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    Default Suggestions for female fragrance as gift

    I'm thinking of getting my SO a female fragrance as a gift. I'm still not sure if it's a good idea, but I wanted to see about getting some suggestion from the board. Background: she doesn't wear fragrances, but I don't think she is opposed to them. She likes fragranced bath soaps and body washes. Unfortunately, I do not know the names of the soap scents she has. I do know that she likes this shower gel from Lush:

    http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products...nch-shower-gel

    I'm not sure how the shower gel would translate to fragrances, but I thought I mention it since I don't have much to go on.

    According to her, she likes "clean, powdery" scents. Vague, I know. So I guess she'd want something subtle and not to loud. One time we were smelling some samples in a magazine and she didn't like any of them and neither did I. I think most of them were "popular" celebrity fragrances. So none of those. I think she'd like something that is classic or timeless yet has modern appeal, or alternately a "modern classic" if you will. It doesn't have to be something that came out originally way back when. But I don't think she'd want something that everyone else is wearing either.

    Should I get her some samples before buying the bottle? Or perhaps take her to a store like Sephora, Nordstroms, or a boutique and let her pick something out? What do you think?

    One more thing: I'm a grad / professional student so I can't really afford anything over $150 or so. So no Creed, Bond no.9, etc.
    Last edited by cvac; 27th December 2008 at 12:06 AM.

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    Default Re: Suggestions for female fragrance as gift

    Try L Occitane products.....Will be perfect for her. Very natural and classy as well.

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    Default Re: Suggestions for female fragrance as gift

    When I think of "clean, powdery," I think of the following:

    Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
    Burberry Brit
    Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (everyone is wearing it, though)
    Clean (multiple varieties)
    Bvlgari Pour Femme
    Prada Infusion d'Iris

    Some vintage/vintage-like ones that might fit the bill:

    Chanel No. 5
    Pucci Vivara
    Shalimar

    You might try buying one of the samplers from Sephora:
    http://www.sephora.com/browse/sectio...egoryId=C19924

    You buy a sampler, she gets to try several different scents, and you trade in the certificate for a full-sized version of one of 8-10 fragrances she can choose from.
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    Default Re: Suggestions for female fragrance as gift

    Hi, my suggestion is something from the Be Never Too Busy to Be Beautiful line, the same people who make Lush.
    https://www.bnevertoobusytobebeautif...ategory_id=601

    Also see this interview on Basenotes...
    http://www.basenotes.net/interviews/...perfumery.html

    They are absurdly cheap but people have raved about the line. But I don't see any stores in the US for this line, so you might have to write to them - might be a good idea and ask them to suggest something that migh complement the shower gel she likes, given they make that too! By the way, Lush does make a solid perfume version of The Olive Branch, the shower gel your SO likes so thats a good place to start.

    But your other option of taking her to Sephora and sampling some fragrances to narrow down her choices sounds like a good idea. Clean, powdery scents? Prada Infusion d'Iris might be a good start...
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    Default Re: Suggestions for female fragrance as gift

    L'Occitane might be one good choice, but I do not remember powdery scents in the line...
    Last edited by Cumarin; 27th December 2008 at 10:19 PM.

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