My Perfume Portrait

While reading other people’s blogs I caught myself wishing they had somewhere a condensed list of their perfume loves, likes, maybe even dislikes. So I decided to make my own list and update it from time to time – just in case I’m not alone in my curiosity. My posts, links to which you see after some perfume names, usually aren’t traditional reviews but rather stories from my life related to those perfumes.

Rusty peeks into the room where perfumes are stored

Rusty peeks into the room where perfumes are stored

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Updated 5/25/2014

Perfumes I love and don’t ever want to be without:

Lancôme Climat (First Love: Perfume)
Ormonde Jayne Ta’if (Down the Rabbit Hole through the Looking-Glass)
Amouage Ubar
Chanel No 19 EdT
Annick Goutal Heure Exquise (WTD, Episode 1.4: Heure Exquise by Annick Goutal)
Puredistance Antonia (My First Perfume Review: Puredistance Antonia)
Miss Dior (I’ll miss you, Miss Dior)
Frederic Malle Portraid of a Lady
Jo Malone Sweet Milk (“Here’s a photo I’ve been looking for…”: Sweet Milk by Jo Malone)
Guerlain Cruel Gardénia (What Happens in Vegas… Part I: Guerlain – Mission Accomplished)
Jo Malone French Lime Blossom (WTD, Episode 3.4: In the Search for the Perfect Linden)
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess (Scents of My Hawaii Vacation)
Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling! (Three Pieces of Neela Vermeire’s India Puzzle)

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Perfumes I like and enjoy wearing:

Amouage

Beloved
Dia

Epic
Gold
Lyric
Library Collection Opus I (Library of Amouage)
Memoir

Annick Goutal

Ambre Fétiche
Nuit Étoilée (Déjà vu, Episode 4: des pairs, dis-pair, Despair)
Petite Cherie (WTD,Episode 1.6: Petite Cherie by Annick Goutal)

Antonia’s Flowers Tiempe Passate (My First Niche Perfume: Tiempe Passate by Antonia’s Flowers)

April Aromatics Unter den Linden (In the Search for the Perfect Linden, Take 2)

Armani Prive

Ambre Orient
Eclat de Jasmin
La Femme Bleue

Atelier Cologne Silver Iris

Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta Parfum (In the Search for the Perfect Leather)

Bvlgari Black (From Zero to Forty (ml) in less than 15… years: Bvlgari Black)

By Kilian

Amber Oud
Prelude to Love, invitation
Love & Tears, surrender

Byredo La Tulipe (The Tulip)

Chanel

Beige (Perfume Purrfect?)
Bois des Iles
Chanel No 19 Poudre (My First Unsniffed Purchase: Chanel №19 Poudré)
Coco (Coco Noir… Light by Chanel)
Coromandel
Cuir de Russie (In the Search for the Perfect Leather)

Cognoscenti

Tomato Leather (You say ‘Tomato’, I say ‘Leather’)
Warm Carrot

Creed Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie (My First Creed: Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie)

Dior

Diorella (First Love: Love)
Diorissimo (In the Search for the Perfect Lily of the Valley)
Grand Bal (Will you go to the Ball?)
Mitzah
New Look 1947 (Girls Just Want to Have Fun!)

Diptyque Volutes (Spontaneous me: Diptyque Volutes)

DSH Perfumes Vert pour Madame

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 (Elusive Perfume)

Frederic Malle Iris Poudre (Déjà vu, Episode 1: powdery fruit vs. peony oriental)

Guerlain

Angelique Noire
Chamade parfum
Champs Elysées (In the Search for the Perfect Mimosa, Take 2)
Encens Mythique d’Orient (Unveiling the Identity of my Birthday’s Guerlain Perfume)
Jicky parfum
Myrrhe et Délires
Pamplelune

Hermès

Brin de Réglisse
Hiris

Rose Ikebana
Un Jardin sur le Nil
Vetiver Tonka

Hugo Boss Deep Red (In the Search for the Perfect Pear)

Ineke

Field Notes from Paris
Hothouse Flower (“H” for Hothouse Flower by Ineke)

Jo Malone

Assam & Grapefruit (WTD, Episode 3.2: Tea Fragrance Blends by Jo Malone)
Black Vetyver Café
Blackberry & Bay (In the Search for the Perfect Berry: Blackberry)
Dark Amber & Ginger Lily (WTD, Episode 3.1: Kohdo Wood Collection by Jo Malone)
Earl Grey & Cucumber (WTD, Episode 3.2: Tea Fragrance Blends by Jo Malone)
Elderflower & Gooseberry
English Pear & Freesia (In the Search for the Perfect Pear)
Lotus Blossom & Water Lily (WTD, Episode 3.1: Kohdo Wood Collection by Jo Malone)
Pomegranate Noir
White Lilac & Rhubarb (In the Search for the Perfect Lilac, Take 2)
Wild Fig & Cassis (In the Search for the Perfect Fig)

