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Perfume shopping!

My sis just bought Vera Wang's Look, and I'm thinking of getting a perfume on my birthday next month but I'd like to go and smell/get samples before then.

Stumbled across the Fragrance Wheel, and figured out I tend to sway towards Fruity, Green, Water and Floral while the others (citrus, oriental, woods etc.) give me headaches.

Probably 'cause my parents used Dior Poison and Fahrenheit when I was a kid >_> They've mellowed out and switched to lighter scents but still not fond of those types of smells. Not to mention, growing up in the Middle East, oriental and woodsy fragrances were evrywhere D:

So far I've tried and liked Acqua di Gio and DKNY's Be Delicious, but they've been limited to samples. I'm a fan of peach, pear and apple fruity scents in perfumes ^^

Anyway, was wondering if y'all have any thoughts on any of the following perfumes:

I'll be getting a bottle of Double Wear foundation from Estee Lauder so should be able to smell and get samples of the first few options. The others though...will need to check Macy's and Sephora and see what works and how many samples I can get ^^

It would help to know if any of them are super strong/heavy and if they fade fast. And if y'all have any recs/ideas of stuff to smell/try, am all ears :D

I like lighter floral and citrus myself. I have the D&G Light Blue and like it a lot. I alternate it with Escada's Signature.

I used to wear heavy stuff like YSL's Opium, but can't bear the smell any more. These two are very nice.

Another one I like is Gelosmino by Galimarde, but that would have to come directly from the company.

Edited at 2009-08-23 04:06 am (UTC)
I guess for me, the stronger the scent, the faster it gets cloying/abrasive to the nose ^^

Light Blue seems to be a runaway favorite at the moment at stores so definitely wanna check it out! Will add Signature to the list too!

While the company Galimarde, has samples of some perfumes, not sure if there are any of the one you mentioned D:
I went to the Galimard website and found the scent. It's listed as Gelsomino. Here's their scent info.


Spray Bottles

Eaux de Toilette, Eaux de Parfum and Parfums for Her

Florals Fragrances

A Contre-Jour
Top Notes: Melon, Cyclamen
Heart Notes: Rose, Jasmine, Pineapple, Plum
Base Notes: Cedar, Sandalwood

Top Notes: Hyacinth, Lily Of The Valley, Rose
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Stock, Lilac
Base Notes: Ylang, White Musk

Top Notes: Orange, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Tuberose
Base Notes: Vetiver, Vanilla, Musk

Lapis Lazuli
Top Notes: Peach, Raspberry
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Violet
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Vanilla

Notre Temps
Top Notes: Orange, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang
Base Notes: Vetiver, Cedar, Sandalwood

Soir De Grasse
Top Notes: Violet, Green Leaf
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Orange, Rose
Base Notes: Lilac, Moss

Ma Faute
Top Notes: Bergamot, Flowery-Green Note
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Lily Of The Valley, Patchouli,
Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Vanilla

Citrus Fragrances

Journal Intime
Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Rose
Heart Notes: Rosewood, Iris, Lily Of The Valley
Base Notes: Blackberry, Musk, Sandalwood

Printemps Japonais
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon
Heart Notes: Rose, Raspberry, Plum
Base Notes: Iris, Vanilla

Top Notes: Bergamot, Tangerine
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Lily Of The Valley, Rose
Base Notes: Musk, Peach, Plum, Sandalwood

Galimard Star
Top Notes: Citrus, Red Fruits, Edelweiss
Heart Notes: Lotus flower, Cotton
Base Notes: Ylang, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla

Oriental Fragrances

A Demi-Mot
Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Plum
Heart Notes: Rose, Tuberose, Ylang
Base Notes: Amber, Cedar-Wood, Sandalwood, Vanilla

Top Notes: Lilac, Caramel, Ylang
Heart Notes: Raspberry, Jasmine, Tuberose
Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla

Top Notes : Lily Of The Valley, Tangerine
Heart Notes : Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Rose
Base Notes : Cedar-Wood, Sandalwood, Vanilla

Top Notes: Cranberry, Blackcurrant, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Plum, Patchouli, Lily of the valley
Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla, White musc

Grasse à Toi
Top Notes: Ylang, Jasmine
Heart Notes: Lily Of The Valley, Iris
Base Notes: Musk, Red Fruits

Top Notes: Orange, Lemon
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Iris, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla, Musk

Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange Blossom
Heart Notes: Lily Of The Valley, Carnation
Base Notes: Moss, Amber,Vanilla

Top Notes: Hyacinth, Blackcurrant
Heart Notes: Ylang, Rose, Jasmine
Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Moss

The sample set might be fun to get and try their fragrances. This company is a true parfumerie. This is the place that stars and companies go to when they want to create a fragrance. I went there when I was in France but they have a couple of US locations where you can go make your own fragrance.

