Zeroing in on a must-try list of perfumes


My recent Perfumed Alphabet poetry series really concluded with Y for ylang-ylang, because even though I thought I’d end with Z for zinziba, I learned that it’s not really used in perfume, but in aromatherapy. No wonder I didn’t have a clue what to do with my zinziba essential oil once I’d gotten some out of curiosity. It smells a bit like minty lemon tea syrup (or if you added sugar to some Lipton tea and concentrated it).

It’s been most enjoyable sharing examples and learning about some of your favorite perfumes for each ingredient, so thank you to those who dropped by and commented! In retrospect, this is a great opportunity to compile a list of the perfumes from all of your suggestions that I’m now very interested to try if I haven’t already. Maybe others will find this a helpful curation as well.


  • Annick Goutal Ambre Fétiche
  • By Kilian Amber Oud
  • Michael Kors Sexy Amber
  • Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan


  • Diptyque Eau Duelle
  • Neela Vermeire Creations Mohur and Trayee


  • Annick Goutal Heure Exquise
  • Chanel N° 19


  • Papillon Artisan Perfumes Salome


  • Annick Goutal Heure Exquise
  • Chanel N° 19
  • Histoires de Parfums 1904 Madame Butterfly
  • Houbigant Iris des Champs
  • Masque Milano L’Atessa
  • Parfumerie Generale Felanilla

Juniper berry:

  • Gucci Gucci Rush for Men


  • Krigler Lieber Gustav 14
  • Sarah Jessica Parker Covet
  • Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir and Gris Clair
  • Vero Profumo Kiki


  • Frédéric Malle Une Fleur de Cassie
  • Givenchy Harvest Amarige Mimosa
  • Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom
  • Prada Infusion de Mimosa


  • Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger


  • Bvlgari Gyan
  • Diptyque Eau Capitale and Tempo
  • Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady
  • Jovoy Psychédélique


  • Acqua Di Parma Rosa Nobile
  • Amouage Lyric (Man and Woman)
  • Bvlgari Garanat
  • Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land
  • Chloé Eau de Parfum
  • D.S. & Durga Rose Atlantic
  • Lancôme Mille et Une Roses
  • Le Labo Rose 31
  • Maison Francis Kurkdjian L’eau À la rose
  • Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
  • Parfums de Marly Delina
  • Sonoma Scent Studio Velvet Rose
  • UNUM Rosa Nigra


  • Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule


  • Valentino Uomo Intense


  • Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
  • Guerlain Vetiver
  • Hermès Terre d’Hermès and Vetiver Tonka
  • Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental


  • Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum
May the fragrance be with you!

9 thoughts on “Zeroing in on a must-try list of perfumes

    1. I don’t know most of these either! These are all from people like you who commented with examples. I didn’t think when I started this little series that a list of perfumista recommendations would come out of it, but I’m so glad it did!

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          1. Or even sadder they get reformulated. I know many amouage have been reformulated, which are what I have. I still like them but wonder how great they would have smelled in their glory days.


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