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


Updated 3/6/2021

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

Lancôme Climat (First Love: Perfume, Déjà vu, Episode 2: huge floral vs. abstract floral, Short Conversations About Perfume: Like a Stranger, Four Stories for the Fourth AnniversaryUndina’s Looking Glass Turns Five, The Sillage of Rosa)
Ormonde Jayne Ta’if (Down the Rabbit Hole through the Looking-Glass)
Amouage Ubar (Creature Comfort(er)s Perfumes)
Amouage Lyric (A Simple Equation Or In the Search for the Perfect Rose)
Chanel No 19 EdT
Puredistance Antonia (My First Perfume Review: Puredistance Antonia)
Miss Dior (I’ll miss you, Miss Dior)
Krigler Lieber Gustav 14 (In the Search for the Perfect Lavender)
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)
By Killian Amber Oud (In the Search for the Perfect… By Kilian Perfume)
Tommi Sooni Eau de Tommi Sooni II (Chasing Daphne)
Mona di Orio Vanille (In the Search for the Perfect Vanilla, Part 2)
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess (Scents of My Hawaii Vacation, Maui Vacation: Perfumes, Flora & Fauna, Food and Perfumes
Armani Prive La Femme Bleue
Les Parfums de Rosine Rose d’Amour
(A Simple Equation Or In the Search for the Perfect Rose)
Tom Ford Fleur de Chine
Yosh Ginger Ciao (Vacation in a Bottle: Yosh Ginger Ciao)


Perfumes I like and enjoy wearing:



Gold (Déjà vu, Episode 2: huge floral vs. abstract floral)
Library Collection Opus I (Library of Amouage)
Library Collection Opus VI
Love Mimosa (In the Search for the Perfect Mimosa, Take 6)

Annick Goutal

Ambre Fétiche
Encens Flamboyant
Heure Exquise (WTD, Episode 1.4: Heure Exquise by Annick Goutal)
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)

Antica Farmacista Daphne Flower (In the Search for the Perfect Daphne)

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

Armani Prive

Ambre Orient
Eclat de Jasmin

Atelier Cologne

Clémentine California (When Life Gives You Clementines, Enjoy Them)
Jasmin Angélique
Mimosa Indigo
(In the Search for the Perfect Mimosa, Take 4)
Oolang Infini
Silver Iris

Ava Luxe Milk (Got Milk?)


Arz El-Rab
Assam of India
Russkaya Kozha
(Second Sunday Samples: Berdoues Collection Grands Crus)
Selva Do Brazil

Blocki Perfumes this grand affair (Second Sunday Samples: Blocki)

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

Bamboo Harmony
Forbidden Games
In the City of Sin
Love & Tears, surrender
Prelude to Love, invitation
Sacred Wood


Bal D’Afrique
Black Saffron
La Tulipe (The Tulip)
Mojave Ghost


Beige (Perfume Purrfect?; Liquid Sunshine: Chanel Beige)
Bois des Iles (Timeless Beauty)
Chanel No 19 Poudre (My First Unsniffed Purchase: Chanel №19 Poudré)
Coco (Coco Noir… Light by Chanel)
Cuir de Russie (In the Search for the Perfect Leather)
Le Lion
Paris – Deauville
Paris – Venise

Carner Barcelona

El Born
Sweet William


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

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


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


Eau Duelle
(Spontaneous me: Diptyque Volutes)

DSH Perfumes Vert pour Madame

EnVoyage Perfumes Captured in Amber (Captured in Amber of My Memory)

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 (Elusive Perfume)

Etro Rajasthan (How many perfumistas does it take to …)

Floraiku I Am Not A Flower

Floris Honey Oud (Math Reaffirmed: Two “Minuses” Make a Plus: Floris Honey Oud)

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

Grandiflora Magnolia Grandiflora Michel (In the Search for the Perfect Magnolia)


Angelique Noire
Aroma Allegoria Aromaparfum Apaisant
Chamade parfum (Guerlain Chamade: Surrender? In a Heartbeat!)
Champs Elysées (In the Search for the Perfect Mimosa, Take 2)
Cuir Beluga
Encens Mythique d’Orient (Unveiling the Identity of my Birthday’s Guerlain Perfume)
Habit Rouge Dress Code (Back to School: Dress Code)
Myrrhe et Délires
Vol de Nuit


