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    Default Favourite Orientals?

    I love Orientals more than any other category of parfums. This includes all kinds of Orientals. What are your all time favourite Orientals? Some of mine in no particular order:

    YSL Opium
    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue
    Chanel Coco
    Guerlain Mahora
    Guerlain Samsara
    Givenchy Organza
    Revlon Ciara
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Estee Lauder Cinnabar
    Mulger Angel
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    I love orientals, too. I love the ones on your list, also:

    vintage Shalimar
    vintage Emeraude
    Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu
    Caron Parfum Sacre
    Calvin Klein Obsession
    Dior Hypnotic Poison
    Gaultier Classique eau de parfum
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Boucheron Jaipur Homme

    There are lots more, but these first came to mind.
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    Hmm...there are so many, I tend to subcategories...

    Dune would be my ideal "fresh" oriental.

    Saffran Tourblant for a minimal oriental.

    Vol de Nuit would the perfect oriental.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdem1961 View Post
    I love orientals, too. I love the ones on your list, also:

    vintage Shalimar
    vintage Emeraude
    Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu
    Caron Parfum Sacre
    Calvin Klein Obsession
    Dior Hypnotic Poison
    Gaultier Classique eau de parfum
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Boucheron Jaipur Homme

    There are lots more, but these first came to mind.
    I like Shalimar, too, but for some reason, I do not reach for it as often as some of the others in my collection. I agree that Chergui is nice (also quite unisex in my opinion), and I plan to add it to my collection at some point. I very much liked Obsession in the 1980s, but the current formulation is totally unwearable for me, unfortunately. I tend toward vintage scents if I can find them. Never have tried any Carons, but it is a house I want to explore in future.

    Oh, I forgot to mention my newest Oriental LOVE---the utterly divine Chanel Bois des Iles. I have the EdT but plan to acquire the extrait at the end of the year. Bois des Iles is one of those fragrances I could bathe in every day and not become tired of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dane View Post
    Hmm...there are so many, I tend to subcategories...

    Dune would be my ideal "fresh" oriental.

    Saffran Tourblant for a minimal oriental.

    Vol de Nuit would the perfect oriental.
    I like Dune, but it does not strike me as an Oriental for some reason. In fact, I cannot think of a category where it does belong. It is rather unique.

    I have never tried either Saffron Tourblant or Vol de Nuit, but VdN has been one I have longed to try. I have hoped to find a good vintage Vol de Nuit. Like Dune, I have not thought of Vol de Nuit as an Oriental, either. I would have labelled it a chypre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oriane View Post
    I like Dune, but it does not strike me as an Oriental for some reason. In fact, I cannot think of a category where it does belong. It is rather unique.

    I have never tried either Saffron Tourblant or Vol de Nuit, but VdN has been one I have longed to try. I have hoped to find a good vintage Vol de Nuit. Like Dune, I have not thought of Vol de Nuit as an Oriental, either. I would have labelled it a chypre.
    I guess my choice in Orientals is ambiguous. I like the fringe-style.
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    Default Re: Favourite Orientals?

    Oajan is one I enjoy a lot.
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    Hmmm, I have never heard of Oajan. Must take a look at the notes....
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    Many of my favorites include vanilla in it, far too many to name.
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    I love vanilla, too.
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    I love orientals. Some of my favourites:

    YSL Opium
    Estee Lauder Youth Dew
    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque
    Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque
    Tom Ford Santal Blush (woody oriental)
    Dior Hypnotic Poison
    Helmut Lang EDP (fresh oriental)

    Caron's Parfum Sacre and Tabac Blond used to be among my favourites, but they've been reformulated, unfortunately. They're still good, but not favourites anymore. Ditto Dioressence.
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    chypre, I cannot ever recall anyone telling me that s/he did not like Opium. Glad to see you like it, too.

    I have had Lutens Ambre Sultan on my test list for a while along with several others from that house. I imagine it is quite nice.

    Never have sniffed Hypnotic Poison, Parfum Sacre, or Tabac Blond, although I did try in some earnestness to find a vintage of Tabac Blond for a while. I eventually loss interest after seeing the high prices on eBay. Sooner or later I am sure I will be able to at least test it, though. I wonder if it is similar to Habanita? I tested Habanita EdP not long ago, and I really liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oriane View Post
    I wonder if it is similar to Habanita? I tested Habanita EdP not long ago, and I really liked it.
    I haven't tried the most recent version of Habanita, but the Habanita I remember was quite powdery and vanillic. Tabac Blond has very little powder and vanilla, and focuses much more on the leather and amber. The current Tabac Blond is significantly lighter and less spicy than the vintage though leather and amber are still there (but subtler).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oriane View Post
    I like Shalimar, too, but for some reason, I do not reach for it as often as some of the others in my collection. I agree that Chergui is nice (also quite unisex in my opinion), and I plan to add it to my collection at some point. I very much liked Obsession in the 1980s, but the current formulation is totally unwearable for me, unfortunately. I tend toward vintage scents if I can find them. Never have tried any Carons, but it is a house I want to explore in future.

