56 responses

  1. kuri
    May 30, 2006

    Ooh, a post perfect for me! I have a long list of perfumes that I want to try, thanks to various delightful reviews that I have been reading. I will add these perfumes to the list. I put sample buying on hold until I’ve gone through all the perfumes (that I am curious about) that can be tested in stores.

  2. cait
    May 31, 2006

    You are lovely mistresses for a perfume lover’s sentimental education. Most informative and great.:d

  3. Ylva
    May 31, 2006

    Wow!! This was as an informative post as they come and how I wish:
    1) that I was young again and could enjoy this perfume education and
    2)I still could bask in the glory of synthetic “enhanced” perfumes. But you know what, I’m gonna print and save it anyway as a fab fume referense. Maybee I can even learn something from it?:d

  4. Marina
    May 31, 2006

    I am roaring with laughter at “bitch-slapped several times by Caron”…

    What a great post!

  5. Ina
    May 31, 2006

    I’m so excited to read this post as I just started my own perfume blog, and there’s a page for perfume newbies. I’d love to be able to link to this! :)

  6. greeneyes
    May 31, 2006

    Thanks for putting this together! As a struggling perfume newbie, I appreciate all the information I can get.

  7. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Kuri, we tried to get a list together that would be fun and some of them very accessible and/or cheap. We’re glad it’s helpful!

  8. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Thank you, Cait.:d

  9. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Hi, Ylva! I’m not really up on the synthetics and naturals debate, but I think later on, in another post, we may address that briefly, just so people can be aware of the difference in what they are smelling. I’ll be sure to keep reading yours and other’s blogs to educate me there!

  10. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Marina, you know that was March’s phrasing. :) I like to think of Caron as gently spanking me.

  11. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Hi, Ina! I just linked your blog. You’re sure welcome to link to this post. I think it is so hard for people to get interested in perfume and then just get overwhelmed with what is out there now, then go back to the classics. It’s just too much. It’s too much for me, and I’m fairly “acquisitive” when it comes to perfume. :)

  12. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Hi, Greeneyes, you’s so very welcome! Hope it is useful and, well, entertaining. :)

  13. Ina
    May 31, 2006

    Thanks, Patty! :)

  14. violetnoir
    May 31, 2006

    Great primer, Patty! I wish all of my elementary school teachers had been like you. :x


  15. Justine
    May 31, 2006

    Since you’re teaching, I’m waving my hand and asking a question.

    I’ve been wondering about this one note ever since I bought a decant of Apres L’Ondee which, I am ashamed to admit, smells like that cake of bathroom disinfectant in the gas station bathroom on me. The note is wintergreen. What on earth is that? In Apres it is wintergreen/menthol over some powder (I take it that is the violet) and on me it is really gag inducing.

  16. Anna
    May 31, 2006

    Thanks for the “roadmap” to perfume discoveries. The journey is so fun, isn’t it?:)

  17. sybil
    May 31, 2006

    As usual…good information & funny & a whole bunch more stuff goes on my list…Thank you!

  18. March
    May 31, 2006

    Cait — that’s the flaw in a joint post. The Caron only bitch-slapped ME. Caron and Patty are a hot item.

  19. March
    May 31, 2006

    Justine — I am stumped. I think for most people, Apres L’Ondee is anise (that licorice smell) and violet. Basenotes lists “hesperedic notes” and “hawthorn,” both of which can smell fresh and green, but not winter-green-y, to me. I wonder if its powderiness combined with the anise morphs on you into some bathroom-deodorant smell? I have never heard it described as wintergreen before … my only other guess/suggestion is maybe something went wrong with the decant. Or maybe it’s just not your thing, which is okay — plenty of other things to love.@};-

  20. Rosie
    May 31, 2006

    What an informative post. I just bought a few things from Aedes and they sent me a flood of samples, smart people, they know how to get a return customer (and I have returned several times). I also discovered Patty the Professional Scent Slut (your words)on EBAY, a very nice way to sample before buying a whole bottle!
    Thank you

    Rosie aka Lynne

  21. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    R, March wrote almost all of it, I just signed my name to it. :) She, indeed, would have been an awesome teacher.

