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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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.


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!


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


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


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


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?


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

A gorgeous men's colonge

Quorum by Puig.


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


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.


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


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 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


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


Make that, not .net


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!


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.


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


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.


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$$$$!


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$$$$!


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$$$$!


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


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.


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

Very smart

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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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!


POSTED: Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:04pm

Red Door is...

...a beautiful scent. So well crafted. AngelaR, where did you find Bonne Bell Skin Musk? I've found the Prince Matchabelli version on Amazon and the Parfums de Coeur (?) version in the drugstore, but never the original Bonne Bell. I'd love to smell the original! I hear it's so much better than the ones that replaced it.--Carol


POSTED: Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:24pm

Bonne Bell

Alas, they don't make the Bonne Bell version any longer. The Prince Matchabelli version smells sort of similar, but only lasts for maybe an hour. It's always sad when a fragrance you loved is discontinued. But I am indeed enjoying the Red Door! I'm going to see if I can grab some more of those little gift bags of it.


POSTED: Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:39pm

Back to a classic

I'm a scent junkie and I felt compelled to go back in time a bit. I picked up a bottle of Skin by Bonne Bell, and it smells exactly the same. I felt like I was in middle school.


POSTED: Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:06pm

Vintage scents

I can be stuck in the past when it comes to scents, AngelaR. I've recently started using vintage Chanel No 5 cologne (the cologne hasn't been produced in years) that I bought on ebay, and I know what you mean. I am transported back 30 or 40 years. I can't stop sniffing my wrist when I wear it. It is so different from the current No 5 varieties, and so much more beautiful.


POSTED: Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:10pm

No. 19 today

In honor of Coco Chanel's birthday today (Aug 19), I spritzed on some Chanel No. 19. (Actually, I used one spray into a handful of unscented moisturizer this morning after my shower. Gives a nice, light scent that I seem to be able to tolerate these days.)


POSTED: Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:12am


.....I like my Guerlain fragrance, L'heure Blue and I also like Chanel's Eau Premiere.....also Nina Ricci's Premier Jour, although that is getting difficult to find in the states. I still wear musk on occasion.....(a throw back to the 70's when I came of age)........just so soft and clean and not overpowering! Happy Monday Girls!


POSTED: Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:17pm

I could never find a fragrance...

Whenever someone wore a fragrance I liked, I would try out the scent in the store, but it never seemed right on me. Recently, I tried and actually purchased Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue. Not heavy or cloying, refreshing and flowery!

Bella koma

POSTED: Fri, 05/16/2014 - 7:14pm

Same here!

Hi Kit, I had to comment, because I have the same issue! Have tried and tried to find a signature fragrance...when I was younger, Safari, by Lauren was my favorite, and I had numerous compliments! But it has been my sadness! So, have been on the prowl...and recently tried Light Blue for spring. Love this! Now, I just have begun using it, but I like it although I have not had any compliments YET so I do hope it smells nice on me!


POSTED: Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:16pm

Same here!!

Hello Bella koma. Sorry they discontinued the fragrance that you liked. I had a favorite shade of lipstick that really worked for me(same issue as with fragrance)that Revlon discontinued. I'm glad you like the Light Blue, as I do, and I'm sure it does smell nice on you. I haven't had any compliments either. I just spray a little on a tissue and dab it. The direct spray leaves me drowning in it. Hope you continue to enjoy it!! Tina


POSTED: Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:47am

Still Dyptique

I've been wearing Do Son by Diptyque for many years now. I'm cracking open a new bottle tomorrow as the previous one has just run out. My mum bought me my first bottle from London, as tuberoses are my favourite flower. Fortunately I can buy it in Australia now.


POSTED: Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:12am


The scent has a lovely mix of gardenia, coconut oil and lemongrass


POSTED: Wed, 01/01/2014 - 6:23pm

The Classic!

My favorite is Chanel No. 5. Really! It is not overpowering and I never get tired of it.


POSTED: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 1:27pm

Me, too.

I've used #5 for--gulp--50 years, with forays into Coco and #19 (and lately, L'Occitane). Which formulation of #5 do you love the most? I want to own the parfum someday, but have to save my pennies. I used the bath soap for the first time today and am curious to see how long the fragrance lasts. As noted below, I'm starting to have allergy and migraine problems by all fragrances, so thought I'd experiment with scented soap.--Carol


POSTED: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:25am

Hi Sophie

Happy new Year.A lovely ,classic fragrance ...that smells like Raid on me.LOL.


