I am melted instantly by the scent of Calvin Klein’s Eternity - for men. I have several versions of the women’s, and though they are nice, if I smell a man wearing Eternity, I follow…
I also love Crave, also by Calvin Klein. My husband has worn this since the day we met, so it is associated with very fond memories.
One of my very best friends back in the day wore Polo all the time, and I loved it on him.
For women, oh God. I won about a dozen different types of perfume over the past couple of years, and I really enjoy most of them. (Hey, I come from an incredibly small town, and so when a place like Sears was having contests at their perfume counter, I would always enter - several times I entered a giveaway against four people. Odds were good. I won. I also won a trip to Panama from them, too, but I got cash value for it, since I couldn’t travel at the time - I got to keep the gift basket, though, which was very nice, and had a bottle of wine and several bottles of perfume along with other miscellaneous junk). Among the ones I have… I love, of all things, J-Lo’s Glow, it has a nice, soft baby-powdery scent - J-Lo’s Still is okay, too. CKs** Rose Blush Eternity ** and Purple Orchid Eternity, Contradiction, and Truth are all very nice - you only need the lightest mist of these to smell wonderful all day. (I spray in the air, wait a moment… then walk through the mist!) The one bottle of perfume I did buy was Clinique’s Happy, which is wonderfully citrus-y and delicious. That purchase won me Happy Heart, which is a lovely floral. Later I won Clinque’s Simply, which drives my husband wild.
I also won a shimmery **Tommy Girl ** cologne, and a sparkly powder puff infused with the scent, and I like the subtle shimmer it leaves, but don’t care much for the scent.
I can’t pick a favourite… maybe Happy, since it’s the one I actually purchased. I’m wearing Truth right now, and it’s a wonderful mossy scent - it smells like taking a walk deep in the woods after a rain, while it’s still damp out. I won a gift pack of that stuff, and I find the “sensual bedtime fragrance” of Truth that came with it to be the nicest and most subtle. Sometimes I just wear the “bedtime” scent out, since it’s so subtle. I hate smelling too laden with perfume. I don’t want to smell like I bathed in it.
I also like the Body Shop’s fuzzy peach ** And for cheap-y cologne, almost anything vanilla - but mist that stuff, too, or you just end up smelling cheap. Until I won all that pricey perfume, I didn’t think there was a difference, but since then, my nose has turned up and into a bit of a scent snob - I can smell “cheap” a mile away! (Though I don’t hold it against anyone! I just involuntarily notice it).
But you know something? I like just plain old clean smell, too - the smell of soap when my husband is just out of the shower smells more wonderful than any cologne. A friend of mine where I used to work was a large, large man. He was so huggable - the “teddy bear” type. He was very religious and didn’t wear fragrance, and whenever I would run up to him to get a big bear hug, he always smelled like Ivory soap. I loved that. Also, if I smell my hands and they don’t have a even a hint of a soapy smell, I consider them dirty and immediately go wash them.
Fresh clean linens, soap, and fresh air trump anything from a bottle.