Of those I would chose No. 5,
but not all women can pull that
Try Dior's Dolce Vita, it's a good
My mother's birthday is cooming soon, and I need to buy her a gift. I was thinking about a fragrance.
I realy don't have it with female fragrances, so I need you to help me. I know almoust nothing about them. Please recomend me a realy good scent, and non-niche it must be.
I heard of these ones:
Guerlain - Mitsouko
Guerlain - Shalimar
Chanel - No.5
Christian Dior - Poison
Yves Saint Laurent - Cinema
Yves Saint Laurent - Paris
Yves Saint Laurent - Opium
1) From the ones above, what would you pick ?
2) Other female fragrances that are very good, and safe to buy
Of those I would chose No. 5,
but not all women can pull that
Try Dior's Dolce Vita, it's a good
How old is she? I'm afraid that I wouldn't consider most of those to be safe to buy, especially if she's closer to forty than sixty. (And, no, I'm not saying that they're "old lady" fragrances, but they are definitely classics.)
My suggestion would be Mitsouko or Shalimar. You can't go wrong these two icons of the fragrance world IMO.
Let us know a bit more about her. First of all, how old is she? Do you know what fumes she used and what she liked/didn't like? Does she like strong scents or does she like it more restrained? Your list comprises mostly classics, I love half of them and dislike the other half - I consider them a risky buy.
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Fragrances I consider safe buys: most Bulgaries, primarily Omnia EDP (the original in the brown packaging), Eau Parfumee au The Vert, Eau Parfumee au The Blanc, Bulgari (in the yellow box), Jasmin Noir. These scents don't have as much personality as most of the ones you listed, they are rather classy and comfortable, they are not pushing the limits in any way IMO. They also have the advantage that you can wear them in every season and for every occasion. In contrary, e.g. I could not pull off Opium or Shalimar in summer, I find Mitsouko very serious and Cinema quite blah. From your list I would also go for No. 5 but I agree with LeGrandDuc that not all women can pull it off.
Go down to your local department store, give them a sniff and see if you can imagine the scent wafting off your mother - would it fit her?
I'm guessing I'd be around your mum's age, and out of those I'd pick the Cinema if she likes sweet scents. It's the most modern of the bunch, and very wearable.
Poison/Paris/Opium are big scary eighties frags. She'll either love these in a nostalgic way, or hate them, in the same way
Mitsouko/Shalimar/No. 5 are classic. I think any of these could be a nice gift.
I'm selecting Chanel No. 5 because it is a timeless classic and less dramatic than the others.
Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere
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Definately Chanel No.5 if you had to chose from that list. The last fragrances I bought for my mother (who's 54) were "Thierry Mugler's Angel Sunessence" (last year's edition is still available) it's really charming as Angel is not for everyone but you can smell the nicer notes plus its quite light. Also "Prada Infusion D'Iris" or "Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely".
They are real mum fragrances, they just remind me of how amazing, warm and special she is.
Mitsouko - recently purchased it for my stepmother, and it was a big hit.
Estee Lauder Youth Dew - usually a mom favorite.
Ok, she is... 44 years old.
Yes, I know Chanel No.5 is good, but how good can a fragrance be ?
Some fragrances are so good for me, that they make me happy, they make me smile and also euphoric !
Also, I heard about Dior Poison ! It is good, also it is not that expensive. I like A LOT Dior ! My aunt has Dior Poison, through ! I can't describe how good it is !
About Cinema, I am fascinated about it, because my girlfriend wears this every day, without exception. One day, I came home, and my mother said I was smelling of vanilla. She didn't know it was from my girlfriend ! Why is my gf wearing this if you say it is good for my mother ?
Also, is Angel good for my mother ?
This is a complex problem, people !
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Oooh, well, if your girlfriend wears Cinema there's no way you can buy it for your mother! Scar you for life, that would ;)
Did your mum like the vanilla smell? Hypnotic Poison could work. It's powerful, like all the others you list (I take it stronger scents work better with your weather?) and I think it's up there with the original Poison for fans.
