Monday Question – What Is Your Number One Perfume?

I know, I know, impossible question again, but a little torture is fun, isn’t it?

What is the one perfume you never want to be without?

What is your absolute Number One?

What perfume leaves all your other loves in the dust?

My Answer:

My absolute Number one?
Okay, let’s narrow it down a bit.

There are perfumes I adore, but never wear for varying reasons. Onda is mindblowing, but it comes in a tiny extrait bottle and is not everyone’s favorite, so I wear it very rarely and only for myself. Same with the Afteliers, especially Tango and Cepes&Tuberose, I admire them, but they are so emotionally charged, I can’t just make them my SotD and be done with it, they are perfumes for special occasions.

My all time favorites that I am actually wearing regularly, are, in no particular order of importance Puredistance I, Chanel 31 Rue Cambon, Shalimar extrait, Malle Le Parfum de Therese, Dior New Look 1947, Mona di Orio Musc, Cuir de Lancome Armani Privé Ambre Orient, Parfumerie Générale IndochineGuerlain Cuir Beluga and Chanel N°5 and Eau Premiere. And I’ll add the wonderful Amouage Beloved, and even if it has only very recently joined the ranks, I can tell that it is a keeper.

So is my Number One perfume among those?

I realize that this is a snap decision, and it will be different in a few hours probably, but that is why I have a collection, not a signature scent. So I will choose my number one based on what I have been craving most often lately and what I wouldn’t want to give up right now.

Ta da – I present Cuir de Lancome!

Thank you, Tara. You gave me a a perfume to love, admire and wear.

So, I can’t wait, dear readers! What is your Number One?


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80 Responses to Monday Question – What Is Your Number One Perfume?

  1. Rose says:

    Yes it’s so hard! I would have to say at the moment it’s “Fifi chachnil”

  2. Undina says:

    Climat by Lancome – my first and eternal perfume love.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Ah, yes. That is the Gold double, isn’t it?

      • Undina says:

        Yes, this is the one.
        I wear it today – thanks to your Monday Question 🙂

        Also I want to mention that it was extremely hard not to play a “zooming in” game with naming 5-7 most favorite and then landing on a single one. Because just the fact of not even mentioning the rest of them feels a little like betrayal 🙂

  3. andreawilko says:

    My number one has got to be La Femme Bleue but it is a special occasion perfume, creeping up on the outside is a perfume that I found ‘weird’ to start with but I end up wearing it more and more and is my go to perfume when I don’t want to think about what I want to wear according to the weather and my mood etc etc, this one just seems to fit what ever the mood and weather, it is ta da – Dans tes Bras, thank you Birgit for this one, rest assured it has gone to a loving home, I am also wearing this one yet again today, that’s two days in a row. (my brain is going into overdrive saying are you sure you want to pick these ones, what about…..or……???? torturous question of the day) 🙂

  4. Charles says:

    How I love those “Intense” Monday questions for which you are so gifted.
    Right now – Number one – Birgit, your suggestion for me “Habit Rouge”.
    (The Wife thanks you!!!) and all of this comes from the man who just
    months ago was “Lost, confused and just disinterested in Guerlain”. Well you
    put me on the right path – even the daughter says BRAVO!

  5. Alexandra says:

    Good grief!! After a bit of wriggling it comes down to two: Shalimar and MdO Vanille. So maybe my answer should be Shalimar Ode a la Vanille, with the understanding that someone finds me another bottle when mine runs out?!

  6. This is an evil question!

    Are you sure I can only pick one? 😦

    My current love is Madonna’s Truth or Dare, which I find myself craving at all times of the day (and night), but I don’t think that I could pick it as my number one perfume, not by a long shot.

    Hmmm…. I think I’ll go for a perfume that sums up my tastes perfectly; loud, floral, fun, Mugler – Alien Eau de Parfum.

  7. taratamarisk says:

    Oh my goodness, B! Cuir de Lancome is currently your number one?! That makes me so happy!

    For me Cuir de Lancome is right up there too, along with Bois des Iles, Shalimar Light, Rose Oud, Portrait of a Lady and Bois d’Argent. But the number one spot has to go to vintage Vol de Nuit parfum. It represents the woman I want to be.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Apart from Portrait, which gives me major headaches still, your choices are all among my favorites as well.
      I’m sure many already see you as that Vol de Nuit woman, even if you can’t yet.

