A few years back I did a list of green fragrances in honor of St Patrick's Day. Today, let's do a mash-up of green fragrances + an open thread: name a green fragrance you like, then go ahead and talk about whatever else you want to talk about (ask a question, tell us what perfume you're wearing, the last scent you bought, whatever). Then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer.
I'm wearing Annick Goutal's very green Mandragore. If anyone has successfully layered Mandragore with anything else, do tell!
p.s. If all goes according to plan (and of course it rarely does), our long-delayed move to our new domain will finally take place this weekend. If it really happens, I'll turn off comments on Friday night or Saturday morning, and then starting on Monday anyone visiting Now Smell This will be automatically redirected to the new location.
Note: image is Pure Green by by be_khe at flickr; some rights reserved.
Feeling very lazy indeed over here in St. Paul. My 4 yr old perfumista-in-training and I are wearing the absolutely perfect GGG&G. It's more of a summer scent to me, but I can't wear the color green, so this will have to do.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
Now, I'm so glad there's a new poll…I've been dying to ask this for a week:
Can anyone talk me through the best of the best Jasmine perfumes out there? I have come to the conclusion that it simply is the note for me and brings me such joy. LUSH's new 'Vanillary' actually's pairs Vanilla and Jasmine together, but I found it much too sweet. A prefer dry Vanilla, but…anyway…JASMINE………..
Thank you in advance!
I almost wore that one myself! It's still my favorite green.
Check these reviews (see link to perfume reviews on menu above)…many of them also link to other jasmine reviews: Serge Lutens A La Nuit, Annick Goutal Le Jasmin, L'Orientaliste Jasmin, Miller Harris Jasmin Vert, Septimanie Perfumes Pavillon des Fleurs
No brainer–Chanel No. 19 for me.
Oh, and yes, happy St. Patrick's day everyone!
Ineke's Balmy Days and Sundays is green to me. I had a bottle but swapped it away when I realized it was just too sweet. Why do I sometimes love a sample or decant, but get turned off to a perfume once a bottle is acquired? Is it just the thrill of the hunt? That might be a good poll, Robin: What perfumes did you love as a sample or decant, but dislike as a full bottle? I think this happens because I apply samples so sparingly, I don't get the full effect of a scent as when I spray that bottle with abandon. And sometimes that “full effect” isn't all its cracked up to be.
Happy St. Patty's Day everyone…
My fave green scents are: Gap Grass, Jean Louis Scherrer, O' de Lancome, and Chanel No 19.
Oops, I forgot one of my faves, Chanel's Cristalle's EDT version.
Clueless in CA…what does GGG&G stand for, please?
I'm not a jasmine lover, but you must try Jasmin de Nuit (The Different Company). Dry, spicy and floral… gorgeous!
Not sure if it is a 'green' scent but it does have a 'green' mango note…I am wearing Ellena's wonderful Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil today. I haven't worn this since fall and today it smells so fresh and springlike to me.
Miller et Bertaux Green, green, green & green.
Sometimes it is because you like it better dabbed than sprayed. I've had that happen, & solve the problem by decanting from my new bottle so I can go right on dabbing.
If you had a spray sample to begin with, more likely it's the “thrill of the hunt”!
And a happy day to you as well
Oh, I think of it as green!
Keep hoping I'll run across Gap Grass at an outlet, but of course I never do!
Happy St. Patrick's Day.
I began the day with a little spot of Gobin Daude Sous Le Buis: green, dry, herbaceous, with lavender that gets stronger as it dries down. Extraordinarily pretty.
As I had more skin available on the other arm, I also applied a little vintage Guerlain Vetiver EdT. Vetiver feels very green to me, although a very different kind of dark, dry green.
Today I'm wearing Thierry Mugler's Cologne, which is literally green so that works! And I didn't even remember it was St. Pat's Day! It fits in pretty well with my early-morning ventures into this freakish 65 degree day we're having here in Michigan. Very clean and refreshing and welcoming in spring.
The new SL Nuit de Cellophane has a lovely jasmine note, at least to my nose on my skin. Not entirely a jasmine scent but worth a sniff if you get a chance.
Also L'Artisan The Pour Un Ete is a lovely fresh jasmine scent.
Thanks for the validation, Robin!
I'm wearing Sur La Nil today, not sure if that's green or not, but I didn't think about this morning!
My favorite green fragrance of the moment is the original Estee Lauder Private Collection. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
For jasmine, I really like Annick Goutal's Songes. It is supposedly frangipani, but I get jasmine jasmine jasmine out of it. Might be worth a try.
Gorgeous (the SlB), and I really ought to start making an effort to use up my bottle before it turns. Hate to see it go though!
