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    Default The 10 "Must Have" -"women's" perfumes

    I was wondering what would you choose if you were to select just 10 scents that are an absolute must have in women's perfumery, be either your absolute favorite iconic frags (or one that you don't like that much but that you think has to be part of everyone's wardrobe as "learing" experiences) that have stood the test of time. If you want, you can post some as "classics" and some others as "new classics". Or do as you please of course!

    My vote would go as: (no order)
    Chanel Coco
    Chanel No5
    Lanvin Arpège
    L'air du temps
    YSL Opium

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    Here are my vote (in no particular order!):

    Chanel no. 5
    L`Air du Temps
    Rive Gauche
    Ma Griffe
    Je Reviens (old formula, parfum)

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    I don't know if they're "must haves," but these are relatively infamous, and I think everyone ought to sample them at least once when figuring out what works for her. At least, they've been important touchstones in terms of my own education.

    1. Angel: The touchstone for gourmands.

    2. Mitsouko: It exemplifies the best qualities of the chypre, but it also highlights the side of it that some people might not like. "It's not pretty at all, but it's really interesting and complex," according to my boyfriend, who doesn't like it. I agree, but that's what I like best about Mitsouko.

    3. Poison: No offense to the people who love it, but for years, I wouldn't touch perfume, because when I thought of perfume, I thought "Poison," and when I thought "Poison," I thought shoulder pads and big hair. But it is a perfect example of a big eighties perfume.

    4. Bvlgari Black: A great, bizarre fragrance, which shows how diverse and creative the perfume world really is.

    5. Chanel No. 5: Whether or not you like it, everyone ought to know what it smells like.

    6. Chanel No. 19: It occupies a space directly opposite to the super-sweet fragrances that are currently popular. It's distinctly bitter. In my opinion, it's also liquid elegance.

    7. CK One: When I think of the 1980s, I think of Poison. When I think of the early 90s, I think of CK One. I wouldn't wear it now, but it was a huge sensation when I was in my early teens. It made me feel very punk rock, because a lot of girls wouldn't even CONSIDER a fragrance that was not exclusively "for women," and I had to hide it from my mother because of the "questionable" advertising. In my small Ohio town, it was practically infamous - CK One: The Scent That Might Make You Gay. I smelled it the other day, and that whole era came flooding back to me.

    8. Miss Dior Cherie: Completely accessible and really lovely. This is one of the best perfumes of the fruity-floral genre, for the people who want to know why they're so popular.

    9. Chanel Coco: This is a really accomplished oriental, for people who want to get to know that fragrance family. The spice is in perfect harmony with the amber and vanilla, and it has all the warmth and sweetness that an oriental ought to have.

    10. Curious : You know you've smelled it. It's not a "must-have" by any means but it does sum up a certain moment in perfume, and I think the little girls who are growing up right now will remember it as the smell of a time, the way some people remember Charlie, or Poison, or (in my case) CK One. It'll also probably wind up as the "first fragrance" for a lot of young women. I wonder what they'll wear when they've grown up.

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    Even though I dislike the House of Chanel, I will agree with Coco and No. 5, and from Guerlain Shalimar.

    FdTRB from Creed, for the epitome of a classic rose-dominated fragrance (although disturbingly similar to the common Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose and before that Houbigant A Rose is a Rose is a Rose).

    Joy, which dominated magazine advertising as the most costly/expensive perfume (this was promulgated during the seventies and many, many women bit hard).

    Arpege, for the chic black boule and mother/daughter logo. For many this and No. 5 were the epitome of French perfume and spelled "class" in many working class homes (I grew up with these perfumes on my grandmothers' dressing tables and my family worked in shoe factories). This, Shalimar, and No. 5 were perfumes the "boys over there" brought home to their sweethearts, and the bottles were kept for special occasions only.

    Yardley Lavender, a scent that for many young women was an introduction to the note when its primary use was in men's toiletries.

    Muguet du Bois, which was often a young girl's introduction to grown-up perfumes (Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass may be substituted here).

    Charlie. What? Charlie?? Absolutely. Ten years (give or take a year or two) after the advent of women's lib, Charlie celebrated the liberated young career girl and her smart, independent lifestyle. This was the Cosmo girl in action in Manhattan, Bobby Short and all. Notice that I did not pick that horrid Enjoli, which had the same premise (celebration of freed womanhood), albeit in a less chic and marital way Plus, who wants to fry bacon and then not let a man forget he's a man? Ick.

