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    Default Is there a really classic recent perfume?

    We all know about the cheap 'n' nasty celeb perfumes endorsed by cheap 'n' nasty celebs. And there are a few recent pefumes that are a variation on the original theme, eg, Red Door Revealed, etc.

    But can you name a totally new and unique and CLASSY fragrance that's gone on the market in the last, say, 20 years that will stand the test of time and still be around in 50 years like Chanel No.5 or Miss Dior or L'Air Du Temps or Arpege or whatever.

    I'm thinking Eau D'Issy Mayake (sp?), Opium/Poison (gag-worthy but probably classics), Eternity, etc.

    I'm not asking for perfumes you necessarily like or wear, just the ones you think your granddaughters might still be wearing.
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    Not many.

    Poison is a real weird one. It seems to really depend on the person's body chemistry. Rarely, very rarely, is there someone on whom it smells good. Mostly, as you say, it is gag-worthy.

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    ^^^
    the original poison does smell odd and can really stink on the wrong skin. but pure poison smells yummy and some of the other 'spin-offs' aren't bad.

    agree about l'eau d'issey, opium, poison and eternity
    also paco rabanne for men
    fahrenheit (christian dior)
    acqua di gio (armani)
    jean-paul gaultier
    angel (thierry mugler) even if it smells like rotten candy
    lolita lempicka
    ck one
    allure (chanel)
    cool water (davidoff)
    égoïste (chanel)
    24, faubourg (hermès)

    a*o, do you also mean perfumes that aren't as popular/well known but that will be around for ages?
    if yes, i think stella mccartney's perfume will be a classic. it's not as popular but i think it has staying power.
    same for shiseido perfumes (especially the energising and relaxing fragrances)
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    I love Obsession......very soft on me.

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    forgot to add samsara (guerlain), even if it smells like ass.
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    Women:
    Ralph Lauren's Romance
    Christian Dior's Dior Addict
    Clinique's Happy (even though it's a little clichéd, it's a very lovely fragrance)

    Men:
    Giorgio Armani's Aqua di Gio
    Davidoff's Cool Water
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    ^^^a*o, do you also mean perfumes that aren't as popular/well known but that will be around for ages?
    if yes, i think stella mccartney's perfume will be a classic. it's not as popular but i think it has staying power.
    same for shiseido perfumes (especially the energising and relaxing fragrances)
    See, if they are not popular then they won't continue to make them. Perfumes are a business after all. I don't think there are many that will still be around in 50 years' time and I can't think of the last 'new' perfume that really was 'different'. They all smell the same to me now - over-sweet, cloying and cheap.
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    ^^^
    that will probably be true for stella mccartney.
    shiseido's been around for years though and continue to make their perfumes. they're huge in asia and pretty big in europe, especially france but they're not a big mega-brand.

    i agree there are way too many sweet perfumes out there. most are really nauseating and i just don't get their appeal. i avoid anything sweet smelling though i guess pure poison is rather sweet but it's the lone exception.
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    Aromatics by Clinique could be a contender. It's been around for a while and is still very popular. It's pretty unique. That's another problem with so many perfumes these days, they all smell exactly the same (to me anyway). I guess there are only so many combinations possible.
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    I think Marc Jacobs and possibly Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crumpet View Post
    I love Obsession......very soft on me.
    it smells like sex and cookies and i still love it

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    Good question, I can't imagine there being another chanel no 5 from this era, but what do I know!

    I love Gucci, but that's a personal taste more than a classic scent.

    Let's come back here in 50 years and see!

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    Obsession was my favorite for years. Now I switch around and can't quite find anything special. Joop for men makes me nuts (in a good way).

    I did find Child, which reminds me of a clean fresh scent.
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    Chanel has launched a younger, more modern version of Chanel No. 5, which is still the world's best-selling perfume. It's called Eau Premiere Chanel.
    Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, Crabtree & Evelyn Uncharted ~ new fragrances :: Now Smell This

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    Citrus scent: Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal withstands test of time, it's been about 20 years since its release.

    Heady/ sensuous florals: Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle which came out last year, definitely worth the $300 a bottle price tag. La Chasse Aux Papillons by L'artisan Parfumeurs conveys both innocence and coquette at the same time, similar to Creed's Fleurissimo but without the touch of musk. For soliflore scent, Un Lys by Serge Lutens is a creamy, heartbreakingly beautiful masterpiece celebrating lilies, again worth the $$.

    Orientals: Jatamansi by L'artisan Parfumeurs is the first 100% natural, organic fragrance. It's destined for cult classic status with its spicy yet calm intensity. I'm a floral scent girl at heart but this is a wearable Oriental scent.

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