Poll – Perfume for a year-round wear

Surprise, surprise! Chemist in the Bottle is having a weekend poll! Hope you’ll join the party.

In my latest review of Reverie au Jardin by Andy Tauer I had a small talk with Hajusuuri. Its main conclusion was the fact that perfumistas often have perfume & weather issues, especially when one wants to sample a dense, heavy and warming scent in the middle of summer or, in reversed situation, when one feels like reaching for a light and sunny fragrance while it’s snowing outside.

Today I would like to hear what are, in your opinion, some good perfume that could receive a title of a year-round suitable scent. Something that can be proudly worn regardless the temperature and weather conditions. Name as many (or as few) as you wish and don’t forget to share what in your opinion makes them suitable for a year-round wear.

My answers: Prada Amber Pour Homme or Prada Infusion d’Homme (Infusion d’Iris as well). I like clean, soapy, powdery scents – they do pretty good in different tempetatures. To me iris is the note that is pretty universal in terms of weather issues as it can be done in many different ways that please different tastes. Osmanthus Interdite from Parfum d’Empire should also be fine.

What say you? Thanks to Hajusuuri for bringing this lovely poll theme!

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54 thoughts on “Poll – Perfume for a year-round wear

  1. Tatiana says:

    My favorites for year round wear are Bottega Veneta, Annick Goutal Heure Exquise and my all time favorite Chanel No.19 EdT.

  2. Gwenyth says:

    For wear “anytime, anywhere”….I like Prada Infusion d’Iris, Annick Goutal Mandragore edp, Chanel Coco Noir and No. 19, Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial and Idylle, Christian Dior Dolce Vita and Dune, Serge Lutens Douce Amere, Yves St. Laurent M7.

    • lucasai says:

      So many options! Good job. I see you mentioned Prada Infusion d’Iris (which I mentioned too!)
      Shalimar P.I is universal too!

      Great suggestions Gwenyth

  3. jilliecat says:

    Great minds think alike, because my first thought on reading you was Chanel No 19, the same as Gwenyth and Tatiana – also you, Lucas, as of course it has iris! Goutal’s Heure Exquise is very like the Chanel, but maybe more mellow and rounded. I like the astringent quality of No 19 better, but am happy to wear the Goutal. They both end up softly powdery/leathery.

  4. Terre d’Hermes… I can pick it up anytime of the year and it works!

  5. laniersmith says:

    When I was very young and very poor I would save up for just one bottle. Chanel for men as it was called back then…I wore it sunny or dank hot or frosty…it always worked….what remains of it today Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree does almost just as well.

  6. poodle says:

    I’m probably the worst person to ask this question because there aren’t many scents I wouldn’t wear year round. I don’t tend to reach for really smokey scents in the warmer months but other than that I wear them all, any weather. I know most people avoid the heavier scents in hot weather but I find they usually bloom on me then. Anything light and fresh is gone in a matter of minutes. I actually find that the lighter scents work better on my skin in cooler weather because they don’t seem to burn off as fast if that makes any sense. So I guess my answer is I wear them all and it just depends on my mood more than the weather. Of course my mood can be influenced by the weather but I have no real rules otherwise.

  7. Dionne says:

    Great minds think alike, Lukas, because iris is my year-round option as well. There’s something about its coolness that fits well both in winter and summer. Infusion d’Iris, 28 la Pausa, Dior Homme, Equistrius, Iris 39, Hiris…. yeah, I wear them all year round.

    Also, I’ve just dipped my toe into the spicy/milk/chai tea territory, and could easily see those working year-round as well: Lumière Blanche and Jacomo #9 seem totally suitable for summer, although Tea for Two can get overpowering.

    • poodle says:

      Dionne I agree with what you said about Tea for Two. I love it but in the heat it smells like I spilled a bottle of liquid smoke seasoning on me. That’s one of the few that I don’t reach for in the summer even though I love it.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I got Tea for Two in a swap and also tried it in warmish weather and it was meh (and I had very high expectations). I will try it next week when I will be out and about again — I had been avoiding the commute to my office in NYC on account of the mass transit woes…but I can only work from home for so long (cabin fever and many others have shown their faces in the office it’s about time I do).