Very green, yes! We're having a gorgeous day here too, after quite a few days of dreary gray stuff.
Wearing Heeley Eau de Figuier, the fragrance that forced me to finally learn how to spell 'figuier' without having to look it up first, just by the sheer number of times I've Googled it. Not eye-scratchingly green but more like a cool blue-green smell. It's become my no brainer go-to fragrance, very casual and easy.
I'm quite sure I have you to thank for it, actually.
I don't care if it's usually listed as a white floral ; “Fleurissimo” by Creed will always smell very green and tweed-y to me. “Mitsouko” is another one–a chypre, but also especially green to my nose. As some have already mentioned, Chanels “No. 19” and “Cristalle” are two other good choices. “Connemara” and “Emeraude” are two good-but-cheapies in the green department. Happy St. Patty's Day, everyone!
Ooo–also, “Blue Grass” by Elizabeth Arden, but that's more of an herbal green.
Great! I am in love with Premier Figuier (L'Artisan) which is a slightly green, slightly milky fig.
But I would like to ask something: I am also in love with KUSMI Green Bouquet green tea.
It is bergamot, oily nearly, and a tad tea, a tad flowery-bittery.
Is there a similar perfume?
I could only think of Mitsouko and Jicky, but these Guerlains do not suit me, unfortunately.
Glad to see that comment…I've been pondering deeply the difference b/w dabbing & spraying. sometimes the scent is so different! Happy St Patrick's to all — am wearing Tokyo Milk's Sparrow (fairly green) but not as green as my fave green, Diorella!
Then my job here is done
Love Diorella! Have not tried ANY of the Tokyo Milks — I am so behind!
It's green to me! It's official classification is woods, but whatever — it smells pretty darned green.
Happy St Patrick's Day to everyone! Well not wearing any green today as I wore nothing but green on Sunday to the St Pat's parade. I am wearing EL's PC TG and it's still going strong after 5 hours which still amazes me. I am still impatiently waiting for spring to arrive here in the Northeast, especially after they cancelled the annual flower show here! Blasted recession – I am totally depressed so TG is helping me cope!
Best of luck with the domain switch this weekend!
Oops. Extraneous apostrophe.
LOL — I still have to look it up!
Can herbal be green? I like Guerlain's Herba Fresca and Laurier-Reglisse.
Who makes Connemara?
Ah, what a great idea for a Lazy Poll, Robin.
Let's see. Right off the bat, I'm thinking Chanel Bel Respiro, named after the country house of Coco herself, all soft greens and stems and garden air, and PG Jardins de Kerylos, which is a quiet little riot of fresh green figs and sycamore.
What a marvelous way to celebrate St. Paddy's day. Thanks for wearin' o' the green (fumes)!
The name caught my eye…have tried Sparrow & Le Petit. Sparrow is – greens – with white floral (to my nose) and can be a bit strong. And they're inexpensive. Unlike our dear Diorella, but she's so much fun!
Alliage is my favourite green, along with Chanel No.19. What about the quintesssential green, Vent Vert? I smelled it once and couldn't understand what all the ruckus is about. It's supposed to be the best according to John Oakes.
I have not tried that Kusmi, but CB I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan tea is mostly tea + bergamot to me. And of course there's Bvlgari's green tea, and Parfumerie Generale L'Eau Rare Matale.
argh, its and it's are my nemesis! (nemeses?)
Great picks, and you're the first to mention either.
Well to match my Green plaid Izod button down shirt over my Izod lime green T shirt I put on Guerlain Vetiver Frozen this morning. And yes had corned beef and cabbage for lunch.
Glad the EL is cheering you up. The lasting power on that one really is extraordinary.
Today I'm wearing Parfum Generale's Cuir d'Iris. Not at all green, but I'm compensating by wearing a bright green American Apparel tee in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Sure! I'm still on the lookout for a cheap bottle of the Laurier Reglisse — took me forever to find Mandarine Basilic at TJ Maxx, but finally did so hope I'll find the LR as well.
Thank you! The CB sounds lovely, I have even found a shop in Germany.
My “greens-of-the-month”: Vetiver tonka, The unicorn spell, Bois de violette Frangipani absolute, Donna Karan Gold and sometimes Le temps d'une fete, when I don't feel overpowered by the pepper in it, or at least what feels to me like pepper, I'm not sure :- Same thing happens sometimes with Rush, OJ Champaca and 31 rue Cambon.
Plus I love sniffing Philosykos, really one of the best smells in the world, but I never feel like wearing it. I'll end up buying it just to spray it on a blotter from time to time…
Oops…I lied. Found it at ebay.
