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    Red face New to perfume, loving it, lots of questions :)

    This is my first time posting, although I’ve been a lurker for a while, and finally made an account last week, so please bear with me as I’m totally new to this fabulous world. So here’s my little story, I figured if anyone at all would be interested, they might be here, lol...

    My first foray into perfume was as a small girl, cautiously sampling the vintage-looking perfumes in my grandmother’s bathroom. There were quite a few, but the only ones I’m sure of are Prince Matchabelli Wind Song (my grandmother’s signature scent), Estée Lauder Youth-Dew, and of course Chanel No. 5.

    Fast forward to middle school and high school where I had brief love affairs with cK one and cK be, Curve, Gap Scents Grass and Dream, most of the original B&BW scents, and found a favorite in a body spray by Frederick’s of Hollywood called Ooh La La. Of course I’ve never been able to find it since, or even proof it existed...

    At 19 I started wearing J. Lo Glow when that was released, settled into Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy for Her at 21... until I was 25 and found Vera Wang Princess.

    Princess was my signature scent for almost 10 years, and I will always love it with all my heart, but had the epiphany last year that since I AM in my mid 30’s (and finally don’t look 15 anymore) and have a professional job, I should really think about more mature fragrances. (At that point my perfume collection consisted of Princess, Very Sexy for her, and another Vera Wang, Lovestruck.)

    So I started to research, and I bought some of the popular ones like Marc Jacobs Daisy (meh), Lancôme La Vie Est Belle (like it), Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb (this smells AWFUL on me, I don’t get it...), and YSL Black Opium (love!). Also discovered a love for Marchesa D’Extase (except it lasts about 5 minutes...), Jo Malone Sakura Cherry Blossom, Kuumba Made Egyptian Musk and the one I’ve been wearing the most lately: Kate Spade Live Colorfully.

    And then a month ago I bought a bottle of Chanel No. 5.

    I purchased it from the Sephora website, without having actually smelled it since I was a kid. One whiff and I was transported back to my 6 year-old self overwhelmed with the heavy scent, except this time I was madly in love. I couldn’t get enough of it, I sprayed it on my pillowcase before I went to sleep, and was thrilled when my kitten smelled vaguely of Chanel in the morning.

    So here I am, practically drinking in my Chanel (and happily sipping on Kate Spade and YSL), and I can’t stop thinking about what’s next! I want to smell everything, learn everything, and surround myself with beautiful perfume bottles for the rest of my life.

    Basenoters! Where DO I go from here? I want to delve further into aldehydic florals and floral orientals and woody orientals and greens and and.... oh and did I mention more aldehydes please? (I’ve learned recently many people find aldehydes to be “old-lady-ish.” I’m fine with that, I think they’re awesome.)

    Favorite aldehyde fragrances? Favorite musk fragrances? Favorite floral/fruity/fem scent that might be a grown up version of Princess? Suggestions for scents I might love based on my probably weird variety of likes? How do I smell like Chanel No. 5 all day without it being too noticeable? How do I get my hands on Chanel No. 19 without going totally bankrupt? Best work/office perfumes that still make a statement, but subtly? Do rollerballs really “crush” the top notes? ... .. ...

    This post got too long. But if you DO have any answers or suggestions, I cannot wait to hear them! Thank youuu.

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    Hello!

    Welcome to Basenotes, and thanks for your post - it was lovely to read it!

    Chanel No 5 is a great start, have you tried the flanker Eau Premiere?

    Many vintages are aldehydic florals; I love Azuree, which is a sharp aldehydic floral leather, a big perfume. I'd wear it (I'm a 32 year old guy). I don't know your budget, but Superstitious is an aldehydic floral released in 2017 that I like. Many here compare it to vintage Arpege by Lanvin, which I haven't tried.

    For musk I'd strongly suggest Kiehl's Musk. Perfectly unisex, and an excellent fragrance. You would probably like it. For musky suede, try Cuiron by Helmut Lang; for a less musky suede, you could sample Daim Blond by Serge Lutens.

    I've always loved Coco Mademoiselle on women - whether at work or elsewhere; though you might want something more quirky.
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    Very good first post! Welcome! I'm sorry that I do not have much knowledge pour femme to help. No. 5 is glorious.
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    Just want to add my welcome to you! Other more knowledgeable Basenoters on the subject you address will offer you good advice
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    Welcome to basenotes PeachieOs, l enjoyed your post!

