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Back to Basics: The Best Fragrances

I know what you are thinking: how can I only pick three fragrances to write about. They have staying power; these classic perfumes have appealed to the masses for decades. Please let me know what your personal faves are. Here are just a few of mine! To read about my other Back to Basics posts click here.

Obsession by Calvin Klein, $45, was introduced in 1985 and has remained one of their best sellers ever since. It is a powerful and ultra feminine floral and spicy blend. It has an intoxicating aroma made from jasmine, orange blossom, vanilla, greens, sandalwood, spices and musk. The scent is strong and should last between six and ten hours.

To see two more of my favorite fragrances,

Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan, $75, was introduced in 1994 where it began as a body lotion in her stores. Her clients begged and pleaded with her to turn it into a perfume and the rest is history!

Cashmere Mist is intended for the mature woman. Its scent is soft and sensual - much like the feeling of cashmere against bare skin. It is made from: lily of the valley, suede, bergamot, ylang, jasmine maroc, sandalwood, orris, amber, vanilla, cedarwood, patchouli and musk. It can be worn in the daytime and has a long life on your skin.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, $85, was introduced in 2001. Although you may think this doesn't constitute as a classic, sales on this fragrance have not faltered over the past six years.

The scent is sexy, young and feminine. It is intended to be worn during the daytime since it has a light and refreshing aroma. It is made from bergamot, orange, jasmine, litchi, grapefruit, rose, patchouli, vetiver, bourbon vanilla and white musk. Mmmm.

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Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
Oh and for the spring and summer months I like to wear Ralph Lauren "romance" during the day.
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
I am so thrilled to see coco madamoiselle on here. I have many different perfumes to match any kind of mood i am in on my dresser, but when a bottle runs out, I usually replace it with one of a different brand, but Coco Madamoiselle is one that I always keep in stock.
ENoel ENoel 10 years
Thank you for the link; what fun those samples will be! Just bought Lacoste, Touch of Pink (love all Lacoste perfumes) and Strawberry Shortcake, Tarta de Fresa (I wanted it to smell like the dolls but it's just a nice berry smell) from The cool thing about is that you can buy the sample bottle usually put on the counter in the stores, but since their only online they sell them for less because you don't get the usual box. Whatever, I'm a perfume junkie so I take discounts where I can get them. It's a great site and they have good customer service. Yippie for shopping!
nati nati 10 years
I love perfumes too! The classics that I wear are: Chanel Coco, Chanel Allure and Anais Anais by cacharel. I also like Hot by Ralph Lauren and Delicious (green apple) by dkny... And my favourite celeb perfumes are glow and love at first glow both by Jlo.
la_clique la_clique 10 years
Anything Chanel, Lolita Lempicka and Nanette Lepore are my current obsessions.
LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
Obsession is my favorite, I can't really wear it since it doesn't suit my personality but my mom wore it and whenever I got near her I'd smell it and now the smell just triggers so many memories.
audreystar audreystar 10 years
i love armani code for women, amarige de givenchy and of the celeb perfumes i really like the hilary duff perfume and britney's curious. i really do not care of gucci rush or ck obsession at all.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
i like gucci envy me, escada paradise, dkny delicious green apple, victoria's secret pink
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
I love love love Michael Kors! Has anyone tried his "Island" perfume? How is it? Light Blue is also a summetime favorite, light and fresh. :)
SFKitkat SFKitkat 10 years
Like SuperJules, I love my Sage Onyx--I have the roll-on oil (soooo sexy) and for regular day wear I'm obsessed with CSP Vanille Abricot (sooo yummy). I also like Flower by Kenzo (classic) and Acqua di Gio (fresh).
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
i love reading about all the perfumes other sugars like...opening some new doors :)
Lila-Fowler Lila-Fowler 10 years
Gotta love Hermes' Un Jardin Sur le Nil (a garden on the Nile) It's breezy, light, with mango and water accents.
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
I'm starting to get into perfume more and more as i get older. The one that works best for me is calvin klein Euphoria i always get compliments when i wear it. I also really love Britney's fantasy and Curious. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
PugLuv PugLuv 10 years
I love, love, love perfume! I wear a mix of Jo Malone Tuberose and French Lime blossom, which I read about from Fab, and men seem to love it! Also, Fracas de Robert Piguet (what can I say? I'm a sucker for tuberose,)Miss Marissa, Gucci Rush, Coco Mademoiselle, and Thierry Mugler Angel. I have a little ADD when it comes to perfumes, but there are so many good ones out there.
SassyRedhead SassyRedhead 10 years
I wear Clinique Happy Heart. Although I love lots of perfumes, I've found that having a "signature scent" is great. My boyfriend once called me to say he smelled someone else wearing "my" perfume and then couldn't stop thinking about me.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I use bath and body works spray most days because I like to be subtle and fresh :)
soosixty soosixty 10 years
has anyone tried Gucci perfumes? how are they?
djjax djjax 10 years
I have a whole bunch of favorites and yes I'm totally addicted. Right now I'm in love with CK Euphoria love it! other favs CK eternity moments Channel Coco Mademoiselle (I'm almost out!) CK Truth I have others but I'll stop there
kendallina kendallina 10 years
I like and wear so many different perfumes, but my favorite is Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli Her. I can only buy it at one store (Parisian Department Store), but it's worth the trip.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
perfume addict here too! i have old favorites like hypnotic poison, Noa by cacherel and some new ones like stella and lacoste inspiration (that one surprised me, i never expected to like anything by lacoste but it is good for the workday) and aloha tiare, dior addict2, lolita lempika...ah too many, gotta check out lucky scent! i love hanae mori!
melissabritt melissabritt 10 years
MBM I am so glad I am not the only perfume addict!! I have worn L'Eau d'Issey since it came out. I'm also a big fan of Coco Madamoiselle & Chanel Gardenia. Has anyone tried Tocca "Florence"? It's amazing!! Do any of you read I get a lot of perfume info from this blog. :)
MissAntipodea MissAntipodea 10 years
My main fragrance is Miss Dior. I LOVE this fragrance. It will always be my favourite. Others I wear: Chanel Gardenia, Chanel Coco and Burberry London. Thanks for the tip superjules! I will visit right now as I am also a perfume addict. I can't leave the house without some perfume on.
superjules superjules 10 years
The perfumes I am using right now are: Ralph Lauren HOT Miss Marisa and Miss Marisa Tropical by Ebba Onyx by Sage The Exact Friction of Stars by Pilar and Lucy Hanae Mori by Hanae Mori If you are a perfume addict like myself go to They carry some of the worlds hardest to find and unique perfumes. And you can order samples of most of the scents before you buy the whole bottle. I can't encourage you enough. Check it out!
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