PerfumePatty Perfume Wardrobe and Profile

Perfume is a magical, mystical voyage of discovery, and here on Fragrantica we're sharing the voyage and furthering our education together. Reading the reviews is endlessly entertaining because of the variety of opinions. The same perfume can smell like a breathtaking masterpiece to one person, and a cheap, stinky, scrubber to another, depending on their chemistry. Fascinating!

I like soft, sweet, feminine, romantic, fresh, natural scents, fruity florals, fruity cyphres, florientals, oriental vanillas and gourmands.

I dislike strong amounts of civet, musk, white florals/indoles, oakmoss, patchouli, incense, pepper; loud, strong, sharp, heavy, pungent, smoky, spicy, sour, bitter, animalistic and/ synthetic. I don't want to smell like play-doh, rubber, plastic, turpentine, dirt, skunk, bodily fluids, a funeral parlor or insect repellent.

I fantasize about one day becoming a perfumier. What could be more fun?

About Me:
I'm a 49 yr. old Los Angeles baby boomer, former graphic designer and now a stay at home caregiver for a paraplegic husband who inspires me everyday with his strength and humor. Together we run a nonprofit called Kids On Paper, which gives sequential art workshops (comics, graphic novels) to afterschool students.

I grew up in Brooklyn, NYC. The '80's and '90's, my college and post-college years, were my favorite era for perfume. That was some primo "fume" back then! Some that I wore then I now find too strong for daily wear (Poison, Coco, Lou Lou, Nicole Miller, Giorgio - whoa!), yet they bring back fun, carefree memories. Back then I had the exciting experience of working as a coatcheck girl at Le Cirque, a fancy 4-star French restaurant in NYC where high society dined. Fashion superstars like Estee and Ronald Lauder, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Halston, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Von Furstenburg, Gloria Vanderbilt and many more New York glitterati were regular customers. I used to smell luxurious high-end perfume wafting from the coats of the wealthy women customers in the tiny coatroom I sat in - Chanel, Guerlain, Hermes, Fendi, Gucci, Givenchy, YSL, etc.

My dad was a maitre d' at Le Cirque for many years, and wore a tuxedo to work. One of my earlies olfactory memories is smelling his Atkinsons English Lavender cologne as a child. Customers would bring him gifts of expensive perfume to tip him at Christmas and through the year. On my parents' bedroom dresser were bottles of expensive fragrances, and I used to sneak sprays when they weren't looking. I remember trying classic scents like Chanel No. 5, Rive Gauche, Opium and Youth Dew on my wrist, sniffing, frowning, and thinking "peee-yewww"! Apparently they were too strong for my unrefined little nose at the time! My aunt, the restaurant owner's wife who was allergic to perfume (poor woman), gifted me a large bottle of Chanel No. 22 when I was a teenager, which came in a white spray bottle. I loved how it smelled. Today that same bottle would cost well over $200. I also remember owning big bottles of Chanel No. 19 and Cristalle. Once I was gifted a potent bottle of Princess Marcella Borghese Giardini di Montecatini, which today sells for close to $400 on ebay. Looking back, I realize what a lucky girl I was!

Mom was a housewife who bought fragrances from the Avon lady, and I remember she got me a little Avon turtle pin with creme perfume inside, which I loved. She used Charisma, Candid, Moonwind, Topaze. She wore a lot of 70's drugstore classics like Jean Nate, Aviance, Ciara, Charlie, Cachet. As an adolescent, I did too - Jontue, Enjoli, Navy, Lutece, Sand & Sable, Skin Musk, Ex-cla-mation. Mom's signature fragrance in her later years was Giorgio Beverly Hills Red. It smelled really nice on her. Sadly mom has lost her sense of smell (she's 83 now). What a tremendous loss, huh? What would we perfumistas do without it?

So many of today's new fragrances smell extremely chemical and synthetic to me. “Bug spray” as you Fragranticans refer to them - ha ha! How do people wear this awful fake-smelling swill they put out? I'm truly shocked at how many designer houses have "sold out" and cheapened their quality, while keeping prices high. They also have poor longevity and are gone in an hour or two. Don't they have any integrity in their products? I think we perfume lovers should band together and protest. "Perfumes Before Profit" or some slogan like that comes to mind.

Turned off by cheap chemical-smelling designer and celebrity scents (though there are exceptions), I now search out vintage classics, niche and organic scents made from essential oils that last on my skin. Through the kindness of fellow members I've been able to try niche samples from Serge Lutens, Jo Malone, Atelier, L'Artisan, Lavanila, Maison de la Vanille, Laurence Dumont, Ineke, Antonia's Flowers and more. They are far superior to commercial perfumes due to quality ingredients and purity.

