Smelling nice

Last year I discovered a new fragrance that I fell in love with - Mr. Burberry. It now sits proudly next to my Terre d'Hermès that I still can't fall out of love with.
 
I've started wearing perfume again thanks in large part to Dolly's Scent From Above. When I first got it, I didn't like it as I thought it was too candy-like, but now I love it. Kylie's Darling has become my favorite, though. It's sweet but classier than Dolly's.

Dolly's body sprays all smell good but have zero staying power, no matter how much I coated myself with.

Cher's Eau de Couture is horrible. I tried to wash it off repeatedly but I could still smell it and I was filled with regret.

But I've also been going back to Celine Dion's self-titled perfume (actually I think I have it as eau de toilette), which is more on the crisp, clean end with a little sweetness, so I think a lot of you who like more unisex scents would like it.
You should try Ariana Grande’s Cloud. It’s not marketed as unisex but it works as a unisex fragrance. I was convinced to blind buy it after reading this article which I never do because celebrity fragrances aren’t normally my thing. https://nymag.com/strategist/amp/article/ariana-grande-cloud-perfume-review.html

I’ve worn it every other day because it just smells really nice.
I actually got a sample of that one the other day! I definitely agree that it’s very unisex, and quite unique for a celebrity fragrance, I don’t think anyone would guess what it is if they sniffed it blind.

It’s not my style, but I don’t hate it. It kinda smells like a dentist’s office (which is not shade, I would love to smell it on other people).
Ooh, I might have to try this.
 
I've dipped my toe into the fragrance world over the past two years and I really like Prada L'Homme and Bleu de Chanel. Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc also smells wonderful but any trace of it vanishes after about an hour. sad!

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This one's for the girls (for those who tried) - do I cave and buy Baccarat Rouge 540 or just get Ari's Cloud?
I have this same question... Rouge is so prohibitively expensive I cannot imagine it'd be worth the price point. Get Cloud girlie.

I had a wonderful turn in my fragrance journey recently where I discovered that Target makes a $30 dupe of Jo Malone's Sea and Wood Sage which is one of the first frags I've been addicted to. It's a sharp salty citrus that I blend with Juliette Has a Gun's Not a Perfume which adds an amber-ish dimension and some projection.

The actual first scent I fell in love with was Diptyque's Philosykos, a blend of fig & fig bark that creates a gorgeous green creamy glow. Only problem is it dissipates so quickly that it doesn't really play for Summer.

I also had to turn a wedding scent profile for the first time last weekend, and ended up using a travel size of Mugler's Angel Muse which is a deep gourmand with strong patchouli and cocoa and a hint of grapefruit, over which I spritzed a dusting of Solinotes Vanille to add a a lasting buttery sweetness.

Trying to decide if I want to buy ELDO's I Am Trash today during their sale, an amazing green apple scent made from literal trash.

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I have this same question... Rouge is so prohibitively expensive I cannot imagine it'd be worth the price point. Get Cloud girlie.

I had a wonderful turn in my fragrance journey recently where I discovered that Target makes a $30 dupe of Jo Malone's Sea and Wood Sage which is one of the first frags I've been addicted to. It's a sharp salty citrus that I blend with Juliette Has a Gun's Not a Perfume which adds an amber-ish dimension and some projection.

The actual first scent I fell in love with was Diptyque's Philosykos, a blend of fig & fig bark that creates a gorgeous green creamy glow. Only problem is it dissipates so quickly that it doesn't really play for Summer.

I also had to turn a wedding scent profile for the first time last weekend, and ended up using a travel size of Mugler's Angel Muse which is a deep gourmand with strong patchouli and cocoa and a hint of grapefruit, over which I spritzed a dusting of Solinotes Vanille to add a a lasting buttery sweetness.

Trying to decide if I want to buy ELDO's I Am Trash today during their sale, an amazing green apple scent made from literal trash.

Friend me on Fragrantica diva!!
I love PHILOSYKOS! I don't know why all my friends hate it, it's so beautifully fresh and grassy!

After posting this I definitely found the B40 dupe in Zara's Red Temptation + Red Temptation Elixir. The latter is slightly more expensive and comes in a smaller bottle, but it lasts for more than 24 hours. I'm definitely in love with this scent. No more expensive scents for me as the Zara dupes are heavenly! They even have Jo Malone + YSL + more dupes!

Because I'm so in love with the B40 DNA scents, I layer with Sol De Janeiro's Cheirosa 68's body lotion!
 
