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    I'd like to do some crowd sourcing on what would be appropriate fragrances for a spa getaway -- and by "appropriate," I mean both non-offensive and suitable to highlight the experience and cement a scent memory for me.

    I'm going (by myself) to a destination spa in Sedona, AZ for 4 days and 4 nights in March. It's just a spa -- no golfing, no shopping, no casinos, no other resort-type activities. This vacation is all about relaxing, getting re-centered and de-stressed, doing as much yoga as I possibly can, and returning refreshed and positive.

    I'm very aware that fragrance is often taboo at spas, and there are good reasons for that. At the same time, I can't imagine fragrance not being a part of this experience, even if it's a very *light* part. Which is where you all come in. My wardrobe is very oriental and gourmand-heavy, chock full of Serge Lutens and Parfumerie Generale. But what I need here is delicate, ethereal, and, most of all, zen. This is one time when I want to completely avoid heavy, sweet, spicy, and overly floral. I also want to avoid musk, as clean musks give me a headache, and dirty musks seem completely wrong for this experience.

    Here are some of the fragrances I'll be wearing/testing over the next month to decide what to take (probably 4 or 5). I'd welcome more suggestions. Thanks for your help!

    Diptyque Tam Dao EDT
    Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli
    Chanel Bel Respiro EDT
    VC&A Bois d'Iris
    LAP Dzongkha
    Heeley Oranges & Lemons
    Dior Granville
    Ava Luxe Green Tara
    Lutens L'eau Froide
    CDG Incense Zagorsk and Kyoto
    CDG x Monocle Hinoki
    The Different Company Tokyo Bloom
    Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte

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    I think the Diptyque, Hermes, Dior or CdG's are all great choices.

    One I would highly recommend, since it's natural, wears very light (non-offensive for sure) and is very holistic is:

    chakra™ 7 balancing body mist by Aveda

    Also very affordable, at $30 for 100 ml.

    I wrote about it, and 1, here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/222...veda?p=1423482
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    I'm thinking Hermessences, hard to think about anything lighter. Osmanthe Yunnan for instance, but others as well (Rose or Iris).

    I think candles could work well too, because they just suffuse the room in a delicate way. Diptyque has several to choose from.

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    Have you ever worn Bvlgari Eau the Rouge? It's a tea scent, very light and seems a fitting possibility. Wave at me K, I'll just be a bit south of you.

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    Vanille Pamplemousse a very light citrus and vanilla fragrance that I use when going to the gym. I think it was less than $20.00 when I purchased it. Check out my Review.

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    Tam Dao and Zagorsk made me think of my favourite woody incense, Hindu Kush by AbdesSalaam Attar. It's all about wood and resins, with just a hint of dry and not too invasive spices. It's all natural, so you can stay assured no musks will bother you (I have your very same attitude towards musks!), it wears very close to skin, so you won't invade other olfactory spaces and it seems to me very suited for meditation and re-centering...
    Enjoy your holiday, in any case K!
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    K so glad to hear you are taking time to yourself and that spa sounds wonderful. For a light fragrance that feels 'fresh' Bel Respiro, Eau de Cologne, Acqua Di Parma Colonia, L’Occitane’s Eau Captivante are all wonderful. Done in that light eau de cologne style with a hit of citrus upfront.

    Just a bit out there but have you considered a fragrance with a tea note? Two that come to mind are Gucci Pour Homme II and Dior Escale à Pondichéry (black tea, caradamon, sandalwood, jasmine sambac). I was also going to suggest a vetiver, Sycomore is bit on the smokey side, Guerlain is lovely but bright. I’m wondering if Tom Fords Grey Vetiver might be a better one for this purpose. There’s hint of smokiness but overall quiet and elegant and of all the vetivers in my collection the one I would go for in a spa environ.