    Aldehydes aren't really my thing, but a lot of people seem to think that Amouage Gold is in the same ballpark as No 5.

    There is currently a thread in the Female forum on scents similar to No 5, so you may want to check it out.
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    Hello and welcome to the forum, PeachieOs!

    I am quite new to the forum and perfume hobby so there will definitely be others who can help you better than me (I'm sure you'll get some great advice), but I wanted to chime in and tell that I really enjoyed reading your story. And I also love Black Opium, though I haven't grown up enough to enjoy No.5 and aldehydes yet.

    As for musk fragrances... Have you tried anything by Narciso Rodriguez? If not, I would like to recommend you to try them out, you might find something you enjoy here. My absolute favourite is Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT (the black bottle in a pink box), it's absolutely stunningly beautiful creamy osmanthus in a coat of soft white musk and some vetiver, vanilla and patchouli underneath (I'm writing out the base notes, but in reality I don't discern them, I just feel beautiful musky osmanthus in a cozy woody base). Subtle and sensual, professional and sexy at the same time. (Just please don't buy without trying, go to the store to test it if it's available or try to get a tester vial online first, as there's always a possibility you might not like it or it might not work with your skin well, and there's also such crazy thing as some people might be anosmic to some musks, meaning you wouldn't be able to smell it D: ). EDP version (pink bottle in a black box) isn't just a different concentration but a bit different perfume, it has rose and peach instead of osmanthus and orange blossom, also beautiful but (to me) not as stunning as EDT (and EDT seem to last longer on my skin). Try both to see which one is better for you. I would also recommend trying other scents by Narciso Rodriguez, too, I personally haven't found any I wouldn't like. They're usually musky, powdery and soft, sensual yet a bit understated. There's Narciso (beautiful white musk that hugs you like a cozy sweater), Narciso Poudree (more powdery and even cozier take on Narciso), Narciso Rouge (musky rose and iris, to me and on me this is probably muskiest, loudest and dirtiest of NR's musks, more suitable for the evening than for work, but I suspect it might depend on your skin and nose). There's also Fleur Musc For Her, another, more flowery and more pink take on For Her in a bright pink bottle (with rose, peony and pink pepper) and the new and very beautiful and spring-like For Her Pure Musc - a lighter, more spring-like take on For Her that's more suitable for warmer days. NR's scents have a distinct NR feel about them so I think if you like one, you'll probably enjoy all the others and vice versa.

    Sadly, I haven't tried Vera Wang's Princess so I can't comment on it. But I also thought that there's a possibility you might like Angel Muse by Thierry Mugler (some citrus and berries for freshness and sweet hazelnut cream for sweetness mixed together) or Hypnotic Poison by Dior (A very seductive and beautiful scent, I personally liked it but felt it was a bit too rich and femme fatale-like for me and therefore a bit hard to pull off). Have you tried them?

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    Welcome! And yes, you picked a safe place here to share your love of all things perfume

    It really helps when people share what they like, and dislike, as it helps enormously when suggesting things to try. Freewheeling vagabond, and others, have given some great suggestions already.

    I’ll add that vintage Arpege is rather lovely, albeit soft. It could actually work well for you if you like old-school florals but want something more subtle for those times where you primarily want to enjoy it for yourself rather than dominate a room. It’s also readily available on eBay, so it’s easy enough to pick up for not too much money. There are some deals to be had if you’re patient. Look for early Eau Arpege, or the extrait, for the most depth. Amouage Gold is something I expect you’d love, but it’s pricy. It’s a super rich, elegant, bombshell of a perfume, and it can take some time to get to a point where you’re comfortable with it. It’s a statement, for sure! Once you get to this point in your perfume journey, there’s no going back!

    Probably the best advice I can give is to sample as much as you can, and purchase sparingly at this stage. Your tastes will evolve quite considerably as you smell more things and your tolerances for certain notes will change. Most of us end up with quite a few things that we’ve grown out of. I wouldn’t normally recommend jumping straight to something like Amouage, but given your love for No5, I suspect you’d like it. If you can find a sample, try it. If it’s too much, put it away for a year and try it again. Actually, this is good advice for anything you sample - I wasn’t kidding when I said that your tastes will likely evolve quite a bit.

