(Closed) NWR – little sister turning 22 – fancy perfume suggestions for birthday gift?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 31
1987 posts
Buzzing bee

mrshomemaker :  As someone who has taught a lot of women who are similar to the OP’s description of her sister and as the owner of a fairly large perfume collection, I agree 100% with what you said about name designer fragrances perhaps not being the best path, though if her sister has no experience with perfume whatsoever, I see nothing wrong with considering a unquestioned classic (the real problem is that most of those unequestioned classics have been reformulated and now are pale shadows of what they once were, so OP would have to track down something vintage if she wanted to go that route).

OP, I think you should follow what PP have to say in terms of getting a sampler.  Consider mixing one or two perfumes that have stood the test of time for decades with some less commonly-known scents.**  Any good profumeria should be able to help you.

**Just as one has to be cautious with classics that have been reformulated to be less complex, one also has to be cautious with the vogue for all things “niche” in perfume, because there’s nearly as much boring, lifeless perfume being sold as niche as there is being sold in the most soulless of department stores, but the niche garbage costs two or three times as much.

mrsthurber :

Post # 33
1987 posts
Buzzing bee

mrsthurber :  If you’re really pressing for a specific suggestion, I would suggest some of the older scents from Serge Lutens (I have no words for some of his newest scents, unfortunately).  Back in the day, when the house was rolling out scent after scent to acclaim, the house occupied a place between standard designer perfumes and obscure perfumes that you could only buy during a full moon and if you had $500 in your pocket.  

For me, Jeux de Peau has never failed to elicit compliments about how interesting and unusual it is.  Arabie might be a little on the sweet side, but I wouldn’t describe it as girly (SL’s very popular Chergui, which is one of the best examples of the sweet/tobacco genre and is usually the SL scent that everyone recommends, will probably smell too much like vanilla for your sister’s liking).  ETA: Five o’clock au Gingembre, while not a favorite of mine, is certainly a scent that isn’t girly (though its ginger/tea/light oriental genre wasn’t exactly original back in ’08 and now has been absolutely done to death).

Post # 34
2497 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Feerie by Van Cleef and Arpels is high-end but not overexposed. It has a sensual, slightly floral, but layered and sophisticated scent. 

Issey Miyake has some nice scents (the original is great, but I prefer Florale)

Another classic that’s not too common: Chloe (the original scent) or Lovestory (which is a bit lighter and fresher)

Post # 35
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

charlllpop :   I loooove this perfume.  Smells so good ! 


My favorite “fancy” perfume is Jean Paul Gautier Classique EDT.  It’s the perfect mix of spice, woody and floral.  

Post # 36
6 posts

Dior Hypnotic Poison is my absolute fave. Also just got Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss. The EL has Kendall Jenner in the mag advertisement…that’s cool, right?

Post # 37
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I love Prada Candy 

Post # 38
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Do you know any fragrance she has worn or liked in the past?  Perfumes are so variable according to body chemistry.  By “not too girly” I’d assume she’s referring to something that’s not overly floral or overly sweet.  I’m a perfume nerd so I’ll give my non-mainstream recommendations.  I absolutely adore Frederic malle fragrances, and you could get a starter pack for her with a bunch of different small bottles.  A great nongirly, sexy, sophisticated one would be Musc Ravageur: http://www.fredericmalle.com/eu/perfumes/musc-ravageur ,  Another niche brand I love is L’artisan Parfumeur (https://www.artisanparfumeur.com/UK/perfumes.html), and I think Mur et Musc (blackberry and musc) is a safe bet (one of my favorites, subtle and beautiful but not boring).  Premier Figuier is another favorite of theirs, which smells like figs and coconut.  Hermes scents are also incredible, I particularly like Un Jardin Sur le Nil which smells like green mango: http://www.sephora.com/un-jardin-sur-le-nil-P375126?skuId=831248

For not too floral not too sweet more mainstream scents, I like Prada Candy, Burberry Brit, Kenzo Amour, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique, and Narciso Rodriguez for Her.  Elizabeth & James (the Olson twins’ brand) Nirvana Black is super popular but I haven’t tried it out.  I also advise you to check out discount perfume online sites, you can get anything at a big discount.

Post # 39
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Clinique happy – hello it’s a total classic! Also, Burberry Brit is just exceptional. Flatout so good. 

Post # 40
96 posts
Worker bee

Armani diamonds, prada candy or la vie est belle by Lancôme 

Post # 41
207 posts
Helper bee

Cannabis Santal by Fresh. It’s available at Sephora. It’s a great earthy, edgy scent. 

Post # 42
2109 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I love Chanel No. 5 and Elie Saab Le Parfum.

Post # 43
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Flower Bomb by Viktor and Rolf!!! So yummy.

Post # 44
56 posts
Worker bee

I think she would love Alien by Thierry Mugler -very woody smelling and lasts forever..


Post # 45
3682 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Another vote here for the Sephora sampler. 

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