Thinking I'd like something on the citrus-y side, nothing floral. Just wondering what your favorite is and if you even use one.
Aura Cacia Relaxing Lavender
I don't wear fragrance all that often, but I really like Herbae from L'Occitane. I don't find it very floral and it is quite different - fresh and herbal.
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AR, I like Citrus Verbena from L’Occitane. Also check out Jo Malone Grapefruit. A study was done a few years ago that found women who wore cologne with a grapefruit note were perceived as being younger than they actually were. Cheaper than a facelift! HA!
My daughter got me Versace Yellow Diamond and I love it. Wearing it right now. :)
It’s light for summer and does have a lemony scent, mixed with some floral and musk.
With the change in daily rhythm, I've forgotten to put on some scent in the morning. I'd been trying to use up all the Bath and Body Works gift sets from my boys.
A new favorite is Jo Malone Oud and Bergamot. I'm into perfumes and constantly smell new ones and this is a nice non floral for summer. Low oud which is not a favorite note but done so well here. Somewhat unisex with a female lean.
Eau des Merveilles Hermes (and flankers) is a very popular citrus and can be found fairly inexpensively around. You can get a travel spray on fragrancenet to try. I always buy samples or minis to try before a full bottle.
4711 for summer - a cologne. I don't wear any scent too often though, especially if I'll be outside, attracting insects. Lately, no reason to dress up either. I did want to share a perfumer in California who has such a nice selection. Very creative! Fun to read about and browse through: https://www.aftelier.com/default.asp
Jo Malone Orange Blossom
I was coming in to suggest Jo M Orange Blossom too! I have grapefruit too, but I wore it so much that I’m kinda sick of it.
Clinique, Happy is my go to summer scent
Yes, forgot about Jo Malone Orange Blossom - love it!
Acqua di Parma is citrusy and fresh.
Tory Burch “Just Like Heaven!” It smells divine to me...I always say it smells like “sunshine and shopping.” 😊
Thank you all so much. A fragrance can lift the spirits and that's always a good thing. They all sound perfect for summer.
As I've gotten older, I find perfumes give me a headache, so I've switched to a natural lavender body spray. Very gentle and refreshing.
Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin.
Annie, could you share the name of the lavender spray that you like?
If anyone is interested in learning and exploring more about fragrance, Fragrantica is great, especially the forums and reviews. I just finished participating in a swap sample box, no cost except postage to mail along to the next on the list and adding some samples. Here's the contents of one of the boxes. (I''m getting a third box soon) A great way to try new perfumes.
My new favorite and will get a bottle is Dasein Winter Nights
Thanks, AD! I've used Aura Cacia products before and like them.
I've become like Annie, and find that scents are too much for me. Woman must not be using scent as much as in the past, I rarely smell it on people when I'm out and about anymore.
Remember No.4711? That's the only scent I can even recall.
L'Occitane was recommended to me on here. Their product is pretty high quality, real lasting essential oils. I use their Rose Eau de Toilette, it is one of the few rose scents that lasts. Not what you're looking for, but I'm posting regarding the lasting power of their perfume. I almost never wear perfume anymore. Hubs can't smell most stuff, and I can't afford the good stuff and most of the time I'm working outside and don't want to attract bugs. My scent most days is Deep Woods Off. I have to use tea tree oil soap and shampoo to try and keep the mites at bay that I pick up outside so can't even use nice scented soaps much anymore.
Will also vouch for Auracacia products regarding the quality. I used to get them at the health food section of Wegman's back when I could afford such things and had a use for them. Don't get me wrong, I could buy them, but their utility for me would be limited, and if you're not using a scented product frequently, it's just going to degrade over time and exposure to air.
I've gotten sensitive to fragrance as I've gotten older as well. I no longer wear it if indoor dining (remember that?) A couple of times a woman somewhere in my vicinity would have on a fragrance so strong I couldn't even taste my food. It's so rude. If outdoor dining I do wear a fragrance lotion on my lower legs. I don't do much but it's so hot here I think it enough as I'm always worried about that other fragrance, B O. My favorite scented body lotion is Mugler's Angel . I sometimes dilute it with oil.
My use of the word perfume was not the best. Subtle fragrance, something that makes one feel good. All of you have been so helpful. Thank you.
Something summer, fresh that lifts the spirit. Don't we all need that right now.
Anything Jo Malone. Mostly a light floral all year. I wear Jo Malone every day, even in the winter while wearing sweats.
Jinx, your cologne sounds delicious. I may have to try some.
Just today I was thinking how I'd like a Carnation scented cologne. I have no idea why. :)
Forgot to add that I won't buy perfume from places like Amazon or inexpensive online fragrance stores. Too many bad reviews about them being fake. YouTube has great videos comparing scents from outlets vs places from the makers or Sephora, Dillards, Macy's and the like. I buy Jo Malone from their website.