Ooo, I'm eager to try that one- it sounds amazing!
You have to smell the vintage, I think, to see what the ruckus is about. I like the new, but the vintage is MUCH greener.
Wow — you went all out! Good for you.
Only Lili by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz and Chanel les Exclusifs Bel Respiro are 'green' and wearbale for me. But I do love trying over and over to wear Green by Byredo, which is more of my idea of what a beautiful green scent would smell like if they didn't morph into monsterous green goblins on my skin.
Hey, babe! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
My all-time favorite green is probably Cristalle, followed by the gorgeous Sous les Buis. What a beautiful fragrance!
Today, I am wearing Fleur de Narcisse. Wow! This smells pretty good.
I'm sampling FM's En Passant – it smells green to me.
I'm wearing a sample of Paco Rabanne Metal – very soapy green with a huge dose of white flowers …. but I think I like it! YSL Y is my go to green scent. Happy St. Pat's all!
'twould be the cucumber, damselfly — good nose!
Connemara is by Fragrances of Ireland. According to their website the notes are: rose, jasmin, ylang-ylang, lily of the valley
Hey – I'm wearing Mandragore today, too! I'll give away my newbieness by saying that I wasn't sure if it was green. I was inspired to pull my sample back out after reading Becca's recommendations yesterday and was blown away by how much more I liked it than I did when I first got it (about Christmas time). It reminds me of Jo Malone's Grapefruit, which I've been trying to layer with Terre d'Hermes (to bring out the grapefruit in that and make it a bit more feminine), but I have not successfully got the proportions down yet — Terre d'Hermes eats the Grapefruit. Last night I tried Mandragore + Terre d'Hermes and again the Hermes dominated, but I think it might work if I could just get the proportions right.
what is that scent GGG& G
Happy St Patrick's day to everyone–my favorite green fragrance of all time is Silences by Jacomo.
Bulgari Jasmin Noir! Yummy!
I loooooooooooove this holiday! Our city celebrates all week long, ending this off with the 2nd largest St. Paddy's Day parade outside of Ireland. I'm head to toe in green, as is my little boy
Started off the day in Inis Or (orange,bergamot,fresh laurel, fig, sandalwood,patchouli)
Am now in Bel Respiro….sample's almost done, oh no!
And will end the day with Colcannon, Kilkenny, and Calamus.
Saol, Sra, Saire
It smells like what a library full of slightly musty old books and worn leather chairs would smell like. Which to me is heaven!
A pale mint green (which I am wearing today): Mintea. I love green tea and mint, so this one is a no-brainer for me! I also like AA fragrances Mentafolia and Herba Fresca.
I couldn't decide which “Green” fragrance I was going to wear today–Nanadebary or Byredo. I ended up wearing Byredo Green.
ooooh Mintea! I've been dying to try this although it's so unavailable in my area. Would you say it is very unisex?
Joanna – have you tried CBIHP's In the Library? I expected to love that one, but didn't, for some reason.
I love all those! – except Temps d'une Fete, Rush etc. which yield a weird unidentifiable smell on me too – we must be sisters in skin!
You mentioned how jasmine brings you joy…what about one of the most famous French jasmine perfumes – JOY?
I am not sure how unisex it is (I am not a good judge of this in general). There is a little sweetness to it, but I have certainly smelled *much* sweeter colognes. Overall, I would be happy to call Mintea a unisex scent but I am not sure I'd call it a *very* unisex scent. Sorry I can't be more helpful!
p.s. I do love it, though – I bought a small bottle and then promptly bought another small bottle and larger bottle when they went on sale at Sephora (and it is rare for me to buy a 2nd bottle of anything).
Wow, thanks for letting me know. I know it's available at Sephora in the US, and even on the US website for $25. But on the Canadian site it's $77. Makes ZERO sense. Guess I'll be seeking out a decant!
Right now I'm wearing vintage “Miss Dior” EDT and a little perfume. I know, it's a chypre, but it's all about early spring to me. Also love “Silences” by Jacomo, bitter green, and Scherrer 1, a green chypre, and “Concentree Eau de Cartier” (violet leaves) and Bulgari Parfumee au The Vert (the Extreme version).
My favorite greens:
Annick Goutal Heure Exquise, Annick Goutal Mandragore (that's green?), Chanel No 19, Givenchy III, Ralph Lauren Safari, Gucci Envy, Jo Malone French Lime Blossom, Trish McEvoy Citrus Petals, SJP Covet, Gianfranco Ferre Ferre (2005), and Miller Harris Fleur du Matin…
But today I'm wearing Chanel No 5 eau Premier b/c I had a business meeting……
Oh, and I can't belive, I forgot my favorite of all: Guerlain Chamade.
