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The Fragrance Advice Thread

Does fragrance vernacular intimidate and confuse you? Can you list 5 “woodsy” perfumes off the top of your head? I know I am personally not that gifted but I also know there are many users on BeautyTalk who live for fragrance. So I’m starting this thread in the hope that it serves as a hub for the fragrance novices and scent savvy alike to come together to teach and learn about fragrance oils, perfumes, colognes, diffusers... You name it!

 

If you’re more of a novice to fragrance, don’t be shy! Comment below to share which fragrances or scents you tend to gravitate toward or any you aren’t sure about. You can also use this thread as a resource to find fragrances for others. I highly suggest trying out the new Fragrance Quiz to learn a bit more about your preferences: http://www.sephora.com/fragrance-quiz?

 

If you’re passionate about fragrance and perhaps even consider yourself an expert, I hope you will use this space to give suggestions and advice to users looking for it. Let’s help each other out!

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I love fragrance! 

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Ooh, I got unique warm & spicy as my results. That actually suits me well.

 

  My fave perfume was one a friend blended for me that was sandalwood, vanilla, and other notes. Surprisingly, it wasn't masculine smelling at all

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I don't wear perfume often but my MJ perfumes never last long on me so I looked into it. Florals generally last not as long as muskier based perfumes for some reason so if you want longer-lasting scents, go for musk. Also rubbing the perfume between your wrists actually breaks down the formula and reduces the wear time. Instead, I pat the perfume onto my skin and try to use as little friction as possible. Hope this helps someone! 

 

Current fave is Pop by stella mccartney. I'm living off samples for now because I have other scents to go through but it's great on my skin! Super sweet but not in an intoxicating kind of way. Like a 7 yr old barbie girl grew up on wall street kind of way LOL that's what I would describe it as. It's probably what the girl in legally blonde smells like tbh.

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@IZ95 this is helpful because I wear MJ Daisy and rub it between my wrists... I had no clue I was reducing the wear time! 

 

Hahaha I love your description and am very intrigued to try Pop! 

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Cool thread @KatieBT! I am super picky about fragrance and definitely not one of those gifted people who's good at describing a scent. Smiley Very Happy

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Neither am I, hoping to learn some new lingo and maybe even understand which types of fragrances I actually enjoy Smiley Very Happy

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Hmm I'm not well versed in describing scents but I loved perfume. I think I tend to like spicy, dark scents like tom ford noir and Balenciaga rosabonatica. But I also love light scents and some florals like Stella and miss Dior blooming.

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I am not at all gifted enough to describe a fragrance properly, well not event major notes. For me it is just I like it or I don't like it thing. I hope to acquire some fragrance know how through this thread 😉

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I was going to say exactly this, but you said it better @fatimamummy

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@fairlywell You and I are up to learn something from here 😉

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I've finally found my favorite perfumes (Jo Malone Orange Blossom/Peony Blush, Aerin Lilac Path, Oscar de la Renta Something Blue) but I've recently decided to make the full switch to cruelty free perfumes (never tested on animals).

 

Any suggestions for perfumes I might like (bright, crisp, fresh florals, dislike vanilla and too much sweetness) from any of these brands:  Le Labo, Penhaligon, Diptyque, Lush, Commodity, and Molton Brown?

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@Madeline7 I think you'd like Olene from Diptyque. It's my current choice for spring. Also, possibly l'Ombre dans l'Eau and Eau Rose (the latter is a lovely Rose sweetened with fruit). 

 

I also like Le Labo's Rose 31 (because I'm clearly a Rose fan haha). 

 

Oddly, I don't like Lush fragrances. Haven't tried enough Penhaligon and MB.

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Thank you Smiley Happy  Olene sounds lovely, I'll have to try that.

 

Oh yes, I LOVE Rose 31!  That's the only Le Labo scent I've tried - it was the hotel scent on a wonderful vacation and I brought back the body lotion.  Every time I smell it it brings me back there.  I don't usually like spice, but it somehow works in that one

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You might try Penhaligons Equinox Bloom if you have a chance. I got this one last year in Europe. It *might* lean a little sweet for you, but I think it's a nice floral with a bit of something extra that sets it apart from an ordinary floral.

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@KatieBT Oh I LOVE this! I'm definitely a novice. I know what I like but I'm still figuring out what exact notes smell bad to me. I want to be able to whip out flower names like I do names of lipsticks LOL!

