Go on! Suggest a new scent or recommend an old one…

There are, by common consent, around some 17,500 scents in circulation.

At least, that is, according to reputable sources consulted by The Perfumed Dandy.

Cursory examination of the literature suggests that the bulk of these fragrances are deemed by the authorities to be for ladies only!


I beg to differ.

And so, quite rightly, do many of you.

Over the last months I have conversed with many a fragrantophile at length about those ‘made for women scents’ that good sense dictates any gentleman of taste should feel free to indulge himself in.

The list of female fragrances for me to try, as I may have mentioned, is now well over 400 recommendations in length.

However, it is an ever expanding compendium that I compile, and so your carefully considered suggestions are most heartily welcomed.

If you have a so-called ladies’ perfume you would like to put forward for my perusal, simply pop it down in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section below.

If others second your nomination, then it will make it’s way onto The Perfumed Dandy’s Hit Parade – a choice pick of the top ten smells that are put out to a popular poll each day.

The winner of this ballot then finds itself next to my skin on the very next available occasion!

Oh lucky thing!!

So, dear friends, I implore you: shower me with your newly unisexual suggestions!!!

Remember, the more fans a fragrance has the better it’s chance of getting close to The Perfumed Dandy‘s person…

After all that I feel a lie down coming on.

183 responses to “Go on! Suggest a new scent or recommend an old one…

  1. Lilybelle

    That’s right, you’re going to be in NYC with a side trip down to Charleston, right? That sounds so lovely. I’m sure you deserve a little time off for some R&R…we will be tolerant and forgiving of spanners and monkey wrenches until you return, though it will be dreary without you, dear Dandy. πŸ™‚

    • Dearest Lily
      Thank you!
      The Dandy shall be Washington DC, then NYC, Charleston and finally Miami!
      Phew… it sounds as though it might be whistlestop, though as I am travelling mainly by train it, one hopes, will be a little more leisurely than it sounds!!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Lilybelle

        I’ve always wanted to travel by train like that – a long trip. It seems like fun – lots of time to read and watch the world go by – tho I’m usually the only one who thinks that’s fun, lol! I am just outside Richmond Virginia, so if the train stops there for any length of time, which I doubt (as opposed to your other more romantic stops) but in the event that it DOES I would love to take you to tea or for drinks or whatever the time of day suggests in the way of libations. And I mean that sincerely, Mr. Dandy. Bon Voyage!

      • Dearest Lily
        Oh that would have been lovely, really, but I think we go non stop between all our destinations on account of our tickets – we have a ‘room’ on the train to Charleston and again down to Miami.
        What a shame… however, I am sure I will be back!!
        I have travelled by train right across Europe into Turkey and across that great country. I’ve also been across the Rockies in Canada. Through South Africa as well as Egypt and Morocco in the north of the same Continent.
        It is my sincere hope to tour India by train one day and perhaps even ‘the big one’: The Trans Siberian…
        Trains are quite the best way for people of quality to travel!
        Yours ever, and anticipation of taking tea one day,
        The Perfumed Dandy

  2. Hi TPD,

    Lumiere by Rochas, the original, the one with that beautiful purple bottle.
    I loved it and suddently dissapeared…it would be nice to know what do you think about. I wish Rochas would launch it again, love, SilviaπŸŽ€πŸ’œ

    • Dear Sylvia
      Welcome to The Dandy’s… do make yourself at home.
      This one will now be added to the list, which nears around 600 entries. I will, however, start the search immediately as this one so it sounds might prove rather difficult to find!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Seems like a cup of golden brown PG tips tea will be waiting for our loyal The Perfumed Dandy at every station through the states ! Waiting for the new perfumed posts with photos !
    yours ever

    • Dearest DPoseur
      Now wouldn’t that be splendid… The Dandy’s Tea Tour 2013… coming to a station near you soon!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

    • Lilybelle

      I don’t think I’m familiar with PG tips tea, Mr. Poseur. Is it good?

      • Dearest Lily
        It is a very popular brand in the UK and until we all learnt better it used to be advertised by chimpanzees dressed up as humans acting out comic scenes… one commercial featuring a piano and two removal ‘men’ is regarded as something of a classic.
        Yes, we British are very odd, very odd indeed!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  4. Lilybelle

    I like “odd”. πŸ™‚ Well, best regards again and wishing you a safe journey.
    Your oddball friend across the water, ~~~L.

  5. Lilybelle

    Well, what do you know Mr. Dandy – I was in the grocery store today and I saw P&G Tips tea! I never noticed it before, or maybe they just started stocking it. I didn’t buy any. I have enough tea for now (including a box of Typhoo!). I hope you’re having a nice time on your American holiday. We are looking forward to your return and reading all about it.