That does make zero sense! I'm Canadian, too (but living in the US) and I know how frustrating this can be. Perhaps you could arrange a swap or custom purchase with someone living in the US?
MUA is the best place for me at the moment. Have loads of trans-Atlantic friends but not trans-continental somehow! Anyway, thanks for the tip and enjoy the better dollar and stock!
VioletN, I just returned from Nordstrom's. The Chanel SA mentioned they are reissuing Cristalle. I saw an article on another fragrance blog re: Cristalle, and it looks like the notes are different. According to the article, and loosely translated from Italian, it seems they are adding Magnolia, white musk and Iris. Oakmoss was not mentioned anywhere…..
Has anyone else heard about this?
I'm on MUA, too (same username) & happy to do CPs and swaps anytime!
Just saw it on the 'bay for under 35 U.S. dollars…..
The only thing I can smell today is the corned beef and cabbage cooking! I don't think there is a perfume in the world that wouldn't clash with that! lol
Don't forget the soda bread….or Bois Farine! Delicious
I recently got a decant of that newish Parfumerie Generale scent, Drama Nuui. I haven't tried a lot of other jasmines, but to me, this one is pretty nice, and not overly sweet. I love it but wish it had more lasting power (however, I say that about *everything*).
The “thrill of the hunt” is like a sickness sometimes. I often wonder if all this is a borderline addiction or OCD!
R, I'm not even sure you have to go as far as a Gap outlet — I'm almost positive I saw some in recent months in a regular Gap.
I love Grass! But I'll probably keep nursing my appx 10-year-old bottle's last few mls.
I'm going to search for you now! So excited!
Once again love that Flickr image.
So many good greens have been mentioned. Love Mandragore, Herba Fresca, Jardin sur le Nil. And I really love Philosykos thanks to you, R, but I'm down to the dregs of my bottle so I use it sparingly. Need to replenish. I also really enjoy Fico di Amalfi from the AdP Blu Mediterraneo line.
But… I'm wearing Kenzo Winter Flowers today (didn't even think about the green). And I'll take this open thread opportunity to crow (and maybe get enabling reassurances) about my latest purchase on the bay Sunday: 100ml of Dzing! for $89. I really had no intention of buying this, and I've said I don't need 100ml of anything ever again, BUT the old 50ml bottles are so hard to come by since they dc'd them and… it just happened! I'm happy about it though.
I agree w/soooo many posts! Adding Goutal`s Eau de Camille ~ springtime in a beautiful package, & Andy Tauer`s Vertiver Dance – talk about cool & surprising
I had no idea it was cucumber – I was wondering if it was something like dandelion greens, lol. Anyway, it's great for a spring day
Really?? I haven't even tried that.
I'm not usually so bad with that one, but i.e. vs e.g. — have to look it up every time.
Perfumeshrine posted today about a new version of Cristalle called Cristalle Vert, or something like that. Notes included bergamot, Sicilian lemon, magnolia, jasmine, neroli, musk and iris. Sounds good to me! PS will report back as soon as she can get her hands on a sample.
Hello all – I feel like I need to make a PSA for all those Chanel No 19 lovers out there who do not like the newer version of it: I've recently revisited Ralph Lauren Safari (by Dominique Ropion), which my sister wore for a long time in the 90s. It has lovely floral galbanum notes, and is very pleasant. But there is just something else about it and it finally hits me: Safari is nearly a dead ringer for the older version of Chanel No 19 with a big whallop of powder on top. Just a suggestion for all you who like the leathery vetiver drydown of the original 19. Maybe you could make due with Safari. It is technically discontinued, but still can be found at discounters.
I have tried it and had the same reaction as you. I wish I loved it because it sounds so up my alley, but I don't really. Then again, I should probably wear it a couple more times before casting it aside.
Nordstrom sells Cristalle in edp and edt for a long time now on their website. Macy's also sells Cristalle on-line.
I can't believe I didn't think to wear green frangarnce today! I wore the wrong color – L'Artisan Fleur d'Oranger. Oops!
My favorite greens so far (still a newbie) are Philosykos, Hiris, and Un Jardin sur le Nil. Although I'm seriously thinking about placing another sample order today after all these wonderful suggestions!
Gees! My spelling was awful – fragrance…
My top 3 green fragrances:
Eau de campagne by sisley.
Eau de Givenchy.
Greenergy by Givenchy.
I'm sure that I am forgetting a lot, but these 3 are the ones that pop right out.