    Have a wonderful time, much deserved (hugs).
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    Personally I would wear Clarins Eau Ressourcante or The Sanctuary
    Classic edt. Both are eminently suitable for a spa environment.
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    Default Re: Fragrance for the Spa

    Quote Originally Posted by danieq View Post
    Have you ever worn Bvlgari Eau the Rouge? It's a tea scent, very light and seems a fitting possibility. Wave at me K, I'll just be a bit south of you.
    I was thinking Bulgari Au The Blanc (white tea). It's also available as a creamy bar soap. I sometimes spray ATB on my bath towel.
    Your initial list looks super duper, K. This is a good reference thread for the subject of relaxation/zen scents.
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    Thank you all for your suggestions! I've been doing some sampling, and here's what I've found:

    I need to explore vetiver. I've sniffed Sycomore before, and it was by far the Chanel I like best. I sniffed Gray Vetiver at Sephora, and that's also very nice -- Xscent, you were on the right track with that one, although tea and I tend not to get along. I also got a sample of Mazzolari Vetyver, and I really like that one. It's more of an eau de cologne style with a light vetiver than a vetiver fragrance, if you know what I mean. Very nice. I know I sniffed Atelier Cologne Vetiver Fatal in Vegas, but I don't remember much about it other than thinking "PEPPER!" So I think most of the vetivers mentioned are still "heavier"/thicker/more present than I want. But I very much want to explore then going into summer. Woo hoo! A quest!

    I also sniffed all three Prada Infusion d'Iris. Lord, those are gorgeous irises, all three of them. I wore the EDP for the afternoon, thinking the incense and vetiver in that one might give me the vibe I'm looking for. If it were a one-trick pony and kept the opening all the way through, that would have been the one. The first 15 minutes were perfect. After that, it was still wonderful (and I may need a bottle) but not for the spa. Again, a bit too much presence and gloriously lipstick-y iris.

    I also wore Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte (from the Cologne series), and while I liked it a lot (decant for summer, maybe?), it was also still too … much … somehow. CdG Hinoki was marvelously woody; I didn't mind the turpentine note at all, but it ended up with a much stronger scorch note than I want. And CdG Jaisalmer, which I adore, was too spicy.

    I still need to test the Dior Escale and Granville, but I'm betting they'll both have more punch than I want. Even Bel Respiro does.

    I already ordered samples of AbdesSalaam Attar Hindu Kush (thanks, iodine and Quarry!) and Broom, so I'll let you know what I think of those.

    Mike, I'm still checking at Aveda salons in town to see if any of them has the body mists -- that's an inspired (and very sensible!) suggestion. Thanks!

    I haven't been able to find the Bulgaris locally, so I'll need to order samples of those.

    So far, Tam Dao EDT (shocker!), Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli, and -- I can't believe this one -- L'Artisan Dzongkha are right up at the top of my list. But best so far is CdG Zagorsk. I find it soothing, contemplative, ethereal, cool, and just, well, lovely.

    I really want to sniff the next round of samples, though, so I'm not deciding anything yet. Thanks again for the suggestions!

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    Vetiver's main characteristics is exactly that it lasts a long time. If you are looking for things that are more eau de cologne, then there's the Goutal vetiver eau de cologne (not the regular vetiver, but the one in the eau de series), which is fresh and doesn't last a long time. (indeed, the whole series of Goutal eau, eau d'hadrien, eau de neroli and eau de vetiver is quite light and natural smelling).

    cacio

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    Sounds wonderful - I know you'll enjoy every minute!

    I don't have anything to add to the list of excellent suggestions here (though Bel Respiro would be at the top of my list, and Eau des Merveilles ...did anyone suggest that? It's gotta be *sheer*) but I wanted to add that most spas have a boutique with just the sort of fragrances you're looking for (I remember seeing the entire Jo Malone, Philosophy and Fresh lines at a day spa not too long ago. And now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure I saw Sonoma Scent Studio at a spa near Las Vegas last year!) I'm not suggesting you go empty-handed, but you might find a lovely fragrant souvenir that you can enjoy there, but once you're home takes you right back to the spa, instantly relaxing and calming you every time you wear it ...that'd be a great souvenir.