    • Dearest Lily
      I would love to say that I brought it over with me, but that would be a fib, which is something I would never do!
      On the subject of tea though, I was able to try the leaves from the only plantation in the North Americas whilst in Charleston and the Green ones I found very much to my liking!!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  6. Lilybelle

    I had no idea there was a tea plantation there! I’ll have to look for the tea sometime. Mr. Dandy, I’m so glad you’re back! It seems like you were gone for ages.

    • Dearest Lily
      Indeed, apparently just the one plantation in the whole country (and one assumes none in Canada)… now I will try and remember the name, but I have a feeling it had Charleston in the title and I definitely recall it being run as a not for profit enterprise.
      I’m pleased to report that it seemed to being served fairly widely in the better sort of place!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Lilybelle

        Well, that’s so interesting to me. I knew that rice was once a major crop in South Carolina, but I never knew about the tea. One of my ancestors (in Virginia) had a try at mulberry trees, but it was a colossal failure. I don’t think anybody ever tried again. I wonder why he was growing mulberry trees. Maybe an attempt at silk?

  7. Funnyboy

    Hello Dear Dandy,
    hope you are back to normality after your break.In addition to the 2 fragrances I sent last week I would like to add Trussardi Donna to your list.
    I have sampled and think you might find it interesting.I certainly enjoyed the sample on my skin and sometimes have a penchant for Italian fragrances.
    When I last visited London I called in at Santa Maria Novella for a quick sniff but found the assistants engrossed in their foreign visitors and were not very forthcoming with yours truly.
    I have however sampled some cheaper fragrances from L’.Herbolario and found them to be long lasting and quite good quality.

    • Dearest Funny
      Yes, Trussardi’s Donna, I’ve been wondering when this might receive another vote and make it onto The Hit Parade!
      I’m pleased to say your suggestion has just tipped it over the edge…
      As to Santa Maria Novella, I can’t help but feeling that the location of the store and the demands of the clientelle might contribute to the staff’s somewhat detached attitude.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  8. rosestrang

    Hello Sir Dandy,
    I wonder if you’ve tried Seville a L’Aube yet? It’s the loveliest orange blossom I’ve encountered so far. Also there’s the recent release of Baiser Vole – which I find subtly uplifting, summery and wearable. The bottle design is very pleasing too – somehow reminiscent of Bond and Hitchcock films with maybe a touch of art nouveau, which sounds an unlikely mix, but whoever designed it has a touch of genius I think!

    • Dearest Rose
      For some reasons comments to this most important of pages to seem to hit my inbox – isn’t that frustrating!?! But when they do come through they are very, very welcome!
      Seville a l’Aube I quite simply adore.
      Beeswax and petitgrain being two of my favourite notes, here in wonderful combination with slightly indolic white orange flowers. It’s heavenly… but off limits to The Dandy in all but his personal life, for it is officially unisex and therefore off limits.
      I quite agree with you about the flacon too… :l’Artisan’s design ethic, which once extended to their advertising but no more, is to be commended and admired.
      Hitchcock meets Art Nouveau, now that is a thought!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  9. Nena

    I was going to suggest Bond No. 9’s Chinatown, but that is apparently marketed as unisex (although I think it leans more towards the feminine side). How about Miss Dior Le Parfum? It’s my favourite of the line formerly known as Miss Dior Cherie.

    • Dear Nena
      Yes, like so many other scents I’d love to try here Chinatown falls officialy into the category of unisex, so I’ll have to put it to one side for now…
      Now since all the changes to Miss Dior (with Cherie now bearing the formal title and Cherie havng disappeared) I wonder where the old Le Parfum has been left. I will go away and investigate and report on which current scent this represents and where I have deposited your vote!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Nena

        Le Parfum is a lot different to the others in that line. It’s a gorgeous combination of rose, amber, patchouli, and mandarin, with a hint of vanilla.

      • Dearest Nena
        That certainly sounds a deal more substantial than the other Cherie perfumes – I am so sad that they now operate under the title of Miss Dior, whereas the great dame herself has been demoted to a mere ‘Originale’.
        I will seek this one out and add it to the ever growng list!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  10. Alice

    2 suggestions (maybe already on the list?):
    Goutal’s un Matin d’Orage
    Parfumerie General Iris Oriental (I think it used to be Iris Taizo)
    best wishes

  11. Lilybelle

    Dear, Mr. Dandy. I’d love to read your review of Shalimar. Gorau o ran i fy hoff Gymro!

  12. Shalimar – I heartily second Lilybelle’s suggestion and would also love to read your take on two numbered Chanels : 22 and 18. The first is one of my top five, and a designated soul scent, the second a new infatuation of mine, I am sifting through impressions of my own as we speak.