  22. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Justine, I just spritzed some apres on to see if I could detect what you were talking about, and on intial blast, I guess the combination of the notes could be described a little like that. I tend to back up from Apres more since it’s sort of an air scents. Some perfumes seem to smell much better next to the skin and some are better at a distance. All the CArons are waaaaayyyy better at a distance. :)

  23. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Anna, yes, it is fun! And you you meet such great people along the way, which is the perk nobody tells you about.

  24. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Sybil, we aim to keep your list as long as possible. :evil cackle:

  25. Patty
    May 31, 2006

    Rosie, Aedes is wonderful with the samples, as is LaCreme and Luscious, if you’ve ever ordered from them. I’m very proud of the Professional Scent Slut title. :) I keep thinking I’ve got too many other jobs that I’m already doing, but that gig is my most fun one, and every time I think I should give it up for lack of time, I just can’t do it. I just love to decant and package up perfumes for people.

  26. Flora
    May 31, 2006

    Great list – I would take nothing off – but I would have added one or two:

    1. Patou 1000 so the neophyte understands what is meant by an elegant perfume.

    2. Parfums D’Orsay (original formula if possible)Intoxication d’Amour to understand the true meaning of voluptuous. :d

  27. March
    June 1, 2006

    Flora — 1000 is on there, honey — under chypre. It’s advanced beginner, IMO, due to its animalic undertone, but you are correct, it is Extreme Elegance.

    The D’Orsay — I have not SMELLED! So. I will be taking care of that. I think their Tilleul is beautiful, but I try not to harp too much on the linden, for fear of driving everyone away, screaming.

  28. Dale Price
    June 1, 2006


    OT, but thanks for the tips for Mother’s Day. I picked up a Guerlain package, and ’twas a big hit.

    Of course, I’ve spoiled her for anything less, but what can I do? /:) She’s worth it…

  29. Patty
    June 1, 2006

    I’m positive that is true! Next time you’ll have to go for the Caron or the Patou 1000 just to make sure she knows!

  30. Flora
    June 1, 2006

    Oops, sorry I need to read the list more carefully! Of course 1000 is there… :”>

    Linden is bad for some? How can this be? It is wonderful, ethereal, delicious! I assume you have tried Annick Goutal’s Tilleul? It is nothing short of sublime, IMHO. A pure, breathy mist of spring.

  31. IrisLA
    June 2, 2006

    Hi! I’d like to order some samples and decants from Patty through your website, but I’m not sure of the process. Do I do it by leaving a comment? Thanks!

  32. Patty
    June 2, 2006

    Hi, Iris! Just click on the Contact Us Button on the right side of the blog or e-mail me a pgeissler AT gmail.com (substituting the @ sign for the word), and I’ll be happy to help!

  33. March
    June 2, 2006

    Flora — I give up.:”> I can’t find AG Tilleul listed anywhere. Any ideas?

  34. Flora
    June 4, 2006

    OK, an idiot – it was the D’Orsay I was thinking of – I found a picture of the bottle – duhhh. My perfume shop has the Goutals and the D’Orsays next to each other. Sorry for the misleading post! :”>

  35. March
    June 5, 2006

    Flora — that’s okay! — it was just killing me that I’d overlooked an AG Tilleul. THAT would be something I’d have to fix right away. PS I wish I had a perfume shop that carried the D’Orsay…:(( there are others I’d like to sniff.

  36. Nancy Volle
    June 26, 2006

    Terrific introduction. I wish I had this to read BEFORE I spent $7000 on fragrances!

  37. mireille
    July 25, 2006

    what a great post this is! and a great blog, of course … xoxo

  38. Laurie
    July 25, 2006

    Funny but I learned TONS. Thanks.