    Oh, I forgot to mention my newest Oriental LOVE---the utterly divine Chanel Bois des Iles. I have the EdT but plan to acquire the extrait at the end of the year. Bois des Iles is one of those fragrances I could bathe in every day and not become tired of it.
    My bottle of Obsession is vintage. I don't bother with reformulations if I can help it.
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    Dior Homme Intense

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Dior Homme Intense
    I never think to sniff men's fragrances. I am probably missing out on some lovely ones that could be unisex. I should stop by the shopping mall some time and sniff some of the men's fragrances. I admit that after looking at Givenchy Pi, I was very tempted to purchase a bottle of it. Habit Rouge's Dress Code looks extremely tempting, and I know Guerlain's quality standards are very high. Hmmmm.......
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    Also adding the Les Desserts series by Guerlain, almost any Serge Lutens fragrance within this this particular genre, as well as Opium Eau d`Eau Orient to the aforementioned list of numerous great suggestions

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    Alas, I have never sniffed any of Guerlain's exclusives.
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    Sometimes I'm a bit confused about the definition of Oriental, but I'll give this a shot:

    -Guerlain Shalimar
    -Dune by Dior (if it counts)
    -Hermes Elixir de Merveilles/Ambre de Merveilles
    -Dior Addict
    -L de Lolita (or is that a gourmand?)
    -Estée Lauder Spellbound
    -HdP Amber 114
    -L'Artisan Safron Troublant

    PS- if you look at the notes, Dune might count as a modern chypre...
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    I love orientals, especially the sub category of oriental/spicy.

    My favourite oriental scents include:

    Roma (Laura Biagiotti)
    Cristobal (Balenciaga)
    Mauboussin
    Ambre et Vanille (E Coudray)
    Shalimar (Guerlain)
    Samsara (Guerlain)
    Visa (Piguet)
    Black Orchid (Tom Ford)
    Hypnotic Poison (Dior)
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    Great picks, Kotori and kewart. I forgot to mention one that I aboslutely ADORE and feel could be considered an Oriental but is generally simply labelled as a gourmand. Why could not there be a category of Oriental-Gourmands?

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    You should try Indult Tihota, one of the finest and pure vanilla fragrance ever. There's a sample pass going on currently, you should try getting on that if you've never the scent.
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    Chanel- Cuir de Russie
    Serge Lutens- Bois Oriental
    Parfumerie Generale- Aomassai, Iris Oriental
    http://www.luckyscent.com/product/34...merie-generale
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    My favorite orientals:

    Shalimar
    Kohl de Bahrein
    Coromandel
    L'Heure Bleue
    Vol de Nuit
    Tabac Blond
    Habanita
    Filles en Aiguilles

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    If anyone is curious, Michael Edwards classifies Dune as a "Woody Oriental".

    Vol de Nuit I believe is in the same category (don't quote me on that).

    I've seen a few leather mentioned in people's favourites - he would classify those in the "Dry Woods / Leathers" category, same with Tabac Blond.

    Having said all this, the topic is suggestive, and there are definitely "oriental" aspects to various perfumes that are categorized elsewhere, and obvious overlap.
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    Just to add to that, Michael Edwards classifies most of what we usually call gourmands as "Orientals."

    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned anything from the house of Amouage, seeing as they specialize in all things Oriental . . . .

    I'll also stand up and say that Opium and I don't mix well, but I think that's due to childhood associations with an unpleasant female relative who wore too much of it--I'm scarred for life.

    I'm glad to see Coromandel mentioned here.

    Mostly, my taste runs toward "florientals." I like the contrast between the freshness of the florals and the weight of the oriental base. L'Heure Bleue is the classic. Anything with iris and I'm good. I just tried a new (to me) Goutal today that I *really* liked, Mon Parfum Chérie par Camille.
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    In addition to the big, well known ones like Opium and Shalimar (no one mentioned Tabu yet....), I have smelled women who smelled really wonderful in Caron's Pour Une Femme, Lagerfeld's KL and Interlude and Replique--not sure if those last are classified as orientals, though.
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    Default Re: Favourite Orientals?

    Chanel Coromandel
    Dior Mitzah
    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Dior Poison
    Chanel Bois Des Iles parfum
    Viktor & Rolf Antidote
    Chanel Misia (more floral to me but I see that it's categorized under "oriental floral")
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    Gucci Envy for Men (vintage) is one of the greatest orientals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thediamondsea View Post
    Just to add to that, Michael Edwards classifies most of what we usually call gourmands as "Orientals."

    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned anything from the house of Amouage, seeing as they specialize in all things Oriental . . . .

    I'll also stand up and say that Opium and I don't mix well, but I think that's due to childhood associations with an unpleasant female relative who wore too much of it--I'm scarred for life.

    I'm glad to see Coromandel mentioned here.

    Mostly, my taste runs toward "florientals." I like the contrast between the freshness of the florals and the weight of the oriental base. L'Heure Bleue is the classic. Anything with iris and I'm good. I just tried a new (to me) Goutal today that I *really* liked, Mon Parfum Chérie par Camille.
    I see Orientals as basically food you can't eat, and gourmands as the obvious counterpart.

    I see now I'm obviously in the fan camp of woody orientals-fresh orientals.
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