To think people who wear intrusive perfume are unreasonable?

(214 Posts)
MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Thu 07-Mar-13 18:27:05

I'm not talking a discreet dab, but people whose perfume I can smell even when they've left the room.

And if we're eating it spoils my sense of taste.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 07-Mar-13 18:30:41

If you mean people that marinate themselves in perfume/aftershave then YANBU.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Thu 07-Mar-13 18:32:19

Yes exactly that Pobble.

Stop attacking my nasal passages (certain) people.

RevoltingPeasant Thu 07-Mar-13 18:33:18

God, yes. I sometimes get motion sickness on the morning commute and there used to be one guy who'd get on the same carriage as me a couple of stops after, and I had to move away from him regularly due to his noxious, foul manfume.

Bizarrely, there is a certain point in our local swimming pool where it reeks of aftershave. I am still trying to work out if the culprit is a) a Lynx-drenched lifeguard, b) the swim team's coach who spends the time sweating at his athletes from the side, or c) some gnarly old man in the slow lane wearing Old Spice and speedos.


Anyone who wears hideous rat piss Thierry Mugler Angel should have to wear a big bell round their neck so that I can cross the street when I see/hear them coming.

YANBU. I feel like asking them what it is so I can never buy it. It's really anti social.

Giorgo Beverly Hills makes me want to vomit.

EmmaBemma Thu 07-Mar-13 18:35:53

I think some women just wear it so much that they get used to the smell and they don't notice it any more - so they think they haven't got enough on and keep reapplying.

Nagoo Thu 07-Mar-13 18:36:46


Mil did tone it down a bit when my babies hated her <cough> smile

YANBU, my pet hate is nurses who spray themselves after having a fag.
When I was on nights I always felt queasy in the wee small hours and God knows how it would make a nauseous patient feel?

Devora Thu 07-Mar-13 18:37:53

YANBU. It should be criminalised.

FellNel Thu 07-Mar-13 18:38:51


1944girl Thu 07-Mar-13 18:40:41

I used to work with someone who would come in every morning after drenching herself i a certain upmarket perfume, it smelt like cat's pee.

FeeFoo Thu 07-Mar-13 18:43:32

YANBU. My Mum used to wear 'Poison' to me it was exactly that! Strong perfume, doused on is a real no no, in my book.

insancerre Thu 07-Mar-13 18:46:49

I am prone to migraines triggered by strong smells and I find a lot of perfumes really offensive. Bleach does the same thng funnily enough
I really hate it when people spray themselves in the loo at work- I think it is to cover up the smell of smoking but it makes me want to heave.

lalabaloo Thu 07-Mar-13 18:46:51

And don't cuddle my baby wearing strong or any! perfume! He doesn't smell like me and I get all sorts of weird primal instincts going on!

Fanjounchained Thu 07-Mar-13 18:47:05

Bunny you beat me to it. I was just about to mention Angel...though they don't need the bell as I can normally smell it from about 5 miles away. Girl I used to work with bathed in this stuff every morning. She was lovely but I could barely speak to her because of the stink of that stuff.

Sometimes Sparkling Cat comes home smelling of perfume. angry

StuffezLaBouche Thu 07-Mar-13 18:48:38

God Yanbu!
There's this one perfume that to me smells of faggy, pissy, dirty, unwashed clothes. I don't know what it can be but whenever I get a gust of it coming me way I feel ill.

tallulah Thu 07-Mar-13 18:49:28

YANBU. There is a certain perfume favoured by older ladies, with a sort of powdery smell, that is foul. I wish I knew what it was.

Pollydon Thu 07-Mar-13 18:49:45

Thierry Mugler Angel can be smelt ( and bring on a migraine ) at 20 feet , and someone at work likes to drench themselves in it, ffs !!

Uppermid Thu 07-Mar-13 18:50:47

Bunny, I thought of that as soon as I saw the thread title!

I have to admit, I used to wear it (only a tiny amount) as in small doses its lovely, trouble is, most women who wear it seem to bathe themselves in gallons of the stuff!

Anyone remember LouLou? That was a bit like that too (am also guilty of wearing that one in my youth!)

RevoltingPeasant Thu 07-Mar-13 18:51:15

Sparkling - have you checked his collar for lipstick? wink

Uppermid Thu 07-Mar-13 18:51:25

I see its unanimous re angel then!!

Strong perfume sets of my morning sickness. Send them my way, they'll soon learn. grin

GirlWiththeLionHeart Thu 07-Mar-13 18:52:28

Yanbu. When ds was 1 day old a midwife came on to check him over and her perfume nearly knocked me over! Then she picked ds up sad

Melfish Thu 07-Mar-13 18:52:50

YANBU, have had to endure being sat next to women on the last 2 mornings wearing the most insiduous perfumes. The one on Weds I was tempted to ask what it was as it was one of those that really irritate your nose and I'm afraid it triggered a sneezing fit! Fortunately the vomit worthy whiff of Angel hasn't been on the train (yet).
Isn't perfume just meant to be for the wearer and whoever they snuggle up to, not the entire carriage on the 8.20 to waterloo?

rcs19 Thu 07-Mar-13 18:54:02

I agree with lalabaloo, my pil slather themselves in perfume/ aftershave. Even after a bath and hair wash I can still smell it on my dds.

wonkylegs Thu 07-Mar-13 18:55:30

The man who came to read the meters is still lingering in the hallway 'smell wise'
almost an hour after he left [yuck]

grin Revolting

Paris by YSL was horrible and YY to LouLou being nasty Uppermid.

Fanjounchained Thu 07-Mar-13 18:58:23

Actually I have to put my hand up and say one of my fav perfumes is Samsara by Guerlain and apparently this can have the "Angel" effect on some people blush

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 07-Mar-13 19:12:41

A friend of mine used to go overboard on the Sunflowers by Elizabteth Arden. It stank.

specialsubject Thu 07-Mar-13 19:13:11

yes. If it can be smelt by anyone not actually in contact, it is too strong.

When I was at university this was dealt with by cries of 'didn't you wash this morning?' and the girls concerned soon learned.

RiffyWammal Thu 07-Mar-13 19:16:01

Yanbu! The worst is being stuck by one of these pongers on a plane, there really is no escape from them there and you can't open a window. I get the instant headache too - Joop aftershave is the worst for this and I have forbidden it to be worn by my DH and DS's!

My MIL steeps herself in something hideous that lingers like a fart in a lift - it smells exactly like scented nappy bags!

MrsMushroom Thu 07-Mar-13 19:16:39

My DHs aunt REEKS of some kind of hippy like perfume. It's acidic enough to sting your nose...almost like a man's aftershave.

