I also live in the EU and I took into consideration that you live in Denmark where some very 'American' fragrances are hard to find and/or very expensive. but Hilfigers etc are available.
This post is to give you some inspiration. I posted it a time ago months ago for somebody who also wanted another fragrance but didn't know where to start looking. So this is ment as an inspiration.
I chose four categories grouped loosely together in an easy-to-oversee way: 'light quality fruity florals', 'heavy hitters' the more intricate and complex masterpiece/'classics' perfumes, the more 'spicy/oriental ones', and then the 'gourmands/vanilla/caramels'. This is a very simplefied categorisation of course. It is not Turin and Sanchez. And not exact science. It is about 'the feel' of a fragrance.
I'll suggest 5 fragrances for four categories that, looking at your wardrobe, are not too far from your basic likes. I based this on a post I made long ago for somebody who also wanted to explore new perfume territory. But I adapted it, based on your personal perfume wardrobe.
These are only suggestions. You can click on the names of the perfumes and then you'lll see more info on the Fragrantica page of that perfume. Of course these suggestions are also meant as inspiration for you to eventually look further and explore the big world of fragrances.
Don't worry about age and gender indications on the bottle. That is marketing. A good fragrance is one you like, a bad fragarance is simply one you don't like. Be it male, female, unisex, for mature women', for teens, for toddlers...There are no 'The Bank of England' fragrances like there are no 'young lady' fragrances and there are no 'men' and women' fragrances. Only 'good' and 'bad fragrances. Meaning fragrances that you like on your skin and don't like. All the rest is marketing. Trust your nose, don't let factors that have nothing to do with a fragrance like age, gender, race... influence you. It's the personal relationship between a fragrance and you what it is all about.
OK, here we go.
1. Fruity Floral: You like flowers aand a bit of sweetness... Here are some high quality not too cloyingly sweet, florals.
A. Clinique Clinique Happy 1998 by nose Rodrigo Flores-Roux (some Donna Karans, Hillary Duff, Halle Berry, most John Varvatos'...) This fragrance won the 1998 FiFi award, the Oscars for fragrances. It's a joyful, sunny, invigorating fragrance. Top: Orange, mandarin, plum, grapefruit, apple, bergamot; Middle: Orchid, freesia, lily-of-the-valley, rose; Top: Mimosa, magnolia, lily, amber, musk. The combination of the very fresh, effervescent top notes with the very floral middle and floral-ambery base notes makes this a light very 'happy' fragrance.
B. Dolce&Gabbana D&G Light Blue 2001. Popular classic in the 'lighter' category, like the name says. Qualtiy woody/citrus. With notes you like. Bellflower in the top next to refreshing lemon, apple plus some cedar to deepen things a bit. Middle: Rose and jasmine. Also bamboo, but that doesn't smell like anything. But it gives a nice touch to the fragarnce pyramid. Base: amver, musk and again cedar. This is a really well made, light woody floral. For summer days. Great quality.
C. Versace Versense 2009. Fresh, green, invigorating with versace quality. Top: Bergamot, mandarin orange, fig; Middle: Lily, jasmine, cardamon; Base: sandalwood, cedar; olive tree wood, musk. Light, 'spring' green not too expensive fragrance. Think sunny Italian gardens, facing the see with a light breeze in the air.
D. Jil Sander Sun Delight 2006 by female nose Nathalie Lorson (Jaipur Saphir, some Mandarina Ducks, some Chopards, D&G Sicily...) One of my personal favorites. Not too light but really comforting fragrance with some great gourmand middle notes (chocolate, vanilla...) Great for you I think. Top: Mignonette, passion fruit, bergamot; gourmand Middle: Dark chocolate, vanilla, frangipani; Top: Musk, cedar, woodsy notes. Really try to test this.
E. Tommy Hilfiger T Girl: 2001 by nose Annie Buzantian (saome Azzaro's, Estee Lauders, Marc Jacobs...) Elegant, light, modern floral aldehyde. Top: Bergamot, mandarin; Middle: Narcissus, rose, lily; Base: Vetvier, woodsy notes, amber, musk. Fresh, floral, deliocious. Young, lighter fragarance as good or beter than the original 'Tommy Girl'. Not too expensive. >Easily available in EU.