    Rive Gauche, which was without a doubt an entire encapsulation of Parisian chic, circa 1973. Extremely streamlined, crisp, and efficiently arrogant, Rive Gauche was incisive and slightly curt. Fabulous reminder of les temps perdus.
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    my vote goes to sexy perfumes, empowering, protective, comforting and liberating perfumes for women

    Fleurs d 'Oranger
    Musc Ravageur
    Joy (parfum)
    Paloma Picasso (parfum)
    Parfum de Peau (parfum)
    Tubereuse Criminelle
    Seve Exquise
    Biche dans l 'Absinthe

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    I have pondered about this especially after reading what Francis Kurdjan had to say about this matter(in fact what are must-sniffs, if not must-haves).

    If concentrating on the must-haves , this is so widely personal and subjective. I couldn't recommend what others should do, really.

    I guess at least one of each category/family though would be all right for our purposes.
    I would definitely include:
    Mitsouko(fruity chypre), Chanel#19 (green floral chypre), Jicky (aromatic), A la nuit (jasmine floral), La chasse (light floral bouquet), Chanel#5 (aldehydic), O de Lancome (citrus), Shalimar (animalic oriental), Opium (spicy oriental), Narciso Musk (musk).

    If I had to also include a rose floral, because many are keen on rose (not me), I'd include Fleurs de The Rose Bulgare by Creed (which is completely realistic scent-wise)
    I know I am leaving out leathers (technically a sub-division of chypres usually, although Chanel#19 could satisfy the craving in a subtle way), in which case Cuir de Russie by Chanel would be very elegant; and gourmands, in which case Angel is the prototype.

    Again it depends on what one really needs.
    The above are not necessarily what I have in full bottles, just what I deem cover most situations and are in way or another landmarks of perfumery.

    I know I am leaving many out, but a collection with those has something for every occassion.
    Last edited by helg; 21st October 2006 at 11:28 AM.

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    I chose to think of 'iconic' with respect to the relationship between fragrance and societal trends and also the way in which one perfume can be said to define a generation. This, therefore is my little list of a bit more than 10.
    1919 Mitsouko
    20's Shalimar
    30's Joy
    40's Miss Dior
    50's Youth Dew
    60's Fidji
    70's Charlie & Opium
    80's Poison & Obsession
    90's Angel
    I think these would make a good perfume 'tree' from which to start studying other scents.

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    Must smells are mostly classics in my opinion. Perfumes that really are part of the history in a significant way:
    1) At least one of these Guerlain classics in Parfum Extrait (preferebly all of them of course): Jicky, Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, Shalimar, or l'Heure Bleue
    2) Diorissimo
    3) Le Parfum de Therese
    4) Miss Dior before the bloody reformulation
    5) Narciso Rodriguez EDT - not really a classic but very unusual in it's own way and I think it has to be experienced.
    6) No. 5 parfum
    7) Femme
    8) Youth Dew parfum
    9) Joy parfum
    10) Caron's Parfum Sacre, Nuit de Noel, N'Aimez Que Moi, Farnesiana
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    Mine are:
    Mitsouko - No reformulation
    Jolie Madame
    Youth Dew
    Paloma Picasso
    No. 19 - EDT or parfum not EDP
    Miss Dior - No reformulation
    Parfum Sacre
    Les Parfums de Rosine (Pick one.
    My favorite is Un Zeste or Une Folie)
    Vol de Nuit - parfum not EDT
    1000 - EDP or parfum not EDT
    Last edited by purplebird7; 26th October 2006 at 10:22 PM.

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    in no particular order >

    chanel no.5
    bvlgari black
    anais anais
    youth dew
    coco mad
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    Here is my vote, I do prefer some of the classics but Angel is an exceptional as it has clearly demonsrated what a gourmand scent should smell like and it looks good in the wardrobe...

    Chanel No.5
    Rive Gauche
    Vol de Nuit
    Youth Dew

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    Rochas Femme
    Bois des Iles
    Vent Vert
    Vol de Nuit
    L'heure bleue
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    In alphabetical order:

    L'Heure Bleue
    Narcisse Noir
    Tabac Blond
    Vent Vert
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    1) obsession
    2) shalimar
    3) jicky
    4) miss dior
    5) bois' d'armenie
    6) dune
    7) kingdom
    8) bois des iles
    9) coco
    10) poison

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    I love this thread...but the question is too difficult for me!

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    My 'must have' list is this:

    no particular order

    Vent Vert
    Youth Dew bath oil version
    Rive Gauche
    FLeurs de Rocaille

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    No.19 (vintage)
    Bois Des Iles
    Cuir De Russie (edp)
    Parfum Sacre
    Cabochard (vintage)

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    1. Citizen Queen
    2. CDG 8 88
    3. Fracas
    4. TF Tobacco Vanile
    5. Kenzo Kenzo
    6. Jovoy Poudre
    7. Hermes Eau de Merveilles
    8. Narciso Rodriguez for her
    9. Frapin 1270
    10. Coco

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    My list of must have's

    1. No. 5 in any concentration
    2. Shalimar vintage parfum
    3. Joy parfum
    4. Divine eau de parfum
    5. Carnal Flower (or Fracas)
    6. Ava Luxe Love's True Bluish Light
    7. Amouage Jubilation (or Mistouko)
    8. Hilde Soliani Conaffetto
    9. Kilian's Love and Tears
    10. FM Bigarade Concentree (just because you need a good citrus/orange frag in there and I like this one best.)

