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    Default Which frags should I get familiar with

    Ok so I've been travelling the fragrance road for a few years now and have almost exclusively tried, buyed, read and wed(!) masculines.

    Aramis 900 and its similarly to Aromatics Elixir got me a' thinking - I really should get more clued up on 'feminine' fragrances. Well at least the giants of, the pillars, the ones with history, the game changers, the ones everyone should have experienced in their lifetime....

    So do chime in and let me know what I need to get my nose on!

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    Default Re: Which frags should I get familiar with

    I'll mention it before anyone else does:

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    Default Re: Which frags should I get familiar with

    So many... but just to toss off some names:
    Mitsouko: a reference chypre
    Chanel no 5: possibly the most famous perfume
    Bandit: butch leather
    Angel: the mother of the fruitchoulis

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    So many... but just to toss off some names:
    Mitsouko: a reference chypre
    Chanel no 5: possibly the most famous perfume
    Bandit: butch leather
    Angel: the mother of the fruitchoulis
    Solid list. Thanks for introducing me to Bandit, which I find similar to Chanel Cuir de Russie but more aggresive. Do you think Angel can be worn by men?

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    +1 Shalimar, I prefer the EdT
    +1 Angel and its flankers. Also, Alien!

    I'd also say:

    - Bottega Veneta for Her, and they released a new L'Absolu flanker with lots of dry leather,
    - Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria line, my fave is Bergamot Calabria
    - Dior's Escale series of colognes, I like aux Marquises which is like a more floral Dior Homme Cologne
    - Chanel Bois des Iles Parfum, goodness gracious it's great, much better than the current EdP,
    - Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois for a plummy cedar,
    - Dior J'Adore L'Or for the IMO highest quality white floral on the market,
    - Jo Malone's Blackberry and Bay for the perfect tart cologne,
    - JhaG's Lady Vengeance for a ballsy patchouli-rose combo,
    - Hermes Eau des Merveilles (or the flanker Bleue) for a one of a kind amber.

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    Default Re: Which frags should I get familiar with

    There are so many, and I haven't tried many either.

    I'd say the classics from Chanel, Dior, Guerlain and the whole range from Mugler would be a good start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    +1 Shalimar, I prefer the EdT
    +1 Angel and its flankers. Also, Alien!

    I'd also say:

    - Bottega Veneta for Her, and they released a new L'Absolu flanker with lots of dry leather,
    - Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria line, my fave is Bergamot Calabria
    - Dior's Escale series of colognes, I like aux Marquises which is like a more floral Dior Homme Cologne
    - Chanel Bois des Iles Parfum, goodness gracious it's great, much better than the current EdP,
    - Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois for a plummy cedar,
    - Dior J'Adore L'Or for the IMO highest quality white floral on the market,
    - Jo Malone's Blackberry and Bay for the perfect tart cologne,
    - JhaG's Lady Vengeance for a ballsy patchouli-rose combo,
    - Hermes Eau des Merveilles (or the flanker Bleue) for a one of a kind amber.
    Hey, how do you like Escale e Parati?
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    Default Re: Which frags should I get familiar with

    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    Dior's Escale series of colognes, I like aux Marquises which is like a more floral Dior Homme Cologne
    Definitely worth trying.
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    You might like to sample, though not necessarily wear
    +1 Mitsouko (reminded me of Knize Ten) and Shalimar - classic Guerlains
    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue (a classic; see where Boucheron Jaipur is coming from)
    Prada Infusion d'Iris EdP (plain, classic iris)
    Chanel No 19 (green, galbanum, iris)
    +1 Bottega Veneta pour Femme (suede/kid leather and plum; I actually prefer this to the Homme)

    Most of these can be found for sampling in John Lewis, HoF, Debenhams etc.
    Summer rotation : Guerlain Vetiver; Etro Palais Jamais and Shaal Nur; Penhaligon's Juniper Sling; Prada Infusion d'Iris EdP.
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    Default Re: Which frags should I get familiar with

    You need a plan as the list can be overwhelming. Other than classics from the big houses you could also try sampling by era / decades to see the prevailing style/ trends at the time. Some standouts (to name a few):

    Jean Patou Joy
    YSL Opium
    Dior Poison
    CK Obsession
    Fendi Fendi
    Cartier Must de Cartier
    Estee Lauder Beautiful
    Gucci Rush
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    Default Re: Which frags should I get familiar with

    I’m much newer than you to fragrances in general, but I have been researching a bit. The following are femme fragrances I often see referenced in reviews and articles, minus all the Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, and Mugler mentioned above. Maybe not on par with those giants, but seem to be worth having some knowledge of:

    YSL Opium
    Chloe by Chloe
    Lanvin Arpege
    D&G Light Blue
    Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds
    Estée Lauder Youth-Dew
    Estée Lauder White Linen
    Clinique Happy
    Cacharel Anais Anais
    CK Obsession
    Lancôme Tresor
    Givenchy Amarige
    Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

    ... Just some of the first to come to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Hey, how do you like Escale e Parati?
    To be completely honest, I can't remember what it smells like, but I'll try to have a look next week and will report back

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    Default Re: Which frags should I get familiar with

    Both Guerlain and Chanel are great starting points, you can learn a lot from both brands.

