Post # 31
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.
Post # 32
She’s pretty cool, but I like to think I’m cooler.
I’m in the Midwest (my sister is at NYU) but I love your other suggestions, both brands seem like the kind of thing that she would be into.
TO EVERYONE ELSE: You guys are really great at this. I love this website. I told myself I would stop reading it every day after I got married in June, but…
TO THE PEOPLE SAYING SHE MAY NOT LIKE THE SCENT I CHOOSE FOR HER: You could be right, but she specifically asked for perfume and the only criteria she gave me was that it not be too “girly”. Annnnd if she doesn’t like it then I’ll take it 🙂
and edited to add: while she’s obviously young, she’s fairly mature/classic in her tastes (think like vintage Burberry raincoat) but also kind of edgy, if that makes sense.
Post # 33
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
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
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
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 # 38
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
Clinique happy – hello it’s a total classic! Also, Burberry Brit is just exceptional. Flatout so good.
Post # 40
Armani diamonds, prada candy or la vie est belle by Lancôme
Post # 41
Cannabis Santal by Fresh. It’s available at Sephora. It’s a great earthy, edgy scent.
Post # 42
I love Chanel No. 5 and Elie Saab Le Parfum.
Post # 43
Flower Bomb by Viktor and Rolf!!! So yummy.
Post # 44
I think she would love Alien by Thierry Mugler -very woody smelling and lasts forever..
Post # 45
Another vote here for the Sephora sampler.