Saturday Question: What 4 Would You Rebuy First?




Hello Fellow Fumies,

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Saturday Question: What 4 Would You Rebuy First?

There’s been a terrible drama and your whole perfume collection has been lost. Thank goodness it was heavily insured and you will get your money back within the month to start rebuilding your collection. Nothing else was lost, hurt or broken and everyone is safe so you’re not mourning anything except your fabulous fragrance collection. You are given a certificate that allows you to rebuy any FOUR fragrances from your collection. There’s no price limit but you must have had a bottle of the fragrance in your current collection. They can come from different places and the magic of this certificate is that no matter where the fragrance is in the world it will be in your hands tomorrow morning, first thing. So you’ll not be without perfume for your daily rituals.

My Answer:

Mitsouko EdT by Guerlain:

I’m feeling guilty because I’ve picked Mitsouko over Shalimar but I think right now that Mitsouko would be the one I’d like to have on hand. That gorgeous fruity chypre, so sweet and so bitter. It could enfold me in its silky caress and keep me smelling beautiful.

Ashoka by Neela Vermeire Creations:

AHH the guilt is real. I feel like I’m cheating on Mohur but today I think the figgy woods of Ashoka are what I’d ask for. There’s something indomitable about this scent that I think could really help me through a crises. Let’s hope it’s never put to the test.

Eau Absolue by Mona di Orio:

The soft, sheer, glassy smoothness of Eau Absolue is magical. The resigns are perfectly balanced against the spicy fruit and flowers. I can never reconcile the note list and the scent here. What I smell is light warm rain, fresh thick cotton sateen sheets and endless snuggles.

Agent Provocateur Original:

Roses, saffron and woodsy amber. Agent Provocateur is a constant delight for me and punches well above its price range. Long lasting scented glamour that can be dressed up or down and seems to fit so many occasions. Let’s not forget too the sensual pleasure of the pink egg bottle, so cool.


My Question To You Is: What Would Be the First FOUR Fragrances You Would Rebuy?

121 comments on “Saturday Question: What 4 Would You Rebuy First?

  1. Tena says:

    Nooooo – not my collection. 🙂

    1 l’eau d’Hiver by Malle – Iris and powder.
    2 Rozy EDP by Vero – So sensual
    3 No. 22 EDT (NOT EDP thank you) by Chanel – Aldehydes and flowers
    4 Knightsbridge by Piguet – leather and rose

  2. Laura Keller says:

    All vintage: Guerlain Shalimar extrait
    Guerlain Chant d’Aromes extrait
    YSL Opium parfum
    Estee Lauder Cinnabar/Soft Youth Dew

    • Laura Keller says:

      I should add that our apartment burned down in 2010. I had a few bottles and a box of sentimental items in my car trunk because I had only recently moved in with my now DH, but otherwise we lost everything. My list is the first four I replaced when we got back on our feet.

  3. Sue Huff says:

    L’heure Bleue Guerlain
    YSL Majestic Rose
    Givenchy eau de Madamoiselle L’orange
    Chanel Cristalle

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Heya Sue,
      That incredible L’heure Bleue by Guerlain will get a perfumista through the toughest times, excellent choice.
      Portia xx

  4. Lillibet says:

    Ooooh! What is the overlap between the fumes I would I miss most and the fumes that would be most flexible to wear? I think:

    Chanel – Bel Respiro EdP
    Serge Lutens – Five O’Clock Gingembre
    Hermes – Galop
    Serge Lutens – La Fille de Berlin

    Green, spicy, leather, roses…

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Woo Hoo Lillibet! La Fille de Berlin arrived yesterday in 100ml bottle. Too scared to open it. Just happy looking at the packaging.
      Portia xx

      • Lillibet says:

        Gah! Portia! Open it already!!!! What’re the new bottles like???

        LOL can you tell nI am straight into my perfume parcels when they arrive.

