PerfumePatty Perfume Wardrobe and Profile

Learning about perfume is a magical voyage of discovery. On Fragrantica, we share the voyage together. I fantasize about becoming a perfumier...what could be more fun?

I like sweet gourmands and soft, feminine, fresh, clean and natural perfumes. Favorite notes: vanilla, violet, rose, carnation, orange blossom, lavender, coconut and all fruits.
I also like a touch of spice and amber.

I dislike synthetic, loud, sharp, heavy, pungent, smoky, spicy, sour, bitter. Least favorite notes: heavy animalic, strong white florals/indoles, strong oakmoss, strong patchouli and incense, play-doh, rubber, plastic, turpentine, dirt, skunk, bodily fluids, funeral parlor, insect repellent!

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. We also are officers in The Abilities Club at Los Angeles Valley College, a club for students with disabilities.

I grew up in Brooklyn, NYC. The '80's were my college years and 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, 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 earliest 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 and Opium 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! I'm truly shocked at how many designer houses have "sold out" and cheapened their quality, while keeping prices high.

I 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.

Swap List:
Alberta Ferretti Femina, Avon Extraordinary, Avon Flor Violetta, Avon Hana Gasa, Avon Rare Gold, Adrienne Vittadini, Bijan (Bijan), Cacharel Noa, Calvin Klein Truth, Cartier Eau de Cartier, Chanel No 5 EDT (vintage), Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte, Christian Dior Addict, Coty Sophia, Dana French Vanilla, Davidoff Good Life, Dolce & Gabbana "Red Cap", Dolce & Gabbana Sicily (gift set), Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds and Rubies, Fragonard (original), Givenchy Organza, Givenchy Irresistible, Gloria Vanderbilt EDP (vintage), Halston (original), Jeanne Arthes Fashion Victim, Jennifer Lopez Love and Glamour, John Galliano, Lanvin Arpege, Les Maisons de Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti, Lilly Pulitzer Beachy, Lolita de Lempicka Si, Moschino Cheap and Chic Light Clouds, Molinard Vanille Marine, Molyneux Quartz, Moschino (original), Nautica Woman, Nina Ricci Premier Jour, Oscar de la Renta Volupte, Prescriptives Calyx (original), Prescriptives Calyx (body lotion), Revlon Ajee, Revlon Jontue (original), Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely, Ted Lapidus Pour Femme, Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts (body lotion), Yves de Sistelle Sanderling, Yves St. Laurent Jardins Romantiques. I also have two I bought on ebay that may be fake - D&G The One and Chanel Coco EDT.

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 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 Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme Intense Les Exclusifs de Chanel No 22 Coco Eau de Parfum

Perfumes I Have - (15)

  • Dolce&Gabbana Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme
  • Yves Saint Laurent Paris Jardins Romantiques
  • Ellen Tracy Bronze
  • Oscar de la Renta So de la Renta
  • Revlon Jean Nate
  • Laurence Dumont Vanille Abricot
  • Chanel Coco Eau de Parfum
  • Cacharel Liberte
  • Lancome Tresor
  • Dolce&Gabbana Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme Intense
  • Alexander McQueen My Queen
  • John Galliano John Galliano
  • Karl Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars
  • Oscar de la Renta Volupte
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills Red

Perfumes I Want - (66)

  • FCUK FCUK Friction for Her
  • Chanel Chanel N°19
  • Aquolina Pink Sugar Sensual
  • Demeter Fragrance Sweet Orange
  • Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Lavender
  • Lavanila Laboratories Pure Vanilla
  • Gres Cabaret
  • Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell
  • Laurence Dumont Creme Brulee
  • Laurence Dumont Vanille Framboise
  • Laurence Dumont Vanille Violette
  • Yves Saint Laurent Yvresse (Champagne)
  • Kenzo Kenzo Amour
  • Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison
  • Calypso Christiane Celle Calypso Vanille
  • Roger & Gallet Vanille
  • Fragonard Les Naturelles: Fleur de Vanille
  • Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Mokha
  • Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Banane
  • Christian Dior J`adore
  • Gucci Flora by Gucci Eau de Toilette
  • Prada Infusion d'Iris
  • Chanel Chanel N°22
  • Chanel Chanel No 19 Eau de Parfum
  • Balenciaga Balenciaga L`Essence
  • Jean Charles Brosseau Fleurs d`Ombre Violette - Menthe
  • Calypso Christiane Celle Calypso Violette
  • Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber
  • Hermes Hermessence Ambre Narguile
  • Profumum Roma Confetto
  • Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Orange Magnifica
  • Ava Luxe Black Coconut
  • Cacharel Lou Lou Blue
  • Bvlgari Jasmin Noir
  • Rochas Rochas Man
  • Hugo Boss Deep Red
  • Ellen Tracy Imagine
  • Annick Goutal Heure Exquise
  • Calypso Christiane Celle Calypso Rose
  • Donna Karan DKNY Sweet Delicious Pink Macaroon
  • Calypso Christiane Celle Calypso Mimosa
  • Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio
  • Annick Goutal Eau du Ciel
  • Gianfranco Ferre Ferre Eau de Parfum
  • Hermes 24 Faubourg
  • Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca
  • Jeanne Arthes Capricieuse
  • Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto
  • Kenzo Flower by Kenzo
  • Lancome La Vie Est Belle
  • Burberry Burberry Brit Summer for Women
  • Guerlain L'Instant d'Un Ete
  • L`Occitane en Provence Immortelle de Corse
  • Mugler Angel Garden Of Stars - Violette Angel
  • Trussardi Trussardi Inside for women
  • Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir
  • Nina Ricci Les Belles de Ricci Amour d`Amandier
  • Demeter Fragrance Sticky Toffee
  • Parfums de Coeur Skin Musk
  • Dana Emir
  • Evyan White Shoulders
  • Pierre Balmain Ivoire
  • Ted Lapidus TL Pour Lui
  • Yves Saint Laurent Paris Premieres Roses 2011
  • Mazzolari Vaniglia
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Birmane