  13. Lilybelle

    Miss you too, Renee! We were in NOLA last Christmas. It was a great time of year to be there. I imagine the Dandy will get to Shalimar one of these days. I love #22 too. πŸ™‚

  14. Funnyboy

    Hello Mr Dandy,
    I have 2 fragrances to add to your list.Both of which I’m unsure if you are familiar with.They are both from Berkeley Square fragrances,A U.K perfumery which used natural oils and is not too expensive.
    The first is Black Cassis, and the second Bergamote Noir.
    I would be interested to hear your opinion if either get selected from your list.
    Regards from your lightly fragranced friend in the N East

  15. verdigris

    My Dear Dandy,
    It may only be the end of July but in preparation for the cooler days to come I suggest the warmth of Le Baiser du Dragon. She loves the gentlemen who dare dare to aproach her!

    • Dear Verdigris
      Welcome to The Dandy’s, do make yourself at home!
      What a lovely suggestion… indeed this one has been tried and as soon as the weather is right I will be posting a review very much in the vein of your charming comment!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  16. Nena

    I have just thought of another suggestion for you: how about the original Dita Von Teese?

  17. batkitty

    I would like to suggest Providence Perfume Co.’s Moss Gown for your list. I especially love it in hot weather, but I’m looking forward to how different it may be on cooler days. Would love to hear your thoughts on it sometime!

    • Dearest Batkitty
      I just looked up the notes for this one and I have to say I’ve fallen for it on paper already… chamomile.. cedar moss…. sunflowers and boronia.
      Now that sounds truly knock out.
      I can’t wait for the autumn and the return of The Hit Parade already!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • batkitty

        I think this is one you will absolutely love. It’s unique, dry, a bit bitter, it’s just wonderful, one of my new favorites. Looking forward to your return in the fall. Have a wonderful break!

      • Dearest Batkitty
        Fear not, The Dandy is staying put… it’s just The Hit Parade that’s off on its hols to allow me to do some catching up!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  18. marymom

    Just commenced following you, and thank you for your beautiful writing. If you have not already reviewed it, I think you would enjoy Niki de Ste Phalle. Wear it on a warm night, perhaps the next full moon. Cheers, Mm.

  19. Sergio

    Love Habit Rouge…it is elegant. I am in love again with an old friend…..Presence by Mont Blanc. It is incredible how old lovers can reappear.

  20. Helen

    Dear Perfumed Dandy,
    Have you tried Aria di Capri from Carthusia yet? It’s a great unisex fragrance, It’s just wonderful and is very long lasting. It conjures up visions of the sunny Mediterranean. Floral but with a sea air tang. Enjoy!

  21. My suggestion *IF* you can get it is for my beloved, my holy grail, my ultimate love: vintage Opium, but only vintage. ONLY.

    Otherwise, may I suggest Alahine? It’s Teo Cabanel and it’s one of my very few modern loves. There’s something odd that happens with it, though. Perhaps a sort of Stockholm Syndrome that must occur. Again and again, people need at least 3-4 tries before they suddenly see it and fall in love. It happens so often that I now warn people that they need to give it 4 tries because they will inevitably hate it at first. The funny thing is, once those 4 tries pass, Alahine ends up becoming a lot of people’s modern Holy Grail fragrance. I think a few people on my review of it even mentioned stockpiling bottles. LOL. So, I’d love to see what you thought of it. And you know, Teo Cabanel was the Duchess of Windsor’s favorite perfume house. (Sorry, the history obsessive in me always has to bring up the history tidbits. lol.)

  22. Hikmat Sher Afridi

    Dear Perfume Dandy,
    From the list your good-self mentioned, I’ll suggest Ange ou Demon by Givenchy for Halloween day. Otherwise I’ll propose Lancome Magie Noire
    with warm wishes.

    • Dear Hikmat
      Welcome to The Dandy’s and thank you so much for your suggestions..
      I have logged your vote for Ange Ou Demon as I’ve already tried Magie Noire and a review will follow soon.
      Great minds think alike!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  23. Lilybelle

    Dear Mr. Dandy, has anyone proposed Bal Γ  Versailles for a review? If not, I would like to. It would definitely *have* to be vintage. It’s so wonderful, and I know you would do a great review of it.

    • Dearest Lily
      Oh yes indeed they have… it was one of the first I ever did… it should still be on the system if you type the name into the search… if this draws a blank do let me know and I’ll go hunting in the archives to ensure that it makes its way back to the shelves!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Lilybelle

        Of course you did, sorry! I found it easily, and I even commented on your review, but I forgot all about it. I’m a sieve-brain. 😦 I’ll just have to start over at the beginning. πŸ™‚

  24. EvaMG

    I’d like to suggest Cialenga, by Balenciaga, a green chypre from 1973.

