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    In your opinion, what are the five greatest masterpieces in the perfume world?



    Based on my experience, I nominate:


    Coty Chypre

    YSL Y

    Amouage Dia

    Givenchy Gentleman


    YSL Rive Gauche

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    I've only sniffed about 180 perfumes at this point, so my opinion may change as time goes on. But currently:
    -L'heure Bleue, EDP or extrait
    -Mitsouko, EDP or vintage extrait
    -Jicky (Personally I don't like this, but recognize the genius; anythig but EDT)
    -Chanel n 5 (again, not a fan, but genius marketing in making an OK fragrance a household name)
    -Caron's urn pure parfums as a whole, makes me weep with joy

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    Jicky
    Mitsouko
    Joy
    Chanel No 5
    Shalimar
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    Well, I'm somewhat mainstream,
    but here I go anyway;

    - Poison
    - Dior Homme Intense
    - Chanel Égoïste
    - Sun Moon Stars
    - Jaïpur Homme
    Last edited by Le Grand Duc; 9th February 2010 at 10:21 PM. Reason: Added 'Homme' to Jaïpur

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    Bandit by Robert Piguet
    Poison by Dior
    Angel by Thierry Mugler
    Yatagan by Caron
    Mandragore by Annick Goutal

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    What a great question. I'm enjoying the responses.

    My choices would be

    Chanel No 5, b/c of the overdose of aldehydes
    Guerlain's Mitsouko b/c it is the oldest chypre still in production
    Patou's Joy b/c of the huge slug of rose and jasmine
    Piguet Fracas b/c of the overload of tuberose
    Dior's Eau Sauvage b/c it was the first to use hedione/dihydrojasmonate

    It's difficult to keep the list to five as there are others which are worthy to make the list. These are the ones which came to my mind.

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    5 of the biggest achievements are/were:

    Coty- Chypre (role model!)
    Piguet- Bandit (dark, deep leather - for the very first time - and a female parfumeur)
    Apres L'Ondée from 1906 - un parfum de la belle époque, exceptional because of its poetic qualities
    Royal Bain de Champagne from 1941 (nowadays reformulated...) for its gorgeoustop-notes recreating thechampagne-feeling
    Vent Vert - also created by the legendary Germaine Cellier in 1945 - for using 8% of galbanum in the original formula and the attempt at crea the first totally "green" perfume

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    I considered several others that have already been mentioned, but my final five (based largely on being unique and/or groundbreaking, in addition to being gorgeous) are -

    Coty Chypre
    Chanel No.19
    Chanel Coco
    Christian Dior Dune
    Thierry Mugler Angel
    Last edited by Evangeline; 9th February 2010 at 08:56 PM.

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    Chanel No. 5
    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Shalimar
    First by Van Cleef & Arpels
    24, Faubourg by Hermes
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    My nominations are:

    Chanel No. 5: not my favourite Chanel by a long stretch, but this thing is a *monument*
    Bandit: Cellier makes me swoon at every turn, but this was so audacious and original for its time
    Patou's Joy: again, for the obvious reasons. May it live on.
    Diorissimo in its original incarnation. The prettiest floral there ever was.
    Shalimar/Mitsouko for being genre-defining.
    This week, 'Chanel Cuir de Russie: Skin Scent' at http://thescentimentalist.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Christian Dior Dune
    Male or female?
    I absolutely adore the male version,
    the ladies one - not so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Male or female?
    I absolutely adore the male version,
    the ladies one - not so much!
    In each case I was referring to the feminine version, and I should further specify the vintage formulation of Dune - I think it's magnificent. I'm not familiar with the masculine, but I suppose I should seek it out at some point.

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    Nice question...
    In order of my own taste:-

    Coco Chanel
    24 Faubourg Hermes
    Yendi Carlucci
    Ivoire Balmain
    No 5 Chanel (voting more for it's longevity, not my favourite)

    First by Van Cleef and Arpels would knock out No 5 for my preference
    Ambergris by Houbigant would make it for my favourite but is not masterpiece work, just lovely

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