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Fragrance talk, anyone?

Theodora's picture

Hello, all, hope you are enjoying this wonderful cooking season. I don't get over here much anymore because of my job, but I trust you guys on this issue.

Perfume. Scent. Fragrance.

I'd love to find one to call my own. My Mom always work 4711 Eau de Cologne, which is a citrus, bergamot, very very light unisex scent, and it is classic, and lovely. I like it; I like it on me. I suppose I could wear it more, but I don't know, I don't want to smell like my Mom. It's almost too emotional to wear it and think about her so much, now she's gone.

Who wears something they love, that is fresh, not overtly sexy/romantic, not too musky? I love single floral notes. I die for honeysuckle in the summer out in the fresh air, but I've never found and adequate packaged version of it. I adore just plain jasmine essential oil.

Tell me about what you can wear that you love.

plantlust's picture

(post #49046, reply #1 of 41)

I have a sensitive nose. Quite frankly, some scents out there positively make me ill (room "freshners", some perfumes/colognes, moisturizing lotions & soaps) with nausea inducing headaches. That being said:
4711 - like that one too
A ginger one that made it on one of Oprah's shows(Origins Ginger Essence)

I don't have any problems with "real" smells. Real roses, honeysuckle, jasmine, mint, pine, rosemary, basil etc don't cause any headaches for me.

Santa baby, some acreage would be nice for me too. Can do?

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

Theodora's picture

(post #49046, reply #2 of 41)

I agree totally.

I bet the Demeter Fragrance library has an "acreage" scent. They have "dirt" and "greenhouse" and "wet garden."

plantlust's picture

(post #49046, reply #3 of 41)

There's supposed to be an orchid perfume(Orchid Fever mentioned it, I believe). Made by a Japanese company, if I remember correctly. Hideously expensive too.

Santa baby, some acreage would be nice for me too. Can do?

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

Regality's picture

(post #49046, reply #4 of 41)

I have a small bit of knowledge of the subject and I will tell you this:  Do not rely on anyone else's recommendation.  The chemicals in any perfume react differently with everyone's own body chemistry.  You must try it on your own skin.  Unless you've had a lot of experience, you can't even just smell the fragrance in the bottle and know how it will smell on you.  And you defnitely can't buy a scent just because you love it on another person.  E.g., I had a relative whose signature scent was Shalimar and it was wonderful on her.  On me, it smelled like old skunk.


 


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Edited 12/3/2007 11:09 pm by Regality

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #49046, reply #5 of 41)

I wore Origin's Spring Fever until my MIL decided she had to wear it all the time too.


so now, I usually wear Origin's Ginger Essence, unless I'm wearing one of my blends (so not an ad - please don't smite me, moderators)


Since I work with fragrance every single day, the cheap ones they use in air freshners and household products really gag me, so I try to stick to unscented ones.


most perfumes I don't care for. just too much going on, and they are over the top cloying to me. I like warm spicy (not musky) scents in winter, and go toward citrus in spring summer. I'm especially fond of grapefruit.


and I can second what Regality said - any commercial perfumes that I try to wear vanish on me within a couple hours, except for Obsession, and I've outgrown that one. Even the Origins doesn stick too long, unless I use it mixed into a lotion.



~RuthAnn
foom!




Edited 12/3/2007 11:15 pm by KitchenWitch

~RuthAnn

Theodora's picture

(post #49046, reply #6 of 41)

Regality is right...I'm aware of needing to test it on one's own body chemistry. Even my two sisters and I can get dramatically different effects from the same scent.

RuthAnn, is it true that if you use an anti-bacterial soap, that fragrances will not hold as long as if you use a plain soap?

msm-s's picture

(post #49046, reply #7 of 41)

i'll have to look into Origins. i wore Montanna for years, nice and clean and worked well for me. when i ran out i never replaced it because at the time it was hard to get. i need to find something i like and start wearing scent again occasionally.

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #49046, reply #8 of 41)

hmmm - I haven't heard that before, but it wouldn't surprise me, as most "soaps" that are sold are actually detergents.
if the box says "body bar" or "cleansing bar" they aren't really soap.
I prefer real cold process soap as it doesn't strip the skin so much.
And DH, who works on out cars finds that the real soap does a better job of getting the grease off his hands plus doesn't dry his skin the way hand cleaners do.


for fragrance to have some staying power, I think you need something emollient, like your own skin oils or something oily in the formula to make it "stick." That's just my opinion, of course, but I find colognes don't last on me, but if I use one of my scented lotion bars, I can still smell it on my skin 12 hours later.