        (Don’t mind me. I’ll just be here waiting for the blog post about the new Serge bottles…)


      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        HA! Yes, it’s coming. I’ll even do a pictorial reveal!
        Sometimes the excitement is as much for having as opening.
        Portia xx

  5. Gina says:

    Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose Or Tauerville Rose Flash
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Taur Lonestar Memories
    Next up would be Jessica McClintock, Boadicea Complex, and Jul et Mad Amour de Palazzo

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there Gina,
      Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose is wonderful. There’s a Drag Queen in Sydney who wears it perfectly and every time I smell her I smile.
      Great choice.
      Portia xx

      • rosarita313 says:

        I used to put a spritz of PW Tea Rose on cold light bulbs. When the lights were on the scent was so gorgeous! Sadly doesn’t work on fluorescent bulbs 🙁

  6. Azsa says:

    Samsara, yr iris noire, eldo fat electrician, mfk apls

  7. That’s hard! So many factors to ponder: difficulty of finding replacements, cost, what does one actually wear the most … Here goes:

    Vintage Chanel No. 22 EDT
    Van Cleef & Arpels Muguet Blanc
    Eric Buterbaugh Florals Sultry Rose
    Abdul Samad al Qurashi Taif Roses attar
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  8. AnnieA says:

    1. Encens Mythique Guerlain
    2. No. 19 edp Chanel
    3. Ferre
    4. Heure Exquise AG

  9. Erica says:

    Ooooo good question! Many of my favorites are limited edition, so in this scenario, let’s pretend I also had the luck of the Irish on eBay!
    1. Shihan by Piotr Czarnecki (formerly Sensei). My favorite scent in the universe. Woods, tobacco, spices, incense, vanilla, and more.
    2. Coromandel in the new EdP formulation. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the EdT as well, but call me crazy – I have fallen more deeply in love with the sparkle of the new version.
    3. L’Artisan Parfumeur Fleur d’Oranger 2005. This limited edition perfume is incredibly sentimental to me and is the most perfect orange blossom perfume that has ever existed.
    4. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Monsterbait:Underpants. This perfume is liquid gold and insanely hard to find. Vanilla, sandalwood, and saffron. The aroma is indescribable. Totally addictive, pure delight. I would be furious about losing it!

  10. Maggiecat says:

    This is hard! Chanel 1932, for sure. Shalimar Souffle, Tocca Colette, and….either MFK Lumiere Noire if I lost my collection in the cooler months or AT Eau d’Hadrian if it’s summer!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hard but FUN MaggieCat.
      Fingers crossed it never comes to it. At least it’s one less thing to worry about in case of emergency, this bit’s done.
      Portia xx

    • Mals86 says:

      I really like 1932. Don’t know if I would rebuy it immediately, but I like it so much. Lumiere Noire pf would also be in the second tier of rebuys for me.

    • Lillibet says:

      Ooh Yes Maggiecat! Seasonality would affect my choices too. Much as I love La Fille de Berlin, if it were the height of summer I’d probably be tempted to swap it for Le Jardin Sur Le Nil…

  11. SunnyDay says:

    If I’m considering all seasons:
    Chanel No. 19 EDP
    Hermes Eau des Merveilles
    Fendi Theorema
    Chanel Coromandel EDT – I haven’t tried the EDP yet

    • rosarita313 says:

      The seasonal thing is hard, isn’t it? I say that I wear what I want, when I want but some scents are just meant for certain times of the year.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Quite a few CHANEL No 19s in the list SunnyDay,
      You all have decided my SOTD. I’m spritzing some vintage EdT.
      Portia xx

    • TinaG says:

      Yea I tried to cover all seasons too, and keep an ‘evening’ scent in amongst some day time ones. Wow. I guess we can cover a fair bit in four frags, really…. who knew!

  12. fanny says:

    Oh dear, oh dear. Let me think……

    1. Amouage Opus VIII
    2. Lutens De Profundis
    3. By Kilian Sweet Redemption
    4. Andy Tauer PHI Une Rose de Kandahar

    Can I come back and mention four others?… :p

  13. Monica Beaton says:

    This is a pretty easy one I think….Dior eau Svelte, Dior Forever and Ever, Fresh Citron de Vigne, and Roberto Cavalli Essenza. I think. I can change these if it ever happens right?

  14. TinaG says:

    Four? Oh dear…..

    1. Propellor bottle of Vol de Nuit – it’s my treasure.

    2. Ummmmm, not sure there is a #2. I’d pool the rest of the funds and get a vintage Après l’Ondee. And that would be me happy. But that isn’t playing by the rules….. so:

    2. Gypsy Water by Byredo
    3. Muschio by Santa Maria Novella
    4. Borneo 1834 by Serge Lutens

    Tina G xx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi TinaG,
      We were with you in Seoul, South Korea when you bought Muschio, yes?
      Portia x

      • TinaG says:

        Yep!!! That’s the one. It’s a fabulous comfort scent, which covers all seasons.

