Here's my list of vintage perfumes sexy enough to get his/her attention, but not so weird and animalic that the "attention" you get is a quizzical look followed by uneasy glances to the left and right.
Angélique Encens by Creed (1933) is heavenly, an animalic as light as a cloud, but with darkness and spice. Its angelica, vanilla and ambergris echoes Shalimar's holy trinity of bergamot, vanilla and civet.
Diva by Emanuel Ungaro (1983). Honeyed, creamy, spicy and soft. At once fresh/floral and animalic rich. Just go easy on the application or you might rouse the animals at your nearby zoo.
Fille d'Eve by Nina Ricci (1952). As the clean, white florals fade, velvety Costus rises up, smelling like your lovah’s bed-head the morning after. Mmmm. Not impossible to find, but not cheap, either.
La Nuit by Paco Rabanne (1985). A honeyed rose leather chypre. Rrreow.
Loulou by Cacharel (1987): I can’t believe I’m including this perfume that borders on Scrubber territory, but the vanilla/incense combo, if applied judiciously, early, and inconspicuously, could stun your prey — I mean, date.
L’Arte di Gucci (1991) A dark leather-patchouli rose for when you aren’t messing around. Great for walks on the beach at your local cemetery.
Must de Cartier (1981) An oddly seductive perfume that shouldn’t work, with green top notes, rich florals, and an intoxicating ambery-vanillic musky base. The only perfume I’ve worn on this list that caused a man to stop and ask me what I was wearing. Do with that what you will.
Calvin Klein by Calvin Klein (1978). An unsung beauty. This fruit chypre with spice from sandalwood projects elegance and sexiness. The only perfume on this list I’ve worn that made a woman stop me and ask what I was wearing. Just saying…
Parfums de Peau by Claude Montana (1986): It starts off with tangy green notes and juicy ripe cassis and peach, all of which are laid over a veil of pepper and spices (cardamom). Spicy ginger, sandalwood and carnation join the amber-animalic base which lasts for hours and evolves into a true "parfum de peau" (skin scent/perfume).This one’s a wild card. I’m not sure who you’d reel in with this one, but he/she’d be interesting!
Shalimar by Guerlain (1925): I don’t think I need to say much about this classic Guerlain with bergamot-vanilla-civet. This is for all you true romantics out there. (You do still exist, right?)
What's your go-to sexy perfume?