STYLE TALK

annik

POSTED: Sat, 04/18/2009 - 4:36pm

What fragrance do you wear?

Share your favorite brand, a story about the first time you wore it, the person who first gave it to you....
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erickasanner

POSTED: Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:41pm

Boucheron Jaipur Saphir

Jaipur Saphir from (The House of) Boucheron is my favorite scent formulated with vanilla, sandalwood, and amber (and maybe something else?). It was first given to me as a gift from a gentleman friend from Paris who brought it back from a trip home (it was new and not available in the States yet). It is discontinued now but I know I will never love another scent as much. I still keep the old bottle and smell it from time to time...

cwlorente

POSTED: Thu, 04/28/2016 - 6:32pm

ebay

Check out ebay. Sometimes you can find new, unopened fragrances, or slightly used ones.

JSB

POSTED: Wed, 04/06/2016 - 6:27pm

The name alone...

Says romance.Too bad it is no longer available.have you found another fragrance to enjoy?

JSB

POSTED: Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:43pm

Fragrances

One of my absolutely favourite feminine things,in life.Eager to know how your fragrance testing turned out,Carol.And MJ please let us know what you wear next. Not able to wear fragrances to work.For good reason but still a disappointment.Now that I am working part time,I will wear fragrance each day I am not working.A enchanting part of my beauty routine. Have fun with this,my sisters.oxo

cwlorente

POSTED: Thu, 03/31/2016 - 5:00pm

Irish perfumes

I received three samples from Fragrances of Ireland. Long ago, I had tried one of them--Inis Arose-- and loved it to the point of wanting to buy a bottle, but I wanted to try it again to be absolutely sure. I am not usually, well, ever, attracted to a rose perfume; my mom has worn them a lot in the last 30 years or so, and hers are always very sweet and headache-inducing, IMO. But I came across Inis Arose in a store once and was pleasantly surprised because there is so much more to it than rose; it's also a bit lemony, woody, and musky, and I think I'm in love with this rose fragrance now. There's so much more going on that turns the rose into something more complex and unique.....The other two samples are Connemara, another rose-based scent, although the rose here is way in the background, and Inisfree, a very subtle lavender fragrance; I have to try those two a few more times, but I'm pretty sold on Inis Arose......I agree with Jean; using fragrance is one of those favorite feminine rituals in life. -- Carol

JSB

POSTED: Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:45am

Irish fragrances

Rose fragrance is lovely if used subtly.You make me want to try those .Do treat your self to a bottle. One day soon,I want to go to the Jo Malone counter at Nordstrom and try those.First ran across them in London and tried a few on .I was pleasantly surprised.Perhaps a new ,individual perfume for me.

cwlorente

POSTED: Fri, 04/01/2016 - 4:14pm

Jo Malone...

...a perfume house that has always intrigued me. Let us know what you find out. I tried the Connemara and Innisfree again today, but, while they're quite lovely, they're not "me," I don't think.

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:09am

A fragrance

Does have to be you.It is very individual and personal.Enjoy the trip.oxo

coco1960

POSTED: Thu, 03/31/2016 - 5:04am

Great to re-visit here

Carol ..how did you make out with your fragrances from Ireland ? I have been looking at Philosophy 's Amazing Grace and some of their other choices . This past winter it was Origins Ginger and other scented body lotions... now it's time to lighten up .

cwlorente

POSTED: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 7:00pm

Sampling

On March 24, I ordered three samples from the Fragrances of Ireland web site for $6. They arrived today, March 30, from Ireland to Chicago. I am so impressed at the delivery. Now to sample...

Spagirl76

POSTED: Wed, 10/28/2015 - 3:29pm

Searching for a new scent

I've found my way back to this site and am contemplating a new scent. I've enjoyed fruity scents by Pacifica the past few years and the only classic scent (since my teens) I've really liked is Lauren, by Ralph Lauren. I'll be 40 next year and want to find something that suits me better. No rose or too much floral or musk. I'm fond of lemon verbena and ginger (the Thymes or even Origins). Any suggestions?

cwlorente

POSTED: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 6:54pm

I'm late on this, but...

