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Part 3- Fully fledged perfumistas- share your fragrances

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shoeprincess2 Tue 22-Jan-13 17:27:17

Part 2 is nearly full!

isabellafan Sun 24-Mar-13 16:13:22

its ok i found some here

my hubby did that link for me

thank you for your help


isabellafan Sun 24-Mar-13 15:28:56

i live in the uk so would prefer to buy from the uk

FrugalFashionista Sun 24-Mar-13 15:25:41

This one?

isabellafan Sun 24-Mar-13 15:12:43

is there any isabella on ebay please??

sorry to sound dumb but not used to the internet

FrugalFashionista Sun 24-Mar-13 11:12:36

Long discontinued, see here

I usually buy discontinued perfumes on eBay, particularly good.
This thread is no longer active, talk continues on Vol 4.

isabellafan Sun 24-Mar-13 11:04:01

hi new to the forums...

as you can see from my nickname i am a great fan of the ISABELLA ROSSELLINI range of perfumes but sadly my favourite has just run out and cannot now find this anywhere in the shops...

can anybody point me in the right direction please if poss..


thank you....

FrugalFashionista Mon 18-Mar-13 21:37:42

New thread Vol 4 here - see you there!

Haberdashery Mon 18-Mar-13 20:14:55

Delighted to hear you are recovering well, kiwi. Hope you mend fast.

FrugalFashionista Mon 18-Mar-13 17:55:28

Oh and Kiwi so happy to have you back!

FrugalFashionista Mon 18-Mar-13 17:53:01

The orange ladies know surprisingly little about perfume ime - they are trained in sales, not in perfume chemistry/classification/history. Read the Turin/Sanchez guide and you'll be the expert. They panic if you step away from the norm (ie the latest handful of releases - they've memorized the press materials). Make some innocent questions. I asked once (in the men's department) "Could you please recommend some leather perfumes" and the SA disappeared in the back room, never coming back. Take an innocent intro: "I really love heliotrope... Could you recommend me something?" Then see what happens...

Wearing Chanel No. 19 EDP today. Feels like second skin. I wonder why I ever bother with anything else grin

CointreauVersial Mon 18-Mar-13 17:02:53

SOTD is Tilda Swinton Like This, by ELdO.

Nothing like the name suggests! I had imagined the scent would be unconventional, angular, slightly androgynous, very modern, but it's actually a gorgeous warm, feminine and pretty thing - I can pick out tangerine, rose and heliotrope (and apparently it also contains immortelle). Has stayed fresh and bright all day, really wearable, yet another ELdO winner for me.

Fuzzybirds Mon 18-Mar-13 11:55:29

Good morning folks and hello and welcome to ArbitraryUsername and Going tobeRuth

Arbitrary we too have eau de vomit in this house today, lots of nasty bugs seem to be doing the rounds. Got a free sample of YSL Parisienne over the weekend so I'm trying that today...very 'meh' fruity floral to me, extremely light for EDP. There's supposed to be a vinyl note in there, which would make it more interesting but I can't really detect it.

Kiwi glad to hear you're doing well and hope the nausea goes away soon. Cinema is lovely, funny as I've always thought of it as a winter scent so I'll have to try it again now spring is (slowly) on its way!

kiwigirl42 Mon 18-Mar-13 10:57:06

Hi guys - recovering really well from my op and thank you so much for all your kind wishes. Have not been up to much perfume as feeling bit nauseous so it was another sign on the road to normality when I wore some Louve last night (hardly the loudest perfume!)

I've realised, thanks to a beautiful bunch of daffodils my lovely MIL bought me, that there is a dose of narcissus in Montaigne.

Cinema for me this morning. as Frugal said, the perfect light spring gourmandy amber. In fact, I can see a bottle of this in my future (thanks the gods that its cheap!)

CointreauVersial Sun 17-Mar-13 23:53:18

I tried something a little different today - L'Artisan Traversee du Bosphore. Sooo sweet, like sugar, play-doh and soft floral marzipan. It's interesting - in my pre-perfumista life I would have immediately dismissed it as "not my thing" and wouldn't have even tried it on my skin, but now I am able to appreciate and enjoy it as being something a little different. Definitely more a scent to wear at home, or by myself, as I don't think it represents "me" really.

Oh, and hello to all the new peeps!

Haberdashery Sun 17-Mar-13 21:20:27

Also, sorry about the vom, Arbitrary. That is no fun at all.

Haberdashery Sun 17-Mar-13 21:19:39

I didn't know En Passant was Olivia Giacobetti! She did Premier Figuier, too, so maybe you will like that.

I am v much a newbie, too, Arbitrary. But if you test lots of stuff and look up the notes afterwards and see what you could smell and what you couldn't and which bits were good, you will soon start to find your way. I have started to be much more confident about identifying what I can smell and once you can do that it is very easy to search more of the same kinds of things out.

Ladame, welcome to the dark side... I also love and adore Eau Sauvage.

ArbitraryUsername Sun 17-Mar-13 21:15:28

The orange ladies in my local shops are probably very nice and helpful. I'm just quite scared of them. They ask me questions I don't know the answer to. To be honest I find the whole department store shopping experience a bit exhausting. There's just too much spread about all over the place and nothing all that useful to help me find what I actually want.

