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I want a perfume that does this!!!

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opalescent Mon 03-Feb-14 20:35:23

I hate most perfumes. I wish I could find one that just gave a nice gentle 'what's that lovely smell?' smell.
I hate floral, musk, or anything too sweet. Is there such a thing as a perfume that just produces a gentle, barely noticeable 'Mmmm' of pleasure? I realise that it's a very subjective thing.
I prefer the smell of men's fragrances in general. Is there such a thing as a female fragrance, that is quite 'masculine?' Help!!

DrNick Mon 03-Feb-14 20:36:05

or masculine that is feminine
usual replies are Prada and Eau Sauvage

MyNameIsKenAdams Mon 03-Feb-14 20:36:50

Escada Dot.

Bloody hard to find have to buy online.

AllYourBassClefsBelongToUs Mon 03-Feb-14 20:39:21

Watching this thread. I want this too!
Generally I quite like CK perfumes which are quite masculine - CK IN2U or CK Be.
But yeah still not quite there.

QueenThora Mon 03-Feb-14 20:46:04

I totally know what you mean. Most of them have that "perfumy" smell that to me just really stinks.

You might like the Jo Malone ones that are quite simple smell combinations, or maybe a rose-based one. Another I can think of that doesn't have that yuck smell is Acqua di Geo – the women's is quite sweet but you might like the men's.

I have some Elizabeth Arden Green Tea which I really like – it is light, barely-there and just smells nice, not perfumy.

I have also had Body Shop men's ones in the past but I think they stopped doing the one I liked (it was called "Of a Man"! blush)

Both these are a bit citrussy, leafy and fresh.

hettie Mon 03-Feb-14 20:46:52

You could try one of the essential molecule range eg molecule 01. Or one of the atelier cologne range Luke blois de blood. The reviews at fragrantica are good to help you narrow it down and get recommendations. LES scenteurs (online shop) is good for samples

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 03-Feb-14 20:46:54

Prada Infusion d'Iris or Kiehls musk

GreenRedBlueYellowPurple Mon 03-Feb-14 20:47:49

Essential oils!

PeriPathetic Mon 03-Feb-14 20:49:40

Another vote for Elizabeth Arden Green Tea. It's my signature scent now after many years of failure. My skin changes most perfumes into something I can't bear, but this one doesn't change, isn't heavy at all and is lovely :-)

AnnabelleDarling Mon 03-Feb-14 20:52:48

Acqua di Parma

Minstrelsaremarvellous Mon 03-Feb-14 20:57:34

Thierry Mugler Cologne is exactly this. On line through selfridges. Please don't tell anyone else though wink

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 03-Feb-14 21:03:07

Well if you know what "family" the mens smells you like fall in to you may be able to find a womans one within the same group. Info on families here

opalescent Mon 03-Feb-14 21:18:52

Oh god bless you allgrin
I will jot all these suggestions down and seek them out.
Very interested about the molecule suggestion. I had read about this, and am curious. Very few places seem to sell it though, I think I will have to make a special trip to somewhere quite posh to have a sniff.

opalescent Mon 03-Feb-14 21:20:14

Allyourbass, ckbe is definitely on the right lines, if memory serves.

TheresLotsOfFarmyardAnimals Mon 03-Feb-14 21:20:30

Gucci envy me is worth a try

ForgettableTampon Mon 03-Feb-14 21:20:45

Liz Earle no 15 is extraordinary

Dilidali Mon 03-Feb-14 21:23:00

Coco Chanel. The original, in black box. smile

KellyHopter Mon 03-Feb-14 21:27:02

You sound similar to me, I've always found it really difficult find a perfume I like.

I ocan only bear understated, fresh, clean scents. Usually trawl through the men's colognes but even there the 'freshness' is too fake smelling.

I'm still on the lookout for the perfect one but Clarins Eau Ressourcante is as close to it as I've found so far so I'm sticking with that for now.

rubyflipper Mon 03-Feb-14 21:30:06

Jo Malone Grapefruit

Superene Mon 03-Feb-14 21:30:27

L'air du temps, nina ricci. Modern scent smells dreadful on me, really cheap and soapy, even the expensive ones. Older scents that have been around for decades don't. L'air du temps has been around for a very long time. Try it.

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 03-Feb-14 21:30:53

The description of CKBE is

Heart notes - Peach
Top notes - Juniper Berry
Base notes - Sandalwood

Scent - Fresh

LittleBabyPigsus Mon 03-Feb-14 21:31:19

L'Occitane Verbena?

BaDaBing Mon 03-Feb-14 21:33:41

Try the clarins scents. They are perfumes designed to be neutralisers rather than over powering perfumes. I like the new jardin personally.

Sweetart Mon 03-Feb-14 21:34:34

Paco Rabbane

NearTheWindmill Mon 03-Feb-14 21:36:00

Give eau de lancome a try. It's very fresh and citrussy. Good old 80s fragrance.

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