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    Default Quality Alternatives for Favourites

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here at Basenotes and was wondering if you guys could help me find some quality alternatives for my all-time favourites below, in no particular order:

    -L'Eau D'Issey by Issey Miyake
    -Relaxing Fragrance by Shiseido
    -Trueste by Tiffany
    -Iris Poudre by Frederic Malle


    The list should give you a feel for 'flavours' I lean towards. As for quality, I find most recent populist fragrances are of poor quality. Case in point, Stella Nude - lovely juice but terrible quality. Like most department store finds it is poorly executed, opening too sharply and transitioning too soon, almost as if the notes were tossed together with a heavy hand.

    The general understanding is that quality fragrances lean towards lofty price points, and I've resorted to purchasing decants at the Perfumed Court for this reason. After some research and experimentation though, I've found that many underrated or forgotten mass-market fragrances of the past (Alfred Sung Spa) are of comparable quality to recent expensive niches, and much much cheaper. Therefore they make great substitutes...if only I knew which ones match my 'flavour' preferences. Some suggestions of interest from the "Unsung Treasures" thread include:

    -Ivoire by Balmain
    -Silences by Jacomo
    -Prive by La Perla
    -Donna by Trussardi
    -Metal by Paco Rabanne
    -Quartz by Molyneux


    How similiar, if at all, are these to my list?

    So in short, what decants (for the expensive) and past gems (for the affordable) should I get that match my flavour preferences.

    Thanks in advance!

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    You can't be serious comparing Frederic Malle to Tiffany and Issey Miyake.
    FM is of pinnacle quality.

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    Hi Hedonist,

    Yes I know, eh? FM's line is the epitome of well-made fragrances. I guess my favourites are quite varied in prestige and L'Eau D'Issey and Trueste count more for their flavour and nostalgia. I dont like anything from Tiffany except for that juice!

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    Mauboussin by Mauboussin - vanilla, plum, patchouli
    L'Occitane Notre Flore Iris, if you can find it: warm Iris with tonka and green notes.
    Estee Lauder Pleasures Bloom - rose-violet
    Bulgari Rose Essentielle - also rose-violet, much lighter and more relaxed than Pleasures Bloom. Go for the EDP, the EDT doesn't last.

    I would explore the Estée Lauder line for quality yet reasonably priced fragrances. For a long time I only associated them with fragrances like Pleasures (nice but conventional straight-up floral which is not my taste.)

    EL has some hidden absolute gems, the quality is great and they are inexpensive and available in any mall in the US.

    Bulgari is often found in discount centers, even when it isn't, the price is reasonable and they have many quality fragrances. They tend to be much lighter than EL fragrances.

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    I've read that Ferré in the rectangular bottle (this one: http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/G...rfume-166.html) is very similar to FM Iris Poudre, and both were created by the same person, Pierre Bourdon. I think you can find it online at discounters or on ebay for a reasonable price.

    I agree about Estee Lauder, also Lancome to a certain extent, the older classics.

    I don't think your two lists are all that similar.

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    Hillaire
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    Gawd, hedonist, what a snoberoo!

    I happen to think the original Tiffany Men and Women outranked any Male offering, save maybe POAL. But that's me.

    I think you'd dig Donna Trussardi, based on your likes, but I'd steer you clear of the Silences and the Metal, which are more bitter, and probably more 'acquired tastes." And totally get that Ferre; that's a bargain.

    I'd also recommend Yves Rocher and L'Occitane fragrances to you, which are affordable and good quality.


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    Lord, folks, if so, I suppose debauchery and pornographic impropriety are the new bon chic bon genre!
    Last edited by Hillaire; 28th November 2011 at 02:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    Gawd, hedonist, what a snoberoo!
    Confused.... its the truth lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    I've read that Ferré in the rectangular bottle (this one: http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/G...rfume-166.html) is very similar to FM Iris Poudre, and both were created by the same person, Pierre Bourdon. I think you can find it online at discounters or on ebay for a reasonable price.
    I found Ferre to be a very poor imitation of Iris Poudre. As if they ripped IP off of all the quality ingredients. Brrr...

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    I don't know all the perfumes on your list, so I wouldn't know to what it compares, but, unlike for Hilaire, Metal is one of my favorite, a fresh, green, bitter (that's true, but I like it that way) floral.

    cacio

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    I don't find your two lists similar either.

    Possible alternatives for L'eau d'Issey are most aquatic fruity-florals with a musky base (e.g., SJP Lovely, Laura Biagiotti Laura).

    Quality alternatives for Relaxing Fragrance: CDG Calamus, TDC Un Parfum de Charmes et Feuilles, Ineke Balmy Days and Sundays, Molinard Fleurs de Figuier (this is quite affordable), L'Artisan Premier Figuier, Diptyque Philosykos, Hermes Un Jardin en Mediterranee. The last four are transparent fig scents, the rest light green scents with a milky-soft feel. None really have the citrusy edge of Relaxing Fragrance though. AG Eau de Camille and Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca are fresh grassy scents.

    Something in the vein of Iris Poudre but cheaper (not as high quality, but quite good): MyQueen (powdery violets).

    Hillarie's idea of Yves Rocher is very good, they have quite a few great and inexpensive scents. There are quite some in the green (Relaxing Fragrance) genre among them: Neonatura, Naturelle, Bamboo, Cheverefeuille, etc.
    Last edited by bonsai; 28th November 2011 at 12:36 PM.

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    Thanks for the recommendations everyone - Bonsai, you are especially thorough and I will try to go through all your picks.

    I'm on a quick break at work but have a nagging question: Hillaire, which Trussardi fragrance is the one you rave about, the white bottle with leather decal launched in 1982 or rectangular glass launched a decade later? Apparently the formulations are different.

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    Hillaire
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    Bonsai's suggestions of Neonatrua and Chevrefeuille are PERFECT...

    This is the one, not a different formulation, rather a different scent altogether:

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    I know this isnt what you wanted to hear but if i couldn't get the real thing i would try and find something else that is totally different. I believe that there is not substitute for quality perfumes.

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    So I just ordered TPC decants for Ivoire by Balmain, Quartz by Molyneux, Ferre by Gianfranco Ferre and Prends Garde a Toi by Ego Facto. The last one was spurred on by a Luckyscent reviewer's comparison of it to Crabtree and Evelyn's La Source line, of which I am addicted to (the hand therapy's scent - french milled soap/sea water/nuts - should be extracted and bottled).

    Cant wait until my decants arrive! In the meantime, does anyone know where I can get a decant of Donna Trussardi?

    I'll be sure to get some samples of the Bulgari line when I'm at my local Sephora's.

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    I'm kind of interested in that Ferrè too, will be interested to hear what you think of it.

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    Hillaire
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    you can get a decant of Donna Trussardi from me. PM me, and we can make an arrangement!

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