I believe Gap has re-released it for Spring–I saw it at two stores in Michigan (where I live) and was very excited (though I don't think I can wear it, it gave me a stomach ache when I last had it on…)
Hi, R ! :o) Hope all is well with you.
Late to the party, I wore Ineke's Balmy Days and Sundays for the first part of the day and jut put on some OJ Woman for the evening.
Been lazy all day myself and the Ineke felt like a great choice ! :o) It's been a hectic time at work lately but started to get better last week, so enjoying the slower pace.
By the way, that pic is gorgeous, what a great shade of green !
Love the sound of the new Cristalle! The first thing that sprang to mind was Chanel”s Chance Au Fraiche. I cannot decide whether I like it or the original better….who am I kidding? I like the original.
Question: I bought Lanvin's Elat' De Arpege after smelling it once at T.J. max. I can't hardly smell anything but lemony in the new bottle, so I was hoping someone could think of a body lotion that might bring out the flowers. The notes are lemon leaf, wisteria, green lilac, peony, cedar and amber…roughly. I was thinking of Ormonde Jayne, or Crabtree and Evelyns Wisteria. Can anyone think of something??? I am stumped.
I forgot what day it was and I put on Bulgari Black-Kinda anti-St. Patty's day.
Joy and “May ye get to “eaven a half an hour 'for the devil knows your dead.”
I switched to YSL Paris Jarin de Romantique. It's about as green as it gets-even the Juice!
Well obvious, but Joy. And my favorite jasmine, which is Fresh's Pink Jasmine. It is very, very, Jasmine. A little pricey, but worth it.
Sadly, I don't think I have a 'green' fragrance in my repertoire yet…..I am, of course, still in the building phase so don't give up on me yet.
Has anyone here ever tried Parfums Delrae Bois de Paradis? Got an opinion?
R, I wasn't even thinking of Cristalle today, bad on me.
Cristalle Vert! Sort of disappointed to hear they'll do a flanker, but I guess I should be happy it's a flanker for something I like.
Wow, JM Grapefruit is so strong — surprised anything can eat it! Wonder if you need to decant & dab the Hermes?
Sounds like fun!
I still need to try that one…
I like Opus Oils Jiterbug. Also Montale Jasmine Full is very Jasmine!
This afternoon I am sampling Annick Goutal's Un Matin D'Orage. I am getting a lovely green gardenia vibe from this one. Very nice and very spring like. I am enjoying the current trend of light and airy fragrances.
It's like whose and who's – who's is always who is and it's is always it is. No possesives.
I'd like to have some of that Cartier — that's a great scent.
I think Mandragore is officially a citrus scent. I should be more specific when I write these polls, shouldn't I — I really meant anything green, not necessarily in the “green” fragrance family, which is pretty darned restrictive.
Hey, another excellent buy! You should be my fragrance shopper.
Camille is a great green for spring, yes!
I forgot about the whole thing and am wearing a red top and amberish scents, but I put on a dab of EL Private Collection on my wrists and a necklace with a green jewel so I don't get pinched when I go to my very non-St. Patrick's Day Party quilt guild meeting tonight. Maybe someone will bring a green cake.
You'd end up with quite a sample list!
P, I adore Campagne. Will have to review it one of these days.
The C&E sounds like a good, and reasonably priced, idea!
I love that picture too…flickr is such a great resource. Glad things are slowing down for you! Hope to be feeling the same here in a few weeks…
BdP is gorgeous, but like several of the Delraes, very strong. I never fell in love with it, but it has lots of fans.
Glad you like it — and does look like “light & airy” is the thing at the moment!
Thanks, Ann! I've been scrounging on eBay and cadging from friends.
Another alternative: Dawn Spencer Hurwitz at dshperfumes.com makes a copycat version of the old No. 19. It's in the “Designer Duplicate: Vintage” section of Essense Oils. It's something like $55 for 1 oz edp. Haven't smelled it yet, but I'm bound to sooner or later since I'm a Vintage 19 girl and a big DSH fan.
Duh! here's the link, sorry.
Oooohhhkay. Will try that yet one more time:
Green cake! I love how the green icing gets in your teeth and turns your tongue green… not! (I have boys; I seem to make a lot of birthday cakes with green farm tractors or army camouflage on them.)
And I have had three scents on today:
Osmanthe Yunnan, which I (can NOT believe this) spilled on the carpet. D*%# it, I wanted to try that one again, and it was $$$$$.
Bvlgari The Vert, which I found totally dull once past the delicious citrusy green opening.
And my dear girl No. 19. Tomorrow will be my test of Jardin Sur le Nil.