Edit: I will also add that the one fragrance that MEN ALWAYS comment on is Lancome's Magie Noir. I've had trouble finding it in the stores but I've been able to find it online (and in the Caribbean). It's REALLY sexy and the men always lean in to take a deep whiff.

Edited at 2009-08-23 11:50 am (UTC)
I have Estee Lauder Emerald Dream. I'm not sure how to describe it. It's floral but it's not really the scent I like. A bit heavy.

I like CK One and Bodyshop's White Musk. Both are light and not really heavy.

Ask for samples. I usually do and they're willing to spritz a tiny amount onto a piece test paper for you.
I haven't looked up reviews of ED so figured I smell it and see - but yeah, def not into a heavier scent

Aaaah, Bodyshop ♥ The only two perfumes I got during highschool were from there XD

I'm a bit unsure of unisex scenets like One, but will check it out - probably all depends on how it works with my skin ^^

Definitely will get a spritz on paper though I'm hoping I can get a teeny bit in mini spritzers to go (Sephora did 8 mini spritzers once, since I wanted my dad to try 'em over Christmas :D)
Well, One is really citrusy, hence why I liked it a lot. I prefer perfumes with fruity or citrus scents.

lol. I got White Musk for my birthday and Valentine's Day two years ago. My boyfriend was the one who rec'd it to me. :)
no specific thoughts on those, but thw few that I rotate between are:

Anna Sui: Dolly Girl
J'Lo: Glow
Bath & Body Works: Japanese Cherry Blossom

between those 3 I have enough variety. Dolly girl is a lighter, slightly floral scent with hints of fruit, Glow is a musky, and Cherry Blossom is a softer floral.
Oooh, I got the Japanese Cherry Blossom once (either for free or on sale) and I think my sister has it at the moment. I liked it but the eau de toilete fades fast so I'm looking to get eau de parfume instead.

Will smell Glow and Dolly Girl in Sephora, thanks!
no problem :) Dolly Girl was my first perfume that I ever got (in university) and I really have loved it since. I don't wear it every day though because I can't wear perfumes to work :(
I have Michael Kors (self titled). My boyfriend absolutely loves it. :D

My other favorites are:

Yves St Laurent Babydoll (which I have and love), and Bond No. 9 The Scent of Peace (which I have been lusting after for about a year!!)

Edited at 2009-08-23 04:41 am (UTC)
I've seen a few raves about Michael Kors so Im tentatively hopeful :)

My mind automatically thinks of YSL so I forgot to check if they had any other fragrances *headdesk* What are the scents like? Floral? Fruity? Water?
Personally, I adore The Body Shop Vanilla, and Davidoff's Cool Water for women. The link calls it "a trendy fragrance" but who cares about trends? I love the fresh, citrusy/fruity/beachy hard to describe scent. If you get a chance to check it out, I'd recommend you do. I love the one for guys, but this isn't just a translation of that - it's a whole different fragrance which meshes with women's body chemistry better.
I still have fond memories of the Fuzzy Peach perfume oil from ehen I was in highschool - its sad the shop is usually beat out by bath and body works locally. I think I smelt Cool Water and liked it along with Island - will see if I can get a sample, thanks!
I tested Be Delicious and Light Blue yesterday when I was trying to find a gift for my sisters birthday - I like light blue, it's a very fresh, light scent.
I like what I call "real" scents, i.e. the complex mixes (complex doesn't mean "heavy" necessarily) that existed before the horrors of "global", in-your-face scents of the 80s. If you don't like Fahrenheit or Poison (and I can't commend you too loudly for that), you might actually like the things I like. So, of your list, subtle and clever scents:

Green Tea
Fracas (but I'm not sure what you find today is the original formula.)


Depending on what's distributed where you live, almost any scent by Serge Lutens is a marvel, my favourite being Sa Majesté La Rose. Ditto for scents by a lovely little Italian company called Rancé; I especially like their Laetitia.


