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    Default Non floral, preferably not sweet

    I'm trying to pull together a collection of non floral scents. I've listed a few to start the ball rolling. I'm struggling and would love some help. This quest started as a challenge as I have a woman friend who seaching for an oil based perfume with a non floral scent. She is currently using and old bottle of Eau de Quinine which was created as a man's perfume.

    My list
    Angel by Thierry Mugler.
    Feminite du bois by Serge Lutens - too sweet and alcohol based
    Timbuktu by l'Artisan Parfumeur - this qualifies as the floral tones are muted
    Organza Indecence by Givenchy does not qualify as it has a very sweet woody note

    your suggestions are most welcome.
    sisie

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    Default Re: Non floral, preferably not sweet

    How about Frederic Malle's Musc Ravageur Oil ? Note are bergamot, tangerine, cinnamon, vanilla, musk and amber - taken from theperfumedcourt.com.
    Regina Harris Vanilla Amber oil ?
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    Default Re: Non floral, preferably not sweet

    May we ask why non-alcohol?

    Alcohol is in general the base for the vast majority of perfumery. That being said, there are a number of fragrance lines where there are some oil alternatives. I've enjoyed the oils I've bought from Ayala Moriel - Ayalitta is a fresh, green favorite of mine from her line.

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    Since she is looking for oils, lines worth exploring might be: dragonflyblue.com, Madini, Attar Bazaar, Auric Blends, Kuumba Made, and Nemat. That said, I am not sure if any of these are avaiable where you are. They all have lovely wood, incense or musk scents.

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    CB I Hate Perfume. His perfumes are oil or water based (most are available in both formats) and plenty of them are non-floral.

    If oil based isn't mandatory, Parfumerie Generale also has a lot of non-floral perfumes.

    To get more specific, the following are no- or low-floral and not too sweet, but most of them are alcohol-based:

    Art of Shaving Sandalwood (Yes, it's a man's scent. I don't care.)
    Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale
    Chanel Cuir de Russie (Well, there's iris. Does she consider iris to be floral? Since the iris note in perfumes comes from a root, one that doesn't smell the least bit like a flower to me, I generally don't.)
    Comme des Garcons: Leaves: Tea
    Hermessence Vetiver Tonka
    L'Artisan Dzing!
    L'Artisan Dzongkha!
    L'Artisan Fou d'Absinthe
    L'Artisan Navegar
    L'Artisan Tea for Two (fairly sweet, but I think it's worth a try)
    Le Labo Patchouli 24
    Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange (might be too sweet)
    Parfumerie Generale Bois Blond
    Parfumerie Generale Cuir d'Iris (again, unless iris root is a floral for her)
    Parfumerie Generale Felanilla
    Parfumerie Generale Harmatan Noir
    Parfumerie Generale Iris Taizo/Oriental (unless...)
    Parfumerie Generale L'Eau Rare Matale
    Parfumerie Generale Cedre Sandaraque
    Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique
    Robert Piguet Bandit
    Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque
    Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist (unless...)
    Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan (might be too sweet, might be too sweaty.)
    Serge Lutens Santal Blanc
    Serge Lutens Serge Noire

    ChickenFreak

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    Does Liz Zorn use an oil base? I know she does natural scents.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    There are lots of oils in bath shops and boutiques, many non-florals. Take a look at the Davies Gate line. Their Mandarin is a nice orange. Not sure if Hermes still makes Eau des Merveilles body oil, but it's wonderful and completely non-floral -- citrus, woods, pepper, ambergris.

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    Default Re: Non floral, preferably not sweet

    Quote Originally Posted by sisie View Post
    I'm trying to pull together a collection of non floral scents. I've listed a few to start the ball rolling. I'm struggling and would love some help. This quest started as a challenge as I have a woman friend who seaching for an oil based perfume with a non floral scent. She is currently using and old bottle of Eau de Quinine which was created as a man's perfume.

    My list
    Angel by Thierry Mugler.
    Feminite du bois by Serge Lutens - too sweet and alcohol based
    Timbuktu by l'Artisan Parfumeur - this qualifies as the floral tones are muted
    Organza Indecence by Givenchy does not qualify as it has a very sweet woody note

    your suggestions are most welcome.
    sisie
    Not sure I understand this: ALL the frags you listed are water and alcohol based, not just Feminite du Bois. Do you mean to say that it smells of alcohol? That usually dissipates quickly.
    There are many oils available, but if you want non sweet and non floral, you might want to look at musk oils. Most do contain some floral essences, because without them, the musk would be horrid, but they are not prominent. I really like Kiehl's Musk oil for that reason.

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