She's a heavy drinker and I think it's to disguise the smell. Maybe that's a common reason?

I have no idea what perfume my mum wears but she drenches herself in it. When she comes to visit the smell lingers for about three or four days after she has gone. Please help with a subtle way to tell her to stop wearing so much and stinking my whole house out...

Raahh Thu 07-Mar-13 19:23:19

I was going to say Angel- my mum and sister both wear it, so any gathering of both of them is horrible. It smells like the palmolive shaving foam I used to use on my legs.grin

But I have recently discovered a far worse smell-whatever it is they pump out of the Hollister store in the Trafford centre. Whatever it is, it is rancid, and lingers under the nose for ages. I am too old to frequent the storegrin

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Thu 07-Mar-13 19:24:03

YAsosoSONBU! I'm mildly allergic to most perfume and there is nothing worse than walking down the street and suddenly finding that I can't breathe because that person I just passed is wearing half a bottle of stench.

As for spray deoderant users in changing rooms, I am the one coughing and spluttering in the cubicle 4 doors down. I am slowly suffocating and I am going to hunt you down and SLAP you if you don't stop.

RevoltingPeasant Thu 07-Mar-13 19:25:49

lurked DSis4 was addicted to Impulse body spray as a teenager. No one wanted to say anything until diplomatic DSis2 walked into dinner one night and said 'Why the hell are you wearing that HIDEOUS perfume, it REEKS'.

It was not subtle. But it did work.

Oh Sparking your cat has been unfaithful, you should LTB.

I hate perfume of any kind.

YANBU, I don't like strong perfume AT ALL, I got stuck next to someone in the cinema once wearing Poison, couldn't move as the cinema was full, had one of the worst headaches of my life. I think it is really anti-social to wear them in confined spaces. Those electronic air fresheners make me nauseous too. Even some fabric conditioners are unpleasant to me though, I have a very sensitive nose.

I don't mind a hint of Angel, but a lot of people do drench. I hate Rive Gauche (my mum's favourite), Poison, Giorgio Beverly Hills, Obsession, all those strong 80s ones. Oh and Body Shop White Musk <heave>

NumericalMum Thu 07-Mar-13 19:34:15


Yy to Angel. It makes me want to cry! I am also allergic to anything flowery. My DM had a few Estée Lauder perfumes that made me sneeze instantly in the car. She used to get so annoyed with me!
My DSis wears Jean Paul Gaultier and bathes in it. DC was 2 weeks old and reeked of it once. Drove me mad and I felt so guilty begging her not to wear it as I was sneezing all night long feeding her!

Oh yes Rive Gauche Who. Bleurgh.

I know secrets. I wonder who has been cuddling her?

magimedi Thu 07-Mar-13 19:46:01

YANBU - Clinique 'Aromatics' makes me want to chuck.

In my yooof it was Brut on the testosterone filled lads! (That dates me grin )

I was remembering the horror that was LouLou (my signature scent through sixth form!) the other night. Can you still get it? The iconic deco style blue bottle, the strongest scent known to mankind .....

I wore a lot of Ysatis too, from memory. Nasty.

bootsycollins Thu 07-Mar-13 19:53:06

My grandmas favourite was Blue Grass, my dh's grandmas favourite is Youth Dew by Estée Lauder, suppose the bottles quite pretty but it has a really fake gold lid and a tacky gold ribbon bow and the actual perfume is brown, pure essence of old ladies it stinks.

My Gran wore 4711. It was quite nice IIRC but can't smell it now without being sad

Opium - I hated that.

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Tubegirl Thu 07-Mar-13 19:56:00

My mum also wore Rive Gauche, obsession and does anyone remenber Tweed? Vile. She would wear it in the car. I got motion sickness a lot as a child. I associate all heavy musk based perfumes with sick now shock

Bingdweller Thu 07-Mar-13 19:57:31

YY to Angel. Bloody foul smell & definitely headache inducing!

Moistenedbint Thu 07-Mar-13 19:57:57

Yanbu, I find the prospect of body odour preferable to certain overbearing perfumes.

Although not overbearing, I find Cerruti pretty nauseating.

Sprite21 Thu 07-Mar-13 20:05:00

YANBU I can't wear even a mild scent without developing a headache and sitting next to someone in a theatre, classroom or on public transport who is wearing perfume or cologne is sure to bring on a headache.
It's awful. Why inflict that on someone, even if you think it smells nice?
I hate it in department stores how they make you go through the perfume section to get anywhere. I have to cover my nose and run/walk as quickly as I can. It's a health hazard, not an enticement into the store!

Sometimes people smell really strongly of fabric conditioner too.

LittleMissFantabulous Thu 07-Mar-13 20:06:10

My grandma wore Joy, instant headaches. Perfume can be evilsad

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Thu 07-Mar-13 20:07:12

Yeah! My first unanimous YANBU I think. <punches air>

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Thu 07-Mar-13 20:09:15

yy to the Hollister smell. It reminds me f the poppy fields in the Wizard of Oz - presumably designed to put middle-aged old crones like me into a stupor, so that they will automatically pull out their credit cards to purchase some overpriced tarty tart for their teenager.

INeverSaidThat Thu 07-Mar-13 20:10:05

YANBU.. I can't stand strong perfume, in fact I dislike most scents and try to avoid buying anything perfumed.

I find teenage boys and aftershave a bad combination too. If my DS has friends over I can smell lynx throughout the house for hours.

Whydobabiescry Thu 07-Mar-13 20:11:05

YANBU overpowering perfume/aftershave is horrible. But I also can't stand it when people smell so strongly of cheap washing powder/fabric conditioner you can smell them from a distance - just how much do they need to wash their clothes? I love a bit of Ariel and comfort but not so that people can smell me before I arrive.

garlicbrain Thu 07-Mar-13 20:16:53

I used to wear Poison. On purpose grin

4711's lovely, Sparkling! Smells like French baby cologne, and is just as cheap. I wonder if you can still get it?

bootsycollins Thu 07-Mar-13 20:17:05

Ooooh I remember Tweed, what a stinker. I hate Gloria Vanderbilt, all of the Charlie "fragrances", Opium is vile. Gonna have to have a sniff of the Angel next time I'm up town, not familiar with it at all. I used to adore Samsara but I can't be arsed spending that much money on a guilty pleasure grin.

I once briefly worked in a nursing home, I have a freakishly good sense of smell (honestly it's like having a really shit superpower, sometimes I can tell what shampoo someone's used just by being in the same room) had to resort to wearing max strength perfume to cope with the unpleasant smells. That perfume was Michael Kors and now I heave if I smell it.

