Saturday Question: What Are Your Top N Perfumes?

I miss those times when we used to have group posts with several bloggers. From time to time we still try to do it, and there is a great group that does Mood Scent 4 series (Portia at A Bottled Rose, Esperanza at L’Esperessence, Megan at Megan In Sainte Maxime and Samantha at I Scent You A Day). So, when Vanessa (Bonkers about Perfume) first and then Tara (A Bottled Rose) posted their Top 20 and Top 15 perfumes correspondingly, I jumped at the chance to use this topic for the Saturday Question.

 

Saturday Question on Undina's Looking Glass

 

Saturday Question #34:

What Are Your Top N Perfumes?

We’re using a variation on the “burning building speed grab method”: don’t try to choose perfumes that would cover all possible basis or fit logical categories of “perfumes for work,” “summer wear” or “irreplaceable,” but rather an emotional selection of perfumes that you’d like to “save” from that proverbial burning building, even if all N of them are just a slight variation on the “little black dress” theme.

Name your top 5-10-15, etc., whatever feels right. I suggest to limit the selection by 20 bottles – not because I think we all could live just with that number, but just because otherwise others would probably just skim through your list – and all that after you would risk your other valuable possessions to  save those N bottles!

My Answer

I played this game many times before, but it looks like I’m more or less set in my loves: I selected a list of 30 perfumes I like the most, then sorted it by their importance to me at the moment and chose the top 20 perfumes:

  1. Lancome Climat
  2. Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
  3. Amouage Ubar
  4. Chanel No 19 EdT
  5. By Kilian Amber Oud
  6. Krigler Lieber Gustav
  7. Jo Malone French Lime Blossom
  8. Dior Miss Dior parfum
  9. Guerlain Chamade extrait
  10. Armani Prive Le Femme Bleue
  11. Puredistance Antonia
  12. Les Parfums de Rosine Rose d’Amour
  13. Tom Ford Fleur de Chine
  14. Jo Malone Sweet Milk
  15. Yosh Ginger Ciao
  16. Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady
  17. Amouage Dia
  18. Guerlain Cruel Gardénia
  19. Serge Lutens De Profundis
  20. Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom

 

 

When I compared this list to the list I did 3.5 years ago, interestingly enough, also prompted by Vanessa’s post, I discovered that today’s list contains 16 out of the 20 perfumes that I’d chosen then. The other four are not new, they just moved slightly up and replaced four perfumes that I still like, so, they are still in the top 30, which also includes several new perfumes that joined my collection since I created the previous list. And while I liked them enough not only to buy but to consider for this important exercise, they haven’t replaced any of my old favorites.

I won’t be linking perfumes in the list to posts I previously published about them, but just in case anyone is interested, they are all linked on My Perfume Portrait page (which reminds me that I need to update it with my new loves I accumulated in two years since the last update).

How about you? How fleeting are your perfume loves?

 

What Are Your Top N Perfumes?

73 thoughts on “Saturday Question: What Are Your Top N Perfumes?

  1. This requires me to think, and I’m not ready for that right now, but will try to put my mind to this! However, I wanted to say that you list some of my favourites, and that I love the photos, particularly those featuring Rusty.

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    • All those pictures I’ve used previously for the corresponding posts, but figured nobody would object, especially since many of them featured Rusty :)
      I would be extremely curious to see your list.

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  2. 1. Masque Milano L’Attesa
    2. Guerlain Encense Mythique D’Orient
    3. L’Artisan Un Air de Bretagne
    4. Comme des Garcons Avignon
    5. Gallivant Istanbul
    6. Teo Cabanel Alahine
    7. Amouage Opus VIII
    8. Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur
    9. Guerlain AA Herba Fresca
    10. Byredo Pulp
    11. Tom Ford F* Fabulous
    12. Chanel No. 28 La Pausa EdT
    13. Chanel No. 19 EdT
    14. Hermes Hiris
    15. Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose
    16.Donna Karan Black Cashmere
    17. Calvin Klein Obsession
    18. Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist
    19. Tauer Phi Une Rose de Kandahar
    20. Hermes Myrrh and Tonka

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    • I like 12 from your list (own and wear 8 or 9) and haven’t tried 4 (so, these are also potential “likes” :) ). But I knew already that we have a lot of intersections in our tastes.