Oh, I forgot all about getting pinched! Brings back memories, LOL…
I love greens! Today, I'm wearing Chanel no. 19 on the left wrist & Paco Rabanne Calandre on the right. No. 19 stays sharper all the way to its leathery dry down. Calandre gets a smidge powdery and skin scent. For the sharpest green, I love Bond 9's Bryant Park. But, my dearest green love is Bandit. Naughty Bandit…
Feeling green for me has always resulted in me wearing Krizia Uomo of it`s close cousin/half brother Coriolan. Something is my head just feels green and spring-like just by smelling either one.
Oh drat, so sorry about your OY
Is your Calandre new or old? I really need to do some Calandre testing.
Happy St. P Day to those who celebrate it! I am wearing Balmain IVOIRE from a sample. I'm really liking its soapy greenness. It has aldehydes, apparently, but I seem to be handling them OK.
We can work something out, LOL. You put up with moderating my rambling comments so I probably owe you … or I'd be happy to just take your castoff sample vials in exchange for scouting deals. HA!
I'm not sure! I bought it from an on-line discounter last spring. It smells like it always did to me, but I'm not that advanced. I could send you a little decant if you'd like?
Ooh! Another Coriolan lover! I need to get a bottle before it disappears from the face of the earth. I don't necessarily get strict “green” from it — more citrus/floral chypre — but it's a great fragrance.
And to think I've had an unsniffed sample of Krizia Uomo for months now… got it in a swap. Thanks for tipping me off to the fact that it has similarities to the Guerlain.
Platinum, I've been thinking of trying Coriolan, is it nice? What's the staying power like? I've had a really good run on Guerlain lately.
I typically enjoy dry chypres, patchouli, civet and oakmoss do not scare me. Is it in the same vein?
But it sounds like they are going with trends re: white floral & powdery notes, and heading away from the green chypre/oakmoss.
That's still to be decided/smelled, but I hope they don't move too far away from the original! It's a fave of mine! I think I've worn it since H.S., about 25 yrs ago.
Have you ever tried the C&E Wisteria? I'm worried it might be too much because of the lilac in it. They have wild floral and Springtime floral cream. And then there is the India Hicks collection-island florals that I am interesting in. I want something that is multipurpose, and very moisturizing/healing. There isn't a Crabtree and Evelyn store here. Have you or anyone else smelled/sampled their wares?
Thank you Robin in advance.
Today I wore Curve Wave by Liz Claiborne. It's not green… it's more teal. Heh. Notfestive.
I don't really have many green fragrances. In fact, only 2 that I can really think of. But Calvin Klein Truth is by far my favorite of them, and one of my overall favorite fragrances.
If you try it, please let me know what you think! I'm trying very hard not to mope….
Oh, sorry, I somehow assume you had tried it…I haven't, in fact, don't think I've ever tried ANY wisteria lotion, or any lilac lotion for that matter. Will say that several people have told me the Pacifica French Lilac Body Butter is great, and it's also reasonably priced ($18) — that might be worth a shot if you've got a place nearby where you can try it. Cheaper still would be to buy their French Lilac solid perfume.
Teal should be close enough
That's a pretty one
Fine. Your first assignment: find me a bottle of Diorissimo extrait for under $100. Go ahead, I'm holding my breath here
That's really kind of you — I have a pretty recent sample & would guess it's the same thing! Been meaning to hunt down some vintage to see how much it has changed, it isn't a fragrance I wore in the past.
I don't have a green fragrance on my shelf yet… xP
Actually, I didn't even wear green today…..
i've layered mandgragore w/ AG neroli
Oh, I missed St Paddy's…
It isn't celebrated here, but I've always liked the day. But I'm in green today, does that count?
My favourite greens are Ava Luxe Moroccan Mint Tea and… Philosykos, I guess. I was pondering that the other day: what is it with Diptyque and screechy greens? I love many of their scents, but they do seem to have a penchant for very greeeeeen top notes.
This is way off subject, but I have a question/dilemma. I just attempted to place my first order @ l'Artisan [just samples and a candle] and the only credit card they'll accept is Linkpoint API? What the heck is that? Perhaps someone could fill me in? Thanks!
Linkpoint API is a payment module — it's software that websites can use to facilitate payment. Sounds like maybe something is wrong w/ their website at the moment…do they have an 800 # you could call?
They really do! Lucky for me I like screechy green notes.
Yes, I have and I also used to sell their products as well. What was your question about the products?
That sounds perfect, thanks!
I didn't wear green either…
No one mentioned Hampton Sun Privet Bloom yet?
This is the greenest perfume in my wardrobe, fresh & dry, with only a restrained floral aspect. (I reviewed it on MUA if anyone wants to pop over there for more.)
