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    Default Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    I want to find my signature scent for every day-wear (I'm 20). I want a classic and/or exotic, sweet, dreamy, sophisticated scent. I'm going to sample Guerlain Shalimar EDP, Patou Joy EDP, Christian Dior Miss Dior EDT, and Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps vintage EDT. I can sample one more scent. Which one from those listed below should I choose?

    Guerlain Jicky EDT
    Coty L'Origan EDT
    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue EDP
    Guerlain Mitsouko EDP
    Chanel No. 5 EDP
    Caron Nuit de Noel EDT
    Lanvin Arpege vintage EDP
    Dana Tabu vintage EDT
    Worth Je Reviens vintage EDP
    Rochas Femme EDP
    Carven Ma Griffe EDP
    Christian Dior Diorissimo EDT
    Gres Cabochard vintage EDT
    Rochas Madame Rochas vintage EDT
    Hermes Caleche EDT
    Guy Laroche Fidji vintage EDT
    Paco Rabanne Calandre EDT
    Guerlain Chamade vintage EDT
    Chanel No. 19 EDT
    Christian Dior Diorella EDT
    Van Cleef & Arpels First EDT
    Yves Saint Laurent Opium EDT
    Cacharel Anais Anais EDT
    Cartier Must de Cartier EDP
    Brosseau Ombre Rose EDT
    Yves Saint Laurent Paris EDT
    Chanel Coco EDP
    Paloma Picasso EDT
    Christian Dior Poison EDP
    Rochas Byzance EDT
    Cacharel LouLou EDT
    Nina Ricci Nina vintage EDP
    Guerlain Samsara EDT
    Lancome Tresor EDT
    Christian Dior Dune
    Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey
    Thierry Mugler Angel

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    Wow! That's a list.

    And welcome, klah!!

    I would go for something light for everyday wear, as some scents might be too heavy for people to notice on a young woman.

    Try Anais Anais, a light floral, slight powder and a touch of leather.

    Another word of advice, which may go against what I just advised, is wear what you alone like. Forget your age, the company name, and the gender the scent is marketed to--and wear what you like!
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    Thanks! I will definitely try it; maybe I'll sample anais instead of L'Air du Temps (I read the latter has a soap smell). I'm not sure though that anais will have the sophistication I'm looking for....also I don't care for powder smells.
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    I would try Caleche and Mitsouko: both sophistcated, but classic, and distinctive. Caleche on me tends to be softer, yet has a good solid personality. Mitsouko is more distinctive. But you already have my choice in your trials: Shalimar.
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    I vote "je reviens" vintage. perfectly well bred. roaring with sex appeal....at the same time. perfect for your age. very effective on many levels. i highly recommend.
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    Going the vintage route will have you obsessively watching ebay to secure precious backup bottles. For an everyday 'signature' scent, that might prove too stressful / expensive to be sustainable.
    For that reason, I'd pick No.5 EdP (no surprise, perhaps).
    If you could get Jicky in a concentration other than EdT (i.e. EdP or extrait), I'd cast a vote for it, too.

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    For the Femme, you need to sample the vintage pre 1989. It is a sugared plums and leather.

    Jicky, sorry not what you describe, its herbal and woody with lots of civet. Not sweet at all.

    One not on your list but worth a sniff, Serge Lutens Daim Blond. Its raspberry,apricot and suede.
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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    Quote Originally Posted by klah9 View Post
    I want to find my signature scent for every day-wear (I'm 20). I want a classic and/or exotic, sweet, dreamy, sophisticated scent. I'm going to sample Guerlain Shalimar EDP, Patou Joy EDP, Christian Dior Miss Dior EDT, and Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps vintage EDT. I can sample one more scent. Which one from those listed below should I choose?