I've had successful swaps with:
Mister_Chaz, gesch, relle, JoshuaRyan, bookishbeauty, Muneca, belle de sud, Bigsly, nastyamason, Vie Cafe, ta2kitty, leea2031, ichellimay, jaimy_macha

I've received generous fragrance gifts from:
NathalieZ, NebraskaLovesScent, Zoka (contest prize - a bottle of Tresor signed by Sophia Grosjman-wow!), JoshuaRyan (giveaway contest), Christinasegal123 (giveaway contest).
thumper26 (giveaway contest), jaimy_macha

Swap List:
Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds and Rubies, Nautica Woman, Bijan (Bijan), CK Truth, Avon Casbah, Avon Extraordinary, Avon Hana Gasa, Adrienne Vittadini, Coty Sophia, Halston, Davidoff Good Life, Alberta Ferretti Femina, Laura Biagiotti Roma, Moschino Cheap and Chic Light Clouds, Cacharel Noa, Oscar de la Renta Volupte, Fidji, Elizabeth Arden Beauty, Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts (body lotion), Fresh Index Pomegranate Anise. I also have D&G The One I bought on ebay that may be fake...if you like The One you might like to try it.

Swap Warning:
I got burned by Giannahazagunaka Buddhizt (she also goes by Jasminehead). I lost a bottle of Organza and a mini Fracas to her. I recommend you avoid swapping with her.

My signature fragrance

Sun Moon Stars Karl Lagerfeld
My perfume timeline

My favorite fragrances

Tresor Coco Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme LouLou Nicole Miller

Perfumes I Have

  • Karl Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars
  • Lancome Tresor
  • Oscar de la Renta Volupte
  • Yves Rocher Monoi Eau des Vahines
  • Dolce&Gabbana Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme
  • Chanel Coco
  • Chanel Allure
  • Yves Saint Laurent Paris Jardins Romantiques
  • Cacharel LouLou
  • Moschino Cheap and Chic Hippy Fizz
  • Bvlgari Voile de Jasmin
  • John Varvatos John Varvatos
  • Burberry London
  • Burberry Burberry Brit
  • Moschino Cheap & Chic Light Clouds
  • Nicole Miller Nicole Miller
  • Ellen Tracy Bronze
  • Nina Ricci Premier jour

Perfumes I Want

  • Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy
  • Britney Spears In Control Curious
  • Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
  • Yves Saint Laurent Yvresse (Champagne)
  • Demeter Fragrance Sweet Orange
  • Kenzo Kenzo Amour
  • Dolce&Gabbana Sicily
  • Dior Dolce Vita
  • Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber
  • Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Lavender
  • Lavanila Laboratories Pure Vanilla
  • Emilio Pucci Vivara (2007)
  • Cacharel Gloria
  • Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell
  • Moschino Glamour
  • Chloe Love
  • Chloe Chloe Eau de Parfum
  • Chanel Allure Sensuelle
  • Cacharel Liberte
  • Chanel Chanel N°22
  • Guerlain L'Instant de Guerlain
  • Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Birmane
  • Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
  • Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon
  • Hermes Eau des Merveilles
  • Hermes Elixir des Merveilles
  • Alexander McQueen My Queen
  • Dior Hypnotic Poison
  • Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande Creme de Pistache
  • Laurence Dumont Vanille Framboise
  • Yves Saint Laurent Paris Roses Enchantees
  • Chopard Wish
  • Demeter Fragrance Hawaiian Vanilla
  • Liz Claiborne Spark
  • Guerlain Terracotta Voile d'Ete
  • Prada Prada (Amber)
  • Gucci Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum
  • Dolce&Gabbana By
  • Roger & Gallet Vanille
  • Pacifica Spanish Amber
  • Kat Von D Saint
  • Boucheron Boucheron
  • Hermes Hermessence Ambre Narguile
  • Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange
  • Britney Spears Island Fantasy
  • Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy
  • Jennifer Lopez L.A. Glow
  • Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy
  • Dior J`adore
  • Dolce&Gabbana D&G Anthology L`Imperatrice 3
  • Dolce&Gabbana Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme Intense
  • Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Banane
  • Molinard Les Orientaux: Vanille Marine
  • Calypso Christiane Celle Calypso Vanille
  • Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Pineapple
  • Laurence Dumont Creme Brulee
  • Fragonard Les Naturelles: Fleur de Vanille
  • Molinard Les Orientaux: Vanille Fruitee
  • Max Azria BCBG Max Azria Bon Chic
  • Agonist Vanilla Marble
  • Chanel Chanel N°19
  • Donna Karan Pure DKNY
  • Gucci Flora by Gucci
  • Nicole Miller Frenzy

