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Started by FleurDuMal on Mar 12, 2012 12:10:48 PM
Perfume! Perfume! Perfum!

We haven't had a perfume thread yet on NtT (as far as I'm aware). Discuss, recommend or slag off perfume here.

UnequalTwin - 12 Mar 2012 12:12:02 (#1 of 3315)

I love the perfume threads! I bought that book that was recommended on the last one. Wonderful.

helenskywalker - 12 Mar 2012 12:12:19 (#2 of 3315)

... and if anyone knows of an unsickly rose/citrus perfume I can use to supplement my gorgeous bespoke stuff, please do tell.

FleurDuMal - 12 Mar 2012 12:12:57 (#3 of 3315)

I've been wearing Chanel's Allure for ages now, and I'm getting a bit bored. I tend to like fairly aromatic stuff as a rule - patchouli, amber etc. Can anyone suggest anything?

jellytussle - 12 Mar 2012 12:14:03 (#4 of 3315)

Have you tried Willow Organics Helen? Their packaging is also lovely

HelenDamnation - 12 Mar 2012 21:49:38 (#5 of 3315)

If you're down in London ever, Fleur, do take a trip to Les Senteurs on Elizabeth St (near Sloane Square). And anyone else, too. HSW, they might be able to suggest something for you too.

The perfumes I currently have out and on the go (there are several more in the fridge) are:

Ormonde Woman (lovely, though the name makes me cringe. It gets 5* in the Perfumes A-Z book and I can see why. It's one that makes me feel very grown-up)

Philosykos (my most-days one, fig tree, lovely)

Terre de Bois (fresh and crisp, more masculine, good if you're feeling a bit under the weather and need perking up)

mulletmonitor - 12 Mar 2012 22:27:53 (#6 of 3315)

Fleur, if you like those warm amber based scents, try a few of the Serge Lutens range - many of them have a very warm base to them.

feckless - 12 Mar 2012 23:01:25 (#7 of 3315)

Les Senteurs will also send you sample vials for a modest consideration, Fleur, I think they're £5 each.

I'm currently loving Tauer's Incense rosé, about which his website says:


Bergamot, clementine and cardamon, join in a wild rose chord.


A dark incense with orris root and elegant castor.


Texan cedar wood, vetiver and balsamic, dark notes of myrrh and patchouli.

... if that appeals at all, Fleur. Alas, I've almost used up my sample though, and the actual bottle costs £90 - ow!

Turkish - 12 Mar 2012 23:39:13 (#8 of 3315)

Can I suggest Tabac?

HelenDamnation - 13 Mar 2012 07:34:48 (#9 of 3315)

Who's that by, Turkish? I know Tabac Blond (Caron I think) which is one of those ones which smells absolutely fantastic on me after about 12 hours, but is much too harsh when I first use it for me to put in the hours.

HelenDamnation - 13 Mar 2012 07:36:34 (#10 of 3315)

And can I recommend the excellent site to all of you, if you don't know it already? It's a sort of TripAdvisor for perfumes, but also, very helpfully, you can search by basenote and that sort of thing.

turbodante - 13 Mar 2012 11:07:14 (#11 of 3315)

Hmmm, was hoping to use that site to find a suitable alternative for a cheaper version of a perfume MrsDante likes.

I'm resigned to the fact that there are too many variables on the top, middle and bass notes. Not to say, there's the individual's taste factor.

foxybrown - 13 Mar 2012 11:23:16 (#12 of 3315)

My dad use to use Tabac, it's up there with Hai Karate and Brut for 70s manliness

Luce28 - 13 Mar 2012 11:30:46 (#13 of 3315)

Turbodante, what's the perfume that MrsDante likes? I could ask on Twitter for similar ones, I'm followed by a lot of perfumistas.

turbodante - 13 Mar 2012 11:35:40 (#14 of 3315)

I'll be intrigued to see what you find out, it's called Eau de Merveilles by Heremes.

helenskywalker - 13 Mar 2012 11:36:44 (#15 of 3315)

Oh, that's a good site. Based on that I'm going to visit either Liberty or Les Senteurs and try some Un Zest de Rose.

RoseRed - 13 Mar 2012 11:37:13 (#16 of 3315)

Helen, you might like Andy Tauer's Rose Chypree which I am wearing today (from a little sample vial from Les Scenteurs). Parfums Rosine do some good rose-based perfumes - Un Zeste de Rose is very citrussy - too much for my taste. Ecume de Rose is a fabulous sea-misty rose, and Zephir de Rose is also good.

fishslice - 13 Mar 2012 12:05:15 (#17 of 3315)

Ormonde Woman

I *love* this. Ormonde Man is awesome as well and based on similar notes (they both have a strong sense of fresh, green forest which I like a lot). Shop on Old Bond St. well worth popping into if you are passing plus they do sampler sets.

My other top recommendation is Timbuktu (L'Artisan Parfumeur) which is a great masculine and suits a certain type of woman (gorgeous, confidfent and intelligent!) very well. It smells of West African spices combined with the smell you get when you open an old wooden drawer made of actual wood and not MDF. Well worth a try and a classic buy it for your chap and then steal it when he's not looking perfume.

I instantly fall in love with any woman wearing this, which, admittedly, is something of a double edged sword.

And at the risk of over sharing and creating the false impression of being a sort of unreconstructed Beau Brummel type, I also confess to wearing a number of nominally feminine perfumes. Specifically Jicky (it's the perfume Mr Darcy and Elisabeth Bennett could both wear) and Dzing! (it smells like old book shops on Charring Cross Road and is therefore utterly brilliant).

I am also a complete Guerlain Fanboy (Jicky, Vol de Nuit, Shalamar, Mitsuoko, Habit Rouge, L'Heure Blue, etc. etc.), a situation I blame on a former French girlfriend. I own at least a decant of pretty much all of them a fact my sister has entered into her large "When is Fishy going to come out?" mental dossier but which my current gf assures me is actually an attractive thing in a man.

Sorry I am a perfume bore.

HelenDamnation - 13 Mar 2012 12:08:20 (#18 of 3315)

Come to my arms, fishslice! I love most of the older Guerlain ones (you didn't mention Apres l'Ondee....) before the Guerlinade got too much.

There's a particular note, mostly in men's perfumes, that makes me melt completely. I think it is balsam (as in the balsalm poplar). It smells somehow of delicious clean human being.

RoseRed - 13 Mar 2012 12:10:47 (#19 of 3315)

Jicky is fabulous. I haven't tried Dzing! I might have to try to get hold of some.

Luce28 - 13 Mar 2012 12:11:46 (#20 of 3315)

Turbo> Someone has suggested Eau de Cartier as a potential dupe for the Hermes - it's a difficult one to match, apparently!

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