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    Default What notes/scents work well with your skin? Which don't?

    I'm still trying to figure out what I like, what does and does not work for me.
    I think so far, I've concluded that too much Jasmine isn't good for me..or really anything too florally for that matter. Fig was baaaad,

    I never would have taken myself for a warm scent kind of girl, I always thought it was more fresh I was seeking. However, the more I try, the more I like the warmer, milky, vanilla, coconut, sweet patchouli, foody type of scents. I would have liked to have thought that cocoa/chocolate would have been good, and perhaps it still might be. I tried Montale Chocolate Greedy and was pretty disappointed. Maybe there was something there I just couldnt' appreciate, but it was NOT for me.

    I have yet to try anything real citrus-like. I think I'll try some of those next, something lighter for spring/summer. I tried Sage Machado Coral and really liked that.

    what do you like?

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    I think Benzoin doesn't work well with my skin... i'm not sure what note benzoin mimics (by itself or with a combination of other "notes") .. I say this because Body Kouros smelled really off-putting on me.. all I got was dry coconut (copra) smell from it...

    And yes, I HATE.. chocolate notes.. no go.. nada... the rest is all fine.. I think
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    Ambergris and musk work well. Citrus and aquatics not so well.

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    My skin seems to work well with pretty every kind of juice and every note thankfully. Just some get amplified like florals and fruity and some get literally blown like citrus.
    But to my likings I strongly like on my skin resins (mhyrr, benzoin, balm...), animalic notes (civet, musk, ambergris, castoreum, leather...), woods (cedarwood, patchouli, rosewood, sandalwood) and some florals (iris, magnolia, jasmine, bulgarian rose, muguet, tuberose, violet), and the only citrus notes that seem to last on me (bitter orange and bergamot)
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    Gee Kat, it might be hard for you to extrapolate from us onto you. If that is your pic and coloring (similar to mine) this might help. I've found that when perfumes smell bad to me (and again this is a very personal thing, probably based on genetics and body chemistry and those micro- spectroscopes within our olfactory systems that Luca Turin describes), they tend to smell like BO, cat box, bug spray, or rotten fruits and vegetation. Avoid Angel like the plague. THis one falls into the BO category. Some folks LOVE it but for those of us who don't, something like an airplane trip when seated near someone wearing it approaches torture. Emaraude falls into the bug spray category. Tresor had fallen into my rotten vegetation category, but somehow has redeemed itself. Theorema was once in the cat box category, but has also redeemed itself, along with Fendi. The ones that work best with me are rich, smoky, animalic. The Madini perfume oils, particularly the Musk Gazelle, Ambargris, and Amber are excellent and lend themselves well to layering. I also love Bvlgari Black, Tocade, Enigma, Bal a Versailles. That being said, I also tend to do well with most every Guerlain perfume I have (L'heure Bleue, Mitsouko, Champs Elysees, Apres L'Ondee, Fleurs de Bagatelle, Shalimar, Meteorites, Purple Fantasy, Samsara (in all its incarnations), Habit Rouge, and several of the Aquas Allegorias, esp Herba Fresca and Winter Delice. Guerlain is known for including a bit of vanilla in most everything it makes, and think that is the clincher for me. I like many of the aldehydic/chypre-y scents, too all the way from Le Dix, Miss Dior, Coriandre to fruity chypres like Deci Dela and Champagne, this list goes on and on. Some greens are good on me, too, like Ma Griffe, Parfum D'ete, L'Interdit, Ivoire. I can't abide the Elizabeth Arden tea perfumes (bug spray), but love the tea notes in Bvlgari Femme and Homme.I also do well with other spicy orientals like Byzance, Ysatis, the Boucherons, Organza Indecence (no flowers), and some frankly florals like Ce Soir ou Jamais, Byzantine, Organza (love the nutmeg), and many from L'Occitane like the Ambre, Neroli (prefer the older version), magnolia, Iris, Myrtle, Cherry Blossom, and Eau d'Iparie. Then there's Dolce Vita, and the D&G, particularly the original with the red top, and Light Blue. Lush makes a great patchouli perfume, Karma, that is wonderful. My knowledge of the Boutique-ier perfumes is limited, but I hope to learn and to perhaps pass that on, as well.Hope this helps, Kat - somewhere to start.
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    I usually have a problem with sandalwood notes, not that I don't like the smell of it, but it tends to take over every other note on my skin. But I guess there are combinations that works better than others, and I suppose there are different kinds of sandalwood. I'm quite new to this so I'm still trying to figure out what works for me and not.