  39. Joanne
    August 4, 2006

    can’t wait to get sniffing

  40. happy_guerlain_mum
    October 27, 2006

    Thank you for this wonderful blog site…. its a joy to read your reviews and the reader comments. Could you please direct me to Patty’s perfume link(s). I must be in a fragrant fog as I can’t seem to find the link on my own (lol).

  41. Taryn
    December 12, 2006

    Hi! I’m excited and nervous to be writing. Have read the recommendations for where to begin sniffing and sadly, recognize very few of the names. I’ve never even seen a bottle of Caron perfume!!! Can someone so inexperienced find a home here? I am searching for “my scent”–one I won’t tire of and peddle at a yardsale or donate to a thrift store after a month! My current favorites are probably very unclassy to you–Insolence by Guelain, Armani Code, Subtil by Ferragamo, and Lucky Six. My lifestyle is very simple; I teach in cords and sweaters all winter long and would like something rich, yet not something that would suggest cotillions and elegant dinners – that’s not me. Any suggestions?

  42. Cheri
    February 26, 2007

    I’m one of the ones that discovered Patty’s Ebay biz before this website. I cannot emphasize enough how much fun it is to buy decants. Since I will change my scents at least twice a day, I love to have a variety. Blame it on my grandmother; she introduced me to Chanel No. 5 when I was only 9 years old! I had my first bottle of Opium at age 11. My mother bought me White Linen and the original White Shoulders (not the yucky new version) for Christmas and birthdays when I was much younger. I have progressed to niche scents now that I can afford some of my own. :d

  43. angelica3435
    May 18, 2007

    Hello I recently received a sample of ferns purfume could somebody tell me what this is and what it does

  44. Steph
    September 30, 2007

    How do you get so much time to smell all these perfumes!

  45. Minxie
    January 24, 2008

    I am a budding perfumista in Canada. I would appreciate your help: Does anyone know where I can buy decants and samples here? I know of the Perfume Shoppe, but that’s about it. Thanks!

    • Patty
      January 24, 2008

      Hi, Minxie. Up in Canada, there s just the Perfume Shoppe that I know of as well. At The Perfumed Court (I am affiliated with it, just for full disclosure), we do ship to Canada, if you’re okay with mail order. Good luck!

  46. Leona Anderson
    May 6, 2008

    Still looking for Intoxication by D’Orsay and not any one else.

    I still have the full bottle of Dali lip and nose bottles of lotion and parfum:):)>-

  47. Janet Twinn
    May 7, 2008

    Not sure whether you can buy it in the US or not but Ormande Jayne has many fragrances that, I think, are unequalled. For me, Tolu and Ta’if are exquisite, but I have tried most of the others and all rank highly with me. Tolu speaks to me especially because of the juniper berry and clary sage. It’s definitely to be used on a special occasion. Tolu reminds me a little of SL Douce Amère, but Tolu is better I think.

  48. PMO
    July 6, 2008

    Dear Posse:
    I want to tell you how lucky I feel to have found your site The Perfume Court! I am a divorced mom (cue the violins;)who was feeling very guilty over her newly found perfume obsession. As other addicts know, it can be costly and time-consuming. There was my 4 year old pleading with me “MOMMY! Get off the compuuuuter!” as I was fishing through ebay, trying to find a sweet deal on my favorite perfumes, or futily attempting to find a reasonably priced bottle of Vol de Nuit to at least test. I’ve tried swapping, but my tastes have changed so much and well…I don’t think anybody wants my crap. SO, I’m so happy to have found your sampling site for hard to find perfumes, and way-too-expensive-to-buy bottles. Now, because of your site, I will have the time and $ to make many more trips to Toys R Us with my darling child. I just wish she would eat. :((

    • Musette
      July 7, 2008


      C’mon in, the water’s just fine!