2. 'More heavy' hitters. Intricate, more complex fragrances. You like 'Tresor', 'Chanel 5'... So here are some more intricate fragrances, a combination of spicy, vanilla and some flowers.
A. Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille You should at least try a fragrance of Serge Lutens. Maybe you have heard of him. His fragrances are IMHO indeed a cut above all the rest, including the Chanels and the niches. I can't really describe them. They are thick, complex, amazing masterpieces. This is one of his 'lighter' versions, but still one spritz lasts a lmost a whole day. With Lutens you can't separate the 3 levels Top-middle-base. In his fragrances everything works together till it is a spectacular symphony of notes. This is mainly a mix of thick vanilla with deep wood. Just try it and you'll see what I mean. It is well worht it to save up for a bottle.
B. Boucheron Boucheron By nose Deleamont (Boucheron Men...) and Bethouart (Cacharels legendary 'Nemo', Caron's 'Parfum Sacré'...) Launched 1989. One of 'The All Time Classics'. A perfume masterpiece. Classified as 'oriental floral' but this label doesn't do justice on this extraordinary, unique classy fragrance. Opulent, intoxicating, addictive , deep, rich, woody, smoky, a bit sweet. With orange blossom, tonka bean, sandalwood, amber, tuberose, ambregris, Indian vanilla... Spritzing it means you walk in your own little cloud of pure heaven for a few hours. Magic. Also well worth saving. A little goes a long way, like with the Lutens.
C. Dior Dior Addict 2002 by nose Thierry Wasser ( a lot of Guerlains, Jil Sander's, Lancome...) One of the great vanilla's-with-body. Also one of my favorites. If it works with your skin it is great. If it doesn't it is cloying. Like all great fragrances this one has whims, personality and a life of its own on your skin. I hope it likes you. Top: Blackberrry, mandarin leaf; Middle: Orange blossom, night queen flower, jasmine, rose; dream Base: Bourbon vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood.. A popular perfumery 'tour de force'. A great fragrance that is indeed very popular. On the sweet side, but not overly sweet.
D. Chanel Coco 1984 by nose Jacques Polge, 'house-nose' of Chanel. What can be said about this über classy masterpiece? First it is not 'Coco Mademoiselle'. It is much more ladylike, grown up. Timeless, deep, complex. Top: coriander, pomegranate, bulgarian rose, mandarin, peach, jasmin; middle: mimosa, clove, orange blossom, clover, rose; base: labdanum, amber, tonka bean, sandalwood, opoponax, civet, vanilla. Opulent, the epithome of french high perfumery art. But not for 16 year olds. It suits a lady with creativity, business sense, ideas and the power, personality and strength to realise things and convince people in a persuasive, friendly, civilised manner. Gorgeous, just gorgeous!
E. Givenchy Amarige: 1991 by nose Dominique Ropion ('Miss Boucheron, the Burberry's, Cacharel's 'Amor Amor', 'Euphoria' Calvin Klein, Dior's 'Pure Poison'...) Powerhouse. Very strong, but very popular. Intensive, juicy, unforgettable. A very 'meaty' floral. Very complex but harmonious. Top: Orange blossom, plum, mandarin, violet, peach, neroli, rosewood; Middle: Red and Black berries, mimosa, gardenia, carnation, tuberose, jasmine, orchid, cassia leaf, ylang-ylang, rose; Base: Sandalwood, Tonka bean, amber, musk, vanilla, woody notes, cedar. This is rich, opulent, like all great fragrances: one of a kind.
Dior Hypnotic Poison 1998 by the best nose today Annick Menardo (Bulgari Black, Jaipur...) Radical vanilla. Not sweet but addictive and hypnotic. Top: apricot, plum, allspice, coconut; Middle: Tuberose, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley,rose, rosewood; Base: Sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean. The combination of the strong vanilla with the strong florals and deepened by the sandalwood, makes this a very popular, really dazzling fragrance. Chosen as the best fragrance recently by Fragrantica members. I spritzed some, some days ago and indeed it is very, very good. Intoxicating, hypnotic indeed.