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    • Great list. I like many of these as well, Comme des Garcons Avignon is my favorite incense scent, hands down. Alahine, of course, Chanel No. 28 La Pausa, Chanel No. 19, Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose, Iris Silver Mist and Tauer Phi Une Rose de Kandahar are all gorgeous.

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  3. A good question…..
    Fils de Dieu
    L’ Air de Rien
    Salome
    Memoir Woman
    Niki de Saint Phalle
    Fille en Aiguilles
    Calligraphy Saffron
    Theo Fennel
    My vintage Gucci No3
    Dzing!

    There are scents I would buy again like Aromatics Elixir, Batucada and Chypre Mousse or Untitled L Eau but they could be replaced

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      • A babysitter nicked my brand-new Gucci 3 in the late 80s. It was expensive so I didn’t replace it but did buy a mini, which I still have!

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    • We share love to Memoir Woman, Niki de Saint Phalle and Fille en Aiguilles (the last one was close to make a list, and I look forward to the holiday season to wear it). I remember liking Dzing! when I tried it, but I haven’t got it back then, and now when my sample is long gone, I wouldn’t dare to buy either an old bottle or (even less) the new one.

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  4. Of course I have to respond to any post that features Rusty! I do have to ask a stupid question…what does the N stand for? I don’t think I can count to 20, but here are my top 5:
    1. Guerlain Vol de Nuit
    2. Guerlain Chamade
    3. Puredistance White
    4. Shalini – Shalini
    5. Guerlain Mitsouko

    I guess Guerlain wins :)

    Kisses to Rusty. xoxoxox

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    • In math, N = Natural numbers (all positive integers starting from 1 (1,2,3….inf). Since I didn’t want to impose any specific number (Top 10 or Top 20), I left it as a variable :)
      I like your first 3 and very curious about #4 (I think you did a nice review for it).

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      • You can clearly see that I had a communications degree in college! LOL. Math escapes me for sure. As for Shalini…all of her perfumes are gorgeous and crafted by Maurice Roucel, but the original Shalini is just ethereally beautiful, albeit it grossly expensive. But it is a dream perfume.

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    • The pictures aren’t new :) I’ve previously used them in the corresponding posts, so this time it was fast. But back at the time… Before I discovered iPhone’s Live Photos, it was a nightmare to try and catch Rusty from the good side with the regular camera :)

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  5. In no particular order, here are my current precioussssses:
    Chanel No. 22
    Guerlain Parure
    Guerlain Muguet 2016
    Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
    Jean Patou Heritage Chaldee
    Vintage Diorella
    4160 Tuesdays’ Clouds, Clouds Illusion, Clouds Both Sides Now
    Van Cleef & Arpels’ Muguet Blanc
    Hermes’ Muguet Porcelaine
    Guerlain Apres L’Ondee
    Jo Loves Rose Petal 25
    Guerlain Vol de Nuit
    Papillon Dryad
    Papillon Bengale Rouge
    Laboratorio Olfattivo Decou-Vert
    Penhaligon’s Ostara
    Abdul Samad Al Qurashi Ta’if Rose attar
    Chanel No. 19

    I’ve only listed ones of which I have a bottle; I have some precioussss sample sets from St. Clair Scents and Dawn Spencer Hurwitz.

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  6. Love this question. It doesn’t require too much thought, the top of the list ones don’t change for me. Of course I’m going to cheat a tiny bit 😉
    1. Magie Noire – (the whole family, all vintage, comprises edt and extrait.)
    2. Fidji – Same story as no.1.
    3. JPG Fragile- yep, the whole family, with the addition of body lotions and oils.
    4. Opium – See above.
    5. AG Songes.
    6. OJ Frangipani.
    6. The Bronze Goddess family.
    7. FM Carnal Flower.
    8. DK Gold family.
    9. Calligraphy for the hubby.
    10. Dior Homme Parfum for us both.
    11. Organza vintage.
    12. Fracas.
    13. Samsara.
    13. E. Coudray Ambre et Vanille.
    14. Tauer Rose Flash.
    15. Orange Sanguine.
    16. D&ag Sicily.
    Phew, it required a little thought after all.