    Guerlain Jicky EDT
    Coty L'Origan EDT
    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue EDP
    Guerlain Mitsouko EDP
    Chanel No. 5 EDP
    Caron Nuit de Noel EDT
    Lanvin Arpege vintage EDP
    Dana Tabu vintage EDT
    Worth Je Reviens vintage EDP
    Rochas Femme EDP
    Carven Ma Griffe EDP
    Christian Dior Diorissimo EDT
    Gres Cabochard vintage EDT
    Rochas Madame Rochas vintage EDT
    Hermes Caleche EDT
    Guy Laroche Fidji vintage EDT
    Paco Rabanne Calandre EDT
    Guerlain Chamade vintage EDT
    Chanel No. 19 EDT
    Christian Dior Diorella EDT
    Van Cleef & Arpels First EDT
    Yves Saint Laurent Opium EDT
    Cacharel Anais Anais EDT
    Cartier Must de Cartier EDP
    Brosseau Ombre Rose EDT
    Yves Saint Laurent Paris EDT
    Chanel Coco EDP
    Paloma Picasso EDT
    Christian Dior Poison EDP
    Rochas Byzance EDT
    Cacharel LouLou EDT
    Nina Ricci Nina vintage EDP
    Guerlain Samsara EDT
    Lancome Tresor EDT
    Christian Dior Dune
    Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey
    Thierry Mugler Angel
    I recommend you forget all of those and try Vol de Nuit EdT, if you haven't already.

    The current formulation is just fine. It is all you ask for: classic, exotic, sweet, dreamy, sophisticated. It nails every one. If its a bit too heavy and sweet, you may want to try Dioressence. It has a similar structure, opening like a fruity oriental chyre, and then settling into a sweet cozy confection. It has a more weightless feel (not really lighter, just not as thick). It's the most Guerlain-like Dior I've smelled.
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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    You want us to choose just one?!?

    Ok, "exotic, sweet & dreamy" describes Samsara perfectly. But go for the EDP, not the EDT.
    My second choice would be L'Heure Bleue.

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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    There are A LOT of my favorites in that list but if I'd have to choose just one it would definitely be Jicky in EDP strength.


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    I would also recommend Donna's suggestion of Daim Blond, although
    I don't get any raspberry in it. Iris, apricot, suede yes.
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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    You want us to choose just one?!?

    Ok, "exotic, sweet & dreamy" describes Samsara perfectly. But go for the EDP, not the EDT.
    My second choice would be L'Heure Bleue.

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    +1 for these choices. Tabu is a nice pocketbook friendly choice, too.

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    I am quite puzzled here: very difficult for me to put "sweet and dreamy" together with "sophisticated", two very different classes altogether. However, I like your list, please add another 9 fragrances (start with Chanel No.22 and Bois des Iles) and you will get The Perfect 50 Every Perfumista Should Know.

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    hmm... classic exotic, sweet and dreamy? ...what about Coco Mademoiselle or Miss Dior Le Parfum, Chanel no. 22, and try Angel, it will be a love or hate. No. 5 is a must try.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Wow! That's a list.

    And welcome, klah!!

    I would go for something light for everyday wear, as some scents might be too heavy for people to notice on a young woman.

    Try Anais Anais, a light floral, slight powder and a touch of leather.

    Another word of advice, which may go against what I just advised, is wear what you alone like. Forget your age, the company name, and the gender the scent is marketed to--and wear what you like!
    I agree with Primrose and would add start sampling different fragrances and sample as many as you can. It will help to know which types of fragrances you like. You can get samples for free from stores or by them from websites that specialize in samples like Surrender to chance.com, The perfumed Court.com, the Crystal Flacon (they sell samples and decants from all sorts of members of fragrance clubs including Basenotes).
    Now, if you asked me which fragrance was my favorite from your list, I would have to say Mitsouko edp for the moment, but I have not tried a lot of the others yet. Even though it's well loved around the board, it may not be for everyone.

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    Welcome! That's quite a list and I applaud your willingness to try the classics that many people your age would dismiss as too "old-fashioned."

    I'll put in a plug for one of my all-time faves, Paco Rabanne's Calandre—sophisticated, wearable, and slightly edgy. But, you may go broke stocking up on vintage bottles, as this beauty has sadly been discontinued.

    If you're looking for sweet and sophisticated, I'd recommend something not on your list: Parfums De Nicolai Number One

    Happy sniffing!

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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    Agreeing very much with others about the ever-elegant Chanel No 22 which is lusciously sweet, dreamy, and very sophisticated...with an exotic incense note. I also second Hermes Caleche (in any concentration) which has a dreamy key-lime pie note and exotic woods, and Chanel Bois des Iles with sandalwood and gingerbread sweetness. Note: You must like aldehydes to enjoy these three fragrances.

