What do you like? How about Annick Goutal, Creed, Les Exclusifs by Chanel? Serge Lutens, Frederic Malle? If you are in London, go to Les Senteurs. Oh and read the thread about the worst perfume ever, cos it isn't about that at all!
Dona - I'm not resident in Hungary but am there 2/3 times a year. I will be putting this on my list of shops to visit when I'm in Budapest. I have looked at the sites you have all mentioned and I am going to try getting a range of samples to see what I like.
After reading the Worst Perfume thread I am almost afraid of mentioning my previous favourites... okay here goes,
Issey Angel Chanel No 5 and Coco Clarins Eau Dynamisante Calache Balmain - Ivoire
oh and when I was in my teens - Mary Quant's Havoc.
I think I have a strange skin as most popular perfumes smell awful on me - like cat's pee
Oh nothing wrong with your perfume preferences - you have a really classic taste and also quite a range (aquatic, oriental/gourmand, citrus, and you are really big on aldehydes). Check the Amouages at Neroli when you are there - Gold Woman might please anyone who loves Chanel No. 5 and Caleche. You might also want to sample Parfums de Nicolai - Patricia de Nicolai does both great orientals and stylish classics.
Most popular mainstream perfumes smell awful on anyone - they are really aiming for the lowest common denominator and go for shampoo and candy smells.
Candy smells! Yes! That's exactly what most perfumes smell like to me. People rave about Jimmy Choo, the Eli Saab (sp), the Marc Jacobs, the Chloe range, Flower Bomb, Angel, the Guccis - any of the popular scents but they all smell like (I imagine) Jordan's perfume to me. Just awful and sugary - like candy floss.
I wear No5 & Coco mainly. And do love them both - No5 especially makes me lean into the scent; to want to inhale more. Estée Lauder 'Bronze Goddess' was a recent summer favourite (dreadful name but smells like old fashion sun tan oil). I also have Aromatics Elixir but find it a bit too 'flat' and dry. Also love No19.
I like a couple of the Creed scents - Virgin Island Water and another I can't remember the name of. And ADORE the Chanel Gardenia - I've promised myself I shall wear it if I marry. And tried the Dior New Look 1947 yesterday - lovely. Don't mind Diptyque 34 either. And some of the Aqua de Palma - think its the Colonial.
Can't abide vetivert (hugely negative reaction & instant headache), jasmine (if it's the main scent) or vanilla on its own. Or overt rose scents. I have an instant negative reaction to many many perfumes.
Thank you! I haven't tried the Guerlain or Roccas perfumes - will look them up. And the others - I really want to find a scent that I love but that isn't mass market so appreciate your tips and will look out the other thread.