Brin de Réglisse
Rose Ikebana
Vetiver Tonka

Histoires de Parfums

1831 Norma Bellini
1904 Madame Butterfly Puccini Absolu
Ambre 114


Iris des Champs (Summer Iris)
Quelques Fleurs Royale Collection Privee (My Long Road to Houbigant)

Hove Parfumeur Bayou D’Amour, Diverti, Fascinator, Grandee, Mantrap and Rue Royale (Unique New Orleans Perfumes)

Hugo Boss Deep Red (In the Search for the Perfect Pear; Skin-Deep [Red] Chemistry)


Field Notes from Paris
Hothouse Flower (“H” for Hothouse Flower by Ineke)
Idyllwild (Light and Shadows: Ineke Idyllwild)

J-Scent Yuzu (In the Search for the Perfect Yuzu)

Jo Love No. 42 The Flower Shop (Visiting Three Monarchies, Part 4: Perfumes I bought)

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)
Mimosa & Cardamom (In the Search for the Perfect Mimosa, Take 3)
Oat & Cornflower
Orange Bitters
Pomegranate Noir
Saffron Cologne Intense
White Lilac & Rhubarb (In the Search for the Perfect Lilac, Take 2)
Wild Fig & Cassis (In the Search for the Perfect Fig)
Wood Sage & Sea Salt (Perfumes, Wine and Ocean)
Yuja (In the Search for the Perfect Yuzu)

Jul et Mad

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

Juliette Has A Gun

Calamity J
Miss Charming

Keiko Mecheri

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

Kyse Fichi e Panna (Got Milk?)

Lancôme Mille et Une Roses (A Simple Equation Or In the Search for the Perfect Rose)

L’Artisan Parfumeur

La chasse aux Papillons
L’eau d’Ambre Extreme
Premier Figuier Extrême (Does the size… (strike that) bottle matter? Yep!; In the Search for the Perfect Fig, Take 2)
Seville a l’aube
Tea for Two (Tu-ti-tu-rum-tu-tu or Musical Perfume)
Traversee du Bosphore

Laurent Mazzone Parfums Sensual Orchid (Perfume True To Its Name)

Le Jardin Retrouve Cuir de Russie (E-Word-of-Mouth and Le Jardin Retrouve Cuir de Russie)

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
Poudre D’Orient
Rose 31 (Know-how [not to]: Freshen up a linen closet)
Vanille 44

Les Parfums de Rosine

Poussière de Rose
Rose Praline

Maison Martin Margiela Untitled

Miller Harris L’Air de Rien

Masque Milano

Love Kills (“Love won’t take no reservations…”)


Blue Amber
Montale Intense Café (In the Search for the Perfect Coffee)

Naomi Goodsir Or du Serail (Better than a New-Car Scent)

Neela Vermeire Creations

Bombay Bling! (Three Pieces of Neela Vermeire’s India Puzzle; What we did in Paris… in less than 48 hours)
Mohur Esprit de Parfum
Trayee (Three Pieces of Neela Vermeire’s India Puzzle)

Olfactive Studio

Chypre Shot
Iris Shot
Rose Shot
Vanilla Shot
Violet Shot

Ormonde Jayne

Ormonde Woman
Orris Noir
Tiare (A Friend in Need…)
Vanille d’Iris

Pacifica French Lilac

Papillon Artisan Perfumes Bengale Rouge (A Smell of Home)

Parfum d’Empire

Ambre Russe

Parfums De Nicolai Le Temps D’Une Fete

Parfums DelRae Wit

Parfums Dusita

Le Pavillion d’Or

Parfums MDCI

Chypre Palatin


Lily of the Valley (In the Search for the Perfect Lily of the Valley)
Ostara (Secret Admirer, or In the Search for the Perfect Narcissus)

Phaedon Rue des Lilas


Heat Wave
Infusion d’Iris (Alien wears Prada Infusion d’Iris)
Infusion d’Iris Absolue
Infusion de Mimosa
Infusion Mandarine


Puredistance Gold (Paying it Forward: (in) Puredistance Gold)
Puredistance WHITE
Rubikona (Puredistance Rubikona: Iacta alea esto!)