~RuthAnn
foom!


~RuthAnn

Theodora's picture

(post #49046, reply #24 of 41)

OK, this makes some sense, since I usually spritz my cologne on my shoulders and décolletage, which are dry skin these days. I'm going to try moisturizing, then try again.

Today I've layered 4711 and jasmine and they are cooperating nicely. Makes the 4711 just a tad more feminine, and not heavy.

It's deodorant soaps I was thinking of in my question, something about their not allowing any scent to linger. I do have some pure soap here that I save for special soaks.

Meg's picture

(post #49046, reply #9 of 41)

Be sure to test the fragrance for about a day before your purchase, too. I remember testing perfumes with my Mom; I wore some home. By the time I got home from shopping I did not like the scent at all even though at first I did. I guess a 'living with it' test is essential for me!

BoofyQ's picture

(post #49046, reply #10 of 41)

My mom wears 4711 too. When I was little, if I was sick she'd prop me up in her bed, tucked under the covers, and put a cool washcloth spritzed with 4711 on my forehead. *contented sigh*

TracyK's picture

(post #49046, reply #11 of 41)

I used to wear Anais Anais, by Cacharel... loved it. It's a very light floral scent. You might want to check it out!


I went through this same thing last year... after breaking up with my ex and making some big changes in my life I wanted to find a new "signature" fragrance. Spent many an afternoon at Sephora, sniffing myself into oblivion.


Finally landed on a newish scent by Calvin Klein of all things, even though I've disliked all previous scents by Calvin Klein... it's called euphoria, and I just adore it. It's a little musky, it's got notes of fig and pomegranate. It smells great on me. :-)


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Canuck's picture

(post #49046, reply #12 of 41)

I loved Anais Anais! I looked for it yesterday at duty-free. No luck.
Is it still available? I bought some sort of Estee Lauder (Perfection?) Gwyneth Paltrow version instead.

TracyK's picture

(post #49046, reply #13 of 41)

It is still available, I've seen it at Sephora recently. Let me know if you'd want me to pick some up for you... they often have it at Loehmann's (a "better-quality" discount store) for around $30.

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Canuck's picture

(post #49046, reply #14 of 41)

Hi Tracy,


Thanks, that's a nice offer; I will check at Sephora here. I was so completely thrilled by all the Sephoras in NYC (and I think we visited every single Sephora) that I forgot completely to look for perfume LOL. What a terrific store :)

Adele's picture

(post #49046, reply #17 of 41)

Anais Anais - I used to wear that too.


For something different, I now have a bottle of DKNY delicious in the green bottle.  I asked for the red for Christmas.


I don't wear just one perfume though, I tend to choose it for what I'm wearing!  I have summer and winter too.  I wear Sunflower from the drugstore when I'm in shorts or in a lay about dress.  LOL


Estee Lauder White Linen Breeze is a favourite, but of course, it's is discontinued.  I have a bottle of White Linen Pure that I was trying to get through, because I really don't care for it, but then Mom brought be down a whole brand new bottle. :(


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Theodora's picture

(post #49046, reply #25 of 41)

Dang, Adele, WLBreeze was on my short list of stuff to look for!

Adele's picture

(post #49046, reply #37 of 41)

Do you need/like White Linen Pure?  I'll trade you an unopened box.  LOL

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Theodora's picture

(post #49046, reply #38 of 41)

Lemme look it up...back later!

shoechick's picture

(post #49046, reply #39 of 41)

I used to use Euphoria too, loved it...until.....a bottle got smashed in my luggage and it was all I could smell for weeks...Now I can't stand the smell on me.  I might have to give it 6 months before trying it again.


I'm now a Gucci girl, the original in the big square bottle.  I've heard rumours of it being discontinued, hope not.


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gmunger's picture

(post #49046, reply #15 of 41)

The timing is ironic. I just sent an email to my boss, pleading for her to ask others who use our shared workspace to please refrain from bringing "fragrance" to work with them.