Raahh Thu 07-Mar-13 20:18:40

Mardy --yy to the poppy fieldsgrin

maybe it's a smell that mimics teenage pheromones or something.

I'm scared of Hollistergrin

You can garlic. smile I got her the cologne stick when she was in hospital

olivertheoctopus Thu 07-Mar-13 20:20:20

YANBU. My MIl wears some hideous and def cheap shit which makes our entire house reek for days after she's been to stay. You can actually taste it in the air . Bleurrgh

bootsycollins Thu 07-Mar-13 20:21:45

Yeah 4711's still available, another scent I haven't smelt.

Remember all the really cheap and nasty scents of the 80's? Panache, White Satin. Urgh I cannot stand Narcisse by Chloe.

Salmotrutta Thu 07-Mar-13 20:22:25

Try walking into a classroom after the kids have had PE.

The reek of Impulse and Lynx hovers like a miasma... bluergh!

Salmotrutta Thu 07-Mar-13 20:23:45

OMG - my MIL used to wear Tweed.

It smelt like actual tweed, funnily enough grin

bootsycollins Thu 07-Mar-13 20:24:29

Hate Elizabeth Ardens Red Door and Sunflowers too.

catsmother Thu 07-Mar-13 20:24:58

Ha - when I saw this I was going to come on and whinge about Angel, Poison, Giorgio Beverly Hills and Opium but I see everyone's already beaten me to it!

Can I add Jean-Paul Gaultier - smells like old burning tyres to me and makes me feel genuinely nauseous.

That "powdery" perfume favoured by "older" ladies might well be Chanel No 5 which always seems powdery to me. I'd heard how "classic" it was long before I ever actually smelt it and was surprised how cloying and intense it was.

I am mostly wearing 'Suddenly Madame Glamour' £3.99 from Lidl. grin

I've never set foot in Hollister, you lot aren't selling it to me. I was recently completely lost for words <rare> when DMIL (75, favourite clothes shop Quality Seconds) said to me "It's a good shop that Hollister". Now I'm even more confused.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 07-Mar-13 20:28:45

Oh it makes me heave.

In my business (adventure sports let's say) I lend out protective clothing. There is an otherwise delightful lady who visits several times a year and every time I have to take the stuff she has worn home and put it through the washing machine. It's truly gag-inducing.

jelepomme Thu 07-Mar-13 20:29:48

There is a perfume that reminds me of a dinner lady at my primary school. I think of turkey twizzlers and boiled veg every time I smell it. A woman at work had it on today. It makes me feel disgusting.

meddie Thu 07-Mar-13 20:33:41

Angel is vile. sickly chocolate smell.
Rofl Sparklingbrook. I have a bottle of the lidl perfume too it actually isnt that offensive.

ifancyashandy Thu 07-Mar-13 20:35:11

Do none of you ever wear perfume then? I wear it every day - bloody love it and have loads!

But none of mine have been mentioned here grin

carlywurly Thu 07-Mar-13 20:40:22

I once tried angel on and it actually made me retch. Vile. Had to go go to debenhams loos and scrub it straight off.

A woman at work wears Charlie and that's horrid too.

So yanbu

carlywurly Thu 07-Mar-13 20:40:51

Ha - had to go, not go go ... Damn iPad

jelepomme Thu 07-Mar-13 20:43:20

There is a perfume that reminds me of a dinner lady at my primary school. I think of turkey twizzlers and boiled veg every time I smell it. A woman at work had it on today. It makes me feel disgusting.

EmmaBemma Thu 07-Mar-13 20:43:28

I think the older lady perfume is actually Yardley English Lavender talcum powder, hence powdery smell.

jelepomme Thu 07-Mar-13 20:44:06

Whoops. So bad I said it twice!

EmmaBemma Thu 07-Mar-13 20:44:11

they do it in Rose as well, and all other sorts of ghastly floral pongs.

LineRunner Thu 07-Mar-13 20:45:06

I hate it when people reek of chemicals.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 07-Mar-13 21:02:39

I am getting less and less enamoured with smelly stuff as I get older. Unscented soap, unscented deodorant...

The only thing I want to smell of is clean clothes and me.

whistleahappytune Thu 07-Mar-13 21:10:32

I totally agree re: Charlie, Angel, Obsession, Poison. Gross! But I love a light spray of something gorgeous. I'm a perfume freak, and seek out the obscure stuff that nobody else wears, but you have to get quite close to me to get a whiff. Perfume wearing should be subtle.

Anything else is just... rude.

Me too Ariel - I have finally discovered an unscented fabric conditioner which makes me very happy.

DonderandBlitzen Thu 07-Mar-13 21:23:27

Eternity was one that I didn't like. In my early 20s i used to like the Givenchy perfumes Ysatis and Amarige but i found Givenchy perfumes went off really quickly. I remember spraying one on one hot summer's day, not realising it had gone off and seeing a man on the train wince at the smell! blush grin

DonderandBlitzen Thu 07-Mar-13 21:25:08

I remember the pong of LouLou. I quite like O de lancome, but don't own any. You can be sure that a perfume you like will make someone else feel ill!

Tubegirl Thu 07-Mar-13 21:26:20

Just a side thought - I actually have no idea how Lush keep their staff because I can't stay in there for more than a minute because the smell is so overpowering it actually gives me a headache.

Sam here Tubegirl. Even walking past the door makes me feel nauseous.


ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 07-Mar-13 21:33:08

I remember my friend going in ans ranting about the stench wafting up and down the high street. Scary! grin

Lush is the exception for me, I am a huge fan and don't have a problem with the smell of their shops at all.

saycheeeeeese Thu 07-Mar-13 21:42:00

I love lou 28 and wear it everyday grin

My mum bathes (or at least smells like she does) in Angel and its even more hideous successor Alien.

I love Prada but it triggers migraines.

Adversecamber Thu 07-Mar-13 21:43:05

Some perfumes kick my allergies in, poison being the worst, a little light scent can be ok. As long as people don't reek of BO I'm fine, wonder how much the perfume industry is worth?

KC225 Thu 07-Mar-13 21:47:47

I'm gutted - I'm wearing Angel - I love it

RevoltingPeasant Thu 07-Mar-13 21:48:09

Ariel at the risk of derailing, I must ask, what's 'adventure sports, let's say' - ?

Is that a euphemism for something?



ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 07-Mar-13 21:48:56

No, it's perfectly non dodgy!


LadyIsabellaWrotham Thu 07-Mar-13 21:53:02

I once offered a nanny a job on condition that she didn't wear her appalling perfume. I'm sure she thought I was a loon but it was something like Opium, and it was really that bad that I could not have managed to cope with having my house and children smelling of it.

