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Blanca Avatar

Jo Malone. I am annoyed they stopped doing their nutmeg and ginger line but I started using their scents since 2009, way before they sold to Estée Lauder, and looking at my cabinet I still have the most scents from them:
– Wild Bluebell
– Star Magnolia
– Orange Bitters
– Wood Sage & Sea Salt
– English Oak & Hazelnut
– Nettle & Wild Achilea

Blanca Avatar

They’re both great!

Wood sage and sea salt is clean and fresh, great for all year around and for fragrance combining.

English oak and hazelnut is stronger and for me a bit too much when it gets warm.

Mariella Avatar

I don’t have one. Years ago (in my early 20’s) I’d have said Hermes because Caleche was pretty much all I wore or use (bath oil, etc.) but now, my faves come from all over and I don’t know that I like more than 2 scents (if that) from any given company or “house”. Though I do still love Chanel 19 perfume and also the Chance Eau Fraiche and Eau Tendre hair mists, so a total of 3 things from Chanel.

kjh Avatar

Thinking about general dna, I’d say Creed, Hermes, but I go with gents, primarily. For ladies’ side, Guerlain or Nina Ricci, the older and less popular the better. Lots of houses that I like only 1 or 2. For ‘Niches’ BPAL and the gent side of Commodity. Latest easy peasy is Juliette HAG Not a perfume.

Ana Maria Avatar

I don’t have a singular brand that stands out in my collection, I buy fragrances based on scent, not brand, and rarely I like 1-2 fragrances from a brand.

In a way I imagined myself liking one single brand, I like for example the clean and homogeneous aesthetic of Tom Ford or Jo Malone, but although I tried smelling almost everything from those brands in store, I couldn’t find anything I actually like.
Recently I tried to “make” Primrose and Rosie Jane my favorite brand, but I “gave up” since again, I was liking just 1-2 fragrances enough.

In terms of history and meaning, I have tons of respect and appreciation for Guerlain. Although they have their issues, I like they kept the tradition, the craftsmanship, the family, the history, rarely seen in another big brands. I like how they created a series with the Aqua Allegoria line, the history of Shalimar and Samsara (I was able to see old bottles in vintage stores and it’s fascinating). Do I actually own any Guerlain fragrances? No… 😅 But if I’d be in a store, I would love spending time smelling all the Aqua Allegoria fragrances because of their juiciness, but I wouldn’t do the same with Tom Ford (I find their fragrances irritating) or Jo Malone (they’re too woody, clean or spicy for me).

GlamourMom Avatar

I hate to admit it, but if I am honest, Michael Kors. I own the most from MK and use them at least weekly, but Dior would probably be my most loved and purchased if money was no object. I feel like MK follows the fragrance trends in an easy to wear way, at an affordable price. Dior makes classics that I want to keep and wear for years to come.

Lauren Avatar

Etat Libre d’Orange! I love stuff that’s weird and challenges olfactory conventions of “pleasing” (although some of theirs are just straight delicious!)

Leah Avatar

Scents of Wood with Imaginary Authors and Le Labo tied in distant second. My partner and I tried samples from over a dozen fragrance houses last year, and Scents of Wood has no competition. We invested in the subscription box this year and are LOVING it.

Deborah S. Avatar

I don’t think I have one. I am all over the place when it comes to scents. I have a few favorites but not more than one from any particular house. I am not a scent snob and will wear anything from Joy to Halston. I have been looking for a good, mostly full bottle of Ben Hur for years now! I could have bought the entire stores worth of that perfume back in the 60’s for less than $25. I think I have mentioned this on the blog before but there was a Five and Dime on Del Mar Blvd in San Clemente, CA. It was a “Cornet” store. They sold a little of everything and we shopped there when I was like 7-11 years old. They carried a few perfumes and the ones I remember were Ben Hur, Evening in Paris and Shalimar which was their high end offering. My sister and I reminisce about the smell of Ben Hur all the time!!

Deborah S. Avatar

Scent is so nostalgic, at least to me! I have seen bottles of it and have found “copycat” scents on websites that make like scents but I am a little afraid it won’t smell the way I remember it to smell, LOL! I should just bite the bullet and do it. If it smells like I remember, it would be amazing.

Maclover Avatar

I used to have hundreds of different fragrances and perfumes from all houses and designers. I used to collect fragrances. So, if it was sold, I would have it.
But, overtime, my nose changed and I found many were too similar, super sweet, artificial m, etc
The last 10 years or so I primarily buy: Creed and Tom Ford. I have a few Bond no. 9 and Chanel, and maybe a Giorgio Armani but that’s it

Heather Avatar

I just realized that while I have many, many perfumes, I don’t have more than three from any single house. (The only one with three is Jo Malone, but I don’t love all three of them enough to deem them favorites in my collection.) But my favorite fragrances are from Atelier Cologne and Imaginary Authors, so I guess one of those houses?

Jessica Avatar

Hermès, because of the Jardin collection, my favorite fragrances of all. Maison Margiella, because I’ve liked everything I’ve ever smelled from that house.

Swoozy Avatar

I don’t know that I have a particular house so much as liking spicy, woody, and/or Iris fragrances. Most of what I have is from Penhaligon’s, Guerlain, and Maison Margiella, but the one I get the most compliments on is Spice Bomb from Viktor + Rolf.

Chelsea Avatar

Byredo. I discovered Rose of no man’s Land. Five or six years ago. It’s not perfume for me as much as it’s medication. It seriously calms my frazzled nerves. Especially during the last two years. The other scents in the line are really special. I’ll wait for a major sale from Bergdorf or Nordstrom to purchase it. As it’s crazy expensive (at least for me). But again the beautiful warm calm scent is worth every penny.

Nina Avatar

Even though I only wear Dior Addict perfume I have to say the finest all around house for true fragrance is Guerlain. To be honest I know nothing about Creed or any niche brands that I’m sure are wonderful. Even Guerlain can’t pry my Dior Addict out of my paw 🤍

Z Avatar

For Strange Women
I like Tobacco Vanille from Tom Ford (nothing else)
Two Maison Margiela’s – By the Fire and Jazz Club *although I based my love of Jazz Club off my first bottle purchased around ten years ago that was rich and deep and leathery and dry. The second bottle that I purchased about four years ago is about 90% tuberose and is a lot more “flat” than the first one. So I wouldn’t get too caught up in purchasing something so expensive and inconsistent quality in the future.
Also Commodity Gold gets an honorable mention for feeling like a warm, golden hug in perfume form.

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