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    Default Suggestions for 30 year old girlfriend, help please!

    My girlfriend wants to expand her collection and I'm out of ideas! She wears Burberry Brit, Ange ou Demon le Secret, Cool Water for her, Vive la Juicy, and Tommy girl. She really enjoys Alien. I have gotten her samples of the Dior Poisons, all of which she likes so far especially Hypnotic Poison. Shortly I will get her some Guerlain samples and more Dior as well. Sadly this is about the end of my ability to help. We live in Florida and I would like to get her something warm for the terrible winters here (it's 72 degrees outside as I write this), and she needs more options for the long summers. I would love to get her some age appropriate scents that are as beautiful and sexy as she is. It's a very open question, and I apologize for the vagueness. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Default Re: Suggestions for 30 year old girlfriend, help please!

    Hi Dyslexic Rooster & welcome!

    Maybe go on a sampling expedition, or check out websites such as Luckyscent (which sell samples) together?

    There is such a massive diversity of stuff available & exploring them & reading reviews should turn up things that you can both investigate.

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    Thank you so much Ipp! We've been on a few sampling runs. It's how we picked out our Christmas gifts for eachotherThe Ange ou demon for her, and Xeryus Rouge for me. We've kinda exhausted the local malls, there are a few perfume shops in the area we can visit. Thanks for the info on Luckyscent.
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    You're welcome, Dyslexic Rooster - hopefully some U.S. members will have some info. on other places selling samples.
    There are some sample pass threads here as well from time to time.

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    Default Re: Suggestions for 30 year old girlfriend, help please!

    I'm a little confused by your statement "something warm for the hot weather". Do you mean something that goes well in the hot weather? Or a warm, amber/woody scent? Some people like to go against the grain. I prefer to wear lighter scents in warm weather, you may like the oriental scents year-round.
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    Default Re: Suggestions for 30 year old girlfriend, help please!

    I'm sorry for that, I was trying to make a joke about the warm weather here in Florida. I'm looking for both actually, with a bit more focus on warmer scents for the winter right now because she has none. She does prefer light florals for day to day wear, and is beginning to like orientals. Thank you for replying kumquat.
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    I'd recommend she try a couple of Montale scents:

    For vanilla:

    Vanilla Extasy

    For jasmine:

    Jasmine Full
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    Default Re: Suggestions for 30 year old girlfriend, help please!

    One of my favorite florals now is Diptyque- Jardin Clos, all the Diptyques are interesting, but start there. It's fresh and young, really pretty.

    Also, try the Exclusif Chanels- Beige (unique, hawthorn, fresh &young), Bois des Iles-(sandalwood amped up to smell like gingerbread), 31 Rue Cambon (tingly, fresh "pink" but not powdery) You may like CoCo, since you like Orientals. I find its blend of floral and chocolate a little too conflicted, but that's just me. One for the hot weather that I think is charming is O De Lancôme. ​You'll have to ask for it though, it's never advertised. It'll be under the counter. A classic light "green" and white musk. When I tried this at the dept store I admired myself all the way home.
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    Thank you all so much, I'm about to see her, and having some "research material" together will be fun! Keep 'em coming!
    Dock-a-loodle-fod

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    Another rec is Hypnose by Lancome.
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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    Sweet! Thank you everybody!
    Dock-a-loodle-fod

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    Default Re: Suggestions for 30 year old girlfriend, help please!

    Hope you both enjoy the searching

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    We are! Thank you Ipp. Any suggestions or favorites of yours?
    Dock-a-loodle-fod

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    You are such a sweetheart!

    If she loves vanilla, try Van Cleef and Arpels Orchidee Vanille. This is sold on Lucky Scent for $185 and you can buy this legitimately NOW on Amazon marketplace for $115.00. That's a savings of 70 dollars off the retail price for a private, exclusive scent from a designer, actually a jewellery house. The presentation box makes and impressive gift, and the bottle is sleek, simple and elegant, too.

    This has similarities to Hypnotic Poison in the almond and vanilla: mandarin orange, litchi, bitter almond, dark chocolate, rose, violet, vanilla pod, cedar, tonka, and white musk.

    http://www.amazon.com/Van-Cleef-Arpe...chidee+vanille

    You can also buy VC&A Gardenia Petale, which is a gardenia floral with vanilla. This vendor has the item $115 off the retail price.

    http://www.amazon.com/GARDENIA-PETAL...d_sim_sbs_bt_1
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    Default Re: Suggestions for 30 year old girlfriend, help please!

    Hi & welcome to basenotes!

    lf she enjoys Alien, l wonder if she has tried any of the flanker versions?

    Alien Essence Absolue is an oriental take on the original, with almondy heliotrope & a touch of incense.

    Alien Liqueur de Parfum is a richer, more "aged in oak barrels" version.