Ramon Molvizar Sol Sun (Visiting Three Monarchies, Part 4: Perfumes I bought)

Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris (Mission: Impossible Iris)

Royal Apothic Dogwood Blossom (Niche Perfumery System: Minor Brands)

Sarah Jessica Parker Stash (My First Celebuscent)

Serge Lutens

Ambre Sultan
Boxeuses (Body Heat: Perfumes under Extreme Temperatures; Serge Lutens Boxeuses: Round One – I won; Serge Lutens Boxeuses: Hanging Up My Gloves)
De Profundis (My First Bell Jar: De Profundis – Celebrating Life)
Chergui (Almost Newcomb’s Paradox)
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)
La Fille de Berlin (War’s Unwomanly Face: Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin)
Santal Majuscule
Vétiver Oriental
Vitriol d’oeillet (In the Search for the Perfect Carnation)

Sisley Eau du Soir (Evening Water)

SixScents Parfums Nappa Noir (Every White has its Noir)

Shaik Chic Shaik No 30 ([N]SFW Perfumes)

Sonoma Scent Studio

Bee’s Bliss (SSS: SSS B’sB and More)
Champagne de Bois

Fig Tree (In the Search for the Perfect Fig)
Fireside Intense (Celebrating Missed Opportunities)
To Dream (To Dream or not To Dream: Sleep Scents)
Winter Woods («О, Ёлочка!» – O Tannenbaum!; Celebrating Missed Opportunities)

Tauer Perfumes

L’Air du desert marocain
Lonestar Memories
Une Rose Vermeille
(In the Search for the Perfect Berry: Raspberry)
Zeta (WTD, Episode 3.4: In the Search for the Perfect Linden)

Teo Cabanel Alahine

The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest (In the Search for the Perfect Berry: Black Currant)

Thierry Mugler

Angel (Angel of Jealousy)
Angel Taste of Fagrance

Tom Daxon Magnolia Heights (In the Search for the Perfect Magnolia)

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
Noir de Noir
Rose Prick (A Rose By Any Other Name?..)
Shanghai Lily
Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme (Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ford Noir)
Vert de Fleur (Tom Ford Vert de Fleur)
Violet Blonde (WTD, Episode 4.2: In the Search for the Perfect Violet)

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

Yves Rocher

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

vero profumo Mito (Perfumes, Wine and Ocean)


Perfumes I like (also?) on my vSO:

Amouage Journey Man

Hermès Terre d’Hermès, Voyage d’Hermès and Rocabar (Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other)

Atelier Cologne Trèfle Pur, Orange Sanguine, Santal Carmin, Oud Saphir and Bois Blonds

Diptyque 34 Boulevard Saint Germain and Tam Dao

Liquides Imaginaires Bello Rabelo

M.Micallef Royal Vintage

Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Man

Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman

Parfums DelRae Panache

Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood and Tobacco Oud

Thierry Mugler A MEN Pure Havane


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, Bitter Orange & Chocolate and Lime Basil & Mandarin

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour Le Soir

Oriza L. Legrand Chypre Mousse (The Royal Nonesuch of Perfume)

Robert Piguet Fracas

Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois, Miel de Bois

Tauer Perfumes Carillon pour un ange

vero profumo Onda, Rozy


I consider buying a full bottle or a decant of:

DSH Perfumes The Beat Look, L’Or{ris}
vero profumo Mito


My “to try” list:

vero profumo Naja
Viktoria Minya Hedonist Cassis
Amouage Beloved Man
Sultan Pasha Irisoir
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambre Précieux


38 thoughts on “My Perfume Portrait

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


  2. 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 ;)


  3. 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 ;)


  4. 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.

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  5. 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.


  6. Hi Julia! I love your perfume portrait and think it’s such a lovely idea :) We have many in common – I LOVE the OJ line, and NV’s Bombay Bling! and Ubar are 100% on my “perfumes I love & don’t want to be without”! For OJ, OJ Woman would be on that list for me. Now I’m going to have to check out some of your other loves :) I live in northern CA too – in Humboldt County. Always fun to find a fellow fumehead who’s somewhat local :)


    • Hi Emily! Nice to see you here, neighbor!
      I’m always pleased when I come across somebody, with whom I have many perfume loves in common – with the number of perfumes out there it doesn’t happen too often.


  7. I loved looking at this list and I, like chez Marzipan, love that Berdoues is on the list so I can go and try them out now that we have Berdoues in Montréal! You and I started our blogs around the same time… 2010 – 2011. And, we both love telling stories around our perfumes. I WILL write perfume reviews but they’re not my favourite posts. A long list of notes, blah, blah, blah.

    You’re an excellent writer.


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