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I love PHILOSYKOS! I don't know why all my friends hate it, it's so beautifully fresh and grassy!

After posting this I definitely found the B40 dupe in Zara's Red Temptation + Red Temptation Elixir. The latter is slightly more expensive and comes in a smaller bottle, but it lasts for more than 24 hours. I'm definitely in love with this scent. No more expensive scents for me as the Zara dupes are heavenly! They even have Jo Malone + YSL + more dupes!

Because I'm so in love with the B40 DNA scents, I layer with Sol De Janeiro's Cheirosa 68's body lotion!
I've heard great things about about the Zara dupes and Cheirosa, will definitely be checking these out.
 
I've dipped my toe into the fragrance world over the past two years and I really like Prada L'Homme and Bleu de Chanel. Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc also smells wonderful but any trace of it vanishes after about an hour. sad!

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Prada L'Homme is that girl for me!
 
I adore personal fragrance. I have a large collection that I've withered down because my obsession was on my wait to ruin!

Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille has had me by the throat for the last decade. I use that one for major events. I tend to lean for Autumn/Winter Scents mainly because I love a deep, warm fragrance. Emporio Armani's Stronger With You Absolutely and Victor & Rolf's Spicebomb does it for me for everyday wear.

I have a lot of fresh, summery fragrances that are often cheaper than my cooler seasons. Hugo Boss' Boss Bottled, Giorgio Armani's Acqua Di Gio and L’Homme Ideal Eau de Parfum (I love Cherry!) by Guerlain are essential for me.
 
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I adore personal fragrance. I have a large collection that I've withered down because my obsession was on my wait to ruin!

Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille has had me by the throat for the last decade. I use that one for major events. I tend to lean for Autumn/Winter Scents mainly because I love a deep, warm fragrance. Emporio Armani's Stronger With You Absolutely and Victor & Rolf's Spicebomb does it for me for everyday wear.

I have a lot of fresh, summery fragrances that are often cheaper than my cooler seasons. Hugo Boss' Boss Bottled, Giorgio Armani's Acqua Di Gio and L’Homme Ideal Eau de Parfum (I love Cherry!) by Guerlain are essential for me.
I just bought a resale Spicebomb for fall - spraying myself with a little grenade is so silly but I love the pink pepper scent that it settles into! I've been mixing with Mugler's Run Free for a slightly sweet woody touch.
 
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Has anyone tried The Essence Vault perfumes? I keep getting adverts for it on Instagram and while it does make sense to me that you're basically paying a lot for the brand, my base assumption that any instagram advert is a scam.
 

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Has anyone tried The Essence Vault perfumes? I keep getting adverts for it on Instagram and while it does make sense to me that you're basically paying a lot for the brand, my base assumption that any instagram advert is a scam.

Yeah, they’re okay. Fairly cheap for what you get (I got 2 for £30 on Tobacco Vanille and Baccarat Rouge dupes) and they smell good but don’t have much staying power.
 
My current Autumn rotation is:

Aesop - Marrakech Intense
Loewe - 001 Man
Kilian - Angel's Share
Le Labo - Santal 33
Gucci - Gucci Guilty Pour Homme when I wanna be a little ho out on the town
 
Kind of a different sort of autumnal vibe but I think the melancholy of Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue really suits autumn, or even post-Christmas winter when the world still seems asleep and spring is far away. Don't be put off by its age - it really is an absolute masterpiece, and just hauntingly beautiful (and also not super strong or heavy). If you like Prada Infusion d'Iris you will like L'Heure Bleue. My favourite perfume of all time is Guerlain Shalimar (which is a big heavy perfume), and although I wear it all year round it's a fragrance many people prefer in cooler weather.

I would really recommend that anyone looking to get into fragrance tries older fragrances alongside modern ones, both older fragrances still being made like the early 20th century Guerlains (which I would highly recommend trying) and discontinued ones - being mostly alcohol, perfume stays wearable for a long time if kept in good condition, so a lot of vintage perfume is perfectly fine to wear. Reformulations can change a perfume dramatically so sometimes even a perfume still being made might be better in a vintage formulation (Opium springs to mind, though you could also just wear EL Cinnabar!).
 
This might be a little bit of a stupid question but how much, and where, do y'all spray? I've just started diving into fragrances but I am really unsure how much is too much, and how subtle is too subtle. I'm aware it's much more difficult to smell it 'on' yourself than other people can and I'm finding it a little difficult to gauge.
 
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