By  on June 10, 1994

Dominique Lorente said that perfume is expensive, but wears a range of fragrances, from Joop to Chanel's Coco.

"Because I'm a Libra, I have to have a wide choice of things," she said. "It's definitely worth the cost." When asked if she used scented bath and body products, she responded that they were fun but not a priority. "I don't always buy them. It depends on my financial situation."

Emmanuelle Bokkelandt said that "perfumed bath products are too expensive if you've already got the scent. But I wear perfume every day."

She prefers fragrances like Shiseido's Feminite du Bois and L'Eau de Guerlain, especially in the summer, but sometimes even wears men's fragrances like Safari from Ralph Lauren. She hates it when magazines have perfume samples because they "stink up the whole room," although she admitted, "that is how I discovered Elizabeth Arden's Sunflowers."

Kimbalee Chivers said she has dozens of different scents at home and switches from day to day. "It depends on my moods, whether I'm feeling sweet or sexy. I wear Chloe, Gio from Giorgio Armani, [Scherrer's] Nuits Indiennes and Yves Saint Laurent's Champagne - I bought that one just because it was forbidden!"

With a taste for so many scents, cost can be a problem, so she buys perfumes in airports -- duty free.

Isabelle Combo thinks that a personal scent is very important, but said, "I hate women's perfumes. They're too strong. The worst is when you walk down the street and another woman's perfume blows in your face, that's just awful!"

She said she chooses men's fragrances like Drakkar Noir, YSL's Jazz and her absolute favorite, Cerruti 1881. When asked whether she thought perfumes were too costly, Isabelle replied, "Not at all. I usually spend around $70 a bottle and I think that's fair."

Eva Nilsson said her new favorite is Champagne. "But I also wear Coco from Chanel and Tresor from Lancome," she said. In her opinion, perfume is too expensive, but still worth it. She said she would pay up to $90, although she wishes there were more smaller, less-expensive bottles on the market. She never uses scented bath and body products because they're "too time-consuming."Patricia Fisher said she never wears perfume because "I have really sensitive skin and have to be careful what I apply to it." Instead, she takes roses or jasmine and rubs them on her skin. "I prefer things that are natural anyway," she said. "Perfume is extremely expensive and basically a waste of money."

Ang le Mollicone, who works for the Cirque d'Hiver, said she wears a lot of perfume and changes scents as often as a few times a day. "I'm as unfaithful to perfumes as I am to men!" she said. At night she wears Paco Rabanne or Givenchy's Ysatis, and during the day wears YSL's Opium.

Unsure about the cost of these fragrances, she admitted that "all of my perfumes are gifts from my mother, so I don't have to worry about buying them."

Yal Goldvey, who is training to be a stewardess, thinks that perfume is expensive, but that you get what you pay for. She was wearing Angel from Thierry Mugler, which she bought after having tried a sample of it. "The absolute maximum I would pay for a fragrance is $65," she said.

She had never heard of Arden's Sunflowers, but thought that "marketing perfume in smaller bottles is a great idea. That way, you can try different ones and not be stuck with a whole bottle of something."

Francoise Jaouen said she wears "Estee Lauder's Knowing every day and always in the form of eau de parfum. It's very expensive, but I try to get it duty free or at discounts at perfumeries near my home."

She remarked that good promotional deals are rare, and that "$90 a bottle is just way too high a price to pay." Nevertheless, she owns the whole Knowing set, including body cream, lotion and talcum powder, even though "in the morning one doesn't always have the time to apply everything."

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