    I've also noticed that the Caron scents small kind of strange on my skin. Too bad, since they sound so lovely when described by others!

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    Thanks everyone for sharing.
    Eileen, yep that's me. I'm just trying to get a feel of what others like and can wear. Up until now, everyone my husband included, thought I was nuts when I'd say that most mainstream perfumes smell horrid on me. Most of them, get a strange chemically smell, hard to explain..perhaps is the bug spray

    I think I'm going to pick up a few samples from the perfumedcourt and just start trying. There are so many to chose from! Thank the stars for samples.
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    ok, I'm thinking that the right amount/blend of cocoa works for me
    I just tried Parfumerie Generale Brulure de Rose for the second time and I really like it. The dry down especially, very rich...almost like creamy raspberries. I didn't think I could pull off rose either.
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    Default Re: What notes/scents work well with your skin? Which don't?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamakat7 View Post
    Thanks everyone for sharing.
    Eileen, yep that's me. I'm just trying to get a feel of what others like and can wear. Up until now, everyone my husband included, thought I was nuts when I'd say that most mainstream perfumes smell horrid on me. Most of them, get a strange chemically smell, hard to explain..perhaps is the bug spray

    I think I'm going to pick up a few samples from the perfumedcourt and just start trying. There are so many to chose from! Thank the stars for samples.
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    ok, I'm thinking that the right amount/blend of cocoa works for me
    I just tried Parfumerie Generale Brulure de Rose for the second time and I really like it. The dry down especially, very rich...almost like creamy raspberries. I didn't think I could pull off rose either.
    I have the had same problem with what I would call "modern" colognes. Pretty much anything created since the early 90s turns into "chemical" or "gasoline" on my skin.

    But after starting to explore more standard houses, I noticed that Penhaligon's scents would turn into "powdery sugar" - that happened with samples from different sources.

    Then I tried a different bath soap (had been using your standard deodorant/antibacterial soap from the store). I used a good, triple-milled vegetable soap. Suddenly, Penhaligon's worked beautifully. All the scent samples were different, had noticeable stages, and I could occasionally pick out the different ingredient notes.

    Now, whether this is applicable in your situation mamakat, or would work with more modern scents, I don't know. I do have a bottle of Michael for Men which I haven't yet cracked open. But that will be my "tester" for the soap theory and modern scents.

    Good luck and enjoy your journey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoos View Post
    Then I tried a different bath soap (had been using your standard deodorant/antibacterial soap from the store). I used a good, triple-milled vegetable soap. Suddenly, Penhaligon's worked beautifully. All the scent samples were different, had noticeable stages, and I could occasionally pick out the different ingredient notes.

    Now, whether this is applicable in your situation mamakat, or would work with more modern scents, I don't know. I do have a bottle of Michael for Men which I haven't yet cracked open. But that will be my "tester" for the soap theory and modern scents.

    Good luck and enjoy your journey.
    I'm not sure how valid the soap theory would be in general.. because the effect of soap on the skin would wear off in about an hour, wouldn't it?

    The only plausibility here would be... higher quality soap would *maybe* wash off less ...or none of the nautral oils present in the skin.. which in turn would allow for a better interaction of the scent with the natural oils.. letting the fragrance "open" up in a better way than before. Even if this were the case, the skin does restore its lost natural oils over the course of the day I suppose.. which would anyway amplify the scent worn.