    For an equally elegant, less aldehydic alternative, I suggest Hermes Vanile Galante which is a truly novel and sophisticated take on vanilla, with an exotic and dreamy natural-raw vanilla and almost-banana sweetness (believe me, it"ll make you weak in the knees), which translates to a heady, absolutely joyous effervescence.

    I also recommend:
    Bottega Veneta - Bottega Veneta (plummy suede)
    Guerlain Samsara (sweet and exotic sandalwood)

    Have fun exploring! And by the way....if you don't find one fragrance to claim as a signature scent...no worries! There's nothing wrong with having a whole slew of gorgeous fragrances to wear
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    As others have said, why limit yourself to one choice? so many worthy things in your list.

    I'm going to say Rabanne Calandre, a serene rose-cream-spice combo, not too heavy, not too fresh, natural smelling, pleasant at all times. Vintage l'Heure Bleue (with its soft heliotropin and florals) would have been perfect, but I am not sure about the current version. You are right in specifying vintage or not, because some of those in your list are not as good in the current incarnation as the old version (eg Diorella, but also Diorissimo, and others).

    Finally, I would drop Miss Dior. the recent Miss Dior wasn't anything particular. But Dior is in the process of scrapping it and substituting it with Miss Dior Cherie (that is, Miss Dior Cherie will be renamed Miss Dior). While Miss Dior Cherie is a nice modern fruity floral, it is just not the stuff of dreams.

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    For a classic/exotic, try YSL Opium. I wore it when I was 20, so why not? Though I haven't tried the new formulation. Perhaps you can try both the vintage and new to see which you prefer. I'm also with Primrose. Where what you like. Forget about brand, gender, age, etc.
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    Thanks you guys for all of your suggestions! It looks like I'm going to have to try a lot more than 5 of these scents..plus others not on the list. I look forward to exploring! Thanks so much!

    Right now I'm thinking either Guerlain L'Heure Bleue, Paco Rabanne Calandre, or Worth Je Reviens.
    ......leaning towards a stunning rose/floral I guess...but I plan to try all of the suggestions eventually

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    <@gandhajala> Good advice, vintage would be hard to keep up...I just feel attracted to classics is the thing, but I'll have to go with a non-vintage...It's a pity the vintage versions are usually better though (or so I've read).

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    <@Twolf> Thanks! I guess what I was picturing was something that would make you think of a beautiful model walking down a street in Paris on a gloomy day...-sophisticated because it's Paris and she's in trendy attire, dreamy because of the gloom and the beauty that make you think it's not real, and sweet because its such a lovely wonderful site...I know that image of perfume is probably way overrated; but that's just my style. That's what I'm looking for.
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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    If you're leaning towards rose/floral, try Sa Majeste La Rose by Serge Lutens and Voleur de Roses by L Artisan Parfumeur. The first is a luxurious interpretation of the rose... imaging a huge bouquet of roses, and the second is crushed roses on a wet pavement after a storm. Very gothic.

    Quote Originally Posted by klah9 View Post
    Thanks you guys for all of your suggestions! It looks like I'm going to have to try a lot more than 5 of these scents..plus others not on the list. I look forward to exploring! Thanks so much!

    Right now I'm thinking either Guerlain L'Heure Bleue, Paco Rabanne Calandre, or Worth Je Reviens.
    ......leaning towards a stunning rose/floral I guess...but I plan to try all of the suggestions eventually

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    Good advice, vintage would be hard to keep up...I just feel attracted to classics is the thing, but I'll have to go with a non-vintage...It's a pity the vintage versions are usually better though (or so I've read).

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    Good advice, vintage would be hard to keep up...I just feel attracted to classics is the thing, but I'll have to go with a non-vintage...It's a pity the vintage versions are usually better though (or so I've read).

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    Thanks! I guess what I was picturing was something that would make you think of a beautiful model walking down a street in Paris on a gloomy day...-sophisticated because it's Paris and she's in trendy attire, dreamy because of the gloom and the beauty that make you think it's not real, and sweet because its such a lovely wonderful site...I know that image of perfume is probably way overrated; but that's just my style. That's what I'm looking for.
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    What you described sounds really like Tresor by Lancome. Maybe try that.

