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Author Topic: Light and Lasting Scents  (Read 4897 times)

makinalist

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Light and Lasting Scents
« on: June 11, 2013, 02:08:47 PM »
I always have trouble choosing a scent for the summer heat.  I'm a warm, spicy, orientals kind of girl.  My faves don't work when the temperatures climb.  I know I should choose a citrus or something, but the only ones I have tried don't last at all.  I always end up with nothing.

Is there such a thing as a light fragrance that also lasts at least four hours, or is that an oxymoron?  Something that doesn't smell like fruit or candy, please.  Am I crazy to want this?:confused013: 
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Thanna

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 08:12:02 PM »
Have you tried any of the Atelier fragrances?  Vanille Insensee and Oolang Infini might work for you or perhaps Bois Blonds.  The vanilla isn't sweet at all so it works for summer.  Diptyque Eau Duelle might work as well although it seems to be feast or famine in terms of staying power.  Lasts milliseconds on me but I've read reviews where others find it quite long lasting.  You might also check out the Cinq Mondes line.  Lots of spice but not too heavy.  Eau Egyptienne is one you've probably heard of but I love Rituel de Java and Rituel de Kyoto.  If you're open to a scent from the men's side of the aisle try Cartier Declaration or Mugler's Cologne (reminds me of the smell of spray starch which makes me feel pressed even when I look wilted  :grin:)
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makinalist

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013, 10:11:13 PM »
Thank you for the suggestions!  I see some sampling in my future.  I have no qualms about wearing men's cologne, and vanilla will be fine as long as it doesn't dominate the scent.  I like it in the background but I don't much care for gourmands.
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milla

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2013, 01:34:28 PM »
Dear Listy,
Please tell me about summer heat. What is it like to feel the warmth of the sun in your old bones? Here,  we are stuck in a kind of weather-limbo: grey,  dull skies, a chilly wind,  rain... and it has been like this forever. :(
 I also have trouble transitioning from winter scents to summer ones. Now, that I live in Narnia the problem is solved: I don't have to change. But I did, anyway. Just to cheer me up, I am wearing Chance by Chanel, which is not one of the 'great Chanel scents' but is pleasant. Please don't ask me to describe it. My brain has turned into 'day-old mash potato'. But check the reviews on MUA or, better still, Bois de Jasmin. You might like it.

makinalist

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2013, 02:09:30 PM »
Oh, milla!  I'm sorry you have such dreary weather!  We get that a couple of months a year and nobody likes it.  Unfortunately, our heat comes with humidity tacked on, and my old bones don't like the moisture.  I experienced dry heat last year when we traveled to Utah and back, and it was very different.  I was warm without the sweat!

You deserve a scent that cheers you up!♥
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christinedenice

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2013, 02:38:24 PM »
Listy, I was going to suggest Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue, but (to me at least) it has a grapefruity scent when first applied which you may not like. The top notes are Granny Smith apple, Sicilian cedar and Bluebells; middle notes are jasmine, white rose, and bamboo; base notes are cedarwood, amber, and musks.

This scent has real lasting power, and only a light application is needed. I'm not currently wearing this, but when I did I used up an entire bottle as well as a couple of the shower gels and the body gel.

As a side note on this fragrance, there is an inexpensive ($9.99) dupe of it made by Perfect Scents (available at CVS and probably other drug stores). Reviewers at MUA swear that the PS version smells and lasts exactly like the real thing. I haven't tried it but will check it out next time I'm at CVS  :evil:

Milla, sending you wishes for sunshine, but there's no place I'd rather be when it's overcast and damp than England!  :happyinthesun:
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2013, 03:02:43 PM »
The only scents I can wear is the summer are citrusy (is that spelled correctly?) because for some reason, the bugs hate it. But I usually smell of sunscreen and bug repellant on the hot humid days when I am gardening. Last weekend I told me husband he smelled great and he told me it was Off Bug Repellant.

milla

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2013, 04:09:10 PM »
That is so funny! Here we haven't even had bugs, they have all gone off to warmer shores. I know what you mean about big repellent. I always use citronella candles when we have  a b-b-q in the summer to repel insects. But there are quite a few citrus fragrances that are very pleasant, I think it is Dior that does something called Escale a Portofino, which is lemony and very fresh.

makinalist

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2013, 11:02:48 PM »
Aren't y'all glad I started this topic?  There are so many yummy answers! 

