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    Hi everyone.

    On the hunt for a fragrance that embodies the impression of bright, sunshiney goodness.

    What I am NOT looking for, however, are "fresh citrus scents to wear in the summer heat".
    I'd like to stay away from that and focus on a fragrance where the colour impression is a very bright yellow light, with no regards to season, temperature, or occasion.

    The closest experience I've had is with L'Occitane Fleur d'Or & Acacia. Super sad that it has been discontinued and the outlets are empty. Only a few overpriced tester bottles on eBay.

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    What's your sunshine in a bottle?

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    Penhaligon's Ostara. Also discontinued.
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    Default Re: Sunshine in a Bottle

    Lush actually do a perfume called Sun. It is a citrus fragrance but also has a sunny feel to it, as per your post.

    Apparently, it's "A simple, optimistic citrus cologne-strength fragrance. A ray of sunshine in the depths of winter. Fizzy sweet orange and mimosa burst over sandalwood to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. For those moments when you need to lift your spirits."

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    Quote Originally Posted by incense+heliotrope View Post
    Penhaligon's Ostara. Also discontinued.
    Good choice (except for the discontinuation part.) This is the most genuine daffodil I've ever smelled (apart from the real thing.) Shame it was gone so quickly.

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    Patou Sublime for me has always been sunshine in a bottle.
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    Default Re: Sunshine in a Bottle

    Ostara +1 (discontinued but still to be found)

    Sublime +1

    And how about...

    Goutal Songes EDP

    Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger (not much citrus in this one, fun while it lasts, but it turns soapy on me in about 1 hour)

    Caron Farnesiana

    And, believe it or not (because they're really lovely):

    Givenchy Ysatis (vintage)

    Givenchy Amarige (vintage)
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    Quote Originally Posted by incense+heliotrope View Post
    Penhaligon's Ostara. Also discontinued.
    I came here to say this, +1

    It is discontinued, but can be found at discounters online and eBay pretty reasonably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grayspoole View Post
    Goutal Songes EDP
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    Although I am not a fan of the overall composition, I think Amouage's "Sunshine" did evoke a slightly melancholic end of summer/golden october kind of vibe.
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    Default Re: Sunshine in a Bottle

    I will be on the lookout for Ostara! Thank you for the suggestion everyone.

    Another one that I'm curious about is another L'Occitane. Mimosa de l'Esterel, seems to evoke the same feeling for a lot of reviewers.
    Also sadly discontinued.

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    Tom Fords soliel blanc

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    Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post
    Patou Sublime for me has always been sunshine in a bottle.
    Patou Sublime, aside from being one of the finest perfumes ever formulated, is indeed very sunny and yellow floral – but it does have quite a bit of complexity and dark corners. Not "simple" by any stretch!

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    Right now Balade Sauvage.

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    Another big yes for Ostara!

    In the same summery floral vein, L'Artisan Parfumeur's La Chasse aux Papillons always makes me smile and imagine I'm wandering around a park in dappled sunlight. More fruity but incredibly sunny is Hummingbird by Zoologist, and I'm also a big fan of Dilettante by Hiram Green (thanks to a sample from yellowtone) but it does have a lot of orange/neroli so maybe a bit too much citrus.
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    Jour d’Hermes qualifies IMO.

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    I would recommend Creed Aubepine Acacia. It has floral notes galbanum, hawthorne, and mimosa in addition to the citrus notes.
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    Histoires de Parfums 1969 might qualify . . . 'picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and and marmalade skies' Not a citrus, BTW.

    If you can find it, the original Homage Attar, from Amouage. Turquoise sky streaked with pink rose clouds.

    Villoresi's Yerbamaté does it for me, as well. Psychedelic bright green.

    Guerlain's Lys Soleia is definitely sunshine at the beach. (Mercifully NOT an aquatic, BTW)

    L'Occitane also had one a few years back that I think was called 'Immortelle' by a new perfumer and it won best of it's year in the French parfume awards. It's a bright, sunshine take on immortelle - not at all sticky or dense. I grabbed a coupla bottles (and immortelle, as a rule, comes a close third to cumin and calone as one of my least favourite notes!)
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    +1 L'Artisan Parfumeur's La Chasse aux Papillons, though I prefer the Extreme version with its hit of linden blossom. Surprisingly tenacious, too.

    My sunshine in a bottle scent is Eau des Merveilles though. I absolutely love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    +1 L'Artisan Parfumeur's La Chasse aux Papillons, though I prefer the Extreme version with its hit of linden blossom. Surprisingly tenacious, too.

    My sunshine in a bottle scent is Eau des Merveilles though. I absolutely love it.
    I'm seriously thinking of adding this to the collection myself.