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    For me, these are "THE" classics or neo-classics must-haves of women perfumes (in no particular order), sorry more than 10!

    Shalimar by Guerlain
    L´Heure Bleue by Guerlain
    Bal a Versailles by Jean Desprez
    Bandit by Robert Piguet
    Fracas by Robert Piguet
    Narcisse Noir by Caron
    Tabac Blond by Caron
    L´Origan by Coty
    Joy by Jean Patou
    Habanita by Molinard
    No. 5 by Chanel
    Apres l`Ondée by Guerlain
    Diorissimo by Dior
    Angel by Thierry Mugler
    Ivoire by Balmain
    Insolence by Guerlain


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    Oooh tricky! In no particular order....

    Piguet Bandit
    Tabac Blond
    Mugler Alien
    Rochas Tocade
    Carven Ma Griffe
    Patou Sublime
    A Taste of Heaven by Killian
    Chanel Coromandel

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    Hanae Mori
    Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy
    Annick Goutal Petite Cherie
    Bvlgari Eau De Vert
    Jlo Miami Glow
    Ralph Hot
    D&G L'Imperatrice
    Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb
    D&G Light Blue
    Harajuku Lovers G

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    No. 5 (Chanel)
    Angel (Thierry Mugler)
    Mitsouko (Guerlain)
    Le Parfum de Therese (Frederic Malle)
    31 Rue Cambon (Chanel)
    Cuir de Russie (Chanel)
    Fracas (Robert Piguet)
    Diorissimo (Christian Dior)
    Poison (Christian Dior)
    Tabac Blond (original) / alas this is now discontinued or extinct*
    Currently wearing: 1957 by Chanel

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    Guerlain Shalimar
    YSL Rive Gauche
    YSL Opium
    Lanvin Arpege
    Dior Poison
    Dior Miss Dior (Original/Vtg)
    Guerlain Vol de Nuit
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Parfum d'Hermes
    Desprez Bal a Versailles
    Paloma Picasso
    Chanel Coco
    Ysatis de Givenchy or Divine (extrait or edp)
    Miss Balmain
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    15 year old thread

    Guerlain Shalimar
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Guerlain Samsara
    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue
    Chanel No 19
    Chanel No 5
    Chanel No 22
    Chanel Coco
    Chanel Allure
    Thierry Mugler Angel
    YSL Opium
    Dior Miss Dior
    Dior Poison
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    1. Guerlain Shalimar
    2. Dior Addict
    3. Chanel No. 5
    4. Chanel No. 19
    5. Thierry Mugler Angel
    6. Chanel Coco M.
    7. Jean Patou 1000
    8. Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Therese
    9. Caron Parfum Sacre
    10. Creed Fleurissimo

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    In no particular order, mentioning/seconding especially the ones that although listed as feminine do have also to some extents a certain unisex versatility:
    Le Dix by Balenciaga, No. 19 and Cristalle by Chanel, Escale a Portofino by Dior, Feminite du Bois by Shiseido/Lutens, Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle, Black Orchid and White Patchouli by Tom Ford, Les Eaux de Caron Forte, Tosca by Mäurer & Wirtz

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    Gosh, what a difficult question!!

    I don’t know how to answer it, except by maybe suggesting general categories that everyone should have and then naming a couple that could fit. For example, everyone should have a good gourmand, but lots of people hate Angel. I guess, I’m thinking about what I wound buy or suggest, if someone came up to me with the money and said, start me off with 10 perfumes that will Ben a good foundation for a fragrance wardrobe.

    So ...

