A fragrance that smells like soap and flowers…

I think I may have gotten a little snarky over on Now Smell This recently, where the topic of discussion was Jennifer Aniston’s new perfume, Lolavie.    (Edit: the name “Lolavie” was axed after Marc Jacobs’ PR people threatened to sue Aniston if she didn’t change the name to something less like MJ’s Lola.  I don’t think anybody would have mixed up the two: Lola is a big sweet floral mess in a tacky bottle, IMO.  Lolavie was renamed “Jennifer Aniston” just before its release.)  A number of regular commenters opined that although it doesn’t sound like a fruity or sugary scent, it sounded suspiciously like a non-perfume perfume: “clean but sexy” and “floral but not flowery” sure seems an awful lot like Overpriced Nothing in a Bottle to some of us.  A commenter who’s relatively new to the blog – and hooray for that, I say!  It’s wonderful when new people show up and have a different opinion – commented that clean, floral-soap scents smell terrific to her, and that even if she bathes with scented soap, that light clean fragrance doesn’t last all day, and she’d like her perfume to smell clean and flowery for several hours, thank you. 

I said something like, Yes, that’s a very pleasant effect, but there are tons of things out there already that do that.  She commented that there isn’t a single fragrance genre that isn’t overrepresented, and she’s glad to see a nice, clean, inoffensive scent coming from Ms. Aniston.  She’s probably right on the plethora of everything currently on the market… except there can’t be too many fresh green florals for my taste (go see my ginormous post on green florals if you’re unconvinced).  So I apologize for intimating that we don’t need yet another Clean Floral, and I do hope rbrown (her user name at NST) sticks around and joins the fumeheads in commenting – and of course, she’s very welcome here!  It’s not often that we all agree on something anyway; quite a number of perfumista faves I just hate (Opium, Bandit, Poison, and Aromatics Elixir come to mind), and I’m unrepentant.  You Like What You Like, Period.

So it got me to thinking, how many of us do enjoy scents that smell like you’ve washed with a lovely floral soap?  I admit, there are a few I like, although it’s not a genre I’d call a favorite, and I have to be in the mood for “floral soap” or it just annoys me.  And my mother, She of No. 5, also likes that effect – just about every scent she’s ever worn has had either a soapy or powdery facet (sometimes both!), so that “floral soap” says, definitively, MOM to me.   Mind you, I’m  not “above” smelling like soap and flowers.  Sometimes you just want to smell like you have recently had a shower; there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  It’s very pleasant.

I’m putting up a poll: do you like “floral soap” scents or not? 

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If you do like floral soap scents, I’d love to know which are your favorites.  Here are some fragrances that smell like floral soap to me:

Chanel No. 5  Far more complex than “floral soap,” of course, but it does have elements (the aldehydes, the musks) that remind me of soap. 

Cacharel Anais Anais  Mom wore this one, too, after her old bottle of No. 5 edc ran low.  Sharper and more herbal than No. 5, it nonetheless conjures up a tubful of bubbles for me. 

Coty L’Effleur In the “smells like you just bathed with a nice French soap” category, we have a winner.  This scent created in the early 90’s and discontinued some years ago, is in my opinion an absolute dead ringer for a lovely hard-milled French soap scented with flowers.  Mom wore this for several years, and what she liked about it was precisely that it smelled like good soap. 

 Alfred Sung Shi  Mom recently bought this for my sister, who normally wears Coco Mlle (and who once wore Dune).  My sister liked its clean smell.  When I commented that I thought it smelled like water (I wasn’t being complimentary), A. said, “Oh, yes!  Isn’t that nice? It’s not heavy at all, it’ll be nice for summer.”  I shut up then.

Annick Goutal Eau du Ciel  Recently I discovered this little-known fragrance (my thanks to Abigail at I Smell Therefore I Am), and it smells to me like nothing so much as line-dried bed linens.  This is a smell I absolutely adore.  Nothing smells so downright clean and effortlessly wonderful as sheets dried on the line outdoors, especially if hay is being made nearby as it frequently is on our farm.  Sheets dried on the clothesline smell like grass, flowers, fresh air, and sunshine – even if you pack them away in the linen closet for awhile.  Notes on this fragrance: sweet grasses, hay, linden, violet leaves, rosewood, iris.  It’s not exactly Floral Soap, but it does have the Clean +  Flowers feeling.