    Ones I like from the list that I have sniffed: Dune, Must De Cartier, Coco...but your description sounds like Tresor a bit...which is worth a sniff. And ya, I would say maybe to try Coco Mademoiselle EDT.
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    I'm disconcerted that the vast majority of your choices are what I think of as "acquired taste" fragrances - fragrances that are lovely but that don't immediately appeal to a nose that isn't already fond of old-style fragrances. I'm worried that if you aren't fond of that class of fragrances you might not like any of them, and that as a result you might abandon the whole effort.

    That said, my favorite "acquired taste" fragrance is Chanel No. 19, in the parfum/extrait strength rather than the listed EDT. It's all but impossible to get more than a sample/decant in the US, but it is still made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klah9 View Post
    I want to find my signature scent for every day-wear (I'm 20). I want a classic and/or exotic, sweet, dreamy, sophisticated scent.
    Classic
    exotic
    sweet
    dreamy
    sophisticated

    already trying
    Guerlain Shalimar EDP, = yes ticks all the above and is powdery woodsy
    Patou Joy EDP, = yes ticks all the above and is highly floral, but for a 20 year old?... only if you love power flowers
    Christian Dior Miss Dior EDT, = I wouldn't say this was sweet, but dry and green, nice, but not the middle three things
    Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps vintage EDT = quite spicy and goes dryish for a young girl

    Hard to choose, but I would choose this five off the list for a 20 year old to try first before those.

    Shalimar is fine, Tresor is nice and gentle for an everyday frag, Cacharel Lou Lou is full bodied, Anais Anais has a younger feeling than L'air du Temps, Dune is lovely, sweet, spicy, exotic and young.

    Many of those on your list can be scrounged. Get some empty vials and blag samples from older friends and family first. They may well have many of these around. Don't fall too in love with discontinued for a daily frag unless you can see lots on ebay for a good price and can afford to stash.

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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    Thanks for the explanation. I think I know what you are looking for.

    Anyway, please add the two Chanels to the list. Please also add Laura Biagiotti Roma, Acqua di Parma EdP, YSL Paris, Anne Pliska, Penhaligon's English Fern, one Creed of your choosing (Angelique Encense, perhaps?) and one Serge Lutens (Touberose or Orange Blossom?) and we are set with the Perfect 50.

    Good luck.

    Please sort of look what Lady M, Evangeline and PerfumedLady are wearing on a daily basis, they do wear some dreamy classics.

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    +1 for YSL Paris.

    And a dreamy, rosy incense fragrance that l love is the original Ghost fragrance (not the flankers!); still easily available & affordable, & it doesn't get enough love around here IMO.
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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    If you're after sophistication, it's hard to go wrong with a Chanel. Seems to be a house signature style. Sample them and find one that matches your personality.

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    Default Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    Teardrop, I went through the bottle of Tanya Sarne Ghost some seven years ago and loved every moment of it: soft, cozy, dreamy. I have retried it recently and the fond feeling is still there. Thanks for mentioning it. It is getting harder and harder to come by on this side of the Pond though.

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    Because you say you want "sweet" and "dreamy" - from your list - I'd choose:
    L'Heure Bleu or Paris. If you don't like powder - I would think Ombre Rose would be too powdery - actually L'Air de Temps may be too.
    2nd choices from list, for you: Lou Lou and Angel.

    I love Anais Anais, Caleche edt, and No 19 (only tried parfum) - but wouldn't really describe them as sweet - Anais is the most sweet of the three.

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    Well, first I think you need to ask yourself if you generally like classical scents or newer ones. Of course you may have both in your collection, but if you're specifically looking for a signature scent, you have to be careful including Angel and Mitsouko on the same list, as they are truly worlds apart. Any, I'll make picks from the moderns and a pick from the classics:

    Classics:
    Jicky EDP
    Chamade


    Modern:
    Chanel Coco (just smells fantastic, spicy yet sweet)
    Dior Dune (certainly fits the exotic and sweet criteria...totally unique)

    ANd I agree with Mumsy above...Miss Dior does not really it with your description of what you're after.
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