Jul et Mad

Amour de Palazzo (For Every Occasion: Jul et Mad Amour de Palazzo)
Stilettos on Lex

Keiko Mecheri Johana (If Johana by Keiko Mecheri were a shoe…)

Lancôme Mille et Une Roses

L’Artisan Parfumeur

Premier Figuier Extrême (Does the size… (strike that) bottle matter? Yep!)
Seville a l’aube
Tea for Two
Traversee du Bosphore

Le Labo

Belle Du Soir (An Oriental Powder for a Beauty of the Evening or When Le Labo went to Anthropologie)
Iris 39
Labdanum 18
Poivre 23
Rose 31

Les Parfums de Rosine

Rose d’Amour
Rose Praline

Maison Martin Margiela Untitled

Miller Harris L’Air de Rien

Mona di Orio Les Nombres d’Or Vanille

Neela Vermeire Creations Trayee (Three Pieces of Neela Vermeire’s India Puzzle)

Ormonde Jayne

Champaca
Frangipani
Ormonde Woman
Orris Noir
Tiare (A Friend in Need…)
Tolu

Pacifica French Lilac

Parfum d’Empire Equistrius

Parfums De Nicolai Le Temps D’Une Fete

Parfums MDCI Chypre Palatin

Penhaligon’s Lily of the Valley (In the Search for the Perfect Lily of the Valley)

Phaedon Rue des Lilas

Prada Infusion d’Iris (Alien wears Prada Infusion d’Iris)

Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris (Mission: Impossible Iris)

Serge Lutens

Ambre Sultan
Boxeuses (Body Heat: Perfumes under Extreme Temperatures)
De Profundis (My First Bell Jar: De Profundis – Celebrating Life)
Jeux de Peau (Mind Games: My First Decant – Jeux de Peau)
Fille en Aiguilles («О, Ёлочка!» – O Tannenbaum!), (Déjà vu, Episode 4: des pairs, dis-pair, Despair)
Santal Majuscule
Vétiver Oriental
Vitriol d’oeillet (In the Search for the Perfect Carnation)

Sisley Eau du Soir

Sonoma Scent Studio

Champagne de Bois
Fig Tree (In the Search for the Perfect Fig)
To Dream (To Dream or not To Dream: Sleep Scents)
Winter Woods («О, Ёлочка!» – O Tannenbaum!)

Tauer Perfumes

L’Air du desert marocain
Lonestar Memories
PHI
Une Rose Vermeille

Zeta (WTD, Episode 3.4: In the Search for the Perfect Linden)

Teo Cabanel Alahine

The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest

Thierry Mugler Angel (Angel of Jealousy)

Tom Ford

Amber Absolute
Arabian Wood (WTD, Episode 4.3: Noir de Noir, Oud Wood and Arabian Wood by Tom Ford)
Black Orchid
Black Violet (WTD, Episode 4.2: In the Search for the Perfect Violet)
Champaca Absolute
Fleur de Chine

Tobacco Vanille
Violet Blonde (WTD, Episode 4.2: In the Search for the Perfect Violet)

Tommi Sooni Eau de Tommi Sooni II (Chasing Daphne)

Vera Wang Vera Wang (What Happens in Vegas… Part II: Confession of a Sillage Monster)

Yosh Ginger Ciao

Yves Rocher

Nature (WTD, Episode 2.6: Nature by Yves Rocher)
Venice (WTD, Episode 2.1: Venice by Yves Rocher)

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Perfumes I like (also?) on my vSO:

Hermès Terre d’Hermès and Voyage d’Hermès

Atelier Cologne Trèfle Pur, Orange Sanguine and Bois Blonds

Diptyque 34 Boulevard Saint Germain and Tam Dao

M.Micallef Royal Vintage

Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Man

Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman

Parfums DelRae Panache

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille and Tuscan Leather

Thierry Mugler A MEN Pure Havane

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Perfumes that don’t work for me:

Chanel Chanel No 5

Guerlain Shalimar, Mitsouko, L’Heure Bleue

Frederic Malle Carnal Flower

Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao and Bitter Orange & Chocolate

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour Le Soir

Robert Piguet Fracas

Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois

Tauer Perfumes Carillon pour un ange

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I consider buying a full bottle or a decant of:

Amouage Library Collection Opus III and Opus VI
Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant
By Kilian In the City of Sin
Byredo Pulp
Chanel Bois des Iles
Dior Ambre Nuit and Oud Ispahan
DSH Perfumes The Beat Look
Juliette Has A Gun Calamity J and Miss Charming
L’Artisan Parfumeur
Dzing!, L’eau d’Ambre Extreme, La chasse aux Papillons, Mimosa pour moi
Lancome Cuir de Lancome
M.Micallef Le Parfum Couture
Opus Oils Flapper
Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe
Penhaligon’s Iris Prima
Six Scents
Napa Noir
Sonoma Scent Studio Ambre Noir, Nostalgie and Wood Violet
Tom Ford Fleur de Chine
vero profumo Mito

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My “to try” list:

Amouage Journey
Armani Prive Cuir Noir
Dior Cuir Cannage
Hermès Epice Marine and Terre d’Hermès Eau Très Fraîche
Les Parfums de Rosine Majalis
MPG Soie Rouge
Parfums MDCI Nuit Andalouse and Cuir Garamante
Serge Lutens Clair de Musc

25 thoughts on “My Perfume Portrait

  1. Undina the perfume portrait is great Idea! It has definitely inspired me and I will add a similar page to my blog. This is really the best way to get to know a perfume lover.

  2. Undina, your perfumed portrait does not reflect your whole complexity but gives just an intriguing glimpse.

    • Please do steal it! It would be so great if all my favorite bloggers painted their perfumed portraits. Who knows in what stories that might result…

  3. What an AWESOME idea!! I actually had decided to start a regular column called “Perfume Love” where I talk about the scents I love and why – they’d be less reviewy and totally biased :D So this fits totally!

    Stealing (with credits of course). I’ll let you know when I have successfully stolen ;)

  4. Goodness! I had a full bottle of Eau de Charlotte and Eau de Camille which I gifted away as I was “verboten” to wear either by co-worker and hubby! Had I known I would have sent them your way! I did however save a drop of eau de camille..have you gotten a chance to try it yet? I love your list and see that a few Annick Goutals are on it! Long story of my introduction to this niche line but I adore the originals very much (not as familiar with the newer offerings).

    • Annick Goutal is one of my favorite brands even though I do not love all of their perfumes.
      I haven’t tested all I wanted to yet but I’m getting there.

      I can see your partner not liking one of those perfumes but I’m really surprised about co-workers: AG’s perfumes are so light (well, most of them) that I can hardly imagine anybody bothered by them (unless they hug you ;) ).

      • I have the great misfortune of sharing a room with a co-worker who hates all perfume (except anything manufactured by the Clean line- she likes laundry detergent smells only). Hubby has seasonal allergies and in the spring and fall (with the exception of pure essential oils applied judiciously) he is overtaken with nausea and headaches which get exacerbated with perfume!
        Eau de Camille is heavy on the green and Eau de Charlotte is a rich cocoa blackberry so neither of the two worked for both co-worker or hubby. I just hate hearing the complaints and having to scrub my wrists/neck silly after applying :) !! I too love AG. the hotel I was staying in while in paris (1994) had the Eau D’hadrien toilettries and I dragged my poor friend ALL over paris trying to find the flagship store! Ironically when we did find it I ended up buying a bottle of Eau de Ciel. When I got back to the States I discovered that SAKS in NYC (where I resided at the time) had these seasonal specials of BOGO so I was able to get TWO 100ml bottles of AG for $98 !!! Can you imagine? I went crazy and must of bought 10 bottles in less than a year!

        • That’s quite a story! :)

          I’m sorry about the situation with perfumes in your life. Hopefully, you’ll find time/perfumes to wear around both people. But I must say: if I couldn’t wear perfumes I like to work my co-worker could forget any perfumes – Clean or not. I would have kept complaining about the laundry detergent smell ;)

  5. I have learned of clever ways around this…I can use essential oils without complaints from both all year round so I have made a few blends that other co-workers have asked me to share with them (not everyone hates fragrance at my job :) !!).On days that co-worker is out I spray with reckless abandonment and become a silage monster! and I also have lovely scented hand creams, body moisturizers and body oils (jojoba, sesame,etc) that I add essential oils to. Last fall I wore nothing but patchouli in unscented sweet almond oil…it was fabulous and my sweaters had remnants of the glorious scent for days! Finally, I drink quite a bit of floral, aromatic teas both at home and at work so I get to taste as well as smell that which I enjoy! Not all is lost :) !!

    • Hi filmoyster!
      My collection isn’t that huge: I do not own full bottles for all of the perfumes from the categories above. Many of them are in travel bottles or decants. I keep the bottles on two shelves in the walk-in closet and decants and samples in drawers.

  6. This list is so comprehensive and so big that I feel ridiculous with my little bunch of bottles. But it’s nice to know what someone else in the know likes, and I had wondered if you had ever tried Unter den Linden!

    • Blacknall, I want to clarify that I definitely have bottles only for the first category. Everything else is not necessarily even a travel bottle in the collection – some of them are, but the majority are decants.

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