What perfume should a 40 year old use?
I am 40 years old and I don't want to smell like an old lady. I also don't want to smell like a teenager. I need to find something in between. I need something that isn't too floral and heavy and something that isn't too sweet and sugary. Any suggestions out there for a person who is in the middle?
Here are my suggestions (I'm 32 and also nearing that age where I need to differentiate myself from the younger pack, lol):
Butterfly by Hanae Mori - It smells sweet but isn't the sickly sweet kind. It's difficult to describe, but it smells like a less overpowering vanilla. It's beautiful and wearing it makes me feel beautiful and elegant.
Anything from Tocca (my fave is Stella) - The bottles are packaged in beautiful vintage-style bottles and offer sophisticated scents that are definitely not old lady nor too young - it's just right for us in the inbetween stages of life.
Anything from Fresh, which, true to name, are fresh and light. I think of it as the "older" version of Philosophy perfumes which are very popular.
D&G 3 L'Imperatrice - It's supposed to be a unisex scent but I find it absolutely gorgeous and stunning. I can't imagine it on a man.
Stella McCartney NUDE - It reminds me of a soft bedroom scent - very romantic and unique. Most of the reviews on the site are from women in our age group. It's more floral than any of the others I suggested but it's not your typical overpowering floral.
Hope this helps!
Prada is wonderful...a bit strange at first, but the dry down is awesome, with emphasis on classic, l'eau ambree and tendre. Dolce & Gabbana The One, Light Blue. Boucheron is an interesting twist for something different. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist. Do you like ambers?
Oh my gosh you must try Clinique's Happy. It is a light, clean fragrance that isn't too strong and it just smells so fresh and wonderful. It DEFINETLY doesn't smell 'old lady' but it's not something that a teenager would wear. Trust me.
The new one by Calvin Klein, Beauty, is good. http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtm
Honestly, though, being 40 doesn't mean signing up for assisted living. I'm turning 40 in April. I wear Malaia by Hollister every day because it reminds me of the beach. I think it would probably be silly to wear bubble gum or blueberry scents (or anything else made for the youngest scene), but other than that restriction go for it. Turning 40, I hope, won't magically alter my sense of smell or my love of the beach. Wear what makes you happy.