Unsurprisingly she didn't take the offer.

goingmadinthecountry Thu 07-Mar-13 21:56:38

JPG actually makes me sick. I can't stand it or stand being in the same room as anyone wearing it. Been the same since I was pregnant with dd1 20 years ago! Angel is in that bracket. Also cannot abide anywhere that smells of Yankee Candles. Yuk. Who'd want a house to smell like that?

That said, I love perfume and would never leave home without it. Nothing with high vanilla notes.

bootsycollins Thu 07-Mar-13 22:14:33

I'm quite scent obsessed, I've always got scented candles on the go, I've got a Yankee wax tart melt thingy in the kitchen and a few reed diffusers with Wax Lyrical oils, parma violet is one of my absolute favourites.

For perfume I like clean scents like Armarni Code and Mania, Clinique Happy, Dolce and Gabanna the One and the rose version too and Chanel Allure are all old faithfulls.

znaika Thu 07-Mar-13 22:18:57

Joop is the worst- itshould be banned on public transport like those stinky fruit you get in Thailand (name escapes me)

rcs19 Thu 07-Mar-13 22:30:42

Durian fruit, znaika? Smells like cat wee.

Devora Thu 07-Mar-13 22:34:13

I'm sorry, KC, but Angel really is awful.

As bootsy has raised the issue of room fragrance, can I just say I hate that too grin. Not completely - I do have a couple of scented candles I was given, but I never light them - the unlit smell is quite strong enough.

And air fresheners - absolute work of the devil. They give me such a headache, and smell so rank.

chickydoo Thu 07-Mar-13 22:37:43

I can't abide Chloe, it makes me feel really sick. As does Channel No 5.
Hate anything heavy & cloying, the only exception being a tiny dab of Liz Earls newest fragrance.
Generally I like light zesty fragrances like space NK laughter & Jo Malone grapefruit or LBM.
Also love white linen Estée Lauder.

ivykaty44 Thu 07-Mar-13 22:50:23

I would rather any of the above mentioned perfumes (even poison) to BO, the lingering smell of Bo is juts awful - sorry but armpits stale sweat is not nice. the lady on the next blardy spin bike to me on Tuesday had not washed her kit and as she got warm the smell of BO got worse - it was so bad I had to turn my head to the other side otherwise I would have been eating the smell.

I would much rather she had been wearing any perfume and smelt of it than the awful bO

As for house smells - going into a falt with no lights on and the curtains drawn and being warned not to sit down as you might get soemthing on your cloths - the flat smelling of dog shit and having to talk politely

Give me yankee candles any day of the week as an exchange thanks grin

you can have all the awful smells if you don't like the expensive types

ivykaty44 Thu 07-Mar-13 22:50:59

Durian - fruit in thailand

Disappearing Thu 07-Mar-13 23:00:27

I agree with OP, I'm really sensitive to smells, and have to hold my breath if walking through the perfume department of shops. I have unscented everything, do extra rinses of washed clothes just to be sure there are no detergent smells left, use no fabric conditioner, etc. A couple of times, if a shop assistant managed to squirt some sample perfume on me I've been unable to eat afterwards until I've scrubbed down.

However I do wonder if I'm missing out, DH has said several times he'd like to buy me some perfume. I do like some smells, e.g. I used to have vanilla body lotion that was tolerable, I remember decades ago actually liking Bodyshop Dewberry (does anyone else remember that?), and I like the idea of the French perfume for babies, though could never actually apply perfume to an actual baby, what a horror of a concept!

Does anyone have any suggestions for a gentle perfume, for over-sensitive bods like me?

DTisMYdoctor Thu 07-Mar-13 23:29:07

Sparkingbrook - completely agree about fabric conditioner. My lovely MIL did loads of washing for us when our washing machine broke down and I couldn't bear the strong smell of fabric conditioner on all our clothes, sheets and towels. As soon as we got a new machine I washed all the clean stuff she'd washed for us. I hated wearing clothes reeking of fabric conditioner!

I don't think you should be able to smell it unless you actually sniff the fabric DT. I think maybe people use too much?

TheSecondComing Thu 07-Mar-13 23:36:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DS lost a jumper at school once. A few days later another mum returned it, with apologies and having washed it. I noticed the fabric conditioner smell on it but didn't think too much of it and popped it in his cupboard. Big mistake, the entire contents ended up reeking. I use unscented detergent and fabric conditioner and hate the scented stuff.

Hair products are another one, some of them STINK.

Mermaidspam Fri 08-Mar-13 00:28:34

Feckin' Angel.

Also Eden. Scares the bejeezus out of my nostrils.

Welovegrapes Fri 08-Mar-13 00:29:28


bootsycollins Fri 08-Mar-13 00:57:54

I love fabric softener, especially Comfort, love scented ironing water and Febreeze fresh cotton air freshener.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 08-Mar-13 08:11:31

I can't stand scented candles (don't get the fuss over Yankee candles) or those room air fresheners.

Why would I want my room to smell of vanilla or cinnamon? Totally overpowering smells.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 08-Mar-13 08:19:08

I think the older lady perfume is actually Yardley English Lavender talcum powder, hence powdery smell.

Powder is actually a note in many perfumes, especially older formulations. Talc sales are really falling so the powdery smell may well be certain perfumes.

Examples of powdery notes in fragrance are Cabochard, Arden True Love, Love Chloe, Chanel no 5 and Coty L'Aimant.

CruCru Fri 08-Mar-13 08:35:24

I hate air freshener and can't understand anyone using it.

I thought the rule was no scent at the dentist, cinema or on a plane.

LemonBreeland Fri 08-Mar-13 08:51:15

This thread is perfect for me. I always end up sneezing around people who wear too much. I also get a headache if I wear any.

Hate bloody Angel perfume. SIL used to sell the stuff too, so was always reeking of it.

MIL is one of those people who has worn the same perfume for years and can't smell it any more. If the dc are at her house they come home stinking.

catsmother Fri 08-Mar-13 09:34:03

Disappearing - try Pure Grace by Philosophy if you want something really "gentle". It's very different to the majority of perfumes, extremely subtle, almost like freshly washed clothes, or skin for that matter. Difficult to describe - just fresh and "clean" smelling.