    I'm not trying to invalidate your experience with the soap, i'm just curious.


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    Java -

    It's a curiosity to me, too. Fortunately, it's an easily repeatable experiment. Which I've done several times. My diet does not drastically change, so that's probably not a factor. I've tried it specifically with Penhaligon's and Floris scents (it's what I've been using and have the most of). Using deodorant soap = flat, one-note scents usually just a sweet scent or a sweet/powdery scent (not floral or vanilla or anything that complicated - just sweet). The other soap, C&E's Sienna bath soap - brings out the scent nicely. I have not tried it with an unscented triple-milled soap, so the soap scent may be at play. If it is, it's not long-lasting. It's a light scent that fades fairly quickly.

    Another theory that I've heard is that the deodorant soap, in effect, mutes the scent. That seems plausible - if activity of the bacteria on the skin is changed by the deodorant soap, it may affect how the scent interacts on the skin. No odor/oil on the skin for the scent to interact with would result in a flat scent. I have no idea if that is in fact what's going on. Based on my limited scientific knowledge (and at-home experiments) it seems plausible.

    Or it just may be me and my body chemistry. Either way, it's nice to have found a solution that works for me and throw it out there as another possibility.
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    Sweet and spicy notes seem to work best on me, anything with a lot of citrus usually smells fairly vile on me (not too bad when it's in the minority against other notes).

    I'm a redhead, and have read that redheads have a more (or less?) acidic skin mantle which can make fragrances smell very different to the intention.

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    Very interesting theory on the soap. I might have to give it a try. My Mom makes soaps I should pick some of hers up.
    Chaos, I'm slightly redhead too. i'd never heard of the acidity difference in redheads, good to know.

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    Pretty interesting experiment I must say Brent... I ought to do some of my own.. I usually use soaps with some degree of moisturizers or shower gels as I have dry skin.


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    Vanilla makes me want to puke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Q View Post
    Vanilla makes me want to puke.
    Frags overloaded with Vanilla make me want to puke too


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    What would be some good examples of the overly vanilla scents? I've never been much of a vanilla girl, but have warmed up to it a bit.

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    My skin works well with everything. What doesn't is my nose. I don't like the smell of fig, and I'm not keen on vanilla, but I've discovered that cleverly blended, I can cope with it - Vanisia being a perfect example. I'm having a belated love affair with patchouli, and I ADORE iris, jasmine, rose and gardenia. The spicier fragrances are a taste I'm acquiring slowly. Leathers are not my favourites, but I do love Tabac Blond. I avoid citrus like the plague, but again, cleverly blended, I can cope with it to some extent. I also avoid aqua fragrances and almost all gourmands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by javagreen View Post
    Frags overloaded with Vanilla make me want to puke too
    Yup, ditto for me. Although as I've just said, if it's cleverly blended, I not only cope with it, I love it. Vanisia has tons of vanilla, but it also has a pepperiness to it (no idea what the note is) that cuts through and gives it balance. It's the only vanilla infused fragrance I've ever been able to wear. My daughter wears Datura Noir and I have to run away from her. It makes my stomach heave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamakat7 View Post
    What would be some good examples of the overly vanilla scents? I've never been much of a vanilla girl, but have warmed up to it a bit.
    Boucheron's Trouble is one.. packed to the gills with vanilla.. its not a bad scent at all, just not my type.. i.e. I had to ask my GF to not wear it when i'm around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clemmie View Post
    My daughter wears Datura Noir and I have to run away from her. It makes my stomach heave.
    I can totally feel you on that.
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    re: soap. I think there's something to this. My perfumes tend to disappear when I use a deodorant soap. They last a lot longer if I use something mild and unscented.

    (Leather and food scents turn very strong on me - have to do them in small doses!)

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    Default Re: What notes/scents work well with your skin? Which don't?

