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If you like Chanel no.5, what other perfumes do you like?

(38 Posts)
YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Wed 12-Sep-12 21:13:24

Just that really. I have realised that I don't actually like all those 'fresh', 'fruity', 'floral' perfumes about and which I have worn for 15 years. I do not want to smell of vanilla or lemon.

I have discovered chanel no.5, but feel a bit funny about only having one option and would like some ideas. I am not talking super heavy like Opium, but classic, grown up perfumes.

So, if you like no.5, what else do you wear?

Housewifefromheaven Wed 12-Sep-12 21:16:50

I also like coco, and D&G the One. Also Paco Rabanne Lady Million.

blue2 Wed 12-Sep-12 21:19:49

Cristalle - also from Chanel

toastandmarmiterocks Wed 12-Sep-12 21:28:47

Allure is lovely. I've started wearing guerlain's initial. Hard to beat no.5 though.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Wed 12-Sep-12 21:31:47

Lots of Chanel suggestions so far. That's good as I'll be passing through a duty free soon and there's always a Chanel isn't there!

Thanks for the others too. Every time I try to 'browse' I smell 2 or 3 unpleasant powdery ones and then can't get the smell out of my nose. I like the idea of Guerlain. I always see that as very sophisticated. Will check out the Paco Rabanne and the D&G one too.

Anyone else feel free to add!

RyanGoslingRocks Wed 12-Sep-12 21:31:56

Love Armani Code smile

cahu Wed 12-Sep-12 21:46:03

Creeds Love in White.... too ££££££££ for me though. sad

DonaAna Wed 12-Sep-12 22:16:41

Your taste is very classic and quite rare these days.
The key word is aldehydic. (You seem to dislike heavy orientals.)

If you dislike fruity florals, you should explore both classics and modern niche perfumery, because very few mainstream releases will appeal to you.

You could explore vintage perfumes on eBay but many aldehydic perfumes go flat and change in a few years.

Instead, you should try Chanel No. 22 and Rive Gauche by YSL (the classic blue and black bottle). And how about Nahema by Guerlain? If you can find it, also Amouage Gold Woman. And even rarer, Vega by Guerlain.

Do you like classic Estee Lauders? (White Linen and Knowing for example?)
Have you explored classic chypres - Mitsouko by Guerlain and Femme by Rochas?

You might be intersted to know that some modern niche parfumeurs are revisiting aldehydes. Miriam by Tauer Perfumes and Aldehyde 44 by Le Labo are some great modern aldehydic perfumes.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Wed 12-Sep-12 22:23:29

Oh wow Dona, that is amazing. You sound like you really know about perfumes. I definitely feel some online exploring coming on. Or are there any shops I should try to get to (can do central London if that helps).

I like White Linen (I think, if I am thinking of the right one), but not sure about Knowing. I am not keen on Beautiful on me (which a friend wears).

Chubfuddler Wed 12-Sep-12 22:25:27

Gucci Guilty I am currently quite fond of. It's quite like no 5 but a bit more woody.

VinoEsmeralda Wed 12-Sep-12 22:31:00

Jil sander no3 ( yes no3) and allure sensuelle

SoleSource Wed 12-Sep-12 22:34:12

Yvpresse, coco mademoiselle, Burberry body.

HoopDePoop Wed 12-Sep-12 22:52:09


brighthair Thu 13-Sep-12 00:24:07

My mum wears Chanel no 5. She also likes Shalimar, Lush Ginger and a brand called Juliette has a gun
D&G woman (in the red box) is nice too. Oh she also liked Elie Saab when I squirted her with that grin

BaronessBomburst Thu 13-Sep-12 00:35:08

Maja by Myrurgia. It's actually very cheap, despite being launched in about 1920 and you can also get soap and body lotion etc so good for everyday and work.

BaronessBomburst Thu 13-Sep-12 00:37:06

I also like Arpege by Lanvin.

Pisces Thu 13-Sep-12 00:53:07

Estee Lauder - Sensuous

Benaberry Sat 15-Sep-12 10:07:58

Channel No5 is one of my all time favourites, although I tend to wear it for special, evening occasions (think that stems from my mum doing the same!).

Absolute daytime favourite is Channel No5 Eau Premiere (but found the EDP smells different, and to my nose, nicer, than the EDT, so do try both). Tried a new one by Guerlain the other day, La Petite Robe Noir, and really like that too.

Going to have to hunt down some of these other suggestions to see if I can broaden my collection!

MooMinCow Sat 15-Sep-12 11:38:05

I tend to stick to Chanel perfumes too - can't stand all these sweet fruity scents around at the moment - who wants to smell like a fruit salad FFS?

Personal faves are Allure, Chance Eau Fraiche and Coco for going out. Prada do some lovely grown up scents too - their original one is my other 'going out' fragrance and the Infusion D'Iris is a crisp fresh yet powdery scent for daytime IMO.

I want to try some of the Guerlain classic ones next.

WAD Sat 15-Sep-12 12:14:39

The new Coco Noir is nice, softer / mellower than the original Coco which, although delightful, I find a bit too 'spicy'.

toastandmarmiterocks Sat 15-Sep-12 12:43:23

There is another lovely Guerlain one too. I've just looked at the bottles and realised I got the other one's name wrong. There is Shalimar Parfum Initial l'eau which is similar to the original Shalimar but younger and better for daytime. Then there is L'instant de Guerlain which is not as heavy as the other and really good for daytime.

Sidge Sat 15-Sep-12 12:54:44

I wear Chanel No 5 a lot, and also love Calvin Klein's In2U.

FermezLaBouche Sat 15-Sep-12 12:58:37

Chanel chance is lovely and Marc Jacobs Lola - but I'm guessing Lola's not for you as it's floral. (Not light though.)
Also, I think it's been stopped now but if you can get a bottle of Alexander McQueen's Kingdom - it's LOVELY.

juniorant Sat 15-Sep-12 18:18:00

I am no 5 fan and always wear it.
But coco nice for christmas and recently discovered ysatis which I keep spraying on in shops.
The old diors are lovely too - miss dior, diorissimo, diorella etc
I ahve loved no 5 since i was 16 i'm 41 now.

SuperB0F Sat 15-Sep-12 18:21:12

Prada For Women is a good grown-up scent with a similar glamour to Chanel No.5.

I'll try to find a link to the one I mean.

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