...have you tried L'Occitane en Provence fragrances? They have a lovely line of lemon verbena, and, I believe, some ginger, too.

AngelaR

POSTED: Mon, 08/10/2015 - 5:29pm

An Old Favorite

I recently purchased a bottle of Christian Dior's Poison and it still smells fantastic. I think this will become my signature scent.

cwlorente

POSTED: Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:12pm

Nice to find...

...a signature scent at last, isn't it? I think my perfume journey has ended as well (again). I have worn Chanel No 5 since I was in high school and strayed into Chanel Coco in my 40s; I used Coco exclusively for many years, until I tried some 19 about three years ago. I started using 19 in the summers and Coco in the winters. Then I decided I wanted to sample the classics -- Joy, Shalimar, Cabochard, J'Adore, Bal a Versailles, etc. -- but I never found anything I liked as much as Coco--although I'm almost embarrassed to admit I have taken a liking to a drugstore classic, Coty Wild Musk. It's Coco-like yet very soft, and for $10, it's a cheaper alternative you can spray often and not drive people from the room. Meanwhile, 19 and 5 are sitting forlornly in my perfume tray behind their sister Coco and a cheap drugstore cologne. I'm sure they're mortified. But maybe they know I'll drag them out one of these days and give them another go.

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 05/17/2015 - 10:44pm

Bissous

Thanks my friends for your kind words.oxo

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 05/11/2015 - 8:18pm

Oh my!

I went out and bought Cristalle by Chanel.Love it......fresh,sophisticated and very grown up.Cost the earth but I am worth it.

kit

POSTED: Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:58pm

Enjoy!!

And yes you are worth it!!

cwlorente

POSTED: Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:55pm

Good for you.

Yes, Jean, you _are_worth it. -- Carol

kit

POSTED: Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:17pm

Am I the only one?

Who doesn't like to spray on perfume. I wear D and G Light Blue. It's light and pleasant. Here I go..in the old days, perfume came in a bottle with a stopper to apply a dab to the neck/wrist. All the perfumes I've seen come as sprays. To avoid over-doing it, I spray a little on a cotton ball and dab. Maybe it's just me..

cwlorente

POSTED: Tue, 04/28/2015 - 8:50pm

I always do this!

Sprays just blast out way too much for me, so I started using the cotton round to apply perfume when Chanel stopped making Coco in the splash bottle.

kit

POSTED: Tue, 04/28/2015 - 9:09pm

Thanks Jean and Carol,

I feel better now. Glad I'm not alone!

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:46pm

You are not alone

Much prefer to dab a little on my pulse points.It is such a feminine activity.I like your idea and will of course steal it.oxo

kit

POSTED: Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:41pm

Yes it is feminine.

I never thought about it that way. I used to pretend I was putting on perfume watching my mom dab on her Chanel 5. I can't wear a lot of fragrances but went to Sephora recently and got a sample of Chloe roses. Oh my it's lovely. Not soapy rose but warm and alluring and woodsy. Samples are great! xoxo

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 04/26/2015 - 7:43pm

Mmmm,

Oh that sounds wonderful.Will drop by Sephora soon and have a lovely sniff.

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:46pm

You are not alone

Much prefer to dab a little on my pulse points.It is such a feminine activity.I like your idea and will of course steal it.oxo

sehurd

POSTED: Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:54pm

Giorgio Red

I have worn this fragrance since it came on the scene in 1989. It is the one perfume that I barely notice when I put it on. So many fragrances give me a headache. I get tremendous compliments on the way I smell. It must be a perfect match with my pheromones. I buy it whenever I find it on sale because I am afraid one day it will be gone.

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:52am

Jo Malone

Nordstrom opened here in Ottawa.Gorgeous store!And Jo Malone has arrived with it.The counter was very busy on Opening Day and I wanted quiet time to test the fragrances. I will go back midweek soon and have a little fun and hopefully find a new fragrance to wear.

