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Grandma Perfume-- Please Explain This Description

Reading through the posts here on BT I often come across posters using the description "grandma smell" or "old lady perfume" when describing a scent. It's starting to concern me a bit because I really don't want that to be the thought that pops into someone's head when they catch a bit of my perfume.

 

I wear mostly newer scents by Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, etc.. But I also have some classics in my collection like YSL Opium, Chanel No19 and Chanel No22.

 

So my question is-- if I wear a fragrance that's been around longer than many Grandma's do you think of your Grandma when I walk by?

 

At 26, that's not my goal when I get dressed in the morning Smiley Happy 

Should I ditch the classics and stick with the new stuff?

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My least favorite fragrance of all time...and my grandma loves it! But she didn't want her Opium d'Ete so she let me have it. And Opium is definitely a classic (some would consider "old lady").

 

But for any fragrance, if you like it, think more "rich old lady" rather than just "old lady" (we'd all like to be a rich old lady one day, I'm sure). If it smells good on you (whatever style, even mens fragrance), wear it!

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Now I have a clear picture of what the term means when people say it off handedly. I don't think I've ever crossed the line into powdery or rose saturated and I'm also careful not to use too much. Sounds like my classic pics are still relevent too. Thanks for the feedback everyone.

 

@Wendyomgwar and @BlushHoarder-- your choices of what to avoid really made me laugh. Don't worry-- I'm not going there. Last time I walked by an Elizabeth Arden counter the salesperson just rolled her eyes at me and said, "Miss, this isn't for you. The mature ladies shop here." haha...... and White Diamonds, too funny, I can see that old Elizabeth Taylor ad where she gives someone her earrings to place a bet, "These have always brought me luck".  The commercial even smelled musty.

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All too true! I love Estée Lauder skincare products but even on this board many have pointed out that it's a rather old-fashioned brand, lol. Guess I'm just getting to that age!

 

But as others have pointed out everyone is free to wear whatever she chooses Smiley Wink

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oh i love grandma perfumes! mitsuoko, fracas, chanel no 19, poison, shalimar. these are beautiful classics that many consider old-lady. to me, though, they smell like quality and intrigue.

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I think if you like it stick to it. When I refer to that i think of the elizabeth arden fragrances like red door. Or something my own grandmother would wear. Musky, over powering and kind of like a overly fragrant makeup item

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Hehe, I love rose-scented things, and people have accused me of being grandma-ish, but I don't mind! Smiley Wink

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I recently got into rose scents about a couple years ago. I'm a die hard fan of Issey Miyake's Florale perfume which has white woods, lily, and mandarin to balance out the rose and keep it quite light and more modern!

 

I just can't stand scents where it's just ROSE, ROSE, ROSE, ROSE, ALL IN YOUR NOSE! Smiley Tongue Too much of any one note is just that...too much!

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Oh that sounds so pretty! I'll have to check it out!

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It is! It's such a pretty and light scent. You can definitely identify that it has rose when you smell it, but you get to smell more than just that. It's got a sheer, transparency to it that makes it very airy and dreamy!

 

I started making it a part of my regular perfume rotation when I started dating my bf over a year ago and he loves it! Every time I would see him he would hug me and take a big whiff and give a relaxed sigh. He always compliments me on it and when I'm not wearing it he notices, once I start wearing it again he's always like "Oooo, you're wearing the rose one!" Smiley Tongue

 

Another good, modern rose scent is Bond New York's I Love New York for Mothers. Though it's on the pricier side, it's so beautiful and actually reminds me of the IM one I love. It's a touch longer lasting due to the musk and hint of amber, but it shares similar aspects of lily, tangerine (got some type of orange citrus in both), and sandalwood (whitewoods in the IM one, but both share a slightly, soft woody note).

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Oh that sounds gorgeous too. Um, I don't even need more ideas on what to buy with extra points coming up, haha.

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I fell in love after smelling it! I still have half a bottle of the IM one so I'm in no need for another fragrance!