  25. Cheryl

    I adore Bal Γ  Versailles, and may I suggest her little sister L’Air de Rien…

    • Dearest Cheryl
      I adore Bal a Versailles too… there’s a review somewhere on the site (filing is not The Dandy’s strong suit).
      So I’d be quite delighted to have a date with little sis… I believe though that the older the better in her case…
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  26. Hikmat Sher Afridi

    Dear Dandy,
    I will suggest Dior Poison. This is “Thee Perfume” when I wore in 1988 which I bought from the Dubai Duty Free Shop. Its a perfume for a bold women I think.
    I would also suggest to please do rating to the perfumes besides your reviews and comments.
    with warm wishes
    Hikmat Sher Afridi

    • Dear Hikmat
      You’ll be pleased to hear that Dior Poison is now on ‘The Hit Parade’. Therefore, if it gets enough votes over the days and weeks ahead I’ll be wearing it before you know it… just check the main page of the blog to find out how you can end it your support.
      It’s interesting, but you’re not the first person to mention that they were hopelessly devoted to Poison when it first appeared, and I can remember it being the signature smell of a few people close to me when it came out all that time ago. I wonder, how well do you think today’s versions compares? Has it changed beyond recognition or is it still the scent you fell in love with?
      Thanks for the suggestion regarding ratings… I will give it some careful consideration.
      Thank you for reading and taking the time to write.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  27. Hikmat Sher Afridi

    Once again I’ll say Dior Poison of 1980’s version.

  28. Miss Misty

    Dearest Mr. Dandy
    It has been a while since I added some suggestions to your never ending list, in fact I have been absent from the perfume scene for quite a while ….. well, we all need a brake from time to time.

    So here I am with fresh energy and ideas of fragrances that haven’t been mentioned before and I think you might enjoy some of them.

    Clive Christian “V” for women
    Clinique Wrappings
    Mauboussin Histoire d’Eau
    Hermes Amazone (vintage)
    Cardin Paradoxe
    Ralph Lauren Safari

    • Dearest Miss Misty
      How wonderful to hear from you after so long.
      I do hope you enjoyed your break… indeed The Dandy has a had a little time off himself sense last we spoke, moving home for one thing took my mind and nose away from ‘the little bottles’.
      Now, without a word of a lie, you were in my mind just the other day when Guerlain’s Chamade was made scent of the day. I thought of all the glorious greens an galbanums you have recommended and how the time of year seems right for them once more.
      So how delightful to see some recommendations wend my way from you… I’m intrigued already.
      Once again, so splendid to have you back.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  29. Dee Dee

    Oh, my dear, dear one. An elegant scent, very low and throbbingly sensual, lingering, makes one salivate from the mere mention. Caron’s Tabac Blonde only! For you. Do it.

    • Dearest Dee Dee
      Welcome to The Dandy’s, so pleased you could find the time to pop round!
      Throbbing, sensual and so very naughty.
      Tabac Blonde is very near the top of The Dandy’s all time list and I devoted some time to it very early on… use the search function and you shall find my thoughts, which I feel might collide with your own.
      *The Dandy winks*
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  30. Alice

    A few to try that I don’t think have been suggested:
    Etat Libre d’Orange Eau de Protection (formerly Rossy de Palma) and Vrai Blonde
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Lumiere Noire pour Femme
    le labo ylang 49 (although might be unisex)
    .and an old one:
    Gucci Accenti

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    • Dearest B
      So sorry that this comment of yours seems to have gotten lost in the WordPress depths for so long.
      Now, I have reviewed the new Habanita EdP (in that delicious Lalique designed flacon) and if you pop the name in the search box it should pop up, if not let me now and I’ll look into it.
      Meanwhile I’ve added a vote for the original EdT to the ever-growing list of suggestions for future scented letters.
      Might I just say too that DH has excellent taste and I’m hopeful that there’ll be a letter on Ivoire (the original) sometime soon.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  32. Bee

    I would suggest Habanita – either the classic Edt or the new EdP .Personally I like them both. And my DH wants me to point out that he wears a vintage Ivoire. The current one is not in the same class at all.

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  34. Sheri

    My dear Mr. Dandy,

    I have searched this site and cannot find mention of Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir. I recently sampled it and highly recommend it (and, in fact, am vacillating between ordering a bottle right away and putting it on my Christmas wish list). Please do give it a whirl one day soon – would be most interested in your impression/opinion of it.


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  39. rosestrang

    Le Parfum de Therese!

  40. Cheryl

    Dearest Dandy, may I suggest Caron’s Le 3e Homme…
    Several Caron’s share space in my heart, Tabac Blond, Sacre, Infini, Montaigne,Yatagan, (if I want to bring the house down) and the delicious, Le 3e Homme.
    With love,

  41. rosestrang

    James Heeley’s Iris de Nuit – it’ll fire your imagination I’m sure of it!

  42. Lilybelle

    Hello, Mr. Dandy. Are you still accepting recommendations? If so, I propose Y de Yves Saint Laurent – for some day. Sending you warm regards.

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