Angel is a love or hate scent!
Do you know what your mother already owns/wears?
Since she's 44, quite young, and not a hardcore perfumista, I presume?
Cartier: So Pretty
Guerlain: Champs Elysees
Estee Lauder: Pleasures
Is it possible for you to take your mother w/you and let her choose which fragrance she prefers? If she's particular about what she wears, that's the safest way. It means no surprises for her, but then that's not necessarily a bad thing.
I'd choose No 5, and actually, I second what petruccijc said: No 5 Eau Premiere. It's the easiest version of No 5. Smells great and is friendlier than the original.
Personally, I'd not want Angel, but that's just me. Your mother may love it.
It may be best to let her choose for herself. Good luck!
How about a set of minis or samples? Sephora packages minis of the top sellers . Guerlain and other houses sell boxed minis, Bond has the bonbon box (pricey, though)....the niche houses and independents often sell (online) full sample sets in pretty packaging she's bound to like something in a set.
I hate the fact that she has only minis. Her biggest bottle is 50 ml.
Anyway, why would you buy Eau Premiere insteaed of the original No.5 ?
Everybody loves No.5.
No. 5 is one of those people really love or really hate. That's the only problem. But I guess that's the risk with any perfume. I think it is best to take that risk on a classic like Chanel No. 5, b/c even if she doesn't love it, she will probably love the fact that her son got her Chanel No 5: the gesture itself carries some weight.
Is one of those minis more used up than the rest? That's probably a sign she likes it. Maybe you could report back and the NB detectives can advise on similar scents.
I am also older than your mother, and I do not care for any of the scents on your list (I mean, I appreciate them, but do not like to wear them). That is not a criticism of your list--those are classics!--it is just to show that it is hard to select a fragrance for someone else. Taste varies so much.
I'm nearly the same age as your mom and I'd nix all of them as a gift except for the Shalimar, which of all the choices is most versatile and easy to wear. The other posters are correct about your other choices being challenging and not for everyone (please avoid big 80s scents like Poison and Opium unless you KNOW she likes them), though I personally love YSL Paris (my bottle is vintage however; I've heard it's changed over the years). If you're looking for something that she'd want to wear daily, or at least while going out on weekends, I'd pick something like Versace Crystal Noir or Dior J'Adore. J'Adore doesn't wow many people, but it's very likable and pleasant, and works in almost any situation. I find Crystal Noir to be more of an evening scent, but it's very well done and under appreciated, in my opinion (on the plus side, few people wear it because they don't know or think about it). I second Bulgari Jasmin Noir - a very nice white floral. If really want to give her the Guerlain brand-name, go with L'Instant. It's lovely and elegant, not a wow in my book, but well-liked by many others here. I also agree with the recommendation of Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. No. 5 in all other concentrations is difficult for me to wear, even after letting it dry down for an entire day. Eau Premiere is the only version that lets me feel almost comfortable when I wear it.
I also second Hillaire's recommendation of Gucci Envy. I think it is an outstanding spring/summer scent and I wear it a lot myself.
Please tell us what she has in her minis. I get the feeling that you're trying to push her into a particular direction of what you think is classic and esteemed, but it won't work if they are fragrances she simply doesn't care for.
(As an aside: It's funny that a lot of men here like Poison and Opium for themselves. I wonder if it's because men's fragrances are often more pungent and they're accustomed to bolder scents? I like Opium myself, but it was my mom's signature scent while I was growing up so I don't feel comfortable in it. I also wear a lot of men's fragrances, and love big 80s frags like Paloma Picasso and Amarige, but Poison was never my thing.)
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Patsy: Oh, this? Chanel No. 5.
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This is not exactly an answer to your two questions, but I think you should buy her some fragrance that is new for the season!
It would be perfect, I think, if you personally visited a perfume store and asked the sales assistent for some help.
If the bottle is pretty, and you yourself like the scent, I don´t think you could go very wrong.