Perfumes I Had

  • Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps
  • Cacharel Noa
  • Alfred Sung Paradise
  • Avon Casbah
  • Dior Poison
  • Laurence Dumont Vanille Abricot
  • Yves de Sistelle Sanderling
  • Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
  • Byblos Byblos
  • Salvador Dali Dalissime
  • Boucheron Jaipur
  • Guy Laroche Fidji
  • Laurence Dumont Vanille Bourbon
  • Nina Ricci Love in Paris
  • Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs
  • Laurence Dumont Tendre Madeleine
  • Estée Lauder White Linen
  • Borghese Il Bacio
  • Estée Lauder Knowing
  • Prescriptives Calyx
  • Ted Lapidus TL Pour Elle
  • Liz Claiborne Spark Seduction
  • Molyneux Le Chic
  • Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte
  • Celine Dion Chic
  • Molyneux Quartz pour Femme
  • Yves Saint Laurent Cinema
  • Fragonard Belle de Nuit
  • Avon Rare Gold
  • Gres Cabaret
  • Oscar de la Renta So de la Renta
  • Burberry Burberry Women
  • Elizabeth Arden Arden Beauty
  • Gloria Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
  • Jennifer Lopez Live
  • Rochas Tocade
  • Flirt! Luv-a-licious
  • Giorgio Armani Emporio Armani Night
  • Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely
  • Elizabeth Arden True Love
  • Liz Claiborne Lucky Number 6
  • Jennifer Lopez Love & Glamour
  • Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert
  • Chanel Chanel N°5
  • Estée Lauder Beautiful
  • Avon Facets
  • Dana French Vanilla
  • Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial
  • Liz Claiborne Vivid
  • Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb
  • Mariah Carey M
  • Guerlain Shalimar
  • Yves Saint Laurent Opium
  • Estée Lauder Cinnabar
  • Lolita Lempicka Coral Flower
  • Avon Extraordinary
  • Chanel Chanel No 5 Eau de Toilette
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills Giorgio Aire
  • Nautica Nautica Woman
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills Giorgio
  • Bijan Bijan
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills Red
  • Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds and Rubies
  • XOXO Heartbeat
  • Yves Rocher 8e jour
  • Benetton Benetton Hot
  • Romeo Gigli G Gigli
  • Givenchy Ysatis
  • Guerlain Champs Elysees
  • Clarins Eau Ressourcante
  • Nina Ricci Deci Dela
  • Coty Sand & Sable
  • Jovan Island Gardenia
  • L`Occitane en Provence Peach Blossom
  • Jeanne Arthes Love Generation Art`s
  • Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles
  • Clinique Aromatics Elixir
  • Bill Blass Bill Blass for Women
  • Coty Emeraude
  • Bijan Bijan VIP Women
  • Emanuel Ungaro Diva
  • Carven Ma Griffe
  • Yves Saint Laurent Paris
  • Diesel Plus Plus Feminine
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills G
  • Estée Lauder Youth-Dew
  • Revlon Jontue
  • Charles of the Ritz Enjoli
  • Dior Dior Addict Shine
  • Gres Cabochard
  • Michel Germain Sexual
  • Lanvin My Sin
  • Elizabeth Arden Green Tea
  • Coty Ex`cla-ma`tion
  • Calvin Klein CK One
  • Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
  • Mary Kay Belara
  • Lolita Lempicka L de Lolita Lempicka
  • Diane von Furstenberg Tatiana
  • Revlon Ciara
  • Revlon Charlie
  • Revlon Charlie White
  • Liz Claiborne Curve Kicks
  • Liz Claiborne Curve Soul Vintage
  • Yves Rocher Naturelle
  • Alfred Sung Shi
  • Alfred Sung Pure
  • Gres Cabotine Gold
  • Yves Rocher Vanille
  • Avon Chic in Black
  • Elizabeth Arden Eau Fraiche
  • Alexandra de Markoff No Regrets
  • Lancome O de Lancome
  • Clarins Sunshine Fragrance
  • Liz Claiborne Liz
  • Avon Little Black Dress
  • Bijan Bijan Nude
  • Aquolina Gold Sugar
  • Oscar de la Renta Oscar
  • Dolce&Gabbana The One
  • Liz Claiborne Realities Original
  • Lancome O Oui!
  • Avon Millennia
  • Givenchy Organza
  • Calvin Klein Truth
  • Givenchy Very Irresistible
  • Dior Dior Addict
  • John Galliano John Galliano
  • Dolce&Gabbana D&G
  • Avon Soft Musk
  • Davidoff Good Life
  • Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rodriguez For Her
  • Moschino Moschino
  • Chanel Chanel No 5 Eau de Cologne
  • Lanvin Arpege
  • Ellen Tracy Pretty Petals

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