MollyA

POSTED: Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:35am

Jean

Love roses and orange blossom from Jo Malone. A friend mixes channel no 5 and Jo Malone Roses. Hmmmmm, the do give samples if you ask

JSB

POSTED: Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:18am

Hi. Mollie

Good idea,I will ask for samples.Roses and orange blossoms sounds divine.It will be a pleasure to,spend a little time at the Jo Malone counter. OXO

Lizhall27

POSTED: Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:48pm

Tomorrow is my birthday and

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm getting Roses De Chole! I'm super excited because most scents give me migraines so I have not been wearing anything in years. I love the smell of roses so I got a sample from sephora and have worn it for about a week and no headache! It's expensive but totally worth it for me since I can't wear anything else. Plus, I think it smells fabulous. My poor Chanel number 5 has just been sitting on a shelf but I can't bear to part with it!

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:48am

Hello!

Belated Happy Birthday!I hope it was a marvelous day.Your fragrance must be lovely.Roses are incredibly beautiful in all ways.Very wise of you to try on the fragrance before you bought it.Wear it in good health.OXO

FloralGalaxy

POSTED: Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:28pm

Fragrance

I trust you ladies will permit a question from a male reader. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and lost sense of smell. Surprisingly, it was restored in the midst of a wine appreciation class by the aromatic aspects of a red wine. Not the typical $10 bottle from the corner market, but a $75 bottle. I am not certain of the explanation of this event. It is difficult to purchase a men's cologne when there is no sense of smell. Kevin Zraly, a wine educator, says for women smells that women like are baby powder, banana nut bread, chocolate, cucumber, Good and Plenty Candy, and Lavender. Turn offs for women: charcoal BBQ smoke, cherry and men's cologne. Men's cologne??? My question: Should a man smell like a baby and chocolate bar and abandon cologne?

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:55pm

A gorgeous men's colonge

Quorum by Puig.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:29am

Welcome!

Nice to have a male point of view.Deligted for you that your sense of smell has returned.It is an integral part of pleasure.As for men'fragrances,I love a nice smelling guy.As for baby powder etc,I would disagree.Woodsy or green based scents are great on most men.But I say try on a few before you buy.Spray a bit on your inner arm,blow on it briefly to help it dry,wait about 30. Mins to find out how it develops on you.If it smells good buy it.If you don't have 30 mins.ask for samples and try them on at home.Good luck .Let us know what you decide.

cwlorente

POSTED: Mon, 03/09/2015 - 7:28pm

Hmmm....

Well, FloralGalaxy, I'm not sure I want my DH smelling of banana nut bread or baby powder, and I've never liked Good and Plenty! I am probably not the person who should answer you, since I find most colognes and perfumes to smell alike; the trend IMHO is toward a generic sameness that doesn't appeal to me, and I tend to seek out the more unusual fragrances. I am more attracted to spicy scents. Have you tried the L'Occitane line? They have several men's colognes I like, two in particular: L'Occitan, which is a unisex, lavender (!) and pepper scent, and Eau des Baux, a beautiful, spicy fragrance. ....Have you tried an info site and forum called fragrantica.net? There's a lot of info and reviews there for men and women alike. (The men are very active on that forum, btw.) I'm sure you can get a lot of info and ideas there.....Good luck in your search, and I'm glad your sense of smell has returned. (Oh, and I actually like the smoky, cherry-tobacco scent.) -- Carol

cwlorente

POSTED: Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:04pm

Oops

Make that fragrantica.com, not .net

Lizhall27

POSTED: Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:44pm

Tomorrow is my birthday and

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm getting Roses De Chole! I'm super excited because most scents give me migraines so I have not been wearing anything in years. I love the smell of roses so I got a sample from sephora and have worn it for about a week and no headache! It's expensive but totally worth it for me since I can't wear anything else. Plus, I think it smells fabulous. My poor Chanel number 5 has just been sitting on a shelf but I can't bear to part with it!

JSB

POSTED: Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:31pm

My Favourite

Is off the market...again.Second time Diorella has vanished.Have been wearing Crystal by Chanel.Quite sophisticated.