    • lucasai says:

      Great you also find iris to be something year-round suitable. 28 La Pausa or Hiris are little bit too rooty and earthy for me, I like them both, but not enough to crave a FB. But Equistrius, Iris 39 etc require having a bottle.
      Chai theme sounds nice. I’ve got a sample of Lumiere Blanche, tried it once so far but didn’t feel it much, go to test again

  8. hajusuuri says:

    What fun, Lucas! Thanks for indulging my curiosity.

    My already proven year-round perfume is Hermes Kelly Caleche – light enough for warmer weather and strong enough to withstand cold. I think a nice blend of iris and leather, neither of which is overpowering, makes a nice year-round formula.

    Now, for the ones that I haven’t owned/used for a full year yet, I predict that L’AP Seville a l’Aube will serve as a year-round scent. The incense will probably be more pronounced in the cold while in warm weather, the orange blossom will shine, tempered by incense. Other contenders: Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue, Le Labo Iris 39, Diptyque Volutes EDT and Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia.

    • lucasai says:

      Do you think that Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacree would suit every season? It sounds like it would.

      I’m not familiar with Kelly or Volutes Caleche though. You know Seville didn’t work for me but Prada Absolue or Iris 39, I need to buy them!

      • hajusuuri says:

        I just got my Ann Gerard trio…will try them shortly. Hermes Kelly Caleche to me is a classic…it tips very feminine and may not suit you at all. Volutes EDT is the new perfume from Diptyque — tobacco, iris, incense — Robin wrote a review over at NST.

      • hajusuuri says:

        I got the 3 minis :-). They smell delicious. I have to transfer them to spray vials first and I am on the hunt for larger glass atomizers suitable to hold these beautiful fragrances — I may end up using the travel sprays from Nordstrom.

        • lucasai says:

          Great, they’re 9ml each if I remember well. That’s plenty. Transfering to spray atomizers is a wonderful idea! And you can make some fancy labels for them.

  9. Undina says:

    In addition to the above-mentioned No 19 and Heure Exquise, I’ll agree on your Infusion d’Iris. Also I want to add Chanel Bois des Iles, Miss Dior EdT (original), Diptyque Tam Dao, Guerlain Champs Elysées, most Jo Malone’s colognes and NVC Mohur.

  10. lucasai says:

    You guys suggested so many perfume! That’s great!

  11. TF says:

    This is a great poll! I can see how the Prada would work for a guy all year. As for me, Flower by Kenzo can be trusted to feel right anytime and anywhere.

  12. flittersniffer says:

    Prada L’Eau Ambree, any day!

  13. Esperanza says:

    Interesting subject, some of my Guerlains are wearable all year long like Mitsouko and Shalimar. Ramon Monegal Cuirelle is a scent I can wear all year as well.

  14. hajusuuri says:

    Chanel No. 19 – EDT – this was immediately soapy on me; I’ll give it another try though. As for the EDP, it reminded me of Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue…so while I like the scent, I do not need a an alternative or a replacement for my FB of the Prada.

  15. reneetamara says:

    though I agree with poodle, and find that I sometimes love heavier scents in the summer (Angel, Coco and Kingdom for instance, go figure) I will pipe in with the consensus because No. 19 is at the top of my list, as is Le Labo Iris 39, particularly the massage oil, as a gorgeous neutral base for many scent digressions. So iris seems pretty universal
    I will also add Chanel no. 22 – it’s champagne like bubbly sweetness is definitely a year round keeper.

  16. Sweetgrass says:

    So far for me Mitsouko is a good everyday favorite that I think I could wear any time of year, as well as Bulgari Omnia. I think Safran Troublant could be a year-round scent too, though I haven’t tried it in summer yet. I really like Volutes right now for fall (I used up my sample and want more.. might need a decant if TPC or Surrender to Chance have it), and I’m curious to see how that one will appeal to me in the spring and summer.

    I think I could wear a jasmine scent any time of year. I have a sample of MDCI Enlevement au Serail, and it doesn’t feel particularly seasonal to me.

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