For those who choose to use, keep in mind that many of us are not enamored of this kind of stuff. Some even have a physical reaction. Most are too polite to say anything in person, but rest assured, it does have an unpleasant effect.


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MadMom's picture

(post #49046, reply #16 of 41)

I think using too much perfume is a sign of old age and diminishing ability to smell.  I wish people who wear too much had to be as overwhelmed as the rest of us.  I hate to get into an elevator with someone who has dumped a bottle of perfume over their head.



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TracyK's picture

(post #49046, reply #19 of 41)

It's possible to wear perfume subtly. You wouldn't know it by the number of people in the world who seem to drench themselves in it before leaving the house, though! ;-)


There is one perfume that gives me a blinding headache if I even catch a tiny whiff... "Poison," I think by Dior. BLECCH.


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Quilter's picture

(post #49046, reply #34 of 41)

Poison is one of the few perfumes that don't turn into something putrid on my skin.  But I have to admit it's very 'out there' and I seldom use it, and when I do, it's very sparingly.

TracyK's picture

(post #49046, reply #35 of 41)

It's not even that I mind the scent of it, it just immediately gives me a screaming headache. Weird!


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Theodora's picture

(post #49046, reply #23 of 41)

OH, I hear you, I don't like it at work either. (I'm asthmatic, many scents will irritate me.) Thus partly my search for something extremely light.

gmunger's picture

(post #49046, reply #26 of 41)

Here's some information to consider. This was shared with me today by a coworker who is also fed up with the olfactory assault in the workplace. Some of it may be helpful. Or maybe not. Sorry to be a buttinsky, but your timing was truly ironic. Best of luck in your quest (:

The real Arsenal of Democracy is a fertile soil, the fresh produce of which is the birthright of nations.
-- Sir Albert Howard

 

We are truly what we eat, and too many people are fast, cheap and easy. Who owns your food owns you, and it is unwise to let that power rest in the hands of a very few wealthy corporations.
Marcia's picture

(post #49046, reply #27 of 41)

DD and I suffer from MCS. I must say, it makes life difficult. :(

gmunger's picture

(post #49046, reply #31 of 41)

It's funny, I never used to think about it. Used to use personal care products with heavy perfume, hung out in smoky bars, even used cologne on occasion (when I thought it might bolster my cause, heehee).


Now that I've purposely avoided those things (and my cause requires much less bolstering these days, aahemm), I seem suddenly much more sensitive. Two hours in a smoky bar, and I have a headache and sinus irritation for most of the next day. Can't stand any perfumed laundry or other soap, except for a bit of natural stuff. Guess I've become nature boy.


The worst is to be at a wine tasting and have someone walking around with perfume. That really gets me steamed.


The real Arsenal of Democracy is a fertile soil, the fresh produce of which is the birthright of nations.
-- Sir Albert Howard

 

We are truly what we eat, and too many people are fast, cheap and easy. Who owns your food owns you, and it is unwise to let that power rest in the hands of a very few wealthy corporations.
Marcia's picture

(post #49046, reply #33 of 41)

My sensitivities didn't develop until I was in my mid-thirties, so I grew up wearing perfume and my dad was a heavy smoker, so these are things I never thought of, either.


I first noticed problems with our DS when he was two and a friend who'd overdone her perfume came over. DS broke out all over in hives. Flying was a nightmare with  him because there was not even a no smoking section in planes when he was very young. (Oh, he has asthma as do DD and I, thus the problem with smoke.) This was before I had any trouble of the sort, and he has less trouble than he did when he was young.


He thinks that many more people have problems with scents than are aware, and complain of headaches and such without knowing the cause. I'm inclined to agree.


Thanks for the links, nature boy. <g> I've seen articles about several studies which clearly indicate that air fresheners and such are harmful, but no one seems to pay attention.


I sometimes pick up a smell of a perfume from my youth, and the old ones don't bother me nearly as much as some new things. DH has gone to events where a good bit of  hand shaking was necessary, and the chemicals in whatever people put on their skin seems to be designed NOT TO GO AWAY. After repeated washings, we can still smell scent on his hands, which is a little frightening to me.


Sorry to go on but it does strike very close to  home.


Edited to add that at some food and wine events, heavy perfumes are actively discouraged. I don't know if any have gone so far as to ban them, but they do interfere with the palate.


Edited 12/4/2007 8:25 pm ET by Marcia