Lorraine

POSTED: Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:49am

Perfume

Jo Malone Pink Blossom......the most lovely perfume I've ever had. I say "had" because I gave my bottle to our sweet daughter who stayed in the hospital overnight after hubbie's' surgery. She said, "Mom...WHAT are you wearing"? It is a perfect "all around" fragrance. $$$$ but well worth it. I am saving up to purchase again.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:57pm

Hello Lorraine

Is this your first posting?Welcome!Have to try Jo Malone.Did try some on when I was in London several years ago ,but did not buy.Should have !But it was a$$$$!situation.lol.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:57pm

Hello Lorraine

Is this your first posting?Welcome!Have to try Jo Malone.Did try some on when I was in London several years ago ,but did not buy.Should have !But it was a$$$$!situation.lol.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:57pm

Hello Lorraine

Is this your first posting?Welcome!Have to try Jo Malone.Did try some on when I was in London several years ago ,but did not buy.Should have !But it was a$$$$!situation.lol.

cwlorente

POSTED: Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:41pm

Darn.

I swear, I'm buying a backup from now on when I find a fragrance I really love. It seems like, even when they aren't discontinued, they're reformulated every so often, and then they don't smell the same. A big ARGHHHH here... Cristalle _is_ lovely. I used it for a couple of years. So different.

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 02/07/2015 - 9:49pm

Very smart

Buy a back up.Will do.And yes they Chang fragrances.Gid knows why!

cwlorente

POSTED: Tue, 02/10/2015 - 7:02pm

Reformulations

Fragrances can be reformulated for any number of reasons. Reformulations happen any time there's a change in the regulations that dictate the use of ingredients. For the past few years, the international board that determines these things (I forget their name) has been actively moderating and even forbidding the use of ingredients that cause allergic or "dangerous" reactions. When an ingredient can no longer be used, and it happens to be an important ingredient in your favorite fragrance, the company either discontinues it, leaves it out, or substitutes something else and reformulates = A Perfume Destroyed. .........And, of course, companies may want to merely "update" their perfumes, make them more current, more trendy, also = A Perfume Destroyed, IMO. And some companies appear to just want to save some cash and increase their profits so they use more of the cheaper or synthetic ingredients ........I am hearing through one of the online perfumista forums that the latter is the reason for the recently reported "watering down" of Chanel fragrances, so, Jean, you may want to buy a backup of Cristalle. I'm shopping for a backup of Coco. -- Carol

snorklee

POSTED: Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:37am

Good to know!

Hi Carol, thanks for this information. Coco by Chanel is my favorite fragrance. I'm going to by a backup now. I used to love Chanel No. 5, forty years ago. (My goodness! Is is really that long?? lol) I miss the original fragrance. I don't like the reformulated No. 5 at all.

cwlorente

POSTED: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:28am

Old stock

If you do buy a backup of Coco, look for old stock, say, pre-2014. I've read it was reformulated in 2014. I haven't found any yet, but I need to seek out stores without a lot of turnover. I bought some Coco bath soap the other day, and it is LOVELY! Highly recommend that.......I too wore #5 years ago, but pretty much gave up on it about 15 years ago. I recently bought some vintage eau de cologne from ebay, and it brought back some wonderful memories. And I spritzed on some #5 Eau de Toilette the other day at Ulta, and I was surprised at how nice it was.--Carol

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 02/10/2015 - 7:30pm

Hi

Thanks for the info.Clarifys some things for me.And I will get a back up.Wish I had the sense to do that with Diorella.

cwlorente

POSTED: Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:38pm

Samples?

Jean, there are web sites that sell perfume samples (in various sizes) and decants. Some sell discontinued and vintage fragrances. You might want to google "perfume samples" or some such to get the Canadian ones. (I did an initial search here, but the shipping cost is killer from the US to you.) You may be able to find samples or decants of Diorella. If you don't, maybe you and I can work something out. Carol xoxo

AngelaR

POSTED: Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:56pm

Recent Scent.

I was at my local drugstore and saw some little after Christmas perfume stocking stuffers. I purchased Elizabeth Arden's Red Door and it is amazing! After losing my long time favorite Fendi, I've been bouncing from scent to scent. But Red Door is my new favorite!


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