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    Default Scent of Southern CA in the 70s

    Hello. I need suggestions. Looking for a scent that reminds me of Southern CA in the 70s. Beach, sand, hazy sunshine, popcorns, candy floss, P&J sandwich, suntan lotion, my father's powder blue Cadillac, Flower Power, fog hornes, lighthouse, yacht, orange trees... I'm trying to find a fragrance to give to my sister that might evoke our childhood
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    Hello dear ladymurasaki. Well, I never was in Southern CA in the 70's but I love your idea!

    You know when I was reading your post there was one fragrance that immediately popped into my mind. BUT.... I was thinking that it doesn't really fit, then I got to the part about the orange trees!

    Andy Tauer Orange Star A sunny, orangey, hippy, ambery, bottle of love! Big and Fun!

    OR, a very different option;

    Heeley Sel Marin, not oranges, but lemons, cedar, and sea spray. Elegant and Contemporary.

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    Thanks, Foustie! I don't think I've tried Orange Star but it sounds perfect. I have a sample of Sel Marin. I must try it again
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    Lateral thinking here, not literal . . .

    Lys Soleia (Guerlain) warm tan after a day on the sand

    Coromandel (Chanel) the 70's patchouli haze mellowed by the intervening decades and perused over a latte with a light dusting of chocolate powder

    1969 (Histoire de Parfums) the name is a clue, happiness in a bottle

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    My first impression is Charlie by Revlon. It was everywhere.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    My first impression is Charlie by Revlon. It was everywhere.
    Now, that brings back memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    Lateral thinking here, not literal . . .

    Lys Soleia (Guerlain) warm tan after a day on the sand

    Coromandel (Chanel) the 70's patchouli haze mellowed by the intervening decades and perused over a latte with a light dusting of chocolate powder

    1969 (Histoire de Parfums) the name is a clue, happiness in a bottle
    I've tried all, except 1969. I must go back and try the other two again.
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    l love this idea too!

    Bronze Goddess smells to me of hot skin after a day at the beach, complete with salt, sun lotion & a touch of driftwood.
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    l love this idea too!

    Bronze Goddess smells to me of hot skin after a day at the beach, complete with salt, sun lotion & a touch of driftwood.
    Teardrop, that sounds like my childhood days on the beach! I've read the notes and it also sounds perfect.

    Some people on FB suggested Beachy. Any thoughts?
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    Two others to try are Bobbi Brown Beach and Jil Sander Sun. I also like Teardrops recommendation, Bronze Goddess is a really nice scent.

    Beach- "A light, happy and nostalgic scent that evokes warm sunshine and the sea breeze."
    Sun- "A clean, fresh and sunny fragrance for women."

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    Charlie does sound perfect.

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    Dior's Dune..

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    Didn't Keiko Mecheri come out with a whole series of summery scents on a SoCal theme? The ones in the clear bottles with the white pineapple shaped finial as a cap. There's one referencing Mulholland Drive. And in another of her series, Canyon Dreams - expensive but seems to be inspired by the time and space you remember.

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    You'll never find "candy floss" anywhere in the states.

    Now, cotton candy otoh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    You'll never find "candy floss" anywhere in the states.

    Now, cotton candy otoh...
    Haha! I'm too British now ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jardanel View Post
    Didn't Keiko Mecheri come out with a whole series of summery scents on a SoCal theme? The ones in the clear bottles with the white pineapple shaped finial as a cap. There's one referencing Mulholland Drive. And in another of her series, Canyon Dreams - expensive but seems to be inspired by the time and space you remember.
    Thanks, Jardanel. Will give them a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiliwia View Post
    Two others to try are Bobbi Brown Beach and Jil Sander Sun. I also like Teardrops recommendation, Bronze Goddess is a really nice scent.

    Beach- "A light, happy and nostalgic scent that evokes warm sunshine and the sea breeze."
    Sun- "A clean, fresh and sunny fragrance for women."
    They sound perfect! Thanks.
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    What about Babe, that was very popular in the 70's and 80's. It is discontinued, but easy to find.

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    I've never been to California (I'm a Jersey gal, now in Maine) but these might do. Check out the notes in:

    At The Beach 1966 by CB I Hate Perfume
    New Jersey by United Scents of America

    Good luck in your quest. I'm trying to find a fragrance combining ocean and pine trees (Maine coast). Lisa

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    Babe is a great suggestion, although it came out near the end of the 70s, in '77. I was a little kid in Louisiana in the 70s so our experiences were a bit different, but I got a bottle for my 10th Birthday, and I've barely been without a bottle since. I love this stuff! But that reminds me of Capucci's Yendi, which was released in 1974 and is so similar to Babe I'm convinced it had a direct influence on its production. Both are excellent fragrances, particularly for sunny summer days ...casually chic, fresh and vibrant.
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    I am happy to read your post Evangeline, as I will have a large vintage Babe in my greedy little hands in a couple of days. I remember owning in the late 70's but really can't recall the smell, only that I loved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaNielsen View Post
    I've never been to California (I'm a Jersey gal, now in Maine) but these might do. Check out the notes in:

    At The Beach 1966 by CB I Hate Perfume
    New Jersey by United Scents of America

    Good luck in your quest. I'm trying to find a fragrance combining ocean and pine trees (Maine coast). Lisa
    New Jersey sounds interesting. It's on my list to try. Thanks!

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    Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. Cincy and Evangeline, I've added adding Babe and Yendi to my list.

    I've got to get myself organised so that I could send my sister a bottle of our "childhood" for Christmas
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