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What perfume should a 40 year old use?
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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?

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Hummm. Fragrance is truly personal, so it is hard to make recommendations. I belive Sephora has a fragrance finder on their websight that can help you define your preference, Oriental, Fresh, Floral, Woodsy, etc.. Then write down some of the recommendations and go try them (get a small sample and wear for a while). You might also want to explore the Philosophy line (Grace, AmazingGrace, etc)....not my personal style, but many many people like their clean scents and they are pleasant.
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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. 

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P0974&categoryId=C16905

 

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.  :smileyhappy:

http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?brandId=Tocca

 

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.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?brandId=Fresh&categoryId=C201

 

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. 

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P245901&categoryId=S22222&shouldPaginate=true

 

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.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P243741&categoryId=S22222&shouldPaginate=true

 

Hope this helps!

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ashley343
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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.

nicole0912
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A couple that you should try would be the dolce & gabbana light blue, and romance by ralph lauren. both smell great!

naughtybnice
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CHLOE, THE BEST AT ANY AGE! BUT U MUST GET THE WASH AND CREAM.

NEVER BUY A FRAGRANCE ALONE, ITS LIKE GOING HAVE DRESSED!

greenidlayd
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The most awesome perfume I have come across in a long time. Burberry Brit. It is sexy, clean, and not flowery or sweet.
addi
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The new one by Calvin Klein, Beauty, is good. http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?brandId=Calvin%20Klein I got it as a sample.

 

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 :smileyhappy: 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.

welcomingtruth
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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? 

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