Sisley L'Eau du Soir
Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps
Hermès Hiris
Lanvin Arpège
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Yves Saint Laurent Y
Dior Miss Dior

You should go & try them out at your local big department store!
I live and breathe for Omnia Crystalline by Bvlgari! I've been using it for a year now, and it's just perfect in my opinion. It doesn't fade too fast, and it makes my scarves smell delicious! Not that you have much use for scarves, just saying. :) It's pretty light, so even if I put on a lot, as I do if I'm going out dancing or something, it still doesn't make your surroundings choke from the smell. I use it during Spring/Summer, and on special occasions during Fall/Winter. It's too light for the latter two seasons, IMO, but then again, those seasons are freezing up here.

I also use Deep Red by Hugo Boss, it's a bit heavier and perfect for Fall/Winter or night time use, though not too heavy. I'm not into the heavy smells, they make my gag reflex go into overdrive. But yeah, Deep Red is also one worth looking into.

Lots of awesome tips here, both in your entry and the comments! I know for sure I'm at least gonna check out Lancôme's Magie Noir next time I go to the city. ^_^
I've always stayed away from Green Tea scents. I have a small bottle of the one by Elizabeth Arden, and I had shampoo that smells exactly like it. Not unpleasant, quite fruity actually, just that it's a smell you could probably find in deodorant. :/

I have Gucci Envy Me? It's actually very floral, but once it kind of mellows with your own body scent, it's quite nice. But I'm a big fan of Clinique's Happy. I love it. It's light and a floral with undertones of fruit. Great for daytime, while I've always felt Envy Me is a little better for night. Dior Addict No. 2 is great too, btw. Aaaand there's this one Escada one which I am totally in love with, but I forgot its name.
Someone gave me this little sample bottle before.

Also, all men should wear CK's One (the original) and DKNY's Be Delicious for Men.
From your list, I love:
Vera Wang Princess (check out Rock Princess)
Marc Jacob's Daisy (I hated Rain, Grass and Cucumber)
Ralph Lauren Blue - I was so in love with it, but it's discontinued :((((
L'Eau d'Issey
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

Right now I'm using Chanel Chance, which I initially hated but after spraying it on my body and "test-running" it, I found that it smells wonderfull after it dries.

Also, Mitsouko is more for evening wear, I think, and you might want to check out Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf, which is a lovely and warm scent.
Most of the perfumes I pick have Jasmine at it's heart or as a base note. My current shelf includes:

Malachite - Banana Republic (Night wear)
Euphoria - Calvin Klein (Casual)
Look - Vera Wang (Professional)
With Love - Hillary Duff (Casual)
Possibilities - Ann Taylor (Professional)

I am also trying out Emporio's Her, Chanel's Mademoiselle and Chance. As with the previous post, I find Chanel's perfumes may need to air a while on the body before one hits the true notes. I was considering Marc Jacob's Rain, which I felt was a very clean scent - very suitable for office wear - but it is only sold as an Eau de Toilette, so a little outside my price range. I liked the Burberry fragrances and was considering London, but the jasmine dominated the fragrance.

Past favs include:
Acqua di Gio - Armani
True Star - Tommy Hilfiger
Burberry Summer - Burberry - loved this one!
This is Nethrion from dA - stumbled back onto your lj and had to comment on this as I am a complete perfume addict. Seriously, perfume is like crack to me...stick it straight to my veins, baby.

I have similar tastes as you - fresh, floral, and sometimes fruity scents are what I prefer :D

I'm super-obsessed with this brand called Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. It's an online company, but here are the (main) reasons why they rule:

1. They have line(s) of perfumes based on some of Neil Gaiman's works.
2. Said lines' profits go to Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
3. They have limited editions every full moon (quirky and cute).
4. They have lots of literary-based scents: a line of Shakespeare-inspired ones, a recent limited-edition Poe series, and a series based on fairytales (not the Disney versions, but the historical ones).
5.They offer "imps" - 1/32 oz (1 mL) samples of most of their scents at $3.50 a pop, and their 5 mL bottles run around $20 a pop. Yay, affordable!
6.The online community is wayyyy active (reviews abound), so there's lots of recs and swapping/sales to be found :D
6b. Said community is soooo welcoming; when I was a newbie (god I feel old now, even if that was only a year ago) someone sent me a pack of free things, just b/c I was new!
7. Their perfumes are all oils - the straight parfum, none of that alcohol that messes with the chemistry of the perfume and makes it fade really fast.
8. I can make solid perfumes of their scents (and know that it's easy to do, if I can do it), meaning I can layer scents for longer-lasting power if need be, which usually isn't since because of number 7, most of their perfumes last at least 4 hours on me after light application.