        One of the many fun days we had on that trip… 🙂

        xx Tina G

  15. FeralJasmine says:

    1. Vintage Opium, in quantity. Huge quantity.
    2. Mona di Orio Vanille. I still think it’s the most perfect dry vanilla out there, although I haven’t tried the stuff in the new bottle.
    3. Annick Goutal Songes edp. Again, the original formulation.
    4. Vintage Fracas parfum, because it makes me incredibly happy for some reason.
    After that, all the good white florals that I could get my hands on, then other stuff, and soon I would be back to the clutter that I have now 😉

    • Mals86 says:

      You know, that was my thought too, that I could pare down to four and then would shortly be back to a (ahem) fuller collection.

      If I really tried hard, I could maybe make a collection of about 20 work for me. 🙂
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey FeralJasmine,
      That four would definitely work for me too.
      I would also have a quick rebuild schedule, he he he.
      Portia xx

  16. Ceil says:

    1. Indult Tihota 2. Frederic Malle Angeliques sous les pluie 3. Serge Lutens Chergui 4. Guerlain Gourmand coquin. (I would have one of these be Gobin Daude seve exquise…but you just can’t find it anymore)

  17. rosarita313 says:

    Well, there are 3 that would always make the list: Chanel 19, vintage Chanel Coco and Shalimar, which like many of us I have in various strengths and vintages. The fourth is kind of seasonal and very hard to choose: Winter= DSH Inner Sanctum, Spring = En Voyage Fiore di Bellagio, Summer = Seville l’Aube, Fall = Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser. For now, anyway.
    PS I just received a package of vintage perfumes I bought on a Facebook group and one is a mini of original Obsession parfum. Omg, it smells so good that my eyes rolled back in my head and I feel unable to do anything but sniff my arm. So different from the harsher modern version. Any other fans?

  18. Mals86 says:

    SO TOUGH. Argh.

    1. PdN Le Temps d’une Fete. In whatever version I could find, but would love the older, richer, bottom-heavy version. Six bottles, please.
    2. Chanel No. 19. In EdP or vintage EdT. Maybe a bottle of each.
    3. Mary Greenwell Plum.
    4. Ralph Lauren Safari.

    And then my second tier of rebuys 😀 would include FM Iris Poudre, vintage Coty Emeraude PdT, MFK Lumiere Noire pf, and… crap. I’m going to need a third tier, for seasonal wear. Maybe a fourth and a fifth! So many I would miss if I didn’t replace them.
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      HA! Mals86,
      You and the rest of us.
      LOADS of CHANEL No 19s today.
      I wore it so happily throughout my day today but changed after my evening shower.
      Portia xx

  19. Julie F says:

    Guerlain Vol de Nuit, prop bottle
    Chanel Bois des Iles
    Ormonde Jayne Tolu
    Lancome Cuir de Lancome or YSL M7

    Sorry, 4th place is a tight one.

  20. Judith says:

    Hi Portia ! I’d rebuy :
    1. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue EdP
    2. Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    3. Etra by Etro
    4. Frederic Mall Angéliques Sous La Pluie

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi Judith,
      There have been a few Frederic Mall Angéliques Sous La Plume votes today. Interesting because it’s not one I usually read about in top ten lists.
      Portia xx

  21. Cassieflower says:

    Fidji parfum (vintage)
    Magie Noir (vintage)
    Donna Karen Gold edp
    JPG Fragile
    I am apparently quite partial to a bwf 😉

  22. crikey says:

    The first three are easy:

    1. Mitsouko would also be my very first thought, without even pausing to think. Probably the EDP.
    2. Paul Schütze’s Tears of Eros. I can’t believe how much and how fast I grew to love this hyacinth beauty, all rich resiny incense and cold air. It gives me a lot of joy to wear this.
    3. A vintage Miss Dior edt, for strength and merciless beauty.

    the fourth is tricky: something calm? something pretty? something filthy? *another* chypre? something lush and pillowy? Hmm. Chergui, for the warm comfort?

    4. oh! of course… Mitzah. (and it would almost certainly take magic to get me a replacement bottle of this.)

