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Perfumes

An increasingly popular type of quiz question is to ask which fashion house (or designer) produces a one or more named brands of perfume. I always think this is intended to catch people out – because let's face it, most quizzers are male and perfume is a female interest. Yes, lots of men use perfume of some sort these days – but you don't see them in the perfume department at John Lewis, or at the airport, trying the different samplers. They either buy something cheap in Boot's, or they use what their partners buy them. They don't know any brands that they haven't used; so they don't know the answer to questions of this type.

However: as I've said elsewhere, I'm all for broadening the demographic of quizzing, so I'm not complaining.

That said, I'm one of those aforementioned men who either buys something cheap in Boot's, or uses what his partner buys him. As such, I am somewhat out of my comfort zone on this subject, so I'm relying heavily on Wikipedia – which lists literally hundreds of perfumes. I've selected the ones I've heard of, or that come from houses that I've heard of, or seem to be particularly venerable; and I've added a few more that I've heard mentioned in quizzes. (The numbers after the brand names are the years they were introduced.)

FIERCE (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Blue Grass (1934), It's You (1939), White Shoulders (1945), Red Door (1989), Green Tea (1999), Untold (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
Life (2003), Bois d'Encens (2004), Onde (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Unforgettable (1960 Click to show or hide the answer
Vent Vert (1947), Ivoire (1980) Click to show or hide the answer
Eau parfum̩e au th̩ blanc (White Tea Р1992), Eau parfum̩e au th̩ vert (Green Tea Р2003) Click to show or hide the answer
Brit (2003) Click to show or hide the answer
Obsession (1985), Eternity (1988), Escape (1991), CK One (1994), Truth (2000), Euphoria (2005), Reveal (2914) Click to show or hide the answer
So Pretty (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
No. 5 (1921), No. 22 (1922), Bois des Iles (1926), Cuir de Russie (1927), Cristalle (1974), Antaeus (1981), Coco (1984), Egoiste (1990), Une Fleur (1998), Chance (2002), 28 La Pausa (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Eau Savage (1966), Poison (1985), Fahrenheit (1988), Dune (1991), Dolce Vita (1996), Eau Svelte (1996), J'Adore (1999), Higher (2001), Addict (2001), Cuir Cannage (2014) Click to show or hide the answer
Odeur 53 (1998), Passage d'Enfer (1999), 2 (2002), 8 88 (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
La Rose Jacqueminot (1904), L'Origan (1905), Ambre Antique (1905), Muguet (c. 1913), Chypre (1917), Emaraude (1921), Paris (1926), L'Aimant (1927), Exclamation (1988), Aspen (1989), Preferred Stock (1990), Vanilla Musk (1994) Click to show or hide the answer
Sweet (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
Fuel for Life (2008), Only the Brave (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
By (1994), Light Blue (2001), The One (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Black Cashmere (2002), Be Delicious (2004) Click to show or hide the answer
London (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Diamonds (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Youth Dew (1953), Cinnabar (1978), White Linen (1978), Beautiful (1985), Knowing (1988), Body Power (2000), Beyond Paradise (2003), Ambre Mystique (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
Red (2000), Uomo (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Eau Pour Homme (1984) Click to show or hide the answer
Le De (1957), L'Interdit (1957), Ysatis (1985), Xeryus (1986), Amarige (1991), Organza (1996), Pi (2006), Ange ou Demon (2006), Absolutely (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Reverie (2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Envy (1997), Bamboo (2015) Click to show or hide the answer
Jicky (1889), Mouchoir de Monsieur (1904), L'Heure Bleue (1912), Mitsouko (1919), Shalimar (1925), Liu (1929), Vol de Nuit (1933), Vetiver (1961), Chamade (1969), Nahéma (1979), Samsara (1989), Héritage (1992), Acqua Allegoria (1998), Guet Apens (1999), Winter Delice (2000), Cherry Blossom (2000), Philtre d'Amour (2000), Mahora (2001), Foliflora (2003), Insolence (2006), L'Homme (2008), Tonka Imperiale (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
Drakka Noir (1982) Click to show or hide the answer
Caleche (1961), Équipage (1970), Eau d'Orange Verte (1979), 24 Faubourg (1995), Eau des Merveilles (2004), Un Jardin sur le Nil (2005), L'Eau de Gentiane Blanche (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
XX (2007), Ma Vie, In Motion, Nuit, Jour Click to show or hide the answer
Le Mâle (1996), Fragile (1999), Kokorico (2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Flash (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
Fame (2012) Click to show or hide the answer
Le Baiser de ... (1999), Encre Noire (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Climat (1967), Ô (1969), Magie Noire (1978), Trésor (1990), Poême (1995), Hypnôse (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Électrique (1954), Le Jardin d'Amour (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
Couer-Joie (1946), L'Air du Temps (1948), Belle de Minuit (2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Mi Corazon, Coralina, Sargasso, Oriental Lace, Santo Domingo, Grenada (all 2012) Click to show or hide the answer
XS pour Elle (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
minotaure (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
Amber pour Homme (2006), Infusion d'Iris (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Safari (1990), Romance (1998) Click to show or hide the answer
Charlie, Ciara (both 1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Femme (1944), Lumière (1984), Globe (1990), Tocade (1994), Alchimie (1998), Absolu (2002), Aquawoman (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Jean Marie Farina (1806), Bouquet Nouveau (c. 1900) Click to show or hide the answer
Pot Pourri (1828), Melograno (1965), Citta di Kyoto (2005), Angels of Florence (2006), Toscano (2007), Ottone & Porcellana (2010), Alba di Seoul (2012), Cala Rossa (2014) Click to show or hide the answer
Angel (1992), B Men (2004), Alien (2005), Ice Men (2007), Womanity (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
Black Orchid (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Princess (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Crystal Noir (2006), Versense (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
April Violets (1913) Click to show or hide the answer
Rive Gauche (1974), Opium (1977), Kouros (1981), Paris (1983), In Love Again (1998), Nu (2001), M7 (2002), L'Homme (2006), La Nuit de L'Homme (2009), Magnificent Blossom (2015) Click to show or hide the answer

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