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So when you're shopping for a new (commercial) fragrance, do you go on smell alone? Or do factors like brand, name, packaging, concept, etc. make a difference at all?

(I just smelled Burbury Brit for the first time and really like it but there is like seriously no way! LOL)

Oh, and how is that you come to start shopping around for new fragrances? Notice it on a friend? Notice it on a stranger? Just knocking around the mall and check em out? Someone buys you one? Always on the lookout for something new? Saw the commercial/ad?
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I've been pretty active on Fragrantica this last year and I've done some swapping with members in my own country, so I get a lot of samples from them from fragrances I might not find at local stores. Usually a fragrance I have never tried will get my attention from looking at reviews and if the notes appeal to me. Over time, I've come to learn more about my likes and dislikes.

It's always good to test a fragrance on your skin and see how it develops over the hours, because the smell can change a lot throughout the day and you also want to see if it has good longevity.
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I have a liking for lavender, so I'm always looking for new lavenders to try. That's how I found Jicky, which I love. Otherwise, I usually give something or other a sniff whenever I'm at Ulta, and like Dedachan said, if I love it a few hours later, I'll buy it.

I also go by what smells good on others. I like Burberry Brit, too, and first smelled it on a coworker. Same with B&B Works Vanilla Bean Noel.
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I feel like I'm always looking for the perfect fragrance. Several years ago, I fell in love with Unforgivable Woman, and since it's been discontinued I've been trying to find something that I love as much.

I do primarily choose based on smell, but I have to admit that I refuse to wear a fragrance that's overly commercialized and/or teenager-ish. I don't want to smell like everyone else. In fact, I've given up fragrances the moment someone I know (whether at work, choir, etc) decides to wear it.
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Ugh, I'm old enough to remember when every teenaged girl wore "Lauren" and have hated the scent ever since, thanks to youthful overkill.
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I am of not help here are perfume makes me sneeze, but how would brand, name, packaging, concept play in? Wouldn't you just buy what you like?
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Certain "Houses" tend to make certain types of scents. For example, I generally like what Guerlain produces, though of course some scents more than others. Chanel is another example: its perfumes are heavy and floral-based, while Yves St. Laurent relies on......oh, what's the word for it....Dedachan, do you know? Heavier influences.

And packaging does makes a difference to buyers, even if it's unconscious and kind of dumb. Think of Calvin Klein's esthetic versus something more feminine or elaborate......the best example that comes to mind is the old "Wind Song" bottles, which I found gaudy and silly.
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Ugh, I'm old enough to remember when every teenaged girl wore "Lauren" and have hated the scent ever since, thanks to youthful overkill.
Originally Posted by claudine191
I'm old enough to remember when every pre-teenaged girl wore Jean Nate. Incl. me. And I still like it. I also like Anais Anais...which I would totally wear if I could still find it.
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I am of not help here are perfume makes me sneeze, but how would brand, name, packaging, concept play in? Wouldn't you just buy what you like?
Originally Posted by scrills
I just couldn't buy anything from Burberry, esp "Burberry Brit." I'm Irish, first of all. I'm not preppy or stick up the ass prep school. I hate Burberry plaid. Conceptally Burberry evokes thoughts of umbrellas and trench coats - ie. rainy days = bad for me. A masculine rectangular bottle w/ bright pink liquid? Does not compute. Ugh. I just couldn't go there for so many reasons.
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I go by scent alone. I wear only fragrance oils from a couple different places online or ebay so the prices are pretty consistent. Vanilla Bean Noel is one of my favorites (tho I don't buy BBW, just a duplicate scent).
Names, brands, bottles don't mean anything to me if it's for myself. But if I'm buying something for a gift I would probably look for pretty bottles/packaging.
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Referral to duplicate of BBW's Vanilla bean Noel, please!!!!!!
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Certain "Houses" tend to make certain types of scents. For example, I generally like what Guerlain produces, though of course some scents more than others. Chanel is another example: its perfumes are heavy and floral-based, while Yves St. Laurent relies on......oh, what's the word for it....Dedachan, do you know? Heavier influences.