Oblomov Fri 08-Mar-13 09:48:15

I looooooove strong smelling perfumes. And can never find one strong enough smelling for myself. And when I smell a strong nice one, I am always tempted to run after the person and ask them what it is.....
<< continues hunt for stronmg perfumes, becasue has been unable to find one so far ......>>

EmmaBemma Fri 08-Mar-13 09:56:38

"I wear aromatics, it seems to evoke a strong response. "

My mum wears this too. Whenever I smell it on anyone else I immediately warm to them because it reminds me so much of her - it would be an ideal perfume for a conwoman to wear (but only a very specific, me-targeting conwoman)

fedupofnamechanging Fri 08-Mar-13 10:04:07

Is it me or are there fewer lovely perfumes around now? When I was younger, I was spoilt for choice and now I find it really hard to find one I love.

I still love Body shop's White Musk (apologies to those of you who hate it - will tone it down a bit, so you don't mention me in threads wink ), but Samsara/Angel smell like vomit to me. Funny how we all smell things differently.

BeeBawBabbity Fri 08-Mar-13 10:05:55

It's really interesting to read how sensitive to smell some (well lots) of people seem to be. I don't mind any of the strong perfumes. I actually have a bottle of that pure grace one too and it smells of nothing to me.

Are all you super smellers super tasters too? I also have poor taste buds, so I'm guessing they're linked.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 08-Mar-13 10:09:22

karma- you're both right and wrong.

There are thousands of really beautiful perfumes around but I usually buy online now as the High Street range is all very samey.

You are right though because in my opinion, the modern trend for fragrances is dreadful and I can't wait for the fruity floral or vanilla/candy floss trends to die out.

In the meantime, check out Fragrantica, which not only gives you reader reviews of just about any perfume you can name, but also has a section where you can search for note you love i.e Bergamot or Oriental or Musk and it will give you all the perfumes that match the notes you like.

And by the way, I've been wearing White Musk for 25 years and I always get compliments on it! I actually think it's very subtle compared to monsters like Angel so keep on wearing it!

fedupofnamechanging Fri 08-Mar-13 10:18:47

Thanks Chocs. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who still loves White Musk.

I wish I knew what Angel smells like. I'm intrigued..

What's the verdict on Lady Million? I love it but I think it's probably in the 'overpowering' category.

Btw, I'm 21 and I walked past a dingy looking shop, thought it was closed, realised it was Hollister and spent about 30 seconds trying to find the bloody door before giving up. I've never felt so old.

I've never thought of myself as being a supertaster, my super-sensitive nose started during my first pregnancy 10 year ago and has stayed. It isn't particularly discerning, I am fairly hopeless at recognising most perfumes for example, but just super sensitive, those I have named that I dislike I know because I used to share a flat with a girl who doused herself in all the strong 80s ones and I would ask what they were (politely!). I don't think White Musk is subtle at all, it is full on, in your face, headache inducing to me.

Chocs - I do like subtle perfumes, but am scared of buying online without smelling first, I don't know what the answer is to that. I couldn't really tell you what notes I like either, apart from citrus.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 08-Mar-13 11:15:12

WhoKnows- try ordering samples off ebay. You can often buy a selection for a few pounds and try at home. Also, don't be afraid to ask posh looking beauty assistants for free samples. They have loads!

I've bought a few perfumes blind and when I haven't liked them, simply resold them on ebay where they usually fetch a decent price.

Also, if you like citruses (like me) you might like to seek out Annick Goutal Eau D'Hadrien, Chanel Cristalle or O de Lancome.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 08-Mar-13 11:17:22

Southern Comforts- Angel smells like you have stuffed your face in candy floss and chocolate and used Brut talc for men. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, sugar, vanilla, candy floss, chocolate.

No doubt an Angel fan will be along in a minute to protest!

MarmaladeTwatkins Fri 08-Mar-13 11:28:35

Oooh I really like the smell of Angel if it is a subtle waft rather than an overpowering stench. And I don't particularly like sweet perfumes, I prefer musky/oriental, but I do like Angel.

I think I wear perfumes that would piss some of you off. I like Alien for night time and Diesel Loverdose for the day time.

Bit of an odd question but... the posters who don't like heavy scents, what's your hair colour? I only ask because once I was talking to a perfumer and he said that brunettes are more attracted to musky/heady scents whereas generally blondes prefer cleaner, more subtle scents. I thought there might be something in it because when I wear Alien I get a lot of ladies compliment my perfume and they have ALL been dark haired. My friend who is blonde can't stand the stuff!

Thanks Chocs, hadn't thought of Ebay. I'm out in the sticks and rarely visit any towns with decent cosmetic shops/depts, all we've got is Boots and Debenhams.

I have tried Chanel Cristalle and O de Lancome on the recommendation of other threads and didn't like either. I still quite like CK One, but it does seem a bit dated now. I have also failed to find anything I like in Jo Malone. It seems I am very fussy !

I'm dark haired Marmalade. Like you I like a subtle waft of Angel, but not a heavy dose of it.

With me there are some (few) things I like even though they are very strong eg the smell of Lush shops. However if I dislike a scent I cannot bear so much as a whiff of it and I dislike so many including virtually all mainstream perfumes, air fresheners, detergents etc. It's not that big a problem as I don't use public transport or work in a crowded office.

MarmaladeTwatkins Fri 08-Mar-13 11:39:21

The smell of Lush shops... jesus... I don't know how anyone works in one. Do the staff get danger money for their nostrils?

GetOrf Fri 08-Mar-13 11:40:16

I am probably one of those people you hate, i drown myself in strong Guerlain stuff.

I don't have that good a sense of smell and can never smell anyone else's perfume, can smell BO though (which is fun on the tube in summer, dirty fuckers).

I don't think I have ever smelled Angel, I am going into House of Frase at lunchtime to have a whiff. Only scent I really dislike is Narcisse by Chloe because it smells like a bag of sweets.

GetOrf Fri 08-Mar-13 11:41:39

i don't know how people can go into Lush shops. The smell is horrible - smells how I imagine an ambi-pur factory would smell like.

And lush is so pretentious. I remember when they were Cosmetics To Go - they sold utter shite which was overpriced to boot.

GetOrf Fri 08-Mar-13 11:43:15

Twat (har har) I am blonde and like heady, oriental stuff.

MarmaladeTwatkins Fri 08-Mar-13 11:43:55

Once I used a Lush fresh face mask and it brought me out in a terrible rash sad It said all natural ingredients as well! That shop is not scented by all natural ingredients. It smells like one of Barbara Cartland's farts.

They've come a long way since Cosmetics to Go, which was very gimmicky, their skincare now is fabulous, the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful too.

GetOrf Fri 08-Mar-13 11:46:56

I would never know, I can never get over the threshhold. grin

DD bought me a glitter bath bomb a few years ago for Christmas. Can't say i was impressed by it. And those big lumps of soap look a bit grim.