3. Spicy/woody/amber/oriental fragrances: This is more out of your comfort zone, but all these fragrances are very wearable. And you like 'Emeraude', 'Coco Chanel Mademoiselle', 'Bestey Johnson', 'Tea Rose'... These are more woody and a bit chypre (the classic fresh/woody/green combination of bergamot, patchouli and oakmoss).
A.: Yves Saint Laurent Cinema . 2004 by über nose Jacques Cavallier ( a lot of Gaultiers, Boucheron, YSL...) 'Cinema' is a delicate and soft floral with something extra. First of all the choice of flowers. We have jasmine, peony and amaryllis. In the top we have cyclamen and almond blossom. In the base: amber, vanilla... It is a very sophisticated fragrance. Less 'there' or 'in your face' than the 4 who follow in this group, but it is a soft, feminine beauty. Confidently glamorous. Classy, floral and sweet. With awesome silage and great longevity. Perfectly mixed and all notes harmoniously balanced, like they should be from a quality house like YSL. Great and discreetly powerful.
B. Guerlain Samsara: Jean-Paul Guerlain 1989. Classic Guerlain. Only the best. Fanstastic oriental woody fragrance with excellent sillage. Top: juicy and fresh with bergamot, lemon, ylang-ylang, peach, green notes; opulent Middle with jasmine, woodsy iris, narcissus, violet, delicate rose; Base: a dream combo of sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean, amber, musk. This oozes class and confidence.
C. Pierre Balmain Ivoire de Balmain: 1980, Pierre Balmain. Peculiar but complex. Spicy, green, flowery. Top: Chamonmille, asfoedita (a spice), aldehydes, mandarin, violet, artemisia, marigold, bergamot, citrus; Middle: Nutmeg, carnation, cinnamon, narcissus, pepper, orris root, jasmine, rose, neroli, pepper, lily-of-the-valley, ylang-ylang; Base: Sandalwood, Tonka bean, strawberry, vanilla, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, vetiver, incense. Look at those notes! This is a fragrance with a big personality, one of a kind. Amazing, fabulous, refined, elegant, not sweet at all, complex, strong, glamorous.
D. Thierry Mugler Alien: +1!!! 2005 by noses Dominique Ropion and Laurent Bruyère (Escada, Costume Nationale, Lalique...) This is the most 'love it or hate it' fragrance, not only in this list but propably in the whole fragrance world. 'Radical Jasmine'. Genius in its simplicity. Top: Jasmine; Middle: Woody notes; Base: Amber. Totally unique, bewitching, addictive. Truly one of a kind. Beware: this is very strong and it has an ego and personality as big as its creator Thierry Mugler. I strongly suggest you 'test ride' this first on your skin before forking out for an expensive bottle of this amazing perfumery creation.
E. Agent Provocateur Agent Provocateur 2000. Innocent rose combined 'a wild and shameless' element. Top: Magnolia, Indian saffron; Middle: Gardenia, vetiver, Moroccan Rose, Egyptian jasmine; Base: Amber, musk, cedar. A modern classic. The musk gives it a bit of an edge. But all in all it is a floral fragrance with a strong woodsy-chypre aspect an IMHO rather subdued 'animalistic note' of the musk. But a great scent and a tad more complex than the usual florals. Spicy, gorgeous, bold, intense rose.
Guerlain Shalimar 1925. Jacques Guerlain. A masterpiece. Woody fresh and animalistic. This has a strong musk note. But if it works on your skin, it is magic. A classic in it's own right. One of the bestselling fragrances of all time. Top: Mandarin, cedar, bergamot; Middle: Orris, jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, rose; Base: leather, sandalwood, opoponax, vanilla, musk, civet, incense. Magical, mysterious, sophisticated. Gold, myrrh and Shalimar. A masterpiece, you should a least try it. In the same category as 'Chanel nr 5' and YSL 'Opium'. Top.
4. Sweet younger gourmands. These are more playful and lighter than the group before. More youth orientated with more of vanilla and caramel. More of 'a sweet toothg'. But not cloying. They are good in their own way. Britney and Jessica never made a fragrance that was as good as their first one. I add these just to give you some suggestions.
