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Old 09-03-2010, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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My girlfriend likes the designer brands and stuff like that but she doesn't exactly have a lot of them, so I want to pick her up a gift and buy her a nice bottle of perfume... problem is, I don't know anything about women's brands, i'm just a guy. What are some good smelling perfumes from top brands? Yeah, sounds pretentious I guess.. but I mean it in a good way

Thanks!
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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It isn't a top brand (like Chanel or Burberry), but my favorite perfumes are from Philosophy. Check out Falling in Love and Amazing Grace. I love them both. They both have matching body lotions and washes and have amazing gift sets.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:08 PM
 
Location: In the Zombie Room
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It isn't a top brand (like Chanel or Burberry), but my favorite perfumes are from Philosophy. Check out Falling in Love and Amazing Grace. I love them both. They both have matching body lotions and washes and have amazing gift sets.
OMG me too!!! I wear exclusively now, Pure Grace. I've had more people stop me to ask what it is. It smells like pure soap & water and everyone I know loves it (including me). I always feel fresh and clean while wearing it. I've worn Amazing Grace and also Unconditional Love and those are nice but, what works best for me is Pure Grace.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Dude, you want to make sure you get a top shelf type of perfume for her. Or, you can just get her some perfume that YOU like and tell her how much you love the scent and would love it on her.

My wife is pretty particular with her perfumes. Here is a sampling of what I found in her perfume cabinet:

Vera Wang
Bvlgari - she has three different types
Cartier - Delices
Michael Kors - Michael
Coco Chanel
Calvin Klein - Truth
Venice - I dont know who made this but its one of the wife's favorites
Dolce & Gabbana - Light Blue
Allure
Dior - Dune

I dont think you can go wrong with any of these.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:29 PM
 
Location: The State Line
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I think it's better to figure out a perfume by also factoring her personality/style (sophisticated, bold, flirtatious, etc.), rather than just a designer brand. There are many great fragrances; but not all the great fragrances fit everyone's taste or compliments them well. Perfume is also subjective: The same fragrance may smell a little different on various people due to different body chemistry.

If she's feminine she may prefer a lighter, delicate scent that contains florals. If she's young and/or flirtatious, she may want something more obvious that's more citrus/fruity. If she's more sophisticated, she may prefer a stronger, yet not overpowering scent that's more oriental/spicy. If she's not picky but wants to smell "clean", she may prefer fresh/aquatic scents, etc. Of course, many fragrances are various combinations of floral, fruity, fresh and spicy, etc.: It's all matter of the perfect balance for her personality.

In general, while preferences vary, most women don't want a fragrance that:
1) is too strong/musky (it's considered "masculine")
2) is too light (they can't smell it shortly after--and not because of "immunity" from overuse)
3) doesn't stand out in some way (i.e. boring)
4) is too fruity/sweet (it's "youngish")
5) is either too powdery or too spicy (either extreme is considered "oldish").

Ask her friends what they wear, their advice on the best fragrances, and note their style. If their tastes in general are similar, chances are she may like some of the fragrances they also like.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I also like Philosophy, with Amazing Grace being my favorite and the one that I always get compliments on. I think guys really like Falling in Love. I would recommend one of these and get a really nice perfume bottle to put it in.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I ended up smelling the stuff around there and some of those top shelf things were way over the top ahha. I ended up buying Dior - J'adore. Thanks for the help you guys
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:23 PM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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I'm a fan of Creed. I love Virgin Island Water during warmer months!

You could always purchase something like Bond No. 9's Bon-Bon Box which has multiple fragrances to sample.
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:57 PM
 
Location: state of procrastination
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Just don't buy anything that smells like old, rich women. Fruity/floral always wins over woody scents. You'll be good.

If you really want to wow her, go to the Jo Malone shop. It is expensive but the stuff is so great, and you can blend them. Ask the ladies for the most popular blend of scents. These are the most natural smelling fragrances.
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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I love Burberry Brit Sheer! It smells really good and it is not that strong.

I wear J'Adore by Christian Dior, Versus by Versace, Romance by Ralph Lauren, Bright Crystals by Versace, Beyond Paradise by Estee Lauder.

Giorgio Armani just came out with the female version of Acqua Di Gio... it's called Acqua Di Gioia. It smells really good!
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