I don't use the soaps or the bath bombs and I make sure the DCs choose ones without bits in! It is a shame the smell puts so many people off though, they do have some very good stuff. I swear by the henna as well.

MarmaladeTwatkins Fri 08-Mar-13 11:53:12

You don't even need to go over the threshold! The one in New St in Birmingham, I have to walk over the other side of the street to escape the smell. Thing is, it's not even an overpoweing smell of something nice. It's an overpowering smell of something that smells... itchy. Do you know what I mean? It smells itchy. The smell irritates me. Chemically and choking. Bleeee.

Weaker perfumes wear off my skin in half an hour so I wear Coco Chanel because it lasts. I love the proper Eau de Cologne, which I bought in err...Cologne a couple of years ago. I don't want to reek of perfume, but IMO there is zero point in wearing perfume if you can't smell it (not like a big mushroom cloud around you though). My friend hates any perfume that smells like perfume and wears, what I think, smells like washing powder/soap. I hate celeb perfumes generally. We are all different, vive la difference!

YY to smelling itchy Marmalade. It makes my eyes burn too.

See now, GetOrf loves Guerlain, proper perfume IMO!

I think there is a big difference (for me anyway) in things you just have to smell for a short while eg Lush shop to things you are stuck with for hours, either on yourself or on someone nearby, it is the inability to walk away that is the problem, and the reason why I do feel that the wearing of strong perfume in crowded places is inconsiderate.

giraffesCantDateDucks Fri 08-Mar-13 12:04:30

It's people who spray body pray or hair spray in public that 26697 me my lungs can't cope

giraffes it should be illegal. Many years ago a bloke opposite me used to spray his armpits at his desk when he got back from lunch every day. angry

CalamityJan Fri 08-Mar-13 12:11:02


I am sick of people who transfer their scent to you after an ordinary 'hello' hug, affect your enjoyment of a cup of coffeee, make me cough in the theatre or cinema.

For god's sake, what dread smell are they trying to mask, I wonder?

Actually men's deodorant is the worst. Really catches in your throat.

I felt compelled to ask my colleague who I sat next to every day to stop wearing Gloria Vanderbilt. It's foul enough anyway but then she would sit at her desk and drown herself in it hourly. I had a permanent headache. She was good humoured enough about it when I said it was horrible, but then took revenge by bringing in Angel instead [bleugh].

Maybe we could get rid of aerosol deodorants for a start. I use a stick, no faffing around waiting for it to dry, it doesn't take up much space and doesn't affect others around me when I put it on.

I'm not a fan of perfume, it makes my nose run something awful. I am one of the few people that adore the smell of Brut though blush

DTisMYdoctor Fri 08-Mar-13 12:41:13

Sparklingbrook - agree that for my MIL, it is a case of using far too much fabric softener, and possibly washing powder for that matter. I'm possibly particularly sensitive to it because I'm obsessive about not using too much washing powder and I don't use fabric softener at all (as I live in a soft water area). Clothes shouldn't have a really strong detergent smell imo.

Calamityjan - DH is banned from spraying deoderant in our bedroom. He doesn't wear too much or anything, but it really catches in my throat if I'm there.

DTisMYdoctor Fri 08-Mar-13 12:41:52

'deodorant even. I can spell, honest!

ElsieMc Fri 08-Mar-13 12:45:15

My mum wore Estee Lauder's Youth Dew. It was so strong my dad begged us not to buy her any more.

Also incredibly lingering and cloying was the Body Shop's Dewberry Oils.

A colleague used to wear a Worth perfume. God it was so awful I had to open the windows as she walked to work, became very hot and sweaty, making it smell even stronger.

When buying gifts for close family, I have found I have never gone wrong with Gucci perfumes for all age groups.

pofacedplot Fri 08-Mar-13 12:47:49

Do Body Shop make that white musk anymore? I knew a girl who used to wear it. She smelled like cat pee.


Andro Fri 08-Mar-13 13:02:12

Estee Lauder's Youth Dew - I was just about to post about this perfume! The stuff steals every scrap of oxygen in the air!

Anyone who drowns themselves in perfume/cologne/aftershave is being unreasonable, a light scent is fine. My personal favourite is Euphoria by Calvin Klein, it seems to settle in seconds and I've never found it over powering on anyone else either.

jakesmith Fri 08-Mar-13 13:08:00

It's minging, luckily modern scents are a bit more subtle these days but the older ones like Channel #5 are overpowering and intrusive!

I walked past a woman in the park walking her dog the other day and was nearly suffocated by her perfume. How much must she have been wearing???

I can't stand the smell of CK1 because it is so similar to the insect repellent I had to cover myself in one memorable and pungent night in a hostel place in Tibet.

Buzzardbird Fri 08-Mar-13 13:16:36

I love strong perfumes. Hypnotic poison (smells like playdough), Byzance, Chanel No5, Cinema, Women but in the summer Pure by DKNY and Gucci one.

I have a little obsession (not the fragrance...yuk) with fragrance and have day/night, summer/winter options.

I also have no friends grin

BumBiscuits Fri 08-Mar-13 13:23:05

Paris and Poison give me an instant headache.

I worked in a shop in the eighties and would dread a customer coming in wearing either Paris or Poison.

I used to sometimes wear Aromatics until I met DH. His mother bathed in wore it. I didn't want him reminded of his mother when he was with me.

I don't like Opium perfume on me but I love the body lotion. The smell is different IMO.

Eau Dynamisante is my all time favourite. I don't think it is very strong, but I'm maybe mistaken.

garlicbrain Fri 08-Mar-13 13:37:51

I love Eau Dynamisante, too. It's another 'baby cologne' thing, isn't it? It doesn't last at all, though - it's not a perfume, more of a spritz - so I can't justify the purchase, sadly. It's a great finish to the Sunday hangover shower, as I recall grin

As may be evident by my frequent references to baby cologne, I did my nannying in France. It was pointless wearing the stuff myself while there - reactions would be "wtf?" and Chanel was de rigeur - but I used gallons of it when I came back to the UK, since nobody knew its infantile associations!

BumBiscuits Fri 08-Mar-13 13:47:03

Oh I've bought the baby cologne from Zara before, it is lovely must get more

The thing with Eau Dynamisante, especially if you have a hangover, it gives a massive boost. I use the whole range at once and still don't feel as if I've overdone it. If I use the shower gel and mousse the bathroom smells lovely for the rest of the day too.

DonderandBlitzen Fri 08-Mar-13 13:56:43

Do people really spray cologne on their babies?