christinedenice - I don't think citrus would bother me.  I'm more turned off by berries in my fragrance.  I like them fine in my bowl, however. :grin:  I'm concerned about the apple, though - is it very prominent?  I eat apples; don't want to wear them.  All of the other notes sound wonderful - I love woods, musks, and amber.  I'm thinking I absolutely should try the dupe you mentioned, as it's so small a risk.  Thanks, as always, dear! :)

I might need a citrus that is a bit deep and warm so it still feels like me in there. :wink:
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christinedenice

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2013, 11:09:32 PM »
Listy, I did not detect apple in Light Blue, although it is listed as a top note in the Basenotes description. To me, it smells grapefruity.
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makinalist

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2013, 03:15:40 PM »
Ah - grapefruit sounds nice for hot weather.  Thank you. :)
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2013, 04:35:54 PM »
Okay, just back from CVS.

I sampled the Perfect Scents Impression of Light Blue, and I do think it is a VERY good dupe of the real thing. Right now at CVS, the PS scents are buy-one-get-one-free  :evil: , so could be a good way to try out the fragrance before committing to the Full Monty version.
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makinalist

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2013, 10:46:52 PM »
Hmm...I wonder if any of the others are good.  I need another one, don't I, to go with it?  Maybe Impression of Glow by J Lo or Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan.  They're both supposed to be light enough for summer.
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makinalist

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2013, 12:44:16 AM »
Okay - I ordered three of the Perfect Scents Impressions.  I figure they can entertain me while I ponder a more serious purchase, which I will dither over for a longer time, reading reviews and studying the notes.  I should get samples to see how well they last on my skin, too.

Thanks, christine -- I may not even need anything else for summer!
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christinedenice

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2013, 11:04:27 AM »
Listy, which three did you order?
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makinalist

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2013, 11:56:37 AM »
Oh!  Well, I got the one you told me about -- Impression of Light Blue -- and the other two I have wanted to try the real versions of and never have -- Impression of Glow by J Lo and Impression of Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan.

I would never have tried these at all if you hadn't pointed them out to me.  Never let it be said that I am a perfume snob!  If I find one I really love then I can spring for the original, right?
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2013, 10:44:15 PM »


 I will answer:   ITS HOT AS AN OVEN. If you go farther south to where I am. I will give you heat. How about 104-114 F for over 4 months? Dry heat with monsoon conditions, the occasional dust storm with some thunder and lightning mixed in Late June July? Its very interesting. Good thing we do not have high humidity maybe 37 (12 percent is the norm I think) percent in mid late summer. Still feels like Hell.  :evil:


Dear Listy,
Please tell me about summer heat. What is it like to feel the warmth of the sun in your old bones? Here,  we are stuck in a kind of weather-limbo: grey,  dull skies, a chilly wind,  rain... and it has been like this forever. :(
 I also have trouble transitioning from winter scents to summer ones. Now, that I live in Narnia the problem is solved: I don't have to change. But I did, anyway. Just to cheer me up, I am wearing Chance by Chanel, which is not one of the 'great Chanel scents' but is pleasant. Please don't ask me to describe it. My brain has turned into 'day-old mash potato'. But check the reviews on MUA or, better still, Bois de Jasmin. You might like it.
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makinalist

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2013, 12:13:33 AM »
So I have been playing with my Perfect Scents impressions for a few days.  I am amazed at the quality of ingredients and the lasting power.  I would never have dreamed they would be this good.  I find them a bit linear, as if the important notes are there but not the softer ones meant to be blended.

Light Blue gives me lime and cedar and lasts all day.  Unbelievable!  I think this is a decent way to preview a scent before buying the real thing.  It's been interesting.

I have been studying the Cinq Mondes line very seriously.  I want to find something wonderful there.  I also have been scouting for the classic 4711 splash and other Florida waters.
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2013, 08:43:45 AM »
I'm amazed with the residual power of Uniq One! I wear some in the morning and until night i can still feel it around me! I LO-VE- IT!

christinedenice

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2013, 03:45:05 PM »
Yay, you got the PS fragrances, Listy! I'm glad they haven't been a disappointment.

Thanks, Beauties, for mentioning Cinq Mondes fragrances. I just looked at a list of them on fragrantica, and they sound very intriguing. I was immediately drawn to Pluie de Petales de Fleurs d'Orange which I believe translates to "rain of orange flower petals." Sounds lovely.  :perfume:
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2013, 09:19:30 PM »
You know, they are so cheap that I could use them as air fresheners if I got one I didn't want to wear!

Meanwhile, I too am entranced by Cinq Mondes.  I think I must try at least one.
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2013, 12:17:18 AM »
You know, they are so cheap that I could use them as air fresheners if I got one I didn't want to wear!