I also second Hillaire´s recommendation of Pleasures; a classic floral which is easy to wear.
If your only option is to order something online, I would maybe go for Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker (cute bottle, and the name is just right for a mother, no?) A gift set, with maybe the body lotion & shower gel in addition to the perfume is usually very appreciated.
From your list I would go for either Chanel no. 5 EdT (or, even better, pure parfum!), or Paris, but IMHO all your alternatives are a bit too potent for summer.
Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
Yes, I believe that taking your mother to pick out what she wants might be good... (if you are on a budget the up side is that she will pick something she likes and won't break your budget.) :-)
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If mom is 44 y.o she's probably still a rocker....give her one of the more notable Caron fragrances: Tabac Blonde; Poivre; En Avion; Parfum Sacre and Bellodgia. My guess she will like any of these. They are timeless , elegant and smart!
Well, one thing is certain - no Cinema for your mom. That would be scary.
Chanel No 5 is a "safe" bet, and almost any Guerlain would be loved. Why don't you get your mom two perfumes - one for daywear and one for evenings? (Hint: Shalimar)
Another vote for "no Cinema" for your mom! If you think she liked that one, try also Hypnotic Poison, Addict, Midnight Poison or Fendi Theorema if you can find it.
Could you make a list of the bottles or minies she has? It would help a lot to understand what her tastes are.
The ones on your list are loved by many but I wouldn't call any of them a safe buy, except perhaps for Paris-sort of. Depending on how much time you have, you could perhaps take her out one day and ask her to stop by Sephora and make her tell you what she thinks about a several perfumes. Or spray a few blotters with perfumes in different categories and ask her to smell them when you get back home. At least try to figure out of she likes sweet, strong etc types.
My mother absolutely LOVES Sicily by D&G. I bought her many perfumes, but she still preferes this one and many of her friends like it too. She went through several bottles in just a couple of years. Give it a try.
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My whole family likes fragrances. Even my grandmother has designer fragrances. Also, my mother is not young for me. If you don't know, I am 14.
She once had a 200 ml bottle of J'Adore by Dior or so. It was huge.
She also has a 30 ml bottle of Amor Amor by Cacharel.
A collection of 5 or 6 mini (5ml) bottles of Lancome fragrances. Don't remember the names now.
3 bottles (30 and 50ml) of Avon fragrances (Little Black Dress, Perceive, True Glow).
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for women (50ml)
Christian Dior Dune 30 ml
That's all I remember
Also, she really seems to like Guerlain. There is also a Romanian poet from the period between WW1 and WW2 (!) who wrote something about Guerlain fragrance, because his girlfriend worn it (probably Shalimar)
Another thing, I cut Angel from the list because you don't seem to like it, allthrough it is in the top 5 female fragrances from all times, if I remember.
Last edited by Jimi Hendrix; 12th March 2010 at 07:59 PM.
I am just a few years younger than your mother, and I second the suggestions made for Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere (much more modern and easier to wear than the original), Bulgari, Gucci Envy, and Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely. SJP Lovely is an especially safe pick. It's almost universally pleasing to people of all ages, and there are some really nice gift sets available for this scent, too.
I am a fan of classic Chanel No. 5, Mitsouko, Opium and Paris, but they are not scents I recommend for gift-giving unless you know the wearer enjoys them already. I have met NO OTHER WOMEN MY AGE (online perfume friends notwithstanding) that wear and appreciate these scents. My friends and co-workers in my age group would likely not see it as evidence of the gift-giver's good taste if they received one of these as a gift.
I respect Shalimar as a creation, but honestly, I don't like it.
Please Jimi, Do yourself a favor..BUY MITSOUKO!!!! YOu will never regret it!!! GO to a shop nearest to which sells Mits, Any version is fine in my opinion...and take a whiff of pure bliss!
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Jimi Hendrix... at fourteen you are a sweetie. However, how are you going to afford this? Again, I say, take Mom with you and ask her to pick out a scent she loves.