Perfume / Cologne

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I was rereading the intro to Perfumes the Guide and can’t stop thinking about this:

The fact is that this stuff is worth loving. As with the tawdriest pop melody, there is a base pleasure in perfume, in just about any perfume, even the cheapest and the most starved of ideas, that is better than no perfume at all. It decorates the day. It makes you feel as if the colors of the air have changed. It’s a substitute for having an orchestra follow you about playing the theme song of your choice. Think of what the functional fragrance industry calls the magic moment, when the smell of fabric softener billows out of your dryer and you can’t help but feel great. Perfume is wonderful. And it’s simply not true, as some people believe, that thinking about our pleasures ruins them. For example, few things are as wonderful as having a great meal and talking about it afterward, and remembering other great meals, and planning the next one. We have found, in writing this book, that the same holds for perfume. All pleasure is connected, and the endless ride we take between disappointment and satisfaction and back again is largely what keeps us interested in life. What more is there to talk about?


What indeed. I found myself rereading their Angel review and finding an almost untouched bottle (nb I have gone through numerous bottles of this since my first one in my teens, I was just out of the habit of wearing it), putting it on and immediately experiencing a surge of such joy and familiarity and warmth that I almost wept. Think I will get back into perfume next year.

scampish inquisition (gyac), Sunday, 20 December 2020 11:03 (two months ago) link

I have been steadily developing my own perfume organ of essential oils. Unfortunately some do not smell very good. Sandalwood proved a disappointed whiff.

| (Latham Green), Sunday, 20 December 2020 12:45 (two months ago) link

Xp I feel that way about CK1. It was the height of teen sophistication when I was at school in the 90s and I adored it. Of course we were poor and I wasn’t allowed to spend any of the money I earned so I couldn’t afford it or any other perfume, cheap or not. Owning more than one bottle of perfume at a time feels like the height of luxury to me.

just1n3, Sunday, 20 December 2020 23:57 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

i got cartier roadster sport and z zegna milan for crimbus. the cartier smells like a designer, a high end designer. it's so great, it's like bryan ferry's slave to love, it's elegant and so pop at the same time. it's smooth, it's green, it's glossy, it's like glass. the green smells like mint but it's rosemary. the zegna i didn't know how it smelled but it's got a fig note so i wanted it. there's a prominent low-end designer mall accord initially, like a knockoff impression of aventus or encre noire, a burnt, synthetic smokiness that i assume signifies sexinessitude. but after that there's a dense figginess and some clary sage greenfullness, so it's all good. mall accord or not, it's pretty ok. by mall accord i mean what that sounds like it means. i have diptyque philosykos, which is fig but smells like fig wood, and ferragamo homme, which is fig leaf, and i had a hermes jardin au mediterranee sample or whatever which is also fig leaf. i had a l'artisan caligna sample which i think had the best fig fruit note to it. fuck it, i'll get all the figs.

i got my brother the roma, so now i can wear it. also lalique lion, which is straight class, and the armaf clone of creed imperial mellesime, which is supposedly really close to the creed. fuck creed prices, i say, unless you have the cash, then just get the creed. it's just money.

slugbuggy, Saturday, 23 January 2021 11:20 (one month ago) link

I hadn’t said so in here I think but I bought a bottle of Caldey Island lavender on the basis of its five star review in Perfumes the Guide and it being, idk, made by monks? Anyway it arrived a few weeks back and I really like it. Have always associated lavender with sleep/somnolence, but this is a sweet and summery thing. It lifts the mood and isn’t remotely soporific, quite the opposite. It’s a nice perfume for summer, sure, but worn in the dead grey of winter, it’s something harvested in brighter days bearing the promise that the sun and better days will return. Or something. It’s very good.

scampish inquisition (gyac), Saturday, 23 January 2021 11:53 (one month ago) link

Slightly practical question: 19 year old nephew requested Nasomatto's Blamage for his birthday. It's £125 so he can jog on.

Fragrantica suggests:

leather
woody
smoky
musky
animalic
powdery.