  8. anatu13 says:

    I am always so curious about what the various perfume bloggers’ favorites are, and now–finally! : )–one of you very kindly sets it out in a list. Thank you! : ) Of course, now you know what my next sample order is likely to look like!

    My favorite is Ormonde Jayne Ta’if. I absolutely crave it! FM Lys Mediterranee, SL A la Nuit, and OJ Frangipani are not far behind. I haven’t tried anything you all have mentioned above yet, so I have my work cut out for me! And happy work it is!

  9. Nina says:

    Funny, I was just pondering that last night! Boy, that’s such a hard question! I think it would be either Chanel No. 5 parfum, or Shalimar edp. Lately (for the past 5 months or so) I’ve reached for Shalimar most often, for so many reasons – it’s comforting and warm to wear – esp to bed, it blends so well with my chemistry, it’s the right amt of silliage for every day, it’s seasonless, my husband loves it, and I get tons of compliments. When I wear it, I don’t smell like anyone else, common, it feels like me.

    • Olfactoria says:

      That sounds like true love, indeed!
      I hope it is the current Shalimar formulation you are talking about, so you are not in for heartache any time soon (provided they don’t have to reformulate again).

  10. deeHowe says:

    Like you said B., this answer could change in the matter of hours… My immortal loves are Memoir Woman, Poivre 23, Opus IV, Shalimar extrait… But of the two that I’ve been craving and wearing in heavy rotation recently, I’d have to pick Opus VI!
    (the other that I’ve been wearing almost non-stop is Equestrius)

  11. Asali says:

    It’s a tie; Vol de Nuit and Attrape Coeur, both heart achingly beautiful.

  12. Alex says:

    Soooooo difficult to choose only one! Here are my first 3 : Iriss from Xerjoff which can be easily my no.1 but I’ m wearing it only few times during the year( price is really helping me a lot to wear it so “often”) , Portrait of a Lady and my last 5 weeks love affair – Oud from MFK which I find so wearable

    • Olfactoria says:

      I hear you on the Irisss, just too expensive to wear with abandon. Good to hear that you like the MFK Oud so much, I should get around to try it eventually.

  13. Amy Bella says:

    Kyoto! I’m putting it out there quick before I have time to over-think and change my mind. I’ve loved it for years and years, in all kinds of weather, It lasts and lasts on my skin, my guy likes it… It’s appropriate for most every occasion unlike some of my other loves. I admit that I don’t tend to wear it for fancy-dress-up, but it wouldn’t be completely out of place, and how often do I get all gussied up, anyway? Kyoto it is! Tam Dao is a close second for all of the same reasons.

  14. Cuir de Lancome might be my #1 too! The three perfumes that always feel right and good no matter what are CdL, Donna Karan Gold (both Calice Beckers!) and Rossy de Palma. But I think CdL has the slight edge.

  15. sujaan212 says:

    I would have to say for my own happiness I would choose Chantecaille Kalimantan, but because my husband loves SL Daim Blond on me over every other scent (and believe me I keep trying to sway him with others), I might have to go with what draws him nearest to me! It’s a tough decision!

  16. Meg says:

    Always, forever, and without a single solitary doubt, Arabie by Serge Lutens.

  17. malsnano86 says:

    Cuir de Lancome would definitely make my Top Ten. But for THE No. 1? First, I wish to express my deep and abiding hatred for anybody who would actually make me choose only one. Second, I’ll narrow it down to the deep and abiding loves: Mary Greenwell Plum, PdN Le Temps d’une Fete, SL La Myrrhe, vintage Coty Emeraude, SSS Tabac Aurea.

    Only one? Fine, I’ll say Plum. But I’m NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      I knew you’d say Plum, even before the hatred speech. 😉

      For me it is Cuir, because I actually wear it often and am always happy with my choice, like you and Plum. That counts for more in my book, than something I only wear when the mood or the occasion is right.

  18. fleurdelys says:

    Oh no, only one? OK, I’ll go with Caron’s Montaigne, as it is delicious, I love it, and it seems to be appropriate for any occasion.

  19. Dionne says:

    Hmmm, I didn’t find this question hard at all – I’m actually preparing a post right now about my No. 1. You’re not going to ask for my perfumista card back, are you?

    It’s Ormonde Woman. She was meant for me. I’ll share her with all y’all, but really, she’s mine.