Great idea!
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milla

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2013, 10:41:42 AM »
@Swest: that is hot. No I would not like it like that!
Anyway. I have been using Chanel 'Chance', as I mentioned before. But something funny happened: for the last couple of days I have a kind of burning sensation in my neck. can you be allergic to scent? I has never happened to me. My DH told me charmingly yesterday that it 'is alright, just part of getting old', but I am not quite sure. I am not spraying any scent on my neck for a few days just to see what happens. Do you think it could be a reaction between the scent and the moisturiser I use?
Sorry to go slightly off topic..

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2013, 07:04:57 PM »
Listy, what about vetiver?  It feels very fresh but has more depth (and lasting power) than citrusy scents generally do.  I strongly recommend checking out Chanel Sycomore, especially since you like woodsy scents, too.  I wear it all year round, but especially enjoy it in warm weather. 

I can send you a little decanted sample, if you like.   :)
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2013, 07:14:42 PM »
Oh!  Also Creed Aventus.  Very fresh feeling but lasts great, and I always get compliments when wearing it.  I often see it described as "smokey pineapple"; I don't know if I get that...not sure how I would describe the notes, besides "yummy".  :)  (I can send you a sample of that one, too.)

And a couple other citrus' that last on me better than most:  Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic and Aqua Allegoria Pampelune (the latter especially, if grapefruit is still sounding good to you).
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makinalist

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2013, 02:04:34 PM »
I'm pretty sure that Creed's prices are out of my comfort zone. :P  My DH does like to give me nice perfume and I have one Chanel from him: N°5 Eau Première.  It is a beautiful scent, very ladylike and appropriate for any occasion or season, but not what I want for this hot, humid weather.  Anyway, he would get whatever I asked for, but I don't want to go higher than the occasional Chanel. :)

Sycomore sounds right up my alley with the vetiver and spices. Yum, yum! :grin:

Milla - You can absolutely be allergic to perfume.  The only times it has happened to me it has been on my neck, where the skin is thinner and more apt to be sensitive.  I no longer spray there for that reason.  I am fine as long as I don't apply scent on the front of my neck.
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milla

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2013, 04:54:34 AM »
I think I will follow your advice, Listy. My neck is so sensitive now. There's a thought: perhaps we need to start a topic on necks! perhaps there is one and I've missed it???

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #27 on: June 29, 2013, 09:05:56 AM »
Speaking of Creed...have you tried Virgin Isand Water, Foo?  I think I'll wear that one today.  So refreshing in the heat.  Sure I'm just going to the hardware store and then cleaning/laundry but why not smell good doing chores?
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2013, 08:54:29 PM »
Sycomore sounds right up my alley with the vetiver and spices. Yum, yum! :grin:

It's actually vetiver and woods, not spices.  If that still sounds appealing, you should definitely check it out.  Only bummer is that it's part of "Les Exclusifs" line, which isn't carried in most department stores, so you either have to have access to a Chanel boutique store or order online. 
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #29 on: June 29, 2013, 09:05:15 PM »
Speaking of Creed...have you tried Virgin Isand Water, Foo?  I think I'll wear that one today.  So refreshing in the heat.  Sure I'm just going to the hardware store and then cleaning/laundry but why not smell good doing chores?

My goodness...I think we just may be fragrance twins, Thanna.   :lol:   I just got a sample of VIW in the Surrender to Chance order I received yesterday.  Haven't tried it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. 

Oh, and yes, I fully agree...why not smell good regardless of what you're doing?  It's a public service. :)  Besides, scents affect my mood, so I use them -- for me -- to feel energized and refreshed (i.e. for running errands and doing chores), or happy and uplifted, or nostalgic, or sexy, or mellow, or whatever!
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Thanna

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2013, 09:09:16 AM »
Same here!  You mentioned Oyedo earlier and that's one of my go to scents when I need to pick up the pace a bit.  It's like inserting a fresh battery LOL! 
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #31 on: June 30, 2013, 09:59:00 AM »
Oyedo - another scent to add to my list of scents I want to try. This topic is great!
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #32 on: June 30, 2013, 07:39:10 PM »
It's actually vetiver and woods, not spices.
Well, how odd!  I got that description straight from the Chanel site!  I still like the sound of vetiver and woods anyway. :)
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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2015, 06:09:29 PM »
I kind of love Sheer Stella 2008 by Stella McCartney . It's super long lasting and have that subtle, rosy scent. Very feminine!

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Re: Light and Lasting Scents
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