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Annag Chandler March 8, 2015

Balenciaga Paris for me -- seems quite formal and restrained. I would also put Serge Lutens De Profundis in this category.

Lynley February 21, 2015

Hiris demands that I wear my shirt ironed, and tucked in, before she'll leave the house with me. And Opardu will not be associated with trakky daks or house clothes of any sort. She'll let me wear knitwear, if it's cashmere and silk, and for some reason, refined dove grey. But, as it happens, I havent much energy to expend on dressing so elegantly, so as much as I love Opardu, I still havent bought her...

nemo February 19, 2015

I would say Kelly Caleche, as a beautiful, youthful, but a very Missy Miss nonetheless.

solanace February 19, 2015

Vintage Armani, the only perfume I can't wear with flip flops.

leathermountain February 18, 2015

Love the topic! My thoughts run in two directions, both already alluded to. One is Jacomo Silences, a mean green machine -- and not just one command, "Silence!" but all of them, everything you ever thought about saying: No. "Silences!" The other is Chanel No. 22 which wears like a wall. You can hang whatever quilts or tapestries you'd like to represent soft focus or nostalgic associations -- goodness knows she can hold up anything you might try to pin on her -- but there is no getting past such a dense, potentially blinding presence. I love them both so dearly, m'ladies.

Rina February 18, 2015

The two that come to my mind are both vintage: Coco and Poison... POAL comes close but I'm too smitten at the moment and I'll wear her with anything (and nothing..).

Tara C February 18, 2015

Hmm, I would say Onda, Le Parfum de Thérèse, Jubilation 25 and Gold are my imperious scents. I have to be in rare form to carry these off with panache. :-)

Peppermoon February 18, 2015

For me, the old great Dame perfumes are imperious. Scents like Mitsouko demand a certain respectfulness when worn. A younger, more modern scent can be imperious too. I find these scents are often ice-queens, with cool notes and an element of the strange that makes them seem aloof. I agree that iris often creates this effect.

tammy February 18, 2015

Hmmmmmm...off the top of my head, I can't say that I have any Ma'am fragrances per se, as I wear Jubilation 25 to plant bulbs, and Mitsy when I turn in for the night. But I will say that iris tends to make me more inclined to behave myself, and remember to make sure my slip or bra straps aren't showing, if that makes any sense. Not just any iris, mind you; some of them go straight-up Dippity-Do on me. But those lovely, cool, rooty ones, or those classic rose/iris combos that smell like makeup.... they will let me get away with jeans and a T-shirt, but they insist that the T-shirt be ironed and paired with a scarf, as well as some good boots, lipstick and a statement bracelet/ring. Y can have that effect on me, but I also wear it when I have to do something I don't want to, (like clean the house!) so it's almost more of my Armor Scent. We were passing through OK City on May 3, 1999 for that horror, but I wasn't wearing any perfume, as we were travelling with my aunt, who is a heavy smoker, and it always overpowered anything I wore. I think my choice for a tornado would be The Party in Manhattan, or possibly Tabu. Might as well go out with a bang! :P

eldarwen22 February 18, 2015

I noticed that Mitsouko, especially the current formulation, can be that way. God forbid that I wear a hoodie and blue jeans. To a lesser extent, Amouage Gold and Dia can be the same way.

Caroline February 18, 2015

Great topic, though I LOLed at Fleur de Cassie, as I routinely wear that one with fleece! Having difficulty calling any BWFs to mind--they strike me as cheerful. Though not a floral, maybe Onda? You're right, it's easier to think of some of the classics falling into this category. What about Bogue Profumo's Maai? Was distracted when I tried it, need to give it another go.

Ann February 18, 2015

Howdy, darling! Hope you are doing OK and surviving Mother Nature's latest tantrum. Spring has got to get here SOON! Oh, and what a great post! I had to stop and think for quite a few minutes. I would have said Mitsouko won't stand for fleecy sweats but I'm not sure how she behaves with you. In my perfume stable, I wouldn't dare dress down wearing Clive Christian C. Other "maybes" in that category include Hermes 24 Faubourg, Amouage Ubar, and my Faberge Imperial and Princess Grace scents from back in the '90s. I would say Carnal Flower, but her beautiful, cheery loveliness would smile at us no matter our attire. P.S. Right now I am cozied up in Guerlain's Encens Mythique d' Orient. Stay warm, dear!

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