    Most of all, it’s supposed to be fun. You’ll learn which reviewers have similar tastes and perceptions of notes to you, and it gets easier to be selective about what you seek out. It’s incredibly subjective, and there are no rights or wrongs. Theres so much out there it can be overwhelming, even to an experienced perfumista. One of the best ways to sample is to visit one of the big department stores and explore by house. Most will give you a couple of free samples, if you ask nicely! Nordstrom is particularly generous, if there’s one anywhere near you.

    And, when the department stores just don’t satisfy the itch any more, Essenza in Seattle carries some independent lines that are harder to find, and Fumerie in Portland is an absolute joy. Tracy is so knowledgeable and has exquisite taste. She’s also very patient! There are several places online for samples; I mostly use Luckyscent as they have stock of things I can’t find elsewhere. Always had excellent service on line and in person for purchases there. I am in no way affiliated with any of these places, btw, but I can very happily spend a few hours in any of these places discovering beautiful things
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    Did someone say aldehydes? I don't have anything original to add, just affirm that the best aldehyde perfumes are vintage. I haven't tried the Amouage in the modern aldehydes, but the Frederic Malle Superstitious is definitely in the grand style. I also recommend the Narciso Rodriguez line for great musk-based scents.
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    Welcome!

    Glad you enjoyed no 5-it is indeed a classic and glorious perfume. First time I hear of it as overpowering, it's usually considered a soft one. Try the EDT if the EDP feels too strong to you.

    Aldehydes: Estee Lauder White Linen has a lot. So does YSL Rive Gauche. And as others said Arpege was a reference aldehydic woody floral, but I do not know its current status (though it's

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    A wonderful first post. Welcome and thanks for joining us here! Regarding your question about how to get your hands on certain scents without breaking the bank...I recommend keeping an eye on the Basenotes Marketplace. I've gotten some great deals from fellow Basenoters who typically are experts at preserving fragrance quality (keeping them cool, in the dark, etc.). You can always try ebay as well. I've been a bit nervous/leery about it, but I have purchased from there and had good luck so far. Many people swear by it.

    I'm far from knowledge about florals and aldehydes, but regarding musks, you might try Sylvaine Delacourte from Paris. She has a sample set of vanilla-centric scents and a set of five musk-centric scents that you can find here: https://www.delacourte.com/collections/1 $15 with free shipping from Paris is a great deal. Or you can get both sets for $19. And if you elect to buy a full bottle they give you a discount. When I bought them, she was offering 30% off full bottle if you buy the sampler. Now I think she deducts the price of the samples you bought, so basically they are free if you buy a full bottle afterwards.

    I'm actually just finishing up the vanilla samples, but her quality is excellent and they skew unisex/feminine. Might be worth a look.
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    Welcome to Basenotes! I would recommend checking out the Hermes Le Jardin line, I'm sure you'll find something there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Hello!

    Welcome to Basenotes, and thanks for your post - it was lovely to read it!

    Chanel No 5 is a great start, have you tried the flanker Eau Premiere?

    Many vintages are aldehydic florals; I love Azuree, which is a sharp aldehydic floral leather, a big perfume. I'd wear it (I'm a 32 year old guy). I don't know your budget, but Superstitious is an aldehydic floral released in 2017 that I like. Many here compare it to vintage Arpege by Lanvin, which I haven't tried.

    For musk I'd strongly suggest Kiehl's Musk. Perfectly unisex, and an excellent fragrance. You would probably like it. For musky suede, try Cuiron by Helmut Lang; for a less musky suede, you could sample Daim Blond by Serge Lutens.

    I've always loved Coco Mademoiselle on women - whether at work or elsewhere; though you might want something more quirky.
    Thank you for the suggestions!! Eau Premiere and Arpege are definitely on my list to try soon, but my boss wears Coco Mademoiselle like every day, so I might avoid that for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Hello!

    Welcome to Basenotes, and thanks for your post - it was lovely to read it!

    Chanel No 5 is a great start, have you tried the flanker Eau Premiere?

    Many vintages are aldehydic florals; I love Azuree, which is a sharp aldehydic floral leather, a big perfume. I'd wear it (I'm a 32 year old guy). I don't know your budget, but Superstitious is an aldehydic floral released in 2017 that I like. Many here compare it to vintage Arpege by Lanvin, which I haven't tried.