While Bel Respiro came to mind as well, and is lovely to sniff, it is extremely fleeting on me. I expect a perfume to hang around for at least an hour
I'll add my vote for fig perfumes, in the green category, although I don't wear them often. Agree with Zoe on Philosykos, although I lean toward L'Artisan Figuier Extreme.
(Robin, I didn't spot Hampton Sun in your extensive Perfume Houses list. They are known more for their sunscreens, of course, but perhaps you'll add them in? Privet Bloom seems to have quite a few fans & good distribution for a niche perfume from a small house, i.e. now available at Sephora.)
The first green fragrance I remember was made by Gres – but don't remember the name.
Otherwise, Guerlain AA Herba Fresca is the green fragrance par excellence.
So are Un Jardin En Mediterannee / Sur le Nil / Apres Le Mousson
One of the Eternity Summer flankers was very herbal too, don't remember which one. Maybe they're all herbal?
Funny enough, until this poll I would not consider myself a “green frag” person … thanks!
Pretty new to this perfume addiction, I haven’t really tried enough green scents. I want to try more. My favorite is CB Revelation which is mainly honey/ fig leaves/ cypress- I really love this one. There’s a stage I love with Boudicca’s Wode after the wet stone stage, where it’s refreshing greens dancing with earthy moss, amber & animalic notes, then there’s a stage where it’s grass and well worn leather like rolling around in the grass wearing an old leather jacket- I’m uncertain of the wearability in this stage, I hate that leather may be too butch a note for me to pull off when it’s this prominent.
BPAL’s Delphi is one of those you appreciate more in theory, but I do wear it occasionally and am transported to a temple in ancient Greece where offerings of bay, laurel, honeyed wine, and burning incense adorn Apollo’s altar. Another favorite (and another BPAL- which I know by loving BPAL I am being wrote off by many of you ladies and gents from being a proper perfumista) is Faiza- smoldering sandalwood tinged with rich greens, honey, and jasmine.
As for greens I really want to try: CB 93, CB Wild Hunt, Diptyque Philosykos, and too many green iris’s and violets to name.
And a question, I really love the honey notes in Revelation and Delphi are there any other honey fragrances you ladies and gents could recommend?
I never really cared for jasmine fragrances until I tried Jasmin et Cigarette. Now I am in love. The smoke cuts the cloying quality of the jasmine and makes it nice and dry. I am in love.
I've been wanting to try that one, but can never find it. Granted, I hate shopping, so tend to only look online.
OH! I finally remembered the question I wanted to ask! A lot of the scents I like (esp in the SL line) have ambery/vanilla/musk bases, but lately they all seem to turn far too sweet on me. Can anyone suggest something for layering that might neutralize the sweetness a bit?
(Thanks AnnS, it was your Safari post that reminded me…that was my HG/SS back in the early 90s, before I had kids and everything went sickly sweet.)
Pearlbailey, The Perfume Houses pages are getting so big — I'll probably add HS if they do a 2nd scent.
Gres Cabochard, maybe?
L'Occitane has a honey fragrance. Serge Lutens has Miel de Bois, which unfortunately smells like urine to many (and I hear they may be discontinuing it) but I like it. And Ava Luxe makes a honey fragrance, but I haven't tried it.
Okay, so it's no longer the 17th, but I can still tell what I wore with my emerald green jumper…. I picked up a 1/2 oz spray edt of Deneuve recently and decided to give it a whirl since it was intended to be a 'green' scent. It was lovely and got prettier as the day wore on!
Now my question to all you DSH fans – I saw that she offers a take on Guerlain's Jicky. Has anyone tried it and care to compare the 2?
I had no idea Deneuve was still around, or had been in over a decade! One of my strongest perfume memories was cutting a coupon out of a fashion magazine in high school (1986?) and sending in my allowance to get her perfume because it came with a cute little navy and pink purse. I barely remember the scent, but I remember the bag!
Ivoire is great. I love it in the height of Summer. It smells so clean on a hot day.
I wore Paloma Picasso yesterday, just to be perverse.
Joe, it may be both. I just lost an E-Bay auction of Roger & Gallet's Vintage Peau D'Espagne this morning and I'm totally bummed! l seriously got my hopes up on this one.
What a sweet memory – I remember sending cash in the mail in those days and am surprised that they didn't just disappear! Anyway, Deneuve is quite a collector's item nowadays so I won it in an ebay auction. Not cheap, but after reading so much about it, I wanted to try.
Oh, thank you NST and they do have a number I'll call. I figured I would post the question here first so I could share that I was placing an order with l'Artisan. hehe
Something very dry & woody, I guess? Unfortunately can't think of a cheap dry & woody. For spendy, maybe Diptyque Tam Dao? Or one of the CdG wood scents?