    Eta, upon more reflection, I've also seen the likes of Acqua di Parma, Calypso St. Barth, Saffron James and Byredo in spas (and "spa-like" settings that are actually salons, hehe) so they actually seem to be pretty good hunting grounds for niche and indie lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeK View Post
    So far, Tam Dao EDT (shocker!), Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli, and -- I can't believe this one -- L'Artisan Dzongkha are right up at the top of my list. But best so far is CdG Zagorsk. I find it soothing, contemplative, ethereal, cool, and just, well, lovely.
    Don't you get a sharp synthetic note- I would say "musk"- in both Tam Dao and Orange Sanguine? I can't wear those two fragrances- which I like in the opening- because after a few minutes all I can smell is that note
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    Quote Originally Posted by iodine View Post
    Don't you get a sharp synthetic note- I would say "musk"- in both Tam Dao and Orange Sanguine? I can't wear those two fragrances- which I like in the opening- because after a few minutes all I can smell is that note
    That's too bad, iodine I'm happy to say I don't get that note in either Tam Dao or Orange Sanguine -- I really love them both and don't detect any musk. I wonder if you're very sensitive to Iso E Super? I believe both of them have a healthy dose of it, and that may be the synthetic note you're responding to. Me, I love Iso E Super

    Mike, I found an Aveda salon with all of the chakra balancing mists. I'm going in to take their Ayuervedic test thing-y to figure out which one I need for balancing. David already did it, discovered he needs grounding, and came home with a bottle of #1, which he sprays on his pillow every night. I'll report back on what I get

    After spending a couple of weeks sampling, I have my list! Here are the ones I fell for and are making the trip with me: CdG Zagorsk, Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, AbdesSalaam Attar Hindu Kush and Broom, and, after discovering that it wears very gently softly on my skin (vs disappearing as I initially thought), VC&A Bois d'Iris.

    I bought full bottles of Zagorsk, Orange Sanguine, and (just because I loved it so much even if it's not making the spa trip) Prada Infusion d'Iris EDP.

    Thank you all for your help! Now, onto the vetiver sampling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeK View Post
    ...Mike, I found an Aveda salon with all of the chakra balancing mists. I'm going in to take their Ayuervedic test thing-y to figure out which one I need for balancing. David already did it, discovered he needs grounding, and came home with a bottle of #1, which he sprays on his pillow every night. I'll report back on what I get ...
    That one is vetiver prominent, it's a strong one. My ex husband, he went with me to the Aveda salon also, when I bought mine. They picked #1 for him also. And, just like yours, he sprayed his on linens before bed. When I did my 'test' they chose #7 for me - which is very incense prominent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeK View Post
    That's too bad, iodine I'm happy to say I don't get that note in either Tam Dao or Orange Sanguine -- I really love them both and don't detect any musk. I wonder if you're very sensitive to Iso E Super? I believe both of them have a healthy dose of it, and that may be the synthetic note you're responding to. Me, I love Iso E Super

    Mike, I found an Aveda salon with all of the chakra balancing mists. I'm going in to take their Ayuervedic test thing-y to figure out which one I need for balancing. David already did it, discovered he needs grounding, and came home with a bottle of #1, which he sprays on his pillow every night. I'll report back on what I get

    After spending a couple of weeks sampling, I have my list! Here are the ones I fell for and are making the trip with me: CdG Zagorsk, Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine, AbdesSalaam Attar Hindu Kush and Broom, and, after discovering that it wears very gently softly on my skin (vs disappearing as I initially thought), VC&A Bois d'Iris.

    I bought full bottles of Zagorsk, Orange Sanguine, and (just because I loved it so much even if it's not making the spa trip) Prada Infusion d'Iris EDP.

    Thank you all for your help! Now, onto the vetiver sampling!
    Happy you're bringing Hindu Kush with you at the spa!

    RE the stinky molecule, I don't know... I did the test for Iso E Super deadidol suggested in another thread (smelling a paper strip with Avignon after some time...) and what I can smell there isn't the d***** thing and, moreovere, it doesn't bother me... Too bad, indeed! Tam Dao is one of my beloved one's fragrances and I would love to appreciate it fully!
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    I have had so much fun reading your spa prep notes, K (aka living vicariously through you), and I'm so glad you found some good ones to take with you. So, you ended up with the Infusion d'Iris EDP and not Absolue after all?
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    Thanks, ErinK, it's been a very fun experiment!

    Although it's not going to the spa, I did end up with the EDP -- for now. I love the Absolue, too, but I changed my mind at the last second as I love the opening on the EDP so much. But nothing says I can't have both, right? And there are coupons I can use for this one. My birthday is next month ...

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