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  7. This is going to be a fun Saturday poll! Mine are below and are all vintage. In the event we have to evacuate, which I’ve had to do previously, all of the precious collectables are in one box and ready to go.

    1-Farouche in the Lalique frosted heart perfume bottle
    2-Vintage Niki de Saint Phalle Perfume
    3-Vintage Gucci No 3
    4-Vintage Shiseido Feminite du Bois perfume
    5-Vintage Lancome Magie Noire perfume
    6-Vintage Fendi Perfume
    7-Vintage Shiseido Murasaki
    8-Vintage Ralph Lauren’s Lauren
    9-Vintage Ralph Lauren’s Safari
    10-Vintage Samsara perfume
    11-Vintage Opium Perfume
    12-Vintage Estee Lauder’s Aliage
    13-Laura Mercier’s Minuit Enchantees
    14-Patou’s Eau de Patou
    15-Vintage Chanel No. 22 EDC
    16-Henry Jacques Femme
    17-Vintage Halston perfume by Halston
    18-Vintage L’ Arte di Gucci EDP
    19-Vintage Fendi’s Theorema

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      • How interesting… I think I haven’t tried most of perfumes on your list. Maybe some of them happened to get into the circle of perfumes I smelled in late 90s, if they were still around then, but most I recognize only by name. Maybe it’s for the best: it’s a recipe for a heartache to love vintage perfumes :)

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    • Smokeytoes, let me know your address, I’ll visit you…ehm, when you’re not home :-D
      In my younger days I’ve had almost all of your mentioned vintages except Murasaki, Lauren and L’Arte di Gucci. And I love them!

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  8. I’ll try and see how many I can do from memory.
    1. Vol de Nuit
    2. Atrappe Coeur
    3. Après l’ondee
    4. LHeure Bleue
    5. Patou Vacances
    6. Patou Que sais je ( surprised myself)
    7. Feu d’issey
    8. Sycamore
    9. Metallica
    10. Guerlinade
    11 HdP animale 1
    12. Mouchoir de Monsieur
    13. Marron chic
    14. Unter den Linden
    15. Saffron Troublant
    16. De profundis
    17- 20 reserved for crazy vintage perfume stash
    Tabac blond if I had a bottle :(

    Great fun reading people’s lists

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    • I’m always fascinated by people’s choices when they are made not from a limited list – it always shows how different we all are.

      I wanted to say that our tastes were quite different, but I realized that I haven’t even tried most of the perfumes you listed, so I wouldn’t know if I’d like them or not. But we share love for Vol de Nuit, Under den Linden and De Profundis.

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  9. I only have 20-something full bottles and many of those are replaceable, so I’ll do a top 5:
    Le Labo Ylang 49
    Givenchy Rêve d’Escapade
    Penhaligon’s The Duchess Rose
    Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio
    4160Tuesdays Red Queen

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    • Ha! From your list I’m familiar only with Ninfeo Mio (I almost bought a bottle when it was released, but then I persuaded myself that I liked the bottle more than perfume itself. I should have bought it…) – so, I can’t even say if our tastes are close or not. I’ll have to keep reading your posts to figure it out :)

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      • I wasn’t at home when I commented, so I had somehow forgotten to include Parfum d’Empire Osmanthus Interdite. I think my loves are generally rose, fig, and osmanthus perfumes. With Ninfeo Mio, I got the last bottle in the store, which was an unopened tester. At the time (early last year), the SA said she thought it might get discontinued, but a few months later I saw it elsewhere in the new bottle design.