Vintage Lauren by Ralph Lauren.  (Don’t bother with the currently-available-at-retail, it’s a bottleful of nothingness.)  This scent, in its ruby-colored cube bottle, brings back a lot of memories of college for me, as it was a scent worn by a friend.  Notes include: green notes, rose, violet, and oakmoss, and the effect is exactly that of floral-herbal soap.  Lovely.  I bought a partially-used bottle on ebay for less than $10, and the scent is worth far more than that.

Ivoire de Balmain.  I hesitate about including this one, because it’s such a shape-shifter.  Starts out with a galbanum blast (not exactly a “floral soap” element) and then moves into a beautiful soap smell.  Pretty soon the moss comes to join the soap, and this stage is a bit iffy on me – it only seems to work if the weather’s humid and warm.  Eventually, the drydown gets rich and honeyed – back to the floral soap, but with some amber and woods too.  The “soap” is dead on, but there’s so much else going on in there that I’m not sure this one really belongs.

(Edit alert!  I remembered a couple more soapies.)

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist   A heckuva lotta people love this one; it’s a perennial seller, but it’s my personal definition of boooooooring.  It’s the epitome of just-out-of-the-bubble-bath, where you poured in a ton of Ivory body wash (which, I admit, I really like, especially Fresh Snow, which I can’t find anymore, sad sad face) and then after drying off, smoothed six layers of really rich body lotion on and spent three hours rubbing it in.  Ivory body wash + creamy lotion.  I mean, nice, but… gosh. Dull.

Cacharel Noa  I once owned a mini bottle of this, which I kept wearing to work before I realized that it might possibly be the reason I kept getting sleepy halfway through the morning.  The list of notes is extraordinarily long for a fragrance that smells like a post-bath nap, and I never got the cilantro or coffee that P:TG raved about.  TS rhapsodizes in her review that although Noa is quiet, it always seems to have something new to say.  To me, it was as if the “something new” was simply the next name in the phone book.

(Subsequent edit, April 4, 2011: ran across another soapy fragrance.)

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea   Ran across this in an airport Duty Free shop, spritzed it on a whim, and immediately decided I was getting my mother a miniature bottle.  It’s an orange-blossom soapy thing, quite pleasant.  I’m not the only one finding it soapy, either – I’ve seen at least four blog reviews saying the same thing. 

Here are a few more that have been recommended by various people as smelling like Floral Soap (I haven’t smelled them myself, and can’t comment on how closely they resemble soap):

Floris Seringa

Lacoste Pour Femme

Dolce & Gabbana original for women

Philosophy Pure Grace

Bvlgari Petits et Mamans

ByRedo Blanche

What do you say?

Image is Lovely green soap and dish from sunshinesyrie at flickr.com.

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31 thoughts on “A fragrance that smells like soap and flowers…”

  1. I think floral soap scents can be tricky, in that they can tip over into soapy soap scents, and then they lose me.

    Byredo Blanche is such a one – it has more in common with detergent than perfume to my nose, and I am afraid L’Artisan’s L’Ete en Douce comes close. I say “afraid” because I own a bottle. Kicking myself for not buying “The pour Un Ete” instead.

    Eau de Ciel is sadly too soapy for me, as is Anais Anais, ditto Ivoire, not that is on the list, and that has added leather, which is a bizarre combo.

    SJP Lovely gets it about right, and there are others but for the life of me I cannot think of a single one! Lots of musky scents, but no delicate soap ones.

    Lacoste pour Femme is more strong vanilla than soap to me and Seringa is more piquant carnation, which may distract me from underlying soap. I do find it fascinating how we all have different takes on this. Vintage Lauren is green and violetty with curious opening notes of pineapple and some other fruit I have forgotten now. Not overly soapy either on me.

    Related to soapy notes are shampoo-y ones – may I put forward Gucci Envy and Magnolia Nobile as candidates here?