A.: Calvin Klein Euphoria 2005. Dominique Ropion, Carlos Benaim, Long Doc. A supertrio of 'noses' made this great floral, ambery, slightly woody fragrance. Pomegranate on top of orchid and lotus, on a base of amber, violet (!), musk and mahogany (!). A great scent IMHO. And easy to find. Not as sweet as the Brtiney and Jessica that follow and who I added to my list to show you the possibilities. The two that follow are very sweet, if you like that.
B. The Body Shop Vanilla. Very underrated fragance. A great vanilla, much better than most 'Fantasy's' and 'Fancy''s which I mention under this to have a broad range. Body Shop Vanilla is an oriental vanilla. Top: apricot, plum, peach, lemon. Middle: tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley. Base: sandalwood, amber, musk and vanilla. A substantial great, intricate full blown grown up vanilla. And cheap to boot. Great bang for your buck and better than most of the breezy celeb scents IMHO.
C. Jessica Simpson Fancy 2008. A 'Fantasy' times two IMHO. Sweet inexpensive 'caramela' comfort fragrance, the more affordable but as good version of Prada's too expensive 'Candy'. Top: Pear, abricot, red berries; Middle: Gardenia, jasmine, almond, caramel; classic Base: Sandalwood, vanilla, amber. Fun, sweet, like walking through a bakery. Luscious, romantic, yummy sweet. Not so linear sweet as a lot of sugary fragrances. But deeper, with more different facets. Even SWEETER!!!
D. Hard Candy Hard Candy 2007. Not so cloyingly sweet. More candy than pure sugar. Fruity floral gourmand. Top: White tea, rhubarb, pink pepper. Middle: Passion fruit, jasmine, rose; Base: cashmere musk, vanilla, caramel cedar. This is a very balanced well made fragrance. Sweet but with a slightly bittery note (tea) a bit of sourness (rhubarb) to give it depth, a bit of spice (pepper). If you're looking for a sweet one but not toooo sweet, try this. Maybe you'll like it a lot.
E. Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka : Great sweetish fragarnce.Chanel and Guerlain quality. 1997. Build around licorice. Which is sweet but yet not sweet. Heady, hypnotic, opulent, totally original, made of une petite robe noire. Next to the licorice the 'absinth' note anise, violet, green ivy, nutty almond, woodsy iris smoky vanilla, deep tonka bean and everything amped up and polished by the heliotrope. Try and you will buy. Is to be found a cheap prices on EU ebays.
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rodriguez For Her 2004. By nose Chistine Nagel (Azzaro, Cartier, Chopard...) and francis Kurkdjian (Armani, Dior, Gaultier...). Modern but more heavy than most breezy post 2000 ones. Dense floral woody also by some called a 'gourmand', because of the amber and musk in the middle. The floral top with osmanthus, African Orange flower and apple is right up your alley, as is the base of vetiver and vanilla. A great modern classic-in-the making. Worth trying out. Very beautiful bottle too.
Also take a look at the french houses that are not too expensive, are original but very wearable: Caron, Balmain, Patou.
I hope I could be of some help with these suggestions. So you get inspiration to eventually look further.
Don't forget: try before you buy, if that is possible. And don't think about age. Age in perfumery is a marketeers invention to shift more units. It has nothing to do with the beauty and quality and wearability of a great perfume. The best fragrances are ageless, be it 'Coco', 'Light Blue' or 'Viva la Juicy'.
Some of my favorites loosely based on the ones you have. As inpsiration.
Yves Saint Laurent Paris : fantastic, light effervescent rose, the smell of spring.
Chopard Casmir : sultry, great vanilla but much more than that. This is what Britney's 'Fantasy' and Jessica's 'Fancy' want to be when they grow up and are made by more creative, out of the 'candy cotton toffee box' thinking 'noses'.
Cacharel Amor Amor : lighter high quality floral. Alosd Anais Anais is very well made and highly underrated.
Cerruti 1881: Great fragrance, one of the hidden gems of European fragrances.
Dior Miss Dior Cherie :2005 by nose Christine Nagel. Excellent and high quality young fragrance. Top: strawberry, tangerine. Middle: caramel, violets, jasmine. Base: patchouli, musk and sandalwood IMHO. A great 'try me' fragance.
Hope this helps a bit.
Enjoy, have fun!
Last edited by nopasho (2012-10-14 05:19:36)
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