Perfumes I Had - (155)

  • Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps
  • Cacharel Noa
  • Moschino Cheap and Chic Hippy Fizz
  • Calvin Klein Truth
  • Alfred Sung Paradise
  • Avon Casbah
  • Christian Dior Poison
  • Yves de Sistelle Sanderling
  • Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
  • Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum
  • Byblos Byblos
  • Salvador Dali Dalissime
  • Boucheron Jaipur
  • Guy Laroche Fidji
  • Burberry Burberry Brit
  • Jennifer Lopez Love & Glamour
  • Laurence Dumont Vanille Bourbon
  • Nina Ricci Love in Paris
  • Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs
  • Laurence Dumont Tendre Madeleine
  • Estée Lauder White Linen
  • Borghese Il Bacio
  • Burberry London
  • Christian Lacroix Christian Lacroix
  • Estée Lauder Knowing
  • Prescriptives Calyx
  • Ted Lapidus TL Pour Elle
  • Liz Claiborne Spark Seduction
  • Molyneux Le Chic
  • Molinard Vanille Marine
  • Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte
  • Celine Dion Chic
  • Molyneux Quartz pour Femme
  • Gloria Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
  • Fragonard Belle de Nuit
  • Avon Rare Gold
  • Jennifer Lopez Live
  • Burberry Burberry Women
  • Aquolina Gold Sugar
  • Elizabeth Arden Arden Beauty
  • Yves Rocher Monoi Eau des Vahines
  • Flirt! Luv-a-licious
  • Giorgio Armani Emporio Armani Night
  • Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely
  • Elizabeth Arden True Love
  • Bvlgari Voile de Jasmin
  • Liz Claiborne Lucky Number 6
  • Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert
  • Chanel Allure
  • Chanel Chanel N°5
  • Ralph Lauren Ralph Lauren Big Pony 2 for Women
  • Christian Dior Dior Addict Eau de Parfum
  • Estée Lauder Beautiful
  • Avon Facets
  • Dana French Vanilla
  • Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial
  • Mariah Carey M
  • John Varvatos John Varvatos
  • Guerlain Shalimar
  • Yves Saint Laurent Opium
  • Lolita Lempicka Si Lolita
  • Estée Lauder Cinnabar
  • Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail
  • Avon Extraordinary
  • Roxy Roxy Love
  • Lilly Pulitzer Beachy
  • Chanel Chanel No 5 Eau de Toilette
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills Giorgio Aire
  • Nautica Nautica Woman
  • Jeanne Arthes Love Generation Fashion Victim
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills Giorgio
  • Bijan Bijan
  • Nicole Miller Nicole Miller
  • Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds and Rubies
  • XOXO Heartbeat
  • Moschino Cheap & Chic Light Clouds
  • Yves Rocher 8e Jour
  • Benetton Benetton Hot
  • Romeo Gigli G Gigli
  • Givenchy Ysatis
  • Guerlain Champs Elysees Eau de Toilette
  • 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
  • Dolce&Gabbana The One
  • Charles of the Ritz Enjoli
  • Christian Dior Dior Addict Shine
  • Gres Cabochard
  • Michel Germain Sexual
  • Lanvin My Sin
  • Elizabeth Arden Green Tea
  • Coty Ex`cla-ma`tion
  • 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
  • Oscar de la Renta Oscar
  • Liz Claiborne Realities Original
  • Lancome O Oui!
  • Avon Millennia
  • Givenchy Organza
  • Givenchy Very Irresistible
  • 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
  • Nina Ricci Premier jour
  • Revlon Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson
  • Cartier Eau de Cartier
  • Halston Halston Classic
  • Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar
  • Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers
  • Dolce&Gabbana Sicily
  • La Maison de la Vanille Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti
  • Bath and Body Works Orange Sapphire
  • Dana Toujours Moi
  • Cacharel LouLou

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