My Portrait in Perfume

Inspired by Undina, of course, with a nod to The Unseen Censer.  Thanks, ladies!  (Updated May 2014)

Perfumes I adore:

  • Mary Greenwell Plum
  • Parfums de Nicolai Le Temps d’une Fete
  • Parfums de Rosine Rose d’Ete
  • Parfums de Nicolai Vanille Tonka
  • Coty Emeraude (vintage only, parfum de toilette for preference)
  • Chanel No. 19 (I prefer vintage eau de toilette, but the modern eau de parfum is nice)
  • Amouage Memoir Woman
  • Guerlain Shalimar Light, the blue juice
  • Serge Lutens La Myrrhe
  • Chanel No. 5 vintage parfum
  • Teo Cabanel Alahine
  • Deneuve
  • Sonoma Scent Studio Tabac Aurea
  • Coty Chypre parfum (the vintage-vintage, not the 1980s rerelease)
  • L’Arte di Gucci eau de parfum
  • Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
  • DSH Oeillets Rouges
  • Frederic Malle Iris Poudre
  • Cuir de Lancome
  • Crown Perfumery Crown Bouquet
  • Tableau de Parfums Miriam
  • Vintage Balmain Jolie Madame, in parfum only
  • Soivohle Centennial

Perfumes I enjoy and wear:

  • Guerlain Chamade, in any concentration, vintage or modern, it’s all good
  • SSS Champagne de Bois
  • Chanel Bois des Iles
  • Ines de la Fressange, 1999 version by Calice Becker
  • Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles
  • Lanvin Arpege, vintage parfum
  • SSS Jour Ensoleille
  • DSH Rose Vert
  • Ferre 20
  • Amouage Lyric Woman
  • Hanae Mori Haute Couture
  • Moschino Funny!
  • Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune
  • DSH Susinon/1000 Lilies
  • Mariella Burani
  • Caron Parfum Sacre
  • Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur
  • By Kilian Sweet Redemption
  • Dior Dolce Vita
  • Donna Karan Gold eau de parfum
  • DSH La Fete Nouvelle
  • Juliet Has a Gun Citizen Queen
  • Givenchy Organza Indecence
  • Guerlain Apres l’Ondee
  • Hermes Kelly Caleche eau de parfum (the eau de toilette does not work for me, it is too vegetal and citric)

Perfumes that do not work for me (that’s nicer than saying Perfumes I Despise, right?):

  • Anything Estee Lauder, because there’s something in the base that makes me feel nauseated (the only exceptions so far being Pure White Linen Light Breeze, which doesn’t even have a base, and Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia).  Youth Dew comes in for my especial despisement.
  • Yves St. Laurent Opium
  • Chanel Coco
  • Guerlain Mitsouko – though I should probably say instead that Mitsy hates me.
  • traditional colognes bore me
  • fougeres are too much like men’s Y-front undies: fine for guys, not made for me
  • Guerlain Insolence eau de parfum, one of the three samples I did not either retain as a reference or pass on to someone else. No, that one went STRAIGHT out to the trashcan, and I didn’t even (intentionally) put it on my skin.  It shrieked me right out of humor.
  • SSS Vintage Rose
  • Etat Libre d’Orange Secretions Magnifiques (ohhhhhh, don’t get me started)

Perfumes I like smelling on The CEO:

  • Gres Cabaret
  • Hermes Eau de Merveilles
  • Jovan Sex Appeal (yes, really)

Perfumes I like smelling on other family members:

  • Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris on Gaze
  • Chanel Egoiste on Gaze
  • Christian Audigier Ed Hardy for Men on Taz
  • Calvin Klein Shock for Him on either son (huh, all of these are aromatic woody scents…)
  • Hanae Mori on Bookworm
  • Bath & Body Works Dark Kiss on Bookworm
  • Donna Karan Gold EdP on Bookworm
  • Prada Infusion d’Iris EdP on Bookworm
  • Chanel No. 5 on my mother
  • Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea on my mother
  • Old Spice on my father
  • Christian Dior Dune on my sister-in-law E



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