POSTED: Tue, 01/14/2014 - 2:45am

That is so funny!

Rive Gauche smells like Raid on me. Isn't that weird?


POSTED: Tue, 01/14/2014 - 9:17am


Funny that.And that is why Ialways try on scent.oxo


POSTED: Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:31pm

Menopause body chemistry

Isn't that just so odd how that works? I used to wear Cristalle every summer until it was reformulated a few years back. Now it smells like a totally different fragrance on me, and I can't bear it. Coco has a bug spray beginning, too, but if you're patient, that fades into a warm, wonderful, Oriental spice. But Shalimar on me is just unbearable. I've heard perfumistas say that if you like Coco, you'll love Shalimar, but not the case here. A few months ago, a coworker of mine--a beautiful, white-haired, dark-eyed woman who always is just so pulled together and elegant--told me she loved Maja perfume, so naturally I wanted to try it, too. I couldn't wash it off fast enough.--Carol


POSTED: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 8:32am

Body chemistry

I have told this story day long ago,my friend and I,visited a parfumerie in Montreal.We went because her signature fragrance did not smell good on her anymore.We spent hours .she tried on almost every perfume in the shop.Nothing was right on her.He finally said to her"My dear,you are pregnant"She said absolutely not.A short time later,you guessed it,she found out she was pregnant.We rushed back to tell him he was right.


POSTED: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:44pm


I love that story!


POSTED: Fri, 12/06/2013 - 9:29pm

I've been having

so much trouble with fragrances this fall. I've always been very sensitive to scent. Most perfumes have make me break out in hives or have sneezing fits, but now migraines also tend to follow. For most of my life, I've been able to use Chanel 5 and Coco and some perfume oils without too much trouble, but lately the 5 has started to bother me, and I can use only a small amount of Coco. Recently, I bought Ambre by L'Occitane and love it; although it's just a tad on the sweet side, at least it doesn't send me into paroxysms of sneezing. Today I bought Amber perfume oil (I really like amber) by Nemat. Only $20, and I didn't sneeze or break out in hives or get a headache all day. I also tested the Pacifica French Lilac (and others) today, and, while the lilac was just so so nice, it was not going to friendly to me. Darn. It is truly a lovely lilac, for those of you who love lilac.--Carol


POSTED: Sat, 12/07/2013 - 4:55pm

Hi Carol

Allergies develop over time.You might want to look at dragonfly dreaming products.They are friendly to people with scent They are a Canadian company but I am pretty sure they ship wherever one might wish.I use Aphrodite scent.I often wear it to work(hospital)and nobody has ever complained.Sometimes scents give me a headache and this never ever bothers me.Good luck, oxo


POSTED: Mon, 12/09/2013 - 6:13pm

Thank you again, Jean.

I will add Dragonfly to my list of scents to try. I just looked at their web site. I neglected to check whether they sell samples, so I'll look into that. Thank you! Carol


POSTED: Sat, 11/23/2013 - 9:45am

My new favourite

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria 'Nerolia Bianca'


POSTED: Sat, 11/23/2013 - 6:44pm

You know this means

A trip to Sephorao to have a sniff of this.oxo


POSTED: Thu, 11/21/2013 - 7:18pm

Since my all time fav

is off the market again,I am wearing Chanel Crystalle.I do hope they bring back Diorella,it has been my signature for years.


POSTED: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 6:38pm

Bath by Bobbi Brown

Trying it out for first time this autumn and like it!


POSTED: Thu, 11/21/2013 - 10:18am

hi mollie!!

....that sounds nice to's name leads me to believe it must have a really clean smell! Must look for this one, Mollie......Enjoy! Kathleen xo


POSTED: Sat, 11/02/2013 - 3:44pm


I have always been a Chanel girl, as I've discussed before. But I just went through a period of migraines, and fragrance seems to make them so much worse. I really like fragrance, however, so I did some research and decided to perhaps try something more organic/natural. I decided on Ambre by L'Occitane (very like Coco). And of course just when I fall in love with it and buy a bottle, I learn the company is discontinuing it (again). Now I have to decide if I can afford to go buy another bottle as a backup. Anyway, this is a heads-up to other Ambre fans: the local shop had only three bottles left when I arrived, and they were put away in a drawer. Good thing I asked for it. (The web site still has some available, but again, you have to do a search for it; it doesn't appear as part of the selections.) -- Carol

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