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  10. 1. Annick Goutal Heure Exquise
    2. Chanel no 19, all versions & vintage
    3. Chanel no 5 vintage EdT & parfum
    4. April Aromatics Calling All Angels
    5. April Aromatics Unter den Linden
    6. April Aromatics Pink Wood
    7. April Aromatics Irristible
    8. April Aromatics Purple Reign
    9. April Aromatics Vetiver Coeur
    10. Hiram Green Dilettante
    11. Hiram Green Lustre
    12. Hiram Green Vivacious
    13. Sultan Pasha Irisoir
    14. Sultan Pasha Sohan D’iris
    15. Vero Naja
    16. Vero Rozy
    17. L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha
    18. L’Artisan Parfumeur Saffran Troublant
    19. Chanel Cristalle
    20. Guerlain Vol de Nuit

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    • I see that you’re a fan of natural perfumery. I struggle with all-natural perfumes, and so far there are just a couple that work for me – Under den Linden is one of them. Arbole Arbole is the second one. Maybe Vivacious. But the rest… But I keep trying :)
      Heure Exquise, No 19, Vol de Nuit and Trayee are my favorites as well.

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  11. Vanessa, Tara and Undina thank you all for your posts, can we do this once a year? Or twice, spring and autumn? For those of us who don’t keep lists…? I would be very curious if my list would change, and if so in what way.

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  12. I’ll have to do this from memory since I am not at home to look at my collection.
    1. Atelier Clementine California
    2. Atelier Pacific Lime
    3. Jo Malone Wild Bluebell
    4. Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede
    5. Jo Malone Rain & Angelica
    6. Chanel No. 19 Poudre
    7. Gucci Guilty
    8. Ineke Hothouse Flower
    9. Ineke Derring Do
    10. Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline
    11. Burberry Baby Touch
    12. Philosophy Amazing Grace

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  13. Oh boy. This is tough. These are all over and now I have to think about consolidating them in one place with their boxes and a bag, box or suitcase next to it. 😱

    So my list but I am not listing all and limiting myself to up to 2 per house, no dabbers, not in order and only 10: Chanel No.19 EDP, Guerlain 190th Anniversary, Le Labo Vanille 44, Tauer Dark Passage, Puredistance Opardu, Dior Dune, 28 La Paus a EDT, Scents of Wood Plum in Cognac, Guerlain Cuir Beluga and SSS Bees Bliss. Of course if I answer this tomorrow, a few will likely get swapped out!

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    • I haven’t tried Dark Passage and Plum in Cognac (not sure about smelling like that but would love to have it as a drink ;) ), but the other eight I like. Probably not to the extend to do any reshuffling of my list, but I could wear them.

      I missed this year’s opportunity to buy V44! I was going to… and then it was 0:25 AM on October 1st. Maybe the next year.

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      • Plum in cognac sounds like it could be a great drink. May have to see if I can get the ingredients in small bottles.

        As to the perfume, it’s Scents of Wood #2 in the swap box. Trrrrryyyy it. I need to get a FB when it becomes available in mid-November.

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  14. This is a tough one!! My list includes the following top 10 and then the next ten below that. No particular order in the two sections.
    1. Guerlain Shalimar
    2. Heeley Iris de Nuit
    3. Guerlain Spiriteuse Double Vanille
    4. Guerlain Angelique Noire
    5. Guerlain French Kiss
    6. Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
    7.Parfums de Rosine Glam Rose
    8. Chanel Jersey pure parfum
    9. Chanel Beige pure parfum
    9. Prada Purple Rain
    10. Hermes Ambre Narguile
    ********
    11. Neela Vermeire Pichola
    12. Hermes Jour
    13. Keiko Mecheri Attar de Roses
    14. Serge Lutens Las Filles de Berlin
    15. Parfums de Rosine Rose d”Ete
    16. Initio Parfums Privee’ Atomic Rose
    17. Teo Cabanel Alahine
    18. Ormonde Jayne Vanille d’Iris
    19. Carner Barcelona Besos
    20. Annick Goutal la Nuit Etoilee’ EDP

    21. Maison Lancome Parfait de Roses
    22. Maison Lancome Iris Dragees
    23. Maison Lancome Jasmins Marzipan
    24. Viktoria Minya Hedonist Iris
    25. Viktoria Minya Hedonist Cassis

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    • I love Angelique Noire… I’m curious how badly it has been reformulated: in a year or so I might need more.CDV is nice, but I have several vanilas that work better for me (but I’ll finish my decant of SDV). Chanel Beige was/is underappreciated, in my opinion. And Nuit Etoilee I like more and more with each year :)

      Lists are hard. I only hope that our perfumes cannot read, so they won’t get offended being excluded or moved down the list ;)

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      • What are the vanillas you like? I’m always interested in good vanillas. I have Van Cleef & Arpel’s Vanille Orchidee’ and I just bought Jo Malone’s Vetiver and Golden Vanilla. I love a good vetiver, too.