    • Laura Keller says:

      If it’s any comfort to know, Mitzah is not discontinued as has been so often rumored – it’s just exclusive to Dior France. From time to time it’s been unavailable there but never for long, and the SAs over there promise that’s only due to ingredient acquisition when it does happen. I know I rest a little easier knowing there is actually more to be had. <3

      • crikey says:

        For reals and for true? That is excellent news, thank you.
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      • Laura Keller says:

        Cross my heart – I wouldn’t joke about the existence of Mitzah. Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir is alive and well too, despite thre never ending rounds of discontinuation stories; it’s just exclusive to France and to the International (not U.S.) – and it’s much less including free shipping from them than it was when it was sold here. Hurrah!

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        WOW Laura, that is excellent news about Mitzah.
        I’ve never been to the DIOR store in Paris but next time I will. Normally I buy my DIOR at Galleries Lafayette so I can be under he dome while shopping and they told me it was DCd.
        Excellent to know.
        Portia xx

      • TinaG says:

        I’m my gosh, really? That’s interesting. It is so expensive in eBay, triple the price. I’ve got a precious mini of Mitzah, which will keep me going a while.

      • crikey says:

        I _drenched_ myself in the stuff to celebrate you sharing this gem of information.

      • Laura Keller says:

        People in the EU at least, idk about Oz or GB, can order it from even. It’s only ever in the larger size but that’s okay with me. Mitzah and Macron, I’m ready to move to Paris. =)

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      OMG! What a selection! The only one I am not familiar with is Paul Schütze’s Tears of Eros but HYACINTH you say. MMMMMM
      Portia xx

      • crikey says:

        How I wish one could transmit scents through the net, so I could share that with you right now. If you can get your paws on samples (he does a rather nice box with one 7.5ml bottle of each of his three scents) I heartily recommend all of them. The 50ml bottles are not cheap–about the same as vero’s EDPs–but I think he’s doing something pretty special with perfume

        (The silver fox writes very evocatively about them: though I have more love for both hyacinths and for Behind the Rain than he does)

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Thanks, clicking through now.
        Portia xx

  23. Kate Apted says:

    Some fascinating choices. Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue made the list quite a bit, so no doubt the stores would be out of it by the time I arrive. 😂😉

    Botticelli – Teone Reinthal. Cannot live without this.

    Jicky – Guerlain. As above. Edp.

    Un Carillon Pour Ange – Tauer. I need to hear angels singing.

    24 Faubourg – Hermés. The ultimate floral. Edp.

    K xx

  24. Ingrid says:

    Guerlain Shalimar
    Cuir de Lancome
    Chanel No. 5
    Tauer Perfumes L’Air du Desert Marocain
    These are at the front of the cupboard and get used the most.

    • TinaG says:

      Yea that’s one of the things I thought about with my list – what do I want replaced that I actually use?? A tough one as I’ve been tending to try samples recently, getting through a neglected pile…..

  25. MikasMinion says:

    Huh. I’m going to have to try not to overthink this one.
    L’air de Rien, because I just couldn’t be without it
    Fille en Aigulles
    We are just going to assume that I was clutching a bottle of Tropic of Capricorn as I fled the blaze, so I won’t need to order a replacement.

  26. Katya says:

    1. Narcisso Rodriguez for her EDT
    2. Byredo Bal D’Afrique
    3. Azzaro Twin
    4. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue

  27. Tiffanie says:

    This a real puzzler. If I had to decide right this moment my four would be

    Eau des Merveilles
    Hiris (I’m wearing it right now)
    Ambre Narguile
    Jour d’Hermes

    Each is pure comfort for me, and as a group these four have enough variety to make me feel content. Also one-stop shopping at Hermes makes it easy to get scented post-disaster.

    Vol de Nuit has a few mentions in these comments. I find it very comforting. If Hermes were closed my Guerlain list would be VdN, Cologne du 68, Jardins de Bagatelle, and Apres l’Ondee.

  28. Undina says:

    It’s a hard question. Not because it’s difficult to choose my Top N perfumes but rather because those, without which I don’t want to ever be, are not perfumes that I wear often: they are “special occasions” perfumes for me so while my knee-jerk reaction is to get them, I realize that I wouldn’t want to wear them every day… Still, my first three would be definitely these:

    1. Lancome Climat (I have all possible concentrations and versions of it in my collection so I’d decide, which one of them to replace – if possible, a vintage one in perfect condition; if no – then La Collection EdP)

    2. Ormonde Jayne Ta’if in either concentration

    3. Amouage Ubar

    The forth one I chose because I like it a lot but would be able to wear more often, while re-building the rest of my collection 😉

    4. Tom Ford Fleur de Chine.
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  29. Kerri says:

    Very difficult to choose only four. At the moment it would be these:
    Royal Crown Noor
    Yves Saint Laurent Caban
    Guerlain Shalimar parfum
    Guerlain Oriental Brulant

    • TinaG says:

      I’m loving that so many people’s top 4 are fragrances I’ve not tried. I’m collecting a new list now! Thanks! 🙂

  30. Mariann says:

    I have not lost my fragrance collection but 2/3 is on the other side of the world, so I know exactly what I miss or deemed important enough to come with me! Right now this would be: Eau de Merveilles Bleu, Infusion d’Iris, Passage d’Enfer and Seville a l’aube.