    For musk I'd strongly suggest Kiehl's Musk. Perfectly unisex, and an excellent fragrance. You would probably like it. For musky suede, try Cuiron by Helmut Lang; for a less musky suede, you could sample Daim Blond by Serge Lutens.

    I've always loved Coco Mademoiselle on women - whether at work or elsewhere; though you might want something more quirky.
    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    Very good first post! Welcome! I'm sorry that I do not have much knowledge pour femme to help. No. 5 is glorious.
    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Welcome to basenotes PeachieOs, l enjoyed your post!

    Aldehydes aren't really my thing, but a lot of people seem to think that Amouage Gold is in the same ballpark as No 5.

    There is currently a thread in the Female forum on scents similar to No 5, so you may want to check it out.
    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice View Post
    Hello and welcome to the forum, PeachieOs!

    I am quite new to the forum and perfume hobby so there will definitely be others who can help you better than me (I'm sure you'll get some great advice), but I wanted to chime in and tell that I really enjoyed reading your story. And I also love Black Opium, though I haven't grown up enough to enjoy No.5 and aldehydes yet.

    As for musk fragrances... Have you tried anything by Narciso Rodriguez? If not, I would like to recommend you to try them out, you might find something you enjoy here. My absolute favourite is Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT (the black bottle in a pink box), it's absolutely stunningly beautiful creamy osmanthus in a coat of soft white musk and some vetiver, vanilla and patchouli underneath (I'm writing out the base notes, but in reality I don't discern them, I just feel beautiful musky osmanthus in a cozy woody base). Subtle and sensual, professional and sexy at the same time. (Just please don't buy without trying, go to the store to test it if it's available or try to get a tester vial online first, as there's always a possibility you might not like it or it might not work with your skin well, and there's also such crazy thing as some people might be anosmic to some musks, meaning you wouldn't be able to smell it D: ). EDP version (pink bottle in a black box) isn't just a different concentration but a bit different perfume, it has rose and peach instead of osmanthus and orange blossom, also beautiful but (to me) not as stunning as EDT (and EDT seem to last longer on my skin). Try both to see which one is better for you. I would also recommend trying other scents by Narciso Rodriguez, too, I personally haven't found any I wouldn't like. They're usually musky, powdery and soft, sensual yet a bit understated. There's Narciso (beautiful white musk that hugs you like a cozy sweater), Narciso Poudree (more powdery and even cozier take on Narciso), Narciso Rouge (musky rose and iris, to me and on me this is probably muskiest, loudest and dirtiest of NR's musks, more suitable for the evening than for work, but I suspect it might depend on your skin and nose). There's also Fleur Musc For Her, another, more flowery and more pink take on For Her in a bright pink bottle (with rose, peony and pink pepper) and the new and very beautiful and spring-like For Her Pure Musc - a lighter, more spring-like take on For Her that's more suitable for warmer days. NR's scents have a distinct NR feel about them so I think if you like one, you'll probably enjoy all the others and vice versa.

    Sadly, I haven't tried Vera Wang's Princess so I can't comment on it. But I also thought that there's a possibility you might like Angel Muse by Thierry Mugler (some citrus and berries for freshness and sweet hazelnut cream for sweetness mixed together) or Hypnotic Poison by Dior (A very seductive and beautiful scent, I personally liked it but felt it was a bit too rich and femme fatale-like for me and therefore a bit hard to pull off). Have you tried them?
    Quote Originally Posted by Lellabelle View Post
    Welcome! And yes, you picked a safe place here to share your love of all things perfume

    It really helps when people share what they like, and dislike, as it helps enormously when suggesting things to try. Freewheeling vagabond, and others, have given some great suggestions already.

    I’ll add that vintage Arpege is rather lovely, albeit soft. It could actually work well for you if you like old-school florals but want something more subtle for those times where you primarily want to enjoy it for yourself rather than dominate a room. It’s also readily available on eBay, so it’s easy enough to pick up for not too much money. There are some deals to be had if you’re patient. Look for early Eau Arpege, or the extrait, for the most depth. Amouage Gold is something I expect you’d love, but it’s pricy. It’s a super rich, elegant, bombshell of a perfume, and it can take some time to get to a point where you’re comfortable with it. It’s a statement, for sure! Once you get to this point in your perfume journey, there’s no going back!