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        • I have to preface the list by saying that I’m not a huge vanilla fan :) Having said that, my number 1 vanilla is Mona di Orio Vanille Les Nombres d’Or. Other favorite vanillas are: Aftelier Perfumes Vanilla Smoke (like it a lot but for me to pay for it $25/ml it should be in a baccarat bottle), Ava Luxe Milk, Diptyque Eau Duelle, Jo Malone Sweet Milk, Sylvaine Delacourte Valkyrie and Virgile, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille and Vanille Fatale, Yves Rocher Venice.

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      • The Parfait de Roses is a strong,beautiful rose, but it’s very gourmand so I would definitely sample it first. I can sent you a sample if you’re interested. The Orange Biogarade is beautiful, too. I was torn between it and Guerlain Neroli Outrenoir and will have to decide before too long as I’m saving for one of them.

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  15. Am so glad you did this as a question and I greatly enjoyed reading everyone’s choices. I think my own picks are most closely aligned to Cassieflower.

    Through the lists I remembered perfumes I have also liked very much – DK Black Cashmere, Patou Vacances and Bvlgari Omni Crystalline to name but a few – and one elusive scent I hunted down for a friend on eBay – vintage Ralph Lauren’s Lauren. With a pineapple note if my memory serves me!

    Above all, I learnt that with the odd exception, you could give me **anyone’s list*[ and I would never be short of things to wear!

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    • You’re a constant source of ideas and inspiration! :)

      Out of all the lists published so far, Perfumelover67’s is the closest to my tastes. But, in general, I agree with you: I wouldn’t mind to get on the same island with the most lists… I mean, people who created those ;)

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  16. 28 La Pausa. Chanel.
    1957. Chanel.
    Misia. Chanel.
    Galop. Hermès.
    Cuir d’Ange. Hermès.
    Musc Pallida and Cardamusc oils. Hermès.
    Doblis. Hermès.
    Le Parfum de Therese. Malle.
    Superstitious. Malle.
    Rose et Cuir. Malle.
    Rubj EdP. Vero.
    Rozy Extrait. Vero.
    La Myrrhe. Lutens.
    ISM. Lutens.
    LFdB. Lutens.
    Fallintostars. StrangeloveNYC.
    Lustre. Hiram.
    Eau Blanche. IUNX.

    Burn baby burn.

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  17. First of all, I loved reading everyone’s lists.
    My “top 3 perfumes” test was pretty accurate: Half a year ago we had a severe earthquake and after the first shock when I ran out of my apartment in pyjamas, later I went back to pack a bag with the important stuff. I was in a state of shock the next few days so at that moment I took really instinctively what I thought I needed:
    1. Antonia’s Flowers Tiempe Passate
    2. Vintage Clinique Wrappings
    3. Gucci Rush
    I guess that was it…

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  18. Past #1, in no particular order:

    1) L’Occitane Citrus Verbena
    2) Ineke Idyllwild
    3) Farmacia SS Anunziata Cara
    4) Zoologist Dragonfly
    5) Atelier des Ors Lune Feline
    6) Atelier des Ors Choeur des Anges
    7) Dame Dark Horse
    8) Byredo Seven Veils
    9) Dolce & Gabbana The One
    10) Profumun Roma Confetto
    11) Hilde Soliani Crema di Latte
    12) Hilde Soliani Tulipano
    13) Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger
    14) Fendi Theorema
    15) L’Occitane Verbena Sorbet
    16) Kate Spade TRULYjoyful
    17) Ligne St. Barth Vanille West Indies
    18) Solstice Scents Sun Warmed Honey
    19) Solstice Scents Snowmint Mallow
    20) Pilar & Lucy The Exact Friction of Stars
    21) Maria Candida Gentile Syconium
    22) Maria Candida Gentile Noir Tropical
    23) Sarah Horowitz Perfect Veil
    24) Origins Ginger Essence
    25) Tauerville When We Cuddle

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