  2. Well, I did say this was an iffy subject for me…

    I often get “soap” out of carnation scents – and by “soap” in that case I mean the detergent that didn’t get washed off your wineglass. Bleah. It’s such a shame, because I absolutely adore carnations, and nobody does them quite right. (Exception DSH Perfumes – I really want Oeillets Rouges.)

    You may suggest Envy, but I’m not recommending it. 🙂 I thought it was hideously metallic and unfriendly. Of course, someone else might interpret it differently; it certainly does sell, so maybe it’s just my nose.

    Lovely is allllll patchouli on me, but patch can overwhelm me very easily. La Chasse aux Papillons was toilet cleaner, after fifteen minutes of gorgeous. I have rarely been so disappointed.

    Lauren’s green violet for you? I do get a lot of florals out of it, and a lot of moss – but it’s quite soapy as well.

  3. I have come across only two of the scents you mention: Blanche and n°5.

    Some examples of high end clean, for me are:
    Chanel Beige (clean and floral, Lolavie’s relative?), Bois des Iles and to some extent Cuir de russie (My experience is with the current edt, and all these have a light and sopay quality IMO: don’t ask me if I like them, I dunno!!! Some days I do, some I don’t).
    SMN Acqua di melograno is clean, and a clean smell I love, though I wear the scented body products (I have never actually sprayed the edt on skin, I know the scent very well).

    To be honest, for me clean scents lie in the same cathegory of citrus colognes: they might or not be okay (citrus colognes are more okay than clean stuff, btw), but they just fail to excite me. I sometimes wear samples of these kind of scents to bed, but I prefer other fragrant stuff for a good sleep (not proper perfume) .

    P.S.The only cologne-like perfume I own is l’AP thé pour une été; I keep it for sentimental reasons, but I have worn it twice in two years…

    P.P.S. Sorry for this super long comment!!!After all it looks like I do get excited about talking clean, doesn’t it?

    1. “Talking clean”! That’s funny…

      I don’t care much for cologne either, or for citrus (which I suppose is why I don’t really like cologne). I recently bought a bottle of Le Prince Jardinier Labyrinthe Libertin, which is a unisex herbal green thing that has the feeling of cologne – cool, light, herbal, fresh, uncomplicated – without the citrus thing that sets my teeth on edge, and I like it very much.

      I’m not familiar with the SMN Melograno. Actually, I haven’t smelled any SMN at all.

      I think “clean and soapy” is one of those ideas that people either *really* enjoy or simply tolerate. No one seems to actively hate it, but there are a lot of people, myself included, that don’t seek it out. My mom is one of the people that like that sort of thing, though, and it occurs to me that smelling soapy pulls up thoughts of her. Not that that’s bad, but I’m not wearing “soapy” on Date Night, if you get my drift.

  4. Oh, No. 5. Soap that bubbles around in and just won’t leave my nose. Haunt me. Hate me. Let me go! (I do go back, 2-3x a year, just to see if I get a fresh angle on it. That’ll happen occasionally…it just happened with Tuberose Criminelle, and once with Kingdom. Once in a blue moon, something will reveal a new stripe. The question is, how many times am I willing to lash myself for the very small chance I’ll see something different?

    No 5 makes me mad. So, given its iconic status, I’ll keep going back. But not much.

    Soap, soap, soap. Of course, soap is made to smell like something, too…that floral waft is a decided improvement over Eau de Beef Tallow and Lieu de Lye. I guess. Since I was born in a time when I didn’t have to deal with potentially off-putting elements being obvious in soap (mmm, ash…), certain floral smells (anybody remember Lux? it was in Nana’s cabinet) scream soap to me. As certain “white musks” scream detergent…like Byredo Blanche.

    I’m willing to accept a fair amount of my reaction is, therefore, cultural context. But I’ll generally steer clear of soliflores in perfume, and then only like certain of those as a soap scent, and then only when I’m in the mood.

    Hmm…did I clarify my poll answer? Or ramble? or…both??? 😉

    1. SS, I suppose you could call it a rambling clarification, but I found it helpful.

      Ah, No. 5. Did I ever send you a sample of The Stunning Vintage Bottle? I can’t remember. Of course, post-TSVB, having gotten past the It Smells Like My Mother issue, I like No. 5 anyway. But, then, I like aldehydes in general. (I have decided not to revisit Mitsy. I think I GET IT, but I still don’t LIKE IT.)