  31. Saffyishere says:

    My list was fairly easy to compose
    1. Azuree vintage by Estee Lauder… vatfuls ,please
    2. Aliage vintage by Estee Lauder…… huge quanities
    3. Madness by Chopard
    4. Narcisse Blanc by Caron in a vintage Baccarat bottle

    • TinaG says:

      Great list, loving the vintage & bottle specifications. It would be super important if you’re handing your list over to an insurance company for replacement.

      ….. Maybe I should do a full catalogue sometime…. hum.

  32. hajusuuri says:

    My four:
    1. Chanel No. 19 EDP
    2. Guerlain Cuir Beluga
    3. Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist
    4. NVC Mohur Extrait

  33. Scotty says:

    Wow! Difficult but an interesting exercise indeed!
    I think I need to hi with the things that are the most “me” and I couldn’t imagine being without
    1 vintage Rive Gauche
    2 Coromandel (in any format !)
    3 Knowing
    4 Interlude Man
    I think that Coco would be 5th….
    Thanks for generating such an interesting thread to read Portia x

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Heya Scotty,
      I would have picked 3 of those 5 for you. Knowing would have been a maybe and I had no idea Interlude Man got more wear for you than Madame Rochas!
      Portia xx

    • TinaG says:

      Oh! Knowing is a surprise pick – that’s cool. The others I could have safely put money on for you… 🙂 xx

    • Tim says:

      Hi Scotty.
      I’m surprised that Bal A Versailles didn’t get mentioned. 🙂
      Happy belated birthday by the way… the Disney princesses theme sounded like lots of fun.

  34. Chocolate Marzipan says:

    Wow! this is tough! For now I would say Reglisse Noire, Tibetan Mountain Temple, one of my Dames (maybe Black Flower Mexican Vanilla) and one of my Berdoues Grand Cru Colognes (maybe Assam of India).

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey CM,
      LOVE Tibetan Mountain Temple. It’s a yum one for an excellent price. Realise Noir is gorgeous too.
      Portia xx

  35. Lila says:

    Well, my answer would vary depending on the season. Right now, summer, I’d choose Guerlain Initial Perfume (ok, GIP isn’t in my normal summer rotation but I’m not sure how many bottles are left and I would want it replaced a.s.a.p. – it’s my favorite flanker), AG Songes, Les Infusions d’Iris and Ann Gérard Ciel d’Opale. Those should hold me over until fall.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      HEY Lila,
      Lovely to see you.
      Songes! I love it, what a perfect choice it goes with every mood.
      Portia xx

  36. Neva says:

    What an awful thought – my perfume babies gone…but it’s a funny exercise and it was fun reading the answers. My choice would be:
    1. Armani, Giorgio Armani – vintage
    2. Jil Sander III – vintage
    3. Wrappings, Clinique
    4. Rush, Gucci
    This would cover all my moods and needs.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Neva,
      I see Wrappings every now and then at the Estee Lauder Staff shop and never bother to grab it. Clearly I’m making a mistake.
      Portia xx

      • Neva says:

        Yes, you should really try it. It’s a scent you could not mistake for another. Not to mention the deeper vintage version.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Oh No, they are very different?
        Portia xx

      • Neva says:

        I have a bit of the vintage one so I can compare them. I wouldn’t bet I’d recognize the difference otherwise. Today’s Wrappings is still a special scent.

  37. Tim says:

    Hello gorgeous.

    It’s not a scenario I like to think about… but the four I would not want to be without are:
    – Dzongkha by L’Artisan Parfumeur – for calm
    – Journey Woman by Amouage – for opulence
    – Duel by Annick Goutal – for being understated
    And the fourth is a toss between Bandit by Robert Piguet or Rien by Etat Libre d’Orange – for being butch (hahaha… doubt I can ever pull that off)

    XXX… T

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