I’ve been meaning to do this since Jan 1st, lol, but better late than never. Here are some of my favorite non Sonoma Scent Studio fragrances, in no particular order. Sometimes knowing someone’s favorites can give you a better idea if you’ll like the scents they make or if you have any favorite notes or styles in common. I like all kinds of scents, from very floral to very woodsy. I do tend to avoid marine and ozone notes, but other than that most anything goes.
Rich rose with spices, amber, and peach. Lovely, and one of my favorites.
Chanel No. 22
I discovered this scent in college, and it was the first fragrance I really loved so it’s special to me. It’s floral, but doesn’t smell like a flower; it’s a little incensy without being smoky; it’s a little sophisticated without being too formal; it’s sweet but it doesn’t get cloying on me, and it’s feminine, but not girly.
MDCI Enlevement au Serail
Stunningly beautiful composition with jasmine, tuberose, rose, sandalwood, patch, mandarin, ylang, vanilla, and vetiver. The heart notes of jasmine with peachy nuances are gorgeous, and the base is delicious too. It’s classic in the best sense.
I love Coco even though it feels too formal and is a bit potent for me. I wear just a drop and love the warmth and spiciness. It has more sillage than I prefer, but if applied very lightly I really enjoy it.
Creed Fleur de the Rose Bulgare
I love roses, and this scent captures a fresh rose on a summer day. I look forward to bringing this out each spring.
Serge Lutens La Myrrhe
I love the warmth, the resinous incense, and the spices. This is a winter favorite for me.
Armani Bois d’Encens
This is my favorite incense so far. It’s simple, but very nearly perfect, and the frankincense smells real instead of being a sweetened synthetic impression of incense.
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
I can only wear a drop of this at a time because it is so potent, but it’s a beautiful interpretation of tuberose.
L’Artisan Drole de Rose
I love violet and rose combinations, and this one manages to stay just within my sweetness tolerance level. Very feminine and floral with a honeyed note.
Rosine Poussiere de Rose
Another rich rose blend with fruits, spices, and cedar. Yum.
L’Artisan La Chasse Aux Papillons
This is a cheerful scent for spring and summer that’s hard to wear without smiling. I’m lucky that it lasts many hours on me even though some people complain it is short-lived.
Serge Lutens Bois de Violette
My favorite cedar scent! Cedar and violet make a great combination and this one is lovely.
Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
My favorite vetiver scent! Rich and woodsy. Very well done. Second favorite vetiver scent is the newer Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company.
Chanel Sensual Elixir No. 5
I enjoy this less aldehydic Elixir version of No 5 very much, as well as the original No 5 in vintage edc and vintage parfum (I’ve saved a bit of an old original No 5 edc bottle from my college days and it’s nice stuff, still in surprisingly good shape).
Caron Parfum Sacre
A pretty, incensy, peppery rose.
Serge Lutens A La Nuit
Smells just like jasmine to me. Lasting power is moderate, but it’s great for a jasmine craving. Jasmine absolute works too though. 🙂
Del Rae Bois de Paradis
I love the woods with the berry in this. It just borders on being too sweet, but the woods keep it in check for me.
No doubt I’m leaving out many….