
    Philosykos
    Paris
    Hypnotic Poison
    Chinatown
    Genvieve
    Angel
    L' eau D'Issey
    Light Blue
    Tabu
    Calyx


    Oh for heaven's sake. I can't do this.

    Mimosa Pour Moi
    La Chase aux Papillons --- yes
    Silver Mountain Water
    Gendarme
    Geir
    Mitsouko --- just don't buy it blind.
    Pink Sugar
    Last edited by Shycat; 18th November 2007 at 04:43 AM.
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    Jicky, Shalimar, Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, Tabac Blond, Poivre, Chanel no.5, L'air du Temps, Joy, Youth Dew, Angel

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    Shalimar
    Mitsouko
    L'Heure Bleue
    Narcisse Noire
    Farnesiana
    No. 5
    Sa Majeste La Rose
    Shocking
    Samsara
    Fracas
    Cabochard
    Arpege
    Jolie Madame
    Vent Vert
    Joy
    Femme
    Angel
    Something with a pronounced tea note
    A Sandalwood scent
    Rive Gauche
    Youth Dew
    Diorissimo
    Paloma Picasso
    Caleche
    Some uber-musk

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    Default Re: 25 scents beginners should sample for reference

    I would add Habanita.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zibeline View Post
    Shalimar
    Something with a pronounced tea note
    Like something from Bvlgari?

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    I bet that's the kind of fragrance she means. I had their Verte Extreme at the beginning of my basenotes time-- I lost it. To this day, I can't imagine what happened to it.
    Please, spritz responsibly.

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    wow more frags for my "to try" list! Quarry, you are such an enabler -- and I mean that in the best possible way! Also thanks to Shycat and Zibeline for their newbie frag addiction enabling.
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    Default Re: 25 scents beginners should sample for reference

    Keeping it down to 25 is hard!

    Etiquette Bleue
    Parfum Sacre
    Mitsouko
    Jicky
    Tabac Blond
    Habanita
    Cuir de Russie (Chanel)
    Diorissimo
    Hiris
    En Passant
    Le Parfum de Therese
    Angelique Encens
    Fleurissimo
    Fraicheur Muskissime
    Vent Vert
    Philosykos
    Fracas
    Musc Ravageur
    Chanel No. 5
    Bal a Versailles
    Joy
    Ambre Precieux
    Iris Silver Mist
    Sa Majeste la Rose
    Feminite du Bois

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    Oh goody goody- LISTS!! I'm a newbie here, and wow if there was ever a site to help me develop my nose this is it! Thanks for all the suggestions

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