    Alien The Taste of Fragrance is a sweet, caramelised, gourmand version; if she likes Hypnotic Poison, she'll probably love this one.

    And Alien Aqua Chic is a lighter, more sparkling & summery version.

    l also think she might enjoy Dior Addict.

    Happy hunting, & do report back on your finds!
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    Some great suggestions. Bottega Veneta and Chanel No.22 might be worth getting a sample of. For the Guerlains maybe start with the Shalimar Parfum Initial, it's just that bit more approachable than Shalimar. Just one last though, she might like Chanel N°5 Eau Première.
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    Wow, thank you all! I can't wait to get these for her! Primrose, she loves vanilla, and hmmmmmm, a pretty presentation box? Maybe I could fit a ring in there. "Honey, I got you a new bottle of marry me!" Teardrop, I belive she has a sample of Essence Absolute, I'll get her to try that soon. Thank you for the flanker info too. Xscent, thank you for a Shalimar she might like. I want her to try some because I've always thought they were very classy. I thought the original might be a bit much her though.
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    Default Re: Suggestions for 30 year old girlfriend, help please!

    Be sure to try Guerlain- Samsara, ​if you haven't already. A classic woody oriental. Very appealing.
    Currently wearing: Aperçu by Houbigant

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    That is going on the list. Thanks again kumquat!
    Dock-a-loodle-fod

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    Alright, I have been able to get samples of:Guerlain Shalimar, Shalimar Parfum Initial, Samsara. Chanel Exclusif Beige and 31 Rue Cambon. Van Cleef and Arpels Orchidee Vanille. Thierry Mugler Alien the taste of fragrance, and Montale Jasmine Full. Not a bad start. I will find all the others as well, and any others anyone can think of. Thank you all so very much for your help, and I will let you know how the sniffing goes!
    Dock-a-loodle-fod

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    +1 on Dior Addict.

    You seem very sweet, a perfume and a proposal doesn't sound like a bad idea at all!.
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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    Awwww Thanks kalli. I'm trying to find lots of ways to show her how special she is to me and how much I love her and a goofy and sweet way to pop the question sounds perfect to me.
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    Chanel Coco parfum that my wife loves (samples at your neighborhood Sephora).

    The straight Coco, not Mademoiselle.

    Sounds like a valiant effort on your part. Enjoy

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    Let us know how that proposal goes, if and when.

    LOL, there is an actual perfume called, "Marry Me"..link..

    http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/L...y-Me-9405.html

    But one of the reviews for it said:

    "I hated this fragrance. It smells bitter....and It gave me a a headache. If a guy proposed me with this perfume, I would say: no!"

    Perhaps a different scent, lol.
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    A proposal with perfume! I’m sure we can think of one with a pretty present box to hide a ring. That is so exceedingly sweet of you and to go through efforts to find something she loves too. Kudos.

    Are there any other notes besides vanilla and jasmine that she enjoys? The Shalimar Ode a la Vanille series have stunning presentation boxes a heavenly dose of vanilla. They are limited editions so might be a sweet way to make it that little more *special*. The two that come to mind are Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la route de Madagascar and Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route du Mexique these maybe worth tracking down and adding it to the sample pile.
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    This is turning out to be much more fun than I though it would be, and I thought it would be fun! Thank you vbrown, I am really enjoying all of it, and another Sephora is he next stop. kalli, I might just buy that so the box can do the talking for me and get the weight right with play doh, cause who doesn't love play doh? It's when, not if, too. Just a matter of time and timing. Xscent, my nose isn't good enough to pick out anything other than vanilla (which she loves in all forms, fragrance and food) so those are going on the list as well. I know she likes citrus and fruit, the peppery accord in Alien and some of my fragrances. She likes lavender, spices and pine for seasonal home fragrances. She loves Kouros, I wore it on our first date and got a "God you smell so good" in the first few minutes, so honey and amber? I know she likes Yatagan, so a nice leather? We're just starting on her scent wardrobe so I'm more than willing to have her try anything. Thank you all so much for all the help, I really appreciate it.
    Last edited by Dyslexic Rooster; 31st December 2013 at 02:43 PM.
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    I guess this means I need to find something to get married in? To the directory! And as always suggestion would be wonderful.
    Dock-a-loodle-fod

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    Happy new year everyone! I have been vetoed. She decided that instead of more samples, she wants a bottle of Hypnotic Poison for her birthday present. But because I'm an ornery little snot she's still getting an abbreviated list.
    Dock-a-loodle-fod

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    Default Re: Suggestions for 30 year old girlfriend, help please!

    You can never have too many samples!
    Currently wearing: Aperçu by Houbigant

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    No you can't kumquat! She admitted yesterday that this has become an obsession for her and I love it. The more she sniffs, the more I will know what to get. It will be nice to be able have a bottle of something special squirreled away somewhere to surprise her with when she has a bad day.
    Dock-a-loodle-fod

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