Is Ulta a good place to buy cologne? If so, I highly recommend this one. My first purchase was in 2012, fell in love with it, then took a chance and bought a bottle for my DIL and she's still buying it to this day. Talk about putting one in a cheerful mood! It reeks of summer, but wear it lightly.
I'm the type who seems to spend hours online reading reviews before I purchase a scent I've never worn.
My favorite has almost always been Guerlain's ultra sultry L'Heure Bleue. Just a tiny amount, because this is a strong scent.
After reading threads here raving about Jo Malone, I ordered some. Burst out coughing before I'd opened the bottle! Returned it immediately.
When I was in my late teens, early twenties, and for my wedding, I wore L'Air du Temps. A lovely, light, classic scent.
When I was a young'un, I used to wear Muguet des Bois...lily of the valley...anyone else remember? I also remember Evening in Paris....
Annie... my Mom gave me a bottle of Muguet du Bois when I was 18. It was my scent for years. I still have a bottle of it!
Justterrilynn, Angel is one scent that, literally, makes me dizzy with nausea. I’m not the only one, either. In its heyday there were websites devoted to hatred of it, discussing the feasibility of having it banned as a public nuisance, and many giving graphic descriptions of what it smelled like to them. There is apparently something in the formulation that some people register one way and others another. My mother can’t even be in the room with someone wearing it. When my SIL discovered Angel and started wearing it all the time, my mother finally had to tell her not to wear it around her. To be perfectly honest it smells like rotting men’s socks to me ☹️ Lush’s fragrances are others that actually make me feel sick in an enclosed space. To me, they smell like vomit. Knowing how profoundly some scents affect a small segment of the population I try to stick with a single note fragrance when I wear it, like orange blossom. I won’t even do Jo Malone’s lime basil blend or vanilla orange.
Some people explain liking and disliking certain scents to a personal preference for marmite—you either love it or hate it. But I don’t think it’s just a matter of preference; I know it isn’t for me. I think it’s the olfactory equivalent to cilantro, which some people taste as a noxious soapy weed and others love.
If truth be told, my favorite perfume of all time was Cartier’s Baiser du Dragon. It was very strong and had to be worn very sparingly. I think in the parlance of perfumes, it is considered “oriental” or “exotic.” I finally gave up wearing it for fear of offending others.
I don't think people are wearing less perfume, if anything the interest is at it's highest fueled by websites like Frangrantica and Basenotes and all the blogs but the PC world of fragrance has changed much like the way the cigarette world changed in the seventies and eighties and now fragrance wearers are very conscious of not over spraying or wearing office safe perfumes, etc.
This is a much discussed topic similar to what is the best shade of white? :-)
Many fragrances are polarizing and Angel is one, I love it worn discreetly, in winter and have various vintages and reformulations.
My sil also wears it and has learned to not let it enter the room before her, although I never minded but the audaciousness always shocked me.
I love Angel but common sense rules. Nothing worse than being close to someone who poured a scent on and it was a nighttime winter scent. Achoo! Cough!
If I plan to wear a strong scent I put it on about 30 before I leave. Makes a big difference.
One nice summery scent that's still popular is Philosophy's Amazing Grace, the original. There's also Amazing Grace Ballet Rose but it didn't smell good on me at all. A bit medicinal.
So I left this page and went to YouTube looking for perfumes. The guy who does these videos is funny and knows his stuff.
WARNING: Turn your volume off the first 30 seconds or so while he makes his entrance. I sure wish I could edit videos full of worthless chit chat. Don't you?
I used to buy my mom Philosophy's Amazing Grace and a few other clean scents. Love fresh scents!
Kswl, Angel is a stronger scent. I prefer the scented lotion I mentioned above which is much calmer. Used sparingly it’s delightful. I dilute mine with olive oil.
A milder version of this ...
A fresh breeze blows over Angel and brings with it other-worldly dreams. Both exuberant and exotic, playful and mystical, takes us on a journey towards vibrant, colorful, sunny destinations, where celebrations are in full swing!
Don't buy these perfumes! He has Angel listed at #1. LOL
As I stated, the perfume is strong.
Anyway, if you don’t want to attract someone like that misogynist as$ in the video lol buy Angel or better yet Angel lotion (I use) which is a slightly different animal.
Lol, JT. What a tool that guy is.
I love wonderful scents, but they just don’t last on me. I have also noticed, and was actually going to bring it up here, that fewer around me are wearing Anything scented. I thought it was due to the recent lamenting from many about having Allergies to it.