I didn't know she made “like Jicky” — I'd like to know too!
Well then now you have to tell us what you're buying!
haha Well, if my order ever goes through, the samples I'm attempting to get are: L'eau de L'artisan, Dzing!, Timbuktu, The Pour Un Ete, and Premier Figuier. Since they're very expensive, I must sample first. I've been wanting to try a 'tea' and a 'fig' – don't think I ever have and I can't get those notes off my mind. Do you think these choices are a good start? I don't know what my style or profile, [if I even have one], is. [Fragrances that I like include – Sensuous, Secret Obsession, Tocca Cleopatra, EL PC Amber Ylang and Lovely for a lighter summery scent] The candle I'm ordering is: Bougie de Noel Bois d'Orient. It's SO nice to share this list with someone [besides my mother] who would be interested to know! Thanks!
I have a sample of the Tam Dao, so will certainly give that one a try. Thanks! As far as cheap dry & woody, I guess not much would be cheaper or drier than Demeter's Sawdust?
Well the ultimate would be Feminite du Bois but that's spendy. For dry woods, how about Balmain de Balmain? It's got vetiver, pepper, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, rose, oakmoss, bergamot, and iris. I recently saw some on Fragance net for under 30 dollars.
Or men's Bijan, it's got that woodsy dry snap and lasts forever. Notes are: mandarin, nutmeg, rosemary, musk, lavender, oakmoss and amber. Very dry, very woodsy, priced under 30 dollars too.
She's got a ton of “vintage recreation” scents, none of which I've tried. Yet. (They need a wishlist on their site, although my wallet is screaming NO and trying to stop me typing that.)
I think you picked wonderful things. A couple of them sound lighter/fresher than your usual, but that might be fun for summer!
True, but it won't last long enough to layer with!
I've never tried the C&E Wisteria EDT or cream, but I do enjoy a little of the talcum powder as a bedtime scent sometimes. It's a very, very sweet, rich floral with a teeny bit of violet along with wisteria and lilac. I think my nose would tire of it if I wore it all day (even in the powder a little goes a long way). It's very pretty, but to tell the truth I'm not sure how well it would mix with lemon. But I haven't done much layering…so can't say.
Oh goody – sounds perfect. From what I read in some of the descriptions here and the notes listed @ L'Artisan – it seemed like I was on the right path. I wanted to order a couple of my 'usual' spicy, incensy, warm, exotic type scents and a couple of light refreshing things for the warmer weather I've been craving. I don't have much to choose from for Summer and I'm a little tired of Lovely. I do have those samples of the new releases from SJP Beauty coming too – they mostly seem light. Thanks for your feedback!
I wore it in the 80s & it seems the same to me, but I know things do get re-worked!
Heh, that may well be. Oh well, can't hurt to try anyway!
Gap Grass is absolutely back. I bought a fresh bottle a few months ago at my local Gap–even posted about it, I was so excited!
…mmmm, fun Wild Hunt…
En Passant is in my rotation this week…ahhhh….
Fleur de Liane is my favorite green. Wore Aod by lostmarch yesterday.
Seems likely that it has, but perhaps they've done a great job.
You commented here about that? Gosh, do I have the memory of a head of cabbage or what?
I need to try Aod!
I'll have to check at my local Gap to see, thanks for the tip!
Oh, I do hope you do some Calandre testing. I wore several scents in college and during my twenties, but that was my runaway favorite. I always wore the Eau de Parfum, which I can no longer find. So I'm not sure if the difference is between that and the Eau de Toilette, or the results of a reworking, but the Calandre I have now smells significantly different to me — I can only say something in it smells sort of 'tinny'. But you have introduced me to so many other gorgeous scents, that there has certainly been consolation!
I second this!!! LOOOOVE Jasmine de Nuit…
I will get to it eventually — it's just that my “to test” list is soooo very long!
Really, it is nearly impossible that Calandre has not been reformulated, and given that it could no longer be a huge seller, it seems extremely likely that it is being made with the cheapest ingredients possible.
FYI – 'Houston, we have a problem'. Just thought you may be interested to know that the phone number listed at the l'Artisan website [a NYC '212' area code #] is disconnected with no further info. Also, there is still no way to enter a credit card number @ the website. I just sent an e-mail, so I will let you know if I get a response. Oy, this is bumming me out
I just found out a couple days ago that L'Artisan has closed all their NY boutiques…so one question is whether or not they're even still selling on their US website — I think all of that was run through the NY stores. Sounds like you may need to switch to one of their US retailers!