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I realise this is a stupid thing to be asking on an internet forum

(6 Posts)
YunoYurbubson Thu 25-Nov-10 06:37:21

but can you help me choose a new perfume?

I have worn the same one for nearly 20 years and they stopped making it. To be honest, I need a change anyway - it is too sweet for me now.

I only wear perfume for going out.

I'm not very stylish - rarely wear makeup, and don't wear designer or fashion clothes.

I can't decide - do I want something timeless and classic? OR something NOW and funky (but still elegant and classy)?


Where do I even start?

Alouiseg Thu 25-Nov-10 06:43:51

Jo Malone, check out the website and see if You can get some samples.

I wear Lime, Basil and Mandarin which my husband borrows all the time hmm I also wear Orange Blossom. My other current favourite is Acqua di Parma Iris.

You'll have to have a good sniff around and see what takes your fancy.

YunoYurbubson Thu 25-Nov-10 06:46:43

Oh that's a good idea! I think that will really fit the bill.

otchayaniye Thu 25-Nov-10 07:32:42

I am a perfume obsessive and would ask you to think about what sort of smells you like. Single florals? Serge Lutens does an amazing orange flower, as does L'Artisan Parfumer. Or rose (not everyone likes the 'green' elements of rose) or jasmine? (one of my favourites is Serge Lutens A La Nuit.

Do you like chypres (things like Chanel No 5, which have aldehydes and a synthetic woody quality

Orientals - these are often long lasting humdingers, very spicy and with some elements of amber and tonka bean.

Or gourmands, perfumes based on vanilla and almond and rose petals. Make you feel very warm inside but aren't 'sexy'. I love Serge Lutens Datura Noir for this.

I wouldn't recommend Jo Malone just because you don't get bang for your buck in terms of sillage (lasting power) and apart from the Lime Basil Mandarin cologne, which is lovely, I think they are a bit meh.

Ones that I would seek out to try are Diorissimo (user friendly but lovely lily of the valley) Can get cheap on eBay

A nice unisex cologne with some depth and lasting power is Cartier Declaration. I buy this for my mother who hates cloying heavy perfumes.

Try sample service and they have categories.

You can always send for the PETIT LIVRE DES PARFUMS, which is a collection of six folders containing small wax samples from Serge Lutens (my favourite current line):
Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
142 Galerie de Valois
25 rue de Valois
75001 Paris

Get to a Guerlain counter. They do amazing perfumes that aren't run of the mill. Ones from the 30s and 40s are incredible (L'Air Bleu, Jicky etc)


otchayaniye Thu 25-Nov-10 08:08:03

Oh, and search eBay for 'used' in the title, or samples and you can pick up some good ones without committing $$$$

Some perfume sites will have a sample/swap service as well.

Alouiseg Thu 25-Nov-10 10:40:52

otchayaniye What would ypu recommend for a 13 year old boy, he's drawn to the label rather than the scent.

He keeps pinching Dads Acqua di Parma but I'd like to find him his own.

Thank you

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