And packaging does makes a difference to buyers, even if it's unconscious and kind of dumb. Think of Calvin Klein's esthetic versus something more feminine or elaborate......the best example that comes to mind is the old "Wind Song" bottles, which I found gaudy and silly.
Originally Posted by claudine191
YSL to me seems to carry a lot of oriental perfumes. Is that what you mean? My only perfume from the brand is Paris, though, which is a very retro floral.

When I think Guerlain, I think of powdery and nostalgic scents. I love most of their fragrances too.
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I am of not help here are perfume makes me sneeze, but how would brand, name, packaging, concept play in? Wouldn't you just buy what you like?
Originally Posted by scrills
I just couldn't buy anything from Burberry, esp "Burberry Brit." I'm Irish, first of all. I'm not preppy or stick up the ass prep school. I hate Burberry plaid. Conceptally Burberry evokes thoughts of umbrellas and trench coats - ie. rainy days = bad for me. A masculine rectangular bottle w/ bright pink liquid? Does not compute. Ugh. I just couldn't go there for so many reasons.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I know what you mean about Burberry, but my associations aren't that strong. Also, my liquid isn't pink, just sort of golden. It's not my favorite bottle or design, but I don't hate it. A design I did hate was "Rive Gauche." That bright blue. Yuck. I also disliked Jontue and Charlie. (Although I still remember the commercials for Charlie with Bobby Short.)

Did they change the formulation for Anais Anais? Because I know I still see it.

I liked the original Halston.

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I am of not help here are perfume makes me sneeze, but how would brand, name, packaging, concept play in? Wouldn't you just buy what you like?
Originally Posted by scrills
I just couldn't buy anything from Burberry, esp "Burberry Brit." I'm Irish, first of all. I'm not preppy or stick up the ass prep school. I hate Burberry plaid. Conceptally Burberry evokes thoughts of umbrellas and trench coats - ie. rainy days = bad for me. A masculine rectangular bottle w/ bright pink liquid? Does not compute. Ugh. I just couldn't go there for so many reasons.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I know what you mean about Burberry, but my associations aren't that strong. Also, my liquid isn't pink, just sort of golden. It's not my favorite bottle or design, but I don't hate it. A design I did hate was "Rive Gauche." That bright blue. Yuck. I also disliked Jontue and Charlie. (Although I still remember the commercials for Charlie with Bobby Short.)

Did they change the formulation for Anais Anais? Because I know I still see it.

I liked the original Halston.
Originally Posted by claudine191
Can a woman in her 40s still wear Anais Anais? If I get some support on this, I might have to go for it! (I just saw it on Amazon LOL) I'll try to find it on the ground and smell it (I haven't had any since around 1997).

Is your Burberry bottle plaid or clear glass?

I met a woman this wknd and her scent was intoxicating! I want to be like that, too! It may be time for me to move on from the Egyptian Musk oil (I'm another fragrance oil only wearer, JCG.)
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I buy most of my fragrance oils from Valerie here - Scents Available – Valerie's Uncommon Scents I don't see vanilla bean noel on the list at the moment, though I did just get a couple months ago. I will ask here when she plans on having it back in stock.
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Spiderlashes, it's my belief you can wear whatever you like, regardless of age. I'm 31 and I wear a lot of so-called "old lady" scents. I don't care too much for smelling like pastry, which seems to be the trend these days.
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Chypre was the word I was thinking of.

I'm of mixed opinion about Guerlain, Dedachan. Shalimar is definitely "old lady"-ish, but Jicky is just so weird, I'd hesitate to ascribe it to any age.

And regarding age, I think the key is finding a scent that works on you, which is harder than it sounds. Out of all the hundreds of times I smelled that awful "Lauren," only once did it smell good on the wearer.

I still wear Opium sometimes.

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My niece always has the latest thing, so I check out her stash. I ended up buying a bottle of Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana that I really like.

I recently heard that guys like women who smell like cookies. I'm thinking maybe I should look into that Vanilla Bean scent!
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I got a Sephora gift card for my birthday and wanted to indulge, so I wandered to the fragrance wall. Now I find myself wanting more! I don't shop by brand, just what smells nice on my body.

Right now I have two favorites: Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black and Gucci Guilty Black. The Nirvana Black has sandalwood, which I love! And there's something about the Gucci perfume that I'm drawn to, but I don't know enough about fragrance to pin point what exactly I like about it.

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