    (1) A classic aldehydic floral. Chanel No 5 or one of its modern flankers, Madame Rochas, Caleche, L’Interdite, Jasmins Mazipan, and I think Aromatics Elixir falls in here.
    (2). A proper but wearable green iris: Chanel No 19, Prada Infusion d’Iris, Iris 39
    (3) A fruity plush decadent purple iris: Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue, Keiko Mecheri Iris Poupre, Ferre, Iris Poudre
    (4) A modern woodsy dark rose soliflore: Rose Flash, 33, Dark Oud, Montale Attar, David Yurman Private Collection,
    (5) A good edible resiny/woody or green vanilla: Tihota, Memoire Liquide, Dior Addict,’Bois de Vanille, Mugler Aura, Gold Sugar, Couvent de Minimes
    (6) A batshit-crazy white floral, bouquet or soliflore: Fracas, Alien, Amarige, Quelques Fleurs, Sarrasins, Truth or Dare, Metallique, Joy
    (7) A fruity chypre: Diorella, Mitsouko, Cristalle, Archives 69, Rochas Femme, 1000,
    (8) A rose chypre: Agent Provocateur, Coriandre (vintage), White Patchouli, Paloma Picasso, Metal and Eau de Metal,
    (9) An incense: Sahara Noir, Messe de Minuit, L’Agent, Casbah, Blue Silk,
    (10) A power citrus: Eau d’Hadrien, Acqua di Parma, Neroli Portofino,

    I’d also add
    (11) A formal classic Oriental: Shalimar, Chanel Coco, Habanita, Coromandel, Black Orchid, Opium, Youth Dew, Mon Parfum Cherie pour Camille
    (12) a pretty classic floriental: L’Heure Bleu, Coco Mademoiselle, Apres l’Ondee, Jasmin Antique, Feminite du Bois, Bulgari Femme, Paris, Lipstick Rose, Aimez-Moi
    (13) A woody perfume with florals: Tam Dao, Gypsy Water, Eau des Merveilles, Dune, LP #9, Santal Majascule,’Tokyo Milk Bulletproof
    (14) Something loud as hell for clubbing and such: Insolence, Angel (plus almost all flankers), Alien (ditto), Fracas, Poison and its extended family (especially Hypnotic and Pure), Gucci Rush
    (15) A go-to for office and other close quarters: Cinema, Iris Prima, Blue Silk, Chanel No 19 Poudre, Gucci II, Narciso (White or Black)
    (16) A unique soliflore or solo-note with a “natural” rendition off your single favorite flower (or other material): Donna Karan Gold (Lily), Rose (Goutal Rose Absolue), Jasmine (Jasmine Noir, Olene, or A la Nuit), Gardenia (Tuberose Gardenia, Gardenia Petale), Tuberose (Do Son)
    (17) A leather, anything from old school and raunchy to new school and demure: Bandit, Jolie Madame, Daim Blond, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari Black, J-Scent Black Leather, Alaia EDP, En Avion, Tabac Blond
    (18) An simple go-to Amber: Ambre Sultan, L’Eau Ambrée, l’Eau D’Ambre Extreme, Etro Ambra, J de Pozo Ambra, Ambre Russe, Musc Ravageur
    (19) Something edgy or avant garde: pretty much the whole CDG catalog. Especially 1 and 2. Le Labo Patchouli, Oyedo. M/Mink, Salome
    (20) A bedtime Floral powdery musk: Teint de Neige, Sweet Dreams. L’Instant Magic, Nicolai Musc Intense, Molton Brown Milk Musk, Lilac Love

    A few other things. Green Tea is a great sub category and I find myself reaching for my tea scents regularly: Elizabeth Arden’s flock of options (some of the best, and most composed by Francis Kurdjian!!—Tocca Bianca, Bulgari’s Thé Vert, Penhaligon’s Vaara (I think that is the tea one). For the money, Elizabeth Arden is unbeatable, and its lavender flanker is my favorite linen spray.

    I don’t know how to put Une Fleur de Cassie in the above categories, but I think everyone should at least try it. Same with Nicolai Maharani Intense, They’re just great perfumes that cross genres. I’m also having a Blue Silk moment, and I hope peopemwho like quiet, contemplative incense fragrances discover and love it like I do. I also hope to urge lots of people towards iris, especially offbeat Irises like Orris Noir and Feu Secret. I’m not sure everyone should have them, but I know everyone should experience it, and the other things I suggested.

    Finally, lavender—we all need some. Yardley’s is still great, I like both Serge Lutens’ versions. And I just discovered Elizabeth & James’ excellent Nirvana French Grey, a nerloli-lavender that I seem to have wear every day since I acquired it.

    I know this was long. Sorry!!
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    Only one mention of Coty.
    But then Jacques Guerlain upcycled the best ones into classics.
    So, between them, they get three mentions out of the ten:
    l'Heure Bleue, Mitsouko and Shalimar.
    All of them masterpieces.

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    1)L'Heure Bleue
    10)Youth Dew

    I did not order them by preference or preeminence, but more by house, and many greats were left out that definitely do not deserve to. I do love L'Heure Bleue the most. Would wear them all myself today, not just having them for collection's sake. Some were included due to historical importance, but again, I did leave many greats in that regard as well. Heavily biased towards Guerlain and Chanel-please do not take any offense, as none is meant. Love your own favorites, as it should always be. ��

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