 

In total, I've run through about 3 or 4 bottles of IM in all the sizes! Anna Sui's Flight of Fancy is like a mild step down from the IM in terms of staying power and price point. It also has rose (rose blossom to be exact), yuzu (it's like a Japanese orange, again, more citrus), and white woods as well, but it also blends lychee, lemon, freesia, magnolia, and a hint of amber and musk. I really like how this one smells and it's very reminiscent of the IM Florale, but after getting a sample and trying it, it disappeared on my skin so quickly! Smiley Sad That bummed me out to the extreme. Their roller ball would probably make a good touch up to the IM Floral as it's $18 so it's a touch cheaper than the IM Floral at $25.

 

*Totally enabling for similar rose fragrances...slowly backs away* Haha!

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Ha, you are not kidding....

 

I might pass out the next time I look at my "favorites" list...

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Coffee beans to help wake you and your nose up from all these scents! Smiley Tongue

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@melde,  I have a few scents on my list for extra points too.

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@lylysa--- you certainly know your fragrances Smiley Happy

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Thanks! I'm a all around beauty junkie that likes to get into the nitty gritty of ingredients and individual notes! Fragrances can be a hard thing to grasp, but knowing what basic notes smell like and how they're used to evoke mood helps greatly! Smiley Very Happy

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I always love reading your contributions. 

For a long while I only wore ONE fragrance (Armani Code for women). I had this notion that I should have a signature scent and I totally stuck with it. I've just recently started branching out and I'm amassing quite a collection but I'm very much in the learning stage. Just last week I finally looked up the word sillage. 

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Finding the notes in the scent you love and wear as your signature is great to help identify fragrances with similar notes to where you're not veering off entirely, but still able to get something different!

 

Ooo, if your signature scent is Armani Code, check out Hypnose by Lancome if you haven't already. They both share notes of vanilla and jasmine sambac, but Hypnose doesn't have the citrus and orange blossom notes to it.

 

Givenchy's Ange Ou Demon is one similar to AC but a bit more complex. It has mandarin and vanilla but it uses lily, orchid, and ylang-ylang as it's floral heart. Rosewood and moss give it that earthy, woody scent, and in AC it's sandalwood that gives it that base.

 

Something traveling in those lines but also with a more refreshing take is Givenchy's Ange Ou Demon Le Secret (which I also wear and love). It's got jasmine sambac and white woods (keeping in touch with your AC's jasmine and sandalwood notes), but uses cranberry and green tea for it's lighter, airier notes rather than citrus.

 

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@lylysa-- thank you so much for these well thought out suggestions.  They all sound fabulous and very much right up my alley. I'm going to check them out ASAP. Smiley Happy Smiley Happy

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I think scent is so subjective.  I was just looking at the reviews for one of my favorites to recommend it to another poster- Tocca Cleopatra- and to my surprise a bunch of people kept describing it as "Grandma" or "old lady" 

Scent is closely linked with memory, and I think our associations of what smells like "Grandma" or "Old Fashioned" varies greatly from person to person.  Fragrance is so personal- not only do we like different things, the same perfume can smell completely different on two different people because of our different body chemistries.  I know I can always recommend perfumes that I love on me, and there is a chance the person I'm telling it about will loathe it!

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I agree completely.  Scent is so personal.  I have some that are stronger and more mature (Guerlain Samsara comes to mind), some that are fruity (I'm wearing DKNY Golden Delicious today) and I love florals, too (Like Gucci Flora, Lancome La vie est belle, YSL Parisienne). 

 

But what smells good on someone else might not be good on me. I like Shalimar, but I don't like how it smells on me.  (I am so glad when DH was looking for something years ago he couldn't find Shalimar and got Samsara instead; it's much better for me.) And I'm probably the only person who can't wear D&G Light Blue. It's truly horrible on me.

 

But I think if we associate things with our mothers or grandmothers, maybe that makes us not want to wear them ourselves.  So maybe the next generation will hate the types of fragrances we're wearing now and thing they smell like their mothers or grandmothers!

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