  20. Axum says:

    Amouage Honour Woman. I adore it. And yet I do not own it! I must right this wrong…

  21. Tatiana says:

    Bois des Iles, Portrait of a Lady and Cuir de Russie. Can’t decide between those three. But tomorrow is my last day in Paris and perfume shopping is finally on the agenda, so who knows, I may find a new love.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I’m flattered that you are reading from Paris! I hope you are having a wonderful time!
      Enjoy your shopping day! I hope you are visiting the Mother Ship (Guerlain)?!

  22. Eva S says:

    Ouch, this is impossible! Memoir Woman, Cuir de Lancome, Voyage D’Hermes, OJ Woman, Mohur, how to chose…
    No, the answer must be-
    Bandit 🙂

  23. Amy G. says:

    Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods. Definitely the bar against which all other loves are judged. Only Rubj EDP contends high enough to consider, but it is in no way a wear anywhere anytime kind of scent.

  24. Kimberly says:

    Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Why?!?! OK, fine. If something horrible were to happen, and I could only grab one thing before exiting the apartment, leaving it too whatever catastophie was about to befall, I would grab Attrape Couer. And MdO Tubereuse. And if I had, at all, the barest smidge of a second more, Peche Cardinal and J’adore L’eau Cologne Florale. Because the last two are my happiness in a bottle perfumes, and I couldn’t possibly be expected to endure whatever cruel fate dished out to me without them, could I?

    Hard Question!

  25. Suzy Q says:

    Ha! Well this question is torture and I’ve thought about it all day. The best way to answer is to say what I’ve been wearing the most lately. In February a wonderful swapper during the Posse’s Swapmania sent me something that I’ve been wearing two or three times a week ever since: Haight & Ashbury from A Wing and A Prayer (Jane Cate): rose, patchouli and sandalwood. So, for now that would be my choice.

    If this were summer I might have said Nuit de Tubereuse.

  26. annemariec says:

    It’s easy to nominate a small group:
    Rochas Femme (modern, not vintage)
    Molinard Habanita
    Guerlain L’Heure Bleue
    Dior Miss Dior (vintage)
    Chanel No 19
    Chanel No 5
    Penhaligon’s Amaranthine
    SSS Nostalgie

    At the time of writing, these are the perfumes I could not live without. But to nominate a number one is very hard. At this moment – Rochas Femme. It’s a second skin.

    Fun question – thanks!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Selecting only one is indeed hard, but also liberating in a way. I enjoyed that mental exercise of “shedding weight”.
      Rochas Femme – I’m still scarred by Luca Turin’s review (something about a lady’s moustache, he has a way of ruining perfumes with indelible images!), but I should give it a try!

  27. cj says:

    Another vote for Cuir de Lancome! It seems like my scarf and jacket cuffs smell permanently like Cuir now, so I’m always catching unexpected sniffs of it, and it always feels right. Bois des Iles is a close second (but not too close).

  28. Emma says:

    Ok, thinking about what I would wear happily ad infinitum (if I really had to): Penhaligon’s Lily and Spice for daytime (I’m an English girl after all), and Patou’s 1000 for evenings. (Patou is my favourite house but I couldn’t stick with just one of the Ma Collection scents as they’re all distinct characters to me. 1000 is a sublime melange of Patou in one fragrance)! Oh! But what about Caron, my other favourite house?!…..

  29. Figuier says:

    Usually I’d flounder to narrow my preferences down that much, but at the moment the answer is clear: Songes edp

    Completely inappropriate for professional wear, but exactly what I need at the moment to remind me that despite the horrendous February-style weather, summer will happen one day. The stuff is Tropical with a capital T, yet dries down to a very man-friendly vanilla, and never fails to make me happy. (tho if Yves Rocher did a perfume with the same scent as their Tiare shower gel, that would probably knock Songes off the spot – it’s even sunnier 🙂

  30. thegoddessrena says:

    L’Heure convoitee and I don’t even own a bottle yet! (Almost have enough saved–Yes!) Of what I currently own a bottle of, it’s easily Lollia Relax

  31. Joe says:

    I would have to go with Shalimar Parfum (Current or Vintage). The way the fresh bergamot melts into the smoky sweet vanilla is the fragrance equivalent of a perfect sunset to me.
    Wonderful Blog!

  32. flittersniffer says:

    Guerlain Plus Que Jamais – sorry, my comment ended up in an odd place for some reason. Not related to Lily & Spice, obviously. I do have spare as it happens if Emma can’t find back ups! : – )

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  34. Civava says:

    Safari – Ralph Lauren…love at first sniff…still, now I’m not wearing it so often but it is my precius gem. I think it is the third bottle I have.

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