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: Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:31am

Jo Malone

Has anybody tried this line?If so,where you pleased with the outcome?Thinking it might be fun to create my own fragrance from that line.


POSTED: Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:04pm

O de Lancome, Coco, Ghost, Ombre Rose

I like all types of scents, except the fruity ones. I see they now market O de Lancome as being for men or women, which I find odd - been wearing it 30 years or more.


POSTED: Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:20pm

Hi, Demimondaine!

Coco was my signature fragrance for years; my daughter, who knew I loved Chanel No 5, sent me a bottle of Coco when she was going to school in France. I use some other fragrances now, but I always have a bottle of Coco on my dresser and return to it often. It's funny how you can get connected to a fragrance, like a trusted friend...Carol


POSTED: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:39am

Hello DemiMondaine

Thanks for the list of fragrances to try.On the hunt for a new one ,since Diorella has been discontinued.One of the pleasures of semi-retirement is that I can wear scent almost everyday.As a Nurse I can not wear scent at work.But now let the day begin with a lovely mist of fragrance.Right now I wear Chanel's Cristalle


POSTED: Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:03pm

Anyone use scented soaps?

I have always loved perfume, but it's been only in the past couple of years that I've realized most of them are just too strong for me; with only a couple of exceptions, almost all of them seem to give me a headache these days. I have to be really careful about how much perfume I apply and where I apply it. I've always loved scented soaps, though, because the scents are softer on the skin, so I'm now seeking those out and may even be turning into a collector. Anyone else love use scented soaps? Any in particular that you really love? -- Carol


POSTED: Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:28pm

I do

Maja by Myrugia is a soap with a beautiful scent.You can find it on Amazon.Think I will order some.Some scents give me a headache too.Shops with many different fragrances vying for my nose's attention ,give me a nasty headache.Our bodies change over time and what once smelled good now may not.The French milled soaps are lovely.


POSTED: Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:28pm


...was one of the first scented soaps I bought, and, it is one of only a very few (three?) fragrances Larry has ever complimented me on in 30 years of marriage. I've read the Maja soaps (the round ones) are the same fragrance as the vintage Maja perfume, which was reformulated and reportedly drastically changed some years ago....Even the Yardley soaps are nice; they have Oatmeal & Almond, Cucumber, Lavender (altho I don't care for their lavender), and Cocoa Butter, which I only just saw in the drugstore and smells luscious. Bee and Flower soaps, in sandalwood and rose, are also lovely.


POSTED: Thu, 09/29/2016 - 9:39am


I ordered some from Amazon.And thank you for suggesting the other soaps.

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Thu, 06/16/2016 - 7:59pm

Florence by Tocca

I tried it years ago on a "drive-by spraying" at a Saks 5th Avenue fragrance counter and never looked back. Occasionally in the summer I'll mix some of the lovely Jo Malone florals for fun or for a change, but I always, always go back to Florence. I've decided it's my signature.


POSTED: Fri, 06/17/2016 - 12:21am


Must try to find that and try it.How does it work with Jo Malone?I want to try it.We have Nordstrom here now and they have a Jo Malone counter.Enjoy your signature scent ,it is such a feminine delight.

Lady Arabella V...

POSTED: Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:38am

Custom Blend Fragrance

I went to the Scents n Suds store in Atlanta, Georgia and had a custom blend fragrance & lotion made according to my specification.


POSTED: Wed, 06/15/2016 - 6:58pm


That does sound wonderful.A true signature scent.


POSTED: Wed, 06/15/2016 - 2:03pm

Custom Fragrance

How lovely!!! I mix my own often, but haven't found just the right combination yet.


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...


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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.


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.


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

A fragrance

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


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

Great to re-visit here

Carol 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 .


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


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...


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?


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.


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.


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.


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


Thanks my friends for your kind words.oxo


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.


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


And yes you are worth it!!


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

Good for you.

Yes, Jean, you _are_worth it. -- Carol


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 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..


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.


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

Thanks Jean and Carol,

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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!

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