Long Fragrance Names GRRRRR

Hi there Perfume Posse, I’m on a rant. Long Fragrance Names! Don’t they give you the pip? If the fragrance name takes longer to say that the joy in saying it then you can be quite sure I’m not buying it. No matter how fabulous it smells, no matter how much I want it. When someone asks me what I’m wearing I would like there to be a 90% chance I can get the name out before the enquirers eyes glaze over and all thought stops. The recent ELdO: Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre by Etat Libre d`Orange I am definitely looking at you. Smells great. Wouldn’t buy it if you gave me the money.

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Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre by ELdO

Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre Fragrantica Long Fragrance NamesFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Geosmin, island musk, pepperwood, petalia, rose, patchouli, ambrosian

Seriously? Everyone is calling it Hermann anyway.

Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la route de Madagascar by Guerlain

Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la route de Madagascar Guerlain Fragrantica Long Fragrance NamesFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Citruses, mandarin orange, cedar, bergamot, lemon
Heart: Iris, patchouli, jasmine, vetiver, rose
Base: Leather, sandalwood, opoponax, musk, civet, vanilla, incense, tonka bean

Alright. I own this little lovely. When people ask me what I’m wearing I tell them Shalimar. If they are perfume people then I’ll say the Madagascan Shalimar, or if they are a hard core perfumista I’ll tell them it’s the Sha_Lemur (thank you Sheila from Alembicated Genie who first coined it).

Eaudemoiselle de Givenchy Absolu d’Oranger by Givenchy

Eaudemoiselle de Givenchy Absolu d’Oranger Fragrantica Long Fragrance NamesFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange blossom, jasmine, rose
Heart: Rice, incense, woods
Base: Tonka bean, vanilla

Yes, I know this one was designed for the Asia/Middle east market but still it is a LONG name. You can’t say just part of it either unless you called it Eaudemoiselle Orange but that sounds crap. Givenchy is a serial offender in the Long Fragrance Names stakes but I wanted to get one from the last couple of years, their longest name being Ange ou Demon Poesie d’un Parfum d’Hiver Santal d’hover. Seriously, try saying THAT in a pub after a couple of martinis. Ridiculous!

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So which Long Fragrance Names give you the willies. Go on. You can unleash here with us.
Portia xx


  • Pixel says:

    Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi. Puh-lease. It’s one of my favorite summertime scents, but ‘Fico di Amalfi’ is enough for me.

    Then there’s Smell Bent’s Werewolf Lumberjack Reclining on a Bearskin Rug. At least it’s funny 🙂

  • Nemo says:

    I laughed out loud when I started reading the name of the Shalimar flanker. Then I started imagining all the ways one might make it longer, like what if you stopped somewhere else on the way to Madegascar, perhaps make a few pitstops in Mozambique and Malawi, why don’t we throw that in too? Thanks for the very funny post 🙂

    • Portia says:

      Hey there Nemo,
      I’m glad you got a laugh, it is funny but it’s also nightmarish. Imagine being the person in a room who is so freaking bored that they make up these asshole names that are sent to torment us. Yes, why not throw the whole journey in.
      He he he
      Portia xx

  • And while you’re on it Portia what about long brand names. Au Pays de la Fleurs d’Oranger is a key offender. I happen to really like the perfumes but a name like that is not ideal.

    • Portia says:

      Yes, also very annoying Megan. We can always be thankful for CHANEL, Tom Ford and DIOR; simple names only mildly tricky to say.
      Portia xx

  • Ann says:

    Too, too funny, dear Portia! And several of those are so long they really had their work cut out for them to fit it on the label. It’s all I can do to manage one of my faves: Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Mission Cologne. That’s plenty long enough for me, ha!

  • Musette says:

    hi, babydoll! We were just yapping about this whilst in Santa Fe, testing the Fleurs d’Orangers. It’s a way longer name than that but I don’t want to risk carpal tunnel trying to type it! 😉


  • Neva says:

    You’re so right Portia, and the combination long name + in French = frustration for all of us who don’t speak/understand French. One of the perfumes where it took me longer to remember the name (but I had to because I wanted to buy it) is Bulgari’s Mon Jasmin Noir L’Eau Exquise. C’mon….!

  • HeidiC says:

    You know, it’s funny — I went to my collection to see what I could find with a TL;DR name, and I really don’t have any. My scents are the Prince and Cher and Madonna of the perfume world — Mitsouko, Salome, No 19. I mean, I’m drawn to the smell, not the name, but it’s an interesting coincidence! I agree with you, though — the longer the name, it sounds like they’re trying too hard.

    • Portia says:

      Lucky you HeidiC,
      I wonder if subconsciously you have rejected the frag by the name alone?
      The easy to say stuff does feel less pretentious.
      Portia xx

  • rickyrebarco says:

    Any long name drives me crazy. Especially the flankers. La Vie est Belle Elixir Rouge EDT or something like that. All the flankers have ridiculously long names. Silly

  • eldarwen says:

    I’m with you on t:he long name bit. Especially when they seem to be making up words.

  • greennote2 says:

    Yup. With you on the Hermann, Portia.