Perfume Identity Crisis

Dearest readers, I am going through an identity crisis so intense, so soul-wracking, that it almost rivals Derek Zoolander’s. And don’t tell me that an orange mocha frappachino would help me sort through these important issues, because Starbucks hasn’t carried those for like seven years and they get very grumpy when you ask for one because they have heard that freak gasoline fight accident joke a thousand times, thank you very much. Also, they don’t sound particularly tasty.

The crisis is this: I do not own a single non-oriental perfume. L’Heure Bleue is as close as it gets. This was all well and good when Maryland was covered with three feet of snow, but not so awesome now that summer is upon us. My beloved orientals are becoming much too heavy, and I am in desperate need of some good recommendations. I need florals, citruses. What should I try, my knowledgeable readers? Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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11 thoughts on “Perfume Identity Crisis

  1. Well, orientals or otherwise, you do have great taste. How about these summer faves of mine:

    Guerlain Apres l’Ondee
    Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle
    Balmain Vent Vert
    Sisley Eau de Campagne
    Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger
    Chanel Beige & 28 la Pausa
    Creed Tubereuse Indiana
    L’Artisan Parfumeur The Pour Un Ete & La Chasse aux Papillons Extreme

    Not sure if you have tried any of these? I have most of them…let me know if you’d like some to try 🙂

    1. You have some fabulous taste too, Jane! I tried Apres l’Ondee recently and found the opening extremely strange, but loved the violets afterwards. I will definitely seek these out, thank you so much for the suggestions! 🙂

  2. Fresh and citrus-y: an Annick Goutal’s classic, Eau d’Hadrien; another AG scent, but this one pretty new, Ninfeo Mio; and going mainstream a nice blend with grapefruit, iris and soft suede from Hermès, Kelly Caleche.
    Big and Floral: the queen of white florals, Fracas from Robert Piguet; white florals with lilacs from Nasomatto, Narcotic Venus; something floral and edgy from Etat Libre d’Orange, Jasmin et Cigarettes; and mainstream but old fashioned, Guerlain’s Chamade.
    If you would consider chypres, I love Piguet’s Bandit, but I am a (hardcore) leather fan.

    1. So many wonderful suggestions!! I tried Ninfeo Mio recently and LOVED it. It just smells incredible. I also smelled Bandit very briefly, but not enough to form an opinion. Thank you for reading and for your recommendations!

      1. I know Ninfeo Mio is supposedly all about the fig, but when I first smelled (before being biased by the list of notes) I thought “now, this is exactly how a Monet’s ninfea painting would smell if it was a perfume!”.
        And if you don’t like Bandint, try to spray it sparingly (although I dose myself with it, mind you!).

      2. A perfume that can evoke that kind of art certainly must be something special. Weirdly, I’ve never had a fig (only dates), so naturally I don’t get much fig from NM.

  3. The flowers are essential for perfumes. Most of the perfumes of spring essential ingredients of the flower which exudes freshness with natural fragrances. The mixture of perfume in the perfume of flowers creates attraction that often leads to the identity of the flexibility and charm.

  4. It’s good to try something a little different, here are a few of my recs:
    *EL Tuberose Gardenia (Private Collection)
    *Diorissimo
    *Michael Kors (LT in Perfumes The Guide describes it as screetchy but I love it!)
    *Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion
    *Sonoma Scent Studio Vintage Rose (If you want something spicy and rosey this is it!)

    and for citrus I like Jo Malone’s Lime Basil Mandarin and Dior’s Escale a Portofino. 🙂

    1. It’s great to see you again, Stef! You are all about the gardenia 🙂 I will try as many of these as I can, thank you so much for the recommendations!

  5. Hi Ari. I’m a big orientals fan as well, though have branched out in the last couple of years. Some non-orientals that I like:

    Juicy Couture (the original)
    Kelly Caleche
    No 5 Eau Premiere
    Eau de Sisley #3

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