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    I'm posting here for the first time in years and this happened:

    I saw the name of this thread, before clicking, and immediately thought 'Caron Farnesiana.' Now, I only recently tried this properly (i.e. more than a sniff) after a number of people recommended it to me here back in the day (based on my professed tastes). I think sniffing it once a long time ago and not giving it enough time put me off. However, I came across my sample again (note: vintage, got it from The Perfumed Court, have not tired the newer version/s) and found myself completely in love with it like I haven't fallen in love with a perfume for literal years.

    So there is that Basenotes-y connection there. Sorry, yak yak backstory etc. Anyway. Some here said it had some gourmand qualities. Not that is was a gourmand, but that it had some characteristics. I don't really get those, although I think I see what they were saying. What I do get from Fernesiana is - sunshiney-ness. It doesn't smell modern or avant garde, in fact it sort of self-consciously smells 'old school' (again, all to my nose), which is something I used to not be into. But I LOVE Farnesiana. So much I just spent a large amount of $ on some more of TPC's vintage stock.

    Have you tried it? I'd love to know if anyone else got that same sunshiney thing from it that I do. And to those who recommended it to me when I was still a perfume baby, thank you so much! It's now in my top 5.

    Edit: Omg, Stephen Fry in my sig. I see all sorts of terrible people quoting those lines these days. Must remove at once.

    And if anyone has any recommendations based on my love of Farnesiana, I'm all ears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestbrummie View Post
    I'm seriously thinking of adding this to the collection myself.
    Just do it

    If it's a bit too soft for your liking, try the Eau des Merveilles Bleue as it has a slightly more masculine vibe. I like the original more though, and in my opinion none of the flankers (though very good) have bested it so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    Just do it

    If it's a bit too soft for your liking, try the Eau des Merveilles Bleue as it has a slightly more masculine vibe. I like the original more though, and in my opinion none of the flankers (though very good) have bested it so far.
    Have you tried the parfum? It's quite good too (though, the EDT still wins.)

    I'm going to add Ortigia's Florio to the suggestions. It's a light narcissus with passiflora and soft iris. It has a beautiful, clean, brightness to it, similar to the freshness of sliced apples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suspended View Post
    Have you tried the parfum? It's quite good too (though, the EDT still wins.)
    That's actually the only version I didn't ever have the chance to try. I wish it were more readily available. What are the differences between this and the EdT?

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    Goutal Eau du Sud. When I wear this, I envision (literally!) a Mediterranean herb garden, surrounded by citrus trees, on a sunny day.
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    Une Fleur De Cassie, Frederic Malle
    reminds me a lot of warm summer days, in my childhood walking around the parks and small rivers, full of flowers, heat, so much sunshine and warmth
    It's very floral and I would say yellow is an association I can make (and I think I recall Frederic Malle on their old website had a yellow-orange association for it), but it also has an animalic quality behind that brightness, I would say the dirties smelling FM fragrance (I haven't smelled some of their latest releases).
    Also it has a green smell at times like the insides of fresh stems from a young deciduous tree. It does have some darkness to it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    Histoires de Parfums 1969 might qualify . . . 'picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and and marmalade skies' Not a citrus, BTW.
    "Cartoon candy" is how I imagine it. But yeah it does have a brightness to it.
    "Delicious, over the top. Smells like how I'd imagine candy in a cartoon would smell like. It smells quite a bit like one of these small shops from my childhood that sold candy, soaps, teas, coffee, porcelain, coffee, etc."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    That's actually the only version I didn't ever have the chance to try. I wish it were more readily available. What are the differences between this and the EdT?
    That salty sea air takes on notes of plum wine, perhaps even a little more spice to the orange. It's warmer than the EDT. The subtleties that you barely catch a whiff off in the EDT are slightly amplified; it's like sitting on the beach on a windy grey day, wrapped in your favourite cashmere blanket. You can smell your EDT emanating from the warmth of the blanket. Someone walks past and you catch a little of her scent on the breeze. Was she wearing Fendi's Theorema?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suspended View Post
    That salty sea air takes on notes of plum wine, perhaps even a little more spice to the orange. It's warmer than the EDT. The subtleties that you barely catch a whiff off in the EDT are slightly amplified; it's like sitting on the beach on a windy grey day, wrapped in your favourite cashmere blanket. You can smell your EDT emanating from the warmth of the blanket. Someone walks past and you catch a little of her scent on the breeze. Was she wearing Fendi's Theorema?
    Thank you for your impressions - you painted a wonderful picture. Shame it's nowhere to be found where I am




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