      Detergent is an entirely different thing from floral soap, isn’t it? La Chasse aux Papillons and MAC Naked Honey nearly killed me, and that is cultural context for sure. (Lux was soap, right? I tend to avoid anything that reminds me of Jergens lotion…)

      Re: homemade soap – when my grandmother died a few years ago, she’d been living in her separate apartment in my parents’ finished basement for nearly 38 years. Mom is still cleaning out the downstairs because my gran was a Black Belt Pack Rat. Her most startling discovery was a 40 GALLON CERAMIC CROCK of homemade soap that my great-grandmother had made, and which my grandmother had stored in the back of her kitchen closet. My great-grandmother had died in 1961, mind you, so that homemade soap (lye and pork fat, I understand) smelled… well, it smelled like lye and pork fat.

      Eek. Seriously, the thing was three feet tall and full of this amazingly noxious substance, which fortunately for me smelled nothing like the soap I use.

      1. O.M.G. Seriously? 40 gallons of rancid soap? Wowza. That’s…potent. And no, nothing like the soaps we use. Thank goodness.

        Which goes back to what I wuz saying…guilt by association. Some of those floral soaps–yes, Lux was one–smell “like soap” to me because that smell was my introduction to soap. Camay, too, I think? Anyway, no wonder I thought Irish Spring was all that and some frosting; it was like an ozonic or marine note tossed in the middle of a bunch of bottles of Joy.

        And yup, detergent is something else all together, but again, humanly engineered to have that smell. What’s that you say? Mac Naked Honey nearly did you in? I consider that fair warning, as I have joined in chasing the papillons, and did not enjoy the experience. Too…too…too too much. In a way that maybe I could appreciate on someone else, but not on me. Makes me feel like it is chasing me, actually.

  5. Sorry – by putting forward Gucci Envy, I didn’t mean to suggest I liked it. I believe shampoo notes are best carried off by shampoos as a rule! That said, I am still undecided on Magnolia Nobile. If it wasn’t niche I might not be so patient with it – I loved it at the start, but the shampoo note is becoming more and more apparent with each wearing.

    1. Oh, I hated that soapy effect in Gucci Envy. Soapy is not sexy to me. I was especially disappointed that Jennifer Aniston talked about the influences of Miss Dior and (I think) Caleche in the press release, but then was all, “Just kidding! It’s actually going to be boring and insipid, much like my public image!” I just don’t understand how she got so damn uninteresting. She was great in Office Space!

      1. Ari, I didn’t even get soapy out of Envy! I got metal, I got gin, I got synthetic Barbie chemicals… but no soap. Soap would have been preferable.

        I’m not a huge fan of Jen’s, despite having regularly watched the first three or four years of Friends, so I really have no opinion on her public image. In truth, I have very little opinion on anybody’s public image, except maybe Tiger Woods’. Or Ndomukong Suh’s (he sounds like a terrific person). Or, okay, Kathleen Battle’s. I have an opinion on hers: I’m dismayed.

        But like you, I was disappointed to hear JA call Miss Dior, Caleche, and Anais Anais “outdated” and “too heavy, inappropriate today.” Old-fashioned does not mean inappropriate, IMO – and I don’t even like those three.

    2. FS, on Envy… whew. I was surprised at how *much* I hated it. It wasn’t one of those incidents where I try something, decide it isn’t me, and just give the sample away. No, my reaction was very personal; I was affronted. How DARE this green floral be nasty!

      I haven’t worn anything yet that reminded me of shampoo, although that may arise someday. I think I’m perhaps more patient with “nice French soap scented with flowers” than I would be with “shampoo,” “detergent,” or “industrial soap.”

  6. Hmmm. The soapy phase of Balmain Ivoire is the only really soapy fragrance that I really like. In other fragrances, the presence of sandalwood makes me much more tolerant of soap, but the soap is something to tolerate, not a bonus.