What should he have? Not Lynx before someone suggests that. Bonus points if not tested on animals.

djh, Thursday, 4 February 2021 20:05 (three weeks ago) link

Reminded me of Bulgari Black, a gorgeous fragrance in its own right, however it’s not sold in the UK anymore so you have to order it online from fragrancex or similar (15% off though). Well worth his time. And yes, it’s legit, I’ve bought from there before and checked the batch codes.

scampless, rattled and puce (gyac), Thursday, 4 February 2021 20:45 (three weeks ago) link

Bulgari Black is an interesting fragrance to be sure, though it does have a burnt rubber note that might be a turnoff for some.

Josefa, Thursday, 4 February 2021 22:46 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks, both.

djh, Sunday, 7 February 2021 12:31 (three weeks ago) link

Sorry I couldn't think of a suggestion. L'Homme Ideal L'Intense by Guerlain has some of those characteristics but not the animalic or the musky. Chanel Antaeus would seem a good match, and is one I love personally, but it might smell too old-fashioned for a 19-year-old (after all it was introduced in 1981).

Josefa, Sunday, 7 February 2021 14:53 (three weeks ago) link

this thread inspired me to order a bunch of CdG samples and see which pleased me. i've been drawn to their line of fragrances for a long time but had never picked any up. finally ordered myself a bottle of Wonderoud as a birthday treat. i'm also a fan of Concrete, but found it barely detectable on my skin after a short while. maybe i just need a bigger supply.

so here's the thing, uh, how does one develop their sense of smell? i can smell things, and sometimes i like the things (like CdG's Oud for one), but i have NO IDEA what i am smelling. how do y'all learn how to detect different notes in a scent? i'd have a deeper appreciation for fragrances/parfums if i could build up a little more familiarity

davey, Sunday, 7 February 2021 15:40 (three weeks ago) link

hmm, i guess Concrete is a skin scent and not meant to project? neat.

davey, Sunday, 7 February 2021 15:42 (three weeks ago) link

if i like something i'll look up the notes on fragrantica or basenotes. usually i can then pick out a few of the prominent notes but most fragrances have so many notes that they're all jumbled up in an amorphous scent cloud. if i'm unsure of what a particular note smells like i'll try several fragrances that feature that note and just kinda eliminate the differences.

slugbuggy, Saturday, 13 February 2021 05:12 (two weeks ago) link

thank u for that, slugbuggy. fragranica is gonna be helpful. :)

after my last post i went crazy and bought bottles of CdG's (underappreciated) Concrete and (much praised) Copper, and i'd like to get more stuff from that house... i guess i'm a bit of a label whore.

anyway, this stuff is pretty fun and i get why people get into collecting perfumes/colognes. that last purchase it for me for a while, though—cutting myself off until i use most of what i've ordered and Luckyscent takes all my money.

davey, Saturday, 13 February 2021 09:07 (two weeks ago) link

that stuff all sounds great, Davey, wonderoud sounds like extremely my kind of thing

I have been wanting to splurge on a bunch of samples lately but I’m trying to be good and use the frags I have because they are really lovely.

brimstead, Saturday, 13 February 2021 17:42 (two weeks ago) link

I just want a sample of every Tom Ford fragrance please. I’m hopeless for Tom Ford.

brimstead, Saturday, 13 February 2021 17:44 (two weeks ago) link

my friend loves one of those Tom Ford scents... she says it smells exactly like cocaine.

davey, Saturday, 13 February 2021 18:14 (two weeks ago) link

I almost laughed out loud with a mixture of delight/bemusement when I smelled Tom Ford’s Ombré Leather for the first time, it’s like “yea ok maybe I do want to smell like a brand new car!”

brimstead, Saturday, 13 February 2021 19:14 (two weeks ago) link

that's the one!

davey, Saturday, 13 February 2021 19:21 (two weeks ago) link

i think

davey, Saturday, 13 February 2021 19:21 (two weeks ago) link


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