Here's their site:

If you're interested in them, note me on dA - I'd be glad to enable you :D

Now that I'm done preaching the Gospel of BPAL...

I adore Hanae Mori. It's light and effervescent, a bit girly but in a good way. It's sweet and subdued. If I had to pick only one scent on this list, that'd be it.

Vera Wang's Princess is chemical-y to my nose, and the violets don't play nice with me.

Gucci Rush is VERY flirtatious and bubbly - it's a fruity cocktail that sometimes bowls me over because of how strongly fruity it is. I don't see it suiting your personality well (from what little I know of you) because it strikes me as a scent that vapid, perfectly coiffed and pedi'd LA girls would wear (I totally have a right to make such a generalization as I myself am a California girl).

Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist is probably the most "masculine/subdued" one of the fragrances I know listed there - it has a very crisp feel and, as a result, fades pretty quickly. The sad thing about fresh scents is most of the good stuff is in the top notes - the scent that fades fastest.

CK One is light and crisp, but feels formualic and simplistic to me - it has little depth since, I assume, it's a unisex scent.

Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf was my obsession for a while (until I found a longer-lasting, cheaper, and suitable replacement in BPAL). It's woodsy, due to the sandalwood, utterly comforting, due to the vanilla and cocoa absolute, and fresh, due to the rose. I might not be remembering all the notes in it correctly, but I seem to recall those were all in it. Anyway, it's a well-rounded and surprisingly light floral. It lasts far too short on me, hence the switch to BPAL XD.

Marc Jacob's Daisy is precious! It's the smell of dandelion sap and honeysuckle, but better - VERY fresh and sunshine-y and beautiful. It doesn't work well on me, but on my friend, it's pure heaven. Plus, they have a solid perfume of it! LOVE solid perfumes - great for layering and portable, yes!
I haven't tried his other perfumes, but the noses behind Daisy executed it so well that I'm pretty sure his other perfumes are be just as good. (Okay, so I'm a little prejudiced because I like his aesthetic...)

I love LUSH's solid perfume called "Honey I Washed the Kids." It's honey-ish, as the name implies, and is so comforting. It's cloyingly sweet to some, but I love it. It's like honey-toffee goodness, plus the bergamot oil in it ALWAYS makes me smile. Bergamot is used in Earl Grey tea and has a lovely, unique citrus smell.


PERFUMMMEEE (continued)
Still Nethrion posting; I apologize, as I hadn't realized how long my babbling about perfume was but didn't want to cut any of it out ^^;

I also like Gwen Stefani's Li'l Angel. Not a perfume I would have picked for myself, as I tend to stay away from celebrity-affiliated perfumes (they are rarely well-executed) but this was a present and I rather like it for everyday use. It's a light, fresh scent and the bottle's adorable although the scent doesn't last too long on my skin (on clothes, it stays forever, though).

I also really like the company Demeter's fragrances in general - they're different than your usual perfume company because their perfumes are based not on capturing a concept but rather experiences. Very unusual scents, too, like "Dirt," "Crayon," and "Paperback," which are all made to smell like their titles - fresh-turned dirt, waxy crayons, dusty paperback novels.
(And they have a series of drink-based perfumes - Fuzzy Navel or Sex on the Beach, anyone ;D?)

YOSH! is also a company that I want to try - their creator is a true nose (in the perfume industry, noses are the people who blend scents) and I like her philosophy. That, and U4EAHH! 2.43 sounds like a ridiculously fun blend to try (pomegranate, cucumber, water lily and pear). Plus, like BPAL, they offer sample sizes and are oils rather than alcohol based, though they're much pricier than BPAL is D:

All of these impressions can vary based on your own personal skin chemistry, though! I can't stress enough the value of testing a scent *on skin* for about an hour before buying if you can and then coming back a day or so later just to make sure to avoid impulse buys based on first impressions.
I also recommend trying to avoid eating garlic/onions/spicy food the day you choose to test a perfume, and preferably not on a day Aunt Flo is messing with your skin chemistry.
(Extreme measures, I know, but when you're as addicted to perfume as I am, you gotta take steps to make sure you don't splurge too much, too often, on scents that you don't totally love...XD)

Okay, that be my $0.02...although that is a mighty wordy two cents ^^;.

Hope it helps! Like I said before, feel free to note me on dA, as I am passionate about perfume and love sharing that with others.
journal intime from galimard...which parfume is it??? I can't find it!! please help me :))