    I don't think aldehydes and animalic notes work very well on me. I tend to gravitate toward spicy & gourmand scents in the winter (chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, tea, pepper, etc.) and light citrus or blackberry notes in the warmer months.
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    Thank you, Hoos. I think triple-milled vegetable soap is my new "lemming." Currently, I use Irish Spring (a deodorant soap), and have used it since 1985.

    I am one of those who has noticed that scents that smell gorgeous on others turn into something awful on me. As someone else mentioned, my diet is probably not a factor in the difference, as it is pretty standard fast-food fare, same as my colleagues around me. However, in a side-by-side comparison, (incidentally, with one of us being a redhead, whether or not that was significant), the same bottle of perfume resulted in different smells -- *mine* being the "gasoline" note that someone mentioned. (I'm not the redhead, by the way. And if one is interested in which perfume it was, it was "Beyond Paradise" by Estee Lauder.) On the redhead, it turned into a baby powdery scent and became faint rapidly. On my other colleague, she had a lingering scent of honeysuckle. On my skin, it just plain sucks.

    I'm game to be another guinea pig to see if triple-milled soap makes any difference.

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    I found that the mossy freshness from stuff like 212 and CK Euphoria tend to smell pleasant (to me at least) on me. Orange/tangerine works really well too like in Clinique Happy and Terre D'Hermes. The one I've found that doesn't is vanilla. I mean, it works well with Bvlgari Black and Le Male, but with Le Male and Iceberg Twice, I've had that note turn into vanilla air freshener and something sorta gamey. Ugh. Now I'm just afraid of anything with vanilla in it. Another one is anything that's sharp citrus. Versace Eau Fraiche, Live Jazz, M;Men, and Unforgivable Multi-Platinum just annoyed the hell out of me. My skin doesn't seem to like coriander/cilantro that much. That tends to dominate over other things when I wore Live Jazz once.

    On a related note. Anything considered "aquatic" ends up being more citrus on me than anything. Luckily that works out in my favor with L'eau Par Kenzo because that's what I liked about it. However, Bvlgari Aqva and Acqua Di Gio have been the only aquatics to ever show their true selves on my skin. Which is pretty awesome. Whereas Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey starts and remains citrus and floral and Givenchy Blue Label is pure citrus.
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    Ugh, leather ALWAYS goes bad on my skin. Cumin doesn't agree with my skin either (or maybe it just doesn't agree with my nose).
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    Most notes agree with me except CUMIN - turns to an acrid body odour on me.

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    Whatevers in Joop! Jump, man oh man, if I spray that stuff anywhere, 30 minutes later I get a pounding headache. I'm talking a "I drank 12 pints and half a bottle of jack daniels last night" headache. Its a shame too, because my girlfriend spent 50$ on it for me I loved it on a card, didnt test it properly on my wrist...

    Also, Paul Smith London, it might be the leather or booze in the base, or it could be the relatively warm weather, but thats another head-ache inducer on me.

    1 last one that also comes to mind was Gucci pour Homme. It smelt like an ants nest mixed with a tree and un-washed 'man parts.' Definately, definately not for me!
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    Booze notes tend to do very well with my skin... Can't think of anything off the top of my head that doesn't fare well...

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    That reminds me. I get a LOT of rum notes when I used to have Lacoste Pour Homme. It smelled good to other people, but it gave me headaches. I'm not much of a drinker, so I wasn't too pleased with the smell. Maybe if I was more of a Captain Morgan fan, sure.

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    I actually cant think of a single note that doesnt work on my body chemistry, they dont smell as good as on my gf, but id never say that theres anything that "doesnt work"

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    Leather just doesn't work on me with a few exceptions - it tends to turn rancid. Pungent woods often turn sour as well.

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    Most everything "works" with my chemistry with one major exception, and I'm not sure if it's chemistry or just my dislike of the note: strong musk.

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