BumBiscuits Fri 08-Mar-13 13:59:15

Europeans do. I use it on myself rather than on the cherubs, however. My DDs both manage to smell scrumptious without perfume of any kind.

garlicbrain Fri 08-Mar-13 14:04:20

The baby colognes are supposed to be aromatherapeutic - other Europeans are much bigger on herbal & floral remedies than we are. Hence the restorative properties of Eau Dynamisante; it's herbal.

ifancyashandy Fri 08-Mar-13 15:42:12

I love Eau Dynamisante. Lovely in the summer. Also love Bronze Goddess in the summer too. It's by Estée Lauder and smells like a light coconut suntan oil!

Winter is Channel No5 (day), Channel Coco (eve).

Am currently getting compliments every time I wear my new Hermes scent. Also love Aromatiques. God, I love perfume!

(Hate Angel, all the Gucci's, all the Chloe's, all the Marc Jacobs, Armanis, Donna Karans, the Jimmy Choos - anything sweet, sugary basically. They smell how I imagine Jordan to smell!)

DonderandBlitzen Fri 08-Mar-13 16:42:45

Which Hermes scent is it?

ifancyashandy Fri 08-Mar-13 16:58:46

Elixir Des Merveilles. Slight tobacco and citrus. It's taken me years to find a perfume that isn't Channel that I like! Most on the High Street are way too sweet & sugary for me.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 08-Mar-13 17:05:29

In my twenties and thirties I had a signature scent, but now I'm 43 I like to have a scent wardrobe. It depends on mood, weather, outfit, what I'm doing, who I'm seeing etc.

Sometimes I like to wear something very expensive just to change the cat litter.

MardyBra Fri 08-Mar-13 17:27:05

Will some of you people stop using this thread to discuss your choices of scent noxious fumes to overpower the rest of us. Please.

luanmahi Fri 08-Mar-13 17:36:22

YA definitely NBU. My mum always told me never to respray perfume. Decent quality perfume lasts and if you can't smell it on yourself, it's just because you've got used to it. She always tells the story about some heart-throb actor (can't remember which one) saying he stopped complimenting women on their perfume as they'd always make an excuse to disappear and respray it. Then they'd come back reeking.

It always tends to be people who wear perfume that makes you want to vomit (YSL Poison is one that does it for me).

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 08-Mar-13 17:38:45

Poison is by Dior, not YSL. Sorry to be pedant! I do agree though, Poison is a shocker. I tried it again after 20 years of loathing it and still had to wash it off. Dreadful stuff.

CointreauVersial Fri 08-Mar-13 17:39:34

Come over to the Perfumista thread to indulge your fragrance love without let or hindrance...wink

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 08-Mar-13 17:43:12

*pedantic even.

I agree with Cointreau. The thread to end all threads on perfume are the Perfumista threads on S and B. Any questions- they will find an answer. There are some real experts there. I have learnt so much.

JeanBodel Fri 08-Mar-13 17:43:26

I think I'm the woman you all hate. I have a poor sense of smell and I've worn the same perfume for nigh-on 20 years. I think I must be unable to detect it on myself anymore and so overdo things a bit.

To make it worse, my perfume has been mentioned on the hate list (although it isn't Angel).

luanmahi Fri 08-Mar-13 17:46:19

Sorry, I was thinking of Paris which is another one that gives me a headache. MIL is lovely but I hate her perfume and the baby always stinks when she's been holding her. Don't know quite how to broach the subject without offending her.

KarenHL Fri 08-Mar-13 17:47:11

You are totally NBU. I have asthma, and get annoyed in Hospital or in public loos (any place I can't quickly leave, tbh) - as if someone starts spraying deodorant/hairspray/batista, I can literally end up on the floor unable to breathe.

I do feel that people should be able to wear what/where they want, perfume/aftershave-wise, but only if it's somewhere I can get away from the smell! If you're attending a function, please think first. The 'Angel' and 'Amen' scents are particularly long-lasting - does make you wonder just how much people put on.

Years ago a work colleague used my 'phone, and it reeked afterward - I had to clean it several times before I could sit at my desk. To be fair to him, this was not usual - he had a really heavy cold, and said that he'd reapplied his aftershave several times until he could smell it! We could smell him coming before he got to our office door.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 08-Mar-13 17:51:34

I actually don't think hospital nurses should wear perfume at all.

I also think you shouldn't spray perfume in a toilet cubicle. Firstly, the poor sod after you has to choke in it and secondly, they will always associate your perfume with toilet cubicles.

However, I love perfume and don't discourage it at all, but there are certain etiquettes that should be observed.

Ooh where's the perfumista thread? [sprays neck with a classic perfume and leaves the anti-perfume thread] smile

mum47 Fri 08-Mar-13 17:55:33

In the 80's I used to work with an older woman who used to smother herself in Youth Dew. I never had the courage to tell her it gave the boak.

Jux Fri 08-Mar-13 17:58:54

There was one in the 80s or 90s called - I think - Tudor Rose. I used to have to change carriage if someone got on wearing it. Unutterably vile.

Zingy123 Fri 08-Mar-13 18:06:00

My Nan wears youth dew. My Mum has to run the machine on empty after she has washed anything of hers as it makes everything else smell. It is truly vile she loves it though and has been wearing it for years.

ifancyashandy Fri 08-Mar-13 19:39:19

I like Youth Dew!

BubbyBum Fri 08-Mar-13 20:07:31

I really love perfumes and fragrances, but I try to be considerate in their use. I even have some of the named and shamed on this thread.

The worst experience I had was on a flight from Canada to the UK and a woman and daughter both purchased perfume from the in-flight duty free and proceeded to spray themselves with it - during the flight! I couldn't believe it, who does things like that?!

RainbowsFriend Fri 08-Mar-13 20:18:14

My year 11 class currently send me heaving - the mixture of strong impulse, lynx and morning sickness is vile envy <-- my face

I have banned Lynx. DS1 woud spray it in his bedroom and you could smell it in the living room. confused

Binkybix Fri 08-Mar-13 20:36:23

I really don't like overpowering scent, but must admit I used to wear Angel (but only a tiny bit). Although it's too sweet for me now, I don't hate it anymore. Interestingly, I always found that Angel smelt sweet on some people, but actually like wee on others.

Binkybix Fri 08-Mar-13 20:37:46

Also, I have a rather shaming thing where a hint of Lynx makes me a bit frisky feeling - think it must be pavlovian response from when I first starting doing stuff with boys who all wore Lynx without exception!!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 08-Mar-13 20:38:16

Gosh Bubby, that's so anti social of them. My DH said that when perfume is applied in a car it goes all through the air con and back in the car again. Imagine what that must be like on a plane!

