Chanel no. 5 – soft floral
Michael Edwards – fragrance advisor suggests original L’interdit, Arpege by Lanvin, and Ferre by Ferre as possibilities.

L’interdit (Givenchy) was one of my other all time favourites but they reformulated it in 2003 and it now smells totally different. Now a green rather than a soft floral. (It was made by Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn – “L’interdit is a memento of the exclusive friendship between Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn. Floral, aldehyde and powdery, it combines: the depth of clove and pepper; the femininity of rose, violet and jasmine. And the velvety softness of incense.”)

Both Chanel no. 5 and L’Interdit have that slightly powdery, deliciously musky scent.

Gucci Rush – woody oriental
I like this so much, instant gratification for the nose.

Aromatics Elixir Clinique – dry woods
Soft and strong at the same time, blends beautifully with your skin

Shalimar by Guerlain.
Ultrasexy. Launched by the House of Guerlain in 1925, and inspired by the building of the Taj Mahal and the Shalimar gardens. It has that powdery musky quality I love, and is name checked in “Party Lights” by Janis Ian – “champagne and caviar, cocaine and Shalimar”. The height of sophistication.

Other goodies:
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania
Vivienne Westwood Boudoir (so old fashioned)
Agent Provocateur
Gucci 2 (violets, v sweet)
Puma Flowing (light and fresh – floral,fruity, sweet ambery)
Mens – Anateus Chanel, Hugo Boss, Kouros

My perfume sites
Strawberry Net
Perfume Connection
Bois de Jasmin perfume blog