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lunabee34 ([personal profile] lunabee34) wrote in [community profile] smellsgood2017-04-16 09:02 pm

Rec me a perfume!

I think I'm going to ask for an order of perfume samples from Surrender to Chance for my birthday in a couple months, and I'm looking for some inspiration.

Rec me your favorite (non-BPAL) perfume. Or maybe tell me about a perfume you think is important that everyone ought to try. Or something that you've always wanted to try but never gotten the chance.

Thanks in advance, everyone!
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[personal profile] splix 2017-04-17 01:39 am (UTC)(link)

Some of my favorites, broken down by cold/warm weather:

Cold weather frags:

Avignon by Comme des Garcons
Messe di Minuit by Etro
Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens
Twilight by Sarah Jessica Parker
Eau Duelle by Diptyque
Paisley by Etro
Obsession by Calvin Klein
L'Origan by Coty
Tokyomilk Dark Bittersweet #83
Matins Calins by Comptoir sud Pacifique
Coco Noir by Chanel

Warm weather:
Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker
Vetiver by Diptyque
Jasmine Bergamot by L'Occitane
Elixir of Love by Caswell Massey
Cristalle by Chanel [actually smells a lot like Covet, so I'd just buy Covet and save a bundle]
Lalique by Lalique
Jessica McClintock by Jessica McClintock
Jardins de Bagatelle by Guerlain
Crabtree & Evelyn Eau Fraiche [discontinued *sob*]
Molton Brown Revitalizing AB&C eau fraiche
Penhaligon Ellenisia

I've always wanted to try Chanel Beige - I hear it's quiet but lovely. And I'm still looking for a perfect rose. I've tried Tea Rose by the Perfumer's Workshop, Demeter's, a Middle Eastern perfume I can't recall the brand name of, and Pacifica's Persian Rose and the Pacifica's the best so far but not quite there yet.

ETA: And I'm dying to get my hands on some unspoiled vintage Tuxedo by Ralph Lauren, Deneuve by Catherine Deneuve, and the original Colors by Benetton fragrance for women. They reformulated it and it doesn't smell at ALL like the original. :(
Edited 2017-04-17 01:42 (UTC)
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[personal profile] dejla 2017-04-17 02:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I HATE it when they discontinue perfumes I love.

My mother, when I was very young, used to swear that when she really liked something and bought it frequently, that someone followed her around to find out what she liked and discontinue it.
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[personal profile] splix 2017-04-19 02:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, that is the most annoying feeling. I concur with your mother in regard to lipstick. Vexing. -_-
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[personal profile] splix 2017-04-19 02:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Lovely review! Many thanks!
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[personal profile] splix 2017-04-19 02:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I think probably re. the warm weather ones, the Vetiver and Molton Brown would suit you best as they're not flowery. Good luck!
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[personal profile] teaotter 2017-04-17 03:55 am (UTC)(link)
Montale: Honey Aoud. I adore Montale in general, and this one in particular is completely amazing.

Aqaba: Sands of Aqaba. On my skin, this smells like someone crafted a fine single malt scotch out of spices and flowers. All the Aqaba fragrances I've tried have been beautifully composed and highly memorable.
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[personal profile] teaotter 2017-04-18 06:07 am (UTC)(link)
If you really like vetiver, I also recommend Fat Electrician from Etat Libre D'Orange.
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-04-21 07:50 am (UTC)(link)
I second that suggestion for an interesting vetiver!

Have you tried any Etat Libre D'Orange perfumes before? They've done some really interesting things (and can also be annoying and determined to be "shocking" in silly ways, but some of their stuff is wonderful).
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-04-21 03:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I couldn't stand that one either! Waaaaaaaaay too sweeet. I was so sad, because "apocalyptic popcorn" seemed like such a great idea for a scent.

I won't recommend Jasmin et Cigarettes because I know you don't get on with jasmine, and I'm guessing you've already heard the reputation of Secretions Magnifiques (it's all true oh god the horror the horror), but Rien is a gorgeous incense/leather and The Afternoon of a Faun does something wonderful with the weird curry note of imortelle and lots of resins.

How do you feel about roses? I'm not generally a "floral" person, but Eau de Protection (a.k.a. "Rossy de Palma" -- it was a collaboration with the actress) is a wonderful sharp prickly rose with ginger and black pepper (and also blood and chocolate accords in there). It's a very unsweet rose with lots of leaves and thorns and dirt still attached.
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-04-22 08:15 am (UTC)(link)
I love rose and one that's not too sweet and cloying would be fantastic.

Have you tried any Andy Tauer perfumes? He does some smashing spicy roses.

Surrender to Chance doesn't seem to have Une Rose Chypree (my personal favourite of them) in at the moment, but Incense Rose is a very cheerful rose-incense-citrus which doesn't quite tip into "Christmassy". And PHI -- Une Rose de Kandahar is a gorgeous smooooooth rose-bitter-almond-apricot-tobacco thing.

Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose is a very non-cloying rose, in a photo-realistic early morning, dew-still-on-the-petals manner. Uncomplicated but good.

Le Labo Rose 31 is a deliberately androgynous "dirty rose".
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-04-26 09:59 am (UTC)(link)
TOTALLY my pleasure, seriously. I love sharing this stuff, and then it always reminds me of good things that I have samples of but haven't worn in a while.

(Which is why, today, I'm wearing Eau de Protection.)
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[personal profile] dejla 2017-04-17 02:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, Lord. I don't have just one!

Blue Grass
Shalimar (I like the older version better but I can live with the newer one)
Burberry Brit Summer
I wear the stronger ones in the winter and the lighter ones in the spring.
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[personal profile] jamethiel 2017-04-18 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh! Seconding Jicky!
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[personal profile] dejla 2017-04-20 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
And of course I tried it why? Phryne Fisher. I was amazed to find it a real perfume and still in production!
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[personal profile] dejla 2017-04-21 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
Guerlain's like that, I think -- some people can wear it and on others, it's nothing.

I admit that my favorite note in complex perfumes is chypre. But on the other end, I've been wearing Daisy more and more.

I like the rollerballs and the travel sprays to test out a perfume, since it lets me try it over time.
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[personal profile] dejla 2017-04-20 07:14 pm (UTC)(link)
I like almost all Guerlain, but they pretty strong perfumes, and there are days I can't wear them at all.

Blue Grass is a lovely summer scent, I think.
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[personal profile] jamethiel 2017-04-18 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
I am very much of the "Chypres and everything connected with them" school of perfume so my perfumes tend to be very... well, you either love them or you hate them.

That being said, I think everyone should try Mitsouko by Guerlain, Paloma Picasso. The non-classic I'm loving at the moment is Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille. It's a guy's scent but it's GORGEOUS.
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[personal profile] theora 2017-04-18 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
It feels a bit weird suggesting stuff to you, since you know much more about perfume than me ;). But the thing I'm most excited to try at the moment is Narciso Rodriguez For Her (the EDP version). You can watch a Youtube review of it here. (I've been watching lots of reviews by this reviewer lately, I find them oddly soothing.)

Also I meant to thank you for the pointer to Surrender to Chance. I'm putting together an order myself, which will include the above and a few other things.
Edited 2017-04-18 01:15 (UTC)
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[personal profile] subsequent 2017-04-19 01:09 pm (UTC)(link)
My favourite and all-around go-to is L'ambre Des Merveilles by Hermes, but to be honest, I like the majority of what Jean Claude Ellena created for that house. May be worth an investigation? :)

(Christine Nagel has just taken over, so some of their newer works are a little different, but I respect the quality of even the ones I'm not fond of)
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[personal profile] subsequent 2017-04-21 03:09 am (UTC)(link)
I'm not one for major "Luxury Brands", but Hermes won my respect with their perfume creations. Definitely worth a look at most of them!
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-04-20 05:50 pm (UTC)(link)

Personal favourites, that I wear a lot (please bear in mind that I am weird and so is my taste): vintage Diorella (and that probably is a historically important one that -- I won't say everyone should try, but it's significant and worth knowing, as well as so radiantly beautiful that the reformulation is a crime). Bal a Versailles. Comme Des Garcons Tea (from the "leaves" series: smells very like very smoky black tea and maté and slightly of roses and cedarwood; apart from vintage Diorella, the only perfume I've had someone spontaneously compliment me on in a public place). Dzing! Kingdom. My unholy home mix of Kingdom and Miel de Bois. Mandarine Mandarin. Onda (EDP).

Anything that might help narrow it down? Any current themes or notes or genres that you're exploring?
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-04-21 03:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Guessing you've found ?

Of those -- Guerlain Vetiver is gorgeous (on my skin/to me), but I don't know whether it wouldn't work for you because it's a Guerlain, or whether it might be an exception.

I've never tried the LesNez Turtle Vetiver experiments, but always been curious.
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-04-21 04:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, wait, I see from your past reviews that you've already tried the Guerlain Vetiver. Never mind!
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-04-21 04:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Also, I forgot, Onda (from Vero Profumo) is a vetiver.

This is all magnificently accurate and gives a good explanation of the differences between the extrait and the EDP:

They're both amazing but the EDP is my personal jam. It does make me feel like I'm wearing armour, and probably (as the comments say) some sort of spiky exoskeleton armour designed by Alexander McQueen.

Won't be everyone's cup of tea, but definitely won't bore you.
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-04-22 08:25 am (UTC)(link)
I'd love to know what you make of it!

Also, I ended up review-hopping while I was retrieving that link, and this sounds rather interesting (vetiver!):

SJP's scents have always got unexpected perfumista cred as being really rather good if you can bring yourself to wear a "celebrity scent", but I've not got round to trying any of them. I may have to check this out.