GoingtobeRuth Sun 17-Mar-13 20:39:15

ArbitraryUsername I totally agree on the orange ladies, they just never listen, SpaceNK are a lot better though our local shop ladies are a bit inclined to push their favourites
I have worn Cristalle for EVER (10 years I guess) so time for a change but I never seem to find anything I really want to change to. I have a bathroom cabinet with about a dozen different scents butter only one I ever fancy instead is the Annick Goutal Ninfeo mio which is nice and dry too

ArbitraryUsername Sun 17-Mar-13 19:51:47

Thanks for the advice, I shall seek out a sample of Premier Figuier. And look at more by Olivia giacobetti and Frederick Malle.

I should probably brave the local department stores, but I find the whole thing a bit intimidating and overwhelming. I just have no idea where to start. I have so little ability to explain or describe what i want that I can't imagine how any sales assistant could begin to help me. I have no idea which concession to even start with, never mind anything else. And the orange ladies do scare me a bit. For this reason, online sampling (with descriptions and explanations) seems a bit less scary to me. And I get to wait for stuff in the post, which is always nice.

DS2 has been ill, so I've mostly been smelling of vomit today. sad

Ladame Sun 17-Mar-13 19:05:56

GoingtobeRuth I know, I know! Only found it a couple of weeks ago. I love it that there is a wealth of information and expertise. I've learnt so much and was much more confident about what I might like when I had a chance to go and try some fragrances. Who knew that I obv like the male fragrances more? Newbie like me, enjoy!!! wink.

GoingtobeRuth Sun 17-Mar-13 18:42:56

O how did I not find this thread before!
Hallo, I have so enjoyed reading through the thread and exploring the sites and shops you have recommended
Marking my place

Ladame Sun 17-Mar-13 18:08:01

Frugal I think you are right! I often like male fragrances more. The Hermes one I do love is Equipage, also Eau Sauvage and Old Spice. I'm not sure about the leather accent, is that in Aromatics Elixir? (which I hate with a passion - makes me want to throw up blush). Am (was) a bit of a rock chick and loved the whole hippy/sandalwood/incense-y thing, although I'm not getting on so well with patchouli any more it seems. Have ordered some TF Oud Wood from STC, I have it on a strip and can't stop smelling it, it is so gorgeous. There is often something so 'clean' about a male fragrance and I'm not too keen on flowery things.

FrugalFashionista Sun 17-Mar-13 17:52:46

Ladame affordable decants of Oud Wood here. I've received decants from the US without problems - simple as long as you don't make a big order (=they bypass customs). Oud is everywhere in perfumes, even Jo Malone has a few oud colognes - a theme for you to explore more in depth? YSL M7 Oud Absolu is an easy-to-find / not hyper expensive dept store oud (men's department).

Loving your paperback. I'm still debating going to a big niche fair next weekend (6 hours on a train required) - if I do, definitely taking a paperback along grin

You have a heavy metal taste in fragrances Ladame (balanced with light citrus). You liked the king of Ambers and a tobacco/hay fragrance. And, like it has been repeated here many times, oud is really worm-eaten wood. Share the menswear side with Haber and (occasionally) me wink Woody fragrances and herby ambers are tobacco and hay notes are your thing. Dry, not sweet, and possibly not big on patchouli. The men's department is full of those experiences. Do you like leather in fragrances?

Ladame Sun 17-Mar-13 17:03:14

Hi everyone ! Just returned from Biarritz and a walk through some lovely fragrances. Unfortunately, Mr Ladame got the most horrible flu and so I didn’t go back to buy any, although to be honest, my favourite – Tom Ford Oud Wood, was so eyewateringly expensive (bottle started at 280 euros, sorry not sure the ml, but pretty titchy, I didn’t want to study it too hard as I was reeling from the price!) – also loved Arabian Wood.

I loved SL Chergui and Ambre Sultan. Chergui a little more I thought. V expensive smelling fragrance, goes well with the beautifully-dressed French Ladies and their terriers walking along the promenade, caught it more than once on the breeze. They didn’t have Musc Koublai Khan or Borneo unfortunately and told me I could prob only find them in Paris.

Hermes fragrances not really my thing - Santal Massoia had quite a cinnamon kick to it, which I dislike in food and fragrance, but the saleslady said there was no cinnamon in the ingredients, so I’m not sure where I got it from hmm. Also, there was a security guard on the door (Why? Why? aren’t they intimidating enough? ) and the saleslady was a little disinterested and a bit sigh-y.

Tried Eau d’Hadrien – thanks Florascotia - loved it, but if I had to choose between that and O De Lancome, I’d probably go for the O. I now have a paperback that will always remind me of my trip, due to the many strips I gathered and a hankering for something I can’t really afford, ho hum! Florascotia I would love to try some of your samples, I don't really have any to swap, although please have my Coromandel if you like it, I really want to love it, but sadly, 'tis not to be. Apart from the lovely drydown, then rapid disappearance, it just smell like stale Youth Dew mixed with flat cheap supermarket coca-cola, and not a little wet dog sad. My daughter walked past me (on my third try), shook her head and said "give it up Mum".

FrugalFashionista Sun 17-Mar-13 14:15:29

Actually changed my mind, spritzed on some En Passant.
The spring perfume for me, rain-soaked lilacs...
If you like this Arbitrary (welcome!) google Olivia Giacobetti (or scroll back - we talked about some of them up-thread) and try some of her other perfumes? Or alternatively some of the other Frederic Malle perfumes?

Perfume samples are a treat. On a dull day, sampling something new (or and old favorite) is such a lovely little escape... <back to sorting stuff/ organizing>

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