Youth dew is excellent, but a half spray is plenty and will last and last. Overuse can really kill a good scent.

Hissy Fri 08-Mar-13 20:52:53

My mum wears Beautiful.

It isn't. sad

BumBiscuits Fri 08-Mar-13 21:58:29

binky same here! DH wears Africa 'cos that's what I buy him. He doesn't use loads and it is quite pleasant. He doesn't wear aftershave ever though.

DonderandBlitzen Sun 10-Mar-13 13:51:50

I'm not keen on Youth Dew but Miss Dior is ok.

DrCoconut Sun 10-Mar-13 13:57:27

I too get awful migraines from most perfumes and can't wear them. DS1 got some bench deodorant for Christmas and I had to get rid of it as it makes me ill if he sprays it anywhere in the house. I used to commute by bus and hated it when people sprayed their stinking perfumes all over as they were going out for the evening at about 6pm. Why do that on a bus? It's terrible in department stores too. I have a route through our nearest one all planned out that avoids the perfume counter.

TroublesomeEx Sun 10-Mar-13 14:15:02

I wear YSL Opium in the Autumn and Winter but tend to not wear anything in the spring or the summer. I only do one spray on me and maybe one on my hair. Far too much otherwise!

I could do with a spring/summer perfume in the same vein but lighter.

BumBiscuits Sun 10-Mar-13 17:18:59

The summer version of opium was lovely but they stopped doing it. It is sometimes available online though.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Sun 10-Mar-13 18:02:44

Bum- do you mean Belle D'Opium? That's lighter.

PrincessUnderpaid Sun 10-Mar-13 21:07:43

Viktor and Rolf Flowebomb is my absolute favourite but had mixed responses. Poison is just awful, I work with a smoker who douses herself and the combination is just lethal.

PrincessUnderpaid Sun 10-Mar-13 21:13:32

Folk I love it when my hair smells of perfume, I used to have the Charles Worthington Head in the Clouds perfume but they don't make it anymore.

BumBiscuits Sun 10-Mar-13 21:13:40


No, this stuff. They brought out a different version every year for a good few years.

But you don't get it other than online these days.

ZZZenAgain Sun 10-Mar-13 21:18:19

can't stand Opium, sickeningly sweet and overpowering. Don't mind most other perfumes though.

ByTheSea Sun 10-Mar-13 21:24:17

YANBU. It makes me feel sick.

SplitHeadGirl Sun 10-Mar-13 21:36:13

Chloe is the worst...just disgusting. Also hate Clinique Happy and of course Angel.

Very Valentino is glorious. My favourite along with Pure White Linen by Estee Lauder. I don't think they could give anyone headaches.

BumBiscuits Sun 10-Mar-13 22:05:41

Just because of this thread, I'm deffo going to a perfume shop tomorrow to sniff out Angel! I can't think of what it smells like!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 11-Mar-13 08:32:06

Bum- just go to Thonrotns instead. It smells the same.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 11-Mar-13 08:32:12


lrichmondgabber Mon 11-Mar-13 11:55:54

Yes they are a bit. But I break wind on occasions

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 11-Mar-13 16:17:08

What irks me is when people think their perfume has to last all day so they put about eight squirts on at once, killing all wildlife in their path by 9 am. Much better to have one or two squirts in the morning and top up at lunch time (but not in a toilet or confined space).

LittleMissFantabulous Tue 12-Mar-13 07:36:38

I need to go on a perfume buying spree, loving the smell of Naughty Alice, but am wondering if it's on the bad list?wink

cuillereasoupe Tue 12-Mar-13 08:45:46

I can't bear Womanity by Thierry Mugler, which they give away in free samples in every magazine I ever buy. Plus the advert is horribly unattractive.

I saw something on telly that said that the actual ingredients in perfume are worth pence, and it's the product with the highest percentage markup you can buy.

QuinchRD Tue 12-Mar-13 09:48:53

My wife banned me from wearing Joop as it made her retch / fugged up her sense of smell / put her off her food etc.
She has a valid point as it really hangs around and can be rather sickly / cloying BUT it is dirt cheap and a little goes a long way...

Other cheap-but-strong scent is Kouros. I can smell that I've been in the room when I wear that. Borderline repellent.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 12-Mar-13 12:27:38

cuiller- you are quite right. Very often a £100 bottle can contain about £3 of ingreidents. You are often paying for advertising, marketing, a celebrity face, the Nose, the kudos of the brand, the packaging, the bottle and the transport costs.

Many ingredients today are synthetic too which makes them even cheaper.

I am a big fan of certain inexpensive perfumes, but I've had to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince.

Top of my head "Cheap But Good" scents: JLo Deseo (around ten quid), Gres Cabotine (under ten quid for 30ml), Coty L'Aimant Fleur de Rose 3.99 for 30ml, Gres Cabochard- currently 8.99 in Bodycare for 100ml, SJP Lovely- just bought 100ml for 17.99.

luanmahi Tue 12-Mar-13 16:50:06

ChocsAway. I actually disagree with you about the topping up at lunchtime. A decent perfume shouldn't need it (and by decent, I don't necessarily mean expensive). I will squirt it in the morning before I get dressed and it stays there all day. Perfume takes a while to "settle" so if you spray it at lunchtime, it'll be an hour or so before it smells nice anyway. The over-powering aspect about most perfumes I find are the head notes which disperse but are really strong just after you spray them so I don't think you're solving the problem really. If you have a weaker scent, a good tip is to put some on some cotton wool and pop it in your bra. As it's under your clothes, it's not overpowering but the smell will linger as it is a bit more concentrated.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 12-Mar-13 17:36:27

Well I think it depends on the scent lua.

If I was wearing Arpege by Lanvin, I would only use a dab at the base of my throat and nothing else all day.

If I was wearing Eau de Cartier, a light hesperide, I would top up at lunchtime as EdeC is not built to last and is very light and airy.

Not all perfumes take an hour to settle. Some reach their drydown in a minute or two.

I don't think one rules applies since all fragrances are built so differently.

I tend to find it is the base notes which are the overpowering ones. However that might be because of the way I select them to try, squirt into the air for a first sniff, only if it smells light, fresh etc will I try it on my skin I frequently then find that they smell lovely for the first hour then 2 or three hours later are giving me a splitting headache till I can scrub it off my skin.

Even with light ones I am very, very careful about spraying directly on my skin, normally the only way I can get a light enough spritz to avoid headaches is spray in the air and walk through, don't do it in shops though as I want to smell it on my skin not my clothes.

sarahseashell Tue 12-Mar-13 18:13:11


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