 

I've recently become fascinated (ok, obsessed) with base notes and single aroma chemicals (such as JHAG Not a Perfume which contains Ambroxan) and Iso E Super which is found in Escentric Molecules Molecule 01. I like wearing the single notes, they really evolve throughout the day. And I'm experimenting with layering them with my favorite scents. I'm actually getting better at smelling these basenotes in fragrances I already love. I'm like, hey! That's Iso E Super haha! It's my own private revelation and celebration 😂

 

My current fragrance routine is a lot of MMM Beach Walk, Philosophy's Summer Grace, Comptor Sud Vanille Coco, JHAG Not a Perfume and my longtime love Vanille Givree des Antilles (which Sephora used to carry but alas, no more. I got clearance bottles for $5 though so that was a major win!) I also have a lot of oil samples from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and I try at least one a week. 

 

I like a lot of heavy, woodsy, incense, Patchouli scents too. But living in So Cal, it's hard to get away with these in the hot weather. I look forward to cool, windy days when I can bathe in CDG Avignon and not get dirty looks. 

 

Looking forward to others sharing their fragrance knowledge. My next quest is to secure real Ambergris from NZ. Gonna cost a pretty penny and it's a risk to smell whale poo. You either love it or hate it and I just have to know!

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Hey, another BPALer!  I was just sitting up the other night straightening out my collection and am about to place an order to fill some of the GC gaps.  And the imps are totally out of control!  But Beth is a genius, I can't stay away!

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Fun thread! I'm not a novice but far from expert; I know what I like. Smiley Wink I'm into floral fragrances; during winter months I like florals with warm notes like Tom Ford Cafe Rose or Armani Prive Pivoine Suzhou. All other times I like jo Malone Peony Blush Seude and English pear and Freesia mixed together. I like my fragrance to last all day and these are the only ones that fit the bill... But I'd love to hear about others in this wheelhouse that last all day. I recently bought Commodity Rain and it's not very long lasting at all. 

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I find Nest fragrances are very long lasting. You should try Nest Midnight Fleur if you never have.  It's a unique floral with a muskiness that's somehow fresh and dark/dusky at the same time. This one lasts all day and I don't have a ton of fragrances that do that.

 

Other florals that last all day for me are Fredric Malle Carnal Flower (priciest I own) and most Kilian.

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I wish I sounded more intelligent in throwing around all the fancy perfume terms. I wouldn't know an oud (sp?) if it bit me in the butt. 

 

As as for what I like, well I tend to florals, especially jasmine scents. Rose too. Unfortunately a lot of fragrances don't work well with my chemistry, though. And even when I find one that meshes with me, it tends not to last very long.

 

One I really miss is Ralph Lauren Safari. It smelled fabulous on me and the bottle was so elegant. Actually you can still get it but there was some component that they could no longer get the natural version of. And the synthetic version makes it just not the same. *sob*

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Yay! I love fragrance! 

 

I wish I could say I'm into complex, avant-garde fragrances. But, while I appreciate the artistic merit and such behind those fragrances, I don't want to walk around smelling like a pretty fireplace or sweat/sunscreen/tropical flowers (Maison Margiela...) all day, every day. 

 

So, inoffensive, light florals and fruity-florals for me. Maybe with freesia (a common note in many fragrances I like). Many of us fragrance enthusiasts here are obsessed with Commodity, and Commodity Mimosa is one of the loveliest scents in my opinion. Other than that, I usually rotate between Byredo Inflorescence, Tocca Bianca, Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia, and Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey. 

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I love perfumes but I have a lot to learn when it comes to identifying notes. I'm a fan of woody and spicy fragrances; I love ouds and incense. Can't wait to learn new things and share what I do know with everyone!

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 OH yay! Love this thread! Thank you so much, @KatieBT!! Smiley Very Happy

 

 Fragrance is one thing that I absolutely love (and hoard). I have a feeling that all my travel sprays and full-size bottles can last through my 1-year-old's grandchildren. Oops.

 

 There's not one specific group of fragrance that I like-- it totally depends on what I feel like right then and there. Some of my favorites are Maison Francis Kurkdjian A la rose, Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey, Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge and Champaca Absolute, and Diptyque Eau Duelle. Totally suck at describing notes, but I'm trying to learn! Smiley Happy

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I am not a perfume person, but I have recently started wearing Commodity Gold and Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Aqua. Both get me compliments at hug-level, which is where I want my fragrance to be. I just tried a sample of Josh Rosebrook's Ethereal, which is soft but a little bit grownup. It might go on the wishlist. 

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@fairlywell

 

Hug-level, well put!  TF Neroli Portofino is what I wear always.  My young cousin once hugged me, then hugged me again even tighter.....and then commented "you smell sooo good".

 

"Hug-level" or "telling me State secrets in my ear" level, that is exactly where I like my perfume to be.

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