The Six Scents

Taste in fragrance is subjective, but these lesser-known perfumes suit nearly every mood

The perfume industry's capital is Paris, but you can find its heart online at Since 2004, founder Karen Dubin and manager Karen Adams have led some 500,000 fragrance lovers in exploring the compositional notes and emotional impact of perfume. Dubin, who owns too many scents to count, highlights the six she can't live without:

1) MITSOUKO By Guerlain; recalls Yves Saint Laurent Opium Key notes: Floral, oakmoss, peach Dubin: "A scent for a woman, not a young girl. Complex and mysterious. A true chypre. Makes men go weak in the knees."

2) BOIS DE PARADIS By Parfums DelRae;...

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