Saturday Question: Which Perfume Gets You The Most Compliments?

Today’s question is, again, courtesy of Brigitte.

Saturday Question on Undina's Looking Glass

Saturday Question #95:

Which Perfume Gets You The Most Compliments?

I realize that the last two years weren’t the best in terms of sharing your olfactory presence with others, but maybe you remember from before our “new normal”: do you think one of your perfumes prompts positive reactions more often than other perfumes in your collection?

Bonus question: Do you choose to wear that perfume for some particular occasions because of that?

My Answer

If it weren’t for my database, I would have told you that Tom Ford‘s Violet Blonde was my mostly complimented perfume (which makes me regret not buying a bottle of it when it was available: my decant has probably a couple of applications left in it). But I would have been wrong.

After running some calculations, to my surprise, I discovered that perfume that over the last 10 years got me twice as many compliments as the next contender (Violet Blonde, so I wasn’t that off) is… my second all-time favorite Ormonde Jayne Ta’if.

If to think about it, it’s not a complete surprise: as my special occasion perfume, I wear it to those occasions where people are more inclined to compliment me. But still, it didn’t come to my mind on its own, intuitively, without involving dispassionate numbers.

Ormonde Jayne Taif Parfum

Which Perfume Gets You The Most Compliments?


57 thoughts on “Saturday Question: Which Perfume Gets You The Most Compliments?

  1. Thank you Undina for using my suggestion!!
    I would say Ganymede recently. Even the employees in my local supermarket have given me compliments.
    But I also wore Hippie Shit to work recently and got a compliment.
    And historically Parfum de Couer’s Fresh White Musk, Reglisse Noire and Gap Heaven garnered me many compliments among coworkers who appreciate fragrance


  2. Before I retired late October, i worked in the fragrance dept. at a major retailer for beauty products. During my 10 years there, the perfume that most reacted to was Ormonde Jayne Woman. The double black hemlock is just intoxicating and so mysterious. The other was a vintage Lancome Majie Noire. I have very eclectic taste in perfumes, though. But these evoke a very intriguing and positive reaction.


    • Ormonde Jayne’s perfumes are easy crowd pleasers, and Woman is a great perfume, I can see how it would be appealing in a drydown even to a “civilian” nose.
      Magie Noire is a classic perfume, no wonder people react to it.

      I wonder though: weren’t you “encouraged” to wear perfumes from the brand(s) you represented?


      • We were encouraged to wear one of available fragrances, but not limited to them. Management was grateful to have someone on board with a wide range of knowledge and experience. They never doubted my loyalty to the products in the store. I engaged the customers in the olfactory experience and they came back again and again.

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  3. I don’t get compliments very often. If I do, it’s usually from my friends. However yesterday I was getting gas at a gas station and some 20 something worker guy in a truck with his construction gear on told me that my cologne smelled great. LOL. I was wearing a sample of La Perla’s “About That Night”. Made me smile :)

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  4. When I worked in an office, I used to get regular compliments, now if I get one it’s likely from my husband. Back in the day Guerlain Cuir Beluga, Profumum Vanitas and AG Encens Flamboyant got regular compliments. Lately, the only compliment in public was on SL Bois de Violette. My husband complimented 4160 Tuesdays Red Queen. So there is no one scent that is the overall winner.

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  5. The most complimented by men was JPG2. Much maligned by Turin & Sanchez in The Guide but apparently it’s catnip to men!

    Most complimented by women is another violet, ELDO Putain des Palaces. Women have more refined noses apparently

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  6. People don’t tend to comment on my perfumes. A couple of years ago, one coworker really liked my Santal 33 on separate occasions that I wore it to the office, and then said she could never wear it now because she associated it with me – which is funny because I don’t associate it with me!


  7. My collection is large and this is a somewhat difficult question to accurately answer, but I’ll give it a go. I would say that Lumière Noire Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian is probably the most commented on fragrance. It appeals to both men and women alike for its floral-spicy nature. I find myself reaching for this more often in the summer months. True confession, if I had to choose only a few fragrances to own, this would be one of them.

    Bonus Question: Yes, I’ve taken Lumière Noire Homme with me on trips. First, because I love it and second, because it is well received.


  8. This is such an interesting question Brigitte and Undina,
    There are a few that I KNOW people will notice and ask about.
    Lately I by Costume National has been getting loads of attention every time I wear it.
    Caron pour un homme, Mancera Red Tobacco, Guerlain Mitsouko, Pekji Odoon all seem to generate discussion, often compliments or asking to know what it is.
    I’m sure there are a few I’m missing here and probably the glaring winner but it just got hot and humid here in Sydney and my mind has taken a leave of absence while my body adjusts.
    Portia xx


  9. SL Fleurs d’Oranger (honestly I smell AMAZING when I wear it) and vintage Daim Blond. When I was muuuuch younger it was my adored Anais Anais.


  10. Oh, and Undina, I’d love to know how many of us keep records and spreadsheets of our perfumes! I wonder if that would make a good Saturday question?

    Hope everyone here is looking after themselves through this weird, festive season. Have a beautiful holiday!


  11. The only time I have ever gotten compliments from adults have been times at work when I doused myself in gourmands–I believe Hilde Soliani Crema di Latte, Lavanilla Coconut Vanilla, and Solstice Scents Maplewood Inn were the scents. However, I am about to boast in my frag groups… Last night, my cranky teenage daughter sat next to me, leaned over and sniffed my blouse, and softly admitted that she liked what I was wearing (Arabie). <3 There is hope for the future!


  12. ha, my receptionist commented on my Aromatics Elixir that it reminded her of her psychotherapist… And my male collegue liked Chypre Mousse that much, that i gave him a small decant


  13. I’m a bit late to the party, Saturday being long past, but I really do have to ask this: Undina, am I to understand that you keep a database of how many compliments you get? Wow. I have an obsessive-compulsive streak myself, but that’s going pretty far.

    Anyway, the only person (except close friends) who ever compliments me on perfume is the receptionist at the office where I work. (No, not the same as Tanya’s.) I always bring samples and we chat a bit. When I wear something, she likes green and herbal stuff on me, like Pegwell Bay (Haeckel) or Fathom V (Beaufort).

    I guess I live in a culture where compliments don’t come easy.


  14. The most recent perfume compliment I can recall was alas about three year ago: a perfume acquaintance took one sniff of my wrist adorned with Montale’s Arabians Tonka and…purred, for want of a better word, and added, “Now THAT is a sexy scent”. I only have a decant of it, for the clouding of men’s minds, but since it’s quite strong that should last a good while…

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