    1. Ivoire is really something, isn’t it? I’m never sure how to classify it in my mind because it morphs so much. I do think it’s wonderful, but I struggled a lot with that soap/moss dichotomy before I learned to just expect an hour of weirdness in the middle. That is, I still think it’s freaky that you get BOTH soap and moss – at the same time – but I’ll suffer through it to get to that beautimous drydown.

  7. I know this is off the beaten track (and discontinued) but Barbara Bui “Le Parfum” has a wonderful soapy smell to me– I agree with you Mals, that soap is all about carnation (and sometimes cilantro, maybe?).

    When I put on BBLP, I always have the same image of myself as some kind of grande hostess, fresh and ready for the party. (As it wears, it becomes less soapy and slightly spicy– just like any successful party …)

    1. Oh, heck, R – I think half the things I wear are d’ctd. * Which does bad things for my checking account, to be honest. I think, “When will I get the chance to pick this up again? It’s discontinued! Better stock up!” So I hoard, which is terrible given my family history (see above for the 40-gallon crock of homemade soap story).

      I remember being very bored by BBLP. It didn’t smell much like soap to me, just woods and vanilla and musk. (No incense – maybe that was the problem?) I didn’t like Sonia Rykiel For Women Not For Men! either, once the fun part that smells like dates was gone. I know, I know, call me a philistine.

      You’re right about parties getting spicier.

      *Oooh, a post idea, whee! I’ll credit you. Kid you not, probably fully half of the bottles I own are no longer available at retail. I’monna go check my geeky Excel file and see…

  8. Well, I was the one who set rbrown off with my comment about taking a shower to get that “clean” smell that doesn’t stick around, which is what I took “non-perfume” to mean. I hope she does stick around and doesn’t take my additional comments about soap making personally. Handmade soaps are an obsession of mine. Real soap that contains all its glycerin, not the detergent bars available at the grocery store from which the glycerin has been stripped for sale in industrial and military applications, or, sold back to us in the form of lotions or shaving cream at a higher price. Again, my own issue.
    I do think there is a generic “soapy” scent that comes from aldehydes, ambergris, and other ingredients that are used to fragrance soap so we interpret of them as soapy. I think that is where we got our wires crossed – she was talking about scented soaps and I was talking about soap and water clean. To me, smelling “clean” is the absence of fragrance – everything has been washed away. She was talking about extending the fragrance of a scented soap with perfume, which is completely different. Most “clean” smells are a combo of white musks and lily of the valley, which is why so many muguets smell like household products that combo is heavily used to scent things like Tide. At any rate, I feel really bad about it and appreciate the way you handled it. I wish I could get in touch with her because I happen to have a few FB of “clean” fragrances, including the original Clean, which could use a new home. If rbrown contacts you or is reading this, my apologies and contact me at julia941 on mua and at yahoo dot com.
    I think the soapiest fragrance I have ever smelled is Fleurs de Bulgarie by Creed. It is an ambergris fest (supposedly they still use real ambergris – “beach collected” or something). I interpret ambergris as soapy because so many soaps are scented with it. Aldehydes sometimes read as “soapy” to me, but usually they are chokey bright things that tickle my throat and have the power to induce nausea and migraines. I guess I should say “aldehydic florals,” particulary No.5 and Joy edp, because there are many different aldehydes and I guess most perfumes contain some amount of them.
    I don’t want to stir up trouble again – I really came over here to tell you that I scored a bottle of Shalimar Eau Legere based on your recommendation. This morning is my first test with nothing else on to interfere. So far, so lemony. I can smell a little vanilla under there, but I’m not getting any of the smokiness or animalic notes of the original. I guess it is also less “powdery” which was probably the idea when they decided to re-tool it for a younger audience. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if someone decided to re-launch a vintage fragrance like Shalimar with a different name and a fresh, young ad campaign. XO – J

    1. Hi, Julia! I do hope rbrown comes back to comment on NST – she had some interesting things to say. I’m still not all *that* interested in smelling like I just hopped out of the shower, but that might be because I spent so many years unscented, or because my mother was so fond of soapy-clean smells.

      I have yet to smell Fleurs de Bulgarie. But I don’t mind aldehydes, in fact, which seem to smell to me like soap, wax, glacier ice, champagne bubbles, and bright lights all at once.

