Riskiest: anything over $20.00 USD, regardless of the fragrance house.
Safest: under $20 with shipping included with reviews that praise or disparage notes you know you enjoy. Also, any blind buy from TJMAXX or Marshalls because they offer a full refund on returns, provided you've only sprayed a couple of times.
My favorite blind buys this last year or so have been from the Jeanne Arthes line. Each cost me between $10 and $12 USD and I enjoy each of the 4 I have, with a 5th on its way to me this week:
Jeanne Arthes Sur Un Nuage Absolutely gorgeous representation of the night-blooming annual flower Angel's Trumpet. Hard to find but worth the search. (I mention this one only because I recently found my back-up bottle- if I hadn't I wouldn't be sharing this one!)
Jeanne Arthes Love Generation Rock Soft & powdery. Many liken it to Ange ou Demon.
Jeanne Arthes Amore Mio Reminds me of Miss Dior Cherie with an added note of fresh, green apple.
Jeanne Arthes Love Never Dies Black Jewel A chypre wonder with an undercurrent of "chewy" patchouli.
Jeanne Arthes Arthes Love Never Dies Gold I ordered this from the same ebay vendor who sold me Black Jewel and I'm absolutely certain I'll love it -- it's one of just a very few fragrances that include a note of truffle (listed as "tuber" in the list of notes here).
Last edited by weegee (2012-08-19 01:51:50)
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