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    Default Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Like so many of you, I'm sure, I have friends who have become innocent victims of my perfume obsession. One of those friends found herself buying a Serge Luten over the summer, while I was giving all my money to the nice lady at the Montale counter. For years, she wore the sport version of Aliage (Estee Lauder, I think) but wanted something else. Aliage sport is very "green" and that does not appeal to her anymore. She seems to be drawn to the spicy scents: Noir Epices was okay, but too harsh, Coty Chypre is good but not "yes!"...she ended up buying a bottle of Luten's Arabie, also close but not completely what she wanted. She's nearing the end of her bottle of Arabie and not sure whether she wants to replace or try something else...I'd like to offer her some informed suggestions, but the spicy scents she likes uniformly smell godawful on me, so it's just not a scent family I know much about. FWIW, I think it's more the spice than the chypre quality that she likes (which is really too bad because chypres really work on her. The only way I can properly experience Mitsouko, for instance, is to have her dab a little on for me to sniff.). Any suggestions would be most appreciated--thanks so much!

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Some ideas:

    FM Musc Ravageur (the geranium note in Noir Epices drowns out everything else for me, but MR works much better)

    SL Rousse (spicy but not heavy and not too sweet, but sweet enough)
    SL Chergui

    AP Pain D'Epices (not sure how lasting this is - smells great to me though)

    Annick Goutal Sables

    I've heard Dinner by Bobo is spicy and foody but have never tried it.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Quote Originally Posted by Magpie View Post
    Like so many of you, I'm sure, I have friends who have become innocent victims of my perfume obsession. One of those friends found herself buying a Serge Luten over the summer, while I was giving all my money to the nice lady at the Montale counter. For years, she wore the sport version of Aliage (Estee Lauder, I think) but wanted something else. Aliage sport is very "green" and that does not appeal to her anymore. She seems to be drawn to the spicy scents: Noir Epices was okay, but too harsh, Coty Chypre is good but not "yes!"...she ended up buying a bottle of Luten's Arabie, also close but not completely what she wanted. She's nearing the end of her bottle of Arabie and not sure whether she wants to replace or try something else...I'd like to offer her some informed suggestions, but the spicy scents she likes uniformly smell godawful on me, so it's just not a scent family I know much about. FWIW, I think it's more the spice than the chypre quality that she likes (which is really too bad because chypres really work on her. The only way I can properly experience Mitsouko, for instance, is to have her dab a little on for me to sniff.). Any suggestions would be most appreciated--thanks so much!
    My first thought was CdG Jalsaimer. It's in the Incense series, but I don't think the incense is overwhelming - it has spice and what smells like pine needles, but some sweetness as well. Very nice.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique. Notes: Chinese osmanthus, gingerbread, tea, cinnamon, star anise, mate absolute, vanilla sugar, South Sea Island sandalwood.

    Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale. Notes:citrus, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, Madagascar vanilla.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Some spicy scents I like are:

    Caron - Parfum Sacre, Boucheron - Jaipur Sapir, & Hermes Poivre Samarcande
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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Thank you all for the great suggestions! I'll read some reviews and order some decants for her to play with.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Great suggestions so far! An additional one would be Theorema by Fendi. It is discontinued but I still see it online sometimes.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    I second the Rousse by Serge Lutens recommendation. Another suggestion: Cinnamon (Shebert Series) by Comme des Garcons.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Bois Des Iles by Chanel? Nice rich and warm, with something gingerbready about it.
    Also Le Baiser du Dragon by Cartier has a lovely amaretto opening with plenty of underlying spice.
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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    How about Delice d'Epices by Nina Ricci? It is spicy and charming.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Creed Baie de Genievre is spicy, warm and dry. Lovely.
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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    What about Amber Narguile by Hermessence? This is utterly gorgeous. Spicy, amber, gourmand...

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Easy to find: Coco. On me it is a warmer, sweeter version of Noir d'Epices.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Coromandel by Chanel. It has a nice spicy, oriental, quality.
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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    If she prefers dry spiciness I would recommend Donna Karan Black Cashmere which is pretty dry but spicy & incense-y.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Idole by Lubin (rhum and spices but not too sweet), and if you want something that smells sweet (not too much) and also terrific, try Dior's Bois D'argent (incense,iris, myrrh, patchouli, honey and leather). It's one of my top five.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    I agree with you suggesting
    Coco
    Coromandel
    Bois 1920 Sushi Imperial

    and add to the list
    Fendi Theorema.

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    I 2nd the Ambre Narguile and would like to add Montales Sweet Oriental Dream. Gorgeous!
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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    Chanel's Egoiste is fantastic...very wearable for a woman!

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    Default Re: Seeking suggestions: spicy, with a touch of sweetness

    To me, Burberry is spicy and sweet. Resinous but slightly sweet. You definitely have to put it on and wear it to get the full smell because it changes while on. Also it lasts all day long on me. Which is more than I can say for a lot of the expensive frags.
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