      Shalimar Light – I’m guessing you’ve got the blue liquid, because the pale yellow is extremely rare these days. I have actually smelled both, and the first one (pale yellow) is much closer to Shalimar. The topnotes are nicer, the jasmine is prettier, the base is dirtier compared to the second one. So if you’re a big Shalimar fan (I think you are, right?), SL blue might be too dumbed-down for you. Whereas Shalimar is huuuuuuge and scary on me, never settles down on my skin, and a drop lasts about fourteen hours and smells mostly like tar+vanilla. What I love about SL is that creamy benzoin base.
      Oh, here’s my comparison of the two versions of Shalimar Eau Legere/ Shalimar Light if you want to read in (excruciating) detail: http://museinwoodenshoes.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/perfume-reviews-guerlain-shalimar-lighteau-legere-or-the-story-i-really-wanted-to-tell-you/

      1. Hi Mals –

        Sorry it took so long to get back. Yes, I do love Shalimar with all my heart. It is my HGP and I (coincidentally) live on Shalimar Drive. I adore it in all concentrations and vintages, but I I love the extrait in the rosebud bottles best. I think I’m like you in that many of my favourites are vintage and those are easy to date, esp. w/the tax stamps. It ages beautifully in the bottle and it is just heavenly on the skin.

        I’m pretty sure I have the “original” remake of Shalimar. The juice is yellow and the bottle seems to have some sort of blue tint to it. It reads “Shalimar” with “Eau Legere Parfumee” below it, and “Light Fragrance” under that. The bottom of the bottle informs me that it is an EdT and it is copyright 2000. It is not the one in the clear bottle with blue liquid that looks like Aqua Velva. That one seems like a travesty to me so I haven’t even sought out a sample of it to sniff. I’ve only tested it a couple of times and I find the eau legere to be very bright and lemony in the top, which I expected, and then it dries down to an almost chocolatey vanilla on me. Chocolovers actually came to mind when I caught a surprise whiff of it. I haven’t tested it wrist to wrist against original recipe Shalimar (which one?) but they seem closely related yet not at all alike to me. My first impression is that it goes through the same changes in the same way but with totally different notes. I really love the smoky,leathery vanilla tar of the old one and I’ve never found it overwhelming. However, I don’t get ANY of the smoky, rubber, asphalt road smell that is supposed to be in Bvulgari Black so my skin must absorb it on contact or something.

        BTW, thanks for the great blog! We talked about Carnal Flower a while back – I think my tuberose phase was starting to wane just as you were gearing up to start testing it. I fell in love with the rose and have been sampling (and buying) extensively these days. I never got around to trying Lutens’ and now I can’t because all I think about is “rotting chicken carcass of death.” I had a little of that going on in my own fridge and imagining tuberose with it is too much.
        😉

        -J

      2. Julia – AHA! I suppose that’s why the SEL isn’t doing it for you, the original is too special. I did really like the jasmine in SEL, though I’m not a huge jasmine fan.

        BBlack is only vaguely smoky on me – it’s lapsang souchong tea and vanilla and new-bicycle tire, not asphalty the way Shalimar is.

        Thanks for visiting the blog – it’s so much fun to write! I’m enjoying it.

        Roses and tuberose… love ’em. (Rotting chicken, not so much.)

    2. Oh, hey – I dug around in my bewildering array of samples and found one of Fleurs de Bulgarie. (I don’t know where it came from – I could have sworn that at some point I ordered a Fleur de THE’ ROSE de Bulgarie at TPC, and this is def. a TPC sample. Did *I* screw up my order, or did *they*? Or did this come as a swap extra?? I’m so confused.)

      You’re right – it’s SOAP SOAP SOAP. One of those creamy scented ones like Camay or something. Gaze (my 11-yo son) said, “That smells like the soap in the guest bathroom at Aunt Ellen’s house. It smells… beige. It smells like the color beige would smell. It’s not bad, it’s just sort of dull.” And he’s right, too: Beige. Soap. Not my thing. Seriously, though, my mother would probably LOVE it.

  9. Hi everyone. There was a perfume around in the 1980’s that smelled like Prell shampoo. Can anyone tell me that brand? I would like to know. Thank you. God Bless.