      A suggestion for you: rather than trolling eBay, why not go on Perfume Court to see what’s available in 1mil samps? It’s way cheaper than full or partial bottles and allows you to sample a fragrance a couple of times before you commit to a full bottle. Other sites (Aedes,Luckyscent to name a couple) also sell samples. Usually they’re $3-$5 apiece – WAY better than dumping $100+ into a bottle you might not love and then have to waste time trying to swap it out. I’m currently in a Cheap and Cheerful mode, so most FBs are out of the budget-question. Samps and decants, baby! It’s an economical way to try a whole bunch of stuff!


      ps. I’m a grandmother now but I remember the whole 4yr old ‘won’t eat’ syndrome. Everybody seems to grow out of it, like cats in trees you don’t see a lot of carnage from the ‘won’t eat’ period…but perhaps Posseites with children that age can weigh in here. Dang, though – I wish I had that problem right now;) I’m still trying to drop a dress size!

      • PMO
        July 15, 2008

        Thank you, and yes, I definitely will not waste as much $ on ebay. I hope. Or I’ll try rather.:-?
        PS– I also wish I could drop a size. Maybe if we try my daughter’s all ice-cream diet?

  49. mollypenny
    September 5, 2008

    So much fun! I’ve had my 21 classic and niche beginner samplers from The Perfumed Court for about a month now. Here are my favorites-
    Chanel Bois de Iles, Patou 1000, Gucci EDP, Caron Parfum Sacre, Caron Tabac Blond, Hermessence Ambre Narguile, and Bond no.9 Chinatown.
    What I don’t care for- Bvulgari Au the Blanc (flat and common to me, I think Teas have been overdone these days) and Serge Lutens Clair de Musc (I once liked Musks, can’t stand them anymore. I’m sure it’s just a phase)
    What I can’t wait to sample next- Patou Joy, Guerlain Jicky, Coty Chypre, Serge Noir, Party in Manhattan, Creed Love in Black. And 100 others! weeeeeee! I’ll do my best to branch out from the warm Orientals and Woods, but they’ll always be my favorite. Your blogs are very entertaining and educational. Thanks!

    • mollypenny
      September 22, 2008

      Now learning that not all musks smell the same (silly me!) So although I did not care for SL Clair de Musc, I’m liking musk notes in other perfumes.

  50. lacourt
    September 12, 2008

    As a Parisian and true perfume addict, especially those from « niche » houses, I can pride myself of knowing the best addresses in Paris.
    Would you be in Paris on a Saturday and in needs for a guide, I would be delighted to see you to the some of the best perfumers such as Serge Lutens’ Palais Royal Shiseido ; Les parfums de Rosine, Editions de pafum Frédéric MALLE, l’Artisan parfumeur, Maître Gantier et Parfumeur, Patricia de Nicolaï, Divine, Montale, The Different Company, the exclusive JAR and eccentric Etat Libre d’orange, Annick Goutal, Creed, Dyptique, etc).
    I can also introduce you to confidential shops or specific department store where you ‘d be able to find Italian beauties such as LorenzoVilloresi’s, Etro’s, Carthusia’s or Santa Maria Novella’s perfumes, to try the French Histoire de parfums, Parfums d’Empire or Mona di Orio or finally decide to go for English scents such as Pethaligon’s, Floris, Geo Trumper, Czech & Speake or the Viennese Knize, the list is endless.
    Would you rather pay a visit to the classic ones Patou, Guerlain, Hermes, Chanel or Dior for their exclusive lines, I am still here to help and guide you.
    I don’t charge for the tour but I will appreciate a tip for my time. You will be the only judge and decide weither I deserve one or not at the end of the day.
    You can contact me either through my Email adress : [email protected] or on my mobile phone + 33 6 68 47 41 48 and I will arrange a tour according your wish for a day, an afternoon or just to a specific shop.

  51. Adri
    November 5, 2008

    Wonderrrrrful. I’m a literary geek and absolutely obsessed with perfume, so this post thrilled me on both levels. Wonderfully written- just infortunately haven’t heard of most of the perfumes on your list, maybe that’s because its Africa.

  52. julie
    December 20, 2008

    very informative! i have taken some advice already on here and ordered quite a few samples :d

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