    My suggest would be to visit the boutiques of Chanel and Guerlain if they're available to you or a department store (Harrods?). Sample, sample, sample.

    Some individuals here might be more than happy to send you samples. There's plenty of opportunities to get on board and learn about these fragrances.

    Also it be good to chime in the SOTD threads here on the FFD.
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    Chanel:
    No. 5 (edt, edp, parfum, Eau Première)
    No. 19
    No. 22

    Cristalle (would say in particular the edt)
    Coco
    Coco Mademoiselle (not my favourite, but pretty ubiquitous and supposedly Chanel's best-seller for some years now)
    Coromandel
    Cuir de Russie
    Bois des Iles
    Sycomore

    Guerlain:
    Shalimar
    Mitsouko

    L'Heure Bleue
    Après L'Ondée
    Vol de Nuit
    Jardins de Bagatelle
    Jicky

    Dior:
    Diorella
    Diorissimo
    Dune
    Dior Addict
    Poison
    Hypnotic Poison

    Miss Dior (what these days goes as "Miss Dior Eau de Toilette Originale")

    Yves Saint Laurent:
    Paris
    Yvresse
    Opium
    Y
    Rive Gauche

    Estée Lauder:
    White Linen
    Youth Dew

    Thierry Mugler:
    Angel
    Alien

    Givenchy: Amarige

    Marc Jacobs: Daisy

    Kenzo: Flower by Kenzo

    Grés: Cabochard

    Rochas: Femme

    Carven: Ma Griffe

    I hope this is of some help! I highlighted in bold the ones I personally find more interesting/generally like better, but I think all these are generally worth being familiar with
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    Woo! Thanks all - lots to work through - ha I'll be scouring the stores with my notebook.
    Duh, I just thought - should pay more attention to the female section of SOTD for "popular with" and "this month" top 10's for another angle too.

    This reminds me of U-god's lyric from the Wu-tang - "every time I want out they pull me back in!

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    ClaireV wrote a few Top 10 lists awhile back. This one provides a solid start:

    http://www.basenotes.net/features/33...-should-sample
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    So!
    I had A good sniff around yesterday.
    Some I was already familiar with from then personal likes:
    Gucci Rush
    Anais Anais ( see thread about which female frags mean something to you in MFD!)
    Sycomore - top drawer vetiver, "crackling"
    Jicky
    Kenzo Flower

    No5. Familiar with, partly its rep and ubiquity

    Stand out ones noted:

    The First time:
    No.19 - surprised me! Liked this, more subtle than 5.
    Apparently it was the creators favorite despite the popularity of 5. Nice titbit from the SA!

    Ester:
    Youth Dew, kinda familiar profile, rich, for me "youth" didn't fit with it. With its deep colour and smell. Sample worthy!

    Daisy:
    Properly sniffed n spritzed. Smells like really good rendition of floweriness - daisies I guess. Not garish or OTT.
    Smelling the card today nice and crisp. I doubt you get to that on wearing/some card pollutant, yet like it though.

    Cartier
    Must: really liked it going on, seemed Fairly unisex. I had to ask the SA whether it was Homme or femme. Kinda exotic, as in not traditional, got something in it makes it so! Sample worthy no. 2

    Geurlain: from notes jotted down yesterday
    Mitsouko , solid. Creamy vegetal and floral.
    LHB, warmer, bouquet, got some of the more polleny smell than general flower aroma. Peach type fruit ?
    Shalimar,guerlain accord evident,opens biggggg! Lots going on, only ref I have to it is EO1. Tones down n separates well. Sample worthy no. 3
    Jicky, smooth, suedey vanilla - disappeared quick though.

    So that's my first rough takes, no consultation to reviews or note pyramids.

    Shalimar , must and youth Dew stand outs for me so far.

    I expect there's a lots to be said for the way they work on female skin/ chemistry and spending time with dry downs.
    That's for a weekend at home me thinks!

    Thanks again all.
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