    1. Hi, Shirley! I remember Prell, but I don’t remember a perfume that smelled like it… but I was a teen in the 80s, and I didn’t smell a great variety of things then.

      Maybe Cacharel Anais Anais? I seem to recall it as being sort of herbal, like Prell, and that was definitely 1980s.

  10. Thank you for the reply, but the scent that you recommended is quite expensive. I’m sure it smells wonderful, though. Actually alot of the recommended ones above are really pricey. One was $300.00 for a small bottle.

    Anyway, thank you for responding. I ordered a scented oil from McGills Oil Perfumes, or something like that and the ones I purchased were Ivory soap scent and Coast soap scent. They were only $5.00 each, not including shipping. I tried the Clean one and that’s not bad, it does smell like shampoo, but there is a strange tack to it that I can’t recognize. I haven’t gotten the oils yet. Alot of perfumes are in the neighborhood of $45.00. I purchase Wen shampoo for my hair and really shouldn’t be purchasing expensive perfume. Oh well, just a whim, I guess. Have a wonderful day, my friend and God bless.

    1. Hm. Anais Anais is available at my Wal-Mart at about $8 for a 1/4 oz eau de toilette. That’s for a *small* bottle, but the larger ones are going to run about $45 or so if you order them online.

      Sorry that didn’t work out for you. (And yes, some of the things suggested as smelling like soap are way too expensive for what you expect! That ByRedo Blanche is ridiculous.)

      Perhaps you could check ebay? I often find things inexpensively this way. Good luck!

      1. Two more suggestions: a friend of mine suggested Eden (also by Cacharel, and presumably at the same price points, though I don’t see it at the drugstore like I do Anais Anais) as your possible Prell smell-alike. My guess is that this isn’t the one you’re thinking of, because it was released in 1994, but if the smell approximates your shampoo, it might be worth seeking out a tester.

        And I thought of Kenzo Parfum d’Ete too, which I’ve seen miniature bottles of on ebay for about $15. I mean the one in the green and white packaging, in the simple leaf bottle, not the older one in blue-and-yellow packaging, in the frosted veined leaf bottle (I own thae older one, and I love it, but it’s more lily of the valley than green and herbal). Here’s a link to the bottle I mean: http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Kenzo/Kenzo-Parfum-D-Ete-80.html This version was released in about 2005.

        Oh! Another thought: Prescriptives Calyx! Green notes and mango, released in the mid-80’s. Or Revlon Charlie! – a 1970s green floral which doesn’t smell much like its old self these days.

        If you would like to pursue testing samples without buying bottles of perfume, I can recommend http://www.theperfumedcourt.com or http://www.theposhpeasant.com for samples. They usually run about $3-4 each, plus shipping at about $6-7 per order. Which is ridiculous per ml, but I don’t live in a populous area with lots of stores where I can just waltz in and ask to smell X, Y, and Z. Sometimes you can find manufacturer’s samples for sale on ebay, too.

        Hope that’s helpful. And if not – well, you can enjoy your oils, right? and your nice shampoo. Scents in all variations can give us so much pleasure.

  11. Hello, my friend,

    I checked out the Eden one on Amazon, but right now a little bit too high. I do believe that the one I’m looking for could be the one in 1994. I tried the oil that’s supposed to smell like Ivory and Coast soap and boy, YUK! The only good thing was that they were only 4.95 each. I used to use Charlie in the 1970’s and right now I would think of it as “old lady” scent. I’m gonna try your other suggestions. My husband told me you have to go to a store and sample them instead of trying “scent unseen.” Thank you so much for answering me. It’s nice to know that there are nice people out there.

  12. I have just been to the Perfumed Court. Wow! I would have never known about that site. Thank you. I ordered two samples. What a good idea. The samples are in different sizes and you can choose which one you want by weight and price. This way, you don’t have to buy a whole bottle of something huge and expensive only to find out you don’t like it. Thank you so much!

    1. Yay! The Perfumed Court is an excellent reference… (one of these days I’m going to just bite the bullet and order a teeny sample of vintage Coty Chypre. Just to see what the world has lost…)

      I hope you find something that suits you – and if not, I really hope you have fun playing with your samples! I love samples.

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