    Probably the best advice I can give is to sample as much as you can, and purchase sparingly at this stage. Your tastes will evolve quite considerably as you smell more things and your tolerances for certain notes will change. Most of us end up with quite a few things that we’ve grown out of. I wouldn’t normally recommend jumping straight to something like Amouage, but given your love for No5, I suspect you’d like it. If you can find a sample, try it. If it’s too much, put it away for a year and try it again. Actually, this is good advice for anything you sample - I wasn’t kidding when I said that your tastes will likely evolve quite a bit.

    Most of all, it’s supposed to be fun. You’ll learn which reviewers have similar tastes and perceptions of notes to you, and it gets easier to be selective about what you seek out. It’s incredibly subjective, and there are no rights or wrongs. Theres so much out there it can be overwhelming, even to an experienced perfumista. One of the best ways to sample is to visit one of the big department stores and explore by house. Most will give you a couple of free samples, if you ask nicely! Nordstrom is particularly generous, if there’s one anywhere near you.

    And, when the department stores just don’t satisfy the itch any more, Essenza in Seattle carries some independent lines that are harder to find, and Fumerie in Portland is an absolute joy. Tracy is so knowledgeable and has exquisite taste. She’s also very patient! There are several places online for samples; I mostly use Luckyscent as they have stock of things I can’t find elsewhere. Always had excellent service on line and in person for purchases there. I am in no way affiliated with any of these places, btw, but I can very happily spend a few hours in any of these places discovering beautiful things
    Oh my gosh, so much helpful advice, thank you!! The closest Nordstrom to me is probably Seattle, but still a couple hours away. Portland is even farther, but I do get down there on occasion, sounds like Funerie will be a great place to visit! Arpege and Amouage Gold are now at the top of my list.

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    Whoops, didn’t mean to quote everyone on that last post. Hah.

    Since I don’t really know the forum etiquette here yet, I won’t spam this thread replying to everyone, but THANK YOU everyone who welcomed me and offered great advice! I’m so excited to try all your suggestions. <3

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    Already so many wonderful recommendations for you, but I thought I'd leave in some myself as well:

    Aldehydic fragrances:
    Estée Lauder White Linen
    Chanel No. 22
    Lanvin Arpège
    Balenciaga Le Dix

    Some potentially interesting ones:
    Chanel No. 18
    Chanel No. 5 Eau Première
    Chanel Coromandel
    Chanel No. 19 (would recommend a sniff at all different concentrations, and maybe even the Poudré flanker as well)
    Dior Diorissimo
    Dior Diorella
    Dior Hypnotic Poison (also maybe original Poison while you're at it)
    Dior Dune
    Hermès Twilly
    Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li
    Hermès Eau de Merveilles
    Yves Saint Laurent Body Kouros
    Miller Harris L'Air de Rien
    Thierry Mugler Angel
    Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose
    L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzing!
    Carven Ma Griffe
    Etat Libre d'Orange Secretions Magnifiques
    Marni Marni
    Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
    Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin
    Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers
    Marc Jacobs Daisy
    Bulgari Black
    Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant

    Hope this is some help
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    VINTAGE Arpège only, not the current stuff
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    Default Re: New to perfume, loving it, lots of questions :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Zilpha View Post
    VINTAGE Arpège only, not the current stuff
    What year is considered is vintage for this?

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    I also have a 10 year old one, and it's still fine, if slightly different from the older ones. I don't know about more recent ones.

    Vintage Arpege is one of the few perfumes that can be had for reasonable prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilpha View Post
    VINTAGE Arpège only, not the current stuff
    I think both are worthwhile sniffs.
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    l think l read somewhere that vintage Arpege doesn't age well, which may be the reason it can still be had for reasonable prices?
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    l think l read somewhere that vintage Arpege doesn't age well, which may be the reason it can still be had for reasonable prices?
    I was wondering about this! Well not just Arpege, but for all vintage perfumes in general. I’ve heard many times that’s perfume does have a shelf life and gets “old” or “sour” after a while, but then I also see that many people here wear vintage perfumes every day. Do certain perfumes last longer, or just never go bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    l think l read somewhere that vintage Arpege doesn't age well, which may be the reason it can still be had for reasonable prices?
    I think this idea originated in a review on the Now Smell This blog:

    The problem is that unlike her sister, My Sin, Arpège doesn’t age well. At last, after bearing the grief of one small Extrait turned to sour Madeira, one evaporated Extrait purse spray, and two fusty Arpège Eau de Toilettes, I found a bottle of Eau de Toilette that opens my eyes to what made Arpège so beloved. I’m hooked.
    https://nstperfume.com/2014/03/10/la...grance-review/

    In my experience, vintage Aroege ages just fine, with no discernible difference between it and My Sin. Because Arpege was so popular, there are a lot of vintage bottles out there, in varying states of preservation, and so one should be discriminating. I would recommend trying a bottle of the extrait in good condition--sealed, full, and not darkened to opacity.

    And welcome PeachieOs! I enjoyed your first post, and I hope you have a lot of fun exploring perfumes.
    Currently wearing: Joy by Jean Patou

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    Really good first post. I feel the same about Chanel No. 5. Which concentration did you get?

    I think Chanel is easily one of the best houses, along with Guerlain and Dior.

    From Chanel: No. 5, No. 22, Cuir de Russie, Bois des Iles, No. 19

    From Guerlain: Mitsouko, Chant d'Aromes, Liu

    From Dior: Vintage Miss Dior, Dior Dior

    And Amouage has some nice stuff.

    Amouage: Fate Woman, Gold Man

    I see Narciso mentioned. Narciso Rodriguez For Her is a great fragrance.

    Tom Ford Velvet Orchid is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon View Post
    Already so many wonderful recommendations for you, but I thought I'd leave in some myself as well:

    Aldehydic fragrances:
    Estée Lauder White Linen
    Chanel No. 22
    Lanvin Arpège
    Balenciaga Le Dix

    Some potentially interesting ones:
    Chanel No. 18
    Chanel No. 5 Eau Première
    Chanel Coromandel
    Chanel No. 19 (would recommend a sniff at all different concentrations, and maybe even the Poudré flanker as well)
    Dior Diorissimo
    Dior Diorella
    Dior Hypnotic Poison (also maybe original Poison while you're at it)
    Dior Dune
    Hermès Twilly
    Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li
    Hermès Eau de Merveilles
    Yves Saint Laurent Body Kouros
    Miller Harris L'Air de Rien
    Thierry Mugler Angel
    Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose
    L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzing!
    Carven Ma Griffe
    Etat Libre d'Orange Secretions Magnifiques
    Marni Marni
    Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
    Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin
    Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers
    Marc Jacobs Daisy
    Bulgari Black
    Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant

    Hope this is some help
    Such a great list, thank you!! Some of these are on my wishlist already, a few others I’ve never heard of and will have to look out for them. And I DID just order a bottle of Harajuku Lovers... )


    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    Really good first post. I feel the same about Chanel No. 5. Which concentration did you get?

    I think Chanel is easily one of the best houses, along with Guerlain and Dior.

    From Chanel: No. 5, No. 22, Cuir de Russie, Bois des Iles, No. 19

    From Guerlain: Mitsouko, Chant d'Aromes, Liu

    From Dior: Vintage Miss Dior, Dior Dior

    And Amouage has some nice stuff.

    Amouage: Fate Woman, Gold Man

    I see Narciso mentioned. Narciso Rodriguez For Her is a great fragrance.

    Tom Ford Velvet Orchid is nice.
    I have the No.5 EDP, and thank you so much for these suggestions! I was/am wanting to purchase my first bottle of Guerlain, but still unsure if I want to go with Shalimar, Mitsouko, or Samsara...

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    Welcome!

    Also recommending to perhaps (re) test more fragrances by houses like l'Occitand and l'Erbolario.
    Not all may reach Chanel and the subtleties, luxuriousness of other classic houses (although some of their output becomes increasingly close, in a good way, to achieving exactly this as well). Yet they do provide some of the best credible smelling feminine and/or unisex EDP strength fragrances with great performance and also a solid, consistent emphasis on some many of the notes you like (florals, fruity, musky etc.) without breaking the bank.
    Currently wearing: Ambré Noble by Zara




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